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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski was recently reviewed by Nicholas Colloff in the Golgonooza blog.  Colloff states:

Emerging from the book, I realised how fluid the first era of the Russian revolutionary period was and how in that fluidity, people both projected their own aspirations and sought to manipulate events in often quite remarkable ways and how in the second phase such diversity, occasional imagination and much fantasy was extinguished.

I, also, was reminded that in times of great uncertainty people are deeply vulnerable to ideological manipulation; and, as we appear to be in one of those phases of history, a radically unsettling one, sadly, we can expect the same to be true, no doubt in very different guises.

Click here to read the review in full.
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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski

 

On March 1, the People of Shambhala blog published an interview with Andrei Znamenski about his book Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.

Click here for a link to the interview.

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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia
by Andrei Znamenski was reviewed on April 22nd in the Red Dirt Report.

The review reads, “Znamenski’s research, much of it previously unknown in the West, is put together in a scholarly, yet entirely readable way, with photos and even an informative epilogue over the 300 or so pages. Not everyone meets a pleasant fate, particularly those who fall afoul of the brutal Stalinists. For those fascinated with ancient mysteries, secret knowledge and history, Red Shambhala is certainly a book that will keep you turning the pages.”

Click here to read the full review.

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The new December/January issue of Earth Star magazine contains reviews of three of our 2011 titles and also features an excerpt!

 

 

Here is a link to a PDF of issue #203.  You may also view the reviews and excerpt via Scribd below.

 

 

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Working Class Mystic is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

To learn more about the author, visit his website or connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

A Dictionary of Western Alchemy is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound. Visit the author’s website for more information, or connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Red Shambhala is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.  Learn more about the book on Facebook.

 

On October 16, The Japan Times published a great review of Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski.

The review, written by David Cozy, reads, The above [Alexander Barchenko, Ja-Lama and Nicholas Roerich] are only three out of the eleven figures historian Andrei Znamenski introduces at the beginning of Red Shambhala, and in their oddness and ambition — and the oddness of their ambitions — they are representative of the eccentric would-be messiahs (sincere and otherwise) who populate Znamenski’s lively account of the ways traditional beliefs common in Tibet, Mongolia, and surrounding areas came into play in the competition between Russia and England for dominance in that region.”

Click here to read the full review.

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Red Shambhala is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia author Andrei Znamenski recently spoke in an in-depth interview conducted by Andrea R. Garrison, host of ‘Online with Andrea’.

During this two-hour interview, Znamenski details much of the information in his new book, including the secret plot of Nicholas Roerich that involved traveling to Tibet on a U.S.-funded botany excursion and then posing as the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama with an ultimate goal of unleashing holy war in Tibet.

To hear the full interview, click here.

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This interview was broadcast live on September 13, 2011.

Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski shares a “…sad testament of grand hopes and puny fates,” according to John L. Murphey’s recent review in PopMatters.

The review further reads, “Those lacking specialized knowledge of arcana have not learned much of this story, for until the fall of the Soviet empire, many records have been sequestered or linger in Russian-language academic journals. A few very minor slips in English usage reflect the author’s Russian origins, but these occasions are far outweighed by the valuable contributions he provides so the rest of us can learn about these events and their scholarly sources. The transcripts forced out of doomed prisoners about their role in this Red Shambhala project make for poignant reading.”

Click here to read the rest of this penetrating review, originally published August 12, 2011.

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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski continues to get great media attention!

Peter Gordon, with the Asian Review of Books, wrote a thorough, complimentary review of the book, saying, “Znamenski describes the myths and prophecies in some detail, but the story itself starts in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolution. The Bolshevik secret police, and none other than Gleb Bokii, the chief cryptographer, had become interested in mysticism, telepathy and in the “ancient science” of Shambhala, whose existence they did not entirely discount. (One is tempted to snicker until one remembers the not dissimilar and far more recent work done by the CIA, immortalized in the book and film The Men Who Stare at Goats.)”  Click here to read the full interview, which was originally posted 7.14.11.

