Readings in Theravada Buddhism: This is a fairly large and
complex website, containing hundreds of books, articles, sutta
translations, and much more.
- The Samatha
The Samatha Trust was founded in 1973. Its principal aim is
to keep alive the Buddha's teaching through providing opportunities
for people to learn and practise Samatha, a traditional form
of Buddhist meditation based of mindfulness of breathing.
In actual fact, the form of meditation practiced is Samatha-Vipassana,
developing Samatha (calm), as a basis for Vipassana (insight).
This site provides information about local Samatha mediation
groups throughout the United Kingdom, and also events run
by the Trust.
A Buddhist page by Binh Anson. There are about 400 articles
on Theravada Buddhism in English and also Vietnamese articles.
This site is hosted by BuddhaNet.
The Bhavana Society Web is the site for information about
our Forest Monastery and Retreat Center. You'll also find
Dhamma articles by our teacher Bhante Rahula and our abbot,
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, author of Mindfulness in Plain
English and The Path of Serenity and Insight. BSW will be
growing to include a wide variety of Buddha Dhamma from the
Bodhinyanarama is a monastic residence of the Theravada tradition
of Buddhism 29 kms from Wellington, New Zealand. It has its
origins in the Thai Forest Tradition and is associated with
the many branch monasteries of the highly revered and respected
meditation master Ajahn Chah. This Web Site contains information
on what is going on at Bodhinyanarama.
The London Buddhist Vihara is a leading centre for Theravada
Buddhism. Formed in 1926 by Anagarika Dharmapala, the Vihara
was the first Buddhist monastery to be established outside
the continent of Asia. It has continued its missionary activities
with resident bhikkhus (monks) from Sri Lanka throughout this
period, with the exception of the 1940s due to World War II.
The Vihara moved to Chiswick during 1964 when the Anagarika
Dharmapala Trust of Sri Lanka purchased the freehold property
at Heathfield Gardens. In 1994 the Vihara moved to new spacious
premises in The Avenue, Chiswick.
A Buddhist community in the tradition of Ajahn Chah, Ajahn
Sumedho and Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. Ajahn Pasanno and
Ajahn Amaro are co-abbots of the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery,
north of San Francisco, in Redwood Valley (Mendocino County),
California. Abhayagiri is a monastery in the Theravadin forest
Amaravati is a monastery in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism
and a centre of teaching and practice. Its heart is a resident
community of monks and nuns, whose life of meditation and
work is open for visitors to share, as a living example of
the Buddhist path.
The Theravada Bhikkhu Sangha.
The purpose of this web-page is to document the continuing
drama, as Bhikkhus of the Theravada lineage continue this
mission of bringing the Dhamma to new lands. Although the
efforts of the bhikkhunis (and in this day, the mae-chis,
siladharas, anagarinis, etc.) as well as the laity are recognised
in the spread of Buddhism, this site focuses on the Bhikkhu
Sangha as it represents the most visible flag-bearer of Theravada
Located in Wiltshire, UK, the Aukana Trust runs a meditation
centre (the House of Inner Tranquillity) and two monasteries.
They also publish several books on Buddhism.
- Buddhist Publication
The Buddhist Publication Society (BPS), founded in Sri Lanka
in 1958, is dedicated to making known the teaching of the
Buddha. BPS publications represent the standpoint of Theravada
Buddhism, the oldest living Buddhist tradition of which the
Pali Canon gives the most authentic account of what the historical
Buddha himself actually taught. In a span of nearly five decades
the BPS has become a major Buddhist publisher with hundreds
of titles and a field of distribution extending to ninety
Dhamma Cetiya Pirivena
This was the seat of Buddhist Education in the 19th century
(under British rule) in Sri Lanka . It is the birth place
of two National Universities, namely Vidyodaya (Sri Jayawardhanapura)
and Vidyalankara (Kelaniya). The founder of Parama Dhamma
Cetiya Pirivena was Ven. Walane Sri Siddhartha Maha Thera
(1811-1868). This Pirivena (school for novice monks) was established
in 1841. It was started with a small humble Kuti (hut). Little
by little this Institute gained faith and fame from this country
and abroad. It is because of its well organized system of
oriental and occidental education that it became popular as
a center of learning. Today it is a well recognized International
Buddhist Educational centre for monks in Sri Lanka. The Meditation
Institute which is in the same premises is well known locally
and internationally. The institution is currently directed
by Ven. Dr. Mapalagama Wipulasara Maha Thera.
