Shang Shung Institute (aka London Institute of Tibetan Studies) promotes the vitality of Tibet's legacy and explores its relevance for the world today. It was founded in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Their areas of expertise include Tibetan art, medicine, language, philosophy and meditation through courses, study seminars, conferences and exhibitions as well as translating Tibetan texts into the major Western languages.
The central office is based in Tuscany, Italy. Branches are found in the UK, Austria, Argentina, Australia, Russia, and the USA. The Institute works in collaboration with academic institutions, universities, foundations and museums, and actively engages in increasing public awareness knowledge of Tibetan culture. As a nonprofit, they rely on the support of donors.
Of interest to Western Vajrayanists are the teachings of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Tibetan language courses.
What is Shang Shung?
This name reflects the pre-Buddhist foundations of Tibetan culture and history. As a kingdom,it once occupied a large area including Western and Northern Tibet with Mount Kailash at its centre. Many of its traditions have been transmitted across the centuries by both oral and literary means.