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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 ...

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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. (đŸ“·: Lauren A. Little)
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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 ...

Scraping away old line wash to reveal the beautiful ghutai plaster below at the #bichlihaveliproject with @restorationworksinternational in #Udaipur (April 2019) #empoweringwomen #volunteervacations #volunteer #historicpreservation #rwivolunteerstories ...

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

Chhairo Gompa

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

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"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 ...

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 ...

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

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Muktinah- sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, located at an altitude of 12200 feet in Upper Mustang, Nepal. www.restorationworksinternational.org ...

Our nonprofit, Restoration Works International's Fall trip is October 20-31, 2014 to finish the 10 year restoration work of the 300 year old Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Chhairo gompa, high in the Nepali Himalayas near the Tibet border.
We still have some last minutes openings. If interested in joining: info@restorationworksinternational.org. Or join me for a Spring 2015 trip, May 4-15, 2015. I'd love to share this mythical corner of the world.
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I am on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit that has been working in Nepal for the last 10 years. I am happy to report that Restoration Works International's partners, colleagues, interns, friends and family have all reported in as safe. Nepal has significant challenges ahead, and we at RWI are gearing up to help the long road of rebuilding ahead.
Restoration Works International is still planning a work trip there October 26-November 6, if you'd like to join us, email us for more information on how you can help or donate. Email: Info@RestorationWorksInternational.org. Website: www.RestorationWorksInternational.org

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Kicking off our weekend with the Restoration Works International Board of Directors, gathered around the fire pit, Berkeley, CA. 10 year ago we all met in Nepal and this year we are about to finish the restoration of a 300 year old Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Good friendships work to create great things! To our next project somewhere in the world! Namaste! www.RestorationWorksInternational.org #tibet #nepal #rwi #restorationworksinternational #buddhism ...

Good morning Kathmandu! The morning birds chirping, the smell of fire wood burning throughout the city, traffic free with the petrol crisis, and the fact that you are, for the most part, still standing is wondrous place to return to. Namaste Nepal! #restorationworksinternational ...