By Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson
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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Advice to Kublai Khan: Letters by the Tibetan Monk Chogyal Phagpa To Kublai Khan and his Court by Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson