The Shambala Prayer Festival for World Peace was established by Hung Kar Dorje Rinpoche in 2004. This event has been held eight separate times as of 2013. Renowned Lamas from all the dharma traditions of Tibet, along with thousands of others, are invited to participate in this five-day event dedicated to the welfare of all living creatures in Tibet and on the planet. The Festival has been attended by visitors from all over China, the U.S., Vietnam, France, Australia, Japan and many other countries.
One of the important functions of the Prayer Festival, along with other, periodic gatherings during the year, is to bring together thousands, or tens of thousands, of people from all walks of life and all over the Golog region. Everyone participates. After the prayers are concluded, the gathering effectively becomes a town hall meeting, where Hung Kar Dorje and others can address and educate the people as a community on important matters, such as the Hungkar Dorje School, environmental conservation, hygiene, and cultivating compassion towards all living creatures through a vegetarian lifestyle.
There are other cultural and community events surrounding the prayer gathering, such as traditional dances, operas and tales of the life of King Gesar. And so the festival, most broadly, is a celebration of culture, history, and the living traditions which are at the very core of every Tibetan's faith and identity.
In this way, the prayer festival becomes a hub, a meeting place and a forum for education and the implementation of the charitable programs and activities of the Qinghai Gesar Foundation of Golog, and the Blue Valley Foundation.