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Secrets of Shangri-La

I just found out about the PBS series that started airing this week “Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest For Sacred Caves“. Thus far I’ve only watched one of the youtube trailers, but it looks like a pretty amazing series. According to some, this corner of the Himayalas is not only the birthplace of what is now the yogic tradition, but it may also be the kingdom of Shambhala which “is a mythical kingdom hidden somewhere in Inner Asia. It is mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Kalachakra Tantra and the ancient texts of the Zhang Zhung culture which predated Tibetan Buddhism in western Tibet. The Bön scriptures speak of a closely related land called Olmolungring.

Whatever its historical basis, Shambhala gradually came to be seen as a Buddhist Pure Land, a fabulous kingdom whose reality is visionary or spiritual as much as physical or geographic. It was in this form that the Shambhala myth reached the West, where it influenced non-Buddhist as well as Buddhist spiritual seekers — and, to some extent, popular culture in general.” (Excerpt from this wiki article)

Wow. This show definitely takes precedence over Dancing With The Stars.

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