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Tibetan Buddhism is one of three major forms of Buddhism, in terms of regional culture as well as canonical language (see Tibetan canon). The other two would be Theravada, based on the Pali canon; and East Asian Buddhism, based on the Chinese Buddhist canon. Together with East Asian Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism forms part of a broader Mahayana tradition. Like other forms of Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhist tradition claims continuity with the teachings of Sakyamuni Buddha in India. These are said to have been transmitted to Tibet beginning in the 7th century, from which they spread to Mongolia and other Inner Asian lands from the 11th century.

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Jokhang Temple in Tibet
The Jokhang Temple, (Tibetan: ཇོ་ཁང་; Wylie: Jo-khang; Chinese: 大昭寺; pinyin: Dàzhāosì), is the first Buddhist temple in Tibet, located on Barkhor Square in Lhasa. It was built during the reign of king Songsten Gampo (605?-650 CE) to celebrate his marriage with Chinese Tang Dynasty princess Wencheng, who was a Buddhist. The temple was called the Tsulag Khang or 'House of Wisdom' but it is now known as the Jokhang which means the 'House of the Buddha'.[1]

For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It is in some regards pansectarian, but is presently controlled by the Gelug school.

Along with the Potala Palace, it is the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace" and a spiritual centre of Lhasa.

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