No Hands With A Beautiful Smile – OHS 135

I met this no-handed beggar twice on two different visits to Tibet and China. In 2017 I went on a Buddhist Medical mission to Eastern Tibet to support a small crew of doctors who serviced over 700 local Tibetans. I was able to spend three or four days in Chengdu, China before and after the mission. That is where I met this guy the first time. This year, 2019, I went on a 12 day Buddhist Pilgrimage to Central Tibet. We landed and stayed in Chengdu, China before entering into Tibet. I was so absolutely excited to see my no-handed friend again.

There is an area in Chengdu called the Tibetan Business District. It is more commonly known as “Little Tibet.” There are mostly Tibetan themed businesses, clothing stores, and restaurants. It is real opportunity to shop for a variety of Buddhist practice supplies and Dharma gear. And at the same time there is the poverty often seen in bigger metropolitan cities. One of the many beggars I encountered while in Chengdu was this guy with no hands and a beautiful smile.

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Show Notes:

  • I used to complain that I had no good shoes. Then I saw a man who had to feet. This phrase came to mind when I met a beggar with no hands.

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