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The Epic of Gesar of Ling: Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King

The Epic of Gesar of Ling: Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King (Hardback)

Translated by Kornman, Robin
Translated by Chonam, Lama
Translated by Khandro, Sangye
Foreword by the Dalai Lama, H. H.
Foreword by Rinpoche, Alak Zenkar

The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights. For hundreds of years, versions of it have been known in oral and written form in Tibet, China, Central Asia, and across the eastern Silk Route. King Gesar, renowned throughout these areas, represents the ide...al warrior. As a leader with his people's loyalty and trust, he conquers all their enemies and protects the peace. His life story, which is full of miracles and magic, is an inspiration and a spiritual example to the people of Tibet and Central Asia even today; Gesar's warrior mask can be seen in the town square and on the door of homes in towns and villages throughout this area. As a Buddhist teaching story, the example of King Gesar is also understood as a spiritual allegory. The enemies in the stories represent the emotional and psychological challenges that turn people's minds toward greed, aggression, and envy, and away from the true teachings of Buddhism. These enemies graphically represent the different manifestations of the untamed mind. The teaching is that genuine warriors are not aggressive, but that they subjugate negative emotions in order to put the concerns of others before their own. The ideal of warriorship that Gesar represents is that of a person who, by facing personal challenges with gentleness and intelligence, can attain spiritual realization. This is volume one of three, which tells of Gesar's birth, his mischievous childhood, his youth spent in exile, and his rivalry for the throne with his treacherous uncle. The Gesar epic tells how the king, an enlightened warrior, in order to defend Tibet and the Buddhist religion from the attacks of surrounding demon kings, conquers his enemies one by one in a series of adventures and campaigns that take him all over the Eastern world. He is assisted in his adventures by a cast of heroes and magical characters who include the major deities of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the native religion of Tibet. Gesar fulfills the Silk Route ideal of a king by being both a warrior and a magician. As a magician he combines the powers of an enlightened buddhist master with those of a shamanic sorcerer. In fact, at times the epic almost seems like a manual to train such a buddhist warrior-magician. In the story, the people and nation of Ling represent the East Asian notion of an enlightened society. There, meditation, magic, and the oral folk wisdom of a communal nomadic society are synchronized in a lifestyle harmonious with the environment, but ambitious for growth and learning and refined literate culture. Filled with magic, adventure, and the triumphs of this great warrior-king, the stories will delight all--young and old alike. The Gesar epic is still sung by bards in Tibet. The words of the Gesar epic have never been translated into a Western language before.
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ISBN 9781590308424
Released NZ 15 Feb 2013
Publisher Shambhala Publications Inc
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781590308424
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Status Not currently available
Publisher Shambhala Publications Inc
Imprint Shambhala Publications Inc
Released 15 Feb 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) Translated by Kornman, Robin
Translated by Chonam, Lama
Translated by Khandro, Sangye
Foreword by the Dalai Lama, H. H.
Foreword by Rinpoche, Alak Zenkar
Category Literary Studies: General
Asian / Middle Eastern History
Tibetan Buddhism
Worship
Number of Pages 680
Dimensions Width: 189mm
Height: 278mm
Spine: 55mm
Dewey Code 895.41
Weight 2,168g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Epic literature, Tibetan - Translations into English
NBS Text Non-Christian Religions
ONIX Text General/trade

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