Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
was born in
Derghe, eastern Tibet, in 1938. At his birth, he was recognised as the
reincarnation of the great Dzogchen Master Adzom Drugpa. From his early
years he studied with some of the greatest teachers, receiving
traditional training in the diferent lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. In
1955 he met his root teacher, Changchub Dorje, from whom he received a
transmission of the knowledge of Dzogchen.
In 1950, following an invitation from Prof. Giuseppe Tucci, he moved to
Italy where he went on to teach Tibetan and Mongolian language and
literature at the University of Naples. While teaching Yantra Yoga
in 1976, he started giving Dzogchen teachings to a group of his
students, who later became the first members of the Dzogchen Community.
His profound understanding of Dzogchen combined with an ability to
communicate it in a direct and simple manner, the Dzogchen Community
has grown with centres established throughout Europe, North and South
America, Russia and Australia. Since 2005 Chögyal Namkhai
students can follow many of his teachings through live webcasts, thus
tightening the traditional bond between teacher and student.