Our history

1983

  • Tibetan Medicine congress "Man, Medicine, Society" held by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. This was the 1st conference on Tibetan Medicine ever held in the West. This first event on Tibetan Medicine ever held in the West can be seen as the cradle of the Shang Shung Institute and was held in Venice and Aricidosso

  • Foundation of Shang Shung Edizioni in Italy

1984

  • The book The Crystal and the Way of Light" is published

  • Teaching on "Yantra Yoga and Tsalung" by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at the "Yoga Institute” in Milano, Italy

1985

  • Seminar on Tibetan medicine held by the Dr. Trogawa in Merigar West

  • Exhibition of Tibetan Art in Arcidosso

1986

  • Public Talk on Tibetan Medicine held by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at University of Medicine in Bologna

  • Academic Tibetan Medicine Seminar held by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at a hospital in Italy

1987

  • Talk of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at the Centre Civic Elizalde in Barcelona, Spain on “The Origins of Tibetan Culture and Thought”

  • Participation on the 1st International Seminar on Tibetan Language in India

  • Participation at “39° Fiera Internazionale del Libro di Francoforte” with SSI staff

1988

  • Discovery of Khyung Lung, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Shang Shung by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Seminar on Tibetan Medicine held by Trogawa Rinpoche in Merigar West

  • Academic Seminar and public talks at the Central Institute for National Minorities in Beijing, China with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Public Talk "The history of Shang Shung" at the National Institute of Tibetology in Beijing, China by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Public Talk "The source of culture and ancient traditions of Tibet" and on "Tibetan Literature" by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Derge, Tibet

  • Public Talk "History of Tibetan culture" at the University of Lhasa by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Public Talk on "Traditional Tibetan Medicine" at the Medical Centre "Sman-rtsis Khang" in Lhasa by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

1989

  • Foundation of the Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies in Italy

  • Release of the first issue of the newspaper THE MIRROR

1990

  • Inauguration of the Shang Shung Institute in Italy with H.H. XIV Dalai Lama

  • Conference “L’armonia nell’uomo attraverso la ricerca dell’autoperfezione per mezzo dello Dzogchen” by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Photo Exhibition on Tibetan Nomads by Antonio Ancora in Venice

  • Exhibition on Tibetan Culture, "Tibet: una terra, una cultura" with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and H.H. XIV Dalai Lama

1991

  • Semester course of Modern Tibetan Language in Arcidosso held by Prof. Tsering Thar

  • Presentation of Shang Shung Institute in Naples

  • Establishment of a network of at least nine locations for teaching quarterly Yantra Yoga in Italy

  • Photographic exhibition entitled "In Tibet, Photographs by Kevin Bubriski and Fosco Maraini" in collaboration with and mounted in the Mead Art Museum of Amherst College, Massachussetts, USA

1992

  • Course on written and spoken Tibetan language, by Prof. Tsering Thar

  • “The Mysteries of Tibet” - Exhibition of films and documentaries on Tibet in Rome and Arcidosso

  • Series of conferences in Italy by four tibetologists

  • Conference on aspects of the pre-buddhist Tibetan culture by Prof. Tsering Thar

  • 2nd International Seminar on Tibetan Language, Siena and Arcidosso

  • Course on modern Tibetan language held by Adriano Clemente

  • Public Talk by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on Tibetan medicine at the Centro Psycheros in Prato, Italy

1993

  • Course on modern Tibetan language held Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Prof. Tsering Thar

  • Course about Tibetan Medicine held in Napoli by Dr. Pasang Yonten and Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo

  • Intensive Vajra Dance Course in Merigar West held by Adriana Del Borgo and Stoffelina Verdonk

  • Start of the Five-years study program on Tibetan Medicine in Merigar West

1994

  • Seminar “Introduction to Tibetan Medicine” by Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo in Merigar West

  • Exhibition of paintings and watercolors by Dugu Chögyal Rinpoche

  • Second year of the Five-years study program on Tibetan Medicine

  • Course on modern Tibetan language held by Adriano Clemente in Arcidosso

  • Foundation of the Shang Shung Institute in the United States

1995

  • Conferences on “Introduction to Tibetan Medicine” by Dr. Puntsog Wangmo in Bologna and Rimini.

