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Online Resources for Teaching Buddhist Studies - August 2020 Beta Release
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This list of online resources relevant to teaching Buddhist Studies was created by graduate students and faculty at the University of Toronto's Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies in the summer of 2020. See http://teachingbuddhism.net/ for more information about this project, or contact frances.garrett@utoronto.ca.
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The easiest way to search this collection is simply to use your browser's own search function (e.g., Command F on a Mac).
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www.jivaka.netDocumentary film collection & multimedia ethnography resources about Buddhism & healthcareDocumentary film & multimedia ethnography about Buddhism & healthcare; medicine, health, ritual, COVID-19, documentary film; database, GIS, documentary film, multimediaWebsite
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https://84000.coSūtras translated from the Tibetan Kangyursutras; literature;manuscripts; Tibetan BuddhismDatabaseIntroducing students to primary sources translated from Tibetan
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https://www.aai.uni-hamburg.de/en/forschung/ngmcp
Nepal-German Manuscript ProjectBuddhist literature; Indic, Newar and Sanskrit textsDatabase of Indic and Tibetan Manuscripts and MicrofilmTibetan and Indic manuscripts for one's research
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http://idp.bl.ukA database of materials and manuscripts from DunhuangBuddhist literature and material culture; texts;material culture;artifacts;paintings DatabaseGood for viewing manuscripts and material culture
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http://www.thlib.orgTibetan Himalayan Digital LibraryBuddhist literature; Tibetan Buddhist texts and dictionaryDatabase
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https://www.tcccgc.orgTibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, Etobicoke, ONTibetan culture WebsiteA great way to connect to the local Tibetan culture and events around the GTA
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSKRKlK6sPw
VOA news documentary on Tibetan Self ImmolationTibetan culture; genocide Video (4 min.)Human Rights issues and Buddhism
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Hqkwb2Szc&list=PLE4Qp1yJgMV1-n7vPdWK4GdQ2gY-9CfHV
Part One of The Yogis of Tibet movie which contains several interveiws with Tibetan Buddhist practitioners who have been in long term retreat. There are subsequent links to the other parts.
yoga;vajrayana; Tibetan monks and nuns in 3 year retreat, in Lapchi NepalVideo (10 min)The practice of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal and the Himalayas. Note that the movie is divided up into several short episodes of about 10 minutes and this link leads to the first, but will connect you with the other sections.
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https://www.ryi.org/free-online-resourcesBuddhist Philosophy: 2 talks on Maitreya's Sublime Continuum, Mind Only and Middle Way, Unifying Academic Study and Traditionsl practice, Douglas Duckworth on Mipham Rinpoche, John Dunne on Dharmakīrti, Eight Verses on Mind training, Buddhist Philosophy, Middle Way, Mind Only, Mipham Rinpoche, Dharmakīrti, YogācaravideoTalks by Nepalese, Tibetan and European academics in English and translated from Tibetan. Buddhist Philosophy
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https://garchen.net/refuge-from-afar/Buddhist Ritual: An example of a Buddhist Refuge ceremony in the Tibetan tradition. Buddhist Refuge in practice; Lived BuddhismvideoA useful example of a basic Buddhist ritual in Tibetan Buddhism, the Refuge ceremony.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14XQk5TvhTcYogic meditative practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, inner heat, gTummo, caṇḍalīVajrayāna, Tibetan yoga, caṇḍalī; Buddhism and Yoga/MeditationvideoA useful example of a Buddhist Yogic meditation by an elderly masterf from Tibet who was imprisoned in China for 20 years.
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https://mittalsouthasiainstitute.harvard.edu/events/Events, Webinars and blogs on current events in South Asia. Lived Buddhism;Contemporary Buddhism;Buddhism in South Asiaarticles, blogs, eventsThe content of this website is constant in flux, but if you are looking for current events, it it very useful.
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https://dharmapunya2019.orgNewar Buddhist and Hindu Art and Ritual Exhibhition at the Cantor Museum of the College of the Holy Cross, MA USA. Newar Buddhist manuscripts with miniature illustrations. Art and Ritual in Newar Buddhism;Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts; Ritual objects, manuscripts, scrolls of Newar Buddhismphotos; articles; material cultureAn exhibhit of Newar Buddhist art and objects that includes descriptions of the object's use in the context of ritual performance.
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http://www.mindfulcranks.com/episode-23-evan thompson-why-i-am-not-a-budhhist More than 20 episodes that discuss Buddhism and Mindfulness (ex. Episode 23 is Evan Thompson talking about his new book, "Why I am Not a Buddhist" which addresses Buddhist Modernism and Cognitive Sciences). Mindfullness;cognitive sciences and Buddhism;Evan Thompsonaudio episodes of more than 10 minutes eachA good opportunity for students to hear from popular authors in person.
