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2018 Workshops and Preservation Manual for Monastery Treasures

Your generosity supports 2018/19 Preservation of Monastery Treasures Workshops with monks and nuns planned in Varanasi, Gangtok, and in Nepal.

Treasure Caretaker Training is writing a preservation resource manual dedicated to local communities. The Manual for Preservation of Monastery Treasures will be made available free of charge on-line, including topics of care and preservation for lineage treasures, protection before disaster strikes, and safe recovery in the event of a disaster. The manual will be translated into Tibetan, Nepali, Hindi, Chinese and Dzongkha. Thank you for your support.

Our approach to thangka conservation is featured in this recent article:

Upcoming Thangka Preservation Workshops are planned for University of San Francisco, Varanasi, New York, London and Hong Kong for 2018/19. Please join us!

Thangka Preservation was the focus for a week of lectures, private tours and workshop in New York City, May 3-8. All About Thangkas was an intensive workshop with private tours of thangkas at the Rubin Museum, and a private tour of thangkas in storage at American Museum of Natural History. Richly illustrated talks on Thangkas took place at Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art and Shambhala Center. Our participants from the MET, Harvard, Brooklyn Museum, etc. all learned alot and enjoyed themselves!

Preservation of Treasures Workshop, March 2017. The Preservation of Treasures Workshop, concluded for 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, The Tibet Museum, Institute of Tibetan Thanga Art, Central University of Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, with visitors from Khampagar Monastery Tashi Jong and Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute Chauntra and Tsering Kelsang. Participants were engaged in documentation practice, and risk assessment reporting during our exciting on-site visits to local museums and monasteries.

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