Projects

Preservation of Treasures Workshop, March 2017

The Preservation of Treasures Workshop, concluded at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, India. Participants joined us from LTWA Library and Museum, Men-Tsee-Khang Medical and Astro-science Institute, Jamyang Choling Nunnery, Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery, Tibetan Museum, Institute of Thangka Art, Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, and Government of India Ministry of Culture in Dehli, with visitors from Tashi Jong Monastery and Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Institute in Chauntra. Jim Canary shared a day on Preservation of Pechas. Participants were engaged in documentation practice, and risk assessment reporting during our on-site visits to local museums and monasteries.

Upcoming workshops include invitations to Sera Jey Monastery, Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, and in Ladakh.

 

 

Kungya Nyingpo’s experience

I would like to Tashi delek you to participants and to Ann Shaftel-la. With this 7 day workshop I got a lot of experience and extra knowledge. ……because in Tibetan Society this kind of subject is new and no one can do such things.  That’s why I am thinking to become a Conservator like Ann-la, to protect my culture and the rich heritage of Tibetan monastery treasures.

First of all she taught us documentation, and it is very important to have a document for all the monastery treasures including thangka paintings and wall painting etc. Risk assessment is very important subject in this workshop, and on our weekend trips we also got lots of knowledge in prevention, what we could do before the earthquake, nature disasters, and also what we do after the earthquake.

Kunga Nyingpoann14
Student
Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nepal, Autumn 2016

The Tergar Osel Ling was the venue for a Treasure Caretaker Training session for monks in Nepal, with a focus on risk assessment and disaster mitigation.

Sikkim, India, March 2016

The Government of India invited Treasure Caretaker Training to teach a session for monks and nuns in Sikkim, focusing on preservation of sacred art in Sikkim. The senior monastics, scholars, artists and archivist participants worked hard during this 9 day workshop.

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Nepal, March 2016

Eight monasteries in Nepal invited our team to visit to offer earthquake preparedness advice, for the protection of monastery lineage treasures.

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Bodh Gaya India, Kagyu Monlam for Nuns, February 2016

Treasure Caretaker Training was invited by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa to the 2016 Kagyu Monlam to teach these valuable skills specifically to nuns. The workshop session, opened by His Holiness’s sister, was intensely useful to the nun participants from India, Nepal, China, Bhutan and North America.

Chamsing-la Inspires Nuns

 

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Bhutan session, Royal Government of Bhutan Department of Culture, UNESCO, May-June 2015

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Sikkim India, Namgyal Institute of Technology, May 2014

 

 

Khenrab Senge’s experience

I am a student monk from lava monastery, India and today I would like to write about my  experience on training I did for a week long in Sikkim, India.

At monastery we monks do turns to look after our valuable things. So one day my teacher called me and said that I have to go to training to learn how to take care our art-forms, relics  statues, dance costumes, etc.  He added that we have join the training as it inviting and teaching for benefit of our monastery treasure.

At training I met many peoples, monks, nuns, and lays.  There I came to know that there is so much better way to take care our valuables.  I learned many modern ways to preserve and protect our treasures which I was unaware of it before.  I enjoyed so much in learning with many monks and nuns.

One reason I was sent to training was that I am better in english at my monastery, so I could learn and understand well and can teach and explain well about treasure caretaking to other monks at my monastery.

Best of this training I came to know is that there is many modern and easy way to protect our monasteries valuable treasure which we can reduce risk of damaging, lost and theft, and keep our treasure protected safe for many many years.  So what I am thinking now is that it will be so beneficial and welfare if many caretakers of treasure can get trained and come to know about this new modern techniques ways of protecting as the generation is changing with more technology which brings many destruction and risk to our valuable treasures.

 

Shraddha Bhatawadekar’s experience

As a professional working in the field of cultural heritage management, I have been involved in the preservation of Buddhist cultural heritage through work on site management projects at Ajanta Caves as well as the Temple at Bodhgaya. I feel privileged to participate in the Treasure Caretaker Training, Digital Monastery Project, a unique project aimed at preserving the precious treasures of the sacred Buddhist monasteries.

At the core of this project is the innovative use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to aid the task of preservation and protection of collections, which are proud possessions of the monasteries, be it traditional costumes, instruments, statuary, or precious paintings. In my role as an educator, it was exciting to interact with the monks and nuns, work together with them in group exercises, role plays, etc. in order to impart the basics of collections management, risk assessment, and preparedness. We used simple techniques such as photography, preparation of digital inventory using mobile phones and laptops, easily available for the participants. It was a great learning experience for me and it widened my horizons of knowledge. Highlight of the workshop was visit to the monasteries and getting blessings from the Great Gurus and participating in the festive celebrations, which offered a great glimpse into the rich tradition of Buddhism that continues to thrive today.

The Digital Monastery Project has provided a powerful tool, empowering the caretakers in protecting their treasures. I am myself thoroughly honoured to be a part of this Project and wish that we get an opportunity to work toward spreading this knowledge to other parts of the world.

 

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Our Team

Each of our project team members has the professional standing, knowledge, experience and will to share.  Together they form a strong group ready to teach preservation measures appropriate for sacred Buddhist art in a region beset by theft, political upheaval, and natural disasters. Team members change for each project – please join us!