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https://southasia.berkeley.eduA veritable treasure of videos and podcasts and articles under the "Viewpoint"section, "Voices About South Asia From South Asia.South Asian Religions; Contemporary South Asia;Buddhism in South Asia; Decolonizing South Asian Studies, Sourth Asian Religions, getting perspectives from South Asia, about South Asiavideos, blogs,podcastsA great resource which will help to bring in more voices from South Asia
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https://www.mindandlife.org Mind and Life Institute, an academic organization that has been bringing together cognitive science and Buddhism for decades. A good resources for mindfullness and conversations with the Dalai Lama of the Tibetan tradition.Mindfullness and cognitive science; Dalai Lama and Science; Buddhism and Sciencebooks, podcasts, articles, videosA good resource for critically refelecting on the engagements of academia with lived religion and Buddhist Modernism.
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https://ubcsanskrit.caResources for learning Sanskrit LanguageSanskrit material and digital resources
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http://nettletibetan.caResources for learning Tibetan LanguageTibetan a wide range of materials, 2 courses, videosThe first course is great for begginners, the second course is great for intermediate and advanced
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(1) Making Prayer Wheels. Newar Artisans make prayer wheels from Metal and fill them with paper mantras. Prayer Wheels;Buddhism in Nepal and Tibet; Buddhist artisans and practices in Nepal and Tibet.video 1 of 32Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(2) Making and Consecrating Prayer Flags. Documents the deployment of Buddhist prayer flags in Nepal. Prayer Flags; Buddhism in Nepal and Tibet; Buddhist artisans and practices in Nepal and Tibetvideo 2 of 32 Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(3) Paintings on Door Entrances in Newar BuddhismBuddhist art; images; statuesvideo 3 of 32great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(4) Simple Buddhist Fire Pūjā for a new Buddha statue in Newar BuddhismBuddhist art; images; statuesvideo 4 of 32Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(5) An Elaborate Buddhist Fire Pūjā: An Event at Bagh Bhairava Temple, Newar Buddhism Buddhist Ritual; Fire Puja;Homa Ritual video 5 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(6) Making a Buddhist Caitya: Steps of Making the Vajradhātu Caitya or Buddhist StupaBuddhist images;stūpas;vrata observancevideo 6 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos-7video 7 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(8) The Rituals at Svayambhū: A Documentary showing the ritual activities that occur on the hilltop at Svayambhū Temple in Nepal as a central shrine of Newar and Tibetan BuddhistsBuddhist Ritual: Svayambhū;Newar and Tibetan Buddhismvideo 8 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(9) Lasa Kusa: A Newar Buddhist Ritual of Welcoming in NepalBuddhist Ritual; The Buddhist home; Lived Buddhism; Lived Buddhism; Newar Buddhism video 9 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(10) Buddhist Devotional Music: The Jñānamāla Bhajan in Newar BuddhismMusic; Devotion; Bhakti; Newar Buddhism; Buddhist Ritualvideo 10 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(12) The making of metal Buddha images by Newar artisans in Patan, Nepal: Lost wax and RepousséBuddha Images; Repoussé; Buddhist Art and Image makingvideo 12 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(14) Buddhist Ritual Art: The Stone carving of Buddhas Buddhist Art: Stone Carving;Buddha imagevideo 14 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(15) A Buddhist music ensemble troupe that goes out for important ritual and festical celebrations participates in a festival for Padmapanī AvaloketeśvaraMusic; Festivals and Celebrationsvideo 15 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(18) Making 125'000 small clay caityas in the process of a vrata among Newar Buddhist of the Kathmandu Valley: he Lakśa Caitya VrataStūpas; Buddhist art in ritual contextvideo 18 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnqlIQxdymsk0ZupaUsQi1Q/videos(19) Chanting the Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra: A documentary on ancient and new texts being receiting in a ritual context for merit making and involving several Buddhist priests of the Newar Buddhist traditionChanting the Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra; Prajñāparāmitā; Buddhist texts and manuscripts; Buddhist Philosophy in practice; manuscripts; perfection of Wisdomvideo 19 of 33Great introductory video produced by Dr. Todd Lewis
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https://scroll.in/article/950877/the-gandharan-manuscripts-change-what-we-know-about-the-course-of-buddhist-historyAn informal yet insightful article by foremost scholar of Gandharan Buddhim discussing the possibility of multiple canons in light of the Gandharan Buddhist scrolls discoveryBuddhist Canon; Gandhara; Buddhism in Gandhara, Pakistan and AfghanistanArticleA simply written article by one of the foremost scholars of Gandharan Buddhism of Pakistan and Afghanistan that can be utilized for an introductory course.
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https://www.lavc.edu/profdev/library/docs/promotethink.aspxA very concise and helpful little document to asssist teachers incorporate of more deep thinking questions into their syllabi as opposed to 'surface memorization". How to pose open questions, be it for assignments or lectures, that encourage creativity. syllabi; open questions; creative thinkingdocumentA list of open questions for students that can easily be adapted to Buddhist Studies courses for quizzess, assignments, discussions and so forth.
