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 February 2024


This essay was adapted from Erschbamer, Marlene. 2019. "The Sisters of Pho lha nas. Preliminary Remarks on Two Women and their Links to the 'Ba' ra ba Bka' brgyud Tradition." In Wind Horses: Tibetan, Himalayan and Mongolian Studies, edited by Giacomella Orofino. Naples: ISMEO, pp. 139–150.

Additional sources

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Cantwell, Cathy, and Robert Meyer. 2024. "Tantra Collections of the 'Ancient School'." In Matthew Kapstein, editor,Tibetan Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, vol. 2, pp. 34–51.

Ehrhard, Franz-Karl. 1997. "Recently discovered manuscripts of the rNying ma rgyud 'bum from Nepal." In H. Krasser, M. Torsten Much, E. Steinkellner, H. Tauscher,Tibetan Studies: Proceedings of the 7th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Graz 1995, Volume I, pp. 253–267.

Ehrhard, Franz-Karl. 2012. "The Scribe's Remark: A Note on the 'Rig 'dzin Tshe dbang nor bu (Waddell) Edition' of rNying ma rgyud 'bum."Zentralasiatische Studien,vol. 41, pp. 231–237.