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 General Resources


Section from Paul Flesher's Exploring Religions covers Buddhist cosmology, organization, religious life, worship, sacred literature, with a glossary, timeline & maps (U of Wyoming).


Pages from Richard Hooker's e-Anthology of World Civilizations provide solid academic introduction to the development of Buddhism in India & Japan.

Buddhist Studies - WWW Virtual Library

T. Matthew Ciolek maintains a guide to all resources for Buddhist studies on the internet.

Buddhist Digital Library & Museum

Comprehensive catalog of on-line Buddhist texts & other resources in English & Chinese. Many links require Chinese "Big 5" character-set for browsers (National Taiwan U. Library).

Cologne Digital Dictionaries

Searchable on-line version of 160,000 term Monier-Williams' Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Capeller's Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Madras Tamil Lexicon & McKenzie's Pahlavi-English Dictionary (U of Köln).

Dharmamitra's Virtual Pilgrimage (off-line 2/17/2008)

Photo gallery of sites in India & Nepal associated with Siddhartha Gautama, King Asoka & other prominent figures (posted by Kalavinka Dharma Treasury).

The Gateless Passage (off-line 2/17/2008)

Charles Patton's introduction to Chinese Buddhism includes history, a glossary of Buddhist terms & an archive of translated classics, including the Diamond Sutra, Heart Sutra, Pure Land Sutra, & Parinirvana Sutra.

DharmaNet International

Berkeley-based central directory to everything Buddhist on the WWW. Gateway to cyber-libraries of Buddhist texts, art, & other academic resources.

Journal of Buddhist Ethics

An international on-line scholarly journal devoted to research on the principles & application of Buddhist ethics in the broadest sense of that term. Provides access to back issues, an on-line Pali canon (with down-loadable font converter) & a gateway to global resources for Buddhist research on the WWW.


Siddhartha Gautama - the Buddha

Buddha Birthplace

Article by Guy Gigliotta (Washington Post 4/01) reviews controversy over Siddhartha's birth site and evidence favoring Lumbini in Nepal. Background and links to other relevant websites [posted by Newslook].

Dhammapada Selections

More than 80 important sayings from the compendium of teaching ascribed to the founder of Buddhism. From Richard Hooker's Anthology of World Civilizations.

Dialogues of the Buddha

Internet Sacred Text Archive's complete hypertext version of T. W. Rhys David's 1899 translation of the Digha Nikaya (vol 2 of Sacred Books of the Buddhists) presents 13 annotated conversations.

The Fire Sermon

Buddha's celebrated sermon on release from the flames of the sensual world through disenchantment & dispassion. From the Samyutta Nikaya in the Pali Tipitaka (posted by John Bullitt).

The Gospel of Buddha

Electronic edition of Paul Carus' 1915 compilation of key texts from the Buddhist canon & other sources about Siddhartha Gautama & his teaching.

The Historical Siddhartha

Academic introduction to the life & thought of the founder of Buddhism (page from Richard Hooker's Anthology of World Civilizations).

Life of Gotama Buddha

Lavishly illustrated recounting of Siddhartha Gotama's life & enlightenment from the Thai web site of Jan Sanjivaputta with links to the Tipitaka & other SE Asian resources.

Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion

Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation of the Pali text of the Buddha's Deer Park sermon. From the Samyutta Nikaya in the Tipitaka (posted by John Bullitt).



Access to Insight

John Bullit provides introduction to the principles of Theravada, the Four Noble Truths & an extensive archive of download-ready Buddhist texts, including: the Jataka tales, the Kalama Sutta & the edicts & True Dhamma of king Asoka.

The Buddhist Suttas

Complete e-version of T. W. Rhys David's 1881 translation of the Pali scriptures preserves original pagination from vol 11 of Sacred Books of the East (Internet Sacred Text Archive).

The Dhammapada

S. Wannapok's translation of The Way of Truth, a topical compendium of sayings ascribed to the Buddha from the 2nd division of the Tipitaka.

Sadhu: Theravada Buddhism Web Directory & Portal (off-line 8/11/05)

Well annotated searchable web directory of all things Theravadan on the internet, including introductions, traditions, personalities, pilgrimages, meditation, centers, academic sites & electronic publications.

Samyutta Nikaya ("The Grouped Discourses")

Nine on-line dialogs from the 3rd division of the Pali Sutta Pitaka including the Buddha's teaching on Not-Self, the Noble Eightfold Path, & Mindfulness of Breathing, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (posted by John Bullitt).

Theravada Buddhism 

Basic information about the development of the form of Buddhism prevalent in Sri Lanka, Thailand & Burma (page from Richard Hooker's Anthology of World Cultures).

Vinaya Texts

Internet Sacred Text Archive's complete e-version of T. W. Rhys David's 1881 translation of Pali handbooks regulating the lifestyle of Buddhist  monks (preserves original pagination from vol 13 of Sacred Books of the East).



Buddhist Mahayana Texts

Complete text of Sacred Books of the East vol. 49 presents the Buddha-karita of Asvaghosha as well as  the larger & smaller Sukhāvatī-vyūhaPragńā-pāramitā-hridaya-sūtra (Internet Sacred Text Archive).

Causality and Emptiness: the Wisdom of Nagajuna

Peter Della Santini's translation of four short Sanskrit works traditionally credited to Nagarjuna.


Buddhist Text Translation Society's modern English versions of select Mahayana sutras (Buddha's Bequeathed Teachings, Teaching on Amitabha Buddha, Heart of Prajna Paramita, Lotus Flower of  Wondrous Dharma, Vajra Prajna Paramita).

The Heart Sutra

George Boeree's lucid, jargon-free English translation of the most popular Prajna Paramita text (Shippensburg U).

The Heart Sutra

Translation preserving technical terms, with extensive commentary (Buddha Dharma Educational Association).

The Diamond Sutra: the Earliest Dated Printed Book

The British Library posts images of the Chinese scroll from Dun-huang that is the oldest dated (868 CE) block-printed ms.

The Diamond Perfection of Wisdom Sutra

Charles D. Patton provides a translation of the Diamond Sutra, complete with scholarly introduction & commentary.

Kalavinka Dharma Treasury (off-line 2/27/2008)

Bhikshu Dharmamitra's e-archive of Mahayana stories & classic texts by Nagarjuna, Zhih-yi, Han-shan De-qing, & Hsuan Hua (many as e-books in .PDF format require Acrobat reader).

The Lotus of the True Law

Internet Sacred Text Archive posts complete e-version of H. Kem's 1884 translation of the Saddharma-pundarīka (vol 21 of Sacred Books of the East).

Mahayana Buddhism

Overview of the popular religious development of Buddhism in the "Greater Vehicle" (page from Richard Hooker's Anthology of World Civilizations).


Detailed essay on the life and thought of the 2nd c. CE founder of the Madhyamika ("Middle Way") school of Mahayana Buddhism (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Nagarjuna: The Fundamentals of the Middle Way

George Cronk's aphoristic outline of the principles of the Mahayana sage's  philosophical masterwork. In .PDF format (posted by Bergen Community College).

Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom (off-line 2/17/2008)

Massive classic commentary on the Mahaprajna Paramita translated from the 5th c. CE Chinese translation. Primary source for Nagarjuna's Maadhyamika teachings (posted by Kalavinka Dharma World).


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