The Buddha Party is a comprehensive study of the efforts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to redefine Tibetan Buddhism to make it compatible with official narratives of Chinese history and national integration. The book builds on John Powers's earlier research on the competing historical narratives of Tibet advanced by Tibetan groups and the People's Republic of China, as well as the use of history as a tool of propaganda.

The book is primarily a study of official Chinese propaganda about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, and how the propaganda is disseminated among Han Chinese and Tibetan communities. Powers identifies three main themes in the propaganda narrative: (1) Tibet has been part of China for centuries; (2) Tibetans are happy as a result of Chinese largesse; and (3) any incidents that might be interpreted as evidence of discontent are not what they appear to be. However, he is interested not only...

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