Thursday, May 08, 2014

Shangri-La


James Hilton’s Lost Horizon have depicted a earthly paradise in the Himalayas called Shangri-La. Tibetan legends says that such place exist in the Himalayan mountains called Shambhala. Shambhala is said to be the hidden land where Buddha was initiated into the teachings of the Kalacakra, or wheel of Time. The valley is said to be hidden by snow-capped mountains. Lamas are adamant that travelers cannot simply go to Shambhala, they must be summoned.

Tibetan prophecy holds that Shambhala will have 32 kings, each ruling for a hundred years. The first reigned during the life of the Buddha in the 6th century BCE. The last king is expected to annihilate the forces of evil and bring the golden age to the entire world.

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