Monks headed over the footpaths of the Himalayan Mountains into remote and isolated Tibet, taking their Buddhist practices with them. They reached Tibet and began to spread the teachings, as so many others were doing all over Southeast Asia. But it wasn't until the seventh century, when the king of Tibet, Songtsen Gambo, married two Buddhist women — one a princess from Nepal and the other a princess from China — that Buddhism flourished in Tibet. It wasn't long before the king became very interested in Buddhism, sending representatives from Tibet over to China and India to learn more about it.
He became convinced of the benefits of the Buddhist lifestyle and his faith strengthened. He built many temples and encouraged the growth of Buddhism among his people. Eventually, Mahayana scriptures were translated into Tibetan. Buddhism remained a prominent part of life in Tibet until 1959, when the Dalai Lama took exile in India after ten years of Red Chinese occupation.