Seminars on Tibetan Culture offered by the Shang Shung Institute

The Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies acts as a forum for Tibetan academic knowledge and facilitates its development through public talks, conferences, short courses and online resources. The Institute also offers courses related with Tibetan culture based on the the Five Great Fields of Knowledge such as the Arts, Language, Medicine, Philosophy, Buddhist Studies and Meditation.

Our seminars are aimed at discovering and deepening the knowledge and insight rooted in the sciences, arts, language and heritage of Tibetan Culture, through events that can incite understanding and promote the integration of this knowledge in our actuality, through intellectual, creative and practical means. We work together with organizations, academics, experts and associations who wish to act as a hub for dissemination and public appreciation, supporting our mission to continue Tibetan Culture in all its traditional and contemporary forms, so as to contribute to the fundamental process of understanding and integration between peoples and cultures and to the enrichment of human being.

We invite researchers, academics, artists and organizations who wish to contribute to this path with their work and interest, to come in contact with us.

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Seminars

Art (bzo rig pa)
Logic (gtan tshig rig pa)

 

Introduction to the Tibetan World 

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

Although other places in Central Asia had come under the influence of other cultures even before the beginning of the Common Era, Tibet remained virtually untouched until much later. In fact the Himalayan region's remoteness and inaccessibility have preserved distinct local influences. This seminar offers a general introduction to the history, religious traditions, culture and ethnic composition of the Himalayas. 

Language in Tibet   

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

The importance and beauty of the Tibetan language. Introduction to the history, symbolism, features and peculiarities of the various kinds of Tibetan Language.  Also addressing the sacredness of the language and some issues regarding translation of classical tibetan. 

 

Guru Padmasambhava 

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

Padmasambhava is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism,  also known as the Second Buddha, was a sage guru from Oddiyana, northwestern Classical India (in the modern-day Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). Padmasambhava is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, Bhutan and neighboring countries in the 8th century AD. Some notes - doctrinal, symbolic and biographical - on one of Tibet’s most remarkable Masters. 

Termas and Tertöns  

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

In the Tibetan tradition, time is not conceived of as a linear quantity. Time changes significantly in terms of its intrinsic quality as it proceeds through the ages. Sentient beings living in the ups and downs of time have different problems and needs. In Tibet an unusual and unique feature has been developed in order for the Dharma to continue to be useful and effective in shifting times: Termas. In this lecture the doctrinal ante facts, the various kinds of termas and the biographies of some of the most important terma discoverers will be discussed.

Oracles and Shamans   

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2hrs

In the Himalayas the world of bodyless beings is considered extremely complex, densely populated and highly important for the harmonious existence of the world. Accordingly the techniques employed to interact with these beings are highly sophisticated and well established. In this talk we will examine some aspects of the history of their relation with humans, and the techniques which are generally called oracularity and shamanism. Dr. Sanders presents recent research in the field including attention to the religio-philosophical and cosmological background to Tibetan Oracles. He will also discuss some of its unique and distinguishing cultural characteristics. Finally Dr. Sanders will compare Oracles with the more common and widespread Himalayan phenomena generally labelled as 'Shamanism' highlighting differences and similarities.

Ancient Rituals in a Twilight World   

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

In the Himalayas the world of bodyless beings is considered extremely complex, densely populated and highly important for the harmonious existence of the world. Accordingly the techniques employed to interact with these beings are highly sophisticated and well established. In this talk we will examine some aspects of the history of their relation with humans, and the techniques which are generally called oracularity and shamanism. Dr. Sanders presents recent research in the field including attention to the religio-philosophical and cosmological background to Tibetan Oracles. He will also discuss some of its unique and distinguishing cultural characteristics. Finally Dr. Sanders will compare Oracles with the more common and widespread Himalayan phenomena generally labelled as 'Shamanism' highlighting differences and similarities.

The Schools of Tibetan Buddhism    

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

A presentation of the history and main doctrinal features of the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Includes a discussion of the so called ‘Eight Chariots of Spiritual realization’.

