the meaning of Shambala

In Tibetan Buddhist and Indian Buddhist traditions, Shambhala (also spelled Shambala or Shamballa; Tibetan: བདེ་འབྱུང་; Wylie: bde ‚byung, pron. De-jung) is a mythical kingdom hidden somewhere in Inner Asia. It is mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Kalachakra Tantra and the ancient texts of the Zhang Zhung culture which predated Tibetan Buddhism in western Tibet. The Bön scriptures speak of a closely related land called Olmolungring.

Whatever its historical basis, Shambhala gradually came to be seen as a Buddhist Pure Land, a fabulous kingdom whose reality is visionary or spiritual as much as physical or geographic. It was in this form that the Shambhala myth reached the West, where it influenced non-Buddhist as well as Buddhist spiritual seekers — and, to some extent, popular culture in general.

Shambala is a paradise where our own dreams can come true.

Once our home, now mostly forgotten except in our dreams,
our soul still goes there for healing and revitalization.

It is a land without time, full of power and mystery, offering enlightenment to the traveler that is fortunate enough to enter  its gates.

The mythical paradise of Shambala, sometimes thought to be in a parallel world or dimension , is a land of a thousand names. The Hindu call it „Paradesha“ or „Aryavarsha“, the land from which the Vedas came from; the Buddhists „Shambala“; the Chinese know it as “ Hsi Tien“, the Western Paradise of Hsi Wang Mu, the Royal Mother of the West; the Russians knew it as „Belovodye“ and „Janaidar“, the Christians and the Jews the „Garden
of Eden“. In the esoteric literature it has become known as „Shangri-La“, „Agartha“ or „the Land of the Living“.It has the name of „Forbidden Land“; „the Land of White Waters“; the „Land of Radiant Spirits“; the „Land of Living Fire“; the „Land of the Living Gods“ and the „Land of Wonders“. Shambhala is  known by the Celtics as the mystical  Avalon, hidden in the mists of illusion.

by Mary Sutherland

das mystische Shambala

Shambala ist der Name eines sagenumwobenen Reiches im Himalaja-Gebirge, verborgen hinter riesigen, von Schnee und Eis bedeckten Bergen. Gemäss buddhistischen Texten hatten die Menschen in Shambala ein hoch entwickeltes Bewusstsein und führten ein Leben voller Liebe, Mitgefühl und Weisheit.

Ob Shambala ein physischer Ort auf der Erde ist oder jemals war, oder ob damit „nur“ ein Zustand des menschlichen Bewusstseins beschrieben wird, ist nicht geklärt und für uns auch irrelevant.

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