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This survey of published materials explores ancient Central Asia as the historical location of the 'Legendary' Kingdom of Shambhala….. Notes and links on the History, Cultures, Arts, Languages, Religions and Traditions.
The ancient Solar Temple at Balkh, also known as 'Sams-i-Bala', (Sams:Sun….Bala:Elevated) was located in the once extremely wealthy and fertile Oxus River Civilization of Bactria and was encircled by the great Pamir and Caucasus Asia Mountains....Merv, Samarkand, and Bukhara were under the influence of Greater Khorasan.”
Shambhala was also known As…Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring...With Tagzig to the west, Oddiyana to the east, Zhang-Zhung to the south-east, Gandharva to the south, Airyana Vaeja to the north and Uighur/Khotan to the northeast, the legendary Bactria/Khorasan was an ancient spiritual vortex, the location of the great pre-Zoroastrian Sun (Sams) Temple and important in the development of Sanskrit, Mahayana Buddhism, Sufism, Dzogchen, Tantra, Zoroastrianism, Bon, Manichaeanism, Elemental Shamanism, Mithraism, etc ...
Balkh was an important crossroads of trade in 5000 BC, reached it height about 2400 BC, was looted and conquered numerous times, destroyed by Ghenghis Khan in 1220 AD, but still impressed Marco Polo when he visited in 1275 AD......
Trungpa: "Shambhala is the Central Asian Kingdom... the basic idea of Shambhala vision is that a sane society developed out of that culture, and we are trying to emulate that vision…..Shambhala vision applies to people of any faith, not just people who believe in Buddhism… the Shambhala vision does not distinguish a Buddhist from a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, a Moslem, a Hindu. That’s why we call it the Shambhala kingdom. A kingdom should have lots of spiritual disciplines in it. That’s why we are here."...Chögyam Trungpa (Great Eastern Sun, The Wisdom of Shambhala, p 133).
December 2013....Northern New Mexico