Latest News about Shang Shung Publications

Dear Readers,   

Shang Shung Publications is glad to announce that we are working to launch the New Web Shop in June with new functions and a new layout.

Audiobooks Project

We have started a new project to create audiobooks of some of our Master’s public texts.  The entire SSP AUDIOBOOK PROJECT was suggested to SSP by Keith Hirsch. He is a Vajra Brother, now also a friend, visually impaired. He thought of urging us to try to do this project and SSP immediately accepted. The first audiobook (Starting the Evolution) was created in 2023 and we would like to continue with even others, both in English and Italian. Perhaps in the future also in other languages. The voices of the speakers are truly beautiful voices. Michael Velasco for the English and Jacopo Surricchio for the Italian. Thank you both.

Freedom from attachment (in English) AudiobookVoice Michael Velasco
Attachment is the root of all emotions and samsara. This was understood by mahasiddhas like Saraha and Tilopa, who spent years doing practices to transform impure vision into pure vision. Then they realized that the problem was not vision, but attachment. When the founder of the Sakyapa, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, was twelve years old, he did a six-month retreat on the practice of Manjushri, and during that retreat Manjushri manifested himself to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo in a vision…

Starting the Evolution  (in English)   Audiobook – Voice Michael Velasco
The ancient teachings of Total Perfection or Atiyoga, practiced for centuries in the snowy land of Tibet and recently introduced to the West, help us to discover the answer to these questions. They present the core of our being as being both completely pure and spontaneously perfect.

Aprire la mente (in italiano) Audiobook – Voce Jacopo Surricchio
Primo audiobook della Shang Shung Edizioni in italiano .
L’infaticabile attività di insegnamento dell’autore Namkhai Norbu (1938-2018) non era basata su un intento missionario, ossia su uno sforzo per cercare di promuovere una filosofia o una religione, un tentativo di convincere, istruire, indottrinare e fare proseliti. Piuttosto era il contrario: com’egli stesso spiegava con grande chiarezza, insegnare una certa filosofia o predicare un sistema religioso, cercando di convincere gli altri con asserzioni fideistiche, assiomi e logica, è un condizionamento che si aggiunge ai tanti che già abbiamo. Ringraziamo il nostro caro amico Jacopo Surricchio per l’impegno e la dedizione con cui ha svolto questo incarico.

New Releases

In English 

The Upadeśa on the Total Behavior of Equal Taste
An Oral Commentary

The present volume contains the oral commentary to The Upadesha on the Total Behavior of Equal Taste belonging to the Longsal cycle of teachings rediscovered and taught by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. It is based on the transcript of the retreat in Tokyo, Japan, 1–5 June, 2012, with additional notes from the retreat in Tashigar North, Venezuela, 15–16 May, 2004.                                        

“In general, when we learn any kind of teaching, such as Sutra, Vajrayana or Dzogchen, there are three aspects. In particular, when we are following a path, these are called tawa, gompa and chöpa in Tibetan, which means point of view, application and attitude. These three aspects are of fundamental importance for those who follow the teaching and practice it. Why are they important? Because as human beings following the teaching, we have three levels of existence: our physical body, our energy level (also called voice), and mind. Therefore, whatever teaching we follow we should deal with these three levels of existence. For that reason, the teaching has three aspects.”

Supported by Ka-Ter Translation Project

The Cuckoo of Rigpa (On sale from the 20th of June )
An Ancient Dunhuang Manuscript. Rig pa’i khu byug  

