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The Shambhala teachings, based on traditional Buddhism, are founded on the premise that human beings are fundamentally good, warm and intelligent. These qualities can be cultivated through meditation and mindfulness, and be further developed in daily life in our relations with our family, friends, community and wider society.

The Shambhala story can be traced back to a time when meditation was practiced by monks in monasteries or lonely hermits in their caves. The king of Shambhala, King Dawa Sangpo, asked the Buddha for teachings specifically for people who want to remain in the world; marry, work and bring up children. The Buddha agreed and gave him teachings to show the citizens of Shambhala how to rouse their inherent goodness and wisdom and projected it into their daily lives.