|Shiva, Parvati and Ganesh|
Well, I can't get Shambhala out of my head. The whole my my book, 'Pema and the Yak' was, through the wonderful Lama O, a search for Shambhala. From Dharmsala to Spiti Valley, to Ladakh. I asked every lama along the way about Shambhala, and I was always told not to take it literally.
But Tibet is riddled with 'be-lung'. These are hidden, concealed lands. The great Padmasambhava revealed hidden lands. Such as Sikkim. This was once a 'be-lung'. Many Tibetan lamas used these concealed lands to escape from the Chinese in 1959. Only those with realisation could access them. But Namkha Drimed Rinpoche entered these hidden lands on his way out of Tibet in 1959, as did many others. Hidden lands and hilly lands. Hollow lands. We have the same thing here, ourselves. The stray sod lands. The ones we enter and get lost in. A land we are tricked into entering. Like Patrick Kavanagh recounts in the Green Fool.