Thursday, 29 March 2007

All Teachings from the Year 1994 Digitized

Last week, our team finished digitizing all video recordings in the archive from the year 1994. This videos are now being preserved on error-protected RAID units in the Treasury of Wisdom archive, and they are being backed up onto another RAID in another building. And of course, we keep storing the original video tapes in a climate-controlled room.

The videos have been compressed into a high-quality format called H264. The year 1994 uses up 850GB in harddisk storage. So, you might wonder: how much does this cost? Well, the year 1994 takes up around 1,300€ worth of storage in the main archive, and around the same amount in the backup facility.

So, you can say that 2,600€ buy you a year of archived video footage. This of course doesn't include the labour, electricity, rent and so on to create these files and maintain the archive.

And, how much video is there? It seems that Rinpoche taught less in the year 1994 than the last couple of years. There are only around 250 hours of video from 1994, including many teachings on Bodhichitta and 'Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment', as well as the famous Salle Adyar teachings from the end of 1994. Sogyal Rinpoche gave these teachings during his personal retreat in Paris.

And, just to give a glimpse, there is a video still of Sogyal Rinpoche teaching in Berlin, 27 November 1994 at the beginning of this blog entry.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

The View from the Kitchen Window

As you might know, the Treasury of Wisdom is housed together with ZAM in a newly renovated building at the outskirts of Lodeve. The building doesn't look like much from the outside, so you won't see a photo of its appearance, but the view from the kitchen window is very inspiring as you can see.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

NEW Edits in the Treasury of Wisdom Database

The Treasury of Wisdom Database is now ready to gather information on edits of teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche. This is a very exciting development as it has been extremely difficult up to now to find information on edits in Rigpa. Of course, it will take a while until the list of edits filed in this database will fit no longer on a single page. So, all video editors in Rigpa: start filing your new edits as well as your old edits, and don't forget to stick to the filenaming standard.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Something from the Old Rigpa Programmes

The Treasury of Wisdom is not just about geek stuff and electronic files.

This cartoon has been featured on the poster for the 1979 Rigpa Summer School.

One more Satabeast

The Treasury of Wisdom uses Nexsan Satabeast Raid Units as their electronic backup systems. We have just installed our third Satabeast Unit (with 14 750GB disks) which brings our total backup capaity to 49 TB (that is 49 000 Gigabytes).

Welcome to the Treasury of Wisdom Blog

Welcome to the new Treasury of Wisdom blog, your window to the exciting world of the Rigpa Treasury of Wisdom.