Tibet is a region in the Himalaya Mountains north of India that is administered by China. In the modern West, Tibet is often associated with the Vajrayana branch of Buddhism, and the name conjures up images of red-robed monks meditating amid snow-covered mountains. It is also frequently used as an example of human rights violations and the struggle to practice religion under a totalitarian state. As one might expect, religion in Tibet is more diverse and complex than what these stereotypes reveal.

Introduction of Buddhism to Tibet

The Buddhism of Tibet is a conglomeration of Indian Tantric Buddhism and indigenous pre-Buddhist practices. Prior to the advent of Buddhism, Tibet was ruled by a lineage of divine kings. Religious rituals centered on funerary ceremonies to guide the spirit ...

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