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Buddhadharma : Fall 2013
FALL 2 0 1 3 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY 67 Gesar of Ling, the legendary Tibetan ruler, warrior, and spiritual leader, is the central hero of a vast collection of stories that has been described as the world’s largest epic tradition. In European terms, we could say that Gesar is both King Arthur and Merlin. Like Arthur, he is the exemplary king and war- rior who unites and defends his people in times of trouble and great danger. Like Merlin, he is a spiritual leader, but also a magician and trickster. In later centuries, he is also seen as a full-fledged tantric deity and important figure of the Dzogchen tradition. GEOFFREY SAMUEL is a professor at Cardiff University in Wales, and a research fellow at the University of Sydney, specializing in anthropology and religion in Tibetan societies. He is the author of Introducing Tibetan Buddhism and a co-editor of Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia, both published by Routledge. THE EPIC OF GESAR OF LING: Gesar’s Magical Birth, Early Years and Coronation as King Translated by Robin Kornman, Sangye Khandro, and Lama Chönam Shambhala Publications, 2013 680 pages; $120 From Folk Hero to Deity Reviewed by Geoffrey Samuel REVIEWS Thangka depicting Gesar of Ling PAINTING | GREG SMITH SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION SEVENTH ANNUAL Shambhala Sun Foundation gratefully thanks our auction partners for their generous donations. All proceeds support our communication of the dharma. www.shambhalasun.com/auction SHAMBHALA SUN FOUNDATION An independent, nonprofit corporation. Publishers of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly. PHOTO | TANARAK PHOTOGRAPHY Bid on outstanding selections like a Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash in the Heart of Tibet from donor Jonang Foundation. PLUS: Original artwork, programs and events, retreats and vacations, books and audio – including signed editions, clothing, jewelry, gifts and decor, practice supplies, and more...