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The Brilliance of Naked Mind: Secret Visions of Gesar, King of Ling Paperback – November 10, 2011
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From the Back Cover
"Douglas Penick continues his journeys into the visionary world of Gesar of Ling, this time relating Gesar's defeat of the Demon King Satham, and revealing his memories and dreams of (or identity with) several great figures of Buddhist history, followed by the future Kings of Shambhala. In that realm of awareness, where time and place collapse into an ever-present nowness and hereness, the sense of limited individuality is transcended, and one's participation in the whole of existence becomes clear. This is what Gesar himself must experience in order to overcome the demonic force of ego represented by Satham. Within this web of interconnection, certain particular affinities may stand out as part of the continual display that spontaneously arises for the benefit of living beings, suffering in the world of illusion. Telling these stories is a vital, and still living, strand of the tradition, which has the power to inspire and guide us in the darkness and confusion of daily life". - Dr. Francesca Fremantle translator (with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche) of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and author of Luminous Emptiness.
"It's a diamond. It's a sky of fireworks. Read this book from the middle. Read it upside down. Post it on your fridge. Scintillate with it."
- Prof. Kidder Smith (former chair of Asian Studies, Bowdoin University, author of many translations and articles on S.E.Asian culture, lead translator on the Denma Translation Group's Sun Tzu's ART of WAR.)
About the Author
Douglas Penick graduated from Princeton University, was a research associate at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a chef at Gordon Matta Clark’s Food, and has written and taught on Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian religion, history and culture. He wrote the National Film Board of Canada’s prize winning two part series on the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the libretti for two operas: King Gesar (Sony CD w/ Ma, Serkin, Ax et. al.) and Ashoka’s Dream (Santa Fe Opera) with composer, Peter Lieberson. I’ve also written pieces to music by Philip Glass and for choreographer Katsura Kan. He is the author of ‘Crossings on a Bridge of Light’, and the ‘Warrior Song of King Gesar’.
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While I was never personally in physical proximity to the great Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Mr. Penick's teacher), those who were tell me that reading Mr. Penick's work is akin to being in the presence of this great mahasiddha guru. Despite a differing dharma background and lineage, Penick's Gesar texts have, for me, been invaluable supports to view and practice. Inspirational to buddhist practitioners and friends alike, I cannot recommend 'Brilliance of the Nakes Mind' enough.
No suprise, the stirrings of controversy. The real gold, available for the taking, always provokes anxiety from those invested in doctrinal, institutionalized 'religion,' for lack of a better word. More, please!
Not only is it precise, it's language is clear and confident. Mr. Penick has a masters touch with adapting translations of non-linear Tibetan and Buddhist spiritual concepts into English that is a clarion call to wake up.
I picked this up after having been completely impressed by "Warrior Songs of Gesar" (which was the source for Peter Lieberson's Tableau, Gesar, King of Ling), and by "Crossings on a Bridge of Light," in which Gesar rescues his mother from Hell. These two books, along with Downton Abbey, are my guide to living a good, uplifted, and brave life.