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https://wlu.ca/professional-development/centre-for-indigegogy/decolonizing-education-certificate.htmlThere are several training modules explained here on decolonizing education that one can register for in any order. I personally highly recommend Wilfrid Laurier as a leader in decolonial education and if one cannot attend in person, it might be possible to attend online or schedule an appointment to discuss how to decolonize one's teaching approaches. syllabi; decolonial teaching; Decolonizing the classroom; Indigenous pedagogy There are 8 modules and other seminars for teachers that can be taken in any order.“It is precisely because education was the primary tool of oppression of Aboriginal people, and miseducation of all Canadians, that we have concluded that education holds the key to reconciliation.” Note: some of these programs are not free.
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https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cstdmed/Indigenous_Education_and_Decolonization.htmlThis is a consice yet thorough explanation of how to introduce decolonial learning into any course, including those in Buddhist Studies, through informing students about the aboriginal land on which U of T stands. pathway to decolonial landbased learning; intro to Decolonial learning; land based learningbrief one page descriptionThis is a helpful page from OISE at U of T that simply introduces teachers to the first step of decolonial teaching: that is the verbal recognition of U of T being located on indigenous land. Note: this kind of approach can be incorporated into almost any course taught at North American Universities and other colonized states and nations.
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https://bodhitv.tv/himalayan-buddhism/Up to date news, interviews and articles in English, Nepali, Newar and Tibetan right from the heart of Lumbini, Nepal.Buddhism in Nepal; Nepalese and Newar voices; Up to date news and articles about Himalayan Buddhism from Nepalarticles; interviewsA very helpful way to stay up to date on what is important for Buddhists in Nepal. A great resource for Nepali speakers.
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https://tibetanlibrary.org/museum/The Library of Tibetan Works and archives has been a solid resource for published works, translations, newsletters and articles that is generated from the home of the Tibetan government in exile since 1959, Dharamsala. Tibetan Buddhism in India; Tibetan Buddhism, News, articlesdownloadable resources, journal, publications, libraryA good resource for checking in on the state of affairs with the Tibetan community in exile in India, as well as many Tibetan and English language literature, programs and events.
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https://nhdp-test.kjc.uni-heidelberg.de/search?paging-filter=1DANAM, the Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments, is the database of the Nepal Heritage Documentation Project. Datasets in DANAM include structured information about the monuments’ histories, object details, anthropological data on religious and social activities, architectural details, maps, plans and drawings. (https://nhdp-test.kjc.uni-heidelberg.de/danam/)Nepalese art and monuments; Newar Buddhism, Newar Buddhist architecture and artDatabase (includes maps, plans, drawings and photographs, assessments of the state of monuments and more)Could be useful for people interested in cultural heritage and heritage preservation. Could also be interesting for people who learn Nepali as the entries are bilingual (Engl./Nepali)
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https://guides.nyu.edu/dighum/homeAn introductory guide to Digital Humanities. Includes basic intro to the subject and a wealth of digital resources: links to journals, databases and e-books; text visualization tools; tools for text analysis; visualization apps and tools; grant writing resources; tools for sharing, publishing, & displaying scholarly research; oral histories and podcasts; project management and webdesign; coding resources; etc.Digital Humanities; online toolsKnowledge repositoryUseful resource for all kinds of studies that want/have to transition into a digital environment or make use of available technologies.
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https://globalnepalimuseum.com/A cloud-based museum that features Nepalese objects kept in museums around the world.museums; Nepal; Buddhist art in Nepalmuseum
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https://rubinmuseum.org/collection/searchThe Rubin Museum is a museum in NYC dedicated to art from Himalayas, India and neighboring regions, with a permanent collection focused particularly on Tibetan art. Also accessible via https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/rubin-museum-of-artmuseums, Nepal, Tibet, Himalaya; Buddhist art museum
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https://stolengods.org/country/nepal.htmlUp to date reporting the theft and destruction of sacred art from around the world. The link here is only for items from Nepal, but the site can filter by region and country (e.g. includes Bhutan and Tibet). Buddhist art; sacred art, art theft in Nepaldatabase/list; collected information and documentation of sacred art theft
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http://exploreart.rma2.org/"The Rubin Museum of Art welcomes you to ExploreArt,
a web site dedicated to using interactive web technologies
and elegant design for creating innovative ways to experience art and understand its role in expressing the human experience."
Himalayan Buddhist artinteractive museum (different from most museum websites in how one can engage with and learn about the artworks)
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https://historyofphilosophy.net/india/buddhists-jains
All episodes in the podcast section on the "History of Philosophy: India" are co-authored with with Jonardon Ganeri. There is a sub-section with 20 episodes on "Buddhists and Jains" that I have linked here. Indian Buddhist philosophy; Nāgārjuna, Vasubandhu, Dignāga, Buddhaghosa; Yogācāra, Mādhyamaka podcastPerhaps not "highly spezialized" but rather for intermediate/advanced philosophy classes, not (undergrad) introduction courses. One cannot see the duration of the podcasts unless played (most seem to be between 20-30 minutes).
