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DIRECT LINK »» Buddhist History and Culture: An overview of Buddhist History and Culture
|Schools and Lineages - Explanation of the Schools and Lineages of Buddhism.|
|Geographical Spread of Buddhism - Chart showing the spread of Buddhism in Asia.|
|Timelines of Buddhist History - Chronological events in the evolution of Buddhism.|
| Buddhist History Theravada Buddhism Tibetan Buddhism Chinese Buddhism Japanese Buddhism Sri Lankan Buddhism|
|Profiles of Historical Figures - Brief biographical details of major Buddhist figures - historical and contemporary.|
|• Contemporaries of the Buddha / Historical Figures • Theravada / Scholars and Teachers Mahayana / Philosophers / Pure Land Figures Tibetan / Founders of Lineages / Contemporary Sangha • Zen/Ch'an - Ancient and Modern Masters.|
|Early Disciples of the Buddha - Pen Portraits of Some of the Eminent Disciples of the Buddha (Adult and Student versions).|
|Buddhism and Women - Questions & Answers on Women in Buddhism; The Buddha and Women; Eminent Women Disciples.|
|Deities and Bodhisattvas - Popular Chinese Deities / Bodhisattvas / Avalokiteshvara / Lohans, Arhats / Maitreya.|
|Buddhist Art & Architecture - Korean, Thai, Tibetan, Temples, Stupas, Images, Mudras, Mandalas, Tangkas, etc.|
|Major Buddhist Sites - Information on the significant historical and pilgrimage sites, including the Four Holy Sites.|
|Scriptures -The Tripitaka [Sanskrit], Tipitaka [Pali], the three baskets of Teachings, is the Canon of the Buddhists, both Theravada and Mahayana traditions.|
|Buddhist Glossary - A glossary of Buddhist technical terms and 'Dharma Data', a Buddhist dictionary.|
FAQs on Buddhist Culture - Some Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) on Buddhist culture.
Festivals & Ceremonies - Buddhist devotional practices; listing of festivals and special events. Personal Ceremonies: Marriage & Funeral Rites.
|The Devotional Service - A Buddhist Devotional Service: setting up a shrine, bowing - with devotional text.|
|Buddhist Iconography - Eight Auspicious Symbols • Vajras (thunder bolt) • Ritual Bells • Beads (rosary) • Symbolic Gestures (mudras) • Seed-syllable (Om Mani Pamde Hum) • Wheels (dharmacaka) • Prayer wheel • Lotus • Ritual Mandalas • Footprints of the Buddha (buddhapada) • Stupas • Thangkas • Buddhist Flag.|
|Statistics - Overall numbers of adherents and statistics of adherents in the major branches of Buddhism.|
Selected Book List - A reading list to facilitate study in particular areas of Buddhist history.