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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 ...

#NepaliBus #BumpyRideHome #AlmostFellOffACliff #rwivolunteerstories ...

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. (đź“·: Lauren A. Little)
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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 ...

Bichli Haveli Project

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#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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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 #fotografĂ­adeviajes #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 ...

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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Lama dance, Nepal ...

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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Today's 10 mile return trek with the Restoration Works International gang from Chhairo to Kyupar gompa, Tukuche for the Lama Dance. The three peaks of the Nilgiri Himal along with Dhawalagiri mountain, all part of the Annapurna massif keep us company along the way. www.RestorationWorksInternational.org #RWI #RestorationWorksInternational ...