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https://sketchfab.com/brerick/collections/nepal3D models of caityas and temples at Swayambhū, Kwā Bāhāḥ, Namo Buddha and Asura cave in PharpingBuddhism in Nepal, Newar Buddhism, Padmasambhava; Buddhist art; intro to Buddhism; Buddhism in Nepal; pilgrimage 3D models
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https://jatakastories.div.ed.ac.uk/Searchable database of jātakas in Indian (1) texts and (2) art:

(1) Story in Text gives either the full text in the original language and English translation or a summary (if copyright-free translation is unavailable).
(2) Story in Art provides a copyright-cleared image (or several images) per story & a description & list of the visual elements present, partly as a way of describing the narrative features they depict and partly to enable users to search for depictions of specific items.
Buddhist narratives, jātaka, avadāna; Buddhist art; life stories of the Buddha; Sanskrit; Pālidatabase
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https://treasuryoflives.org/institution/Women36 biographies of female Tibetan Buddhist figures between the 7th and 20th centuries (incl. bibliographies)Women in Tibetan Buddhism, life stories, female Buddhist practitioners; Buddhism and genderbiographical information
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https://dharmacloud.tsadra.org/Timeless Treasuries is a free public repository of Tibetan Buddhist literature hosted by the Tsadra Foundation. It provides ebooks by prominent monastery-based publishers of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions.Tibetan texts; Tibetan language classestext repository
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https://dharmaebooks.org/ebook editions of the Buddhist canon in Tibetan, Buddhist philosophical texts from the Tibetan traditions, and practice texts & dharma texts in several other languages. This project is overseen by the Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.Tibetan texts; Tibetan language classesebooks for download
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https://eap.bl.uk/search/site?f%5B0%5D=sm_related_places%3ANepal%2C%20AsiaBritish Library “Endangered Archives Programme” Nepal collection: includes digitized manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, etc.museum, Nepal; Newar Buddhism, Newar Buddhist manuscriptsarchive
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_vqAIOT-9UAerial Drone View: Boudha Stūpacircumambulations, common Buddhist practices, Boudha, stūpa, sacred geometry, yantra, lived Buddhism; Introduction to Buddhismvideo (2:24 mins)
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https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/Maps/Maps-of-Buddhist-Asia.pdfVarious maps of ancient Buddhist India drawn and compiled by Ānandajoti Bhikkhu (2013)maps (e.g. indicating the spread of Buddhism, locating places of historic events such as for instance where versions of the Dhammapada were found, etc); Introduction to Buddhism
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https://meridian-trust.org/#Archive of over 2,500 hours of footage, the largest of its kind in the world; one which focuses primarily on the endangered traditions of Tibet. The Meridian Trust works under the patronage of H.H. the Dalai Lama.Tibetan Buddhismvideo archiveThere is also a useful advanced search function (https://meridian-trust.org/advanced-video-search/) which has multiple filters, including the video duration. There are several hundred tags (https://meridian-trust.org/browse/ scroll down to "browse by tag") are available to search for content
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http://shrineroom.rma2.org/The Rubin museum’s virtual Tibetan Buddhist shrine.museum, Tibetan Buddhist shrine; Buddhist art; Intro to Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhismvirtual shrine tourThis virtual shrine tour works smoothly and is unlike some others that are based on older technologies etc. and/or not as userfriendly/functional.
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https://asia.si.edu/interactives/sacred-spaces/Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art (Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery): Overview on the variety of Tibetan Buddhism’s sacred shrine spaces. The page includes neat sections on (1) shrines in situ and (2) shrines in action with respective sub-categories (e.g. domestic shrines, monastic shrines, cave shrines, etc.) as well as a page with a shrine room tour (https://asia.si.edu/interactives/sacred-spaces/shrine-room-landing.html)
museum, Tibetan Buddhist shrine; Buddhist art; Intro to Buddhism; Tibetan Buddhismvirtual shrine tourThis virtual shrine tour works smoothly and is unlike some others that are based on older technologies etc. and/or not as userfriendly/functional.
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https://asia.si.edu/interactives/sacred-spaces/key-terms.htmlNice visual display of key words, that lead to short descriptions of the following terms:
arhat, bodhisattva, buddha, Dalai Lama, the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, gau, lama, mahasiddha, mandala, Padmasambhava, Shakyamuni, stupa, thangka, the Tibetan Buddhist world, Tsongkhapa, vajra, Vajrayana, wrathful deities, yab-yum, yogini
short descriptions, key terms; Introduction to (Tibetan) Buddhismtext & pictures
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https://vimeo.com/401056695In this short video, Geshe Dadul Namgyal, a Buddhist monk and scholar at Atlanta’s Drepung Loseling Monastery, briefly introduces the nirmāṇakāya features of a Śākyamuni Buddha statue, some of the symbolism of the statue as well as its interior.Śākyamuni Buddha statue; Introduction to (Tibetan) Buddhism
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To be combined with this link: https://carlos.emory.edu/htdocs/ODYSSEY/SOUTHASIA/buddha.html
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https://carlos.emory.edu/htdocs/ODYSSEY/SOUTHASIA/buddha.html To access the shrine description you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “here” in the last paragraph. The page has the same URL as the other site and cannot be linked separately.Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist shrines.

