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Archive Project

The Archive Project is one of the most important assets and responsibilities of the International Shang Shung Institute. The aim of the Archive Project is to collect, preserve and make available documents relating to Tibetan culture in all of its aspects. There are four sections: Library, Photo, Audio and Video. It contains over twenty five thousand documents.


The Library contains over nine thousand texts and journals in Oriental and Western languages. The collection was put together by Professor Namkhai Norbu, who, in over thirty years of research, collected ancient manuscripts and prints in the Tibetan language, many of which are the only copies extant. Of particular importance is the rare collection of Dzogchen texts which is one of the most complete in the world.

Photographic Archive

The Photographic Archive contains over 10,000 images which give an extremely rich panorama of the iconography of art, the ceremonies, and the customs of Tibetan life over the last century. The Photographic Archive also includes a manuscripts conservation project. The manuscript conservation project entails digitising some of the rarest texts that can be found in the Tibetan language for future translation.

Audio Archive

The Audio Archive contains over four thousand recordings, made during the last thirty years of lectures and seminars held by representatives of various aspects of Tibetan culture. Primarily, the audio archive it contains all of the teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu from 1976 onwards.

Video Archive

The Video Archive is one of the most significant in its field and contains over 4,000 hours of recordings, interviews, public talks, courses and seminars. Since the early nineties the Video Archive has been enriched with videos of the teachings that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has been giving all over the world. The project of digitising, cataloguing and indexing all the teachings started in 1999 and is still in progress as materials continue to be added.

Help to Support the Archive Project!

The Archive Project is growing so fast that we often run out of digital space and human resources. Thanks to a generous offer from our technological partner, we can affordably increase our digital storage and thanks to the donations of individuals, we can sponsor the work of the archive staff. If you would like to help enable this project, please donate generously!


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