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The Buddha PartyHow the People's Republic of China Works to Define and Control Tibetan Buddhism$
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John Powers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199358151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358151.001.0001

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(p.209) Conclusion
The Buddha Party

John Powers

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the discussion and returns to some of the themes introduced at the beginning. It discusses how pervasive belief in the official narrative is among Han Chinese, but how it has generally failed to resonate among Tibetans. It compares this belief to the persistence of conviction among Christian fundamentalists and shows how empirical evidence and contradictory information from historical sources generally has little effect on Chinese. It describes who many actively self-censor and cling to the official narrative. It concludes with observations regarding how China’s leaders appear to sincerely embrace these dogmas and that they affect relations with other countries.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Tibet, Propaganda, history

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