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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 wrote 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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