 

The Law of Karma    

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

Karma means action, means "to do”,  it also refers to the principle of causality where intent and actions of an individual influence the future of that individual. Some remarks on one of the basic indo-tibetan doctrines ruling over the whole of samsaric existence.

Death and Rebirth according to Tibetan Medicine

Dr. Luigi Vitiello, Duration: 2hrs
The themes of death and dying are certainly difficult and often undesirable. Western medicine has always considered death in its pathological traits and not as the inevitable end of life, delegating this aspect to philosophy or religion. 
On the contrary, Tibetan medicine, characterized by a more comprehensive perception of human being and influenced by the Buddhist vision, has perused this crucial moment of our existence.
Over the last 30 years, thanks to the research of Kubler Ross and Moody, even Western scientific culture has attempted a "secular" approach in this field, convoying a new science: Thanatology. 
It can be important to know and compare this knowledge on a topic that inevitably has involved and will involve all of us.

On Birth, Living and Dying in the Tibetan Tradition  

Dr. Fabian Sanders, Duration: 2 hrs

This talk considers some glimpses into the rich religious, medical and symbolic concepts transmitted in Tibet concerning the causes and circumstances of human birth, the main traits of human life and the process of death. 

Health and Sickness in Tibetan Medicine

Dr. Luigi Vitiello, Duration: 2 hrs
Health is not merely the absence of disease but the effect of a harmonious balance of all aspects that make up a human being and of its interaction with the surrounding environment. Western medicine, despite having made significant progress in the treatment of diseases, has often lost sight of the overall vision, today known as holistic, which considers the human being into his psychic, physical and energetic aspects.
The Tibetan medical system, which is based on the three different levels of somatic medicine, energy level or Tantric knowledge and dharmic or spiritual understanding, can help us have a better understanding of ourselves and guide us to find that balance which is the mainstay of our well-being.

 

Our Lecturers

Fabian Sanders – Tibetan Language Teacher

Fabian Sanders teaches Tibetan language and literature at the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice and he is academic director of the Shang Shung Institute for Tibetan Studies (UK). After studying Chinese and Sanskrit languages and deepening his knowledge of Eastern, Central and South Asian Traditions and cultures, in the last decade he has been focusing on the Tibetan world. Alongside the research on and translation of classical Tibetan texts he devotes himself to the quest for careful understanding of doctrinal principles and spiritual practices of the Himalayan region.

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Luigi Vitiello – Tibetan Medicine 

I was born in Naples in 1950.
After graduating in medicine and surgery at the University of Naples I was trained as a psychotherapist at the European School of Workable Psychotherapy and attended Gestalt training courses. I studied Tibetan Medicine with prof. Namkhai Norbu, with Dr. Pasang Yonten and prof. Tubten Phuntsog. 
I was responsible for the department of Tibetan Medicine of the Institute since its founding (1990), directing it from 1998 to 2001.
I edited the first Italian Edition of the book by Namkhai Norbu "Nascere e vivere" (ed. Shang-Shung 1992) and collaborated on the book "La grande guarigione" by Namkhai Norbu and Trogawa Sample (ed. Ubaldini 2002).  I am also author of several articles on Tibetan medicine. I live and work as a doctor and psychotherapist in Naples and Arcidosso.

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Aldo Oneto - Ku Nye Massage Instructor

Graduated and qualified as instructor in 2005, having acquired the knowledge of the main principles of the Tibetan Medicine, he started to organize and hold training courses in Italy and Europe, since 2007.  The solid experience in the practice and techniques of Ku Nye massage has gained him large consents and attracted an increasing number of students, thanks to effective communication skills, patience, enthusiasm and individual tuition.  The number of courses held has increased over the years, as well as the request for teaching and training of qualified operators in this discipline, indissolubly bound to the view of health and wellness expressed by the Global Tibetan Medicine.   

 

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