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Lost Treasures of Tibet

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Chapter 1
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Facing the Impermanent

Sacred 500-year-old paintings are crumbling off the walls of a Buddhist monastery, and a Tibetan monk sets off on a pilgrimage to see them.
running time 8:25

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Journey to Lo Monthang

On his way to the monasteries of Lo Monthang, Lama Guru Gyaltsen encounters a hidden cave where deities are said to emanate from the walls.
running time 7:04

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Restoring a Temple's Glory

British architect John Sanday and art conservator Rodolfo Lujan from Rome contemplate how to resurrect a temple and its murals.
running time 7:28

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Ancient Practices

To bring the temple back to life, the team uses building and painting techniques practiced in the 15th century.
running time 8:48

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Traces of the Masters

An infrared camera detects the original drawings under the painted murals, revealing the intentions of the master artists.
running time 7:31

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The King's Approval

The King of Mustang arrives to pass judgment on the work of the conservators.
running time 5:27

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An Uncertain Future

Mustang's holy temples may still be in peril as the kingdom makes way for roads and automobiles.
running time 4:59

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