Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (USA)
The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies offers a variety of study and
research opportunities, lectures, classes, seminars, workshops, conferences,
retreats, independent study, and, in the future, a scholars-in-residence
program. The study center offers research and publication facilities
for Buddhist scholarship and translation. Its vision calls for dialogue
between different schools of Buddhism and discussions with other religious
and scientific traditions. The emphasis is always on the interrelationship
between study and practice, and on exploring the relevance of classical
teachings to contemporary life. The study center is located on 90
acres of wooded land in rural, central Massachusetts, one-half mile
from the Insight Meditation Society. BCBS provides a peaceful and
contemplative setting for the study and investigation of the Buddha's
Lai University (USA)
Hsi Lai University, founded in 1991 by Master Hsing Yun of Fo Guang
Shan, is located in the City of Rosemead, Los Angeles County, California,
U.S.A. This is a modern University in an exquisite setting and combines
the best features of Western and Asian cultures. It is open to students
from the United States and countries worldwide. Hsi Lai University
is well-organized, with a multi-cultural orientation, and multi-faceted
objectives of education. The content of the curriculum is designed
to achieve an integration of the humanities and the sciences; theory
and practice, as well as the East and the West. Students are expected
not merely to acquire knowledge and skills, but to develop a good
personality founded on traditional virtues, so that they can embark
on a bright career, on the one hand, and live a spiritually rich and
peaceful life, on the other hand. Creativity, adaptability and leadership
are fostered to enable students to become active and useful members
of the human society. An internationally reputed faculty with excellent
qualifications in their subjects provide courses of an exceedingly
wide range. Hsi Lai University is a member of NAFSA: Association of
International Educators member of American Association Collegiate
Registrars and Admissions Officers. We are in the Peterson's Guide
to Graduate Programs in Humanities, Arts & Social Science.
Past and Present
(Department of Asian Studies, La Trobe University, Australia)
A 13 week distance education unit taught online, or by correspondence,
from La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. It includes: lecture
notes, audio recordings, readings and written assignments. For online
students there are also discussion groups which act as tutorials.
We explore the origins and evolution of the Buddhist tradition and
its contemporary place in society and follow the progress of Buddhism
through Indian history focusing on its responses to local cultural,
political and economic conditions. We look at the philosophical underpinnings
and practical applications of Buddhist doctrines and conclude with
a study of the Buddhist Revival in the modern world.
for Buddhist Studies at University of Bristol (UK)
It is the only Centre for Buddhist Studies in the UK, and as well
as the usual undergraduate and research degrees offers the only taught
MA in Buddhist Studies in the country. The Centre serves as a focus
for the co-ordination of collaborative study and research in Buddhist
Studies within the South-west of England and South Wales. Because
scholars working in the study of Buddhism in the UK are spread very
thinly such collaboration and consultation is unfortunately rare.
The Centre for Buddhist Studies is also involved in the promotion
of lecture and seminar series on Buddhism, both within the university
and also for the general public. (This
page of their website sets out all the course details: www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/THRS/undergraduate.html.
Research Institute for Zen Buddhism - The Electronic Bodhidharma
International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism (IRIZ) [Hanazono
U - Kyoto JP] - an academic research institution devoted to the study
of Zen Buddhism. We aim to serve the needs of researchers, students,
teachers, and practitioners of Buddhism, but we also offer electronic
tools -- such as a 48,000 character Chinese character database --
of interest to people involved in all fields of East Asian Studies
such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean histories, literatures, and
religions. This WWW site and its contents form part of the Zen KnowledgeBase
project initiated and directed by Urs APP.
Theravada Buddhist University Myanmar (Burma)
The University was established in 1998. It is a permanent centre of
higher learning of Theravada Buddhism. It is located on the beautiful
site of the sacred Dhammapala hill near the Sacred Tooth Relic Pagoda,
Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar has carefully preserved Theravada Buddhism
for nearly one thousand years. Now she is sharing her knowledge of
Buddhism both in theory and practice with the people of the world
to promote their happiness and moral well-being. For the first time,
those who wish to learn Theravada Buddhist canonical texts and insight
meditation in Myanmar tradition will have a chance to study them at
the same institution. Faculty members are renowned Myanmar Buddhist
scholars of high academic achievements who have profound knowledge
of Pali canons. In order to overcome language barriers, language teaching
is included in the academic programmes. The medium of instruction
will be English.
