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Nagarjuna, 2 truths

Tibetan Buddhism

  • enters Tibet 7th CE
    • 7th, 8th: initially suppressed
    • elites used it as “civilizing” influence
    • no written language in Tibet before Buddhist advent
    • pastoralist society, then monasteries built, town centers evolve
    • very dependent on elites
  • entered China 1st CE
    • anti-Buddhist (ethnocentric)
    • anti-Confucian (family)
  • Trisong Detsen
    • Father (Songsten Gampo) unified Tibet
    • 8th CE brings famous Indian monk S’antaraksita
  • Atis’a 10th CE
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