If you’ve ever wondered what goes on at the Shambhala Archives nowadays you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ve outlined our Current, Ongoing, Future and Recently Completed projects for you all to explore. Here you’ll be able to keep up to date on what the most recent projects going on at Shambhala Archives.
Current and Ongoing Projects
Inventory of the Ladrang Vault
Updating the Website
Starting in Autumn of 2021, we began updating our website. We are adding more information and more visuals to better convey what we do at the Shambhala Archives. In the future we’re hoping the website will keep everyone up to date with projects and news relating to the Archives.
Media Database Management
We use a database software called FileMaker to keep track of our digital and analog media. This database is always being worked on, be it entering new digitized media entries, or organizing existing records. This gives us a better understanding of what still needs to be digitized, in addition to keeping track of the physical media that resides in our collection.
Creating and uploading Backups
We are constantly creating backups of the digitized material to make sure that we never lose any valuable material from corrupted drives or unforeseen technical issues. In 2019 we started to ramp up the digital media upload process onto a cloud based drive and as of December 2021 we have backed up and uploaded over 20 Terabytes (20,000 Gigabytes) of material, making up about 75% of our digitized material. We plan to continue the upload process as we digitize more material to hopefully have a complete cloud backup of all our digitized media.
Path of Restoration
This is an ongoing project that encompasses the conservation and digitization of all physical media and artifacts held at the Shambhala Archives.
Below are amazing videos edited by Ethan Neville that perfectly explain the process of restoration.
Archives Media Vault Inventory
Rehousing Artifacts within the Ladrang Vault
Scanning and Digitizing Photos
This is an ongoing project to digitize the thousands of photos held at the Shambhala Archives. This extensive collection beautifully captures the long history of Shambhala Buddhism throughout the years, including photos of many prominent teachers, events and talks.
Recently Completed Projects
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Video Project
This massive project to digitize all of the videos of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has been funded by individuals for a couple years, it became the main project for the new Technical Director in August of 2020 and was completed in August of 2021. This project included digitizing roughly 480 S-VHS tapes and took a total of roughly 705 hours.
Kalapa Lodge Digitizing Project
This project was accomplished by Archival Assistant Torin Vigerstad who located and cross referenced cassette tapes of talks and seminars held at Kalapa Lodge meetings