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To a Mountain in Tibet

To a Mountain in Tibet

by Colin Thubron

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

The intrepid, soulful Colin Thubron journeys from Nepal to Kailash, the revered mountain, "source of the universe, created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma," in his most revealing book yet. A New York Times Notable Book. (TBT134, $15.99)

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

Essential Tibetan Buddhism

by Robert Thurman

  • RELIGION
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

The foremost Western scholar of Tibetan Buddhism, Thurman has chosen well from that tradition's sacred literature and helpfully includes suggested further reading, explanatory notes and a directory of sacred sites. (TBT15, $14.99)

Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Tibetan Phrasebook

by Sandup Tsering

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A brief guide with place names, pronunciation and common phrases. (TBT52, $8.99)

Lonely Planet Tibet

Lonely Planet Tibet

by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 394 PAGES

A practical guide to Tibet with maps, features on Tibetan and Mandarin language, notes on Buddhism, Tibetan culture and its rich history. (TBT50, $28.99)

Tibet Map

Tibet Map

by Gizi Map

  • 2011
  • MAP

A colorful map of Tibet at a scale of 1:2,000,000. (TBT17, $9.95)

 
Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment

Altitude Illness: Prevention and Treatment


by Stephen Bezruchka

  • REFERENCE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

Bezruchka, a mountaineer and M.D., includes case studies, frequently asked questions and simple methods of diagnosis and treatment in this indispensable pocket guide. (REF02, $8.95)

Bradt Guide Tibet

Bradt Guide Tibet


by Michael Buckley

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

A practical, detailed overview of Tibetan history, culture, attractions and natural life. Includes color photographs, local maps and excellent travel information. (TBT74, $26.99)

Footprint Tibet Handbook

Footprint Tibet Handbook


by Gyurme Dorje

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 984 PAGES

An outstanding guide by a leading Buddhist scholar, including the central plateau, eastern provinces of Kham and Amdo, as well as Bhutan and the Kathmandu Valley. Almost 1,000 pages but surprisingly compact, with maps, color photographs, and a brief overview of culture and history. (TBT37, $29.95)

Trekking Tibet

Trekking Tibet


by Gary McCue | George Schaller

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

An indispensable guide, featuring pre-trip planning, discussions of the most scenic routes and an overview of Tibetan culture and history. (TBT10, $29.95)

A Historical Atlas of Tibet

A Historical Atlas of Tibet


by Ryavec, Karl E.

  • HISTORY
  • 2015
  • HARD COVER
  • 216 PAGES
  • COMING IN MAY

At long last, an atlas devoted to history and culture of Tibet. Ryavec's stunning collection of maps spans the centuries and the culture of the highest place on Earth -- a must for Tibet enthusiasts. (TBT169, $45.00)

Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction

Buddhism, A Very Short Introduction


by Damien Keown

  • RELIGION
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 158 PAGES

One of a series of very brief, authoritative introductions by Oxford University Press with chapters on the Buddha, Karma, the Mahayana, Buddhism in Asia, Buddhist practices and ethics. (ASA53, $11.95)

In Exile from the Land of Snows, The Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Occupation

In Exile from the Land of Snows, The Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Occupation


by John Avedon

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 391 PAGES
  • COMING IN JANUARY

Avedon's masterful, passionate cris de coeur, still the best book on the subject, shows the lives of the Tibetan people at home and in exile since the Chinese takeover in 1950 through the eyes of its leaders, monks and regular people. Originally published in 1984 and now re-released with a new foreword and updated chronology. (TBT04, $18.95)

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism


by John Powers

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 591 PAGES

A comprehensive study of the history and philosophy behind Tibetan Buddhism, suitable for the general reader. (TBT40, $22.95)

The Dragon in the Land of Snows

The Dragon in the Land of Snows


by Tsering Shakya

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 606 PAGES

A comprehensive account of the history and political development of Tibet since 1947, which includes eye-opening details of the American, British and Indian players involved in Tibet's struggle for sovereignty. (TBT32, $20.00)

The Open Road

The Open Road


by Pico Iyer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Travel writer Pico Iyer was a graduate student in Britain when he first met the Dalai Lama. Here he draws on his long association with the man and his ideas, painting a remarkable portrait of the Tibetan people and the aspirations of their leader. (TBT118, $15.95)

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying


by Patrick Gaffney | Andrew Harvey | Sogyal Rinpoche

  • RELIGION
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 441 PAGES

This classic, modern interpretation of the Tibetan Book of the Dead is both a lucid introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and a guide to meditation and spiritual growth in an ancient esoteric tradition. (TBT137, $19.99)

