In the name of multiculturality, the Beneficient, the Merciful. (In case you did not realize this was a bad joke, do not read this blog.) This interesting little blockprint
was picked up in Shigatse (Gzhis ka rtse)
late spring of 2006. The Kha Che Pha Lu as far as I know, has not received much attention apart from a translation in Dharamsala and some shorter articles. Reputedly written by a Tibetan Muslim, it contains aphorisms on worldly (and otherworldly) wisdom. Sadly, the colophon is not very informative but it certainly has not got a copyright tag so why not post it? In the meantime Kriszta Szabó has amiably shared her as yet unpublished paper examining the text and provided me with the following references:
- Kha che Pha lu'i 'jig rten las 'bras rtsi lugs kyi bslab bya, Sherig Parkhang, Delhi, 2000.
- Khache Phalu's Advice on Art of Living, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, 1986.
- Tashi Tsering, "The advice of the Tibetan Muslim 'Phalu'. A preliminary discussion of a popular Buddhist/Islamic literary treatise." In Tibetan Review (February 1988) pp. 10-15; (March 1988) pp. 18-21.