The Treasury of Lives

Marlene Erschbamer is an independent scholar who holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. Her research interests include the Barawa Kagyu tradition, Sikkim Studies, Tibetan Buddhism and the role of gender, and the intersection of religion, nature, and culture in the Tibetan Cultural Area.

Published July 2021


Akester, Matthew. 2016. Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo’s Guide to Central Tibet. Chicago: Serindia Publications.

Ardussi, John. 2002. "Observations on the Political Organisation of Western Bhutan in the 14th Century, as revealed in Records of the 'Ba' ra ba sect." In: Impressions of Bhutan and Tibetan Art, John Ardussi and Henk Blezer (eds.), Tibetan Studies III. PIATS, 5–22.

Aris, Michael. 1979. Bhutan: The Early History of a Himalayan Kingdom. Warminster: Aris & Phillips Ltd.

'Ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang. Rje btsun 'ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po'i rnam thar mgur 'bum dang bcas pa. 200 fol. Bhutanese xylographic, in possession of Tashi Tsering Josayma, Amnye Machen Institute.

'Ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang. 1970. Rje 'ba' ra ba chen po rgyal mtshan dpal bzang gi bka' 'bum: A Tibetan Encyclopedia of Buddhist Scholasticism. The Collected Writings of 'Ba'-ra-ba rGyal-mtshan-dpal-bzang. Vol. 1–14. Dehradun: Ngawang Gyaltsen and Ngawang Lungtok.

'Ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang. 1976. Rje btsun 'ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po'i rnam thar mgur 'bum dang bcas pa. Ed. by Urgyen Dorje. New Delhi: Jayyed Press. BDRC: W1KG9991.

Blo gros rin chen. 1970. Chos rje rin po che 'ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po'i rnam thar byin rlabs char bebs. In: Bka' brgyud gser phreng chen mo: Biographies of Eminent Gurus in the Transmission Lineage of teachings of the 'Ba'-ra dKar-brgyud-pa sect, vol. 2, pp. 21–235. Dehradun: Ngawang Gyaltsen and Ngawang Lungtok. BDRC: W1KG10687.

Blo gros rin chen. 2010. Chos rje rin po che 'ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po'i rnam thar byin rlabs char bebs. In: Bod kyi lo rgyus rnam thar phyogs bsgrigs: A collection of religious-historical works and biographies in dpe cha format, vol. 27, pp. 21–236. Xining: Mtsho sngon mi rigs dpe skrun khang. BDRC: W19231.

Czaja, Olaf. 2013. Medieval Rule in Tibet: The Rlangs Clan and the Political and Religious History of the Ruling House of Phag mo gru pa. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

'Dzi sgar mkhan chen phrin las rdo rje. 2013. Don brgyud dpal ldan 'brug pa'i mkhas grub bla ma rgya mtsho'i rnam thar legs bshad nor bu'i gter mdzod: Jewel Treasure of Elegant Writings: Biography of Saint-Scholars of the Drukpa Lineage. Vol. 1. Ed. by Mkhan po bshad sgrub bstan 'dzin. Kathmandu: Khenpo Shedup Tenzin.

Ehrhard, Franz-Karl. 2009. "The Lineage of the 'Ba'-ra-ba bKa'-brgyud-pa School as Depicted on a Thangka and in Golden Rosary Texts." Münchner Beiträge zur Völkerkunde 13, 179–209.

Ehrhard, Franz-Karl. 2010 "Editing and Publishing the Master's Writings. The Early Years of rGod tshang ras chen (1482-1559)." In: Edition, éditions: l'écrit au Tibet, évolution et devenir. Collectanea Himalayica, Anne Chayet (ed.), Munich: Indus, 129–161.

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2017. The 'Ba'-ra-ba bKa'-brgyud-pa: Historical and Contemporary Studies. Vienna: WSTB.

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2019. "Learning, Discipline, and Nobility: rJe 'Ba' ra ba and his Spiritual Father Zur phug pa." In: Unearthing Himalayan Treasures: Festschrift for Franz-Karl Ehrhard, Volker Caumanns, Marta Sernesi, Nikolai Solmsdorf (eds.), Marburg: Indica et Tibetica 59, 189–202.

'Jigs med dpa' bo. 1983. Rdzogs chen rig 'dzin 'jigs med dpa' bo'i bka' 'bum mthon grol chen mo: the autobiography of lha-btsun sprul-sku 'jigs-med-dpa'-bo of Sikkim. Gangtok: Dzongsar Khyentse Labrang. BDRC: W21558.

Karma Phuntsho. 2013. The History of Bhutan. Noida: Random House India.

Larsson, Stefan. 2012. Crazy for Wisdom: The Making of a Mad Yogin in Fifteenth-Century Tibet. Leiden: Brill.

Mathes, Klaus-Dieter. 2008. A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Gö Lotsāwa’s Mahāmudrā Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

Smith, Ellis Gene. 2001. Among Tibetan Texts: History and Literature of the Himalayan Plateau. Boston: Wisdom Publications.

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