Author(s) : Sakyapa Sonam Gyeltsen & Taylor, McComas & Lama Choedak Yuthok
A rich blend of history, legend, poetry, adventure and romance, this book is a treasure-trove of the traditional narrative and folk wisdom of Tibet. It presents in full the elusive but often-cited accounts of the origins of the Tibetan people, the arrival of Buddhism and the appearance of Avalokiteshvara as Tibet's patron deity.
Compiled in 1368 from earlier histories as well as a rich oral tradition, the text treats the era during which Buddhism came to Tibet, the city of Lhasa was established as the capital, and the Jokhang and Ramoche temples were founded. The compiler, the renowned Sakya scholar Sonam Gyeltsen, narrates the traditional accounts in an engaging and highly readable style, in his words, "to give pleasure to the faithful and to those who desire a history of the propagation of the teachings." Written to inform and entertain, the book has maintained a preeminent position in Tibetan society and is still popular today.