The Cuckoo of Rigpa (Rig pa’i khu byug), or Six Vajra Verses, is known to be one of the first five translations through which the great Tibetan translator Vairocana (eighth century) introduced the Dzogchen scriptures from Oḍḍiyāna.
Although its essence is contained in only six lines, it unmistakably expresses the principles of the base, path, and fruit of Dzogchen in their entirety.
In the Dunhuang manuscript the six verses are followed by a commentary, possibly the work of Vairocana himself, that explains the meaning of each verse with utmost clarity, including in relation to specific points of the view and practice of the Vajrayāna path of transformation.
In this book, the Dunhuang commentary is followed by the Author’s annotational commentary elucidating the most important points. In the detailed introduction, which makes up the largest part of the book, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu first undertakes to identify the location of the ancient kingdom of Oḍḍiyāna, the birthplace of the Dzogchen teachings, by relying on historical sources such as the travelogue of Ugyenpa Rinchen Pal (1230–1309), a Tibetan siddha who visited Oḍḍiyāna in the thirteenth century. He then proceeds to show the connection between Oḍḍiyāna and the ancient kingdom of Shang Shung by means of six reasons, on the basis of several Bönpo historical accounts such as from the Dzogchen Oral Transmission of Shang Shung, and concludes  with short biographies of the first human master of Dzogchen, Garab Dorje of Oḍḍiyāna, of the great Guru Padmasambhava (eighth century), also from Oḍḍiyāna, and of the Tibetan translator Vairocana.

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KHAITA Joyful Dances (On sale from the 20th of June )                                                ‘Tibetanness’ and Wellbeing Through Tibetan Modern Songs and Dances

From 2011 until his death in 2018, Namkhai Norbu collected around 400 modern Tibetan songs and approved 240 dances to them as part of the Khaita archive. While some of the dances are based on the original choreographies of the music videos by the Tibetan artists, some have been purposefully created for Khaita under the consideration of the meaning of the Tibetan song texts. Khaita is primarily practiced by students of Namkhai Norbu within the International Dzogchen Community, yet is open to anyone interested, with or without affiliation to the community and is danced all around the world. In this regard, Khaita can be considered a translocal, even cosmopolitan practice. While being shared by people from all around the world and thus transcultural, Khaita at the same time refers to and establishes aspects of Tibetan culture. Namkhai Norbu thereby explicitly promoted Khaita as a practice to support Tibetan culture while opening it to non-Tibetan practitioners.

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Twenty-One Traditional Buddhist Tales (On sale from the 20th of June )
Cited in the Teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
Compiled and retold by Oliver Leick, illustrated by artists of the School of the Dynamic Space of  the Elements.

The nectar-like stories told by the Master like a blazing torch in pitch darkness, reveal the  light of the illusory mind and lead us on the path of bliss and clarity.

Supported by Ka-Ter Translation Project

In Italian

LUpadesha sul comportamento totale dello stesso sapore

Il presente volume contiene il commentario orale a L’upadesha sul comportamento totale dello stesso sapore, appartenente al ciclo di insegnamenti del Longsal, riscoperti e insegnati da Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. Il libro si basa sulla trascrizione del ritiro tenuto a Tokyo, Giappone, dall’1 al 5 giugno 2012, con note aggiuntive tratte dal ritiro tenuto a Tashigar Nord, Venezuela, dal 15 al 16 maggio 2004.

“Coloro che applicano tali istruzioni, anche se all’inizio potrebbero non avere la capacità di integrare totalmente, pian piano la svilupperanno ed entreranno nella via dei Rigdzin: seguiranno la via e faranno tutto in modo corretto.                                                                                                              Queste istruzioni spiegano come si trasformano o si liberano le cinque emozioni, e i metodi usati sono completamente diversi da quelli del Sutra. È possibile che ricordiate delle spiegazioni generali del Mahayana e del Sutra contenute nella Base del Santi Maha Sangha. Quello è il modo generale di lavorare con le emozioni. Le istruzioni qui contenute, invece, sono per lo più collegate alla nostra capacità di rimanere nella presenza istantanea. Se si ha tale capacità, come ci si lavora? E come ci si collega alle emozioni specifiche? Se si comincia ad allenarsi secondo tali istruzioni non è necessario sforzarsi a praticare per lunghi periodi di tempo, come nel Tantrismo, perché si può sviluppare la capacità di integrare.” Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

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Raccolta di insegnamenti Upadesha sul Rushen del corpo, della voce e della mente

