Work with the Words of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

Shang Shung Publications is looking for English editors and English-to-Italian translators to join the team to ensure that we will continue publishing the teachings of our beloved Master well into the future.

If you are interested and qualified, please read on.

Because it is crucial that our publications are worthy of their precious content, we strive to meet high standards of editing and translation. Due to the unique and specialized nature of our work, we are launching an online training program to help interested editor and translator candidates familiarize themselves with the process of working with language and hone their skills.

Participants who successfully complete the training will have the opportunity to become part of the team and will also receive compensation commensurate with the volume and quality of work they are able to contribute.

Format: Independent work offline, online reviews and learning content presentation in three phases

Length: Six months, starting end of April/early May 2019

Phase 1: Literary Style (Line Editing). Participants are given a sample assignment to be completed in the course of three months. They will be expected to edit approximately two pages a week and every two weeks meet individually with a mentor online (one on one) to review and discuss the ongoing progress.

Phase 2: Form and Consistency (Copyediting). In the course of the following two months, participants meet online once every two weeks for collective sessions. Topics will include applying our style sheet for consistency in technical details such as punctuation and capitalization. We will also cover indexing, bibliographies, notes, and fact checking.

Phase 3: Treatment of Tibetan and Sanskrit Terms. One month, with one online presentation and two review sessions (collective). Since nearly all our publications include a high percentage of Tibetan and Sanskrit terms, it is helpful if editors learn how to treat them in a correct and consistent manner. Although at least basic knowledge of these languages is useful, it is by no means essential.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Extensive familiarity with the teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
  • Three years’ minimum membership in the International Dzogchen Community
  • English or Italian mother tongue
  • Excellent writing skills, good literary style
  • Good computer literacy
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willingness to collaborate with other team members

If you meet these requirements and would like to participate in the training, please complete and submit our application form no later than April 15, 2019: