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Sean Jones left school in England in the 1960s to travel overland to India and lived in the Himalayan regions for a decade, before returning to London to establish a successful travel business. From 1985 he travelled all over Tibet and in the UK he co-founded a number of Tibet-related organizations. An autodidact, he has written and published various articles on Tibet, its people and its history, including in Wikipedia.

Published September 2017

Updated May 2018


Aris, Michael. 1980. Bhutan: The Early History of a Himalayan Kingdom. Warminster: Aris & Phillips, pp. 213, 219, 221-231.

Dhondup, K. 1984. The Water-Horse and Other Years. Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives History Series, pp. 4-6, 12-29, 32.

Dudjom Rinpoche. 2002. The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein, trans. Boston: Wisdom, pp. 682-683.

Karmay, Samten G. 1988. Secret Visions of the Fifth Dalai Lama. London: Serindia Publications, pp. 7-9, 28-29.

Karmay, Samten G. 2009. The Arrow and the Spindle, Studies in History, Myths, Rituals and Beliefs in Tibet. Revised edition 2009. Vol. 1, Part VI, pp. 506-507, 509, 514. Vol. II, pp. 98-108. Kathmandu: Mandala Book Point.

Kapstein, Matthew. 2006. The Tibetans. Malden, MA, USA. Blackwell Publishing, pp. 128-137.

Laird, Thomas. 2006. The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama. London: Grove/Atlantic, pp. 153, 159-161, 166.

Mullin, Glenn H. 2001. The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation. Santa Fe: Clear Light Publishers, pp. 112, 179-180, 189-191, 196, 198-199, 206-208, 210.

Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso, Fifth Dalai Lama. 2014. The Illusive Play: The Autobiography of the Fifth Dalai Lama. Samten G. Karmay, trans. Chicago: Serindia Publications, 3, 7, 8; Chapters 4-30 especially pp. 41-55, 63, 83, 101-104, 121, 124-125, 127-130, 134, 142, 145; Chapters 14, 15 and 16 (pp. 147-172); pp.174-176, 187, 191, 192, 215, 235, 269-270, 323, 324, 335-336, 367-369, 374-382, Chapter 31 (pp. 383-407).

Phuntsho, Karma. 2013. The History of Bhutan. London: Haus Publishing, pp. 158-162, 219, 244-249, 260-263.

Pommaret, Françoise. 2003. Lhasa in the Seventeenth Century: the Capital of the Dalai Lamas. Howard Solverson, trans. Leiden; Boston; Köln: Brill, Chapter Five pp. 68-69; Chapter Eight pp. 121-129; Chapter Twelve, p. 184.

Richardson, Hugh E. 1984. Tibet & Its History. Boston: Shambala Publications, p. 307.

Richardson, Hugh E. 1998. High Peaks, Pure Earth; Collected Writings on Tibetan History and Culture. London, Serindia Publications, pp. 353-354, 388-389, 410, 426-428, 441, 444-450, 504-512.

Shakabpa, Tsepon W.D. 1967. Tibet: A Political History. New York: Yale University Press, and 1984. Singapore: Potala Publications, pp. 87-88, 90-92, 99-113, 117-118, 124.

Shakabpa, Tsepon W.D. 2010. One Hundred Thousand Moons. An Advanced Political History of Tibet (2 volumes). Leiden, Boston: Brill's Tibetan Studies Library, pp. 52-53 (note 103, p. 103), 284-285, 295, 315-317, 323, Chapter Five (pp. 327-379); 1133.

Smith, Warren W. 1997. Tibetan Nation; A History of Tibetan Nationalism and Sino-Tibetan Relations. New Delhi: HarperCollins, pp. 105, 107-108.

Snellgrove, David; Richardson, Hugh (1986). A Cultural History of Tibet. Boston & London: Shambala Publications Inc., pp. 193, 196-197.

Stein, R. A. (1972). Tibetan Civilization. J. E Stapleton Driver, trans. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. 81-83, 85.

Tucci, Giuseppe. 1949. Tibetan Painted Scrolls. Rome: La Libreria dello Stato , vol. 1, pp. 40, 44, 55-56, 58-62, 63-64, 66-68, 70-72.

Tuttle, G. & Schaeffer K. R., eds. 2013. The Tibetan History Reader. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 206, 355.


Bka’ drung nor rgyas nang pa dbang ‘dus tshe ring. 1981. Khri lo tham deb. Delhi: Puntsok. TBRC W23160.

Brag dgon zhabs drung dkon mchog bstan pa rab rgyas. 1982. Mdo smad chos 'byung deb ther rgya mtsho. Lanzhou: Kan su’u mi dmangs dpe skrun khang. Vol. 1, 70-3. TBRC W28064

Dpal ldan rgya mtsho. 1974. Ngag dbang rnam rgyal gyi rnam thar rgyas pa chos kyi sprin chen po’i dbyangs. Delhi: Topden Tshering. TBRC W30164. 114-na-4, 135-ba-6.

Dpal sprul o rgyan ‘jigs med chos kyi dbang po. 2003. Rtsis gzhung nyin byed snang ba'i 'das lo nges pa gsar spos dge legs snang ba'i nyi ma. Khreng tu’u: Si khron mi rigs dpe skrun khang. TBRC W24850. f.13-ba-1.

Ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho. 1991-1995. Biography of Yonten Gyatso, 4th Dalai Lama. Jig rten dbang phyug thams cad mkhyen pa yon tan rgya mtsho dpal bzang po’i rnam par thar pa norbu’i ‘phreng ba. Gangtok: Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology. TBRC W294-1813-eBook.pdf, f.27b, f.46b, f.50a-b.

Pan chen blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan. 1969. Spyod thsul gsal bar ston pa norbu’i phreng ba. [Alt.: blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan gyi rnam thar]. New Delhi: Ngawang Geleg Demo. TBRC W9752, f.66-na-6.

Sde srid sangs rgyas rgya mtsho. 1989. Dga’ ldan pa zhwa ser chos ‘byung bai DUrya ser po’i phreng ba. Pe cin: krung go bod kyi shes rig dpe skrun khang. TBRC W8224, 314-na-5.

Sum pa mkhan po ye shes dpal ‘byor [Given in TBRC as: sangs rgyas rgya mtsho]. 1975. Mtsho sngon gyi lo rgyus tshangs glu gsar snyan. New Delhi: International Academy of Indian Culture. TBRC. TBRC W1KG16744, W29970

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