 

A. Millar, author of the European Son blog, published a post on August 6th that said, “I’ve been waiting for a good excuse to bring up Andrei Znamenski’s Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophesy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia. The coming exhibition of Buddhist art at New York’s Asia Society has provided one. Published by Quest Books (the publishing house of the Theosophical Society), Red Shambhala is a serious work of scholarship, that explores attempts to co-opt and manipulate Buddhism in Tibet and Mongolia by Russian Bolsheviks after the October Revolution, as well as other curious characters.”  Click here to read the rest of the post.

 

And, finally, A Russian-language newspaper, The Russian American, has posted an interview with Andrei. Click here to read the article… Several web browsers will translate the page for you if you’re interested but don’t speak the language!

 

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An insightful and wonderful review of Andrei Znamenski’s Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia appears in the July 2011 issue of Living Traditions magazine!

 

The review reads:

 

Red Shambhala is truly riveting study of the underbelly of occultism and politics with a focus on Bolshevik interest in esotericism and especially Tibet. The legend of Shambhala went through many stages from a Buddhist crusader myth about a coming leader who would crush the unenlightened to the Great White Brotherhood of Theosophy. Znamenski discusses how the myth of Shambhala is closely linked to the Mongol shamanic traditions and developed as an idealization of the Tibetan Mongol culture. He also considers these myths in terms of how they were used within varying spiritual systems and manipulated by political regimes from the left to the right. His research is highly original and I have seen little considering such a subject in English. While there are many volumes on the right wing use of occultism, it is not often discussed how the left distorted with Tibetan Buddhism to achieve its goals.

The book opens with a biography of the major characters whicharesome of the most eccentric visionaries you will ever read of !This is followed by a history of the myth of Shambhala from a utopian world approached through simple faith to the legend ofRudra Chakrin who will appear at the end of the age to vanquish the unfaithful and bring about a global age of Buddhism ! The vision of a dark age or Kali Yuga with corruption spreading from the West has much in common with Hindu, Manichean and Islamic traditions. While modern Tibetan Buddhists spiritualize the Shambhala prophecies in its original form it clearly had a strong militaristic focus and was just as much influenced by the Buddhist clashes with Islam of the period as any future prophecy.

Intricately connected to the Shambhala tradition is the Kalachakra, a series of tantric methods which includes various levels of teachings. The outer is a military war against outsiders while the inner competes with Hindu Tantra using sex mysticism and advanced esoteric techniques. Many of the techniques resonate with Left Hand Path Hinduism and the teachings of theAghori and include all manner of forbidden practices, these practises have been totally rewritten and watered down by modern Buddhism. Of course the wrathful deities connected to such practices are not the new age repackaged forms of modern Tibetan Buddhism but truly fierce and terrifying deities.

The Shambhala prophecies were remarkably flexible and as circumstances changed the focus could move from Moslems to unbelievers and the Chinese. Later they would rationalized as symbolic psychospiritual processes. In the 1900s as Chinese attacked the intensity of the prophecy increased. This also resonated with the Oirot prophecies which were used to stir resistance in western Mongolia as a form of revolution against the Russians and Chinese. A unique form of Buddhism developed among the Oirot people called Ak-Jang or pure Buddhism based on similiar prophecies. As radical change hit china and Russia a wild group of visionaries, nationalists and dreamers used the prophecies to further their own idealistic ends, most with truly disastrous results.

This is only the beginning of the tale; one of the strangest alliances is between aspects of communism and Tibetan Buddhism. Gleb Bokii of the soviet secret police was horrified by the constant flow of bloodshed the revolution was causing and contemplated how both scientific materialism and the Buddhist vision of Shambhala could be used to create a new form of Marxism. Occultism was popular in Russia especially during the silver age of the 1880s-1918 when positivist occultism, a vision of occultism and spirituality which was given a scientific explanation, came into vogue. A strange amalgam of ideas began to develop uniting traditionalism, occultism and the communist utopian vision. One of the major areas for this was in the field of parapsychology coordinated by the Institute for the Brain and Psychic activities.  There were also communist esoteric communes which combined spirituality with the new Marxist worldview, one being the United Labor brotherhood. These organizations as well as individuals offering a communist Buddhist wisdom proved a heady mix for the new state.

