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“A sterling translation of one of the most loved books of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.”—Gehlek Rinpoche

ORDINARY WISDOM

Sakya Pandita’s Treasury of Good Advice

Sakya Pandita 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.


Read Sakya Pandita’s biography at the Treasury of Lives.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $21.95
  • ISBN 9780861711611
about the author
Ordinary Wisdom

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.

Other books by Sakya Pandita:
Stages of the Buddha’s Teachings

Ordinary Wisdom

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.

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