Culasunnatta Sutta - The Quintessence of Buddhism or Seven
Steps to Nirvana. The Sutta (121). An excerpt from 'A Treasury
of the Buddha's Words', translated by Ven. Nyanamoli, Thera.
The entire Pali Tipitaka as well as other Buddhist texts have
been put on CD-ROM by the Mahidol University in Thailand and
its the BUDSIR project.
Meditation Society (IMS)
The Insight Meditation Society was founded in 1975 as a nonprofit
organization to provide a place for the intensive practice
of insight meditation. IMS operates a retreat center set on
80 wooded acres in the quiet country of central Massachusetts.
It provides a secluded environment for intensive meditation
- New York
Insight Meditation Center
New York Insight is a non-residential meditation center that
provides insight meditation retreats, courses, workshops and
other programs to people in the New York City area. Beginning
and experienced meditators are welcome. NYI is a not-for-profit
Mid America Dharma offers insight meditation to the central
region of the USA. The web site offers information on: local
meditation groups in the area between the Appalachian and
Rocky Mountain ranges; Mid America Dharma retreats and retreats
of most other insight meditation groups throughout the USA;
and links to other insight meditation sites throughout the
A Centre for Meditation, Enquiry and Compassion. Gaia House
offers Insight Meditation (known as Vipassana in the Buddhist
tradition) and Zen Retreats throughout the year. The Centre
provides comprehensive Dharma teachings and spiritual practices
to realize wisdom and compassion in daily life. The Centre
is not tied to any religion. The teachings explore depths
of awareness and the discovery of an enlightened life.
— The Foundations of Mindfulness
Dedicated to an in-depth study of the Satipatthana and Anapanasati
Suttas in the Theravada tradition. Also hosts the North Jersey
Mindfulness Community Web site.
Meditation (Christopher Titmuss)
Dharma teachings and insight meditation practices, known as
Vipassana in the Buddhist Tradition, have a single purpose.
They point to an enlightened life. To explore these teachings,
participation in an insight meditation retreat is strongly
recommended or direct instruction from an insight meditation
teacher. May the teachings, meditations, reflections and information
contained prove beneficial to all visitors. These teachings
are not intended to represent any religious tradition or retreat
Insight Meditation Society
The Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) is a non-profit
organization devoted to offering the Buddha's teachings on
insight and awareness to all those who seek them. SIMS offers
classes in insight meditation and retreats.
The home page of the North American organization which offers
courses in Vipassana Meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi
U Ba Kin as taught by S.N.Goenka and his assistant teachers.
There are numerous Centers in India and Southern Asia; six
Centers in North America; seven Centers in Europe; seven Centers
in Australia/New Zealand; and one Center in Japan. Each Center
maintains its own schedule of regular ten day Vipassana courses.
Retreats for a Calm Mind
There are five International Meditation Centres in the Sayagyi
U Ba Khin Tradition: in England, in the U.S.A., in Austria
and two in Australia. Ten day retreats where anapana and vipassana
meditation are taught are held at all of these Centres regularly.
They are direct offspring of the International Meditation
Centre of Yangon, Myanmar, which was founded by Sayagyi U
Ba Khin. The five Centres in the West are guided by Mother
Sayamagyi, Sayagyi U Ba Khin's closest disciple. She has practised
and taught meditation for more than fifty years, carrying
on the tradition since Sayagyi U Ba Khin's demise in 1971.
Forest Sangha Newsletter
The Forest Sangha is a world-wide Buddhist community in the
Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. The newsletter contains
news, views, articles, transcribed talks,poems, tutorials,
contact addresses, forthcoming events, retreat schedules,etc.
