Who pro­moted early Ti­bet

China Daily (Canada) - - TIBET -

a pond of the and the statue of Buddha, that

to Tubo. cen­tury, the

in Zhanang, Shan­nan­pre­fec­ture, was

monastery Con­struc­tion­be­ganin

un­der Trisong re­vi­tal­ize which had

its in­tro­duc­tion be­fore.

In the cen­turies that fol­lowed, the re­li­gion be­gan to take root, aided by an in­fu­sion of the In­dian form of Bud­dhism.

His­tor­i­cal, geo­graph­i­ca­land po­lit­i­cal fac­tors have crys­tal­lized Ti­betan Bud­dhism into four ma­jor schools: Ny­ingma, Kagyu, Sakya andGelukpa. All com­ply with the fun­da­men­tal teach­ings of the Buddha, but they vary slightly in style or in­ter­pre­ta­tion asare­sult of dif­fer­ent mas­ters’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions of im­por­tant scrip­tures.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive monas­ter­ies of the four schools in­clude the Min­drolling Monastery, in Zhanang county, Shan­nan pre­fec­ture, founded in the late 10th cen­tury, whichad­heresto the Ny­ingma. Kagyu is rep­re­sented by the Tsurpu Monastery in Doilungde­qen county, founded in 1159. The Sakya Monastery, the seat of the Sakya, was founded in 1073, and the Gadan Monastery, founded in 1409, in Dagze county, 57 km east of Lhasa, is theGelukpa’s old­e­stand­most­pres­ti­gious monastery.

Wencheng province.

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