Gleb Bokii was a strange mixture of agent of Red Terror, occultist and utopian visionary Znamenski explores his life in detail as it mirrors the unique conditions of the time. His unit explored everything from breaking codes to telepathy and the Kalachakra all from the perspective of an expanded view of scientific materialism.  The religious and utopian vision of Marxism was well suited to the process of adapting theShambhala prophecy to Bolshevik political ends including the red conversion of Mongolia, creating a sort of communist Buddhist liberation theology.

It was, however not all to the left, Baron Von Ungern-Sternberg was a right ring leader in Mongolia during 1920-21 with an occult vision and a reactionary zeal, he was a thorn in the side of the communists and only his excessive violence brought his reign to an end.

Znameski explores the life of Nicholas and Helena Roerich who were not only involved in all manner of political intrigue but developed their own spiritual system known as Agni yoga. Adapting theosophy, Tibetan Buddhism and a political vision focused on Shambhala they hoped to create a new Tibetan empire under the exiled Panchen Lama and themselves. The masters of the Great White Brotherhood seemed to change their minds regularly in tune with the Roerich’s untrammelled political ambitions and in the end they aligned themselves with the new Bolshevik regime and attempted, unsuccessfully, to bring Tibet into their vision.

This is a fascinating volume documenting unknown byways through which occultism, esotericism and Marxism somehow ended up combined in a utopian belief system which was certainly not Buddhist but hardly Marxist either ! Most of the players within the Soviet system ended up losing their lives while all seem to have lost their integrity as egos ran riot. Znameskiprovides lots of details but writes in an engaging manner and Red Shambhala at times reads like an adventure or spy novel even though it is all true. Znameski details a period of esoteric history which has been little studied and this is an exceptionally interesting read.

 

 

Click here to read the review as it appears online.

 

Red Shambhala is available on Amazon.

 

 

 

An excellent review of Cherry Gilchrist’s Russian Magic: Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape has been posted to Amazon!

 

Vlad Shilinis, a native of Russia, states:

 

We, I and my wife – both Russians, loved this book. Being born and living in Russia during Soviet regime makes one forget or ignore you own heritage, but the book helped to put us back in touch with the real roots of Russian folklore.

When Bolsheviks took over in 1917, folklore became a State business. “Narodnost” – Soviet nationalism was not only cultivated by Communist Party under the guise of folklore, but also was mass produced. In fact, I remember that when we were art students in Russia we had to produce “folk” motives to pass the college exam.

To our generation Communist propaganda and folklore became synonymous. Naturally, Russian intelligentsia in general despised and ignored this fake “Narodnost” together with folklore.

In a strange way Soviet regime was not only devastating our families but tried to orphan us from our own roots.

But this book made us change our minds about number of things. We realized, for instance, that some of national character traits do make sense in the light of Slavic mythology and our folk stories could be read on a much deeper level.

It seems to us that sometimes one needs an outsider with a keen insight to learn something new about your own culture. At least we did.

 

Visit the author at CherryGilchrist.co.uk

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Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, by Andrei Znamenski, has been reviewed in the Summer 2011 issue of Quest Magazine, the Journal of the Theosophical Society in America.  The review, written by George M. Young, can be read below on Scribd:

 

 

Click here for information on how to purchase the Summer 2011 issue of Quest Magazine.

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The Magical Buffet has posted a stellar review of Andrei Znamenski’s new book, Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia!

“Where on Earth do I begin? ‘Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy, and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia’ by Andrei Znamenski was totally alien to me. Knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism? Minimal. Familiarity with the politics of Eurasia in the 1920′s and 1930′s? Nonexistent. An understanding of the variety of interpretations of Shambhala and its associated prophecies? Nope. Are you now frightened of this daunting book? Well don’t be.”

