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Est.: 5 Sep 1994. Last revised: 24 Jun 2010.
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- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from alt.zen (U. Nth Carolina, US)
[What is Zen?, Why do people post
such nonsense to this group?, Instructions for the
practice of sitting meditation, Glossary of terms
related to Zen Buddhism, On the use of words,
Introductory reading list, About this FAQ (editors
note). A file from mid 1995. ]
Research Institute for Zen Buddhism (IRIZ) (Hanazono U, Japan)
[An academic research
institution devoted to the study of Zen Buddhism.
Their web site is no longer operational. See, however, an Internet Archive copy of the IRIZ site]
Research and Study Group (Groupe de Recherches et d'Etudes sur le Zen - GREZ) (www.bouddhisme-universite.org, France)
[A division of the European Buddhist University
[Université Bouddhique Européenne - Centre francophone d'étude et d'enseignement sur le bouddhisme
Paris - France], a body founded in 1995 by French Buddhists to promote Buddhist studies
in France and Europe. Site contents: Membres Bibliographie; Bibliothèque; Centres zen; Autres liens; Forum]
- Ashoka: the eDharma University (www.ashokaedu.net, US)
["Ashoka has recently begun offering courses in Buddhism on the Web. It offers courses created by Ashoka in conjunction with our most respected teachers from a broad (and growing) range of Buddhist traditions. Ashoka is an ecumenical consortium of teachers and Dharma organizations utilizing our distance learning vehicle to reach students around the world. Ashoka is not a web portal. Ashoka is an interactive learning environment designed around authentic Buddhist practices, making transformative Dharma education available to students worldwide.
Their initial consortium includes the Dalai Lama, Mingyur Rinpoche, Joan Halifax Roshi, Traleg Rinpoche, Sharon Salzberg, Andrew Olendzki, Lama Pema Wangdak, Robert Thurman, Michael Wenger, Daishin Buksbazen, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Mu Soeng, Fleet Maull, Peacemaker Institute, Bernie Glassman and Jeffrey Hopkins.
In addition to the teachings on interdependence and such wisdom teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Paramitas and the Brahma-Viharas, Ashoka will offer training and teaching in such areas of applied engagement such as social justice, peacemaking, environmentalism, and caring for the sick and dying."
COURSES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE (Dec 2004):
"Liberating the Heart: The Brahma Viharas" - taught by Sharon Salzberg; "Taming the Mind: Cultivating Peaceful Abiding" - taught by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche; "The Koan of Everyday Life: Dogen-Zenji's Genjo Koan" - taught by Dairyu Micheal Wenger; "The Metta Sutta: the art of translation" - taught by Andrew Olendzki; "Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind" - taught by Professor Robert Thurman.
"Parting from the Four Attachments" - taught by Lama Pema Wangdak; "Rest Your Weary Mind: Letting Go of the Hindrances" - taught by Joseph Goldstein; "Zen Meditation" - taught by John Daishin Buksbazen; "Trust in Mind: The Hsin Shin Ming" - taught by Mu Seong; "Lojong: Training the Mind" - taught by Lama Pema Wangdak.
Approx. 40 additional courses are currently planned. They will range from "The Four Noble Truths" to "Dharma Art" to "Being with Dying" to "American Koans."]
- Zenspace (www.well.com,US)
[An annotated catalog of Zen Buddhist resources. Maintainer:
- The World Wide Soto Zen
(Sotoshu Shumucho, Japan)
[Our Soto Zen School; Journal: ZEN Friends; SotoZen Journal: Dharma Eye; Human Rights, Peace And The Environment; How to Practice of Zazen?; List of Soto Zen Temples for Foreigners in Japan; List of Soto Zen Temples and Centers; The 750th Anniversary of Dogen Zenji's Entering Nirvana; Dogen Zenji Symposium.]
- The Japanese Garden: Zen Gardens
(Bowdoin College, US)
[A web site is dedicated to the Japanese garden, and more specifically to the
historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs.
Site contents: Gardens (introduction to and history of): Byodo-in,
Chishaku-in, Daikaku-ji, Daisen-in, Ginkaku-ji, Kaju-ji, Katsura,
Kinkaku-ji, Nijo, Ryoan-ji, Ryogen-in, Saiho-ji, Sento Palace,
Shoseien, Shugaku-in, Taizo-in, Tenryu-ji; Origins (Early Japanese
Gardens: The Asuka, Nara, and Heian Periods); Elements (of Zen garden
composition - Bridges: hashi, Flowers: hana, Islands: shima, Sand:
suna, Stones: ishi/iwakura, Trees: ki, Water: mizu, Waterfalls: taki);
Bibliography; Glossary; Links (to a handful of select Web sites); Search.
The site, based on 20 years of research by Prof.
Clifton C. Olds, documents and annotates both current composition of
the gardens as well as, in some cases, plausible reconstructions of
their earlier designs]
- A Guide to Kamakura
[An annotated guide to shrines and temples in Kamakura (the ancient capital of Japan), Kanagawa & Shizuoka. Contents: Access Guide, History, Buddhism (incl. Zen Buddhism), Shintoism, Annual Observances, Who's who in Kamakura, Kamakura Terminology, Weather, Restaurants. ]
- Photo Dictionary of Japan's Buddhist Gods and Goddessess (OnmarkProductions.com, Kamakura City, Japan)
[Japanese Buddhism & Shintoism A-to-Z Photo Dictionary (1,000+ photos), with a special focus on Japanese Buddhist sculpture.
