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Shang Shung Institute - International Institute of Tibetan Studies
 
Tibetan civilization is one of the world’s greatest sources of spiritual knowledge that remains intact to this day, but there is now a real danger that this may be lost. The Shang Shung Institute, therefore, endeavors to safeguard different aspects of Tibetan culture in order to keep it alive for future generations. 
The Shang Shung Institute organizes courses, study seminars, conferences and exhibitions as well as translating original Tibetan texts into the major Western languages. It has a publications arm as well as an archive based in Italy and the International Institute offers study grants to young Tibetans. 
 
Shang Shung, the name of the Institute, reflects the pre-Buddhist foundations of Tibetan culture and history. The ancient kingdom of Shang Shung once occupied a large area including Western and Northern Tibet with Mount Kailash at its centre. The study of Shang Shung is important if we are to understand the unique nature and the universal importance of Tibetan culture, past and present. 
Many of its traditions have been transmitted across the centuries by both oral and literary means. Knowledge of Tibetan culture is traditionally classified into five major fields or sciences: Arts and Crafts, Medicine, Linguistics and Poetry, Logic and "Inner Knowledge" which refers to the more esoteric aspects of Meditation and Buddhist Studies and the Shang Shung Institute is active in the fields of Arts and Culture, Translation and Language Programs, Publications, Archiving, Tibetan Medicine, Buddhist Studies and Academic Research . 

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.
 
 
 
Shang Shung Institute Austria
 
The Shang Shung Institute Austria  is part of the International Shang Shung Institute. 
The Shang Shung Institute Austria is mainly responsible for translation projects, the "Ka-Ter Translation Program" and the "Complete Works of 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 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. 

  Short film about the 1st Styrian-Tibetan Cultural Days in Gschmaier in November 2011

News

With greatest pleasure we invite you to the astrology and art workshop with Migmar Tsering in September 2020 at the Shang Shung Institute Austria.

It will be the first time, that such a workshop will be organized and held in a German speaking country.

 

Wednesday, September 2nd  until Sunday, September 6th, 2020

Every day we will start at 10 o'clock  and finish at 6.30pm

 

Here are all the information

Information in German

 

 

See also: Partners of the Shang Shung Institute Austria

Partners of the Shang Shung Institute Austria

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dynamic Space of the Elements

 

 
 
 
 
 
The non-profit association Dynamic Space of the Elements with its seat in Tuscany, Italy, is the portal to Tibetan art and culture.
Just like the Shang Shung Institute Austria it is one of the departments of the ATIYOGA FOUNDATION and offers workshops and seminars on Tibetan astrology, geomancy and art, but also organizes travelling tours to China and Italy, etc. 
 
 
Related videos: 
 
The Dynamic Space of the Elements association is also a supporter of the Ka-Ter Translation Project of the Shang Shung Institute Austria.
We offer several fantastic items produced by the team of Dynamic Space of the Elements, the net profit is exclusively dedicated to this translation project.
 
  
 
Sangkhangs
 
 
 
 
 
 
In collaboration with the team of Dynamic Space of the elements we also offer beautiful thankas, beautifully painted plates and various pictures.
 Here some examples :
          
 
        
 
    
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shang Shung International School of Tibetan Medicine
 
The Shang Shung International School of Tibetan Medicine with seats in USA, Russia and Tenerife, is one of the departments of the ATIYOGA FOUNDATION 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHANG SHUNG PUBLICATIONS

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 MACO  Museo di Arte e Culture Orientale di Arcidosso
 
Also MACO, this marvelous museum on Orient art and culture, placed in Arcidosso, Italy, is one of the departments of the ATIYOGA FOUNDATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ASIA: Association for International Solidarity in Asia
 
 

Importance of Tibetan language

  

 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

This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
 
However I look at it, I see the need to study Tibetan well
         However I look at it, I see the need to study Tibetan well
                          It is necessary to study Tibetan well 
 
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been been singing
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been been singing
 
To develop Tibetan culture we need to rely on Tibetan language
         If we need to develop Tibetan culture, we need to study Tibetan well
                  To study Tibetan well we need good teachers
 
To develop Tibetan culture we need to rely on Tibetan language
         If we need to develop Tibetan culture, we need to study Tibetan well
                  To study Tibetan well we need good teachers
                                                     we need good teachers
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
 
All Tibetan children must study Tibetan well
         Ka, kha, ga nga, all the letters of the alphabet must be learned by heart
                  If you study well, you’re a good Tibetan child
 
All Tibetan children must study Tibetan well
         Ka, kha, ga nga, all the letters must be learned by heart
                  If you study well, you’re a good Tibetan child
 
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
 
Tibet has its own language, it is necessary to study our own language well
Tibet has its own Tibetan script, it is necessary to study Tibetan well
Not knowing our own language well and to speak another language is a shame
Tibet has its own language, it is necessary to study our own language well
Tibet has its own Tibetan script, it is necessary to study Tibetan well
Not knowing our own language well and to speak another language is a shame
                                            it’s a shame to speak another language
 
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
This is what I have been thinking
And this is what I have been singing
 
However I look at it, I see the need to study Tibetan well
         However I look at it, I see the need to study Tibetan well
                  It is necessary to study Tibetan well 

 

 

See the YouTube music video clip of this song "Pagad" about the importance of Tibetan language

 

 

See the KAITA Dancing of this song.