Download e-book for iPad: Advice to Kublai Khan: Letters by the Tibetan Monk Chogyal by Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson

By Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson

while the Mongol Empire was once at its peak it managed the realm from China and Korea to Russia on into japanese Europe, South-east Asia, and Persia. It was once in this interval ten yr previous Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), was once taken to the court docket of the Khans. expert 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 turned a spiritual consultant to Kublai Khan, and officiated at his deploy 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 generic sufficient phrases with the leaders of the Mongol empire, together with Kublai Khan, that he wrote letters to them.

These letters are records of country that provide 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 reducing off of palms. He speaks out for the best of public meeting. He provides fiscal theories in regards to the taxation of the population, whereas decrying the seizure of resources. whereas doing these items, he additionally speaks to the non-public matters and state of affairs of his readers. We learn of the melancholy of Duchess Pundari, for instance, whose reliable husband had died by surprise 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 inevitably sympathetic to Buddhism, additionally provide us fabulous displays of Buddhist principles as they have been taught to non-Buddhists. the bigger a part of Tibetan Buddhist literature used to be written by means of and for students within the culture. right here we have now preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers no longer already accustomed to the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, offers an in depth clarification of the Buddhist view at the constitution and improvement of the universe.

While those letters have been addressed to simply one person, a member of the Mongol court docket, they have been written with an figuring out that they might be learn by way of many. due to the superb presentation every one represents, they've got develop into texts used for instructing through Tibetan Lamas during the centuries, or even this present day we are going to listen of Lamas giving seminars fascinated about those letters. i'm hoping that those translations also will serve to offer groups who learn the Dharma a competent textual content to paintings from.

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