Further reading

In Tibetan:

  • Gendun Sonam (Rahula) (2013) Tabo: An Ancient Western Himalayan Repository of Age-Old Indian and Tibetan Mural Paintings and Scripts Dating from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century. In Tibetan, with an English introduction. Published by Library of Tabo Monastery, Archana Press.

In English:

  • Auer, Carmen Elisabeth (2017): “Measure for Measure: Researching and Documenting Early Buddhist Architecture in Spiti”, Revue d’Études Tibétaines, no. 41, September 2017, pp. 181–201. URL: http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/ret/pdf/ret_41_09.pdf.

  • Heller, Amy (2017): „The Maṇḍala Temple of Tabo: A Reassessment of the Chronology based on Tibetan Historic Inscriptions and the Iconography of the Mural Paintings’, Revue d’Études Tibétaines, no. 41, September 2017, pp. 202–225. URL: http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/ret/pdf/ret_41_10.pdf.

  • Klimburg-Salter, Deborah E. (1997) Tabo – A Lamp for the Kingdom: Early Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Art in the Western Himalaya. With contributions from Christian Luczanits, Luciano Petech, Ernst Steinkellner and Erna Wandl. Published by Skira.

  • Klimburg-Salter, Deborah E. (2005) Tabo Monastery: Art and History. Contains an interview with Geshe Sonam Wangdu by Peter Stefan, and a Tibetan summary. Published by Patrick Mc Allister.

  • Khosla, Romi (1979): Buddhist Monasteries in the Western Himalaya. Bibliotheca Himalayica, Series III, Vol. 13. Published by: Ratna Pustak Bhandar.

  • Laurent, Yannick and Pritzker, David (editors) (2017): “The Spiti Valley: Recovering the Past and Exploring the Present”, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Spiti, Wolfson College, Oxford, 6—7 May 2016. Online publication: Revue d’Études Tibétaines, September 2017, no. 41, URL: http://himalaya.socanth.cam.ac.uk/collections/journals/ret/pdf/ret_41.pdf

  • Luczanits, Christian (2004): Buddhist Sculpture in Clay. Early Western Himalayan Art, late 10th to early 13th centuries. Published by Serindia Publications.

  • Neuwirth, Holger & Auer, Carmen (forthcoming 2021): The Ancient Monastic Complex of Tholing, Nyarma and Tabo. Buddhist Architecture in the Western Himalaya, Vol. 3. Published by: Graz University of Technology. Faculty of Architecture, Institute of Architectural Theory, Art History and Cultural Studies.

  • Technische Universität Graz (updated 2020). “Buddhist Architecture in the Western Himalayas – Tabo”. Online publication: URL: https://archresearch.tugraz.at/results/tabo/.

  • Thakur, Laxman S. (2000): “The Earliest Tibetan Inscriptions from Tabo and Their Historical Significance”, The Tibet Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Summer 2000), pp. 42–51. URL: https://www.jstor.org/stable/43302437.

  • Thakur, Laxman. S. 2001. Buddhism in the Western Himalaya: A Study of the Tabo Monastery. Published by: Oxford University Press.

  • Tucci, Guiseppe and Ghersi, Eugenio (1935): Secrets of Tibet: Being the Chronicle of the Tucci Scientific Expedition to Western Tibet. Published by: Blackie & Son Limited; reprint 1996 published by Cosmo Publications.

  • Tucci, Giuseppe (1988) The Temples of Western Tibet and their Artistic Symbolism, Indo-Tibetica III. 1: The Monasteries of Spiti and Kunavar. Shata-Pitaka Series, Vol. 350. Edited by Lokesh Chandra. Published by Aditya Prakashan.

  • van Ham, Peter (1997) The Forgotten Gods of Tibet: Tabo and the Temples of Spiti, Early Buddhist Art in the Western Himalayas. Published by Beaux Livres.

  • van Ham, Peter (2015). Tabo – Gods of Light, The Indo-Tibetan Masterpiece. Published by Hirmer.


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