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Alexandra David-Neel
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Shambhala; New edition edition (August 12, 1987)
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Alexandra David-Neel's book "The Super Human Life of Gesar of Ling" proved to be extremely valuable, and fairly accurate with respect to the information I gathered

Alexandra David-Neel's book "The Super Human Life of Gesar of Ling" proved to be extremely valuable, and fairly accurate with respect to the information I gathered. Despite David-Neel's association with Madame Bolovsky's "Theosophical Society" this book still retains a great deal of credibility. The introduction details an encounter she had with an emissary of Gesar Ling which seems to be derived directly from his reputation as the regional protector deity of the Dege region of Tibet

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Alexandra David-Néel traveled for the second time to India to further her study of Buddhism. 1931 La vie Surhumaine de Guésar de Ling le Héros Thibétain (The Superhuman Life of Gesar of Ling). In 1912, she arrived at the royal monastery of Sikkim, where she befriended Maharaj Kumar (crown prince) Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, the eldest son of the sovereign (Chogyal) of this kingdom (which would become a state of India), and traveled in many Buddhist monasteries to make her knowledge of Buddhism more perfect. 1933 Grand Tibet; Au pays des es. 1935 Le lama au cinq sagesses.

Alexandra David-Neel's book "The Super Human Life of Gesar of Ling" proved to be extremely valuable, and fairly accurate with respect to the information I gathered

Alexandra David-Neel's book "The Super Human Life of Gesar of Ling" proved to be extremely valuable, and fairly accurate with respect to the information I gathered. The introduction details an encounter she had with an emissary of Gesar Ling which seems to be derived directly from his reputation as the regional protector deity of the Dege region of Tibet

Alexandra David-Neel (1868–1969), born in Paris to a socially prominent family, was an acclaimed operatic soprano, political anarchist, religious reformer, intrepid explorer who traveled in Tibet for fourteen years, scholar of Buddhism, and author of more than forty books.

Alexandra David-Neel (1868–1969), born in Paris to a socially prominent family, was an acclaimed operatic soprano, political anarchist, religious reformer, intrepid explorer who traveled in Tibet for fourteen years, scholar of Buddhism, and author of more than forty books. Библиографические данные. The Superhuman Life of Gesar of Ling. Alexandra David-Neel. Издание: перепечатанное.

David-Neel, Alexandra, 1868-1969; Yongden, Albert Arthur; Sydney, Violet.

There have been some other books on Gesar published in recent years . David-Neel and her Tibetan associates came up with a reasonably connected story. I first came across the name of Gesar of Ling while tracking Jesus, the Divine Hero. The study of mythology had grown up.

There have been some other books on Gesar published in recent years, some including interesting additional material, but the other popular retellings seem at least partly dependant on the doubly-translated David-Neel prose version of his stories. Which were actually told in verse, and can reasonably be described as a series of epics. That there is no comparable one-volume version in English is not surprising. There were Divine role models around the world.

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Alexandra David-Neel, The Lama Yongden. This book is a facsimile reprint and may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. The Gesar of Ling Epic is the Iliad of Central Asia. The origin of the work has come under much discussion. Some declare it is Buddhist, others see in it a solar myth that symbolizes winter and spring. The version presented here was the result of the author having the opportunity to hear the story told by the wandering Rhapsodists and was then able to note down their recitations.

Describes the life of King Gesar, a successful warrior, and recounts his battles and magical adventures
  • The book is a gem for the Occult anatomy of the human body n cultural information relative to
    Religion n mores of Tibet. Also n adventure to be remembered. *****

  • Só far its excelent.

  • The present work is a translation of a book originally published in French as "La vie Surhumaine de Guesar de Ling le Heros Thibetain, racontee par les bardes de son pays" in 1931 (and reprinted under shorter variants of the title), and in English in 1933 by Ryder & Co., London (reprinted 1959) and in 1934 by Claude Kendall, New York, as by Alexandra David-Neel and the Lama Yongden, and translated "with the collaboration of Violet Sydney." (The description of the translation from Tibetan at the end of David-Neel's 35-page Introduction does not go into details on the turning of French into English. The results are, at least, quite readable.)

    I originally became acquainted with Gesar in the 1960s through a rather dingy-looking rebound library copy of the 1934 edition, and was delighted to find it, years later, in a crisp-looking paperback reprint, with a new foreword (by Chogyam Trungpa, who presumably finds the translation acceptable), but otherwise unchanged.

