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Proud to have led this fine group of 8 dedicated volunteers to Udaipur, India to work with restorationworksinternational on the restoration of a centuries old Haveli, repurposing it into a community and heritage center that supports migrant woman laborers and will provide a place to make and sell traditional Rajasthani arts and crafts made and sourced locally. Here we are on day one, along with our construction supervisor, taking a much needed break on the front stoop of the Bichli Haveli, Udaipur, India. #preservation #historicpreservation #restoration #historicpreservation #india #udaipur #restorationworksinternational #communitydevelopment #bichlihaveliproject #internationaldevelopment #globalheritage #oneworld #rwivolunteerstories #volunteer #volunteervacations #ngo #nonprofit #philanthropy #dogood #socialgood #giveback #payitforward #karma ...

Peter Gottert of Baltimore works on a windowsill in the doodlebug trolley at the Colebrookdale Railroad with the group Restoration Works International. The volunteer organization was happy to lend a hand in Boyertown as it's first project in the United States. (📷: Lauren A. Little)
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#photojournalism #photojournalist #newspaper #reportage #BerksCounty #ReadingPA #readingeagle #restoration #restorationworks #restorationworksinternational #RWIVolunteerStories #oldtrain #train #trolley #restore #antique #paint #repaint #volunteer #boyertown #colebrookdale #colebrookdalerailroad #railroad
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#lama #chairro #gompa #restorationworksinternational #rwi #nepal #canon5dmkii #canon5d #latergram ...

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Lama dance, Nepal #rwivolunteerstories #restorationworksinternational #chhairogompa #nepal
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Bichli Haveli Project

Proud to have led this fine group of 8 dedicated volunteers to Udaipur, India to work with restorationworksinternational on the restoration of a centuries old Haveli, repurposing it into a community and heritage center that supports migrant woman laborers and will provide a place to make and sell traditional Rajasthani arts and crafts made and sourced locally. Here we are on day one, along with our construction supervisor, taking a much needed break on the front stoop of the Bichli Haveli, Udaipur, India. #preservation #historicpreservation #restoration #historicpreservation #india #udaipur #restorationworksinternational #communitydevelopment #bichlihaveliproject #internationaldevelopment #globalheritage #oneworld #rwivolunteerstories #volunteer #volunteervacations #ngo #nonprofit #philanthropy #dogood #socialgood #giveback #payitforward #karma ...

Coming this Tuesday at 5 PM Pacific/8 PM Eastern: 30 minute webinar to learn about volunteering with RWI in India this December or in 2020. See link in bio.
#volunteering #historicpreservation #bichlihaveliproject #bichlihaveli #webinar #udaipur
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Welcome treats for the volunteers at the #bichlihaveliproject at the @restorationworksinternational project in #Udaipur, India last April. #volunteervacations #volunteer #empoweringwomen #historicpreservation ...

8 volunteers and our construction supervisor, taking a much needed break on the front stoop of the Bichli Haveli, after our first day of work restoring the centuries old Haveli, Udaipur, India. #preservation #historicpreservation #restoration #historicpreservation #india #udaipur #restorationworksinternational #communitydevelopment #bichlihaveliproject #internationaldevelopment #globalheritage #oneworld ...

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Explored Agra this time, including a stunning Red Fort and the #TajMahal at sunrise. Off to Udaipur next! #restorationworksinternational #bichlihaveliproject
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Chhairo Gompa

Padmasambhava statue located in 16th century Chhairo monastery, Mustang (2019)

#padmasambhava #chhairogompa #buddhism #tibetanmonastery #buddhistmonastery #mustang #mustangdistrict #lowermustang #mustangnepal #nepal #ig_nepal #travelphotography #travelphoto #travel #viajar #viajes #fotografíadeviajes #traveltheworld #travelshots #nepaltourism #travelnepal
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Today it rained and snowed in our corner of the Nepali Himalayas, so we stayed inside, painted pictures, uncovered ancient sculptures with Lama Shashi and Chakra. "To discover the mode of life or of art whereby my spirit could express itself in unfettered freedom." -James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a a Young Man www.RestorationWorksInternational.org #RWI #RestorationWorksInternational #chhairo #trekkingnepal #art #buddhism #thangka #painting #fresco #nepal #tibet #ChhairoGompa ...

Tibetan Monk Volleyball camp www.RestorationWorksInternational.org #RWI #RestorationWorksInternational #chhairo #trekkingnepal #nepal #ChhairoGompa ...

Fables of the Reconstruction. Building in the Himalayas, Nepal. #RestorationWorksInternational #Chhairo #Nepal #AnnapurnaCircuit #RWI #architecture #buddhism #temple #monastery #ChhairoGompa ...

In light of current world events, Today's lesson in cross cultural understating, not your own, comes from my recent visit to a Lama Dance in the Himalayan village of Tukuche, Mustang, Nepal with our group from Restoration Works International.

The Lama Dance is an unique Tibetan tradition and one of the methods used to teach basic principles of living life. According to Buddhism, there are six realms or states of living beings: god, demigod, human, animal, hungry ghosts, and hell. These states are achieved by liberation through circling births after deaths known as Samsara. Ignorance, Attachment and Anger are defined as the root causes of Samsara and are named as the Three Poisons of Trouble that prevent us from becoming liberated beings

Those who are able to free themselves from Samsara are defined as liberated beings, or Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Only those who have gained liberation from Samsara can show the path of liberation to all sentient beings.
The Lama Dance introduces the audience to beings from these other other unearthly realms. The dancers wear masks which represent the these beings. Some masks are peaceful and smiling, whereas others are angry and frightening. This is introduces people to beings they will encounter after death, so they can be better prepare to cycle into the next higher realm of being.

Good luck my friends.
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Restoration Works International

Harichavank monastery, Armenia. 7th century AD. villager welcomes us in for coffee and yogurt. www.restorationworksinternational.org ...

Headed home. #restorationworksinternational #rwi ...

Etchmiadzin Cathedral, Armenia. 618AD. UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" -Andy Warhol. Who knew that my 15 minutes would come on the streets of Udaipur, India, speaking to indiatvnews about the work of our global NGO restorationworksinternational and our non profit mission to promote sustainable global community development, heritage preservation, and provide a platform to help migrant woman laborers find stability by teaming with the Udaipur nonprofit jandaksha . I’m happy to be fortunate enough to promote and pursue these worthy pursuits! 🙏 #indiatv #restoration #preservation #globalheritage #oneworld #crosscultural #restorationworksinternational #15minutesoffame #media #ngo #nonprofit #nonprofitorganization #giveback ...

Geghard monastery, Armenia. 1215 AD.
UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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