Banteay Chhmar, an ancient Khmer archaeological site in northwestern Cambodia, is in a state of collapse after 800 years without conservation. This group discusses conservation, threats and long-term preservation.
On 1 April, 2014, strong winds caused the collapse of a 15-meter stretch of the bas-relief wall in the northeast sector. To address this situation, Global Heritage Fund is partnering with the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development through its Cultural Emergency Response program.The immediate needs are: We would like to thank the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development for supporting the efforts of restoring the wall through its Cultural Emergency Response program.1. Building a temporary shelter next to the collapsed zone to protect the area.2. Surveying, recording, and scanning the fallen stones to see what emergency and/or temporary repairs must be undertaken on the stones.3. Carefully storing the fallen stones into a secure shelter prior to the monsoon.4. Setting up emergency propping of adjacent standing parts of the wall to prevent further collapses.Work has already started, and it is expected that these critical first steps will be completed in the next few months.Continue
One day, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara gazed down upon the Six Realms of existence and was saddened by what he saw there. Despite his vow to help all other sentient beings attain enlightenment, every day there was more suffering in the world, and he could not see an end to it.In despair, he cried out to the Buddha Amitabha for help – and was answered. The Buddha gave Avalokiteshvara eleven heads with which to hear the pleas and prayers of those who suffer, one thousand arms with which to reach out to them, and, pressed into the palms of his many hands, one thousand eyes to keep guard and help beings see the path towards enlightenment. This popular…Continue