Multimedia Archive

The Shang Shung Foundation’s Multimedia Archive is held at Merigar West, the first center of the International Dzogchen Community.

 

Comprising tens of thousands of unique documents in various formats, the collection surveys the recent history of the spread of Tibetan Buddhism in the Western world, with special emphasis on the Dzogchen Teaching. Moreover, it offers fascinating glimpses of the history and culture of Tibet and neighboring regions in India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Central Asia.

 

It chronicles the transmission and integration of the Buddhist teaching in contemporary culture through words spoken and written by its most important contemporary representatives, notably Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and through the activities of students and practitioners in the West.

 

Innumerable documents from the early 1970s to the present bear witness to the emergence and development of the International Dzogchen Community in Italy and the world.

 

Tuscany’s Archives Administration, a branch of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, recognized the significant value of the Shang Shung Foundation's Archive in 2016 by declaring it of particularly important historic interest. The Archive consists of an audiovisual collection, a photographic collection, and printed material housed in the SSF Library at Merigar West.

 

The archive receives some 30 GB of recorded material each month from all over the globe. At the moment, however, not all material is available for consultation, and providing full access will take a considerable amount of work.

We would like to remind you that the maintenance and development of the Archive of the Shang Shung Foundation largely depends on the collaboration and donations of supporters. The continued growth of contributions from those who share our heartfelt commitment to the project is of utmost importance for the ongoing success of this project.