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Ordinary wisdom : Sakya Pandita's treasury of good advice
Sa-skya Paṇḍi-ta Kun-dgaʼ-rgyal-mtshan, 1182-1251.
Uniform Title:
Subhāṣitaratnanidhi. English
Publication Information:
Boston, MA : Wisdom Publications, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvi, 364 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-336) and index.
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PL3748.S2 S83 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A popular guide to the art of living, the Sakya Legshe--or "Treasury of Good Advice"--has been fundamental to the development of Tibetan culture and character. As in Aesop's Fables, Sakya Pandita uses proverbs and stories to address the basic question: "How are we to live peaceably with ourselves and with others?"

This is the only available English translation of the Sakya Legshe--a book that reveals the heart of the Buddhist way of life.

Author Notes

Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen (1182-1251) was a renowned scholar and Tibetan statesman who staved off a Mongolian invasion by converting Emperor Godan Khan to Buddhism. A luminary of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, his peerless erudition stands out even among a tradition known for its scholastic adepts, and many of his works have been bedrock texts for study and practice since the thirteenth century.

John Davenport is a water resources development specialist with wide experience as an aid consultant in South and East Asia and Tibet, including for the Tibetan government-in-exile. He is currently the team leader of the ADB supported Western Basins Water Resources Management Project in Herat, Afghanistan. He has served as vice president of Deer Park Buddhist Center near Madison, Wisconsin. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is the revered forty-first throne holder of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, which dates back to 1073. He is a member of the Khon family, who have been important teachers of Buddhism in Tibet since the eighth century. A brilliant master, he manifests profound wisdom and compassion, and his command of English renders his teachings particularly beneficial to students in the West. He was born in 1945 in Sakya, Tibet, and in 1959 escaped with tens of thousands of Tibetan people to India, where he continues to live and work tirelessly to rebuild the Sakya tradition. He has guided the establishment of over thirty monasteries in India and Nepal and has helped found Sakya centers around the world. His seat in North America is Tsechen Kunchab Ling in Walden, New York.

Table of Contents

His Holiness Sakya Trizin
Forewordp. vii
Translators' Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
A Jewel Treasury of Good Advice with Commentary
Introductory Verses of Praisep. 19
Part I The Correspondence of the Title of the Text with Sanskritp. 21
Part II The Content of the Textp. 23
Salutation to the Buddhap. 23
Promise to Compose the Commentary by Explaining the Meaning of the Titlep. 23
Chapter 1. An Examination of the Wisep. 25
Chapter 2. An Examination of the Noblep. 53
Chapter 3. An Examination of the Foolishp. 71
Chapter 4. An Examination of Both the Wise and Foolishp. 89
Chapter 5. An Examination of Bad Conductp. 111
Chapter 6. An Examination of Natural Tendenciesp. 139
Chapter 7. An Examination of Unseemly Tendenciesp. 171
Chapter 8. An Examination of Deedsp. 197
Chapter 9. An Examination of the Dharmap. 253
The Manner in Which the Text Was Composedp. 295
Part III The Conclusion: An Expression of Gratitude to the Authorp. 301
Sakya Khenpo Sangyay Tenzin's Concluding Prayerp. 301
Notesp. 305
Glossaryp. 319
Bibliographyp. 331
Subject Indexp. 337