On this page is (1) a video of Geshe Dadul Namgyal, a Buddhist monk and scholar at Atlanta’s Drepung Loseling Monastery, who briefly describes the function of a Tibetan Buddhist altar and (2) a photo of the altar with highlighted spots, that each link to a short video explanation of the item (videos each around 1-2mins, not significantly longer)
Tibetan Buddhist shrine/altar; Introduction to (Tibetan) Buddhismvideos (each around 1-2mins)Gelugpa
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https://carlos.emory.edu/htdocs/ODYSSEY/SOUTHASIA/avalokiteshvara.htmlShort discussion of an Indian Avalokiteśvara figure (11th-12th centuries). Includes clickable hotspots on the statue that describe its details.bodhisattva, museum, mantra, om mani padme hum, compassion, Avalokiteśvara; Buddhist art, Introduction to Buddhismtext & clickable picture
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https://carlos.emory.edu/htdocs/ODYSSEY/SOUTHASIA/avalokiteshvara.html
To access the sand mandala documentation you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “here” in the last paragraph. The page has the same URL as the other site and cannot be linked separately.
“Watch monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery make the sand mandala of Avalokiteśvara from millions of grains of colored sand.”

Short documentation of a sand maṇḍala construction and its dissolution. Includes photos, short texts, and a video (2:07 mins) as well as a mandala image with clickable hotspots that describe its details.
bodhisattva, maṇḍala, Tibetan monks, ritual, compassion, Avalokiteśvara; (Tibetan) Buddhist art, Introduction to (Tibetan) Buddhismtext, pictures, video (2:07mins), clickable maṇḍala with descriptionsGelugpa
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wu9YzVrz3oGuided meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh titled "Sitting with the Buddha"guided meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh; mindfulness, meditationvideo (22:12mins)
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https://www.bl.uk/sacred-texts/videos/buddhism"Discovering Sacred Texts: Buddhism." Short introduction to Buddhist texts (more than 10 different speakers & texts from different Buddhist traditions).Buddhist scriptures, manuscripts, material religion; Introduction to Buddhismvideo (9:09mins)
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https://chesterbeatty.ie/exhibitions/thai-buddhist-tales/"The Chester Beatty preserves an internationally important yet little known collection of Buddhist manuscripts from Thailand. Unfolding a selection of these books, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore the Buddhist tales depicted within." The website includes a link to the 3D virtual gallery, where the beautifully illustrated manuscripts (in different languages) are intruduced and can be viewed as in the museum. (https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=x3dUG6oEZUn).Buddhist scriptures, Thailand, manuscripts, museum, material religion, tales, narratives, 3D gallery tour; Introduction to Buddhism, Buddhist art, Buddhism in Thailandvirtual gallery tourSeveral of the manuscripts in the 3D gallery come with an extra link in the description that says "see object here" which then lists detailed object information to the right (e.g. title, production date, material, dimensions, table of content, etc.). At the very bottom is a section called "download" where the item is available for download in different formats (pdf, jpg, etc.), provided for personal research and scholarship.
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http://www.dsbcproject.org/Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon: "The Digital Sanskrit Buddhist Canon (DSBC) is an ambitious project to preserve the original intellectual and spiritual heritage of Buddhism through digitization and organization of these texts into a complete and comprehensive Sanskrit Buddhist Canon that may be freely accessed online." Buddhist manuscripts, SanskritSanskrit texts
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http://aibs.columbia.edu/Tengyur translation project of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS) at Columbia University. The website has a searchable database.Buddhist texts, Tibetan Buddhism, Tengyur; Tibetan language classes, Tibetan BuddhismTibetan Buddhist texts, database
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ooCodjgjkY&fbclid=IwAR0b0kHArBCA99vXRsNreqZ6aYvylG4-cEnYvEmK9X5A0DFBd33ErqpeG40
Heart Sūtra in Sanskrit by Vidhya Rao (Tib & Skt lyrics, Eng sub available) Heart Sūtra, chanting, musicaudio/video
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6-v08jxIEk"The young priest of Bu Bahal" A short video about Bibindra Bajracharya assuming his priestly duties at a Newar vihāra for the duration of 15 days (Nepali with English subtitles).vihāra, tradition and modernity, continuity and change, Nepal, devotional practices, Newar Buddhist priest; Newar Buddhism; Nepali languagevideo (2:52mins)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0DoZ-DhKAk"Janabahal: Sakal Pranipini" Members of Janabahal Gyanmala Bhajan sing "Sakal Prani pini Matina ya jaa" (सकल प्राणीपिनि मतिनाया जः) at Janabahal in Kathmandu.bhajan, devotional songs, devotional practices, lay practices, music, worship, Avalokiteśvara, Karuṇāmaya, vihāra, Nepal; Newar Buddhism; Newar languagevideo (8:11mins)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yHJ4i4U3P8Daśakarma rituals for Karuṇāmaya (Janabahal)ritual, daśakarma, vihāra, Avalokiteśvara, Karuṇāmaya, Nepal; Newar Buddhismvideo (5:44)
