30 December 2010


Grand total of Tibet books to read this semester: 12

Movies to watch: 2

Here are my findings from the library just now:

  • Orphans of the Cold War: America and the Tibetan struggle for survival by John Kenneth Knaus
    • "The vivid and dramatic account of the secret struggle for Tibet.  Drawing on numerous previously classified documents, interviews and his own experience as a CIA operations officer in charge of American covert operations inside Tibet, John Kenneth Knaus offers a sweeping narrative that races from Washington embassies to unmarked planes flying over uncharted territory, from the streets of London and New York to the peaks of the highest mountains in the world."
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
    • "With the first cup of tea you are a stranger.  With the second . . . a friend.  With the third cup of tea, you are family."
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • "The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans."
  • Essential Tibetan Buddhism by Robert A. F. Thurman
    • "This eminently readable introduction to the tradition's vibrant literature, presented by a true insider, now makes authentic Tibetan Buddhism accessible to contemporary Western audiences as never before."
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the first complete translation by Gyurme Dorje, edited by Graham Coleman with Thupten Jinpa, introductory commentary by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
    • "Carrying out the first complete translation of this cycle of teachings has been an extraordinary accomplishment undertaken with great care over many years.  I hope that the profound insights contained in this work will be a source of inspiration and support to many around the world as they have been in my own culture." -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
  • The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama by Thomas Laird
    • "Over the course of three years, journalist Thomas Laird spent more than sixty hours with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in candid, one-on-one interviews in Dharamsala, India . . . and the result is a vibrant historical narrative that brings these meetings to life."
  • Buddhism by Malcolm David Eckel
    • "This concise volume provides an accessible and lavishly illustrated introduction to the key themes of the Buddhist faith."
  • Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land by Patrick French
    • "Part memoir, part travel book, part history, Tibet, Tibet ventures beyond our world-weary fantasies to discover the truth behind a culture's struggle for survival."
  • Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic, an authorized biography by Mayank Chhaya
    • "This fascinating, up-to-date biography captures at once the public persona and enduring mystery behind one of the world's most important spiritual leaders."
  • Freedom in Exile: The autobiography of the Dalai Lama
    • "It is as a simple monk that I offer this story of my life, though it is by no means a book about Buddhism.  I have two main reasons for doing so.  Firstly, an increasing number of people have shown an interest in learning something about the Dalai Lama.  Secondly, there are a number of historical events about which I wish to set the record straight."
  • Kundun: A biography of the family of the Dalai Lama by Mary Craig
    • "This remarkable book opens in 1933 with the death of the thirteenth Dalai Lama and the frantic effort among Tibetan authorities to find his reincarnation.  In their search for a baby boy with the characteristic marks of a Dalai Lama--tiger-striped legs, wide eyes, large ears, and palms bearing the pattern of a sea shell--officials were led to a tiny village in northeastern Tibet, home of Lhamo Dhondup, a smart, stubborn toddler already known for his tantrums."
  • The World of the Dalai Lama: An Inside Look at His Life, His People, and His Vision by Gill Farrer-Halls
    • "A magnificently illustrated and informative portrait of the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people."
  • 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
    • Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich?  Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future?  How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence?  These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray.  Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader.  


  1. Wow I am so impressed. I thought I was good since I decided to read the Book of the Dead this break. Looks like I have work to do!

  2. Oh man, I don't think I'll be able to read all of them :) I just got a little overzealous at the library