The Druk Foundation for Art Preservation is honored to work in partnership with the Buddhist Art & Cultural Conservation Centre, the Zhung Dratshang (Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body) and the Dratshang Lhentshog (Bhutan’s Council for Religious Affairs). The Foundation is spearheading an international fundraising effort to build a permanent home for the Buddhist Art and Cultural Conservation Centre which will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the conservation and preservation of Bhutan’s sacred arts.
About Our Partners
The Buddhist Art and Cultural Conservation Centre
The Buddhist Art and Cultural Conservation Centre aspires to actively conserve Bhutan and the Himalayan region’s tangible and intangible heritage of Buddhist art and culture.
As custodians to a unique living heritage, the Centre passionately believes that the continuity of Buddhist values of wisdom, compassion and integrity are vital for a sustainable and harmonious future serving as inspiration for all.
The Zhung Dratshang
The Zhung Dratshang was established in 1621 by Zhabdrung Rinpoche Ngawang Namgyal, the Father of the Nation of Bhutan.
The Central Monastic Body, led by the Je Khenpo, provides spiritual leadership and guidance for the people of Bhutan. The Central Monastic Body has allocated land for the construction of the Buddhist Art and Cultural Conservation Centre and support for the monk conservators.
The Dratshang Lhentshog
The Dratshang Lhentshog was established by the Constitution of Bhutan as an independent regulatory authority for religious affairs. Its mission is to preserve and develop Bhutan’s rich spiritual heritage through the promotion of spiritual practices.
The Druk Foundation for Art Preservation and the Dratshang Lhentshog have an ongoing Memorandum of Understanding that is reviewed annually. This document solidifies the commitment of the Foundation to the preservation and sustenance of the spiritual and cultural traditions of Bhutan.
Druk Foundation for Art Preservation 2017 annual board meeting held in Kyoto, Japan.
Also joining the board meeting are Ashi Kesang Choden Tashi, Executive Director of the Buddhist Art and Cultural Conservation Centre [bottom right], and Dasho Karma Tsering Namgyal, Secretary of Dratshang Lhentshog (Bhutan’s Council for Religious Affairs) [top right].