* Search site;
* JAPANESE BUDDHISM -- Intro Page; Main Menu; Nyorai Group; Bosatsu Group; Myo-o Group; Tenbu Group; Hands (Mudra); Cycle of Suffering; Schools / Sects; Terminology;
* A to Z -- 3 Tier Pagoda; 4 Celestial Emblems; 4 Heavenly Kings; 5 Elements; 5 Tier Pagoda; 5 Tathagata; 5 Wisdom Kings; 6 Realms; 7 Lucky Gods; 8 Legions; 8 Zodiac Protectors; 12 Devas; 12 Generals; 12 Zodiac Animals; 28 Legions; About the Author; Agyo; Amano Jyaku; Amida Nyorai; Arakan (Rakan); Arhat (Rakan); Ashuku Nyorai; Asura (Ashura); Bamboo; Benzai-ten; Bibliography; Big Buddha; Birushana Nyorai; Bishamon-ten; Bodhisattva; Bosatsu Group; Bosatsu of Mercy; Bosatsu on Clouds; Buddha (Historical); Buddha Group; Calligraphy; Celestial Emblems; Child Protectors; Classifying; Daibutsu; Daikoku-ten; Dainichi Nyorai; Daruma (Zen); Deva (Tenbu); Dosojin; Dragon; Ebisu; Eight Legions; Estores; Family Tree; Footprints of Buddha; Fox (Oinari); Fugen Bosatsu; Fukurokuju; Gakko & Nikko; Gardens; Gravestones; Godai Nyorai; Goddess of Mercy; Goddesses; Hachi Bushu; Hachiman; Hands (Mudra); Henge; Holy Mountains; Ho-o (Phoenix); Hotei; Ishidoro | Ishidourou; Jikokuten; Jizo Bosatsu; Juni Shi; Juni Shinsho; Juni Ten; Junrei (Pilgrimage); Jurojin; Jyaki or Tentoki; Kannon Bosatsu; Kappa; Kariteimo (Kishibojin); Karura; Kendatsuba; Kichijouten; Kishibojin (Kariteimo); Kitsune (Oinari); Kokuzo Bosatsu; Koumokuten; Lanterns (Stone); Links; Mandara (Mandala); Maneki Neko; Miroku Bosatsu/Nyorai; Monju Bosatsu; Monkeys; Mudra (Hands); Myo-o; Newsletter; Nijuhachi Bushu; Nikko & Gakko; Ninpinin; Nio Protectors; Nyorai Group; Oinari (Fox); Phoenix (Ho-o); Pilgrimage Guide; Pottery; Protective Stones; Rakan (Arhat); Raigo Triad; Reincarnation; Rock Gardens; Seishi Bosatsu; Sendan Kendatsuba; Seven Lucky Gods; Shaka Nyorai; Shape Shifters; Shichifukujin; Shijin (Shishin); Shinto Concepts; Shinto Main Menu; Shinto Shrines; Shishi (Lion); Shitenno; Shoki; Siddhartha; Six States; Stone Gardens; Stone Graves; Stone Lanterns; Stones (Top Menu); Suijin (Water Kami); Tamonten; Taishakuten; Tanuki; Temples; Tenbu Group; Tengu; Tentoki or Jyaki; Terminology; Tibetan Carpets; Tibet Photos; Tibetan Tanka; Transmigration; Ungyo; Water Basin; Wheel of Life; Yakushi Nyorai; Yasha (Yaksha); Zen (Daruma); Zen Art Tour; Zouchoten.]
Zen Organizations and Institutions &
There are many (perhaps too many) competing directories of Zen Buddhist practice
centers online. The three most important are:
Directories of Practice Centers
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- American Zen Teachers Association (AZTA) (www.americanzenteachers.org, Seattle, WA, US)
[The purpose of the American Zen Teachers Association is to foster dialogue among Zen Buddhist teachers and to provide access to information about Zen Buddhist practice and teaching.
Current members of AZTA are second+ generation Zen (Chan, Son etc.). In Jun 2010 the site published a 'Database of Zen Practice Centers' with details (# state/country, # tradition, # center name, # teacher, # city) and web addresses of 161 centers in USA, Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Japan.]
Online Buddhist Centers & Information (www.dharmanet.org, US)
[Buddhist Studies WWW VL site administered since 27 Jan 98
by Barry Kapke (dharma-at--dharmanet.org). Contents: # Africa (Kenya); # Asia (Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand); # Australasia and Oceania (Australia, New Zealand); # Central America and the Caribbean (Barbados); # Europe (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom); # Middle East and North Africa (Israel); # North America (Canada, Mexico, United States); # South America (Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela).]
of Zen Centers of the World (Hanazono U, Japan)
[This site by International Research Institute for Zen Buddhism is no longer operational. See, however, an Internet Archive copy of the (1995) fifth draft version of the IRIZ address list]
- Annuaire : Zen et écoles japonaises (Université Bouddhique Européenne, France)
[* Taisen Deshimaru et l'AZI;
* autres associations du zen;
* autres écoles japonaises;
* les "nouvelles religions" japonaises;
* liens Internet]
Updates and corrections to this page have been kindly provided by:
M. Y. Courtney,
W. "Tuck" Forsythe,
Tendo Tim Lacy,
Clifton C. Olds,
L. N. Olson,
Eric Rommeluere Sensei,
visitors to www.ciolek.com since 08 May 1997.
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