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The Way to Shambhala
by Edwin Bernbaum

Shambhala, 2001, 336 pp, ISBN 1570628742
Available from Snow Lion

Detailed account of the fascinating legend of Shambhala, drawing on Tibetan and Sanskrit texts and interviews with lamas in Nepal and India. For centuries the people of Tibet and Mongolia have believed in the existance of the mythical kingdom of Shambhala, a mystical kingdom hidden behind the distant mountains north of the Himalaya - and the basis for the ideas of Shangri-la. There, according to the Kalachakra tantra teachings, a line of enlightened kings is said to be guarding the highest wisdom for a time when all spiritual values in the world outside will be lost in war and destruction. Then, according to prophesy, a great king will come out of this sanctuary to defeat the forces of evil and establish a golden age. As he explores the myth of Shambhala, showing how it also symbolizes an inner, spiritual journey to enlightenment, Bernbaum leads the reader through the actual terrain of the Himalaya, mist-filled valleys and snow-covered peaks, as well as the religion, history and connections to the archetypal myths that have influenced both Eastern and Western cultures.
"The Way to Shambhala is an intelligent and informed work that provides new insights into previously unknown Tibetan material."Joseph Campbell.


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Review by: Eddie Bryan
Overall Rating:
"One of my favorite books! Flattering to the Alice Bailey books prophecying the return of Christ as Bodhisattva!
Reading this book was just like travelling. I loved it. It was my introductory to the landscapes of Tibet.
How I wish he could travel through Tibet himself.
A wonderful book for all college students interested in Tibetan Buddhism and the land of Tibet."

Review by: Rudolf Penner, Vancouver BC Canada
Overall Rating:
"This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read since it actually explains the mystery of Shambhala and by inference, other hidden places and spiritual centres. What an amazing piece of research. It seems that some people have gone to Shambhala physically and some in a spiritual form. And, whether or not one believes in such a place, the way to one's own heart centre and the kingdom one is in charge of personally, is valid. The journey changes one and reading about it is to me a sort of restoration of hope of a better way we can all find."


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