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n the lush and verdant hinterland a
short drive inland from Byron Bay
lies a magical kingdom not unlike
Rivendell as imagined by Tolkien.
This paradise for the senses has been crafted
with the love, sweat, joy and dedication of
an elfin king and queen. Naren and Sono
King created the Crystal Castle 10 minutes
south of Mullumbimby and 20 minutes due
west of Byron Bay in the far north of New
South Wales, a centre of new consciousness
Like all great masterworks, it appears
that this work wa s not laboriously planned,
but rather wa s the outflow of a destiny,
not unlike the na ming of Byron Bay itself.
Captain Cook named this glorious sweeping
bay after L ord Byron whose grandson was to
become one of Britain’s greate st poets.
So, in a similar vein, Na ren met with
destiny when invited to a party for New
Yea r’s Eve 1985, at a unique property near
the re cently ‘hippified ’ farming village of
Mullumbimby. The home wa s set high on
a hill with sweeping views of grazing land
where onc e magnificent rainfore st hugged
the earth; the locals euphemistically called
it “the Castle”. It was built and almost
completed by Mal Cooper who had employed
the eccentric and brilliant architect Edwin
Kingsbury who had the building placed
on the pe ak of the property atop the inter-
joining ley lines, a veritable power point.
Constructed in a gracef ul s weeping style, the
More and more people were flocking to
the Castle and gardens to buy crystals, for
rela x ation, meditation and contemplation .
And by 2000, the gardens were opened to
the public. The centerpiece is the Buddha
Walk opening into a natural amphitheatre
with banks each side and focusing on a
huge statue of Lord Buddha alongside a
lot us pond, sitting cross-legged in blessing
pose. This statue was made by a Javanes e
master craftsman and brought to Australia.
Like all the beautiful statues living in
the Shambhala Gardens, it is created to
s tandards fit for the open- air temple that it
is. Other statues include Lakshmi, Ganesha,
Avalokiteshvara, Gar uda, V ishnu and many
more and, like all masterfully created and
revered icons , the statues hold the life and
spirit of the being in whose form they are
made. Wandering through the Shambhala
Gardens is a re storative and inspiring
e xperience that will bring you back to your
centre and essential spiritual nature . It’s
a beautiful place to spend some time in
meditation, c ontemplation or for writing
a nd creative inspiration.
In 2003, Naren, Sono and family visited
the incredible Buddhist temple complex of
Borobudur in Java and determined to build
a powerful and awe-inspiring stupa at the
Crystal Castle. During a visit to Dhara msala
in 2010, for a private audienc e with His
Holiness XIV Dalai Lama, they consulted
Woser Rinpoche, a nother high lama , who
performed a divination, which led to him
a sking them to build a K alachakra Stupa.
The Dalai Lama duly blessed the newly
conceived idea and, as is the case with great
s a ints, the conception wa s birthed.
The Kalachakra Stupa is only the 7th of
its kind in the world, and the only such stupa
in Austra lia and the southern hemisphere. A
stupa is a sacred monument in the Tibetan
Buddhist tradition that represents the process
of enlightenment. The design for the stupas
have been brought through to the world by
enlightened beings with their geometric
shape, colour s, pattern s and decoration s
drawing in high spiritual energies and
affecting the mind of the person visiting,
viewing or honouring the structure.
home enhanced the natural flow of energy to
enliven those within.
Mal had demanded only the best
materials which led to him going bust, with
the home not quite completed – until that
fateful night on the eve of 1986 when the
king, Naren K ing, returned to his castle.
He did not need to cut his way through the
thicket as the land had already been cleared,
but there wa s indeed a sleeping maiden,
the spirit of the Ea rth herself needing to be
revived and rekindled.
Naren determined to continue the
project and succeeded in gaining finance on
his si xth attempt, then going on to launch
his company Crystalight, Austra lia’s first
importer of natural crystals from around the
world, from his ne w home.
And from there, de stiny flowed from
a plan beyond the mortal mind. Hippies
from the surrounding towns would stop by
to see what was going on and marvel at the
crystals. When Naren had too much stock
of large rose quartz, he laid them out along
the g arden path, ma king the grounds more
inviting, a nd the Byron Bay Visitors C entre
started directing people there on the chance
they might get to look around. Naren set up
a c a fé to provide refreshments to the visitors
who did not seem to want to leave, and from
there the Crysta l Castle birthed herself.
Naren, with his 25 years of searching the
globe for the world’s most beautiful crystals,
was perfectly placed to lavish the gardens
with incredible crysta l obelisks and statues .
Sono, with her flair for design, cre ated
magical gardens, the perfect blend of nature
returning to her full glory and human
augmentation which have bec ome known a s
the Shambhala Gardens.
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rise to our very own Kalachakra Stupa for
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