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date: 20 August 2019

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The intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism is only imperfectly understood. Although abundant new textual sources have been discovered in recent decades, it will take some time before scholars have assimilated this growing documentation, which, considering only what is pertinent to the history of philosophical thought, amounts to many thousands of individual works composed over a millennium. This article touches upon selected topics that are now generally agreed to be of importance for the history of Tibetan Buddhist thought overall. It discusses the beginnings of Tibetan Buddhism, the formation of the major Buddhist traditions, Tibetan scholasticism, Buddha-nature and the luminosity of mind, and Tsongkhapa and his critics.

Keywords: Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan scholasticism, Buddha-nature, Tsongkhapa

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