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https://ceb.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ttp/flash/mongolian/mongolian.htmlInteractive book that shows selections of a Mongolian manuscript entitled "Manual of Astrology and Divination," written in Tibetan (ca. 1900). "The illustrations are astrological tables, divination plots, and coloured illustrations of the planetary god Rahu the Devourer, the garuda wheel (bya-byung-gi-’khor-lo), the wheel of 8 vases (chu-brtag-bum-brgyad-’khor-lo), the lotus wheel (padma’i-’khor-lo), the mda’-gzhu’i-’khor-lo, the lions’ wheel (sen-ge’i-’khor-lo), the tortoise wheel (rus-sbal-gyi-’khor-lo), the spren-pa’i-’khor-lo, the klu’i-’khor-lo, gyul-rma-brtag-pî-’khor-lo and the gdugs-kyi-’khor-lo. In the text reference is made to the course of the planets Jupiter (phur-bu), Saturnus (spen-pa), Mars (mig-dmar) and Rahu."Tibetan book, pecha (dpe cha), astrology, divination, manuscript, material religion; Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, astrology and divination in Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhism in Mongoliainteractive manuscript (needs flash player / the pecha is wrapped in cloth and unwraps automatically; pages can be flipped from bottom to top)More information on this manuscript: https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2014/11/13/mongolian-manuscript-comes-to-turning-the-pages/ Link to some more close-ups: https://ceb.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ttp/mongolian-gallery.html
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGzGuw1rkOo&feature=youtu.be"Soto Zen Buddhism has over 110 years-history of teaching activity in South America. It has started in Peru and after WW2, in Brasil. Now it has spread all over South America. This film shows the advancement of Soto Zen Buddhism in South America."Soto Zen Buddhism, global Buddhism, Japanese Buddhism, South America; Global Buddhismvideo (13:00)
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http://www.columbia.edu/cu/weai/exeas/syllabi/pdf/Tibetan-Buddhism.pdfGeorges B.J. Dreyfus' syllabus for "Tibetan Buddhism" (spring 2015)Tibetan Buddhism; Syllabuspdf
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http://home.uchicago.edu/~aryadeva/Christians_Website/Teaching_courses_files/Tibetan%20Buddhism%20Syllabus%20Spring%202009.pdfChristian K. Wedemeyer's syllabus for "Tibetan Buddhism" (spring 2009)Tibetan Buddhism; SyllabuspdfThe syllabus is a little old but includes a useful bibliography (if one is interested in older works, starting from the 1960s)
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https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/syllabi-topic/Buddhism/"This collaboration between the Wabash Center, the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the Society of Biblical literature (SBL) makes available nearly 1000 syllabi submitted by professors in a wide variety of subfields in religious and theological studies." I have linked the syllabi filded under "Buddhism" here.Buddhism; Syllabuspdf
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https://tsethar.org/projects/performing-tsethar/
The website Tsethar International was formed by Lama Palzang in 2006. The mission of the organisation is to "free animals that are destined for slaughter, to educate the public about animal liberation and the preciousness of life, and to promote a plant-based diet."tsethar (Wyl. tshe thar), life release, saving lives, lived Buddhism, veganism/vegetarianism, animals, merit, liberating animals; Buddhism and animals, Intro to Buddhism, Tibetan BuddhismwebpageThe website has a section on how to perform tsethar that includes a list of mantras (https://tsethar.org/projects/performing-tsethar/) and which is helpful for anybody who would like to release animals in accordance with this Nyingma tradition. There is also another section full of quotations that pertain to vegetarianism coming from Buddhist teachers, scientists, etc. (can be filtered): https://tsethar.org/learn/quotes/
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https://tormafilm.com/watch-the-trailer/The website promotes "Torma: The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture," the first feature-length documentary about the sacred ritual art of tormas. It has a concise section about the history of tormas, one can watch a trailer of the documentary and there are also several blog entries with links to other torma-related resourcs & a small gallery.tormas (Wyl. gtor ma), butter sculpture, offerings, merit, material religion; Tibetan Buddhism, Intro to Buddhismvideo 2:31 (and more resources)A helpful aid for introducing the subject of tormas to an undergrad class.
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https://studybuddhism.com/Alexander Berzin's extensive introduction to Buddhism, particularly Tibetan BuddhismTibetan Buddhism resources textThis website can be used as reference for students who express a desire to learn more about Tibetan Buddhism than their course covers. They can explore a wide range of topics and multimedia resources here (text, audio, video). I recommend to use the searchbar.
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https://www.chronicleproject.com/biography/Annotated timeline of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's lifeChögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Buddhism in the West, global Buddhism, spread/transmission of Buddhism to the WesttextComplementary source for courses that deal with the transmission of Tibetan Buddhism to the West. The website is maintained by followers of CTR and also has audio and video sections with selected material.
