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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 jap Europe, South-east Asia, and Persia. It used to be in this interval ten yr previous Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), used to be taken to the court docket of the Khans. trained 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 set up 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 known 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 palms. He speaks out for the ideal 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 private issues and state of affairs of his readers. We learn of the depression of Duchess Pundari, for instance, whose reliable husband had died all at once 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 unavoidably sympathetic to Buddhism, additionally supply us remarkable displays of Buddhist principles as they have been taught to non-Buddhists. the bigger a part of Tibetan Buddhist literature was once written by way of and for students within the culture. the following now we have preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers now not already accustomed to the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, supplies 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 courtroom, they have been written with an realizing that they'd be learn by means of many. due to the awesome presentation every one represents, they've got develop into texts used for educating by way of Tibetan Lamas throughout the centuries, or even this day we'll pay attention of Lamas giving seminars all for those letters. i'm hoping that those translations also will serve to provide groups who research the Dharma a competent textual content to paintings from.

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