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Power Of The Ancient Religious Kingdom Of Tibet That Was Protected By The Strength Of Buddhism

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This chapter covers the period from prehistory - 9th century. Songtsen Gampo ignited the emergence of Buddhism in Tibet by obtaining the Chinese Princess Wencheng Gongzhu and the Nepali Princess Bhrikuti Devi who were devout Buddhists. Trisong Detsen pledged extensive resources to the elaboration of Buddhism and oversaw many of the most consequential episodes in the founding narrative of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibet was the first nation in the world to undertake land reforms. A law was proclaimed to all of the ministers and citizens that they were to serve the Supreme Religion and the Three Precious jewels; people swore such an oath. When Tibetans meet someone of higher rank than themselves, they stick out their tongues as a form of respect and rub the hair on their heads with one hand. After Lang Darma was killed the lineage of Tibetan kings that had ruled over the Tibetan populace was exhausted.

Keywords: Bhrikuti Devi; Buddhism; Lang Darma; Songtsen Gampo; Tibet; Trisong Detsen; Wencheng Gongzhu



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