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Access to Insight
Extensive online resources related to TheravadaTheravada, literally “the way of the elders,” was one of the eighteen earliest sub-schools of Buddhism. Today, the term designates the various traditions of Buddhism most prominent in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Although these traditions differ in i... BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther....
www.accesstoinsight.org

American Buddhist Congress
Brings together Buddhists across traditions, denominations and ethnic backgrounds.
Website under construction (temporary site: www.urbandharma.org/ratana/ratana1/abc.html)

BuddhaNet
Envisioned as an “online cyber sanghaThe Sangha is the community of monks or, more broadly, the community of Buddhists. To formally become a Buddhist, one takes refuge in the Three Treasures: the Buddha, Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings), and Sangha. In its widest sense, “sangha” refers ...,” this site includes an audio library, BuddhaZine, and an international directory of Buddhist centers.
www.buddhanet.net

Buddha’s Light International Association
The world headquarters of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist organization, based in Hacienda Heights, California.
www.bliango.org

Buddhist Churches of AmericaThe Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) is the institutional name of Jodo Shinshu or “True Pure Land” Buddhism in the U.S. This Buddhism of Japanese immigrants regards the chanting of the name of Amida as the most appropriate form of practice in the cu...
Shin Buddhist organization, with administrative headquarters in San Francisco; site includes a photo gallery of churchesThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... and templesA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref..., and the Wheel of DharmaDharma means religion, religious duty, religious teaching. The word dharma comes from a Sanskrit root meaning “to uphold, support, bear,” thus dharma is that order of things which informs the whole world, from the laws of nature to the inner workings ... newsletter.
www.buddhistchurchesofamerica.org

Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Founded in 1978 to “bring a Buddhist perspective to the peace movement and to bring the peace movement to the Buddhist community.” They publish the quarterly journal Turning Wheel.
www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org

Ch’an MeditationMeditation is the disciplined practice of quieting and focusing the mind or cultivating the heart’s attention. Different meditation practices commend focusing attention on a word, a prayer, a form, or the breath as a way of practice. Meditation is commo... Center/The Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association
Information on Ch’an meditation as taught by the Venerable Master Sheng-yen.
www.chan1.org

Dharma Communications
The educational arm of the Mountains and Rivers Order, founded by Zen MasterBecause the Chan (Zen) tradition eschews traditional Buddhist textual, institutional, and ethical guides for the attainment of Buddhahood, the master has a critically important role in directing his or her students along the right path. The Japanese Zen t... John Daido Loori, offers a range of print and multimedia resources including “Cybermonastery.”
www.dharma.net

DharmaNet International
Collection of resources for study and practice of Buddhism.
www.dharmanet.org

Dharma Rain Zen Center
This Portland, Oregon center publishes StillPoint, a newsletter with articles on various aspects of the Zen tradition.
www.dharma-rain.org

Dharma Realm Buddhist Association
Founded by the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, the Association includes the City of Ten Thousand BuddhasBuddha means “awakened one” and specifically refers to Shakyamuni Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautama (traditional date, sixth c. BCE), the historical founder of the tradition that became known as Buddhism. All Buddhist traditions agree that ther..., a multi-ethnic Buddhist community north of San Francisco.
www.drba.org

Dharma.org
Web site of the Insight MeditationVipassana is a form of Theravada Buddhist meditation, also called “insight mediation.” This method directs the attention toward the moment-to-moment workings of the mind and body, thereby developing “mindfulness” of the contents of consciousness a... Society and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Massachusetts-based organizations teaching vipassanaVipassana is a form of Theravada Buddhist meditation, also called “insight mediation.” This method directs the attention toward the moment-to-moment workings of the mind and body, thereby developing “mindfulness” of the contents of consciousness a... meditation.
www.dharma.org

Dzogchen Foundation
“Buddhism for the West,” growing out of the Tibetan NyingmaNyingma is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug. The Nyingma school was the first to develop, tracing its origins back to the 9th-century tantric practitioner Padmasambhava. Characteristic of the Nyingma teac... Lineage.
www.dzogchen.org  

Insight Meditation Society
Buddhist retreat center in Central Massachusetts.
www.dharma.org

Institute of Buddhist Studies
The Institute offers a M.A. in Buddhist Studies and trains ministersMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). for the Buddhist Churches of America; affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union.
www.shin-ibs.edu

