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Tibet And The Continent From The Tenth To Thirteenth Centuries

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The period of the tenth through thirteenth centuries was one of the most important eras in Tibetan religious history, and one that subsequently impacted Central Asian religious history. In approximately 842 C.E., the Tibetan empire collapsed with the assassination of King Lang Darma by the monk Lhalung Pelgi Dorjé, allegedly motivated by the king's persecution of Buddhism. During the tenth century, the transmission of Buddhism from India gradually resumed in an informal fashion. The focus of this transmission was the new genres of tantric Buddhist literature that rose to prominence during the eighth and ninth centuries, the mahāyoga and yoginī tantras. The Sakya school originated in the interactions between an influential translator and an aristocratic family. The thirteenth century saw a major development in Central Asia, the rise of the Mongols, which dramatically accelerated the spread of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions in Central Asia.

Keywords: Mongols; Sakya school; Tibetan Buddhist traditions



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