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

By Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson

ISBN-10: 1511513438

ISBN-13: 9781511513432

while the Mongol Empire used to be at its top it managed the area from China and Korea to Russia on into japanese Europe, South-east Asia, and Persia. It used to be in this interval ten 12 months previous Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), used to be taken to the court docket of the Khans. informed there via his uncle, Sakya Pandita, he grew up conversing either Mongolian and Tibetan. whereas in his twenties, he created the 1st written alphabet for the Mongolian language. He grew to become 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 used to be titled Chogyal, or “Dharma King.” He was once on commonplace adequate phrases with the leaders of the Mongol empire, together with Kublai Khan, that he wrote letters to them.

These letters are files of kingdom that supply us a window into the Yuan Dynasty. Phagpa, as a monk, exhorts the Khans to appreciate the methods of Buddhism, and in addition speaks out on such practices as bloodbath and the cutting off of arms. He speaks out for the precise of public meeting. He offers financial theories concerning the taxation of the population, whereas decrying the seizure of resources. whereas doing this stuff, he additionally speaks to the private matters and state of affairs of his readers. We learn of the melancholy of Duchess Pundari, for instance, whose reliable husband had died without notice and whose wealth was once being stolen.

These letters, being written in an international the place many faiths have been identified and to readers who weren't unavoidably sympathetic to Buddhism, additionally provide us significant shows of Buddhist principles as they have been taught to non-Buddhists. the bigger a part of Tibetan Buddhist literature used to be written via and for students within the culture. the following we now have preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers no longer already acquainted with the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, provides a close rationalization 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 court docket, they have been written with an knowing that they'd be learn by means of many. as a result remarkable presentation each one represents, they've got develop into texts used for instructing by means of Tibetan Lamas throughout the centuries, or even this day we are going to listen of Lamas giving seminars taken with those letters. i am hoping that those translations also will serve to provide groups who examine the Dharma a competent textual content to paintings from.

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