Read the full review here.

Red Shambhala comes out in June.  You pre-order the book and learn more about the author on Amazon.  You can also get updated tour information here.

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This review was originally published on May 17, 2011.

The Paranormal Plus Club host Jim Harold recently interviewed Andrei Znamenski about the many conspiracies covered in his new book, Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia.  In this 30-minute interview, Andrei and Jim discuss Tibetan Buddhist prophecies; a secret occult agenda and the Bolshevik revolution; and the involvement of Nicholas Roerich with a plan to unleash a holy war in Tibet and Manchuria, and the role of FDR’s Vice President Henry Wallace in sponsoring his efforts.

The full interview can be found here.

Red Shambhala will be released June 1st, 2011.  You can learn more about the book and the author on Amazon.  You can also get updated tour information here.

This interview originally aired May 7, 2011.

Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia, by Andrei Znamenski, has been featured in the Trimondi Online Magazine.  The article outlines key features of this June release, from a synopsis to the table of contents to reviews!  Click here to see more.

 Red Shambhala Cover Art

Red Shambhala will be available June 2011. Pre-order it on Amazon today!

For updated information on Andrei Znamenski’s tour schedule, click here.

Don Croner, an American writer and historian who now lives in Mongolia, has written a great blog post about our June release: Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia by Andrei Znamenski.

In his post, Croner discusses some of the subjects author Znamenski covers in Red Shambhala and comments, “I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.”

You can read the full review on the Don Croner’s World Wide Wanders blog.
This post was originally published March 22, 2011.

Red Shambhala: Magic, Prophecy and Geopolitics in the Heart of Asia

June 2011 • ISBN 978-0-8356-0891-6 • $17.95 pb • 6×9 • 304 pages

By Andrei Znamenski

With all the action and suspense of a bestselling mystery novel, Red Shambhala draws the reader into a fantastically bizarre geopolitical plot to fulfill ancient Buddhist prophecies in the heart of Asia.

Using archival documents, former Library of Congress historian Andrei Znamenski reveals the strange accounts of a clandestine quest for ultimate power that captivated the minds of Bolshevik revolutionaries, spiritual adventurers, and nationalists both West and East in the 1920s. Perhaps the only one on the subject, Red Shambhala explores how these forces exploited Shambhala and related prophecies to promote their fanatical schemes.

In this breath-taking account, Znamenski explores the minds of plotters like Gleb Bokii, the Bolshevik secret police commissar who tried to use Buddhist tantra techniques to conjure the ideal human; famed occultist Nicholas Roerich, the Russian painter who, driven by his otherworldly Master and blackmailed by the Bolshevik secret police, posed as a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama to unleash Shambhala war in Tibet; and Roerich’s friend, FDR’s Vice-President Henry Wallace, who tapped into Buddhist wisdom in the hope to engineer a better world.

For all those interested in the secret machinations that often occur behind political movements, Red Shambhala proves impossible to put down! Blackmail, ritualistic blood sacrifice, Tantric “avenging” lamas, fiery psychic visions from masters of a Great White Brotherhood and a magical black stone that fell from heaven, Red Shambhala reveals that real-life history is at times far stranger than fiction.

Pre-order Red Shambhala on Amazon today!

Andrei Znamenski studied history and anthropology both in Russia and the United States. Formerly a resident scholar at the Library of Congress, then a foreign visiting professor at Hokkaido University, Japan, he has taught at The University of Memphis and Alabama State University.  His fields of interests include religions of indigenous people of Siberia and North America, shamanism, and esotericism.  Znamenski is the author of Shamanism and Christianity (1999), Through Orthodox Eyes (2003), Shamanism in Siberia (2003), The Beauty of the Primitive: Shamanism and Western Imagination (2007), and the editor of the three-volume anthology Shamanism: Critical Concepts (2004).

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