The International Shang Shung Institute is a non-profit, non-political heritage organisation dedicated to the preservation and study of Tibetan culture with branches in Italy, Russia, United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Austria, and Spain. Each independent branch operates in consultation with the International Shang Shung Foundation in Italy.
It is active in the fields of Arts and Culture, Translation and Language Programmes, Publications, Archiving, Tibetan Medicine, Buddhist Studies and Academic Research.
The Institute was founded in 1989 by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and inaugurated in 1990 in Italy by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
The American branch, The Shang Shung Institute of America, was founded in 1994 and is located in Conway, Massachusetts. Its achievements include: an extensive library of educational resources on Tibetan culture, an onsite and online bookstore of materials on Tibetan culture and the Dzogchen Teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and many public programs and courses on Tibetan Culture and Art. The largest project of the American branch is the Shang Shung School of Tibetan Medicine, the first in the West to offer a four-year curriculum equivalent to Traditional Tibetan Medicine schools in Tibet and India.
The Shang Shung Institute in America is a nonprofit and tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Massachusetts. The Institute receives funding from private donations, corporate matching grants, and private grants.