Websites About Buddhist Sects, Schools and Lineages

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Links to Buddhist Sects and Lineages

Buddhist Lineages

Advayavada Buddhism Information Center - Amsterdam - Information about Advayavada Buddhism, with Questions and Answers section.

Buddhist Yogi C. M. Chen - The Vajrayana Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism teachings of Buddhist Yogi C. M. Chen (Yogi Chen) and his disciple Dr. Yutang Lin.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery - English index of these pages for the Fokuangshan (or Fo Guang Shan) school.

For Shang Buddhism - Articles by Master Lee, head of For Shang, on speculations between Science and Buddhism.

HÜMÜH: The Jeweled Path of Living Wisdom - A Buddhist sect that also embraces the teachings of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Mohammadism, among others. HÜMÜH contains the diamond or pure form teachings of all spirituality. They are transcendental in nature and open the individual practitioners Wisdom Eye, a state of being that leads to complete Enlightenment.

International Buddhist Progress Society - Chinese sect promoting Humanistic Buddhism.

Jen Chen Buddhism - Jen Chen is a phonetical translation from Mandarin , meaning Humanity Vehicle. The term 'vehicle' in Buddhism is analogous to a conveyance of deliverance for sentient beings. The Buddha taught Five Vehicles of Buddhism. World Jen Chen Buddhism is dedicated to the promotion of the Humanity Vehicle Buddhsim. (The other four vehicles are Deva, Sravaka, Pratyeka-Buddha and Bodhisattva Vehicles.) World Jen Chen Buddhism was founded by Venerable Master Shen-Kai and it aims to purify the human mind and promote a bliss culture for humanity.

Jin-Gang-Dhyana - Chinese Esoteric Buddhist sect.

Kubose Dharma Legacy - An approach based on the most basic Buddhist principles that pervade all Buddhist thought. Rooted in the original teachings of Gautama Buddha, the Way of Oneness comes from the Japanese Mahayana tradition, reflecting both Shin and Zen Buddhist teachings. Takes an open, eclectic approach concentrating on individual spiritual growth.

True Buddha School Net - Chinese Tantric Buddhist sect.

Friends of the Western Buddhist Order

Friends of the Western Buddhist Order - Organisation devoted to re-expressing the essentials of Buddhism for modern Western society. Includes teachings, history, and links to Centers worldwide.

FWBO News - Blog with news of events and people related to the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.

Wildmind Online Meditation Teaching - Online meditation courses in the Buddhist tradition. Includes personalized teaching, bookstore and retreat recommendations.

New Kadampa

New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) - An international nonprofit organization that promotes the development of Kadampa Buddhism. Its members are the nearly 600 Kadampa Buddhist Centers worldwide. Find information about Kadampa Buddhist activities.

About Dharma - The study of Dharma helps us to find happiness within ourself. Read through the pages in this site to learn more about Dharma.

Find Peace of Mind - This site explains how to achieve happiness through developing peace of mind and the relationship between inner peace and world peace.

Kadampa Festivals - Offer an opportunity for people of all ages and levels of experience to enjoy a meaningful holiday. Describes upcoming Buddhist Festivals worldwide.


Illuminated Gosho Contents - Illustrated quotes from the "Major Writings of Nichiren Daishonin."

Nichiren's Coffeehouse and Gohonzon Gallery - Resources on the disparate forms of Nichiren Buddhism and the various perspectives on the Buddha's teachings.

Ethiopian Buddhist Ondinonk-Nyabingi Institute, Church, and Yeshiva - Offers questions and answers from an independent perspective.

EverLife Buddhist Education Center - Commentary on art, symbols and history commonly associated with Nichiren thought.

Fraught with Peril - Features a collection of web logs written and maintained by members of Nichiren Shu, Soka Gakkai, Nichiren Shoshu, and independents.

Honkun-ji Temple - Details of the "Honmon Butsuryu Ko-Goho Shinei Ren" faith and history of the main temple in Japan, with select lectures.