KarmaKarma means action and the consequences of action, both in the world and for oneself. It is important in the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions where rebirth is presupposed and karma shapes one’s ongoing life. Every action leaves an imprint. In the Ja... Triyana DharmachakraThe Buddha’s first sermon is called “The setting in motion of the wheel of the Dharma.. Hence, an eight-spoked wheel is often employed to represent the Buddhist tradition as a whole. (KTD)
Located in Woodstock, New York, KTD is the North American seat of the head of the Karma Kagyu schoolThe Kagyu School is one of four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug. Durin. the 11th century, the Kagyu school emerged, founded by the great Indian tantric master Naropa, brought to Tibet by the translator Marpa, and solidi... of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the Gyalwa KarmapaKarmapa is the title conferred upon the head monk of the Karma Kagyu sect of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. The term karmapa, “man of action,” is derived from the Sanskrit karma (action) and Tibetan pa (man). Each successive Karmapa is understo....
www.kagyu.org

Kwan UmAvalokiteshvara is the bodhisattva who looks down with compassion upon the suffering of all beings. In East Asia, this bodhisattva came to be popular in female form as Guanyin (China), Kannon (Japan) or Kwan Um (Korea), holding a willow branch and vase sy... School of Zen
An international network of Zen centers, with an International Head TempleA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... located in Rhode Island; publishes the journal Primary Point.
www.kwanumzen.org

Naropa University
Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa was envisioned by Chogyam Trungpa RinpocheChogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1940-87) was a recognized lineage holder in both the Kagyu and Nyingma Buddhist traditions of Tibet. During the Tibetan sovereignty debate in 1959, Trungpa fled to northern India. He began presenting Buddhist teachings in North A... as “a university that would combine contemplative studies with traditional Western scholastic and artistic disciplines.”
www.naropa.edu

Sakyadhita
An international association of Buddhist women; holds annual meetings and maintains an extensive list of women teachers of diverse Buddhist lineages.
www.sakyadhita.org

Sangha Council of Southern California
Mission includes “greater communication, understanding and cooperation among Buddhist groups in Southern California.”
www.urbandharma.org/ratana/ratana2/sanghacouncil.html

ShambhalaFormed in 1973 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Shambhala Vajradhatu is a worldwide organization with its headquarters in Halifax, Nova Scotia, two other main centers in Boulder, Colorado and Marburg, Germany, and more than 100 meditation centers around the w... Publications
Website featuring materials on Shambala, the primarily Tibetan tradition, with Zen and Theravada influences, which emphasizes meditation in everyday life.
www.shambhala.org

Shambhala Sun
A bi-monthly magazine founded by Chogyam Trungpa RinpocheIn Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, rinpoche, meaning “precious jewel,” is the honorific title for highly respected lamas (teachers), especially tulkus (enlightened teachers who have consciously taken rebirth for the benefit of others). (1940-1987).
www.shambhalasun.com

The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies
The “coordinating body supporting activities related to the comparative study of, and the practical interaction between, Buddhism and ChristianityChristianity is the religious tradition of Christians: those who confesses faith in Jesus Christ, follow the path Christ taught, and gather together in the community of the church..”
www.society-buddhist-christian-studies.org

Soka Gakkai InternationalSoka Gakkai was founded in Japan in 1930 by an educator named Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Soon after its founding, it became associated with Nichiren Shoshu, a sect of Nichiren Buddhism. In the early 1990s, all formal ties between Soka Gakkai International and... (SGISoka Gakkai was founded in Japan in 1930 by an educator named Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Soon after its founding, it became associated with Nichiren Shoshu, a sect of Nichiren Buddhism. In the early 1990s, all formal ties between Soka Gakkai International and...)
An international Buddhist network promoting peace through “engaged Buddhism.”
www.sgi.org

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
A quarterly magazine “dedicated to exploring the full range of Buddhist activity and its impact on Western Life.”
www.tricycle.com

Tzu Chi Foundation
An international relief organization established in Taiwan in 1966; the U.S. headquarters and Free Clinic are located in the Los Angeles area.
www.tzuchi.org/

Urban Dharma: Buddhism in America
A collection of original articles, essays and photos on Buddhism “by a variety of authors in a multi-yana way.”
www.urbandharma.org

Won Institute of Graduate Studies
A center for graduate-level studies in Buddhism and applied meditation, located outside of Philadelphia.
www.woninstitute.org

Ethnic Buddhist TempleBuddhist temples differ considerably from one another depending upon culture and particular school, but most are associated with the residence of the sangha of monks. Theravada temples focus on one or more images of Sakyamuni Buddha. In Mahayana and Vajra... Directories:
America Burma Buddhist Association
www.mahasiusa.org/
ChuaChua is the Vietnamese term for temple. The Buddhist temples of Southeast Asia are distinctive in that the monastery and temple complex form a single institution. Vietnam: Vietnamese Buddhist TemplesBuddhist temples differ considerably from one another depending upon culture and particular school, but most are associated with the residence of the sangha of monks. Theravada temples focus on one or more images of Sakyamuni Buddha. In Mahayana and Vajra...
www.chuavietnam.com/main.html
Directory of Lao Buddhist Temples Outside Laos
http://members.andiamo-tel.com/~byblos/watlao.htm