The Story of Tibet

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The following is excerpted from Thomas Laird's book, The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama, published by Grove Press in 2006.

The Dalai Lama on Indian Buddhism

From about the year 1000 to 1200, as Tibetans established the great monasteries of Tibet, they continued to travel to India to acquire new teachings. Tibetan monks translated thousands of Indian Buddhist texts, but as Buddhism evolved in Tibet, there was less reason to travel to India. The most important texts were in Tibetan, and teachers in Tibet were numerous. Yet it came as a shock, early in the thirteenth century, when the invading Muslims destroyed Atisha's monastery in eastern India.

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