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Digital archives

The Digital Archives project is designed to save our Zen cultural heritage of calligraphies and paintings from deterioration by preserving them in digital form. We estimate that the digitalizing process will require about seven years. In the long run the Institute plans to establish an “Internet Museum of Zen Cultural Properties,” featuring materials and photographs collected through the two projects described below, and for which permission to display has been received from the owners.

The Greatest Treasures of Zen (A Project to Catalog Zen Cultural Properties)

Outline The Institute is producing digital images of important cultural properties in the possession of Zen honzan and other important temples, in order to create an archive of easily preserved and reproduced data. Work on the “Digital Archive: The Greatest Treasures of Zen” began in 2010.

Database of Zen Temple Properties

Outline This project involves important properties possessed by ordinary temples that fall outside the province of the “Greatest Treasures of Zen” project. The Institute has produced an easily used database to catalog digital photographs of paintings and calligraphies in the possession of temples agreeing to participate in this project.