Il testo  comprende alcuni  insegnamenti Dzogchen upadesha, trasmessi da Chögyal Namkhai Norbu ai suoi discepoli durante la sua vasta e intensa attività di Maestro. Questo libro raccoglie la maggior parte degli insegnamenti relativi al Rushen del corpo, della voce e della mente

Libro curato da Enzo Terzano  e realizzato con il sostegno di Merigar West

Scoprire uno per scoprire tutto. La pratica dello stato primordiale

Tra i testi tibetani appartenenti alla serie dello Dzogchen Semde, si considera che quelli più antichi siano le prime cinque traduzioni di Vairochana, ovvero Rigpai Khujug, Tsalchen Trugpa, Khyungchen Dingwa, Dola Serzhün, Minubpai Gyaltsen (chiamato anche Dorje Sempa Namkha Che) più il Mejung: quindi in totale sei volumi.
In tempi relativamente recenti, nel 1971, è stato scoperto un altro libro che contiene le istruzioni essenziali sul modo di applicare la pratica nel puro stile Dzogchen in accordo con i sei testi citati. L’autore di questo volume non è noto, ma può essere attribuito a Nubchen Sangye Yeshe.

Libro curato da  Gino Vitiello e realizzato con il sostegno di Merigar West

I preliminari della via dell’Ati  (On sale from the 20th of June)
Commenti del Longsal volume sesto                               

I preliminari della via dell’Ati (A ti lam gyi sngon ‘gro) è una speciale pratica di purificazione di Vajrasattva ricevuta attraverso vari sogni tra il 2003 e il 2004 e legata alla trasmissione che l’Autore ricevette dal suo Guru radice, Changchub Dorje (Byang chub rdo rje, 1863-1963).

Libro  curato da Cristiana De Falco e realizzato con il sostegno di Merigar West

Recently published books

Dzogchen Upadesha Teachings of Rigdzin Changchub Dorje
An Oral Commentary on the Quintessential Instructions on the Main Practice,
From The Black Quintessence of the Unexcelled Innermost Essence

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This book contains, in order, the translation of the original Tibetan text of Rigdzin Changchub Dorje’s terma called Quintessential Instructions on the Main Practice (dngos gzhi’i don khri yangsnying bcud dril bzhugs) and the edited transcripts of three oral commentaries on the terma that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu gave: at Namgyalgar in Australia during a retreat that took place from the seventeenth to the twenty-second of April 2009; in Taiwan from the twenty-third to the twenty-seventh of October 2015; and in Barcelona from the twenty-eighth of December 2016 to the third of January 2017.                                                                                                                                   

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Padmasambhava’s Advice on Total Perfection.
A Hidden Treasure Discovered by Dorje Lingpa. An Oral Commentary by Namkhai Norbu. 

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The teachings contained in this volume consist of a rich collection of advice and methods of practice which have the sole aim of helping the practitioner to actually discover their real condition of Total Perfection or Dzogchen, and remain in this presence. The book is a commentary to an ancient Tibetan text discovered by a 14th century master known as Dorje Lingpa.
Dorje Lingpa lived in fourteenth-century Tibet. He was universally recognized by his contemporaries as a tertön: a person who discovers hidden treasures, or termas, which are teachings that were first taught and then concealed at the time of Guru Padmasambhava. Therefore we consider most of the teachings discovered by Dorje Lingpa to be taught by Padmasambhava and then concealed by one of Guru Padmasambhava’s famous disciples, Vairocana.

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The Preliminaries of the Path of Ati                                                                                                  Longsal Commentary Series Volume Six

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The Preliminaries of the Path of Ati (A ti lam gyi sngon ’gro) is a special Vajrasattva purification practice received through dreams in 2003 and 2004 and related to the transmission of the Author’s Root Guru Changchub Dorje (Byang chub rdo rje, 1863–1963). It belongs to the same genre of preliminary Longsal teachings as The Crucial Preliminaries of the Path of Ati (Ati’i lam gnad sngon ’gro), translated and published in Longsal Commentaries, Volume Three, and although it does not deal as exhaustively with the Purification of the Six Lokas and other aspects of the preliminary practices of Dzogchen as the latter, it is of particular importance as in its central part it focuses on the principle of the three dimensions, or tal (dal), of Guru Vajrasattva and elucidates the way to access them.

