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CROSSINGS on a BRIDGE of LIGHT: The Songs and Deeds of GESAR, KING OF LING as He Travels to Shambhala Through the Realms of Life and Death Paperback – April 21, 2013
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About the Author
Douglas Penick graduated from Princeton University, was a research associate at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, and a chef at Gordon Matta Clark’s Food. He studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for more than 35 years, 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 (Leonard Cohen, narrator) 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. His short fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in Bombay Gin, The Shambhala Sun, Parabola, Porte Des Singes, Cahiers de L'Herne, Publishers Weekly, Agni. BODY, Corvus, Danse Macabre Hyperallergic, Descant, Regnum Sacrum and elsewhere.He is the author of two other books deriving from the epic cycle on the life of King Gesar of Ling, and his novel about the 3rd Ming Emperor, JOURNEY OF THE NORTH STAR was brought out by Publerati in 2012. DREAMERS AND THEIR SHADOWS, a tale of a mythical teacher and those he influenced across time will be published this year.
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In this work Douglas has taken the skeletal background of Gesar's primary adventure and fleshed it out for us. The effect is electrifying. He brings forth Gesar's inner struggles and makes him more solid, more real, than ever before. An inspiring and moving work. Thank you, Douglas!