Merigar West | Istituto Shang Shung

Shang Shung Institute International Institute for Tibetan Studies

The Shang Shung Institute was founded in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and inaugurated in 1990 at Merigar by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. It is a non-profit non-political cultural organization and has the task of preserving Tibetan culture in its purity and entirety. The Institute takes its name from the ancient kingdom of Shang Shung, which prospered in the vast regions of Western and North Western Tibet more than 4,000 years ago and is considered to have been the source of the history and culture of Tibet.

The extraordinary Tibetan culture, which has survived pure and uncontaminated for thousands of years, transmitted from generation to generation, is one of the treasures of our planet. Today there is a real danger that this unique treasure may be lost. Therefore, the Shang Shung Institute promotes the knowledge of Tibetan culture in all its aspects – religious, philosophical, artistic, historical, social – in order to safeguard it and contribute to its preservation.

One of the main activities of the Institute is the work of translating original Tibetan texts into the major Western languages. The Institute organizes courses, study seminars, conferences and exhibitions. It coordinates the publication of numerous books and texts, maintains a modern multimedia documentation centre and offers study grants to worthy young Tibetans.

The central office of the Shang Shung Institute is at Merigar West, with other offices in Austria and in the USA. Over the years the Institute has collaborated with several universities, foundations and museums and contributed to increasing people’s interest in Tibetan culture all over the world. The Institute is active in four main areas: Archives and Multimedia; Culture and Events; Traditional Tibetan Medicine; Studies and Research on Tibetan Language.