Shang Shung Institute

The International Shang Shung Institute was founded in Italy in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Its aim is to deepen the knowledge and understanding of Tibetan cultural traditions in order to ensure their survival and preservation. The International Shang Shung Institute currently has five main branches, located in Italy, USA, Austria, the UK, and Russia, which work together as one to promote all initiatives to this end.

Shang Shung Institute – Austria

Shang Shung Institute – Italy

Shang Shung Institute – Russia

Shang Shung Institute – UK

Shang Shung Institute – USA

Shang Shung Publications – The publishing house of the International Shang Shung Institute



A.S.I.A. was created following a series of expeditions to India and Nepal (in 1978) and Tibet (in 1981 and 1988) by Prof. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and a group of his students. All were struck by the difficult economic and social conditions in which Tibetans lived and by the sharp decline of the traditional language and culture following the Chinese cultural revolution. In 1988, Prof. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and his students founded A.S.I.A. (Association for International Solidarity in Asia), to preserve Tibetan culture and sustain the economic, social and cultural development both of the Tibetans still in China and of the refugees in India and Nepal.


International Dzogchen Community of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

The Dzogchen Community is a broad association of people brought together by a common interest in the teaching of Dzogchen Ati, who follow it under the guidance of a master possessing authentic knowledge of the state of Dzogchen, who study and practice each according to his or her own capacity, and who further the circumstances necessary for these activities.

The various Dzogchen Community centers are places where it is possible to collaborate with other practitioners toward common spiritual enrichment. They make up a mandala, or network, that covers the various geographical areas of the world. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s main centers, or Gars (literally meaning dwelling), are located in Italy, Romania, the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Australia.

International Centers (Gars)

Merigar West – Europe (Italy)

Merigar East – Europe (Romania)

Kunsangar North – Russia

Kunsangar South – Ukraine

Tsegyalgar East – North America (Massachusetts, USA)

Tsegyalgar West – North America (Baja Sur, Mexico)

Tashigar Norte – South America (Venezuela)

Tashigar Sur – South America (Argentina)

Namgyalgar – Oceania (Australia)


Local Centers (Lings)

North America

Berkeley, California – Dondrubling

Chicago, Illinois

New York, New York – Kundrolling

Portland, Oregon

Seattle, Washington

Toronto, Ontario




Czech Republic



Great Britain








Spain – Kundusling



Brescia – Kunsalling

Molise – Adzamling


Naples – Namdeling

Rome – Zhenphenling

Venice – Gyamtsholing


Moscow – Rinchenling

The Mirror

Newspaper of the International Dzogchen Community


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