The king and queen of Shambhala, the hereditary sovereigns of the legendary Himalayan kingdom, are expecting the birth of their first child in August in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and his queen, the Sakyong Wangmo Khandro Tseyang, are holders of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, whose forefather was the Tibetan king, Gesar of Ling, hero of the epic story told in song and dance throughout Asia.
The couple have decided to have the birth in their adopted home of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — the spiritual capital of the worldwide Shambhala community.
“After careful consideration the family has chosen the Birth Unit of the IWK Heath Centre as the site for the birth of their first child,” said Dr Mitchell Levy, the royal couple’s personal physician. Dr Levy is Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
“The health centre’s outstanding reputation for excellence in quality of care and patient safety, makes them feel this is the the best environment for this happy event,” said Dr Levy.
Two thousand people attended the couple’s royal wedding in Halifax in 2006. The festival, known as the Blossoming of the Sun, featured a traditional smoke blessing ceremony, known as a Lhasang, at the city’s historic citadel.