Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
“When I left Tibet and settled in the West, I realised that the Dzogchen Teaching was a vast body of knowledge that could help us live our condition, as human beings, better, beyond any cultural context, allowing for a “natural” spiritual and social evolution.”

Today, Master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu is the supreme present-day representative of the tradition of the Dzogchen (Great Perfection) Teachings, an ancient teaching which can help to direct people towards a natural condition of non-violence, compassion and kindness.

The message delivered by the Master for 50 years is that it is possible to live harmoniously, even in the midst of chaotic, modern daily life and lead a lifestyle that is relaxed, collaborative and peaceful.

Born and raised in Tibet, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu was invited to Italy in the 1960’s where he worked on a research project and subsequently held an academic post, teaching Tibetan Language and Literature at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples.

His academic committments and the circulation of his ideas had a considerable international resonance and several institutes have been created, dedicated to the study and diffusion of Tibetan culture, such as the Shang Shung International Institute for Tibetan Studies, and the non profit-making NGO, ASIA, which develops projects benefiting the Tibetan population.

Following his academic activities at University, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu was contacted by a variety of people; students, intellectuals and professionals, not only Italian but also from different Western countries, interested to know about the Dzogchen Teaching. This ancient discipline, which answers the profound need for a joyful and serene life, although virtually unknown to the general public, began to stimulate curiosity and interest.

Chogyal Namkhai Norbu honoured this request for the Teaching in the 1970’s, holding the first courses and lectures on Dzogchen meditation, and the traditional Tibetan discipline of Yantra Yoga.

The figure and the teaching of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu inspired the formation of the International Dzogchen Community, of which the European headquarters, Merigar, was founded in 1981 in Italy.

Today, the International Dzogchen Community has headquarters in different countries around the world. The Master travels and teaches Dzogchen tirelessly to those who request it, continuing his activity of divulging this precious message of humanity and evolution.

To know more:
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu — The Master Who Revealed Dzogchen to the Western World
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche – Dzogchen and Tibetan Tradition. From Shang Shung to the West

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“Musical Tradition of the Tibetan People. Songs in dance measure”, in Orientalia Romana: Essays and Lectures, 2, Rome, 1967.

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The Necklace of Gzi. A Cultural History of Tibet, Dharamsala, 1981.
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Dzogchen and Zen, Blue Dolphin Publishing, Nevada City, CA 1984.

The Cycle of Day and Night: An Essential Tibetan Text on the Practice of Contemplation, Station Hill Press, Barrytown, NY 1987.

Primordial Experience: An Introduction to Rdzogs-Chen Meditation (co-author Kennard Lipman), Shambhala Publications, Boston, MA 1987.

Gangs ti se’i dkar chag. A Bon-po Story of the Sacred Mountain Ti-se and the Blue Lake Ma-pang, partially translated into English (with R. Prats), Rome, 1989.

Rigbai Kujug. The Six Vajra Verses, ed. C. Goh, Singapore, 1990.

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The Golden Letters, Foreword, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY 1996.

The Self-Perfected State, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY 1996.

The Mirror: Advice on the Presence of Awareness, Station Hill Press, Barrytown, NY 1996.

The Supreme Source: The Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde (co-author Adriano Clemente), Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca NY 1999.

The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY 2000.

Self-Liberation: Through Seeing with Naked Awareness, Station Hill Press, Barrytown, NY 2000.

Journey Among the Tibetan Nomads, Paljor Publications, India 2002.

Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light, Ithaca, NY 2002.

The Mirror: Advice on Presence and Awareness, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2005.

Dzogchen Teachings, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY 2006.

Yantra Yoga, The Tibetan Yoga of Movement, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, NY 2008.

Birth, Life and Death, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2008.

Longchenpa – Advice from the Heart, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2008.

The Light of Kailash, Vol. 1, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2009.

Rainbow Body, The Life and Realization of Togden Ugyen Tendzin, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2010.

Images from a Lost Kingdom, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2010.

Healing with Fire, A Practical Manual of Tibetan Moxibustion, Shang Shung Publications, Arcidosso 2011.

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The Longsal Divination of Dorje Yudrönma, Shang Shung Publications, Arcidosso 2012.

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Il libro tibetano dei morti, Newton Compton, Roma 1983.

Il ciclo del giorno e della notte. La via quotidiana dell’Atiyoga, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1984.

Il piccolo canto del fai come ti pare. Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1986.

Dzogchen. Lo stato di autoperfezione, Ubaldini, Roma 1986.

Il cristallo e la via della luce. Sūtra, Tantra e Dzogchen, Ubaldini, Roma 1987.

Un’introduzione allo Dzogchen. Risposte a sedici domande, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1988.

“II canto dell’energia” di nyag-bla padma bdud ’dul, in Orientalia Iosephi Tucci Memoriae Dicata. Roma, 1988.

Dzogchen e Zen, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1989.

Viaggio nella cultura dei nomadi tibetani, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1990.

Il vaso che esaudisce i desideri. Istruzioni sulla base del Santi Maha Sangha, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso, 1993.

Lo yoga del sogno e la pratica della luce naturale, Ubaldini, Roma 1993.

Un consiglio dal profondo del cuore per mia madre Yeshe Chödrön, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1995.

Drung, Deu e Bön, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1996.

La suprema sorgente, Ubaldini, Roma 1997.

La collana di Zi, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 1997.

“Mente, corpo ed energia nella medicina tibetana”, in La grande guarigione (in collab. con Trogawa Samphel), Ubaldini, Roma 2002.

Lo specchio. Un consiglio sulla presenza della consapevolezza, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2005.

Nascere, vivere e morire, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2007.

Longchenpa – Trenta consigli dal profondo del cuore, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2010.

Yantra Yoga, Lo yoga tibetano del movimento, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2011

Corpo di Luce, La vita e la realizzazione di Togden Ugyen Tendzin, Shang Shung Edizioni, Arcidosso 2011