The Epic of Gesar of Ling

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

Translated by Robin Kornman
Translated by Lama Chonam
Translated by Sangye Khandro
Foreword by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
By Jamgon Mipham
Foreword by Alak Zenkar Rinpoche

- Hardcover
Shambhala Publications
Pages: 680
Size: 7 x 10.25
ISBN: 9781590308424
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.