Just the Teachings - Group emphasizing independent and non-sectarian interpretations of Nichiren's teachings.

Lotus Way - Features readings, passages, and translations along with mailing list subscription information and online sutra recitation schedule.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo - Provides an introduction to the phrase, its use in the practice of chanting, and advice on when and how to perform it.

Nichiren Buddhist Association of America - Offering introductory information about teachings and beliefs, mission and purpose, and organizational structure with inspirational poems and essays.

Penlan Buddha Blossom - Offers personal spiritual coaching. Features details about mentoring services, fees, and newsletter.

Sharing Buddhism - Offers daily mailing of "Daily Wisdom" excerpts.

Yahoo! Groups: GohonzonInfo - Announcement mailing list with archives for distributing printable Gohonzon along with related information.

Pure Land and Shin

Shin Dharma Net - The purpose and mission of this website is to share information concerning the Shin Buddhist tradition and Pure Land Buddhism as it is presently practiced and interpreted by Shin communities in the West and Japan.

Amida Trust - Non-profit humanitarian organization established in the United Kingdom and based on Buddhist principles.

Amitabha Pureland Web - Site by an Australian group. Site has introduction to Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism, buddha name recitation, extracts from Pure Land sutras and quotes. Details of Associations in Australia and worldwide learning centers.

Buddhist Association of the United States - Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Organization.

Buddhist Churches of Canada - Official site of the Buddhist Churches of Canada

Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut - Provides a caring, spiritual and open environment with Dharma-services, book discussion groups and outreach. Inspired by Shinran, we practice prayer, deep listening, mindfulness and the precepts.

Collected works of Shinran Shonin - Collected works of Shinran Shonin on the web!

DharmaNet's Shin Buddhist InfoWeb - Online Buddhist Centers & Information in the Jodo Shinshu/Pure Land Traditions

Dragon's Gate Temple - Buddhism for the Buddhist who doesn't have access to a local Temple.

Hongaku Jodo Pure Land Buddhist Association - Book store site, meditation, Master Po pages, history, links, and comments.

IABC (International Association of Buddhist Culture) - International Association of Buddhist Culture - News, Activities and Publications

Institute of Buddhist Studies - IBS offers a systematic educational program specializing in Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies and culminating in a fully accredited Master of Arts degree which is jointly administered with the GTU. On-Line Reading Room Available.

Introduction to Pureland - By J.C. Cleary. Reprinted from Pure Land Pure Mind Published by the Sutra Translation Committee of the U.S. and Canada.

Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism, Dharma for the Modern Age - The Nembutsu is Shakyamuni Buddha's teaching of Liberation from Samsara through refuge in Amida Buddha in the Age of Declining Dharma.

Mahayana Pure Land - A clever personal site with lots of basic Mahayana Buddhist information.

Notes on the Nembutsu - Essays on Pure Land Buddhism, based around the Wasan (poems) of Shinran Shonin.

Pure Land and South Florida Buddhist Resources - This site is dedicated to Jodo Shu, Pure Land Buddhism, as taught by Honen Shonin.

Pure Land Buddhism: The Path of Serene Trust - Key concepts and origin of Pure Land Buddhism.

Pure Land Buddhism WWW Virtual Library - The Internet Guide to Pure Land (Jingtu, Jodo, Shinshu) Online Resources.

Ryukoku University Homepage (English) - Ryukoku University was founded as a boarding school in 1639 by the Hongwanji Buddhist denomination. Today the university has seven faculties, a Junior College and six graduate schools, distributed among two campuses in the city of Kyoto and one in nearby Shiga Prefecture. Among the approximately 18,000 students there are about 250 foreign students from many countries around the world.

Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture - Al Bloom's self-study course for exploring Shin Buddhism.

The True Pure Land School - Resources on Jodo-Shinshu, by Rev. Jerome Ducor.

The Ultimacy of Jodo Shinshu: Shinran's Response to Tendai - By Alfred Bloom as published in The Pure Land.

