printing at Dege
most recent visit to this project was in October 2005. Rokpa has
sponsored a total of 8000 wood blocks for printing texts from the
Kagyu lineage which is severely underrepresented in the printing
houses. Of the 8,000 4,000 have been corrected and finished.
process involves going over each text 6 or seven times and correcting
them and after this they are stored in the main building.
Dege Wood block printing house holds 77 percent of all the wood
blocks available in Tibet and was built 276 years ago on the foundations
of an older building which was built 800 years ago. The oldest wood
blocks are over 1,200 years old. There is a separate workshop where
designs and images are printed and of these larger wood blocks the
oldest is 890 years old.
are 24 workers divided into teams of three who work closely together
supported by porters who supply them with the wood blocks.
has sponsored a total of 16,000 pages of copies of original texts
some of which are carved from the only existing copy.