Monday, 9 July 2007

Main Activities of the Treasury of Wisdom in the Year 2006

Supporting Rigpa Teaching Events
In addition to the support of teaching events through the travelling Suitcase harddisk and the electronic Archive Video Edits Library, the year 2006 marked the advent of an entirely new support of teachings events: providing teaching content for events which Sogyal Rinpoche is not being able to attend.
This series of event started with the Clear Lake Retreat 2006, which Sogyal Rinpoche conducted remotely first through telephone, and then via an internet-based video conference. It then continued with a conference of Social Workers in Hong Kong, which received a specially recorded new teaching on video, and then with a teaching weekend in Taipei on Tendrel Nyesel, which was based on edits of teachings given before in Lerab Ling.

Support for Rigpa Publications
During the first half of 2006, a small and very dedicated team finished the book called "The Vision of Enlightenment", the teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to Lerab Ling in September 2000. The Treasury of Wisdom team provided this team with audio and video materials of this teachings wherever needed for their work.

Establishment and Support of the Home Retreat Transmission
In September 2006, Rigpa launched the Home Retreat, a programme to follow the Three-Year Retreat at home. This new programme is based on weekly video transmissions, which are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese. The Treasury of Wisdom team was instrumental in the establishment of a workgroup, based in Lerab Ling, which prepares these transmission. All the know-how that the Treasury of Wisdom team holds in terms of recording the teachings, archiving the teachings, editing the teachings, and packaging the edited teachings for access through the internet were transmitted to the newly formed team in Lerab Ling.

Establishment of a Multimedia Archive in Lerab Ling
In view of the tremendous amount of work on the teachings that were about to start in Lerab Ling in August 2006, the Treasury of Wisdom team established a functional multimedia archive in Lerab Ling, in coordination with Lerab Ling's IT staff, which now is the backbone of the home retreat transmissions as well as the basis for the work on the teachings which is done to support teaching events with Rinpoche world-wide.
Also, the Treasury of Wisdom appointed a multimedia archivist in Lerab Ling who oversees the proper archiving of the Lerab Ling recordings and productions. This archivist also handles all requests to the Treasury of Wisdom from Lerab Ling.

Digitzing of old Audio and Video Recordings of Teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche and Other Masters
The year 2006 saw the biggest efforts yet to digitize the older teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche. The Treasury of Wisdom invested in three new video digitizing stations which increased the rate at which the older teachings get entered into the electronic archive enormously. the Treasury of Wisdom also employed another helper on a part-time basis to make sure that our newly acquired digitizing capacity was used to its full extent. As a result, within a period of a few weeks, the Treasury of Wisdom team finished digitizing all videos from the year 1994.
There is also progress on digitizing and sorting audio recordings from the past. The team has sorted the recordings from a landmark retreat of the Rigpa History: The Summer Retreat in Brunissard, August 1989, with Kyabjé Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Dzogchen Rinpoche, and Sogyal Rinpoche.

Updating the "History of Rigpa" Video
In anticipation of the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which was planned for July 2006 (and then postponed in June), the Treasury of Wisdom embarked on updating the aging "History of Rigpa" video which was produced on the occasion of the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Lerab Ling in September 2000.
With the help of many volunteers, the Treasury of Wisdom team added an entire new section of the visit of Khenpo Jigphun to Lerab Ling from 1993, as well as footage from visits of Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Kamtrul Rinpoche and many others.
Also, for the first time, a translation of the teaching extracts into English has been added to this historic documentary.