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Advice to Kublai Khan: Letters by the Tibetan Monk Chogyal by Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson PDF

By Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson

ISBN-10: 1511513438

ISBN-13: 9781511513432

while the Mongol Empire used to be at its peak it managed the area from China and Korea to Russia on into jap Europe, South-east Asia, and Persia. It used to be in this interval ten 12 months previous Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), was once taken to the court docket of the Khans. trained there by way of his uncle, Sakya Pandita, he grew up talking either Mongolian and Tibetan. whereas in his twenties, he created the 1st written alphabet for the Mongolian language. He turned a non secular consultant to Kublai Khan, and officiated at his install as Emperor. As Kublai Khan had granted him regencies over the 13 myriarchies of Tibet, he was once titled Chogyal, or “Dharma King.” He was once on well-known adequate phrases with the leaders of the Mongol empire, together with Kublai Khan, that he wrote letters to them.

These letters are records of kingdom that provide us a window into the Yuan Dynasty. Phagpa, as a monk, exhorts the Khans to appreciate the methods of Buddhism, and likewise speaks out on such practices as bloodbath and the cutting off of palms. He speaks out for the best of public meeting. He provides fiscal theories concerning the taxation of the population, whereas decrying the seizure of resources. whereas doing this stuff, he additionally speaks to the non-public issues and scenario of his readers. We learn of the depression of Duchess Pundari, for instance, whose solid husband had died without notice and whose wealth used to be being stolen.

These letters, being written in an international the place many faiths have been recognized and to readers who weren't unavoidably sympathetic to Buddhism, additionally provide us exceptional displays of Buddhist principles as they have been taught to non-Buddhists. the bigger a part of Tibetan Buddhist literature was once written by way of and for students within the culture. right here we've got preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers now not already accustomed to the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, provides a close clarification of the Buddhist view at the constitution and improvement of the universe.

While those letters have been addressed to just one person, a member of the Mongol courtroom, they have been written with an figuring out that they'd be learn through many. due to the significant presentation every one represents, they've got turn into texts used for educating through Tibetan Lamas during the centuries, or even this present day we'll listen of Lamas giving seminars concerned with those letters. i am hoping that those translations also will serve to offer groups who examine the Dharma a competent textual content to paintings from.

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