A Model for World Peace:
Shambhala and the Kalachakra Teachings
Imagine a world free of suffering and strife, greed and hate. A world where all can live peacefully in balance with our environment and with each other. Where we are all free to manifest our most profound potential and connect with limitless love and compassion. Such a place is known as Shambhala.
For more than two thousand years, Shambhala has been a sign of hope, marked by a common quest for peace and harmony. Shambhala illustrates what can be achieved if we focus our energy on experiencing the profound nature of our reality.
Describing the ultimate nature of reality
The most expansive and clear teachings describing the ultimate nature of reality are known as the Kalachakra Tantra. These profound teachings were bestowed upon the Shambhala King Suchandra by Buddha Shakyamuni. By putting them into practice, the great diversity of citizens in Shambhala transformed their minds and came to live in peace as a single unbreakable family.
From Shambhala, the Kalachakra Teachings came to India and then to Tibet, where they are still practiced and have been fully preserved by the vajra masters of the Tibetan Jonang-ShambhalaTradition. In the spirit of this centuries’ old lineage Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö brings the Kalachakra teachings to today’s world. Thus, inspired by Shambhala, we can also transform our lives and experience a golden age of peace and harmony together.
What is Kalachakra?
Kalachakra is a Sanskrit word: kala means “time” and chakra means “wheel”. Kalachakra is the“Wheel of Time”. But what does that actually mean? To answer this question, we will need to look at Kalachakra from multiple dimensions or levels of understanding: