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Religion And Politics In Tibet'S Imperial Government, And The Place Of Buddhism Therein

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This chapter presents a clearer picture of the religious and political world of those who created the Old Tibetan materials. It considers copied from or based upon Chinese models. This includes the "translation" of the Shujing, PT986, which is really a Tibetan rendering of an early Chinese commentary on the Shujing yet to be identified. Clearly, these documents are meant to be vehicles for the promulgation of Tibetan Imperial concepts, not for the interpretation of Chinese concepts by Tibetan readers. There are many examples in Old Tibetan documents of the nexus between the government, the Sangha, and the nobility and how this was institutionalized from an early period. Tibetan documents of all sorts almost always evidence what the Imperium would allow or tolerate, what it supported.

Keywords: Buddhist Sangha; imperial government; Old Tibetan materials; Shujing; Tibet



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