Years ago in late 1960’s, James George, then Canadian High Commissioner to India, “was instrumental in preserving sacred Tibetan texts.” Using his office as headquarters, he and his team microfilmed 500 Tibetan books. The project was “implemented by a young CUSO worker who was given a special camera for microfilming. He was invited to live at the High Commission for about a year to accomplish the task. The microfilming included texts of all the major Tibetan sects & schools. Each school was given their own microfilmed compilation, including ten Kagyu microfilm reels for Kalu Rinpoche, who later gifted the reels to Namgyal Rinpoche and the Dharma Centre of Canada.
The Dharma Centre of Canada (DCC) has an Archive, holding documents that date back to its beginning in the 1970’s. In volume, there are about twenty book boxes of material.
What is an archive and what is in the DCC Archive? An archive in any organization, business corporation, agency, or non-profit, that consists of the critical or strategic records generated during the life of the organization. These records tell the story of what decisions were made and what occurred in any one year. Typically, this represents only 5% (or less) of all the records generated by an organization during any year of its life. Only the most important documents are retained indefinitely, or archived. All other records (the remaining 95% or so) are destroyed on a destruction schedule of 3 to 30 years, or more. For small organizations such as DCC we follow a simplified destruction regiment called “the seven year rule.” This means that most Dharma Centre records for are those that ordinarily be destroyed within seven years – unless they are placed in the Archive. Some organizations include historical artifacts and physical objects in its archive.
Hello friends of the Dharma Center
The news in Dharma Centre emails, in phone chats with old friends, and in postings on the
website and on Facebook is uplifting. Recent retreats were well-attended and many people
continue to benefit from the activities and ambiance of the Centre. There is a full board and
wonderful staff and volunteers.