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Useful Websites

Tibetan Buddhism is very well served with internet resources, including both academic sites and those connected with various lamas, monasteries and Dharma centres. The listings here concentrate on the former. There is plenty of useful information on the various sites linked to Dharma organisations and Buddhist centres as well, though it may need checking for reliability.

Academic and general sites

Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library. Vast collection of reliable information and resources, affiliated with University of Virginia. A good starting point for many enquiries. Includes the website and full contents of the Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (JIATS). http://www.thlib.org/

Digital Himalaya. Digital archive of multimedia ethnographic information from the Himalayan region. Includes PDFs of back issues of several important Tibetanist journals (see journal listings below) http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/

Digital Tibetan Wiki. Information on using Tibetan Unicode software; links to resources http://digitaltibetan.org/index.php/Main_Page

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Centre. An encyclopaedic database of Himalayan scriptures from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, many of them available in scanned form from the Centre. http://www.tbrc.org/

Asian Classics Input Project. Large online library of searchable Tibetan texts, mainly from Kangyur, Tengyur and Gelugpa lamas. http://www.asianclassics.org/

Himalayan Art Resources. A valuable collection of images of Tibetan religious art, funded by the Rubin Foundation. Good descriptive texts. http://www.himalayanart.org/

The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Photographic Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art. Extensive collection of images of Buddhist and Asian art, much Tibetan material, good descriptive texts. http://kaladarshan.arts.ohio-state.edu/

Understanding Modern Tibet course: syllabus and resources (Robert Barnett, Columbia University). Excellent course on modern Tibet, with linked resources. http://www.columbia.edu/itc/ealac/barnett/syllabus_tibet.html

Anthropology of Global Tibet course: syllabus and resources (Charlene Makley, Reed College). Another excellent course on post-1959 Tibet, with linked resources

Tibet Resources: University of Virginia Library. http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/Tibet/tibet.html

Vajrayana Research Resource. Resource for researchers and scholars interested in the Vajrayana tradition, also featuring information on closely related traditions such as the Natha sampradaya and non-dual Saivism. http://vajrayana.faithweb.com/

The Treasury of Lives: Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters. Another useful reference source, funded by the Rubin Foundation. http://www.treasuryoflives.org/

Academic journals

Bulletin of Tibetology. Published from the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok, Sikkim. http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/bot/

China’s Tibet. English-language journal on Tibet published from China. http://en.tibetmagazine.net/

Journal of Bhutan studies.  Published by Centre for Bhutan Studies, Thimphu. http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/jbs/

Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (JIATS). Online journal of International Association of Tibetan Studies. http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/

Journal of the Tibet Society. Published by the Tibet Society. http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/jts/

Kailash – Journal of Himalayan Studies. Published by Ratna Pustak Bhandar, Kathmandu. Contains many important early articles in Tibetan studies. http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/kailash/

Revue d'Etudes Tibétaines. Articles in English and French. http://www.digitalhimalaya.com/collections/journals/ret/

Tibet Journal. Published from Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala. Not available online, but tables of contents for 1995 to 2006 may be found at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/Tibet/Tserials/TibetJour/tibJour.html

Dharma site and portals

Quiet Mountain Tibetan Resource Guide. Links to a wide variety of Tibetan Buddhist sites from all traditions. http://www.quietmountain.org/links/resource.htm

Dharma Dictionary and extensive associated resources linked to Rangjung Yeshe Institute, a Nyingma-Rimé affiliated Dharma institute in Nepal http://rywiki.tsadra.org/index.php/Main_Page

Rigpa Shedra Wiki. Online Encyclopaedia of Tibetan Buddhism affiliated with Sogyal Rinpoche’s organisation. A valuable source for Nyingma and Rimé material. http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Main_Page

Nitartha International. Internet resource for Tibetan Buddhist studies, Nyingma and Kagyu emphasis. Includes access to the Rangjung Yeshe online Tibetan-English dictionary. http://www.nitartha.org/home.html

Berzin Archives. A collection of translations and teachings by Dr. Alexander Berzin primarily on the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, emphasising Gelugpa material. http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/index.html

Lotsawa House. Online library of Tibetan Buddhist texts and other material, mostly emphasising Nyingmapa and Rimé material. http://www.lotsawahouse.org/

BonPedia Online Encyclopaedia of Bon religion. Use menu to navigate – you do not need to join to read the entries. http://bon-encyclopedia.wikispaces.com/

Buddhanet: Buddhist Education and Information Network. http://www.buddhanet.net/

Sakyadhita. International Association of Buddhist Women. http://www.sakyadhita.org/


Tibeto-Logic (Dan Martin) http://tibeto-logic.blogspot.co.uk/

Kīli Kīlaya (Rob Mayer) http://blogs.orient.ox.ac.uk/kila/

earlyTibet.com (Sam van Schaik) http://earlytibet.com/

Thor bu – Curiosia Indo-Tibetica (Peter Szanto) http://tibetica.blogspot.co.uk/

Tibetan Studies Resources Blog (T. Matthew Ciolek) http://tibetan-studies-resources.blogspot.co.uk/

Online publishers and bookstores

Snow Lion (USA) http://www.snowlionpub.com/

Wisdom (UK) http://www.wisdom-books.com/

Motilal Banarsidass (India) http://www.mlbd.com/

Saujanya Books (India) http://www.saujanyabooks.com/

Vajra Bookshop (Nepal) http://www.vajrabookshop.com/

Mandala Book Point (Nepal) http://www.mandalabookpoint.com/