Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (born in Dege, Eastern Tibet, in 1938) is a teacher and master of Dzogchen, one of the teachings of Buddha. At an early age, he was recognized as the reincarnation of Adzam Drugpa, another great teacher of Dzogchen. He was later pronounced the mental manifestation (Mind Emanation) of Drug Shabdrung Rinpoche, another well known teacher.
The main teachers of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu were Changchub Dorje, Ayu Khandro and his uncles Togden Orgyen Tendzin and Jamyang Chokyi Wangchuk.
After completing his training in both Sutra and Tantra, he left Tibet and for many years taught Tibetology at the University of Napoli, Italy. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche began teaching Dzogchen in Italy in 1976, but has since organized International Dzogchen Community. The community established numerous centers (called Gars) throughout the world, the principal ones being in Venezuela, Italy, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and Russia.
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is known to use modern technology for teaching his students. His teachings are often transmitted over the Internet as audio and video webcasts. With help of technology for synchronization the teacher 3 times per year performs Dzogchen transmission worldwide for students who find it not easy to come to a retreat.
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche has also been the author of many books relating to the subject of Dzogchen and continues to actively teach to this day.
Chogyal Namkhai Norbu is also the founder of A.S.I.A., an organization which works within Tibet to develop schools and hospitals.
- Dzogchen and Zen (1981)
- Primordial Experience: An Introduction to Rdzogs-Chen Meditation (1986)
- Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light (1992)
- Dzogchen – The Self-Perfected State (1996)
- The Golden Letters (1996)
- The Supreme Source: The Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde (1999)
- The Crystal and the Way of Light: Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen (2000)
- Self-Liberation: Through Seeing with Naked Awareness (2000)
- Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light, Revised (2002)