Saturday, June 27, 2009
Genghis Khan and Tibetan Buddhism
When Genghis Khan was captured by the Tangut nation a Tibetan monk or lama who could see the future told Genghis Khan in prison, "If I go get your wife for you will you spare my religion your wrath?" Genghis Khan said, "If you get word to my wife I will spare and reward your religion. So the Tibetan monk or Lama walked until he was able to get the message to Genghis Khan's wife and she came and found a way to rescue him. However, when he became the ruler of Mongolia he wiped the Tanguts off the face of the earth and rewarded Tibetan Buddhism for helping him. Partly as a result of this most Chinese Emperors had one or more high Tibetan Lamas as their helpers and advisors since this time. Genghis Khan lived from 1162 until 1227 and ruled Mongolia from 1206 to 1227. His birth name was Temujin which means iron worker.