The are two main translators workng for the translation projects of the Shang Shung Institute Austria: Adriano Clemente and Elio Guarisco.
But there are several other qualified translators who collaborate with us in oder to make the unique widsom of the ancient Tibetan culture readable and understanable for us in English.
Dr. Jim Valby, Dr. Fabian Sanders, Dr. Donatella Rossi, Dr. Jamyang Oliphant, Jakob Winkler, Saadet Arslan, Cristina De Falco, Oriol Aguilar
Adriano was born in Lecce, 5 January 1958 and he grew up in Naples. In 1975 Adriano met Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. He was part of the original group of students who received the first Dzogchen teachings in 1976 at the Palestra in Via Palasciano, Naples. In 1976 he joined the University of Oriental Studies in Naples where he graduated in 1983 with a thesis on the Dzogchen Bonpo text DRAN PA GSER GDAMS by gShen sras lha rje (13th century). Since that time he started working on translations of Tibetan texts, mainly authored by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Apart from that he is also active as a musician and composer. He has already produced 2 CDs.
Elio was born in Italy in Varese on the 5th of August 1954 and he grew up in Como. He studied Arts and received the degree of master of Arts before traveling to India to study Buddhism. On his return from India he moved to Switzerland where for ten years he learned Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy under one of the Dalai Lama's philosophical adviser. Invited by the late Kalu Rinpoche, Elio spend almost twenty years in India working on the large Encyclopedia on Indo Tibetan Knowledge known as shes bya kun khyab authored by Kongtrul the Great, which has been published and is being published in separate books by Snow Lion Publications. Elio worked on various translations for the Shang Shung Institute in Italy including some books of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu related to Tibetan Medicines.
Elio joined the Dzogchen community in 1986, when he received for the first time teaching from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. He has also actively followed the Santi Maha Sangha training, and he became an authorized teacher of the base, the first level, and the second level.