The Zen Master at Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a mythical Utopia. An earthly paradise in the novel
Lost Horizon by James Hilton.


The Zen Master of Shangri-La was 365 years old and over her lifetime
instructed many disciples Her name was She.
In each intake, there were ten cells one for each disciple
comprising five males and five female.

In the monastery, each new disciple was allocated a separate circular cell
containing basic saffron robes, a bunk, sandals, washbasin, wind chimer, and notably
a single wall mirror. The wind chimer is always silent.


Disciples cells.                                   Steve James.




On Initiation day they collected instruction sheets.

Practice One.
Your first meditation by the mirror will lay
down factual information about Shangri-La
and its inhabitants.

We do not own Space
We do not own Time
We do not own Energy
We do not own Matter

Create your own personal Mantra.


Disciple in front of his mirror Mor Shani.




The Beginning

Sofa Muzaki Akhmad


There are many interpretations of what a Mantra is. In its simplicity, any sound,           word or rhyme will provide a still space to engage your mercurial mind and
to give it some peace.
It’s greatest benefit is understanding this function.
Primarily Mantra’s exist to overcome your brains daily experiences that control our emotions and thoughts.  Because of that, choose a word, song, or rhyme that is soothing.
Your mind calms and has breathing space to experience new realities.
Your own personal mantra is important. To be repeated whenever needed.
Its real benefits produce a new form of ‘understanding’ for your benefit.
Because the Mantra is yours it will be your best form of meditation.
Your practised breathing is all-important. In your daily lives, each day begins, and each day is new, and has its own particular space-time-energy-matter, displayed before you, whatever it may be!
How you deal with that depends on your mental, emotional, and physical health, your reason, your awareness, and your connection to any form of reality you experience.

However adept you are at coping in any circumstance, you will always achieve a balanced and more productive view if you have a personal mantra to recite.
When you adopt a mantra that suits you, it takes a little time for your brain to integrate the process. That process is simple repetition as often as you like to take the place of the troubled thoughts that occupy your mind. Use the repetition prior to any stressful situation – internal and external – it is invaluable.

Practice Two
Below the mountain, there is a large field to be prepared to grow all your own
fruit, vegetables, whatever can be grown to sustain you. Work as a group and organise the strengths available. The previous occupants have stored enough food to support you until your first crop arrives.

Ready for tilling.                         Nomadic Julien..



Practise Three.
All excess food is to be shared freely in the community.


Laurentu Moranu

Practice Four.
When you’re daily work is finished sit in your cell facing the mirror
to address some aspect of yourself during your daily rounds.
The mirror has particular properties. It reflects parts of your life that you are
not aware of and through the mindfulness practices you are provided with
information that needs your attention.
The process is designed to “wake you up” without stress toward a state of attention,
and the paradoxical state of detachment.
Repeat your mantra.

Practise Five.
Each day you meditate in front of the mirror  your daily activities,
your emotions, your reactions are reflected back to you.
As you record them and recognise them the mirror closes and a new one opens
for your second day’s meditation.
There are 365 mirrors that encircle your cell. As you proceed through them to the end
you will have achieved a new understanding of the core of your being.
You can then proceed to the shrine of She.


The Door to She.

Practise Six.
As you have successfully completed your allotted tasks your personal entry is assured.
When the door closes the shrine lights up with a beautiful sky blue light, and you are in the presence of She.


The Shrine of She.                         Guiulian Di Palo.


The disciple kneels before She.

The room fills with perfumed incense.
She seems to be breathing and the collective sound of all ten windchimes echo
around the chamber.

Without effort, the disciple joins the Universal being of all life and is carried up to a new ascension in which every part of his body, mind and spirit is at peace with itself.
And so it is with all disciples.
The loss of ego is the new access to being. Painless and beautiful.
The exotic heavenly mystical music of the wind chimes vibrates
through the chamber.
So dance with your partner where you both belong.
Their mutual destiny is within the timeless stars.

She stops breathing and the chimes go silent.
The shrine is empty again.

Ten sets of saffron robes and sandals lie on the floor………………………………

Each day in Shangri-La counts as one year.




Footnote: To refresh the original purpose of my earlier blogs. These shorter inserts offer the reason I started to search for any data, ancient or otherwise on human consciousness, specifically related to Alzheimer’s.
At 92 years of age (well past my used by date) it may well be that I am a candidate with a focus on my own pending dementia. If so, then the theory and the method I write about is holding it at bay. To address the health of my mind in this way could be the catalyst that retains its own functional activity.
A semantic template can be created using data on both domain pages.                                                     No definition of absolutes or principles can be ill-defined.
They are always interconnected and interdependent.
Each configuration constructed by anyone has meaning particular to them, although its value is universal. That is why it is never personal property!

‘That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history’.
Aldous Huxley (26 July 1894 -22 November 1963.
Amen to that!

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Born in Govan Glasgow 1927. Those were the days.
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