    For those not interested in problems of Tibetan history, and the mutual adaptations of Tibetan civilization and Buddhism, the story is more than worth reading as an heroic romance. (Which is how I originally came to it, along with Cuchulain, Finn, and pre-Malory versions of Arthur and Lancelot). There have been some other books on Gesar published in recent years, some including interesting additional material, but the other popular retellings seem at least partly dependant on the doubly-translated David-Neel prose version of his stories. (Which were actually told in verse, and can reasonably be described as a series of epics.)

    That there is no comparable one-volume version in English is not surprising. There is in fact no complete "canonical" version in Tibetan to translate; instead, many tellings of episodes and sequences of episodes have been recovered, in written or oral form. David-Neel and her Tibetan associates came up with a reasonably connected story. Until a qualified student of Tibetan language and literature produces a representative selection of these texts in English of manageable length, the David-Neel version will have to satisfy the curiosity of the rest of us. What may be the third volume of the major "Library of Tibet" Gesar translation project, directed by Robin Kornman, was in fact scheduled for publication in January 2004. There are also tantalizing reports of Kornman's projected 800-page version of the Gesar story for Penguin, which as a single volume would be a good replacement for David-Neel. This has apparently been scheduled for publication in late November of -- 2007!*

    Fortunately, the version available is highly enjoyable. It offers the reader a self-consciously Buddhist treatment of the story of a military hero, a fighter and conqueror who is presented as an incarnate defender of the Dharma, and Tibet, against a variety of essentially demonic enemies. In this way, the ethos of the old Tibetan royal and noble dynasties is adjusted to the ideology of Mahayana Buddhism, and the traditions of the Vajrayana schools which prevailed in Tibet.

    Gesar's story, in this account, is set motion by Padmasambhava, the "Lotus-Born Sage" and "Precious Guru" who is regarded the "Apostle of Tibet," and one of its supernatural guardians. This wonder-working Bodhisattva recognizes that the time has come to beget a mighty hero, to oppose a previously vanquished demon, now triply-incarnated in human forms, and sets about the accomplishment of this goal. (Yes, it *does* sound a bit like Joss Whedon's original version of the Chosen One and her Watcher, reborn through the ages to defend humanity!) It is not merely an ordinary biography, therefore, but covers the hero's previous existence as a higher being, and the circumstances of his conception and birth, as seen from an essentially divine point of view.

    Whether you are looking for entertainment or edification, the open-minded reader should find it worthwhile.

    *Update, April 2013: Robin Kornman's translation is in at least three volumes, and will appear from Shambhala, not Penguin. Volume One, "The Epic of Gesar of Ling: Gesar's Magical Birth, Early Years, and Coronation as King," is scheduled for official release July 9, 2013. The hardcover editions, at least, will be expensive; I'm waiting for a paperback printing!
    In the meantime (that is, while I've been ignoring this review), Christopher Pennick has produced a three-volume retelling, under the series title of THE SONGS AND DEEDS OF GESAR, KING OF LING (2009-2011). The individual volumes are: "Warrior Song of King Gesar," "Crossings on a Bridge of Light," and "The Brilliance of Naked Mind." All three are available in reasonably-priced Kindle editions.

  • I first came across the name of Gesar of Ling while tracking Jesus, the Divine Hero. The study of mythology had grown up. There were Divine role models around the world. Oddily enough they fit into Lord Raglan's Hero Pattern. In this book you will find Gesar's story still in oral tradition. Traveling bards are telling this Sacred story. This is (I think) the first written account. This book is remarkable. My favorite parts are the wise questioning of a bard and Gesar's disappearance on the mountain. Wow! Sorry boys, this is no Satanic counterfit. These are the Heroes of humanity, the Divine Children, we admire. Their stories are reinterpreted for each generation. Listen. Who knows more about magic than a magician? Wondrous effects are produced by natural means; the courage, love, charity, wisdom and faith of the human heart. Beware of disgarding critical reason for blind faith and obedience, and a closed mind. Ignorance is the root of all evil. Only honest objectivity keeps one from becoming a real monster.
    (...)

  • The book is wrinkled but I hope when I will put it in the book shelve will recover. It looks pretty bad right now.

  • While traveling in India and Nepal I spent an extended time in researching the folklore around Gesar Ling through interviews with his direct descendents and his reincarnation (Namkha Rinpoche) in Kathmandu. Alexandra David-Neel's book "The Super Human Life of Gesar of Ling" proved to be extremely valuable, and fairly accurate with respect to the information I gathered.
    Despite David-Neel's association with Madame Bolovsky's "Theosophical Society" this book still retains a great deal of credibility. The introduction details an encounter she had with an emissary of Gesar Ling which seems to be derived directly from his reputation as the regional protector deity of the Dege region of Tibet.
    Her easy writing style makes this book accessible to the academic and the casual reader. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone interested in the more obscure writings on Tibet.