Tibet: A Reading List (on Xinran’s Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet; Ma Jian’s Stick Out Your Tongue; Tubten Khétsun’s Memories of Life in Lhasa under Chinese Rule; Anne Carolyn Klein’s Meeting the Great Bliss Queen: Buddhists, Feminists, and the Art of the Self; Hildegard Diemberger’s When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty: The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet; Vic Mansfield’s Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge; Melvyn C. Goldstein’s A History of Modern Tibet, Vol. 2: The Calm Before the Storm, 1951–1955; Matthew T. Kapstein’s The Tibetans; Manosi Lahiri’s Here Be Yaks: Travels in Far Western Tibet; Patrick French’s Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land; Robert Barnett’s Lhasa: Streets with Memories; and Authenticating Tibet: Answers to China’s 100 Questions, edited by Anne-Marie Blondeau and Katia Buffetrille)

Karen Swenson has traveled to Tibet nine times since 1992, circumambulating the sacred Mount Kailash seven times; she has written about her journeys for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and New Leader. Swenson’s most recent poetry collection, A Pilgrim into Silence (2008), features work about Tibet and about her experiences working at Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta.