In the summer of 1988, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu undertook an expedition to Khyung lung dngul mkhar, the Silver Palace of the Valley of the Garuda, an ancient and important capital of the early kings of Zhang Zhung.
The kingdom of Zhang Zhung (Shang Shung), with Mount Kailash as its center, was an ancient realm originating more than three thousand years ago, and corresponds to the western Tibet of today. Rooted in the pre-Buddhist Bon religion, the kingdom became virtually unknown in modern times even to the Tibetans who regarded it as merely the irreal setting of their myths and legends. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, university professor and Dzogchen Master, discovered in his decades-long research into Tibetan history, culture and language, that this realm was in fact the true cradle of Tibetan culture. This video documents his historic discovery and identification of one of the principle capitals of this lost kingdom, Khyung lung dngul mkhar, during his expedition to western Tibet in 1988.
"Zhang Zhung: Images from a Lost Kingdom", details this expedition with a written account by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, entitled "Zhang Zhung: A Brief Introduction" written in 1993, and is illustrated by a photographic essay containing twenty-four color and sixteen black-and-white pictures, recording the natural wonders, a spectacular cave city carved into the multicolored cliff face and crystallized calcium deposits of the thermal hot springs.
The final section of the book, entitled "The Origins of Tibetan Culture and Thought," is the text of a lecture given by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in Barcelona, Spain, in 1987..