University (USA) Naropa University formerly known as Naropa Institute, is a private,
non-profit, fully accredited liberal arts college offering undergraduate
and graduate degrees. The Institute is non-sectarian and characterized
by its unique Buddhist educational heritage. Started by Ven. Chogyam
Trungpa, Rinpoche. It offers Bachelors and Masters Degrees including
a Bachelors Degree in Religion, and a Master's in Buddhist Studies.
Studies Department at the University of Canterbury (NZ) This is the website is for the Religious Studies department at
the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. It looks
like they have quite a good department where it is also possible to
study Buddhism - it appears that there is more emphasis on the Mahayana,
than the Theravadin tradition.
College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry (UK)
Sharpham College offers year-long residential and non-residential
programmes in Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry. The education
offered at Sharpham seeks to ground theoretical study in the living
context of community life, meditation practice, work on the land,
voluntary service and creative expression. Although inspired and informed
by Buddhist teachings, the College does not adhere to any particular
school, and does not require commitment to Buddhism as a religion.
Studies Web sites, CD-ROMs & ElectronicTexts
Classics Input Project
The Asian Classics Input Project (ACIP) presents a database containing
texts from the Kangyur and Tengyur (classical collections of Sanskrit
literature in Tibetan translation), and the Sungbum (Tibetan language
commentaries on these) transliterated into roman (ASCII) characters.
These texts span the time period from the Fifth Century, BCE to the
twentieth Century, CE. The database has been produced primarily for
scholars of classical Asian literature and other interested persons.
Text entry is accomplished by Tibetan monk scholars at Sera Mey Monastic
University and other nearby centers in southern India.
more information, or a Tibetan language copy of a CD-ROM containing
100,000 pages of important scripture along with woodblock art, contact
The Asian Classics Input Project at: PO Box 20373, New York, NY 10009
or (212) 475-8935. Please note that the purpose of this project is
to preserve the original source material. All of the data is input
and reproduced on CD-ROM in the original languages - Tibetan and Sanscrit
and has not been translated into English.
Studies WWW Virtual Library (ANU, Australia)
This is the major site which keeps track of leading information facilities
in the field of Buddhism and Buddhist studies around the world. Edited
by Dr T.Matthew Ciolek (The Australian National University), Prof.
Joe Bransford Wilson (U. of North Carolina at Wilmington) and Privat-Dozent
Jerome Ducor (Ethnographic Museum, Geneva) in association with Janice
Glowski, Adrian Hale, Barry Kapke, Murray Kessell, and Peter Schlenker.
Nitartha International, the home for digital Tibetan is dedicated
to preserving the ancient wisdom of the arts and sciences of Tibet
with modern computer technologies. Nitartha also provides the fonts
required for viewing the Tibetan texts of the ACIP releases.
Canon Translation Project (the Numata Center, USA)
The primary mission of the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and
Research is to publish definitive English translations of the entire
100-volume Sino-Japanese Buddhist canon, the Taisho Shinshu Daizokyo.
The Numata Center, located in Berkeley, California, works in close
cooperation with the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) (Society for the
Promotion of Buddhism), founded by the late Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata.
Electronic Bodhidharma (
ZenBase CD1 CD-ROM )
This is the site of the International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism,
the research institution of Hanazono University in Kyoto, Japan. In
conjunction with the opening of this site, we release the ZenBase
CD1 - CD-ROM chock full of texts, bibliographies, tools, articles,
and much more of interest not only to students and practicioners of
Zen but to scholars of the Far East in general. In particular, the
CD contains over 70 Chinese Zen texts in JIS and Big5 codes, and a
48,000 character kanji database with an innovative encoding scheme.
It has a page on the Buddhist Input Project News.
Scripture Information Retrieval (BUDSIR
The Digial Tipitaka and Atthakatha. Including the data search
program on CD-ROM. The Siamratha version of the Pali Tipitaka. Mahidol
University Computing Center, Faculty of Science, Rama VI Rd.,
Bangkok 10400, Thailand. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buddhadharma Society (Chinese)
This site is useful for students of Chinese Buddhism. If offers a
Buddhism CD the Diamond
Sutra CD and Electronic
Books in Chinese.
