Manthan Awards 2014

Winner of Manthan Chairman's Distinction Award 2014


Bhutan May 2015

Monks & Nuns will learn to document sacred art

using their smartphones


Fire ravaged a traditional monastery

The treasures had not been fully documented yet


Gangtok - Spring 2014

Namgyal Institute team and participants

for training and workshop program

Advised by HH Karmapa 17 and Pema Chodron

Bhutan! Treasure Caretaker Training scheduled for Bhutan  in May 2015!
Treasure Caretaker Training scheduled for Nepal  in September 2015!
Treasure Caretaker Training scheduled for India  in  2016

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.