Snorre Moen

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Temple life | China

Buddhist ideas and practices have shaped Chinese culture in a wide variety of areas, including art, politics, literature, philosophy, medicine, and material culture. Tibetan Buddhism is one of the three major schools of Chinese Buddhist religion along with Southern Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism. The term "Tibetan Buddhism" either refers to the Buddhism formed in Tibetan areas and spread to other regions, causing an impact or to the Buddhism spread in the Tibetan spoken and written language. Tibetan Buddhism originated in the middle of the 7th century, when Songtsen Gampo, the King of Tibet, was converted to Buddhism and built the Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple after marrying Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti and Chinese Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. In the middle of the 8th century, Buddhism was directly introduced to Tibet from India. Tibetan Buddhism officially formed in the latter half of the 10th century.

“If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.” ― Albert Einstein

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