Pali Language Sources
Mahapirita Audio CD-ROM )
Pali Canon, Sources & Translations. Pali Course.
Pali Language Online Database.
The Mahapirita Audio-CD is now available ! (Original Theravada Pali
Recitation (Pirit Chanting) from Sri Lanka).
Buddhist Manuscripts Project
The British Library / University of Washington Early Buddhist Manuscripts
Project was founded in September 1996 in order to promote the study,
editing, and publication of a unique collection of fifty-seven fragments
of Buddhist manuscripts on birch bark scrolls, written in the Kharosthi
script and the Gandhari (Prakrit) language that were acquired by the
British Library in 1994. The manuscripts date from, most likely, the
first century A.D., and as such are the oldest surviving Buddhist
texts, which promise to provide unprecedented insights into the early
history of Buddhism in north India and in central and east Asia.
(The Pali Canon in German)
Webseite Kontent: Der Pali Kanon des Theraváda-Buddhismus in
deutscher Sprache, with a few English books. Sutta Pitaka, Der Korb
der Lehrsätze; Abhidhamma Pitaka, der Korb der Höheren Lehrreden;
Vinaya Pitaka, Der Korb der Ordens Regeln; Kommentar Literatur; Vipassána
Meditation; Buddhistische Handbibliothek.
The Society was founded in 1881 by T.W. Rhys Davids "to foster and
promote the study of Pali texts ". It publishes Pali texts in roman
characters, translations in English and ancillary works including
dictionaries, concordances, books for students of Pali and a journal.
Most of the classical texts and commentaries have now been edited
and many works translated into English. The Society aims to keep almost
all its publications in print and to produce at least two new books
and a volume of its Journal each year.
The Research Institute for Pali Literature
The Research Institute for Pali Literature was established by Ven. Lee
Soo-chang (Ma-sung) as its director on October 1st, 2000 in Korea. The
main objectives of this Institute are to make researches into Pali
Literature and to provide facilities in relevant fields of study at
home and abroad. This Institute will perform the following projects in
order to attain the objectives stated above:
1. Research for Pali Literature.
2. Collection and translation of Pali Literature.
3. Publication of Journals and newsletters of this Institute.
4. Academic exchanges with other relevant institutes both domestic and foreign.
5. Academic conferences, workshop, and lectures.
6. Other necessary business for the achievement of the objectives of this Institute.
Mahayana Buddhist Sutras in English
To help English readers interested in learning more about Mahayana
Buddhism, here is a collection of links leading to English translations
of Mahayana Buddhist Sutras.
Edward Chang's Listing of Sutra Translations
A very comprehensive listing of web sites with sutra translations in many major languages.
Treasury of Internet Sites Containing Buddhist Sutras Arranged According to Language.
Mind Rainbow Body
Buddha Mind Rainbow Body is an educational Web site by Brett Greider,
professor of Comparative Religions at the University of Wisconsin,
with sections for university students, Buddhist scholars, and Buddhist
students, and materials for teaching Buddhism and academic materials.
Selected links are designed for rapid access to scholarly sources.
Studies Society of HKUSU (Chinese)
A student organization in the University of Hong Kong to introduce
the wisdom of the Buddha throughout the campus. We organizes talks,
seminars, cell group discussions, temple and master monks visits,
and hospital services in order to bring the teachings of the Buddha
to our fellows.
Journal of Buddhist Ethics
The Journal of Buddhist Ethics is the first Buddhist periodical established
for the express purpose of furthering our understanding of the ethical
concerns in Buddhism. The JBE is electronically published by Charles
Prebish and Damien Keown and has an editorial board comprised of a
number of established Buddhist Studies scholars from the United States,
Canada, Japan, England, and elsewhere.
Buddhist Religion, Bibliography
This site has a mass of modern literature on Buddhism - both popular
and scholarly. Suggested Readings: the bibliography. Study Aids: including
a Pronunciation Guide for Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese,
and Korean terms, and An Overview of Buddhist Scriptures in the Pali,
Chinese, and Tibetan Canons.