Legend has it that Shamballah is a land of enlightened beings; a ‘Pure Land’. The word Shamballah is derived from a Sanskrit term that translates as ‘tranquil-certain’; it’s a place of peace, tranquility, and clarity.
According to some, Shamballah is a real place, but one that exists in a very rarified state, unreachable and imperceptible to the profane.
The Dalai Lama said this of Shamballah at a Kalachakra intitiation:
“Although those with special affiliation may actually be able to go there through their karmic connection, nevertheless it is not a physical place that we can actually find. We can only say that it is a pure land, a pure land in the human realm. And unless one has the merit and the actual karmic association, one cannot actually arrive there.”