  • Third year of the Five-years study program on Tibetan Medicine

  • Course on modern Tibetan language held by Adriano Clemente in Arcidosso

  • Seminar on Shamanism held by Dr. Nadya Stepanova in Merigar West

1996

  • Photo-exhibition on Tibet in Santa Fiora, Italy

  • Course on modern Tibetan language held by Adriano Clemente in Arcidosso

  • Fourth year of the Five-years study program on Tibetan Medicine

  • Photo-exhibition on Tibet in Arcidosso

  • Cooperation agreement between SSI and University of Traditional Tibetan Medicine

1997

  • Course on Tibetan astrology held by Jampa  Kalsang in Merigar West

  • Course on Ku-Nye in Merigar West

  • Talk of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at the Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala on “The Origin of Tibetan Language and Culture”

1998

  • Courses and seminars on Tibetan language led by Adriano Clemente and Alexander Poubants

  • Conference on Traditional Tibetan Astrology held by Prof. Thubten Phuntsog, in Merigar West

  • Beginning of the three years lasting course on Tibetan medicine held by Prof. Thubten Phuntsog in Merigar West

  • Seminar on Tibetan astrology held by Prof. Thubten Phuntsog in Merigar West

  • Course on Tibetan Thanka painting held by Paola Minelli

  • Conference on Bach flowers held by Dr. Luigi Vitiello in Merigar West

  • Participation at the International Congress on Tibetan Medicine at Washington, US

1999

  • Second year of the course on Tibetan medicine held by Prof. Thubten Phuntsog in Merigar West

  • Courses on “Mantra Healing” by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

  • Beginning of the three years lasting course on Tibetan Medicine by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Merigar West

  • Seminars on Tibetan Thanka Painting and Sculpture "Sacret Art of Tibet" held by Gyurmed Rabgyey and Paula Minelli

  • Intensive Course on Tibetan language held by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang and Dr. Jacobella Gaetani

2000

  • First live webcast of a retreat of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Course on “Dreams and Medicine” held by Dr. Nida Chenagstang in Rome and Milan

  • Course on “Mantra Healing” held by Dr. Nida Chenagstang

  • Course on Ku Nye held by Dr. Nida Chenagstang

  • Week of Health Care & Well Being According to the Methods of the Principles of Tibetan Medicine in Arcidosso

  • Talks on “Behavior in Tibetan Medicine” held by Dr. Kojo Sangdu in Merigar West

  • Start of the work of the digital and audio Archive of SSI

  • Second year of the course on Tibetan Medicine by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Merigar West

  • Foundation of the Shang Shung Institute in Austria

2001

  • Third year of the course on Tibetan Medicine by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Merigar West

  • Intensive course on Ku Nye held by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in different places

  • Start of the work of the digital and audio archive of the Institute

  • Courses on Tibetan geomancy Sa Che held by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

2002

  • “Pathologies and Cure through Ku Nye” held by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in various places

  • Photo-exhibition on Tibet in Siena

  • Start of the Ka-Ter Translation Project in responsibility of the SSI Austria

  • Courses on Tibetan geomancy Sa Che held by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

2003

  • 1st Training for translators from Tibetan held by Elio Guarisco in Merigar West

  • Begin of the international tournaments on Bagchen in many places, organized by the SSI Austria

  • Courses on Tibetan geomancy Sa Che held by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang

  • Participation at the 3rd international conference on “Healing and Alternative Therapies”

  • Graduation of the first students of training in Ku Nye

2004

  • 2nd Training for translators from Tibetan held by Elio Guarisco In Margarita, Venezuela

  • Beginning of the three years lasting course on Tibetan medicine held by Prof. Thubten Phuntsog in Merigar West

  • Final round of the international Bagchen championship, played at Isla Margarita

  • Intensive training and study courses on traditional Tibetan massage Ku Nye

2005

  • 3rd Training for translators from Tibetan held by Elio Guarisco in Merigar

  • Second year of the course on Tibetan Medicine by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Merigar West

  • Foundation of the Shang Shung Institute in Argentina

  • Begin of the Tashi Pedeb Project for indexing Tibetan books into Spanish language, precursor of the Shang Shung Institute in Argentina

  • Course on Moxibustion by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Merigar West

  • The School of Tibetan Medicine School was licensed in USA by Massachusetts’ Department of Education

2006

  • 4th Training for translators from Tibetan by Elio Guarisco in Merigar

  • Third year of the course on Tibetan Medicine by Dr. Nida Chenagtsang in Merigar West

  • Course on Literary and spoken Tibetan Language held by Elio Guarisco in Merigar West

2007

  • 5th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Ku Nye Massage Courses led by Aldo Oneto in Merigar West

  • Congress studies on Shang Shung in Italy

  • Seminars on Tibetan Games in various places in Italy

  • “ATMA” - The Shang Shung Institute of America organized the First Shang Shung Tibetan Medical Symposium, hosted by Amherst College.

