What comes into your mind when you think about a paradise? Many cultures around our world have has their own versions of paradise or an utopia, and one among the famous ones is the Himalayan Shambhala , which was introduced to the western world by James Hilton by the name of Shangri-La in his 1933 novel Lost Horizon.
Shambhala is the Sanskrit transliteration of “the world of ultimate joy,” and it is the ideal-heavenly land in Tibetan Buddhism, and it is, according to venerable monks throughout history, a hidden kingdom somewhere near the main peak of the Gangdise. In legends, Amitābha, or known more commonly as Buddha, himself is at presence in Shambhala.
In a sense, Shambhala is the materialized concept of Nirvana, and the where Buddhists’ dreams live, and there are plenty of attempts of discovering the hidden kingdom of Shambhala, however nothing persuasive has been found so far.