Ordinary Wisdom: Sakya Pandita's Treasury of Good Advice - trans. by John Davenport
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.
"Ordinary Wisdom is a sterling translation of one of the most loved books of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Sakya Pandita's masterpiece gives advice on the conduct of life suitable for the ordinary individual. Because many of the similes and metaphors used by the 13th century author are difficult to understand, John Davenport has used modern commentaries to clarify and explain the verses. Davenport opens timeless Tibetan wisdom to Western readers."—Gelek Rinpoche, Jewel Heart
"If you want to know, not how lamas learned their Buddhism, but how Tibetan peasants learned it, this is your book."—Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
Sakya Pandita (1182-1251)—a renowned scholar and Tibetan statesman—staved off a Mongolian invasion by converting Emperor Godan to Buddhism.