The International Shang Shung Institute

The International Shang Shung Institute is a non-profit, non-political heritage organisation dedicated to the preservation and study of Tibetan culture with branches in Italy, Russia, United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, and The Netherlands.

The Institute was founded in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and inaugurated in 1990 by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. It is active in the fields of Arts and Culture, Translation and Language Programmes, Publications, Archiving, Tibetan Medicine, Buddhist Studies and Academic Research. Read More...

News and Upcoming Events

Tibetan Dances Workshops and Performances

20-22 May - Romania - Tibetan Modern Dances Beginners Workshop. To register go here.

1 May - Tallin, Estonia - Tibetan Traditional Songs Concert

1-3 June  - Tallin, Estonia - Tibetan Modern Dances Beginners Workshop. To register contact

7-8 June - Milan - Tibetan Modern Dances Beginners Workshop. To register contact


Ku Nye Massage Courses

17-23 May - France - First week of a 3 weeks course. To register contact

16-22 August - France -Second week of a 3 weeks course. To register contact

15-19 November - France -Second week of a 3 weeks course. To register contact


Our Editorial Plan in 2014

In January we published Message from Tibet: Tibetan Songs of Today, a collection of 108 songs compiled by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. The melodies for the songs can be found on a dedicated web page, so that you can easily learn to sing in Tibetan! 



In February 2014 we published the Tibetan calendar for the Wood Horse year. Apart from astrological indications for the whole year as well as individual days, the calendar contains the explanation of location of protective energy on a given day, which should be taken into account when planning a surgery.



We’re also finalizing the re-editing of the Key to Consulting the Tibetan Calendar explaining all the different astrological aspects, combinations, constellations, relationships – and how to use this knowledge in our daily life, especially when making important decisions.

In March we’re publishing a re-editing of Beyond Words, a book by Judith Allan and Julia Lawless explaining in very simple terms the history and basic elements of Dzogchen practice.

We’re also working on another book by Judy and Julia based on the records of Brian Beresford: The Lost Kingdom of Shang Shung. On Pilgrimage in Tibet with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Many of us heard about the famous pilgrimage to the sacred Kailash Mountain: the book presents a narration of this fascinating journey with its challenges and interesting discoveries.



Finally, at the end of April, we’re publishing the long-awaited The Temple of the Great Contemplation: The Gonpa in Merigar. This full-colour book contains the explanation of all aspects of the Gonpa in Merigar written by Chögyal

Namkhai Norbu, with hundreds of photographs as well as the biographies of all the masters depicted on the walls of the Gonpa! The book has 360 pages and will be available both in English and Italian.



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