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Since 1979, this informal research has explored the Shambhala tradition and the 'historical/geographical' location of the 'mythical' Kingdom of Shambala ...particularly the Bactria/Kapisa/Odiana/Khorasan/Takzig region of Central Asia prior to Alexander the Great (356 – 323 BC), the Arab/Islamic Conquest of Central Asia (632-870 AD), and the Tibetan destruction of Zhang Zhung (7th-8th C. AD)...these notes are generally statements worth exploring further rather than solid conclusions....many are quite interesting in their sectarian discrepancy.
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Chogyam 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).
"…."In 624 AD, a Moslem invasion weakened the Kingdom of Śambhala"……..(The Blue Annals: Part 10 (Kalachakra)…Tibetan Historical Text completed in 1476 AD, written by Gö Lotsāwa Zhönnu Pel "….870 A.D. marks the first time that the Kingdom of Shambhala actually came under Moslem domination…" .... Dharma Fellowship of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
Website of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Urgyen Trinley Dorje………."Legend reports that Vasubandhu came from the "Kingdom of Shambhala' (approximately, modern Begram, otherwise known as the ancient kingdom of Kapisha, north of Kabul) located in the Afghanistan region, north-west of Peshawar....Bagram (بگرام Bagrám), founded as Alexandria on the Caucasus and known in medieval times as Kapisa, is a small town and seat in Bagram District in Parwan Province of Afghanistan, about 60 kilometers north of the capital Kabul….in the old tradition of the 84 Mahasiddhas that the Kingdom of Uddiyana was divided between two countries, to the North and South. To the North, it bordered on the land of Shambhala (i.e., the Kingdom of Kapisa)…….….http://www.dharmafellowship.org/biographies/historicalsaints/pramodavajra.htm"….
Ancient Balkh/Bactra, the region also known as 'Sam-i-Bala', (Shams/Sams: Sun….Bhala/Bala: Elevated) was located in the wealthy and fertile Oxus River Civilization of Bactria/Khorasan and was encircled by the great Pamir and Caucasus Asia Mountains….Balkh, Bactra, Kapisa, Zunbil, Chitral, Odyana, Merv, Samarkand, Bukhara, Gandhara, Western Kashmir, Eastern Iran and modern Afghanistan/Turkmenistan, etc. were part of Greater Khorasan ('Land of the Rising Sun').”
Shambala, sambala ... known in the Bon tradition as … Olmo Lung Ring...with Tagzig (Persia) to the west, Odiyana (Chitral/Kashmir/Swat) to the east, Zhang-Zhung/Kinnaur (Mt Kailas) to the south-east, Gandharva (Northwest Pakistan) to the southwest, Airyana Vaeja (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan) to the north and Uighur/Khotan/Silk Route to the northeast.... Bactria/Khorasan was an ancient Silk Route cultural vortex, the location of important pre-Zoroastrian Sun/Fire Temples and a vital region in the development of Dzogchen, Mahayana Buddhism, Tantric Saivism, pre-Islamic Sufism, Zoroastrianism, Bon, Manichaeanism, Elemental Shamanism, Mithraism, Sanskrit, Greek Buddhism, Iranian Buddhism, Zurvanism, etc ...
Bactra (Balkh) was an important crossroads of trade w/Egypt/Sumeria in 5000 BC, reached it height between 2400-1500 BC, was looted and conquered numerous times, virtually destroyed by Ghenghis Khan in 1220 AD, but still impressed Marco Polo when he visited in 1275 AD......
The Buddha's Sermon to the Kalamas.... (on the Importance of Not Believing Everything You Read on the Internet).......
"Now, Kalamas, don’t go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, ‘This contemplative is our teacher.’ When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter & remain in them."….Kalama Sutta
The Buddha is talking to some people who live near his home country. These people, the Kalamas, are confused by the multiplicity of teachings that they hear. Many teachers arrive, who extoll their own teachings and disparage the teachings of others. And the Kalamas want to know, “Which of these venerable brahmans and contemplatives are speaking the truth, and which ones are lying?”…..
John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….September 2014