The Treasury of Lives

Alexander Gardner is Director and Chief Editor of the Treasury of Lives. He completed his PhD in Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan in 2007. He is the author of The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul The Great.

Published June 2021


Bausch, Gerd. 2018. Radiant Compassion, The Life of the 16th Gyalway Karmapa, Volume 1. Darmstadt: Editions Karuna.

Bausch, Gerd. 2020. Radiant Compassion, The Life of the 16th Gyalway Karmapa, Volume 2. Darmstadt: Editions Karuna.

Brown, Mick. 2004. The Dance of 17 Lives: The Incredible True Story of Tibet's 17th Karmapa. London: Bloomsbury.Dalai Lama. 1962. My Land, My People. Grand Books. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Douglas, Nik and Meryl White. 1976. Karmapa: The Black Hat Lama of Tibet. London: Luzac.

Jackson, David. 2019. Lama of Lamas: The Life of the Vajra-Master Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. Kathmandu: Vajra Books.

Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoche. 1982. "The Life Story of His Holiness the XVI Karmapa." Bulletin of Tibetology, vol. 18, no.1.

Karma blo gros chos dpal bzang po. 1994. Rgyal ba'i dbang po dpal kar+ma pa rang byung rig pa'i rdo rje mchog brgya phyed la zung gi 'phel ba'i 'grang bya byon pa yan gyi rnam thar. In Karma pa sku 'phreng bcu drug pa tshun rim par byon pa'i rnam thar phyogs bsgrigs, pp. 589-756. Delhi: Konchhog Lhadrepa. BDRC W1KG3815.

Karma pa 16 rang byung rig pa'i rdo rje. 2016. Rgyal dbang karma pa bcu drug rang byung rig pa'i rdo rje'i bka' 'bum. Tashi Tsering, editor. Dharmasala: Tsurphu Labrang and The Amnye Machen Institute. W8LS18007.

Karma Thinley. 1980. The History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet. Boulder: Prajna Press.

Lama Kunsang, Lama Pemo, and Marie Aubѐle. 2012. History of the Karmapas: The Odyssey of the Tibetan Masters with the Black Crown. Ithaca: Snow Lion.

Levine, Norma. 2013. The Miraculous 16th Karmapa, Incredible Encounters with the Black Crown Buddha. Shang Shung Publications.

Levine, Norma. 2017. The Spiritual Odyssey of Freda Bedi : England, India, Burma, Sikkim, and Beyond. Shang Shung Publications.

McLeod, Ken. 1985. The Chariot for Travelling the Path to Freedom: The Life Story of Kalu Rinpoche, San Francisco.

Trungpa, Chögyam. 1985 (originally published in 1966 and revised in 1977 with a new preface). Born in Tibet. Boston: Shambhala.

Tsering, Tashi, Migmar Tsering, and Jeremy Russell. 1984. "A Biography of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa: Entitled: "A Droplet from the Infinite Ocean-Like Outer Biography of Lokeshvara: The Great Sixteenth Holder of the Black Crown"." The Tibet Journal vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 3-20.

Tulku Urgyen. 2005. Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche as told to Erik Pema Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmidt. Hong Kong: Rangjung Yeshe.

Wong, Sylvia. 2010. The Karmapa Prophecies. Delhi.

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