From the Written Word
In this section, short extracts of Dhamma books of Luang Por
Chah's teaching and some complete books of teachings from
Luang Luang Por Sumedho and other teachers will be posted.
Luang Por Chah's teachings will come from various sources;
extracts from books, Dhamma talks and interviews.
Wat Pah Santidhamma or The Forest Hermitage is a small, peaceful
Buddhist monastery after the style of the forest monasteries
of N.E. Thailand but set in the heart of England. Apart from
its function as a Buddhist monastery and a focus for Buddhist
teaching, practice and traditional observances, The Forest
Hermitage is also the headquarters of ANGULIMALA, the Buddhist
Prison Chaplaincy Organisation.
- Staten Island
Buddhist Vihara (SIBV)
The web site is devoted to the resources and activities of
the Staten Island Buddhist Vihara situated in New York City,
NY, USA. The site contains information useful tol Buddhists
of all ages. There is a special section for Buddhist children.
There is a chat room in the site for Dhamma discussions. It
contains extracts from the Theravada Doctrine and several
essays on the Buddha Dhamma.
Suan Mokkh is a forest monastery along the coast of Southern
Thailand, 600 km from Bangkok. It was founded in 1932 by Buddhadasa
Bhikkhu and grew to become the most innovative and progressive
Buddhist teaching center in Thailand. Although Buddhadasa
Bhikkhu has passed away, much of his work continues. This
WWW site is a continuation of that work, one of many virtual
Suan Mokkhs. As the true Suan Mokkh can only be found within
the nature of the silent mind, any attempt to speak of it
is virtual, whether in talks, books, or cyberspace.
Is a comprehensive presentation of Theravada Buddhism. Explore
BEYOND THE NET to find the answers to the following which
will lead you to inward peace, security and wisdom. Why Meditate
? Mind is the architect of the Universe. We are not prisoners
of our past. Is your suffering the will of an Almighty God
? Suffering can be totally overcome-the great affirmation
of the Buddha. The way to liberation from the bondages of
suffering. Is Nibbana, the Supreme Bliss, a reality? Human
destiny after death.You may submit questions to us by e-mail
for further clarifications on theTeachings of the Buddha.
The Buddhism Depot website contains a Discussion Forum, chat
room, mailing list, largest collection of Dhammapada translations
on Internet, Buddhist humor, a Buddhist art gallery, outline
of the tripitaka, an online bookstore, and is home of the
Meditating Buddhists. In addition, it has a Dhammapada Quote
of the Moment for frequent visitors. Many Buddhists gather
together at the site to chat and discuss Buddhist topics.
Sasanarakkha means "Guardian of the Sasana". A Buddhist sanctuary
located in Malaysia for the training of Theravada Buddhist
monks in theory and practice of the Dhamma-vinaya. Dedicated
to evolving a modern Theravada Buddhist identity guided by
the scriptural tradition.
Taw Win II Dhamma Center
Sae Taw Win II Dhamma Center was temporaily established by
Dr. Thynn Thynn a Burmese born Dhamma teacher in Sebastopol,
nothern California in March, 1997. A Samatha-Vipassana Center
in the lineage of the late Ven. Shwe Baw Gyun Sayadaw of Burma,
it was founded on the principles of metta (non-violence),
dana (charity), sila (keeping the precepts), bhavana (cultivation
of the mind towards enlightenment.) Sae Taw Win II Dhamma
Foundation was founded in inorder to establish a permanent
Dhamma Center cum residential Dhamma community.
This is a Buddhist website specialising in Theravada/Pali
resources. Articles on vipassana and samatha meditation (Sri
Lankan style) as well as an in-depth references and presentation
of Ven. Nyananandas "Nibbana Sermons" make it a very interesting
read. In addition there are several other Buddhist inspired
websites which can be accessed from Nibbanam.com (i.e. a digital
scrolling Pirit book and online Metta meditation service etc.).
