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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 ...

#nepal #chairro #restorationworksinternational #canon5dmkii #gompa #latergram ...

#lama #chairro #gompa #restorationworksinternational #rwi #nepal #canon5dmkii #canon5d #latergram ...

Yoga at the temple next the guest house after a long day of volunteering at the #bichlihaveliproject with @restorationworksinternational #rwivolunteerstories #volunteervacations ...

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

**our crew** explains why Udaipur is the white city
#coloursofrajasthan

#bichlihaveli #haveli #bichlihaveliproject #udaipur #rajasthan #repair #restoration #myoldhouse #oldcity #heritageconservation #architecturalconservation #lime #mlime #limeplaster #tadelakt #arraish #incredibleindia #slowtravel #creativetravel #constructionlife
#limewash #breathable #limepaint #tadelakt #arraish #conservationarchitect #heritage #naturalbuilding
#constructioncrew #stoneconservation #courtyard
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Slow Sunday #bichlihaveli #haveli #bichlihaveliproject #udaipur #rajasthan #repair #restoration #oldhouse #oldcity #heritage #architecturalconservation #lime #mlime #limeplaster #limeputty #limemortar #limeconcrete #tadelakt #arraish #stone ...

Endless cleaning and scraping to do here.. so grateful to have restorationworksinternational supporting this journey 😀 #BichliHaveliproject #bichlihaveli #haveli #architecturalconservation #conservation #slowandsteady #volunteers #limewash #limeplaster bealanglade ...

The irreplaceable Chunnilalji, whose sudden passing in June 2018, almost two years ago, left the haveli without a leader and a teacher. He is dearly missed.
#bichlihaveli #haveli #bichlihaveliproject #udaipur #rajasthan #repair #restoration #myoldhouse #oldcity #heritage #oldhouse #conservation #conservationarchitect #lime #mlime #limeplaster #limeputty #limemortar #limeconcrete #tadelakt #arraish #stonerestoration #handmade
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Chhairo Gompa

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 ...

"There's a little yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu...Nobody told me there'd be days like these... " -John Lennon. #restorationworksinternational #chhairogompa #nepal #johnlennon #peace #givepeaceachance #imagine ...

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.
#restorationworksinternational #GivingTuesday #chhairo #chhairogompa #nepal #rwi
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Tibetan Monk Volleyball camp www.RestorationWorksInternational.org #RWI #RestorationWorksInternational #chhairo #trekkingnepal #nepal #ChhairoGompa ...

Restoration Works International

Delwara, Rajasthan, India, December 2018
#delwara #rajasthan #india #restorationworksinternational judith0320 delwara_heritage_walk
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Harichavank monastery, Armenia. 7th century AD. villager welcomes us in for coffee and yogurt. www.restorationworksinternational.org ...

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