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https://arrow-journal.org/buddhism-feminism/
The Arrow Journal explores the relationship among contemplative practice, politics, and activism. This issue was published in 2016 as Special Issue: Buddhism & Feminism. It includes articles by Alexis Shotwell, Holly Gayley, Sara E. Lewis and Judith Simmer-Brown. The issue can be downloaded for free (you need to scroll down) but the website suggests a donation of US$10.Buddhism and feminism, Buddhism and gender, Buddhism and women, Buddhism in the Westpdf
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTKcBmDqoMs།འཕགས་པ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བརྒྱད་པའི་ཚིགས་སུ་བཅད་པ་བཞུགས་སོ། ། The Verses of the Eight Noble Auspicious Ones by Mipham Rinpoche

prayer, lived Buddhism, song, music; Tibetan language, Tibetan Buddhismaudio (1:59)Nice folk-inspired version of the prayer. The Tibetan lyrics are in the description box below the Youtube video. A translation is available here: https://lhaseylotsawa.org/library/verses-of-the-eight-noble-auspicious-ones
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https://www.nekhor.org/The website complements the book Following in your Footsteps: The Lotus-Born Guru in Nepal (Vo.1) in order to "revitalize and restore the great holy places of Guru Padmasambhava, forefather of Buddhism in Tibet, by providing guidance through online resources, print publications, and on-the-ground expertise."lived Buddhism, Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche, pilgrimage, sacred sites, Nepal; Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhism in Nepal, Global Buddhism, Buddhist pilgrimage, Buddhist tourismwebpage
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https://perfumedskull.com/2016/04/17/everything-is-fake-in-china-treasure-revealers-false-prophets-and-the-miracle-of-community-belief/"Everything is fake in China: Treasure-revealers, False Prophets, and the Miracle of Community Belief." The blog entry by scholar Ben Joffe offers some thoughts on tertöns in Tibetan Buddhism.tertön (Wyl. gter ston), terma (Wyl. gter ma), treasure revealers, faith, trust, believe, charisma, skepticism, community, miracle; Tibetan BuddhismblogThe blog entry can be utilized to introduce the subject of tertöns to students who are familiar with the study of religion and its terminology, but to whom the treasure tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is new. (The blog has plenty of other interesting posts.)
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https://lhakardiaries.com/2017/05/24/decolonial-intersectional-interventions-against-neoliberal-feminism-reflections-on-tibetan-feminisms/"Decolonial & Intersectional Interventions against (Neo)Liberal Feminism: Reflections on Tibetan Feminisms." Article/blog post written by scholar Dawa Lokyitsang (2017); includes bibliographyTibetan feminisms, intersectionality, decolonization, assemblage, (neo)liberal feminism, native feminist theoriesblogAbout the blog: "Lhakar Diaries is a blog dedicated to Lhakar, or, "White Wednesday," a non-cooperation movement in Tibet based on non-violent strategy, where ordinary men and women actively resist China's occupation by supporting Tibetan businesses, eat Tibetan food, wear Tibetan clothing, speak Tibetan language and celebrate the Tibetan identity. We are a team of young Tibetans around the globe, highlighting these examples of civil resistance inside Tibet. Lhakar Diaries serves as a platform to promote similar actions on the outside, showing our solidarity with Tibetans in Tibet."
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https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an11/an11.001.than.htmlKimattha Sutta: What is the Purpose? "Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: 'What is the purpose of skillful virtues? What is their reward?' (...)"merit, virtue; Intro to Buddhismsutta, sūtraShort read about the key points of skillful virtues.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2oyzs4e5X0Dr. Kuenga Wangmo, who works as advisor for the Centre for Archaeology and Historical Studies (CAHS) at the Royal University of Bhutan, talks about dakini script.dakini script (Wyl. mkha' 'gro brda yig); dakini / ḍākinī; khandro (Wyl. mkha' 'gro); tertön (Wyl. gter ston); terma (Wyl. gter ma); treasure; transmission; secret script; Tibetan Buddhismvideo (15:08)The video serves as a basic introduction to the subject but requires some knowledge about terma traditions and some familiarity with Tibetan.
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https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/emperors-lamas-and-silk-the-origin-of-fabric-thangkas"Emperors, Lamas, and Silk: the Origin of Fabric Thangkas" is a blog entry/article written by the American textile artist Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo that deals with appliqué thangkas. These thangkas are not painted, but made from small pieces of fabric that are sewn together, see here for instance: http://thegreenelephantdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/02/traditional-artsapplique-thangka.html or https://www.norbulingka.org/thangka-appliqueacute.html The article includes a short bibliography.thangka (Wyl. thang ka); scroll paiting; appliqué thangka; silk thangka; cultural transfer; material religion; textile art; (Tibetan) Buddhist arttext and photosThis article can be used in a class that introduces the subject of thangkas. A supplementary source about thangkas that gives a good first overview on the topic is: http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat6/sub36/entry-4440.html#chapter-0 The page is introductory and includes sections on types, functions, history, etc. of thangkas. No Tibetan required.
