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The Nepalese Princess

October 31, 2010

Claude Arpi Blog
October 29, 2010

After marrying a Nepalese and a Chinese Princess, King Songtsen Gampo
converted to Buddhism. These two marriages played a crucial role in
the spread of the new faith in Tibet.

More than hundred years later, King Trisong Detsen invited
Shantarakshita, the Abbot of Nalanda to teach the Buddha Dharma and
ordain the first monks. Shantarakshita immediately faced serious
difficulties due to the strong opposition from the indigenous Bon. He
convinced the king that only way out was to invite the Tantric
Master, Guru Padmasambhava; he alone could subdue the forces adverse
to Buddhism.

Shantarakshita also predicted that a dispute would arise between the
two schools of Buddhism, the Indian and the Chinese. The issue was
sorted out through the famous Samye Debate. After 2 years of intense
discussion, the Indian path prevailed and a proclamation was issued
stating that the Indian path was thereafter the orthodox faith.

Chinese historians have a tendency to forget that Bhrikuti, the
Nepalese princess ever existed. For example in the White Paper on
Tibet's Ownership published by the State Council in 1992 there is no
trace of Bhikuti.

The White Paper says "Tibet is located in southwest China. The
ancestors of the Tibetan race who lived there struck up links with
the Han in the Central Plains long before the Christian era. Later,
over a long period of years, the numerous tribes scattered on the
Tibet Plateau became unified to form the present Tibetan race. By the
Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Tibetans and Hans had, through marriage
between royal families and meetings leading to alliances, cemented
political and kinship ties of unity and political friendship and
formed close economic and cultural relations, laying a solid
foundation for the ultimate founding of a unified nation. In Lhasa,
the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, the statue of the Tang
Princess Wen Cheng, who married the Tubo tsampo [Songtsen Gampo],
king of Tibet, in 641, is still enshrined and worshiped in the Potala Palace."

Now Bikruti has reappeared, just because Nepal is needed by Beijing
to extend its influence over the Himalayan region. Nepal has fast
becoming China's ally against India. Read the report of the Nepali
President's visit to Lhasa.
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