Tibetan Library in Dharamsala is planning to set up a preservation center in the city of Bangalore according to the report published by the Times of India. Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) based in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh plans to set up a preservation center for its large number of invaluable manuscripts and artefacts in Bangalore, Karnataka.
“Concerned over the safety of nearly 80,000 ancient Buddhist manuscripts and artefacts, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), one of the most important libraries and institutions of Tibetan works in the world, will set up its first preservation centre near Bengaluru. The main LTWA is in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.” said the report in Times of India.
The Tibetan library will be setting up its preservation center at the existing Tibetan facility, Dalai Lama Institute of Higher Education located on a 3.8 acre near Ramanagara on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway.
The report quoted the director of LTWA saying that the management is highly concerned about the safety and security of the numerous invaluable Buddhist manuscripts kept at the present facility in Dharamsala in the long run. Owing to the fact that Dharmsala’s location being an earth quake prone area while the heavy raining season stretching for several months rising the humidity endangers the priceless manuscripts in one place.
“The project requires huge funding. We are looking at philanthropists, who can give us funds for preserving these ancient manuscripts. These are priceless collections and we cannot afford to lose them at any cost,” quoted Geshe Lhakdor as saying about the project in the report.
“Founded by the 14th Dalai Lama on June 11, 1970, the LTWA houses ancient manuscripts and artefacts relocated from Tibet in 1959. The manuscripts relate to Tibet’s history, politics, culture and art. The library has more than 80,000 manuscripts, books and documents, over 600 Thankhas, statues and other artefacts of Buddhist heritage, apart from thousands of photographs.” added the report.