Ling Gesar is a historical figure in Tibetan history and renowned as a warrior king who engaged in bodhisattva activities. The epic of Gesar is for Tibetans what the Illiad and the Odyssey are to the West. It is said the when Gesar was exiled with his mother at a young age, they settled in the valley where Sengdruk Taktse School is located. Later, Gesar, who as a child was known as Joru, would ascend to the throne after winning the famous horse race.
The people of Golok, as well as Sengdruk Taktse School, and the Joru Foundation, are inextricably connected to Gesar in a variety of ways. In a vision, HH Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok saw that Gesar’s palace used to stand where Sengdruk Taktse School is now built (more on this amazing story soon).
Recent efforts in Tibet and throughout the world are underway to comprehensively study the history and phenomena of Gesar. Because the Joru Foundation and Sengdruk Taktse School are so intimately connected to Gesar, it is our hope to help with this endeavor. This is a project that is in its infancy, so stay tuned!