What is Buddhism - Teachings of Chin Kung, Hwa Dzan Pure Land Learning Center, Taiwan. Large list of discourses.


Daigoji Temple - Gives tourist information about this main temple for the Ono Branch of the Shingon School.

Japanese Esoteric Buddhist Studies - With Asunam Sensei. The Shingon School, Kobo Daishi, Koyosan, and Three Secrets.

Shingon Buddhism - Japanese history - Shingon, a major Japanese school of esoteric Buddhism.

Shingon Buddhism Introduction - One page intro.

Shingon Buddhist International Institute - The institute was set up to promote the understanding Japanese Shingon Buddhism. The pages here include Shingon Buddhist history and deities, rituals and teachings.

Shingon-shu Buzan-ha - Shingon-shu Buzan-ha is based on the teachings of three great Buddhist masters: Kobo Daishi, who systematized the esoteric teaching of Shingon Sect, Kogyo Daishi, who restored his teachings in the 12th century, and Senyo Sojo (Archbishop Senyo), who founded the Buzan Division in the 16th century.

A Short Biography of Kobo Daishi


Hieizan Enryakuji - Mount Hie's official site in English and Japanese with virtual tours and information.

The Buddhism of T'ien T'ai - Provides a historical perspective, explanation of teachings and practice, and lists literary works important to the teachings of Buddhism as taught by Chih-i.

Japanese History Pages - Tendai Buddhism - Explains the role of Tendai Buddhism in the evolution of Japanese history.

Parable of the Burning House - Story told in the "Lotus of the Wonderful Law" Sutra, which illustrates the superiority of these teachings over other Buddhist teachings.

Tendai Buddhism - Highlights the history and practice, with list of locations in the United States.

Tendai Buddhism - General introduction to Tendai.

Tendai Buddhist Open Teachings - Reading list with online resources and contact information.

Tendai Discussion List - Online email discussion list for study and propagation hosted by Yahoo Groups.

Tendai Lotus Teachings - Introduces the teachings, offers select descriptions and explanations, overview of the Tenfold Contemplation Method, and provides online store for purchasing supplies.

T'ien T'ai Club - Online forum for topical discussions.

World Cultures - History of the founding of the Tendai school at Mount Hiei, Japan.


Access to Insight - A library of readings from Theravada Buddhism. Search, browse, and download over 600 translated discourses by the Buddha, plus many transcriptions of Dhamma books and talks.

Abhidhamma Vipassana - Books and articles about Theravada Buddhism.

Buddhism - Outline of Buddhist beliefs and practises from "Religious Tolerance" site.

Buddhism - Perspectives on Buddhism from Dr B B Ambedkar, the Indian social activist, and his followers.

Buddhism and Everything - Basics of Buddhism, Suttas, personal experiences and discussion forums.

Buddhism Depot - Scriptures, mudras, virtual temple, discussion, live chat, recommended reading and art gallery.

Buddhism for the Lay Practitioner - For those who are interested in discovering Theravada Buddhism from a lay perspective.

Buddhist path of the Upasika - An essay on the power of mindfulness in daily life.

Chieng Mai Dhamma Study Group - A collection of books, essays, talks and reflections centering on Theravada Buddhism.

Contemplatives, Singapore - An MSN community dedicated to the Teachers of the Forest Meditation Tradition (Kammathana) of Thailand.

Dhamma Net - Articles by Theravada Buddhists around the world.

Dhamma Server - The Sri Lankan version of the Pali Canon, much of which is translated into English.

Dhamma Study - Articles by Nina van Gorkom, Sujin Boriharnwanaket, and others on meditation, vipassana, citta, and satipatthana.

Dhamma Talks - MP3s of Dhamma talks given by various teachers in the Theravadin Forest Sangha tradition.

Dhammaduta - Describes the establishment of the bhikkhu Sangha or Order of Monks in countries outside S.E. Asia.

dhammakaya - Website of the Dhammakaya Foundation, which promotes a specific style of meditation practice.

