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Preceptor-Patron Relationship Between Genghis Khan And Sakya

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The chapter opens with a discussion of the life of Genghis Khan, his rise to power, his family's conquests, and the emergence of a relationship between Mongolia and Tibet. As Shakabpa sees it, the essentially religious preceptor-patron relationship continued henceforth to describe the actual bond between a free and independent Tibet and the paramount political power in Asia, either the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty, to a lesser degree the Chinese Ming Dynasty, or the Manchurian Qing Dynasty. Könchok Gyelpo founded Sakya Monastery in Tsang in 1073, and his heirs, both monks and laymen, continued to lead the monastery up to the present time. Genghis Khan had four sons and one daughter, who were received just like their father. According to scholars of Indian dynastic history, King Muhammad Tughluq did not have any great aspiration of seizing Tibet and China.

Keywords: Genghis Khan; preceptor-patron relationship; Sakya



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