The London Institute of Tibetan Studies

The London Institute of Tibetan Studies focuses on the study of Tibetan culture through academic lectures, short courses and online study programmes which cover the Five Great Fields of Knowledge: Art, Medicine, Language & Grammar, Logic and Meditation / Buddhist Studies.

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The International Shang Shung Institute

The International Shang Shung Institute was founded in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and inaugurated in 1990 at Merigar, Italy by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. It is a non-profit cultural organisation which aims to sustain and preserve Tibetan culture. The Institute takes its name from the ancient kingdom of Shang Shung, which prospered in the vast regions of Western and North Western Tibet more than 4,000 years ago and is considered to have been the source of the history and culture of Tibet.

Tibetan civilisation is one of the world’s greatest sources of spiritual knowledge that remains intact to this day, but there is now a real danger that this may be lost. The Shang Shung Institute, therefore, endeavours to safeguard different aspects of Tibetan culture in order to keep it alive for future generations.

The Shang Shung Institute organises courses, study seminars, conferences and exhibitions as well as translating original Tibetan texts into the major Western languages. It has a publications arm as well as an archive based in Italy and the International Institute offers study grants to young Tibetans.

The central office of the Shang Shung Institute is based in Tuscany, Italy. Other 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.

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