tibet: enduring spirit, exploited land

by Robert Z. Apte and Andres R. Edwards, AuthorHouse (Second Edition), 2004 Heartsfire Books (Hardback), 1998. 2004.


Amnesty International. People’s Republic of China: Persistent Human Rights Violations in Tibet. New York, N.Y.: Amnesty International, USA, 1995. A detailed account of China’s human rights record in Tibet. Tibet: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land

Ancient Tibet: Research Materials from the Yeshe de Project. “Tibetan History Series,” vol. 1. Berkeley, Calif.: Dharma Publishing, 1986. This work contains useful background information on the geology, geography, culture, and history of Tibet.

Avedon, John F. In Exile from the Land of Snows. New York: Vintage Books, 1984. A moving account of China’s brutal invasion of Tibet and the cultural genocide which followed.

Batchelor, Martine, and Kerry Brown. Buddhism and Ecology. New York: Cassell Publishers, Ltd., 1992. A useful resource exploring the relationship of Buddhism and ecology from a variety of countries including Tibet.

Capra, Fritjof. The Web of Life. New York: Anchor Books Doubleday, 1996. A fascinating new look at the patterns and relationships in the organization of living systems.

Carnahan, Sumner, and Lama Kunga Rimpoche. In the Presence of My Enemies. Santa Fe, N.M.: Clear Light Publishers, 1995. A Tibetan’s personal account of the impact of the Chinese occupation, his imprisonment, and subsequent release.

Coleman, Graham, ed. A Handbook of Tibetan Culture. Boston: Shambhala, 1994. An indispensable guide to Tibetan centers and resources throughout the world. Includes histories of the main branches of Tibetan Buddhism and biographies of contemporary lamas and scholars, as well as academic, political, educational, cultural, and publishing resources.

Epstein, Israel. Tibet Transformed. Beijing: New World Press, 1983. For those interested in the Chinese view of Tibet following the invasion.

Goldstein, Melvyn C., and Cynthia M. Beall. Nomads of Western Tibet: The Survival of a Way of Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. A unique anthropological study of Tibetan nomads based on a field study of nomads from the Changthang region.

Gyatso, Tenzin, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet. Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama. New York: Harper Collins, 1990. An interesting and compassionate book about Tibet’s fight for survival from the perspective of its political and spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Gyatso, Tenzin, The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet.. My Land and My People. New York: Potala Corp., 1977. The Dalai Lama’s personal account of his discovery as a reincarnation, his boyhood, training, life in Lhasa, and eventual flight with other Tibetans into India.

Gyatso, Tenzin, The 14th Dalai Lama, and Galen Rowell. My Tibet. Mountain Light Press, 1990. A stunning photographic essay of Tibet, supported by poignant observations and writings by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

Harrer, Heinrich. Seven Years In Tibet. Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher, 1981. A unique and most fascinating account of life in Tibet before the Chinese invasion, as described by an Austrian mountaineer who lived in Lhasa for seven years in the 1940s.

International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet (ICLT). Legal Materials on Tibet. 2d ed., 1997. This report contains documents from: The United Nations; the governments of Tibet, China, and the United States; the European Parliament; as well as other nongovernmental bodies. Designed as a reference book for those investigating contemporary Tibetan issues, it is the most complete of its kind to date.

Johnson, Russell, and Kerry Moran. The Sacred Mountain of Tibet: On Pilgrimage to Kailas. Rochester, Vt.: Park Street Press, 1989. A beautifully photographed account of the pilgrimages and the significance of one of Tibet’s sacred sites.

Kelly, Petra, Gert Bastian, and Pat Aello, eds. The Anguish of Tibet. Berkeley, Calif.: Parallax Press, 1991. An excellent, highly informative book discussing the current situation in Tibet covering human rights, environmental issues, and political and legal strategies, as well as Tibet’s role in the world community.

Lazar, Edward, ed. Tibetans-in-Exile Address the Key Tibetan Issue the World Avoids. Berkeley, Calif., Parallax Press: 1994. Eight Tibetan exiles challenge the weakness of the international response to the occupation in Tibet. The choice, the contributors say, is clear. Either Tibet achieves national independence or the Tibetan culture and its people will become extinct.

Marshall, Steven D., and Susette Ternent Cooke, The Alliance for Reserach in Tibet (ART), Tibet Outside the TAR: Control, Exploitation and Assimilation; Development with Chinese Characteristics, 1997. Distributed as a CD-ROM available from International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), 1825 K Street NW, Suite 520, Washington D.C 20006. A very comprehensive survey (including over 2,700 pages if printed, photographs, maps, charts, tables) of the Tibetan areas which lie outside the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and under four Chinese provinces.

Norberg-Hodge, Helena. Ancient Futures. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1991. A well-documented examination of the impact of modern development on the Kingdom of Ladakh, known as “Little Tibet,” in northern India.

Patt, David. A Strange Liberation: Tibetan Lives in Chinese Hands. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snowlion Publications, 1992. A very personal account of two Tibetans who survived to tell their stories of what it was like to be in Chinese hands during the worst years of the Chinese occupation.

Rowell, Galen. Mountains of the Middle Kingdom. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1983. A well-written and photographed account of the mountainous region of central Asia as experienced by one of the world’s premier photo-journalists.

Sakya, Jamyang, and Julie Emery. Princess in the Land of Snows. Boston: Shambhala, 1990. An engaging personal story of one Tibetan woman’s life and flight from Tibet which paints a multifaceted picture of Tibet’s traditional culture, customs, and religious practices.

Schwartz, Ronald D. Circle of Protest: Political Ritual In The Tibetan Uprising. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994. The author examines detailed accounts of the Chinese occupation and its response by the Tibetan people.

Shakabpa, W. D. Tsepon. Tibet: A Political History. Dharamsala, India: Potala Publications, 1984. A Tibetan scholar’s full account of the Tibetan nation from its earliest civilization up to the tragedy of the present Chinese occupation.

Shakya, Tsering. The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947. London: Pimlico, 1999. A comprehensive account of Tibetan history using Western, Chinese and Tibetan sources.

Stein, R. A. Tibetan Civilization. Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1972. This book provides in-depth knowledge surrounding the Tibetan culture.

Taring, Rinchen Dolma. Daughter of Tibet. London: Wisdom Publications, 1987. An autobiography of a woman born in 1910 into the closely knit world of Tibetan nobility. The author covers the crucial fifty years up to 1959 in Tibet, including her escape to India and her work with refugees. She conveys the humor, resilience, and great faith so characteristic of Tibetan people.

Tibet, Environment and Development Issues, 1992. Dharamsala, India: Dept. of Information and International Relations, Central Tibetan Administration of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, 1992. A comprehensive report on the environment of Tibet and landuse issues by Tibet’s government-in exile.

Van Walt van Praag, Michael C. The Status of Tibet: History, Rights, and Prospects in International Law. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1987. A thorough and definitive discussion of Tibet’s political history and legal right to self-



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