Dhammakaya Foundation - Thailand-based foundation that promotes meditation as a way to inner and world peace.

DhammaWeb - Theravada Buddhism in the UK. Many articles and discources.

Dharmastream - Over 30 dharma talks by Jack Kornfield, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Candasiri and many others.

eDhamma.Com: A Window to Theravada Buddhism - A collection of Dhamma teachings and Sutta recitations.

Ehi-passika - An edited version of the Venerable Buddharakkhita's translation of The Dhammapada.

Ethical Particularism in Theravada Buddhism - An article on the site of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Finding the Way - Buddhists of various nationalities describe their varied ways of finding the Buddha Dhamma.

Forest Sangha - links to Theravadin Buddhist monasteries in the West and in Thailand, links to newsletters and Dhamma-talks of Ajahn Chah and his disciples.

How to become a Buddhist - A Do-It-Yourself guide to taking the Three Refuges and becoming a Buddhist.

Insight Meditation - Writings by Christopher Titmuss, co-founder of Gaia House in Devon,and details of retreats.

Jhana Support Group - Peer level support group and resource for practicioners of jhana.

A Manual of Buddhism - An introduction to Theravada Buddhism. - Translations of the Tipitaka, teachings and articles on Theravada Buddhism and cultural aspects.

Sadhu! The Theravada Buddhism Web Directory - An extensive, searchable web directory of Theravada Buddhism.

Sinhala Buddhism - A bibliography of the Sri Lankan form of Theravada, from the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Thailand Buddhism World Wide Web - Thai Buddhist articles in English and Thai.

Theravada - A detailed introduction to Theravada Buddhism.

Theravada Buddhist InfoWeb - Directory.

Theravada Buddhist Society of America. - News, information and articles. - Information based on the Pali canon, and Buddhist news.

Urban Dharma... Buddhism for Urban America - Buddhism for urban America. A large site with a wide range of articles.


About Tantra - The meaning of Tantra as practiced in the New Kadampa Tradition under the direction of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Its relation to other aspects of Dharma.

Arya Tara -Tibetan Buddhism UK - MSN group providing message board, and an extensive selection of articles about all aspects of Tibetan Buddhism.

Bodhicitta - Offers sutras, commentaries, essays on compassion in world religions, and in-depth articles on the faith.

Buddha Dharma Forum - A quiet place for buddhist thought and discussion.

Buddha's Village - Tibetan Buddhist images, teachings, forum and quotes from Buddhist teachers.

Damtsig - A collection of articles, quotations, and book reviews about Vajrayana and the role of the vajra master. Major authors: Arch Stanton, Traktung Rinpoche, Ngakchang Rinpoche and Khandro Dechen, Sangye Khandro.

Dorje Shugden Incarnations - Previous incarnations of the Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden.

Drepung Gomang Monks International Tour - Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastic University of Tibetan Buddhism located in South India on tour in the United States, Japan, and other Countries. Tour Itineraries, goals, descriptions, discussion, and multimedia gallery.

Drikung Kagyu - A description of this Tibetan lineage, its history, centers and monasteries, current teachers, and teaching schedules.

Drukpa - The Drukpa Kargyud lineage. Contains a history of the lineage and life stories of the lineage masters.

Dzogchen - The Importance of Sem-de in the Aro gTer.

Eastern Tradition Research Institute - Website of the researchers David Reigle and his wife Nancy. Includes online documents on their in depth search for the Tibetan backgrounds of Blavatsky's theosophy.

The Eleventh Panchen Lama - Dedicated to Gendun Choekyi Nyima, the young Eleventh Panchen Lama - and the "world's youngest political prisoner". Includes the English translation of H.H. the Dalai Lama's prayer for the young lama, as well as links to related sites.

Frontline: Dreams of Tibet - Understanding Tibetan Buddhism.

The Future of Buddhism - Diamond Way - Visit the future here. Ever since the past the future has been approaching. Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, history, books and news.

