Name originsEdit

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The name B'hala, as well as the conflict between good and evil associated with it, perhaps comes from Tibetan myth. Thubten Jigme Norbu (the elder brother of the Dalai Lama) writes:
In ancient scriptures we hear of a country to the north, the country of Shambhala, where there is to be a final battle between the forces of religion and those of atheism. Shambhala is described as a land ringed by snow-capped mountains, and at its center is an enormous city in which the king has his palace. Some say that it was from here that the great Lamed tantra originated, for King Suchandra, the first of Shambhala's priest-kings, took the teachings direct from Buddha. According to the scriptures the predicted conflict is due to reach its climax in some three hundred or so years from now. The world will have grown colder everywhere, we are told, but men's passions will have become inflamed. We believe that this has already started. When the time comes, men will be fighting and killing each other even within the land of Shambhala. There will be no honesty, no love, no peace; only dishonesty, hate, and war. Up to the very end the capital city of Shambhala will be the one place where the teachings of the Buddha are preserved. Peace will remain there until the corruption of the outer world reaches the city walls. Then the God-King will muster his army of Gods and ride out of the city to engage the forces of evil and destroy them.'
(See Epilogue, 'The Legend of the End,' p344, in 'Tibet: An account of the history, the religion and the people of Tibet' by Thubten Jigme Norbu and Colin M. Turnbull, Clarion/Simon and Schuster, 1970.)


B'hala is mentioned in the book Q-Strike, part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation - Q Continuum (novel series), as being affected by the war between the Q and 0. It is on pages 52-54. Maybe some mention of this could be added, noting of course that it is an apochryphal source as are other articles with mentions of the books? ThetaOrion 05:55, May 17, 2010 (UTC)