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Tibetan History: Overview1.Mythic Prehistory. a.Nyatri Tsenpo. Founder of Yarlung Dynasty. Yumbulakang Palace.b.Lha Totori Nyentsen, 28th king. The descent of the "Awesome Secret" c.Bon, Tibet's indigenous religion.2.The Tibetan Empire, 7th century-842. Early propagation of the doctrine = Nga-dar. Early translations = Nga-gyura.Songtsen gampo (618-650): Chinese and Nepalese wives. Shifting of capital from Yarlung to Lhasa. Construction of Jokhang and Ramoche Temples.b.Trisong detsen. (reigned 755-794), Shantarakshita, Padmasambhava, Kamalashila.Building of Samyé, the first Buddhist Monastery in Tibet. Samyé debate.c.Ralpachen (reigned 815-838). d.Langdarma (reigned 838-842).3.Period of Fragmentation= Silbü Dü, 842-late tenth century. Collapse of empire. Feudbetween descendents of Langdarma. Looting of royal tombs. No centralized political authority. Rise of powerful clans. No monasticism in central Tibet. Tantra still practiced. Lay tantric priests (ngakpa).

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