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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 dance in Tukuche with the audience covering every nook and cranny of the gompa #rwivolunteerstories ...

Lama Shashi Dhoj Tulachan reading Buddhist scriptures before continuing to paint #ChhairoGompa #rwivolunteerstories ...

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

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 ...

#belgianglass @ #bichlihaveli #bichlihaveliproject #udaipur #rajasthan #india ...

Master Plaster Chipper judith0320 displays her afternoon’s work at the Bichli Haveli #bichlihaveli #bichlihaveliproject #udaipur #rajasthan #india #workingvacation #limeplaster #alostart ...

Ganga carries buckets of stones and mortar on her head, up four flights of twisting, narrow stairs, for masonry restoration. #bichlihaveli #bichlihaveliproject #udaipur #rajasthan #india ...

Chhairo Gompa

I’d like to share some sad news, especially for my friends who have been with me on one of the many trips I’ve led to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, with restorationworksinternational , to work on the restoration of the century’s old Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Chairro gompa.

The beautiful neighboring village of Tukche was recently devastated by unprecedented monsoon rains. This picture shows Lama Sashi and myself in front of Sashi’s ancestral home in Tukche, several years ago.

If you would like to learn more and contribute to the rebuilding efforts see the GoFundMe link in my bio.

Namaste friends! #chhairogompa #tukche #nepal #himalayas #gofundme #tibetanbuddhist #mustangnepal #mustangregion
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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 ...

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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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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Restoration Works International

Delwara, Rajasthan, India, December 2018
#delwara #rajasthan #india #restorationworksinternational judith0320 delwara_heritage_walk
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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 ...

"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 ...

#Nepal#Jomsom#travel#sootontheworld#volunteertrip#RestorationWorksInternational#restoremonestery ...

Lama dance, Nepal ...