Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is well-known as a world-renowned and respected Tibetan master who transmits the ancient wisdom of the Dzogchen tradition in today's world.
Born in Derge, Eastern Tibet, in 1938, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was recognized as a reincarnated master, received a thorough monastic education as well as personal training in higher practices. Following the troubled situation in Tibet, his reputation as a scholar led to invitation by the great orientalist scholar Prof. Giuseppe Tucci to work at IsMEO in Rome from 1960, after which he served as professor at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples from 1962 to 1992, teaching Tibetan and Mongolian language and culture while researching and writing about the unique ancient culture and history of Tibet.
After privately teaching yantra yoga in Naples for several years, he started transmitting Dzogchen teachings, establishing the Dzogchen Community with his students in the mid-1970's, an organization that now has centers around the world. In 1988, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu founded A.S.I.A. (Association for International Solidarity in Asia), a non-governmental organization focusing on educational and medical needs in Tibet. He founded the Shang Shung Institute in 1989 for the sake of safeguarding and promoting Tibetan culture.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu continues to travel constantly all over the world, giving talks and holding retreats attended by thousands of people.
The teachings of Dzogchen have been transmitted through both the Buddhist Nyingma tradition and the non-Buddhist Bon tradition of Tibet, as continuous lineages extending over 1000 years.
Dzogchen means Total Perfection, and refers to the primordial state of each individual. After receiving transmission from a qualified master, we can directly awaken to the essence of mind, and familiarize ourselves with this through the teachings and practices of Dzogchen, with the goal of continuing this non-distracted, awakened state unbroken through out our daily life.
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