Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is a Dzogchen master of Tibetan Buddhism highly trained in the Buddhist traditions of meditation, philosophy and medicine.
At his birth in 1938 at Geug, in the region of Dege (Eastern Tibet), Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was recognized as the reincarnation of the great Dzogchen teacher Adzam Drugpa (1842-1934). When he was five years old he was further recognized by the XVIth Karmapa as the mind emanation of Drug Zhabdrung Rinpoche, a prior reincarnation of the master Padma Karpo.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu studied with some of the most important masters of his time and completed the training required by Buddhist tradition in both Sutra and Tantra. At the age of sixteen, he met Master Rigdzin Changchub Dorje, who introduced him to the authentic knowledge of the Dzogchen teachings.
In 1960 he was invited to Europe by the great Tibetan scholar Guisseppe Tucci and appointed Professor of Tibetan and Mongolian Language and Literature at the Oriental Institute, University of Naples. Since his retirement from the University of Naples, Rinpoche has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, the former Soviet Union and Asia transmitting in a direct and open way the precious treasury of Dzogchen teachings. He teaches in English, Italian and Tibetan according to the audience. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu is author of many books and articles including The Crystal and the Way of Light (Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd), Dzogchen the Self-Perfected State (Penguin Group), The Cycle of day and Night (Station Hill Press), and The Supreme Source (Snow Lion Publications).