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by Robin Kornman,Lama Chonam,Sangye Khandro,Sakyong Mipham,Alak Zenkar Rinpoche


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The epic of Gesar has been the national treasure of Tibet for almost a. .

The epic of Gesar has been the national treasure of Tibet for almost a thousand years. An open canon of tales about a superhuman warrior-king, the epic is still a living oral tradition, included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Gesar’s magical birth, early years, and coronation as king. Translated by. Robin Kornman, PhD.

ROBIN KORNMAN (1947-2007) is best known for his work as a Tibetan .

ROBIN KORNMAN (1947-2007) is best known for his work as a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, as well as for being a founding member of the Nalanda Translation Committee. Up until his death, he spent many years working on this translation of the epic of Gesar. I've been hungering for something like this book for a few years now, and Shambhala has outdone themselves with this one. Excellent notes and glossary make this one a wonderful package altogether. The Epic of Gesar is to Tibet what the Illiad and the Odyssey is to Greece, as the Rg Veda is to India, and as Beowulf is to England, all rolled into one. It is the national epic of Tibet.

The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights

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 ideal warrior. As a leader with his people's loyalty and trust, he conquers all their enemies and The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights. This book contains volumes one through three, which tell of Gesar's birth, his mischievous childhood, his youth spent in exile, and his rivalry for the throne with his treacherous uncle.

The epic of Gesar has been the national treasure of Tibet for almost a thousand years

The epic of Gesar has been the national treasure of Tibet for almost a thousand years. This book is a translation of the beginning portion of this enormous corpus, covering all the events from Gesar’s divine conception to his human birth and mischievous childhood to his coronation as king of Ling.

Lama Chonam, Sangye Khandro, Robin Kornman. The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights

Lama Chonam, Sangye Khandro, Robin Kornman. The Gesar of Ling epic is the Tibetan equivalent of The Arabian Nights. As a leader with his people's loyalty and trust, he conquers all their enemies and protects the peace.

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King Gesar, renowned throughout these areas, represents the ideal warrior. The example of King Gesar is also understood as a spiritual teaching. The epic of Gesar is the longest single piece of literature in the world canon, encompassing some 120 volumes; here the first three volumes are translated, telling of Gesar's birth, his mischievous childhood and his youth spent in exile, and his rivalry for the throne with his treacherous uncle. An open canon of tales about a superhuman warrior-king, the epic is still a living oral tradition, included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The epic of Gesar has been the national treasure of Tibet for almost a thousand years.

Gesar's magical birth, early years, and coronation as king. Foreword by Alak Zenkar Rinpoche. Gesar wins the horse race and becomes the king of Ling. Published 2011 by Shambhala in Boston Table of Contents. Foreword by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Glossary of names and places.

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 ideal 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 book contains volumes one through three, which tell 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.

Comments: (7)

Manona
Thrilled to have this copy in paperback at a resonable.price. Very well foot-noted and an enjoyable read so far. I plan to read as far through the story as is available in english. Grateful to have found this.
Jerinovir
Finally, for the first time, we have a translation of this world's longest epic, or at least the opening sections of it. And it's really a beautiful book, too, in a nice oversized boxed edition. This work is still being performed orally by travelling artists in Asia. Longer even than the Mahabharata, it has been even longer inaccessible to Western readers. I've been hungering for something like this book for a few years now, and Shambhala has outdone themselves with this one. Excellent notes and glossary make this one a wonderful package altogether. A must for any fan of the world's great epics.
The_NiGGa
Classic beyond classic.
Will more be published?
Ylonean
A wonderful story. Deep and moving. It requires full concentration when reading, but is truly rewarding.
Cordalas
Excellent translation and a very moving story!
Skyway
The Epic of Gesar is to Tibet what the Illiad and the Odyssey is to Greece, as the Rg Veda is to India, and as Beowulf is to England, all rolled into one. It is the national epic of Tibet. It is the telling of a story of Gesar, his adventures and journey through life, and is a meditation upon life with the religious and philosophical depth of the Vedas.

This is an impressive publication. The binding and outward appearance of the book is stunning, commensurate to the literary and spiritual benefits of the translation. Anyone thinking of purchasing this book should be aware that it not the kind of book you can take to Starbucks for a casual read, or put in a backpack, or take with you outdoors. Shambala made the editorial decision of whether to produce a book of average, standard size containing many more pages than it already has, or to produce a larger book, still numbering six hundred pages, with larger pages and heavier binding. The result is a very large, very heavy book, encased in a sturdy box, smaller than a coffee table book, but still larger than standard sized trade hardback edition. Its hardback cover is made of heavy cloth and the pages are sewn. The book is printed with the intention to be read and re-read and used for constant reference.

The story highlights the main tenants of Tibetan Buddhism, and offers life lessons through the experiences and journeys of the main protagonist, Gesar. It is prefaced by an excellent introduction by the translator, who not only explains the historical and religious background of this work, but also explains this is the shortened version. The complete version of the epic contains 20 million words. That means that this work is ten times the length of the Mahabharata, generally acknowledged as the longest written piece of literature.

The translation reads very well, and conveys the width and breadth of the subject. It is a pleasure to read the translation simply as a piece of literature. But it is much more. Like the Sri Bhagavata Purana, narratives are interspersed with philosophical and religious vignettes from Tibetan Buddhism, illustrative of Gesar's encounters.

This is the definitive edition of a great work. Shambala has produced a book which will outlive the life of the reader in every sense of the word.
Runemane
Fascinating tale. Well annotated and fairly easy to follow. I have a casual interest in Buddhism but I enjoyed this book. Now I want to read it again.
The Epic of Gesar of Ling: Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Robin Kornman,Lama Chonam,Sangye Khandro,Sakyong Mipham,Alak Zenkar Rinpoche
ISBN: 1590308425
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Shambhala (July 9, 2013)
Pages: 680 pages