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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Khache Phalu tells it

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 In the meantime Kriszta Szabó has amiably shared her as yet unpublished paper examining the text and provided me with the following references: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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmmm I lost u a lot.
Will u come to england one day?
or ill u be at home (Bp) in august?
s u..
Be well..


7:42 pm  
Blogger Dan said...

Deat Peter,

You should also know about this:

Johan van Manen, Khacche Phalu: A Tibetan Moralist, contained in: The Sir Asutosh Mookerjee Silver Jubilee Volumes, vol. 3, pt. 2 (1925), pp. 147-185.

It's rather rare, but can still be found in some old research collections. They have it at the Kern Institute in Leiden, for example.

And congratulation for founding the first Tibetological blog I've heard about. It looks quite fine, and reads well.


9:37 pm  
Blogger PDSz said...

Dear Dan,

Thank you for your valuable addition to the bibliography. Eagerly awaiting your blog to take shape.



12:41 pm  

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