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By Chogyal Phagpa,Christopher Wilkinson

while the Mongol Empire used to be at its peak it managed the area from China and Korea to Russia on into jap Europe, South-east Asia, and Persia. It used to be in this interval ten 12 months outdated Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), used to be taken to the courtroom of the Khans. trained there by means 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 grew to become a non secular 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 general adequate 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 likewise speaks out on such practices as bloodbath and the reducing off of arms. He speaks out for the best of public meeting. He provides fiscal theories concerning the taxation of the population, whereas decrying the seizure of resources. whereas doing this stuff, he additionally speaks to the private issues and scenario of his readers. We learn of the depression of Duchess Pundari, for instance, whose solid husband had died without notice and whose wealth used to be 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 marvelous shows of Buddhist principles 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. the following now we have preserved Buddhist teachings meant for an viewers now not already conversant in the culture. the recommendation for King Hoko, for instance, supplies an in depth 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 knowing that they might be learn by means of many. as a result of tremendous presentation each one represents, they've got develop into texts used for instructing by means of Tibetan Lamas throughout the centuries, or even this day we'll listen of Lamas giving seminars keen on 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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