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BY NICOLE BALDERAS
Dawa Juliet Sangmu didn't come
to: the U.S. planning to:: Start Ju-
liet's Jewels - a shop and medi-
tation center at 3.1S W. Sycamore Si. -
but she said it saved her life.
,Sfcw the shop, which has jewelry
and clothing from Thailand to India, is
nearing its 11th year in business.
Sangmu grew up in Dr Graham's
homes, a charity-based boarding school
started by Christian missionaries in
India. In her 16 years at the school, she
helped care for orphaned babies and
Said she learned the true meaning of
"So many of us came from broken
homes," Sangmu said. "\\<- are each
After a move to the ILS. and a divorce,
Sangmu joined the TJ.S- Army for the
chance to be closer to her homeland.
Sangmu returned to Denton after
only two months in basic training, say-
ing she wasn't cut out for the more vio -
lent aspects of militaiy life.
"When it came to the point where we
had to be angry and kill, I thought, I
wasn't going to do that," Sangmu said.
After receiving some jewelry from
her aunt in India, Sangmu asked to re-
ceive more to give as gifts to friends.
The jewelry piqued her friends' in-
terest, and Sangmu began selling jew-
elry at local businesses. After making
$1,800 in one night, Sangmu realized
her new hobby had potential to be a
Since Sangmu opened Juliets Jewels
more than 11 years ago, she has made
many pilgrimages overseas to collect
one-of-a-kind treasures for her shop.
By buying directly from wholesale
markets, Sangmu is able to make items
in her shop affordable.
"I live here so I don't have to pay an
overhead fee. Greed, has to OB left out
because in the end I can't take any of
this with me," Sangmu said.
Though Sangmu had a Christian up-
bringing, she has found solace in the
teachings of Buddhism.
"I met with a monk in Dallas but was
still going to church;," Sangmu said.
"That night I had a dream that I was in
a train and it crashed and Jesus said,
'I'm Buddhist too,' and I never looked
Sangmu now teaches Buddhism
and meditation classes in a converted
garage, Instead of power tools and a
parked car, the room is filled with col-
orful meditation cushions scattered on
the floor and inspirational wall hang-
ings such as "The Wheel of .Life" or
"Bhavaehakra, which depicts key as-
pects of Buddha's teachings.
Those who attend the class regularly
said they appreciate Sangmu's natural
gift for teaching.
"She doesn't download a lot of in-
formation," said Tia Lfiwellyn, who has
attended some, of the classes. "She lis-
tens to your questions and there is an
A natural globetrotter, Sangmu will
spend a month traveling around Cam-
bodia, Thailand and Japan. She plans
to return with about 600 pounds of
j ewels and other findings,
To give back to:the.place she/grew up,
Sangmu opened a shop called Julia's
Secret in India. The shop sells wom-
en's undergarments and is maintained
by family members back home.
"I can be quite greedy when it comes
to red velvet cake in my fridge," Sang-
mu jokes, "But it is also important to
remember that by benefitting others
We benefit ourselves,"
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