The extraordinary culture of Tibet has been transmitted from generation to generation for more than 3000 years and is one of the great treasures of human civilisation. 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 of its aspects; religious, philosophical, artistic, historical and social in order to safeguard it and contribute to its preservation.
One of the main activities of the Institute is the work of Tibetan texts into the major Western languages. The Institute also organises courses, study seminars, conferences and exhibitions. It coordinates the publication of numerous books and texts, and offers study grants to worthy young Tibetans.
The central office of the International Shang Shung Institute is at Merigar West in Italy, with other offices in Austria, Russia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Australia, Argentina and the United States. 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: Culture and Events; Traditional Tibetan Medicine; Studies and Research on Tibetan Language, Archives and IT developement;