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List of Tibetan biographies
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List of Tibetan biographies
Biographies under review:
note: The list is in chronological order based on the figure about whom the biography was written.
Yeshe Tsogyel, who is associated with 8th century Tibetan imperial times, despite no mention of her in contemporary sources, or before the 12th century (see Stag sham Nus ldan rdo rje's 18th century biography of this figure).
Marpa (see Thrangu Rinpoche's 21st century biography).
Milarepa (see Tsangnyon Heruka's 15th century biography, translated by Evans-Wentz).
Riggs, Nicole. 2001.
Like an Illusion: Lives of the Shangpa Kagyu masters
. Eugene, Oregon: Dharma Cloud Press.
Dratshadpa Rinchen Namgyal. 1996.
A Handful of Flowers:
A brief biography of Buton Rinchen Drub
(1290-1364, written 1366).Trans. by Hans van der Bogaert. New Delhi: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.
Longchenpa (see Stewart's 21st biography).
W. Y. Evans-Wentz, and Ras-chuṅ Rdo-rje-grags. 1971.
Tibet's great yogī Milarepa: a biography from the Tibetan
, being the Jetsün-Kahbum or biographical history of Jetsün-Milarepa, according to the late Lāma Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English rendering
. New York: Oxford University Press.
Brag-phug Dge-bśes Dge-ʼdun-rin-chen (1926-1997), Keith Dowman, and Sonam Paljor. 1980.
The divine madman: the sublime life and songs of Drukpa Kunley (1455 - 1529)
; translated by Keith Dowman and Sonam Paljor ; illustrated by Lee Baarslag. London: Rider. Pre-modern figure written about by modern author.
Diemberger, Hildegard. 2007.
When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibe
New York: Columbia University Press. [ca. 1460]
Loo, Margaret M. Shu-Yi. 1970. "
The Biography of the III Panchen Lama
: Blo-bzang-Dpal- ldan-Ye-shes-Dpal-bzang-po, Examined in Light of Sino-Tibetan Relations during the Late Eighteenth Century.” Ph.D. Dissertation. Washington: University of Washington. * The III Panchen Lama (1505-1568)
Dargye, Yonten & Sorensen, P.K (trans). 2001.
The Biography of Pha-jo-Sgom Zhig-po
: Called the Current of Compassion.
Thimphu: The National Library of Bhutan. *Pha-jo-Sgom Zhig-po (1184-1251/1208-1275) [text discovered around 1623-24 and amended later in 17th century).
Bogin, Benjamin E. “
The Life of Yol mo ‘dzin nor bu
: A critical edition, translation, and study of the memirs of a seventeenth-century Tibetan Buddhist lama.” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Michigan. *Yol mo ‘dzin nor bu (1598-1644)
PaN chen Blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan.
Chos Smra ba’i dge slong blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan gyi spyod tshul gsal bar ston pa nor bu’i phreng ba
(=Nor bu’i phreng ba)
Blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan gyi gsung ’bum
(Collected works of the First Panchen Lozang Chokyi Gyaltsen). Tashi Lhunpo Edition. Vol.1, ff.1r-225v. Also see TBRC W23430 (5 vols.)
Stag sham Nus ldan rdo rje, Dowman, Keith (trans). 1984.
. London; Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul. [Concerning the figure Yeshe Tsogyel, who is associated with 8th century Tibetan imperial times (despite no mention of her in contemporary sources, or before the 12th century)].
Schaeffer, Kurtis. 2004.
Himalayan Hermitess: The Life of a Tibetan Buddhist Nun
. New York: Oxford University Press
Ngawang Lhundrup Dargyé, Simon Wickham-Smith (trans). 2011.
The Fugitive Lives of the Sixth Dalai Lama
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, (Forthcoming) 
Duoka’er, Xiazhongcerenwangjie, Tang Chi’an trans. 2002.
[Biography of Pho-lha-nas (1689-1747)]. Lasa: Xizang ren min chu ban she
Duoka'er, Xiazhongcerenwangjie. 1986.
[Autobiography of Dokharwa Tsering Wanggyel (1697-1763 )] Lasa: Xizang ren min chu ban she.
Bstan ‘dzin dpal ‘byor. 1995.
Rdo-rin Bandi-ta'i rnam thar
. Beijing : Zhongguo Zang xue chu ban she. * Chinese edition; Bstan ‘dzin dpal ‘byor (1761-)
Masters of Meditation and Miracles: the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of Tibetan Buddhism
. Boston: Shambhala, 1996.
Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, Matthieu Ricard trans. 2001.
The Life of Shabkar
: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Yogin
. Snow Lion Publications. *Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol (1781-1851).
Barron, Richard. 2003.
The Autobiography of Jamgon Kongtrul
: A Gem of Many Colors
. Snow Lion Publications. * Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899)
Gyamtso, Yeshe. 2005.
: The Inner Autobiography of Terchen Barway
. KTD Publications. (18th century, the first treasure revealer)
Dharmatala, Damcho Gyatsho.
Rosary of White Lotuses
, Being the Clear Account of How the Precious Teaching of Buddha Appeared and Spread in the Great Hor Country
. Translated by Piotr Klafkowski. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1987 
Terton Sogyal (see Pistono's 21st century biography)
Drolma, Delog Dawa. 1995.
: Journey to Realms Beyond Death
. Padma Publishing.
Achard, Jean-Luc. 2008.
The Life and Works of Shardza Tashi Gyeltsen (1859–1935)
. Leiden: Brill.
Also see TBRC holdings W23430 (5 vols.)
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. 2012.
The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds: Life and Times of// //a Realized Tibetan Master, Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug
. Translated by Enrico Dell’Angelo & Nancy Simmons. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.
Thrangu (Rinpoche). 2001.
The spiritual biography of Marpa, the translator
. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications. Pre-modern figure written about by modern author.
Dudjom Dorjee. 2006.
Falling Off the Roof of the World: The Autobiography of the Venerable Lama Dudjom Dorjee
. West Conshohocken: Infinity Publishing. 2006.
Stewart, Jampa MacKenzie. 2013.
The Life of Longchenpa: The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse
. Boston MA. Snow Lion Publications.
Pistono, Matteo, and Sogyal (Rinpoche). 2014.
Fearless in Tibet: the life of the mystic Tertön Sogyal
. Carlsbad, California : Hay House, Inc.
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