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SHAMBHALA

Shambhala (Tib. bde 'byung) is a Sanskrit term comprising swayam + bhala meaning self benefited or swayam + bala meaning self powered.  Commonly it is understood to be a "place of peace & tranquility"                    

 Shambhala is believed to be a society where all the inhabitants are  enlightened.

 As with many concepts in the Kalachakra Tantra, the idea of Shambhala  is said to have "outer", "inner", and "alternative" meanings. The outer meaning understands Shambhala to exist as a physical place, although  only  individuals with the appropriate karma can reach it and  experience it as such . As the 14th Dalai Lama noted
 during  the 1985 ,Kalachakra initiation in Bodhgaya , Shambhala is not an ordinary country:

 Although those with special affiliation may actually be able to go there  through their karmic connection,  nevertheless it is not a physical place  that we can actually find. We can only say that it is a pure land in  the
 human  realm and unless one has the merit and the actual karmic association, one cannot actually arrive there.

 The inner and alternative meanings refer to more subtle understandings of what Shambhala represents in terms
 of one's own body and mind (inner), and the meditation practice (alternative). These two types of symbolic  explanations are generally passed on orally from teacher to student.

 Shambhala has its own independent basis in human wisdom that does not belong to East or West, or to any one  culture or religion. [12]

 In Hinduism Shambala has three meanings:

 Shambhal is a place where one gets peace and security.

 Another meaning is, ' that which attracts others ', or ' that which confers distinction '.

 The third meaning is, ' a place situated near water '.