ACTIVITIES REPORT 2021-2022

Dear Friends,

The Shang Shung Institute UK (SSIUK) is pleased to present a summary of the activities that our team and volunteers have carried out over the past year, in accordance with the directives of the late Professor Namkhai Norbu.

Our activities since Spring 2021 are presented here as well as our fundraising projects. This will give you an overview of our recent work. A special feature this past year includes an international online photography competition ‘The Himalayan World’ with more than 400 contributions with amazingly high standard entries arriving from most continents. This was the first event of its kind, which helped in introducing the work of the Institute to younger generations and spreading our support within the Himalayan region generally.

We are also proud to have continued to host our Shang Shung Lecture Series, mostly on the theme of Tibetan or Bhutanese history and culture, with talks by renowned scholars and experts in their fields, including Professors and Phd students from numerous universities around the globe. This year the lectures were also offered on a free / donation basis, which contributed in increasing the audience of the institute in general.

In addition to the regular academic lectures, most months were dedicated to hosting workshops on meditation - ‘Meditation in Daily Life’ & ‘Gateway to the Teachings’ plus Ayurvedic Food, Health and Astrology, Tibetan language, practical Yoga and Breathing workshops online and/or in person.

As is it our yearly commitment, we have organised two important animal release events thanks to the generosity and kindness of Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche and his students in Nepal, who has hosted and blessed hundreds of fish for release in summer 2021 and then again during the sacred month of Saga Dawa in May 2022. Rinpoche also helped SSIUK at Losar 2022 by authenticating prayer flags and facilitiating them to be hung in scared places in Nepal.

Our heartfelt thanks go to our founder, the late Professor Namkhai Norbu for his vision, kindness and tireless dedication.

We would also like to express our gratitude to our many supporters and donors who help the Shang Shung Institute UK (SSIUK) fulfil its mission to preserve, diffuse and promote Tibetan and Himalayan culture throughout the world.

The SSIUK is a nonprofit organisation that relies on your support to continue and develop. We hope that this report serves to inspire you, and we would like to invite you to actively participate in our work through donations, sponsorship and legacies.

You can see details of how you may do this on our website: shangshunguk.org.

 

With All Good Wishes,
Julia Lawless (Principle Director) & the Shang Shung UK Team