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Tibetan Calendar 2024-25. Wood Dragon Year 2151

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Updated annually, this pocket agenda contains concise indications of the practices recommended by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu for special days, astrological aspects from the Tibetan lunar calendar, individual influences affecting those born between 1924 and 2024, and positive and negative days for Naga practice.                                                                                                                                                     It is indispensable for identifying favorable and unfavorable days for daily activities and remembering special practice days.
The calendar also includes a table indicating the days of the month to avoid surgery in specific areas of the body according to three Tibetan astrological systems as well as a table with the first days of the Tibetan new year according to the Phugpa system.

To better understand the information contained in our Tibetan calendar, refer to “Key for Consulting the Tibetan Calendar”, also published by Shang Shung Publications and available in our webstore.

Upcoming books

In English

Introduction to The Vajra Dance. The first public book about Vajra Dances 

This volume is divided into two parts. Part One is dedicated to a selection of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s written and oral teachings on the principles of Dzogchen, the Vajra Dance and related topics. Part Two, which is dedicated to the actual practice, reproduces two chapters of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s main work on the Dance of the Vajra, titled The Precious Lamp.  These chapters are taken from Adriano Clemente’s English translation of the Tibetan text and describe two Vajra dances: the Vajra Dance of the Six Spaces  and the Dance of the Three Vajras.

  • The Vajra Dance of the Space 
  • Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen 
  • The Lamp Illuminating the Way to Enter the Teaching

In Italian

La chiarezza luminosa dell’universo. Una chiara esposizione del Tregchöd primordialmente puro

La luminosa chiarezza dell’universo: una chiara esposizione del principio del tregchöd primordialmente puro (Ka dag khregs chod kyi dgongs pa gsal bshad klong chen ‘od gsal) è uno dei primi libri sullo Dzogchen scritti da Chögyal Namkhai Norbu (1938-2018). Secondo le sue note biografiche egli completò la prima versione il 28 aprile 1965, mentre viveva ancora a Roma, e originariamente lo concepì come un compendio di istruzioni tratte dai principali tantra della serie dello Dzogchen Upadeśa e dagli scritti di Longchenpa (1308-1364) e Jigmed Lingpa (1730-1798) sulla base di conoscenze ed esperienze personali.

Libro realizzato con il sostegno di Merigar West

Namkha – Armonizzare l’energia degli elementi

Consigli di Padmasambawa sulla Perfezione Totale 

In Spanish

Como Publicaciones Shang Shung estamos colaborando con la Comunidad Dzogchen de habla hispana para recrear el grupo de traducción al español. 

El programa editorial es el siguiente:

Libros publicados recientemente:

  • Evolucionar  (Public – On sale from July)
  • Abrir nuestra mente  (Public – On sale from July; ya publicado por Editorial del Fondo)

En proceso de publicación

  • La Lampara que ilumina las mentes estrechas  (Public – On sale from July, ya publicado por Editorial del Fondo)
  • El Yoga de Tara Verde ( Restricted – On sale from July)

Libros que se publicarán en 2024:

  • Gurú Yoga
  • Yantra Yoga
  • Descubre uno para descubrir todos    

In Chinese

Upcoming books

  • Chod
  • Opening our mind

ABOUT SSP E-books

We would like to point out that many of our texts are available in ebook versions. Shang Shung is trying to publish as many ebook versions as possible in order to give their readers the possibility to save on shipping costs and to reduce in general production costs due to significant increases in the cost of paper, services, and couriers.

Please explore our webshop: https://shop.shangshungfoundation.com/en/       

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