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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 It was once in this interval ten yr outdated Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), was once taken to the courtroom of the Khans. expert 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 used to be titled Chogyal, or “Dharma King.” He was once on general 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 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 reducing off of fingers. He speaks out for the proper 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 issues and state of affairs of his readers. We learn of the melancholy of Duchess Pundari, for instance, whose reliable husband had died without warning and whose wealth was once being stolen.

These letters, being written in an international the place many faiths have been recognized and to readers who weren't inevitably sympathetic to Buddhism, additionally supply us incredible shows of Buddhist rules as they have been taught to non-Buddhists. the bigger a part of Tibetan Buddhist literature was once written through and for students within the culture. the following we now have preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers now not already accustomed to the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, provides an in depth rationalization 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 realizing that they might be learn through many. as a result very good presentation each one represents, they've got develop into texts used for educating by means of Tibetan Lamas throughout the centuries, or even this present day we'll pay attention of Lamas giving seminars considering 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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