The International Shang Shung Institute, founded in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and inaugurated in 1990 by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is a non-profit, non-political heritage organisation dedicated to the preservation and study of Tibetan culture. Today there are branches in Italy, Russia, United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, and The Netherlands.
"I therefore hope and pray that all Tibetans and those who are interested in the future of Tibet and its culture, will help in whatever way they can to ensure the continuing survival of the authentic Tibetan tradition.” Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
The Shang Shung Institute Austria was founded on January 1st in 2000 and is located in East-Styria about 45 km to East of Graz and about 160 km to the South of Vienna. Together with the Yeselling, the Ling of the international Dzogchen-Community, the Shang Shung Institute Austria is renting parts of a former Gasthaus (“Krenn's Dorfleben”). It is located on the top of a lovely smooth hill, surrounded by vineyards and offering a marvelous view in all directions.
The Shang Shung Institute Austria possesses one of the biggest collections of statues in relation to the Dzogchen Teachings. Such collection of statues is hardly to find anywhere else. The statues are of extraordinary quality, gold plated and especially made for the Shang Shung Institute.
Coordinates of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: 47.155769 °N, 15.845214 °E
Ka-Ter Translation Project:
Tibetan Language Weekends in 2016:
Guided translation of practice text with Prof. Fabian Sanders
Since 2015 the Shang Shung Institute Austria has successfully been offering various Tibetan Language Weekends. These Tibetan language Weekends can be either followed directly at Dzogchen Community Merigar West or online from anywhere per Skype in the form of a screen shared conference.
The Tibetan Language Weekends are an initiative of the Ka-Ter translation project of the Shang Shung Institute Austria.
New dates for Tibetan Language Weekends from September - December 2016:
- September 17-18
- October 8-9
- November 12-13
- December 3-4
Venue: Merigar and skype/screen sharing conference (can be followed from anywhere)
- All four Tibetan Language Weekends for members of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: 160.- Euro
- One Tibetan Language Weekend for members of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: 49.- Euro
- One Tibetan Language Weekend for non-members of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: 95.- Euro
The Shang Shung Institute also offers other courses like calligraphy seminars or Ku Nye courses.
THE IMPORTANCE OF TIBETAN LANGUAGE
One of the subjects Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was focusing a lot in the last years was "The Message from Tibet through Songs and Dances". In 2014 Shang Shung Edizioni also published a book by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu called "The Message from Tibet through Songs and Dances" in which He presented the first 108 songs related to various aspects of Tibetan culture also with the English translation of the Tibetan texts.
Here is one song chosen that speaks about the importance of Tibetan language. Rinpoche writes in His book about the meaning of Tibetan songs and dances:
"These songs and dances, which are strongly related to the ancient and modern culture of Tibet, are very valuable since they have the important quality of contributing directly and indirectly to the preservation of the different aspects of the Tibetan culture in our world. For this reason I wish to thank all these young artists."
Rinpoche says about the song "Pagad"
"Pagad means "The language of the fathers". The Tibetan language is very important - we need to study Tibetan. In order to spread and develop Tibetan culture it is indispensable to study and learn Tibetan language.If we want to study Tibetan, we need to teach it. This is what I think and what this song is about.
Young Tibetans need to study Tibetan and need to memorize the Tibetan alphabet. This is what I think and what this song is about.
Tibetans need to study their language and also the Tibetan script. As you know, Tibetans in official schools have to speak Chinese and not Tibetan. Even if they know Tibetan very well, they cannot use it, as Chinese is the official language. If we go ahead in that way, the Tibetan language will be finished after one generation. For this reason the Tibetan sings and with their songs they make understand the given situation." (translation of an oral instruction of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu)
Pagad: Kadrag Trayang
For the preservation of the Tibetan language and in that way also its unique culture the Shang Shung Institute Austria has been offering Tibetan language courses for beginners, intermediate students or advanced students since 2003. If your are interested in following one of these courses please contact us.