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 January 2024


Chos dbyings rdo rje. 1970. Rje btsun bla ma dam pa grub mchog ngag dbang chos kyi rgya mtsho rnam thar nor bu'i 'od snang. In Bka' brgyud gser phreng chen mo: Biographies of Eminent Gurus in the Transmission Lineage of teachings of the 'Ba'-ra dKar-brgyud-pa sect, vol. 4, fol. 137–319. Dehradun: Ngawang Gyaltsen and Ngawang Lungtok. BDRC: W1KG10687.

Chos dbyings rdo rje. 2010. Rje btsun bla ma dam pa grub mchog ngag dbang chos kyi rgya mtsho rnam thar nor bu'i 'od snang. Bod kyi lo rgyus rnam thar phyogs bsgrigs: A collection of religious-historical works and biographies in dpe cha format, vol. 29, fol. 137–320. Xining: Mtsho sngon mi rigs dpe skrun khang. BDRC: W19231.

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2015. "Wild and Lawless Area? Monastic Institutions in the Lachen Valley (North Sikkim, India)." Bulletin of Tibetology 51.1+2, 47–70.

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2017. The 'Ba'-ra-ba bKa'-brgyud-pa: Historical and Contemporary Studies. Vienna: WSTB.

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2018. "Tibetan Troops Fighting the “Enemy of Buddhist Doctrine” (bstan dgra): The Invasions of the Gorkhas as Witnessed by Two Tibetan Masters of the Barawa ('ba' ra ba) Tradition." Cahiers d'Extrême-Asie 27, 121–137.

'Dzi sgar mkhan chen phrin las rdo rje. 2013. Don brgyud dpal ldan 'brug pa'i mkhas grub bla ma rgya mtsho'i rnam thar legs bshad nor bu'i gter mdzod: Jewel Treasure of Elegant Writings: Biography of Saint-Scholars of the Drukpa Lineage. Vol. 1. Ed. by Mkhan po bshad sgrub bstan 'dzin. Kathmandu: Khenpo Shedup Tenzin.