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Khache Phalu's Advice on The Art of Living

Dawa Norbu (Translator)
Synopsis Khache Phalu's Advice on the Art of Living was based on three Persian classics that were then taught in Mosque schools in Tibet: Gulistan, Bostan and Pantanama. But a close study indicates that the work is not an imitation of Persian classics, neither in its style nor in its content. To be sure it is not the classic written by a highly-educated lama or an aristocrat who are the usual authors of the "Great Tradition".

Kha-che Phalu'i rNam thar belongs to the "Little Tradition", and it is precisely in this that its unique position in the history of Tibetan literature resides. It is one of the very few, if not the only, written document belonging to the little tradition. It opens to social scientists an enormous vista of the folk-mind; its opens to social scientists an enourmous vista of the folk-mind; its strength and weakness; its wisdom and follies; its suffering and yearning; Its ideals and illusions its social ethos and trickiness; in short, its way of life and world view; Never before have we had so much commonsense with so little allusion to the classical literature.
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About the author

Dawa Norbu

Dawa Norbu, born in Tibet and educated at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, received his doctorate at the University of California (Berkeley) and also taught at the San Francisco State University. Presently he is Associate Professor of Central Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Fellow of East Asian Studies, University of Durham, UK. Widely regarded as an expert in his field, Dawa Norbu has many published works to his credit, amongst which the renowned.

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Title Khache Phalu's Advice on The Art of Living
Author Dawa Norbu
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.1993
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185102643
length xvi+40p., 21cm.
Subjects Social Sciences