Season 1, Episode 123: Robert Kopecky – Author, Artist & Spiritual Seeker

Today’s guest is Robert Kopecky. Born in 1956, and raised on the outskirts of San Diego, California, Robert survived a traumatic childhood, traveled extensively as a young man, and lived a variety of lives as a ski bum, a martial artist, a factory welder, a monumental sculpture fabricator, an underground cartoonist; and finally as an award-winning illustrator, art director, and animation designer.

Robert Kopecky

His journeys – from the Mayan underground, to remote South Pacific islands, to the capitals of Europe, to the deserts of Arizona and the canyons of New York City – were punctuated by three dramatic, distinctly different “Near Death Experiences.”

Eventually, the years of professional successes and personal setbacks delivered him to his own “dark night of the soul.” This led to more than ten years of study, meditation, and service – and the eventual transpersonal realization of what life (and death) can be – that inspired him to start joyfully passing along the lessons he’d learned in a very hard way.

Robert’s book, How to Survive Life and Death: A Guide for Happiness in this World and Beyond, is available on and bookstores everywhere. He continues his art, designing animation for agencies, TV and internet; and writing spiritual essays and memoir for his blog, “Art, Faith, and the Koko Lion”.

You can find out more about Robert at or check out his Facebook page at

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