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Suzanne Bessenger is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She completed a PhD in History of Religions at the University of Virginia in 2010. She is the author of Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren (Oxford 2016).

Published July 2013


Bessenger, Suzanne. Forthcoming. "'I am a God, I am a God, I am Definitely a God' [lha yin lha yin lha yin nges/]: Deity Emanation and the Legitimation of Sonam Peldren".Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: Birth-Narratives, Institutional Innovation, and Embodiment of Divine Power. Edited by Derek Maher and Tsering Wangchuk. Boston: Wisdom Publications (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series).

Bessenger, Suzanne. 2016.Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Diemberger, Hildegard. 2007.When A Woman Becomes a Religious DynastyNew York: Columbia.

Ri dbang bstan 'dzin, 2002.Nags shod 'bri ru'i lo rgyus. Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.TBRC W23671.

Rin chen dpal. N.d. Bsod nams dpal 'dren rnam thar. Unpublished manuscript.

Tsering, Tashi. 1993. “Bsam sding rdo rje phag mo sku phreng rim byong gyi mtshan dang 'khrungs gshegs ky lo khams star chags su 'god thabs sngon 'gro'i zhib 'jug mdor bsdud.”G.yu mtsho, 1.1: 31-53.

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