Last weekend I was invited to a workshop which gave me a big calendar challenge, in that I was already booked for other activities, and initially I declined. But the event kept nibbling away in my mind, that little voice got louder and the whisper became a shout – and I knew I just had to go. So I re-arranged and went off to London's Docklands to the Orassy Kendron at Westferry.
Partially it was the thought of spending time with Romio Shrestha, who is an artist of extraordinary talent. He has a fascinating history of working with people such as HH the Dalai Lama, which is how I discovered Romio's incredible paintings. In fact, two of his poster-sized books insisted on accompanying me home from my sojourn in Nottingham with the Dalai, and have had pride of place on my sitting room coffee table ever since.
But there was something else…
I couldn't quite work out what – after all, I could interview Romio another time, and that would be just fine.
The surprise came from the collection of amazing women who were there – people I had met years before, and not seen for ages – where it felt like we had been together only moments beforehand. People I had never met before, but it felt like I'd known them for many years. The camaraderie and community were a huge pleasure to join.
And the sheer joy of a peaceful, calm and inspiring atmosphere which nurtured us all, connections made, spirits re-kindled and the delight of Romio's powerful yet playful talk and his explanations of the meanings and qualities of the goddesses he depicts in his paintings. In all, it was a refreshing experience that nourished the soul and spirit, and long may the goddesses flourish.
Just think, if I hadn't followed that intuition, that gut feeling, I might have missed a superb treat and a re-union with some fabulous soul sisters!
When have you followed you instincts and found it has paid off hugely?
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“In this lifetime, my Monastery will have no walls.”
- Romio Shrestha -
Romio Bahadur Shrestha was born into a Newar family in Katmandu in Nepal. When he was five years old, two Tibetan Buddhist monks arrived at the door. Romio, they said, was the seventeenth reincarnation of the master Tibetan Thangka painter Arniko and they gave to him a stock of valuable art materials, explaining that he would, one day, form his own school of painting.
An example of one of Romio's works.
My Video of the Taras – Buddhist Goddesses
Click the link in the title above for a short video I made about the Tara goddesses Romio Shrestha represents in his wonderful art.
This was inspired by the five days I spent with the Dalai Lama in Nottingham in 2008.