Shambhala is a mystical kingdom as well as the only pure land on this earth. Shaped like a giant lotus having eight petals, it is surrounded by rings of snowy mountain ranges and is shielded from the outside world because of its geographical location and by supernatural forces. Its inhabitants are born there because of pure karma and they live according to high moral precepts.
Being the inhabitants of the only pure land in this turbulent world, they lead a highly evolved spiritual life free of suffering and strife. They practise the highest tantric teachings of the Buddha – such as the Kalachakra. The kingdom is ruled by a succession of rulers called the Kulika Kings. We are now in the reign of the 21st Kulika King (AD1927 - )
During the reign of the 25th Kulika King (AD 2327-), the world that we know of will be conquered by an evil conqueror. Having subjugated the entire world he will discover the existence of Shambhala and will attempt to conquer it.
The Kulika King Rudra Cakrin "Wrathful one with the Wheel" will then amass a great army and vanquish the evil conqueror and his allies in the final great battle of this world (AD 2425).
The victory will herald in a golden age of perfection for mankind lasting a thousand years during which the spiritual practice of Vajrayana Buddhism especially that of the Kalachakra will lead many to liberation and enlightenment.
VISION OF SHAMBHALA
On the occasion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s giving of the Kalachakra initiation in New York 1991, Khamtrul Rinpoche gave the following account of his visionary dream of Shambhala in a public talk. The talk was translated by Lotsawa Tenzin Dorjee.
Another important thing I want to tell you is that at the time I had the dream, my elders had spoken of their worries about the thousands of people being killed in the Second World War. So I took the opportunity of asking the girl who took me to Shambhala about the prediction in the texts that when the last Kulika king comes to subdue all evil he will do so with bows and arrows, spears, sticks and so on. I asked her how he would overcome powerful modern weapons with bows and arrows. She told me not to worry about that because, due to the power of karma, whatever destructive weapons we produce in this world appropriate counter-agents will automatically come into existence in the Kingdom of Shambhala. She said, 'The weapons you create in your world are created out of experiments with different kinds of materials, but the anti-missile systems of Shambhala have the nature of exalted wisdom and are much more powerful'.
She assured me again that I need not worry about the destructive weapons produced in our world because when at the coming of the last Kulika king, he will be ready with anti-missiles to combat them due just to the karmic power of Shambhala.
Then we went to see the Kulika who reigned in Shambhala at the time. At the gate of his palace a strong person took us in and presented us before the king, who was in deep meditation. He looked so radiant that I wasn't able to look directly into his face. Afterwards it seemed as though he dissolved into light and transformed himself into a lama who gave me a number of Avalokiteshvara empowerments. After the initiations, everything disappeared like a rainbow, but still the girl and I were there. As I had hoped at the beginning we began to express our love for each other. She predicted that in this life I wouldn't be able to remain a monk (laughter), but she said that even if I could not do that I would still be able to benefit many people. Then, I saw in my dream that I had returned to my cave. When I awoke it was dawn and that is how my dream ended.
Generally speaking we should not rely too much on our dreams, but we still have a right to dream, you have the right to dream and so do I. So, although I've told you about it, I don't want you to think you have to believe what I dreamt was true or real, but for me at least it was a totally vivid experience.