2008

  • Courses and talks on “Presentation of the fundamentals of Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Ku Nye” by Aldo Oneto in Merigar West

  • 6th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Tibetan Astrology Course held by Gendun Dhargay in Aricidosso

  • Tibetan Cultural Days in Hüttenberg, Austria

2009

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • 7th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Tibetan Cultural Event in Bucharest

  • Start of the “Archive Transcription Program” in Merigar West

  • Exhibition of Tibetan Art and Culture in Arcidosso, Italy

  • Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Shang Shung Institute in Arcidosso, Italy

  • Lecture and presentation of the book “The Light of Kailash” at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Intensive courses and seminars on Tibetan Astrology in Italy

  • Graduation of the first students who have finished the 4 years lasting training on traditional Tibetan Medicine at the SSI USA

  • Participation in the Conference on Tibetan Medicine in Xining, Qinghai Province, China

  • Lecture on “The Importance and Value of Tibetan Culture” and presentation of the book “The Light of Kailash” by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at the Tibet House in Barcelona, Spain

2010

  • 8th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • Course on Precise Pronunciation of ritual texts used by Rinpoche led by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Lecture of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on “Tibetan Medicine, Patrimony of Mankind” at the University of Bologna. Historical event: the first time ever where in the oldest university in the West the topic Tibetan Culture has been held. 

  • Tibetan Medicine Course held by Namdol Lhamo in Merigar West

  • 1st Tibetan Cultural week in Tenerife

  • Foundation of the Shang Shung Institute in London. From now on many public talks, seminars, courses, and exhibitions were regularly held by various speakers at the SSI UK.

  • World Premier of the film on Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Khyentse Yeshe Namkhai: “My Reincarnation”

2011

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • 9th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • 2nd Tibetan Cultural week in Tenerife

  • Participation in the “Dzogchen Forum” in Moscow

  • From academic year 2011 Elio Guarisco appointed lecturer for Tibetan Medicine at University of Milano-Bicocca Mastercourse in “Healthcare System, Traditional and Unconventional Medicine”, a joint project by Charity for Person Centered Medicine-Moral Entity, Bologna and Observatory and Methods for Health, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy, Academic Coordinator Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD.

  • Co-Organization of the festivities for the 30th anniversary of the Dzogchen Community di Merigar

  • “1st Styrian-Tibetan Cultural Week” in Austria

2012

  • Start of Dzogchen-TV

  • Shang Shung Publication starts to release public titles as E-books

  • 10th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Lecture of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on “The Light of Kailash” at the Oriental University of Naples, Italy

  • Introduction to Tibetan Medicine, Tibetan Ku Nye Massage and Yantra Yoga in Milan held by Aldo Oneto, Elio Guarisco, Laura Evangelisti, Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD, hosted by Observatory and Methods for Health, University of Milano-Bicocca, promoted and organized by Charity for Person Centered Medicine-Moral Entity, Bologna

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • “The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying”. Public talks in various places (Milano, Bologna, etc.) held by Elio Guarisco

  • Presentation of the Moxa Book by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu held by Elio Guarisco in various places

  • Weekend Seminar on Drajyor Tibetan Language and Correct Pronunciation of Practice Texts held by Dr. Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Yoga Holiday Week in Merigar West

  • Tibetan Culture Expo in Athens, Greece

  • Graduation of students who have finished the 2nd turn of the 4 years lasting training on traditional Tibetan Medicine in USA

  • Tibetan Medicine Healthcare and Wellness Week in Punta Hidalgo, Tenerife held by Phuntsog Wangmo with the collaboration of Laura Evangelisti and Aldo Oneto

  • Photographic exhibition inside the Tibetan Culture Week in Arcidosso

  • Foundation of the Shang Shung Institute in Russia

  • Participation in the IX World Dance Olympiad in Moscow, performing the Vajra Dance

  • First Meeting on Tibetan Culture held in Merida, Venezuela in collaboration with the University of Los Andes and the Dzogchen Community Venezuela

  • Foundation of the Shang Shung Institute in Australia

  • Bologna Province Council of MDs and Dentists: Elio Guarisco presents Healing with Fire A Practical Manual of Tibetan Moxibustion. promoted and organized by Charity for Person Centered Medicine-Moral Entity, Bologna

2013

  • 11th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • 3rd Tibetan Culture Week: “Birth, Life, and Death” held in Tenerife