Gyuto Monks of Tibet - Gyuto House Australia - Official site of the Dalai Lama's Gyuto Monks of Tibet and Gyuto House Australia. News, updates, images and information about the monks' Australian tours and their home in exile in India.

Healing, Relaxing and Awakening: Tibetan Buddhist Methods - Tibetan Buddhist tools for awakening also promote relaxation and healing; meditation, prayer wheels, incense, and chants.

The History of the Tagmo Lüjin Stupa - The legend about the place where the future Buddha sacrificed his body to a tigress, taken from the "Sutra of the Wise and the Foolish."

Introduction to the Five Principal Spiritual Traditions of Tibet - From the Government of Tibet in Exile.

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism - Introduction to Buddhism, meditation, practices, philosophy and history.

The KAGYU! Mailing List Homepage - A growing mailing list which welcomes anyone interested in discussing Buddhism, particularly practitioners with an interest in the mainstream Karma Kagyu lineage under the spiritual direction of His Holiness Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the XVIIth Karmapa.

Kagyu Monlam - Official site of the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo (Kagyu annual great prayer festival.) Information on the current festival, photo gallery, travel information, and material on previous festivals.

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra - Extensive Karma Kagyu Buddhist teaching library under seven major topics: Introduction, turning the mind, becoming a Buddhist, taming the mind, training the mind, developing the mind, and cultivating Insight.

Lhagyalo - Free Tibet - Tibetan Buddhist Resources - Devoted to causes of Tibetan people and providing information on Tibetan Buddhism. Sections on teachers such as the Dalai Lama, and Je Tsongkhapa, on the five spiritual traditions, and annotated list of links.

Like An Illusion: the Shangpa Kagyu lineage - Offers resources on Milarepa and the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, including an annotated list of books about Milarepa and the Shangpa lineage.

The Magic of OM MANI PADME HUM in Tibetan Buddhism - In Tibetan Buddhism the most common prayer, found everywhere, is Om Mani Padma Hum, the mantra of Chenrezi, the Buddha of compassion.

Maitreya in the Mahayana Tradition - Material about Maitreya Buddha, texts, photo galleries, mantra and practice, tonglen, links. Site is in French and English. Includes a page about The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.

Mind & Life Institute - The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to creating a powerful working collaboration and research partnership between modern science and Buddhism, the world's two most powerful traditions for understanding the nature of reality and investigating the mind. - is dedicated to comparative Tibetan Buddhist Mahayana and Tantric practice and Jungian psychology through publishing books, prints and articles, workshops and meditation retreats.

Nunspage - This is a photo essay with explanations of a nunnery project. Karma Sengay Rinpoche, the nephew of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, is asking for financial help in building a buddhist nunnery and retreat center to accommodate the more than 140 traveling nuns of the Karma Kagu lineage that are looking for a home base.

Quiet Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Resource Guide - Tibetan Buddhist Centers and Resources.

RangjungYeshe Wiki - A dynamic encyclopedia of Dharma material and a dictionary of current usage. Includes a wide range of non-sectarian free resources for a "circle of lotsawas" involved in the translation of Buddhism from Tibetan to English.

Sakya Resource Guide - A complete Resource Guide of the Sakya School of Tibetan Buddhism linking all Sakya resources on the Internet and providing an overview of all world-wide resources; Teachers, Teachings, Translations, History, Monasteries, Centres and Art.

Shambhala History - Research Into The Legends of Ancient Shambhala. Contains annotated links to source material.

Shiwa Tour of the Sera Jey Monastery Monks - The Shiwa Tour of The Way of Tibetan Peace and Healing.

Simhanada: Lion's Roar of Buddhism - Buddha's life, lineage information, especially Kaygu, pictures, teachings, Dalai Lama, Karmapa, basics of Buddhism and online Newspage.

St. John's Order - A Russian Lamaist tradition whose origins are from Siberia and Mongolia. Brief description and contact information.

Teachings on Buddhist Philosophy and Religion by Genuine Tibetan Monks - Extensive lists of teachers of Tibetan Buddhism of all lineages and centers world-wide. Includes contact information and brief teachings.

