Hi all! I'm currently reading up on Kukai's life because I plan to 'convert' to Shingon after a few years.
What impressed me about Kukai, aside from his book '10 stages..', kana invention, and his struggles in mountains / China, was that he was able to build a dam even though he wasn't a professional builder. Building dams are quite different from building wooden temples. It seems Kukai was quite advanced for his time.
Since my background is economics (and not literature or engineering), I would like to know if Kukai had any advanced ideas in terms of economics, industry, or trade. Did he mention anything about the role of emperors or governments in alleviating the suffering of ordinary people throught the use of economic policy ? (especially since his clan had some political power and he was close to the rulers)