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Biographies & Memoirs

  1. The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk
  2. The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul: A Gem of Many Colors
    • by Richard Barron (Translater), Snow Lion Publications, February 2003.
  3. The Book of Tibetan Elders : Life Stories and Wisdom of the Great Spiritual Masters of Tibet
    • by Sandy Johnson, October 1, 1997.
    • When an accomplished writer sets out on a well-intentioned journey to interview the Tibetan diaspora of Buddhist elders, she immediately finds herself transformed from journalist to seeker. Sandy Johnson's extensive travels take her around the world for interviews with Tibetan priests, oracles,and lay devotees that unearth the plush vitality of Tibetan Buddhism. She elicits a panoply of responses from a living treasure trove: men and women who relate their own experiences of the communist takeover of Tibet, traditional Tibetan medicine, and travels to the mythical land of Shambala. But mostly they impart wisdom, and Johnson soaks it all in with her tape recorder and transcribes it word for word. Apart from the author's occasional wide-eyed credulity, The Book of Tibetan Elders is a rewarding journey through the minds and lives of Tibet's gifts to the world.
  4. Enthronement: The Recognition of the Reincarnate Masters of Tibet and the Himalayas
    • by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, Jamqon Londra Taye, Ngwang Zangpo. Snow Lion, August 1, 1997.
  5. Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
    • by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Harper Collins, Aug 1991.
    • "I recommend reading this book if you want to get to know more about H.H. the Dalai Lama first hand. His straight-talking style and compassionate humor really come through. You will get to understand that he is respected not just because of the esteemed status he was born to. He has won the respect of many people on the basis of his deeds and teachings."
  6. Gesar! : The Wondrous Adventures of King Gesar (Tibetan Art and Culture Series)
    • by Zara Wallace, Published by Dharma Publishing, December 1991.
    • Paperback
  7. Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times
    • Ngawang Zangpo , Snow Lion Publications, September 2002.
  8. Journey to Enlightenment: The Life and World of Khyentse Rinpoche, Spiritual Teacher from Tibet
  9. Kundun : A Biography of the Family of the Dalai Lama
    • by Mary Craig, Counterpoint, October 1, 1997.
    • by Matthieu Ricard, Padmakara Translation Group (Translator). Aperture, Oct 1996.
  10. The Life of Milarepa
    • translated by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa. Arkana, Jan 19954.
    • Paperback
  11. The Life of Shabkar : The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin (Suny Series in Buddhist Studies)
    • by Matthieu Ricard, Jakob Leschly, Erik Schmidt. State Univ of New York Pr, August 1994.
    • Paperback
  12. Lord of the Dance : Autobiography of Chagdud Tulku Lama
    • by Chagdud T. Rinpoche, Published by Padma Pub, October 1992.
    • Paperback.
  13. Lost Lhasa : Heinrich Harrer's Tibet
    • by Heinrich Harrer (Photographer), Galen A. Rowell (Introduction), September 1, 1997.
  14. The Lotus-Born : The Life Story of Padmasambhava
    • by Yeshe Tsogyal, Published by Shambhala Pubns, Aug 1993.
  15. Mother of Knowledge: The Enlightenment of Ye-Shes Mtsho-Rgyal (TibetanTranslation Series)
  16. Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior: The Life and Teachings of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama
    • by Glenn H. Mullin.
    • Paperback 1989
    • Throughout his life the Thirteenth Dalai Lama (1876-1933) stressed the importance of combinng spirituality with a bold approach to worldly affairs. Known to the Tibetans as simply the "Great Thirteenth," he provided successful political as well as spiritual leadership in difficult and turbulent times, and perfectly exemplified the Mahayana ideal of the bodhisattva warrior.
  17. Reborn in the West : The Reincarnation Masters
    • by Vicki MacKenzie, Marlowe & Co, April 1, 1996.
  18. Reincarnation: the Boy Lama
    • by Vicki McKenzie, Wisdom Publications, Apr 1996.
    • "A light and entertaining book recounting an extraordinary story. This book is written from the point of view of a Western Buddhist about her beloved tutor in both his past life as a Tibetan lama and his present life as a Spanish boy (now also a lama). Whether one believes in reincarnation or not, the spirit of Lama Yeshe (the tutor in his previous life) shines through the pages and is very inspiring."
  19. Seven Years in Tibet
  20. Tibet : My Story : An Autobiography
    • by Jetsun Pema, Gilles Van Grasdorff, Element, October 1, 1997.
    • Jetsun Pema, the Dalai Lama's younger sister, offers a rare and poignant account of life in Tibet before the Chinese occupation--a world that is lost forever. She presents her story from her childhood, growing up in pre-invasion Tibet, to her work today as a minister of the Tibetan government. These courageous and moving words are an enduring testament to the indomitability of the human spirit. photo insert
  21. Tibetan Voices: A Traditional Memoir
    • by Heather Wardle and Brian Harris (editors), October 1996.


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