Outreach At Three Jewels

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Deep in the heart of downtown Manhattan, The Three Jewels Outreach Center serves as a spiritual resting place which offers yoga, meditation and dharma teaching. It is a haven to many in the community because they offer extensive, scholarly Buddhist teachings for a donation.

It also was the springboard for an extraordinary project in Nepal, 108 Lives Project which first began by making a tangible difference to 108 beggars, their families and communities in Kathmandu by helping them and bringing supplies, and has now also grown into a platform for young social entrepreneurs in Nepal and Cambodia to hone their skills. ​

Hector Marcel, one of the Three Jewels’ main teachers, is the director of the 108 Lives Project. YogaCity NYC’s Gina de la Chesnaye had the opportunity to sit down with this compassionate, charismatic leader to learn more.

Gina de la Chesnaye: Can you tell me how the 108 Lives project got started?

Hector Marcel: The 108 Lives was an opportunity for people, who were studying in detail the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy that we offer at The Three Jewels, an experience of putting into practice the ideas that we talk about every Thursday by actually doing them in Nepal.

The idea began before we started teaching at the Three Jewels, but it didn’t get off the ground until the students there decided to jump in and put these ideas into practice and the basis of the idea is generosity.

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The idea that giving selflessly, to another person as important as you, to forgot yourself for a second and just give to someone as though they were you - reg