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Joanna Macy: The Kingdom of Shambhala

Joanna Macy: The Kingdom of Shambhala

A call to awaken the Shambhala Warriors

Twelve centuries ago the Shambhala Warrior Prophecy arose. It is a powerful prophecy about the times we are now living in.

Joanna Macy recounts the Tibetan Buddhist story as told to her by her teacher.

“There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Barbarian powers have arisen. Although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in common: weapons of unfathomable devastation and technologies that lay waste the world. It is now, when the future of all beings hangs by the frailest of threads, that the kingdom of Shambhala emerges.

Now you can’t go there because it is not a place. It exists in the hearts and minds of the Shambhala Warriors. And you can’t tell a Shambhala Warrior by looking at her and him. The time is coming said Rinpoche when great courage is required of the Shambhala warriors, moral courage and physical courage and that’s because they are going to go right into the heart of the barbarian powers to dismantle their weapons.”

Shambhala Warrior is a metaphor for what in Buddhism is understood to be the bodhisattva, the hero in the Buddhist tradition. And if one person has the capacity to be a bodhisattva then others do too.  This sacred prophecy is aimed at the Bodhisattva inside you. Listen to it as if it were about you and as if you realised it was about you.

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