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The Buddha Party: How the People's Republic of China Works to Define and Control Tibetan Buddhism

John Powers


The Buddha Party is an analysis of Chinese propaganda discourses that attempt to define Tibetan Buddhist belief and sway opinion within the country and abroad. Much of this is at odds with historical facts and is deliberately misleading, but it is widely believed by Han Chinese. It profoundly affects how China’s leaders interact with their counterparts in other countries because most of them appear to deeply believe the official line regarding Tibet, which resonates with Han notions of themselves as China’s most advanced nationality and as a benevolent race that liberates and culturally uplift ... More

Keywords: Tibet, Buddhism, China, propaganda, patriotic education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199358151
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Powers, author
Professor of Asian Studies, Australian National University