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The Buddhist Channel: this massive site is sort of a Buddhist news site. Keep up to date with what's happening around the Buddhist world here. Includes feature articles about subjects like archeology, art & culture, what's happening in Oceania, Asia, North America and Europe. A very interesting site.

Buddhist Dictionary: This digital dictionary, edited by Charles Muller, is password protected but allows 10 searches per 24 hours for free. See their password access page for more details.

Buddhist Tourism
: A site for the dedicated Buddhist tourist. Extensive and includes many different countries as well as basic information about Buddhism.

Cult Information: This link will take you to The Cult Education Institute (CEI), formerly known as the Ross Institute of New Jersey, for information on cults and other weird groups. Useful site for checking out what people are up to. It's a huge site.

The Japanese Garden : Beautiful site with excellent photos of 24 gardens, mostly in temples in Kyoto. Includes a short history and explanation of the elements of a traditional garden. Recommended site for those interested in the topic.

Killing the Buddha: an eclectic collection of essays. "Killing the Buddha is a religion magazine for people made anxious by churches, people embarrassed to be caught in the "spirituality" section of a bookstore, people both hostile and drawn to talk of God..." Has some interesting essays; worth a visit.

Mudras: "A mudra is a bodily posture or symbolic gesture. In Buddhist iconography every buddha is depicted with a characteristic gesture of the hands." This site shows 10 common mudras. Taken from the Shambhala Dictionary.
More illustrated mudras here.
Onmark Productions has some excellent examples.

Onmark Productions: this site has a wealth of information of interest to Buddhists, including guides to mandalas, Buddhist robes, mudras, sacred objects used in statuary and paintings as well as some basics about Buddhism. This site is well worth spending some browsing.

OrientalArchitecture.com: Not exclusively Buddhist but a photo compilation of sacred sites and architecture from around Asia; "a photographic survey of Asia's architectural heritage". Has 595 sites in 18 countries and over 9,000 photographs. For those interested in ancient architecture, a worthy site.

Sri Ramana Maharshi: Who Am I? A translation of Ramana's basic teaching. This short piece is the core of Ramana Maharshi's teachings.

Realization.org: This site is about Hinduism. Articles by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, David Godman, translations of Hindu texts by Max Muller and others, and other stuff. The link will take you to their articles page.

Religion Online.org: A huge site with over 4,700 articles, all Christian-based, as far as I can tell.

Sacred-texts.org: A huge collection of sacred texts from the world's religions. The link above will take you to their Zen section. This link will take you to their home page.

Sarlo's Guru Rating Service: Well, I don't think you should take this too seriously, but it does have a lot of links to various gurus/teachers/masters/whatever. An entertaining place to spend a few hours.

St John of the Cross
: complete text of the classic Dark Night of the Soul available here.


Theravada Links: Access to Insight: This site has some great links to Theravadan Buddhism materials, including some of the Tipitaka in translation.

U.G. Krishnamurti: Not related in any way to the better known Krishnamurti. You can download for free all his writings, including full books. I make no judgement on this guy but he's definitely got nothing to do with Zen Buddhism. But he does have a nice face.

Vipassana eBooks: a number of free ebooks on Vipassana (as well as a limited number of Ch'an texts) available here.

The Worst Horse: a very eclectic site of Buddhist links, writings, videos, audio, songs and, well, stuff. Includes things like links to gay and lebsian buddhist groups, punk rock, blogs, comedy, Buddhist tattoos, hip-hop and surfing and skateboarding. A very large and fun site.

Zen Tails: an interesting site for free children's ebooks. The books are free! As the site says: "Zen Tails® is a ground-breaking collection of children's picture books based on stories drawn from great philosophical traditions. Each book is beautifully illustrated and contains the original ancient story as well as a moral." You can also buy hardback editions.