Fire ravaged a traditional monastery

The treasures had not been fully documented yet


Gangtok spring 2014

Program participants learnt how to document

a statue using their own smartphone


Gangtok - Spring 2014

Namgyal Institute team and participants

for training and workshop program


Manthan Award' 2014

Winner of Manthan Chairman's Distinction Award 2014

Endorsed by HHKarmapa 17, Pema Chodron, and Prof. Robert Thurman

Bhutan! Treasure Caretaker Training scheduled for Bhutan this winter!

Successful session completed at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, Sikkim for 40 Participants in May 2014
Save endangered Buddhist sacred art by working with Cultural Treasure Caretakers training in preservation and documentation:
Join scientific knowledge and techniques, with traditional methods and respect



Looters and antique hunters target historical relics, leaving behind the wreckage of a nation’s heritage. Crimes against cultural heritage treasures harm the history of humanity, the knowledge of civilization, and centuries-old legacies.
Enemies are theft, earthquake, flood, fire, armed conflict, and political upheaval.

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Participants learn how to document their own organization’s art collections, and how to create a confidential digital inventory. The very existence of such an inventory serves to discourage theft and protect collections in times of disaster and conflict.

Video Interview

Video Interviews

Elders hold the history of their community’s culture, and cultural heritage treasures. Participants in Treasure Caretaker Training learn how to interview Elders and how to record the interviews on their smartphones and tablets.


Risk Assessment and Disaster Management

 We work closely with Treasure Caretakers to assess risks in their locations, and to create action plans if disaster strikes! How to assess risks to the cultural heritage treasures in their own organizations, and what to do if disaster strikes: this is taught and practiced during field trips to local museums and monasteries.