Cultural Preservation

Photographer Hans Georg Berger initiated the Buddhist Heritage Project's cultural heritage preservation goals with his landmark community-based documentation through photography of Luang Prabang's rituals, festivals and ceremonies. Beginning in 1993 Berger, in close collaboration with senior monks of the Buddhist Sangha and the community at large, comprehensively captured the soul and, in his words the "immaterial culture" of this unique community. His work resulted in an Opus of more than 14,000 photographs.

Berger continued this exploration and exposition of Luang Prabang's cultural heritage with his participation in The Quiet in the Land, a New York based art and education project held in Luang Prabang from 2004 to 2006, involving 12 international artists.

Since its founding the Buddhist Heritage Project has followed these guideposts, expanding the mission of cultural preservation across multiple disciplines; publishing school books; convening exhibitions and workshops; supporting Vipassana Meditation retreats and maintaining the internationally recognized research centre at the Buddhist Archives.

The links below show two elements of the cultural preservation efforts of the Buddhist Heritage Project: