Projects

Research into Preservation of Traditional Buddhist Texts

Researching current methods and materials used in conservation of pechas, traditional Buddhist texts (pages and covers).

Digitization of Buddhist texts is currently widespread and well-funded, however, conservation of the originals is not.

How has your monastery or shedra preserved their pechas through the centuries?

If you work in a conservation laboratory, what methods and materials are you currently using?

 

Preservation of Treasures Seminars, Workshops and Lectures

The Preservation of Treasures sessions are held in Bhutan, Nepal, Northern India, China, North America and Europe. Participants join us from monasteries, nunneries, universities, museums, archives, and government services and include affiliated professionals, traditional artists and community leaders.  Upcoming workshops include invitations to Indian Institute of Technology, Namgyal Institute, Tergar Monastery in Nepal and in universities in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

 

Nepal

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

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

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

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 The Karmapa’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

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Sikkim India, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

 

 

 

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. Team members change for each project for specific skills. Together they form a strong group ready to share preservation measures appropriate for cultural heritage treasures threatened by  theft, political upheaval, and natural disasters.