This Theravada Buddhism Site, started in May 1998, is being
managed by Dr. Maung. M. Lwin and family, from London, who
receive guidance and spiritual input from many Myanmar Monks
from the U.K, U.S.A, South Africa and Myanmar (Burma). Our
main aim is to re-publish the teachings and views of the eminent
Sayadaws (Abbots) from Burma (Myanmar) and the Pali translations
and special articles written by other distinguished monks
and lay authors on Theravada Buddhism as well as cultural
aspects of the Myanmar Buddhists in the wonderful 'Land of
Books and articles about Theravada Buddhism. The theory and
practice of Satipatthana Vipassana (insight meditation) according
to the Pali Tipitaka.
A Resource Center for students of Vipassana Meditation. This
web site has been created with the purpose of providing reference
material and information on the core teachings of The Buddha
and specifically on the Vipassana Meditation Technique as
taught in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin under the guidance
of his chief disciple, S. N. Goenka. The objective is to provide
an insight into the practical aspect of The Buddha's teaching.
Meditation Community of Washington DC
The Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC is vipassana
meditation group approximately in the tradition of the Insight
Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massacheusetts, USA. Tara
Brach is the founding and guiding Dhamma teacher. Over 100
meditators attend the weekly sitting / class. Meditation retreats
of one, three, or seven days are held regularly in the Washington,
Fundamental Buddhism Explained. Buddhist Instruction. Explanation
of Buddhism based on the Pali Canon recognized by Buddhist
scholars as the oldest record of what the Buddha taught. The
Essence of the Buddha's Teachings. Interactive Buddhist Instruction.
Thera Dhamma Page
The aim of this website is to make more widely available the
writings of the late Ven. Ñánavíra Thera which, though of
extraordinary quality and depth, do not - for different reasons
- attract any of the established Buddhist publishers. It is
presented as a dhammadána (gift of Dhamma) and with a deep
sense of gratitude by individuals whose lives were significantly
affected by an encounter with these writings, in the hope
that others, too, might appreciate the right-view guidance
which is offered therein.
Web site of The Dhammapada (Path of Truth), translated with
notes by Ñarada Thera. Foreword by Bhikkhu Kassapa. Introduction
by Dr E. J. Thomas.
Mai Dhamma Study Group
The aim of this website is to provide an Introduction to Theravada
Buddhism and make available particularly the teachings of
Ven P.A. Payutto, universally acknowledged as Thailand's foremost
Buddhist scholar (including a comprehensive work called "Buddhist
Economics: A Middle Way for the marketplace"), and Ven Ajahn
Sumedho, the foremost Western disciple of the late Ajahn Chah.
Located in an avocado orchard on a hill surrounded by the
mountains and chaparral of northern San Diego county, Metta
Forest Monastery offers the opportunity for lay people to
come and stay for individual retreats of long or short duration.
It also offers the opportunity for men to ordain in the Theravada
lineage and train in the practices of the Thai Forest Tradition.
Metta was founded in 1990 by Phra Ajaan Suwat Suvaco, a student
of Phra Ajaan Munn Bhuridatto. The current abbot - Thanissaro
Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) - grew up in rural New York and
Virginia, and was later ordained as a monk in Thailand in
1976. He trained for ten years under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko, a
member of the Forest Tradition, until the latter's death in
1986. After returning to the States to help set up Metta in
1991, he was made abbot of the monastery in 1993 and was formally
made a preceptor in 1995.
Vipassana.com offers resources and support to meditators in
the Theravada tradition. Several hundred people have participated
in the free 10 week Online Meditation Course since it began
in 1997. Led by Andrew Quernmore, a London-based meditation
teacher, the course introduces both samatha and vipassana
techniques and is currently available in English and Russian
(Spanish and French translations are in progress). The site
also offers access to modern texts and a full- text search
facility on major suttas from the Pali canon.
