Trisong Detsen

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Trisong Detsen statue at Samye. Photo: Erik Törner.

Trisong Detsen (T. ཁྲི་སྲོང་ལྡེ་བཙན khri srong lde btsan) was the 38th emperor of Tibet, who ruled from AD 755 until 797 or 804. Trisong Detsen was the second of the "Three Dharma Kings" of Tibet; the other two were Songtsen Gampo and Ralpacan.

While Buddhism was first introduced to Tibet during the reign of Songtsen Gampo, during the rein of Trisong Detsen Buddhism became more firmly established. Trisong Detsen invited the great Indian masters Padmasambhava, Śāntarakṣita, Vimalamitra, and others to come to Tibet and teach the Dharma. These masters assisted in building the first monastery in Tibet (Samye Monastery) and ordaining the first group of Tibetan monks.

Trisong Detsen was succeeded on the throne by his second son, Muné Tsenpo, who died after ruling for barely one year. The throne then passed to his youngest son Senaleg.

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