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By Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson

while the Mongol Empire used to be 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 12 months previous Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), was once taken to the court docket of the Khans. trained there by way of 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 deploy as Emperor. As Kublai Khan had granted him regencies over the 13 myriarchies of Tibet, he was once titled Chogyal, or “Dharma King.” He used to be on ordinary adequate phrases with the leaders of the Mongol empire, together with Kublai Khan, that he wrote letters to them.

These letters are records 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 slicing off of fingers. He speaks out for the suitable of public meeting. He provides financial theories in regards to 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 solid husband had died without warning and whose wealth used to be being stolen.

These letters, being written in a global 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 was once written through and for students within the culture. the following we now have preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers no longer already accustomed to the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, offers 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 realizing that they might be learn by means of many. as a result of the fantastic presentation every one represents, they've got develop into texts used for instructing by means of Tibetan Lamas during the centuries, or even this day we are going to listen of Lamas giving seminars inquisitive about those letters. i am hoping that those translations also will serve to provide groups who learn the Dharma a competent textual content to paintings from.

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