On 16 February 2018, the first day of the Tibetan Earth Dog Year, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu announced the birth of the Atiyoga Foundation via web cast from Dzamling Gar, the Global Gar, to the International Dzogchen Community, with the signing of a document called its “birth certificate” by its founders, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and Rosa Namkhai, Carlos Ramos, and Nancy Simmons. Rinpoche explained that the new foundation (ATIF) would be the “umbrella” of all entities that are part of the Dzogchen Community.
ATIF will be the cultural foundation that works not only with cultural traditions – such as the Tibetan one that contains the ancient knowledge of man – but also with new frontiers of culture and science in the contemporary world, with the intent to build relationships and synergies with institutions such as universities, museums, schools and academies for the creation of courses, workshops and cultural events.
The Foundation's main aim for the future is to communicate to the world different "areas of the mind" and different "fields of human knowledge" that Chögyal Namkhai Norbu has developed over his many years of work in the national and international academic world, in the Dzogchen Community, and in many organizations he has founded in the course of his life.
The mission of the International Atiyoga Foundation is to make available “favorable conditions for bringing out the potentiality of the human being” (Article 5 of the Statute). This will be done in a non-religious way, through the many manifestations of ancient and contemporary art, through knowledge such as scientific, philosophical, psychological, medical, and humanistic research, but also simply communication of knowledge, making use of the tools that are deployed in the different departments and institutes of which it is constituted.