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead


by Graham Coleman | Gyurme Dorje

  • RELIGION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 496 PAGES

The first complete English translation of an indispensable work on Tibetan religious beliefs. (TBT88, $23.00)

Tibet, An Inner Journey

Tibet, An Inner Journey


by Matthieu Ricard

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

Ricard draws on his long association with the region and Buddhism for this collection of 191 vivid color photographs of the people and landscapes of Kham, or Eastern Tibet. (TBT113, $19.95)

Tibet, An Unfinished Story

Tibet, An Unfinished Story


by Lezlee Brown Halper

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

The story of Tibet's struggle for independence, featuring superpowers China, Russia and the United States and infamous political figures Stalin, Mao Zedong and Indian Prime Minister Nehru. (TBT163, $29.95)

Tragedy in Crimson

Tragedy in Crimson


by Tim Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 333 PAGES

Based on extensive on-the-ground reporting in China, Nepal, India and the United States, this hard-hitting account of the status of Tibet travels from isolated Tibetan villages and monasteries to the heart of the exile movement in Dharamshala, on tour with the Dalai Lama and to Hollywood and Washington, where Tibet gets the most public exposure. (TBT138, $26.99)

Trespassers on the Roof of the World

Trespassers on the Roof of the World


by Peter Hopkirk

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Hopkirk's spellbinding history of the uninvited exploration of Tibet from the 19th century to the present, including a fantastic array of Victorian adventurers. His wild tale has as its centerpiece the 1949-1951 invasion by China. (TBT08, $16.00)

The Heart of the World, A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise

The Heart of the World, A Journey to Tibet's Lost Paradise


by Ian Baker | The Dalai Lama

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Climber and Buddhist scholar Ian Baker's account of discovery in the upper reaches of the Tsangpo Gorge in the heart of the Tibetan Himalayas. Before Baker's expedition, the gorge -- a mystical sanctuary of Tibetan Buddhism -- had not been explored since 1925. (TBT78, $18.00)

The Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard


by Peter Matthiessen

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

The most perceptive, acutely observed and personal of all his books, Matthiessen's account of a five-week journey through Nepal with naturalist George Schaller combines their quest for the elusive cat with a moving introduction to Buddhism and the people and culture of the Himalayas. (NPL03, $17.00)

Freedom in Exile, The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama

Freedom in Exile, The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama


by Dalai Lama

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A vivid self-portrait, told with optimism, great determination, humor and insight. (TBT25, $15.99)

My Journey to Lhasa

My Journey to Lhasa


by Alexandra David-Neel

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 317 PAGES

Dressed as a humble pilgrim and traveling under the cover of night, the indomitable 55-year-old David-Neel and her young companion climbed mountains and tricked soldiers to ultimately reach Tibet's forbidden capital. Originally published in 1923, her account stands as a riveting portrait of early 20th-century Tibet. (TBT26, $14.99)

My Tibetan Childhood, When Ice Shattered Stone

My Tibetan Childhood, When Ice Shattered Stone


by Naktsang Nulo

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

One of the most reprinted books of modern Tibetan literature. Nulo's memoir takes us on a personal journey through the wartime atrocities of 1950s Tibet and the Chinese invasion. (TBT165, $24.95)

Peaks on the Horizon: Two Journeys in Tibet

Peaks on the Horizon: Two Journeys in Tibet


by Charlie Carroll

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2015
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES
  • COMING IN FEBRUARY

Two men recount their personal relationships with the volatile and awe-inspiring Tibet: an English teacher who acts on a lifelong obsession and explores the region during sabbatical and a Tibetan exile stranded at the border as he vies to reunite with the love of his life. (TBT168, $16.95)

Seven Years in Tibet

Seven Years in Tibet


by Heinrich Harrer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

First published in 1953, this is the riveting account of a young Austrian adventurer and mountaineer who became tutor to the Dalai Lama. (TBT02, $14.95)

In the Land of the Blue Poppies

In the Land of the Blue Poppies


by Frank Kingdon-Ward | Tom Christopher | Jamaica Kincaid

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

Expert Tom Christopher presents excerpts from intrepid Kingdon-Ward's fascinating accounts of plant-hunting adventures in Tibet, Burma and the Himalayas in the early 20th century. (ASA35, $19.00)

Tibetan Folk Tales

Tibetan Folk Tales


by Fredrick Hyde-Chambers | Audrey Hyde-Chambers

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 186 PAGES

This anthology of legends and fables, handed down by generations of storytellers, includes the Tibetan creation myth, Buddhist tales and the famous epic of hero King Gesar of Ling. (TBT59, $21.00)

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