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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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