By Christopher Wilkinson

on the top of the Mongol Empire, a 10 12 months outdated Tibetan baby, Phagpa (1235-1280), was once taken to the court docket of the Khans. He used to be informed there by means of his uncle, Sakya Pandita, and 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 used to be titled Chogyal, or “Dharma King.” His complete identify used to be Phagpa Lodro Gyaltsan friend Zangpo. He was once on universal sufficient phrases with the leaders of the Mongol empire, together with Kublai Khan, that he wrote letters to them. In his skill as a non secular instructor he additionally gave them teachings approximately Buddhism.
It isn't strange to have teachings approximately Buddhism which are written via Tibetan Lamas. what's strange approximately Chogyal Phagpa’s teachings is that he introduced them essentially to audiences that have been neither Tibetan nor inevitably sympathetic to Buddhism. The ancestral traditions of the Mongols met with many, if now not all, of the nice religions of the area below the Mongol empire. Phagpa prompt Kublai Khan and his courtroom on non secular issues normally, whereas he additionally taught them his personal faith, the Dharma of the Buddha.
Buddhism is essentially a peace loving culture, whereas Chogyal Phagpa lived his existence in a battle torn global. He spoke out with no reservation on many themes of presidency, whereas maintaining powerful to the fundamental tenants of Buddhism. those that learn human rights and their security will locate Phagpa’s arguments noteworthy. His feel of international relations is all over the place obtrusive all through his writings, whereas his feel of humanity is rarely misplaced. Phagpa’s writings hold a feeling of ask yourself, whereas his kind of writing is intensely exacting. In an international the place just a small minority spoke Tibetan, and writings should be interpreted or misunderstood in lots of methods, Phagpa wrote with nice deal with grammar and significant use of the language. His wakeful efforts at literary excellence make his paintings a pleasure and a excitement to learn. i'm hoping that a few part of this literary excellence is carried over in my humble translation.
The texts translated during this quantity are an anthology of his writings, as are the former volumes during this sequence: Chogyal Phagpa: The Emperor’s Guru and recommendation to Kublai Khan: Letters by way of the Tibetan Monk Chogyal Phagpa to Kublai Khan and his court docket. during this quantity you will discover Chogyal Phagpa’s writings on morality, starting from the vows of shelter to the vows for the Vajrayana, the samaya. additionally, you will locate lots of his poems and letters, and there's a biography of a Mahasiddha that he wrote. within the Tibetan, Chogyal Phagpa’s accumulated works fill 3 huge volumes of a couple of thousand pages every one. There stay a truly huge variety of works to be translated. i'm hoping that those works translated the following will serve to provide you a sampling of his many amazing writings and encourage you towards extra reading.

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