Treasure Caretaker Training, Digital Monastery Project





Digital Monastery Project, Treasure Caretaker Training, was conceived by Project Director Ann Shaftel after many years of experience in preserving cultural heritage in the Himalayan region. Digital inventory is crucial at this time, when art theft in the region is on sharp rise, especially as Buddhist art is highly collectable.

“While some projects are digitizing sacred texts, there has been little concerted effort to create digital inventories of monastic treasures; inventories that include video/audio interviews of aged monastics.

“Blessed and Advised by HH Karmapa 17, Ani Pema Chodron, Professor Robert Thurman and others, our expert instructors include experienced professional conservators, security experts, risk assessment and disaster mitigation experts, and digital inventory specialists.”

Donations can be made through the project website “to help nun and monk Treasure Caretakers to protect sacred art in their own monasteries from art theft and natural disasters.”


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