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By Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson

whilst the Mongol Empire was once at its top it managed the realm from China and Korea to Russia on into japanese Europe, South-east Asia, and Persia. It used to be in this interval ten yr outdated Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), was once taken to the courtroom of the Khans.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 spiritual 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 frequent sufficient 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 likewise speaks out on such practices as bloodbath and the slicing off of palms. He speaks out for definitely the right of public meeting. He provides monetary theories concerning the taxation of the population, whereas decrying the seizure of resources. whereas doing these items, he additionally speaks to the non-public issues and scenario of his readers. We learn of the depression of Duchess Pundari, for instance, whose strong husband had died suddenly and whose wealth was once being stolen.

These letters, being written in a global the place many faiths have been recognized and to readers who weren't inevitably sympathetic to Buddhism, additionally supply us very good shows of Buddhist rules as they have been taught to non-Buddhists. the bigger a part of Tibetan Buddhist literature was once written via and for students within the culture. right here we've preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers now not already acquainted with the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, offers a close 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 courtroom, they have been written with an knowing that they'd be learn by way of many. as a result of really good presentation every one represents, they've got develop into texts used for educating by means of Tibetan Lamas during the centuries, or even this present day we are going to listen of Lamas giving seminars serious about those letters. i'm hoping that those translations also will serve to offer groups who research the Dharma a competent textual content to paintings from.

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