Tibetan Buddhism - Information on the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism along with links to more in depth information on each.

Tibetan Buddhism - Maintained by the Office of Tibet in London. Features an historical introduction to the five principal spiritual traditions of Tibet, information about the Kalachakra practice, monastic life, and ritual implements and practices.

Tibetan Buddhism Archives - Articles on a variety of Tibetan Buddhist topics including meditation and mind training, major lineages, death and rebirth, famous Lamas, and the development of Bodhicitta collected from many sources on the Internet, mostly predating the World Wide Web.

Tibetan Buddhism Explained - Very brief history and tutorial on Tibetan Buddhism from The Canadian Tibetan Buddhist Society.

Tibetan Buddhism Resources - Tibetan Buddhist meditation training and practice, both traditional and Shambhala forms, and Tibetan Art are accessible through centers, books, tapes, and Websites.

Tibetan Language Institute Website - Learn the Language of the Lamas. Rarely offered in academic settings or Dharma centers, Tibetan language study as presented by the Tibetan Language Institute is accessible, enjoyable, and immediately rewarding.

Tibetan Nuns of Kathmandu: 1999 North American Tour - Members of Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery will tour North America in 1999, presenting sacred music, chants, dance and art of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in a program entitled Women's Freedom and Spiritual Liberation. This site includes their tour schedule, performance information (sand mandalas, sacred music, dance, theater and monastic debate), and related links.

Tibetan Studies WWW VL - The Internet Guide to Tibetan Studies - tracks leading information facilities in the field of Tibetan studies.

Vajra Yogini - Contains texts of rituals and practices related to Vajra Yogini, commentaries, and a discussion list. Files are in various formats for download only. Registration is required and is free.

Vajrayana Buddhism - Containing links to text documents audio and video, along with links to other text resources (such as biographies of dharma masters).

Websites on Buddhism - Links to many sites about Tibetan Buddhism, as well as links to many Tibetan Buddhist centers and monasteries.

Women Active in Buddhism - The Web's first comprehensive collection of resources on contemporary Buddhist women. Listings on female teachers, activists, nuns, events, organizations, bibliography, and a glossary of female Buddhist deities.


Hoa Hao Buddhism - A Vietnamese Buddhist sect emphasizing lay practice amony peasants, and requiring prayer and twice-daily worship of the Buddha and the cult of ancestors. It is one of the five most important religions in Vietnam, with over 2 million followers.

Overseas Hoa Hao Buddhist Association - Covers teachings from Prophet Huynh Phu So and translations from noted Hoa Hao Buddhist Clergies and authors. News about Hoa Hao Buddhism community.

Vietnamese Buddhism - An attempt to synthesize some of the varied and fascinating history of Buddhist religion in Vietnam.


Won Buddhism - Article regarding the moral systems of Confucianism and Buddhism.


ZEN - Visually rich, funny, intuitive, basic introduction to Zen. Produced by Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan. Requires Shockwave and a 4.0+ browser.

Zen Buddhism Virtual Library - Excellent resource for information on teachers, schools, lineages, Zen names, Zen sutras and other writings.

Cybermonk - Your Zen questions answered by a senior monk from Zen Mountain Monastery.

Daily Zen - An aesthetic Zen haven with a humorous touch. Offers inspirational daily quotes, complimentary monthly e-journal, and an extensive collection of Buddhist-themed e-cards.

International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism - An academic research institution devoted to the study of Zen Buddhism, serving the needs of researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners of Buddhism. 48.000 character Chinese character database. The IRIZ is located at the Rinzai-affiliated Hanazono University, Kyoto, Japan.

Ketsumyaku (Certificate of Affiliation to a Lineage) - Image of the traditional document given to Zen monks on the day of their ordination showing their entire lineage from Buddha Shakyamuni to themselves. This version is used by the Association Zen Internationale.

On Finding a Zen Teacher - Essay giving advice on why and how to find a Zen teacher.

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