Program Details

Gesar of Ling: Principles of Enlightened Warriorship


May 10 / 7:30 PM - May 12 / 6:00 PM

Gesar's story is the Tibetan national epic and the last living epic in the world. The life of Gesar of Ling has been an inspiration to many great practitioners and teachers. The stories and songs celebrate an enlightened warrior king. But how does this relate to our modern life and why is this relevant to us now?

The Gesar epic discusses the principles of living our lives as an enlightened warrior with the qualities of confidence, brilliance, vitality, gentleness and wisdom. These teachings are said to be particularly relevant for our time dominated by speed, materialism, individualism and isolation. A time where it is not practicable for those interested or engaged in a spiritual path to disengage from the demands and complexities of everyday life.

Gesar was an enlightened leader who practiced full engagement with all aspects of the world around him, therefore these teachings lead us into noble, fearless qualities that can be used in our day to day lives and inspire enlightened leadership. Leadership based on the notion of our true nature, basic goodness, and inherent compassion for others.

The teachings of Gesar were a deep inspiration to Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the founder of the Shambhala lineage, in his proclamation of the Shambhala dharma in the west and many aspects of our Shambhala tradition are embodied in the life of Gesar.

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is the lineage holder of the new Gesar transmissions and is uniquely placed to share with us the relevance of this epic to our lives now and how the teachings of Gesar can help us manifest the Shambhala vision of societal transformation.

During this programme he will guide us in the inner meaning of warriorship and the practices revealed in these teachings. His clear and fresh outlook very quickly cuts through cultural misperceptions about this ancient, Tibetan story.

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche is the son of H. E. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche, the supreme head of the Ripa Lineage, and the brother-in-law of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He is known for his fluency in English and his lively, direct, fluid, humorous and down-to-earth teaching style.

This cycle of teachings will begin an ongoing series that Rinpoche will develop and deepen over a number of years at Shambhala London. This programme will be both a good opportunity for those who attended last year to deepen their connection to these teachings and for everyone who is interested, a fresh opportunity to experience these teachings for the first time. All are warmly welcome.


Timings: Friday evening from 7pm. Saturday & Sunday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm


Programme fee: £120 (£100 Earlybird concession if registering by 30 April). Concessions available by application prior to the programme.


For any additional queries please email: gesar@shambhala.org.uk


To pre-register please send a deposit of £20 payable to London Shambhala Meditation Centre / London Shambhala Meditation Centre, 27 Belmont Close, London, SW4 6AY or call us on 020 7720 3207 to make a card payment.

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