Edited by Stephan Feuchtwang
Chapter 13: Tibetan religions on the Qing-zang Plateau
The Dalai Lama is head of what had become the most powerful of the many schools or sects of Tibetan Buddhism. Its exile leaves other sects that it might have overcome. This chapter introduces the full range of sects and their doctrinal differences. It also introduces Bön, the pre-Buddhist local religions of Tibetan-speaking people, as well as transmissions of those local, shamanic religions themselves. Political control and close surveillance have enforced strict regulation but also had the effect of encouraging pilgrimages within China including Han Chinese.
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