Art, Permaculture and contemplation are my hobbies, and each expresses aspects of what I value most in life: integrity, nurture and beauty. I make beautiful things with my art and show my appreciation of beauty with my photos; I nurture my clients, my friends and family, and my garden. And I nurture myself by living a healthy life and taking time for contemplation. Permaculture has an ethical basis, and integrity is the guiding principle of my life.
I’ve always worked in the creative arts and always had some kind of visual art hobby. At the moment it’s making masks, steampunk accessories and decorating hats. There’s a gallery of my art and a record of my performing past on my Tahlia’s Masks website, and you see what’s presently for sale by visiting my Tahlia’s Masks Etsy Shop. You can also follow my Tahlia’s Masks board on Pinterest. This shows some of my recent work.
You can see what I’m doing with Permaculture by following me on Instagram – you’ll also get to see my latest art creations that way. More details and videos will be posted in the Permaculture section of the Beyond the Temple website.
I spent twelve years in partial home retreat while I studied Buddhism and completed the Tibetan Buddhist Vajrayana preliminaries and further practices, and I try to always live a life of awareness and integrity. I’m a trained meditation instructor and was the Teaching Services Director of Rigpa Australia’s Bush Distance Education Centre for 12 years. I left Rigpa after revelations that our teacher, Sogyal Rinpoche, was physically, emotionally and sexually abusing his close students. I wrote a book called Fallout: Recovering from Abuse in Tibetan Buddhism about the subsequent learning I and others went through in the wake of the revelations.
During my twenty years as a Tibetan Buddhist, I did a lot of meditation. These days, I just turn my mind inwards at various times throughout the day and take time for quiet reflection. And if I’m inspired to write on anything related to psychology or spirituality, I publish it on the Beyond the Temple website. That blog began talking about the issues raised by abuse in Buddhist communities, but has evolved from there into a wider range of topics related to conscious living. I also have a You Tube Channel dedicated to the same kind of content, and a Beyond the Temple Facebook page.
Here’s a few of my masks photographed in theatrical lighting.