Brightening Lives by ‘Sharing Light’

Step inside Tibet Handicrafts, the colorful, exotically scented shop across from the Laguna Beach Post Office, and be swept into a world where clothing and home goods are made by hand and beneath the need to pay rent, lies the intention to help others.

Squares of exquisitely patterned, hand dyed, vintage cotton and silk saris have been reimagined into one-of-a-kind bedspreads, jackets and pillow covers. Using resources born in the Himalayas, yak wool has been transformed into sumptuous throws. Rugs depicting tigers and luck-bringing “Wind horses” have been hand woven, 100 knots per inch. And the smell of incense and the chanting of Buddhist monks encourage a look within. Continue reading

Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

_D4D8742By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent

On an outdoor stage, in a small, poor, dusty village in central India, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved spiritual leaders, got a close up, personal glimpse of Laguna Beach’s generous spirit.

In January, the Dalai Lama visited Norgyeling, a remote Tibetan refugee settlement and the birthplace of Tenpa Dorjee, who owns the Laguna Beach shop Tibetan Handicrafts. At the same time, Dorjee and a troop of U.S. visitors, most also from Laguna, had travelled to the village bearing gifts.

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For Tibetan store owner, giving and receiving go hand in hand


Source: Orange County Register

Tenpa Dorjee, an ethnic Tibetan born to refugees in India, says it takes two hands to live a successful life – one to give and one to receive. And it’s how he runs his business, Tibet Handicrafts in Laguna Beach.

Dorjee says he lost both his parents before he was 5. A woman in Belgium sponsored him and paid for his place in an orphanage along with his education. “She sponsored me and two others and she wasn’t rich at all,” Dorjee said. “She did it to give back. She lived to be 101 years old.”   Read full article…

India Travelers Welcome Donations

Five big-hearted and open-minded seekers will be traveling to India next month, visiting spiritual sites and delivering humanitarian aid.

Local Laguna residents Pam Wicks of the Neighborhood Congregational Church, Julien Kheymour, Susan Brown Madorsky and Everett Hoffman of Cleveland, Ohio, will join leader Tenpa Dorjee of Laguna Beach’s Tibetan Handicrafts shop. The group is gathering donations of winter clothes and shoes in Continue reading

Giving Voice to Kindness

By Robin Pierson, The Laguna Beach Independent, Feb 11, 2011
Laguna Beach, California (USA) — Nawang Khechog, a former Tibetan Buddhist monk turned musician and now author will speak and perform at the Neighborhood Congregational Church on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m.


Khechog brings Tibet’s ancient ritual sounds to a modern audience with his original compositions played on a veritable United Nations of native instruments, including Tibetan long horn, Mayan ocarinas, Australian aboriginal didgeridoo and Tibetan and Native flutes, as well as African drums, cymbals and bells. Continue reading