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About Buddhism __ "Here you will find some information on Buddhism to help you gain a basic understanding of this ancient religion and philosophy." You will find history and an overview of basic beliefs. - illustrated - From Aboutbuddhism.org - http://www.aboutbuddhism.org/ 

Access to Insight: Readings in Theravada Buddhism __ The title says it all. Several articles and links. - From accesstoinsight.org - http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ 

Anthropology Review Database "Buddhism Making of a Monk" __ While this is a review of a video, the review itself contains some good information about the making and life of a monk in Thailand. - From American Anthropological Association - http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/showme.cgi?keycode=1514

Basics of Buddhism __ "Buddhism is a major global religion with a complex history and system of beliefs. The following is intended only to introduce Buddhism's history and fundamental tenets, and by no means covers the religion exhaustively." - illustrated - From PBS - http://www.pbs.org/edens/thailand/buddhism.htm

Beginnings and Endings, The Buddhist Mythos of the Arising and Passing Away of the World __ "The practice of Buddhism involves a fearless analysis of things, of their causes and effects, of the beginnings and endings in the process of becoming. For the Buddhist, the "inner" psychological world cannot be divided from the "outer" material world, understanding the interdependence of mind and world, and all things, is central to the Buddhist struggle to overcome suffering and bring about peace. Penetrating analysis based on such "correct views" allows us to see the dense network of "causes" and conditions that make up today's destructive system, to see its individual elements and its complex whole." Within the anthropology of Buddhism, this is a rare subject. - From Dr. James J. Hughes - http://www.changesurfer.com/Bud/Begin.html
BuddhaNet: Buddhist Information and Education Network __ A great source of information and articles for both Theravada and Mahayana traditions. - illustrated - From Buddhanet - http://www.buddhanet.net/

Buddhism __ Use the flow chart to access articles and essays about Buddhist history. From St. Martin's College - http://philtar.ucsm.ac.uk/encyclopedia/budsm/index.html


Buddhism A to Z __ Chock-full of information both specialized and general. You may want to spend some time wading through all this. - from Buddhist Text Translation Society - http://online.sfsu.edu/%7Erone/Buddhism/BuddhistDict/BDIntro.htm 

Buddhism For The Lay Practitioner __ "...a collection of resources for those who are interested in exploring Buddhism, from an admittedly Theravada viewpoint. The Buddhist Directory contains links to some of the best sites about Buddhism on the Internet.  The Householder Sutta Page will give those interested in the teachings of the Buddha a place to begin.  It is designed for both lay practitioners and others who are curious to learn about day-to-day Buddhism for the laity." - illustrated - http://www.angelfire.com/on2/buddhism/

buddhism photos, stock photos, pictures, buddhism pictures __ Gallery of click-to-enlarge Buddhism pictures. Buddhism photos. - illustrated - From acclaimimages.com - http://www.acclaimimages.com/search_terms/buddhism.html 

Buddhism Portal E-Sangha __ Here is an excellent site which covers many Buddhist practices. You will find general information as well as sect specifics. "E-Sangha Buddhism Chat & Forum provides forums for participation in discussions which includes all the main traditions such as Mahayana, Vajrayana, Nichiren, Theravada and Zen. There is also a facility for general Buddhist discussion where members are able to engage in exchanging various aspects of this ancient tradition and learn how to reap the immense benefits of Buddhism into their daily lives." - From e-sangha.com - http://www.e-sangha.com/  
Buddhist Bioethics __ "It has not gone unnoticed that the Buddhist aim of eliminating suffering coincides with the objectives of medicine (Duncan et al, 1981; Soni, 1976). The Buddhist emphasis on compassion finds natural expression in the care of the sick, and according to the Vinaya the Buddha himself stated "Whoever, O monks, would nurse me, he should nurse the sick" (Zysk, 1991:41). Buddhist clergy and laity have been involved with the care of the sick for over two thousand years. The Indian Buddhist emperor Asoka states in his second Rock Edict that provision has been made everywhere in his kingdom for medical treatment for both men and animals, and that medicinal herbs suitable for both have been imported and planted." - By J. Hughes and Damien Keown - http://www.changesurfer.com/Bud/BudBioEth.html


Buddhism and Science __ "Western interest in Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, historically coincided with the rise of modern science and the corresponding perceived decline of religious orthodoxy in the West." You will learn why this has happened. - From Dr. Martin J. Verhoeven - http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/VerhoevenBuddhismScience.htm 

Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library __ An Internet guide to Buddhism and Buddhist studies. - From WWW Virtual Library - http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVL-Buddhism.html

Dharma the Cat __ "Cartoons that blend humour & spirituality -- on the rocky path to nirvana with a Buddhist cat, a novice monk and a mouse hell-bent on cheese. Dharma The Cat offers Eastern Philosopny, Buddhism, Spiritual Development, personal stories, articles and anecdotes about coping with life, and lots of Humour -- of the thoughtful kind!" That says it all. - From dharmathecat.com - http://www.dharmathecat.com/

DharmaNet International: Gateways to Buddhism __ One of the largest all-in-one Buddhist websites to be found. Information and links cover many Buddhist denominations and practices. - From DharmaNet - http://www.dharmanet.org/ 

Dharma Realm Buddhist Association __ "The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA) was founded by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua in 1959. It was established as a state and federally approved non-profit religious and educational corporation for the purpose of bringing the orthodox teachings of the Buddha to the entire world." - illustrated - From DRBA - http://www.drba.org/welcome.asp

Diamond Way Buddhism __ "The Diamond Way opens the most skillful methods of the Buddha to the modern world. It helps us discover and develop our inner richness for the benefit of all beings as well as ourselves." Learn about their teachings and history. - From Diamond Way Buddhism Network 2 - http://www.diamondway-buddhism.org/


Essentials of Buddhism __ A good overview and introduction to this major faith. - illustrated - From buddhaweb.org - http://www.buddhaweb.org/ 

Fundamental Buddhism Explained Buddha's Teachings Buddhist Instruction __ "Explanation of Buddhism based on the Pali Canon recognized by Buddhist scholars as the oldest record of what the Buddha taught." - From Buddhist Instruction Retreat - http://www.fundamentalbuddhism.com/ 

The Future of Humankind __ "A Lecture by the Venerable Chan Master Hsuan Hua." - From University of British Columbia - http://online.sfsu.edu/%7Erone/Buddhism/VenHua/futureofhumankind.htm

GODS of Japan, A-to-Z Photo Dictionary of Japanese Buddhism __ Buddhism photos of statues and symbols in Japan. Some Shinto included. Buddhism pictures. - illustrated - From onmarkproductions.com - http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/buddhism.shtml 

An Introduction to Buddhism __ "The pages of this web site were written for the students of my class on Buddhist Psychology. Although the religious aspects of Buddhism are discussed, I am far more interested in presenting Buddhism's philosophical and psychological side. It is not necessary to believe in heavens or hells, in gods, demons, or ghosts, or even in rebirth or reincarnation in order to benefit from the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama. I myself believe in none of these things, and yet have learned a great deal from the sutras -- far more than from any other source. I encourage all of you to become familiar with Buddhism, and I humbly suggest that these pages are a good place to begin!" - By Dr. George Boeree - http://www.ship.edu/~cgboeree/buddhaintro.html

Journal of Buddhist Ethics __ You will find articles ranging from the anthropology of Buddhist ethics to a basic overview of Buddhism. The current issues are online and past issues in outline. - From Journal of Buddhist Ethics - http://jbe.gold.ac.uk/aboutjournal.html#vinaya


Mahayana Buddhist Sutras In English __ You will find several translated texts and links to many more. - From many sources - http://www4.bayarea.net/%7Emtlee/ 

Mahayana Teachings __ Online e-books covering many aspects of Mahayana Buddhism. Most are in PDF formats, Acrobat Reader needed - From Buddhanet - http://www.buddhanet.net/ebooks_ms.htm

A Short Guide to Tibetan Buddhism __ Learn about the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and how they differ. You will find history, philosophy, and a look at other Buddhist schools. - illustrated - From Jack Churchward - http://www.churchward.com/rel.html

Theravada Buddhism: Text and Teachings__ Online e-books covering many aspects of Theravada Buddhism. Most are in PDF formats, Acrobat Reader needed - From Buddhanet - http://www.buddhanet.net/ebooks_s.htm

Zen Buddhism WWW Virtual Library __ "The Internet Guide to Zen (Ch'an, Son, Thien) Online Resources" - From WWW Virtual Library - http://www.ciolek.com/WWWVL-Zen.html


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