(Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Photo of the bilingual treaty inscription in Lhasa, containing the terms of the peace treaty of 822 between the Tang Dynasty and Tibet)
Ralpachen, last Dharma King of Tibet, is famous for his contributions to the Buddhist life of Tibet. But even moreso than his father and grandfather, he pushed the envelope – perhaps a little too far. Because the floodgates soon opened, unleashing a torrent of violence between pro and anti Buddhist factions which would ultimately tear the country apart.
But in spite of this, Ralpachen left a lasting legacy on Tibet’s political, cultural and religious identity – one that survived into the modern day.