Buddhist teachings are traditionally passed on from teacher to student. Over the past two and a half millenia, the teachings have come to be varied, based on a variety of factors principally concerning the situations in which the teachings encountered. This has led to a variety of different styles of Buddhism, which are typically referred to as "lineages" as the styles are passed from teacher to student.
Sites related to the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order organization (FWBO).
Kadampa Buddhism was first introduced into the west in 1977 by the renowned Buddhist Master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Since then Geshe Kelsang has worked tirelessly to spread Kadampa Buddhism throughout the world by giving extensive teachings, writing many profound books on Kadampa Buddhism, and establishing over 300 meditation centres. Each centre offers study programmes, meditation instruction, and retreats for all levels of practitioner. The emphasis is on integrating Buddha's teachings into daily life to solve our problems and to spread lasting peace and happiness throughout the world. The New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) is an association of Buddhist Centres and practitioners that derive their inspiration and guidance from the example of the ancient Kadampa Buddhist Masters and their teachings, as presented by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The Kadampa Buddhism of the NKT is an entirely independent Buddhist tradition and has no political affiliations.
The diverse schools based on the teachings of the Japanese Buddhist Sage, Nichiren.
All sites exclusively dealing with Nichiren, his teachings, or derived sects may be submitted here.

Such sects include (but are not limited to): Nichiren Shu, Nichiren Shoshu, Soka Gakkai, Honmon Butsuryu Shu, Nipponzan Myohoji, Kempon Hokke Shu, and Rissho Kosei Kai.

Please also note that these romanizations of these sect names are often subjectively spelled.

School of Buddhism based on the Pure Land/Shin teachings that believe in Amida Buddha ensures rebirth in the Western Paradise, where attaining enlightenment is easy.
Electronic discussion groups specifically focused on Pure Land and Shin Buddhist discussions
Shingon is a form of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. It is also called Shingon Mikkyo. This school was founded in 804 CE by Kukai (Kobo Daishi) in Japan. The teachings of Shingon are based on the Mahavairocana Sutra and the Vajrasekhara Sutra, the fundamental sutras of Shingon. Through the cultivation of three secrets, the actions of body, speech and mind, the Shingon practitioner is able to attain enlightenment in this very body. Sustaining this state of mind, the practitioner can become one with the life force of the Universe, known as Mahavairocana Buddha. The symbolic activities are present anywhere in the universe. Natural phenomena such as mountains and oceans and even humans express the truth described in the sutras. The universe itself embodies and cannot be separated from the teaching. In the Shingon tradition, the practitioner uses the same techniques that were used over 1,200 years ago by Kukai, and have been transmitted orally generation after generation to the present. Shingon Buddhists observe three vows: May we realize Buddhahood in this very life. May we dedicate ourselves to the well-being of people May we establish the World of Buddha on this earth.
Based at Mount Hiei, Japan, the Tendai School as originally practiced in ancient China might appear drastically different from its modern, Japanese offspring. Traditionally, Chinese Tendai, or T'ien t'ai, consisted exclusively of Lotus Sutra Teachings which were the underpinning of the classic writings of Chih-i. When the Japanese Founder, Dengyo Daishi first arrived on Chinese shores in search of Tendai doctrines, the entire School was experiencing a revival thanks to the efforts of the 6th Chinese Patriarch, Chan-jan. Upon concluding his study in China, Dengyo Daishi returned to Japan to establish a much more eclectic Japanese Tendai; one infused with original Lotus Teachings, advanced meditative theories and even esoteric practices. It was not until years later that the esoteric practices, or Mikkyo, would be fully engendered within Tendai but the School itself had undergone a great degree of transformation from its original roots. This category houses temple, group, and individual sites that adhere to this faith and espouse these teachings.
Sites pertaining to Tendai and T''ien-t''ai specifically, as well as sites based on writings by Chih-i, T''ien-T''ai, Dengyo, and any patriarch of the Tendai School. Affiliates and adherents are naturally included in this list that should be submitted to this category.
Theravada school of Buddhism. The oldest teachings of Buddhism.

This area is only for sites specifically relating to the Theravada branch of Buddhism. More general sites, or those relating to other traditions should be placed elsewhere.

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Because of Tibet's geographical isolation it preserved a distinct form of Buddhism. The roots of Tibetan Buddhism lie in the Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism of Northern India of the first millennium CE which was lost after the Muslim invasions. When that form of Buddhism was carried into Tibet, Tibetan translators took great care to be faithful to the original Indian texts, and thus preserved much that was being lost in the land where it originated. Buddhism spread in Tibet, and under royal patronage and the guidance, initially, of great teachers from India, became essentially the only religion in Tibet, with the exception being small groups of Bon practitioners, and a certain amount of folk religion. This was the situation until the Chinese take-over of Tibet in 1959. Until that time, just as Tibet itself was an exotic, little known land, closed to most foreigners, so Tibetan Buddhism was more a subject of myth than of knowledge in the west. After the Chinese arrival, many Tibetan Buddhists left, going into neighboring Northern India, Sikkim, Nepal, and Butan. Through them, the Tibetan form of Buddhism made the return trip into the country of its origin, and then began a migration into the West. Though identified with the name and culture of Tibet, this form of Buddhism is in fact, not strictly dependent on Tibetan culture as its only environment. Lineages once held exclusively by Tibetans are now being passed on to people of other national and ethnic backgrounds.

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Submit sites pertaining to all aspects of Tibetan Buddhism. Please look at the subcategories and submit directly to the appropriate one where possible.

Sites devoted to political or cultural issues may be sent to one of the following categories:

Regional: Asia: China: Provinces and Regions: Tibet: Society and Culture

Society: Issues: Human Rights and Liberties: Political Prisoners: Tibet

Society: Issues: Secession: China: Tibet

Society: Organizations: Student: Political: Students for a Free Tibet

Society: Religion and Spirituality: Buddhism: Engaged Buddhism

Sites related to the Triratna Buddhist Order and the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly, the Western Buddhist Order, WBO, and the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, FWBO).
Sites related to the Triratna Buddhist Order and the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly, the Western Buddhist Order, WBO, and the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, FWBO).
Lineages founded by self-proclaimed teachers -- i.e., those lacking teaching permissions from long-standing lineages.
Please submit sites that are related to Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz.
Vietnamese Buddhist tradtions, with the exception of Vientnamese Zen.


"A special transmission outside the sutras, no dependence upon words and letters, direct pointing to reality, seeing into one's own nature and realizing Buddhahood." -- Bodhidharma, founder of the Zen lineage. "Your search among books, sifting and shuffling through other people's words, may lead you to the depths of knowledge, but it cannot help you to see the reflection of your true Self. When you have thrown away all your conceptions of mind and body, the original person will appear." -- Dogen, founder of the Soto Zen lineage in Japan. --------- Here you will find sutras, words, letters, books, and other people's words about Zen.
Please submit sites that include helpful descriptions of Zen philosophy. This may include Mahayana texts, discussions with Zen Masters, and Zen koans. Do not submit sites on general practice or practice centers.