  • Workshops on Tibetan Songs and Dances held by Adriana Dal Borgo in Merigar West

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • Workshops on Tibetan Songs and Dances held by Tsering Dolker and Topgyal Lama in various places

2014

  • 12th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • The Shang Shung Institute of America co-sponsored a groundbreaking international event, the Tibetan Medicine Conference: Ancient Medicine for Modern Life: Tibetan Solutions for Stress Management, Chronic Illness and Mental Health, held at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

  • 4th Tibetan Culture Week held in Tenerife

  • Public talk and presentation of the book "The Temple of the Great Contemplation, the Gönpa of Merigar", by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at the University of Bologna

  • Performances and Presentations of the "Khaita Joyful Dances" with the presence of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Bagnolo and Arcidosso

  • Tibetan Thangka Painting with Carmen Mensink in Venice

  • Drajyor Course with Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Tibetan Calligraphy Workshops with Tashi Mannox in Venice and in Merigar West

  • 1st Classical Tibetan Language Course for beginners by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Presentation of the book “The Temple of the Great Contemplation: The Gönpa of Merigar” by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Arcidosso

2015

  • 13th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • Drajyor Course with Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • 5th Tibetan Cultural Event in Tenerife

  • Public Talk on the 3rd volume of the "Light of Kailash by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Foundation of SHANG SHUNG FOUNDATION with Enrico Dell’Angelo as its director

  • 2nd Classical Tibetan Language Course for beginners by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

2016

  • 3rd Integrative Medicine Conference in Barcelona

  • 14th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • 3rd Classical Tibetan Language Course for beginners by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo, the director of the School of Tibetan Medicine attended the 100th Anniversary of Men-Tsee-Khang in Lhasa, Tibet, China

  • Hospice Training held by Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo at Dzamling Gar

  • Passing away of Enrico Dell’Angelo

2017

  • Chögyal Namkhai Norbu appoints Oliver Leick as the new director of Shang Shung Foundation

  • 15th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • Courses on Ku Nye in various places by Aldo Oneto

  • Conference on “The Relation between Body, Energy and Mind within the view of Tibetan Medicine” with Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Gran Canaria, Spain

  • Tibetan Language weekend courses for beginners dedicated to learning reading and writing the Tibetan language, workshops and exercises with Fabian Sanders, Giorgio Dallorto, Lobsang Zatul in Merigar West

  • Course for spoken Tibetan, Lhasa dialect, with Lobsang Zatul in Merigar West

  • Visit of the SSI USA and SSI Russia by Oliver Leick including participation in many meetings

  • Course on Classical Tibetan Language for beginners held by Fabian Sanders at the SSI UK

  • The first group of students of the International School for Tibetan Medicine of the Shang Shung Institute in Russia passed their final exams successfully 

  • “All Hands Meeting” of Shang Shung Foundation with representatives of all Shang Shung Institutes held in Merigar West, presenting all various activities of the SSF

  • Meeting of the directors of the Shang Shung Foundation with the directors of the International Gakyil in Merigar

  • “1st Hackathon for talented programmers” held in Merigar West

  • Foundation of the “Spanish Shang Shung Publication” located in Tenerife

  • Drajyor course and course Tibetan Language for beginners held by Fabian Sanders in Dzamlingar

  • Participation in an international forum on “Traditional Medical Systems of the World” with representatives of the SSI Russia in Moscow

  • Announcement of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu that a new foundation will be founded and that SSF will become part of this new foundation

2018

  • Seminar on “Stress Management in Tibetan Medicine” held by Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo at the Medical University of Moscow in collaboration with SSI Russia

  • Tibetan medicine courses with Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo in Dzamlingar

  • Tibetan Language weekend courses for beginners dedicated to learning reading and writing the Tibetan language, workshops and exercises with Fabian Sanders, Giorgio Dallorto, Lobsang Zatul in Merigar

  • Course for spoken Tibetan, Lhasa dialect, with Lobsang Zatul in Merigar West

  • Drajyor courses with Fabian Sanders in Dzamlingar

  • “Agreement of collaboration” between the Medical University of Moscow and the Shang Shung Foundation, signed by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

  • Seminar on “Breathing – Presence - Movement” held by Elio Guarisco and Fabio Andrico in Bologna

  • 16th Training for translators from Tibetan by Fabian Sanders in Merigar West

  • One week of intensive meetings between Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo and Oliver Leick regarding the future of the School of Tibetan Medicine in Dzamlingar

  • Certification of the first 4 western teachers of Tibetan Medicine, Level one, by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Phuntsog Wangmo in Dzamlingar