Wat Suthat Thep Wararamworavihara is one of Thailand's six
most important temples, located in the heart of Rattanakosin
Island, which was the center of old Bangkok. Phra Sakayamuni
is the principal Buddha Statue of the temple. This Buddha
Statue is placed over the heart of the city in correspondence
with Tamrab Mahapichaisongkram and the meaning of Pang Marn
Vichai Style, that is the victory over the demon. This meaning
is the main meaning of Ayothaya city: "The city that never
loses against anyone". More than 200 years have passed by
and the truth of this has come about according to Somdej Phrabuddha
Yod Fah Chulalok, the first great king of the Chakkri Dynasty,
who established Bangkok.
Carolina Buddhajakra Vanaram
Wat Carolina Buddhajakra Vanaram, is a Theravadin monastary
and meditation center located in coastal North Carolina. The
Abbot is Tan Ajahn Phrakru Buddhamonpricha, Secretary-General
of the Dhammayut Order, USA. Lay practisioners represent varied
cultures and compliment each other in dhamma practise. The
Buddhist Holy Days are observed at the Wat, with large attendance
at special ceremonies and festivals. A meditation group meets
Located in Thailand, on the island of Koh Phangan, the International
Meditation Center attracts people from all over the world
interested in studying and practicing the methods, techniques
and tools of mental development taught by Rosemary and Steve
Weissman, the resident teachers since 1988. They feel that
through an overall and balanced mental development practice,
we may be able to gain Insight into our own nature and the
laws of Nature; developing deep Compassion and Understanding
of the origins of difficulties and stress, and how to end
This site introduces readers to a branch monastery of Wat
Nong Pah Pong and Wat Pah Nanachat. The abbot, Ajahn Munindo
leads this small monastic training community which also provides
guest accommodation for lay visitors.
Eightfold-l is a discussion list on the Four Noble Truths
and the Eightfold Path of Buddhism. This list is to be used
as a sort of "study group" for beginners and advanced students
Writings in Thai and English focused on the Tripitaka. There
is also an on-line study group where all are welcome. (groups.yahoo.com/group/DSList)
Webmaster: Amara Chayabongse: email@example.com
Buddhaviharas is a non-sectarian Buddhist mailing list providing
daily inspirational messages relating to the four immeasurables
(or Brahmaviharas) of lovingkindness, compassion, joy and
equanimity. Featured quotations in the past have included
the Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, Ayya Khema,
Jack Kornfield. Discussion of any of the immeasurables is
welcome! In addition, anyone is welcome to submit quotations
relating to these topics at any time.
for Insight Meditation
This site features html books by the late Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw
of Burma, Bhikkhu Pesala, an English monk who is owner of
the site, Ledi Sayadaw and Sayadaw U Janaka.
This website seeks to introduce Buddhism, and to help find
the answers to life as well as the afterlife. Applying the
teachings of Buddhism to daily life are also explained here
in practical everyday terms. We will also look into some basic
concepts of Buddhism, and the links throughout the site provide
further information for those wishing to find out more. There
are answers to interesting questions on Buddhism and modern
science, kamma and rebirth, creation myths and many more.
Also included in this website is a section on the daily practice
of Buddhism. There are also lots of e-books, talks on MP3
and video clips in our Downloads section. And we have booklets,
CDs, car decals, stickers and cards which you can request
in our Free Stuff section.
This website aims at making Early Buddhist Texts accessible
in the original languages (mainly Pali and Sanskritised Prakrit);
providing accurate and readable translations of the same;
and a scholarly study of the texts, especially in regard to
their compiliation, grammer and prosody. The website also
includes other facilities such as Audio Readings and Maps
of Ancient Buddhist India.
Godwin Samararatne Site
Godwin was one of the best known meditation teachers in Sri
Lanka in recent times. This website has been developed to
make Godwin's teachings available to a wider audience. It
includes audio recordings, transcriptions, photographs, and
a database of Godwin's teachings.
Foundation - USA
Saddhamma Foundation was formed to support the Venerable Sayadaw
U Pandita 1989. We provide resources about Satipatthana (mindfulness)
and Vipassana (insight) meditation and meditation retreats.
We have extensive information for those who wish to travel
to and practice meditation at the Panditarama Forest Center
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