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The Epic of Gesar of Ling

Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King

SKU# 9781590308424

$120.00

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Shambhala Publications | 07/09/2013
Pages: 680 | Size: 7.00 x 10.25
ISBN: 9781590308424

Description

Tibet’s great national literary treasure, the epic of Gesar, is the equivalent of the Iliad or the Odyssey in the West. It arose out of a comparable oral tradition, beginning in the eleventh century, and is now considered the longest single work in the world literary canon. King Gesar’s exploits are full of magic and high adventure, and are also models of Buddhist teaching: Gesar came to be widely regarded as an embodiment of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or of Padmasambhava, the figure who brought Buddhism to Tibet. His bravery and heroism demonstrate how the best human qualities, such as loyalty, compassion, and virtue, ultimately triumph over evil, deception, and self-interest. This long-awaited translation of the first three volumes of the vast work is a landmark in the transmission of Tibetan Buddhist culture to the West.

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“The Gesar story is one of the Tibetan people’s most popular epics, its stories being enacted and sung at festivals and on important ceremonial occasions. By making the epic of Gesar available in English, the translators are offering the modern reader a chance to experience the particular character of this Tibetan tradition that has brought hope and fortitude to many generations across the Tibetan-speaking world.”—from the foreword by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

“The timing could not be better. As our modern world experiences a loss of heart and humanity, and climactic changes and disasters occur, we need the compassionate, wise, and potent energy of Gesar more than ever.”—from the foreword by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

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