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https://www.pierreseche.com/thangka_walls_english.htmAnnotated article about thangka walls, and the history of their study, by archaeologist Christian Lassure. thangka walls; monasteries; thangka (Wyl. thang ka); material religion; (Tibetan) Buddhist art, (Tibetan) Buddhist architecturetext, photos, sattelite views, maps, illustrationsThe essay is heavily illustrated (photos, sattelite views, maps, drawings) and introduces not only Tibetan terminology relevant to the subject, but also French, German and English terms. From the website: "A "thangka wall" is a stone-built structure used in some buddhist monasteries of China's Tibet for the open-air hoisting of giant or monumental appliqued thangkas, or scrolls [1], called gos sku / go ku ("cloth image") in Tibetan. (...) The discovery of these unique edifices has induced this writer to look for photographic and textual evidence about them."
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA_Kp9v9ZtA"Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche about Homosexuality and Buddhism (traduit en français)" The French translation is in the description box below the video. LGBTQ, homosexuality, lived Buddhism; Introduction to (Tibetan) Buddhism, Gender Studies and Buddhismvideo (7:11)Statement about homosexuality and Buddhism by the renowned Tibetan/Bhutanese master Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzGWn58sI_kTalk by Isabelle Charleux Ph.D., director of research at the CNRS, on "Mongol ‘Translations’ of a Nepalese Stupa: Architectural Replicas and the Cult of
Bodnāth Stūpa/Jarung khashar in Mongolia" (2019). The talk starts at minute 5:54.
Buryatia; Mongolia; stūpa; Bodnāth stūpa; Boudha; architectural replicas; worship; pilgrimage; material religion; Buddhist architecture, Buddhist artvideo (1 hour 6 minutes)The talk includes plenty of slides (photos, charts, etc). Extract from the description of the talk: "The cult of the Nepalese stupa of Bodnath (Tib. and Mo. Jarung Khashor) was very popular in 19th and early 20th century Mongolia and especially in Buryatia, as testifies the translation into Mongolian of a famous guidebook to Bodnath, a corpus of Mongolian oral narratives, the many thang-kas and amulets depicting the Bodnath Stupa along with a Tibetan prayer, and the existence of architectural replicas in Mongolia, probably to create surrogate pilgrimages to Bodnath. I will focus on these architectural replicas and try to explain how the Nepalese architecture was ‘translated’ to Mongolia (..)."
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https://www.istb.univie.ac.at/kanjur/rktsneu/sub/index.php"Resources for Kanjur & Tanjur Studies (rKTs) is dedicated to making research on Tibetan Buddhist canonical collections openly accessible. The website provides comprehensive tools for studying canonical literature in more than 50 Kanjurs and manuscript collections, such as online catalogues, searchable e-texts, and an extensive archive of images of Tibetan manuscripts as well as secondary sources." (University of Vienna)Kanjur; Tanjur; manuscripts; Tibetan language; Tibetan Buddhismdatabase
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http://gretil.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gretil.html#top"The Göttingen Register of Electronic Texts in Indian Languages (GRETIL) and related Indological materials from Central and Southeast Asia is a resource platform providing standardized machine-readable texts in Indian languages that have been contributed by various individuals and institutions." (Georg August Universität Göttingen)manuscripts (various); Language courses (Sanskrit, Pāli, Prakrit, Dravidian languages, Old Javanese, Tibetan, Hindi, Marathi) database
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https://east.ikga.oeaw.ac.at/"EAST stands for "Epistemology and Argumentation in South Asia and Tibet". This resource collects and presents bio-bibliographical information on epistemology and argumentation in South Asia and Tibet, covering a time-span from the fifth century CE until, essentially, the present day."epistemology; argumentation; philosophy; Indian Philosophybio-bibliographical informationThe website says that users are welcome to contribute new data relating to individual texts.
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https://vimeo.com/334744179A short video clip of Ama Adhe talking about how to distinguish married from unmarried women in Kham. Tibetan and English subtitles. oral history, traditional marriage in Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan women, Tibetan culture, hair, material culture; Tibetan language video (2:55)The clip is provided by Latse's Oral History Archive, which has accumulated 300 interviews, documenting local and individual histories and religious, artistic, and cultural practices (for the most part currently not available online). Website: https://latse.org/oral-history/
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https://aeon.co/videos/to-tibetan-buddhists-sky-burials-are-sacred-to-tourists-theyre-a-morbid-curiosity"Filmed in 2011, the US director Russell O Bush’s [now Rose Bush] short documentary Vultures of Tibet offers a small window on to cultural tensions on the Tibetan Plateau. Set in the historically Buddhist town of Taktsang Lhamo, home to two monasteries, the film is centred on the practice of sky burials, in which the bodies of the Tibetan dead are fed to wild griffon vultures. For the town’s Tibetan Buddhist population, it is a sacred means of helping the dead’s spirit transition to the next life – a final earthly offering to creatures believed to have the wisdom of deities. However, for much of the rest of the world, the tradition is a morbid curiosity, and increasingly attracts unwelcome tourists, whose pictures end up in all corners of the internet." The voiceover is Tibetan, with English subtitles.sky burial, death, dying, animals, vultures, China and Tibet, cultural tensions, oppression, the act of observation; Tibetan language, Tibetan Buddhismvideo (21:32)This is a thoughtful documentary and not overly graphic, considering the subject. However, the content could at times be disturbing for some people.