The Tibetan Book of Everyday Wisdom

Series: Library of Tibetan Classics Series No: 1
Original Publish Date: Apr 24, 2018
Product Number: EB00714770
Released: Apr 24, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781614295136
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Enjoy popular Tibetan collections of advice, fables, and aphorisms for following the way of the wise and avoiding the paths of fools. The Tibetan Book of Everdyay Wisdom: A Thousand Years of Sage Advicepresents a genre of Tibetan works known as "wise sayings" (lekshe). While most Tibetan literature focuses on the Buddhist path, "wise sayings" literature has traditionally been a centerpiece of secular education in Tibet and in the cultivation of social mores and an honorable way of life. Drawing inspiration from classical Indian literature on human virtue and governance (nitisastra), including the folktales in thePaNcatantra, the authors of these Tibetan works strove to educate young minds in the ways of the civilized world, especially by distinguishing the conduct of the wise from that of the foolish. This anthology includes some of the best-loved classics of Tibetan literature, such as Sakya Pandita'sJewel Treasury of Wise Sayings, Panchen SOnam Drakpa'sGanden Wise Sayings, and Gungthang'sTreatise on TreesandTreatise on Water. The final work is the intriguingKache Phalu'sAdvice.Ostensibly written by a wise Tibetan Muslim, this versified text enjoys great popularity within Tibetan-speaking communities, such that most people are able to recite at least a few verses from memory.

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