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Buddhist Understandings

Thank you for visiting our website. This page contains links to websites which can provide extensive information relating to Tibetan Buddhism. We invite you to explore them at your lesuire.

Richard Rudis
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  • Tibetan Government in Exile's Official Web Site
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama and truth about Tibetan Freedom and International Development.

  • The DharamsalaNet
    Tibetan Community Information Resource and Directory of Tibetan Web sites. Local Meditation Centres in the Dharamsala area. A link to His Holiness s teaching schedule (published by The Office of Tibet, London) is available on the DharamsalaNet Homepage (just look for the portrait of His Holiness and click!)

  • Web Site for His Holiness Sakya Trizin
    An introduction to and biography of His Holiness Sakya Trizin.The site also contain up-dated news of his Dharma activities, recent, current, and planned.Web site for His Holiness Sakya Trizin".

  • Web Site for His Holiness, The Karmapa
    His Holiness, The Karmapa's  website. Spiritual Head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Karma Triyana Dharmachakra
    This site is devoted to the authentic representation of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the four major schools of Buddhism preserved and practiced in Tibet. The term Karma Triyana Dharmachakra is from the Sanskrit and translates loosely as "the place under the spiritual guidance and protection of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa (Karma) where all three (Tri) levels (yana) of the Buddha's teachings (Dharma) are preserved and taught (chakra)." The term, as used for this Web site, refers in particular to His Holiness Karmapa's main monastic seat in North America at Woodstock, New York, and generally to all of the projects and activities that manifest from there through His Holiness's inspiration, blessings, and activities.

  • Karma Kagyu School (Polish)
    Official website of Karma Kagyu Buddhist Association in Poland. It contains basic informations on Kagyu Lineage, teachers and Buddhist centers in Poland and news on lectures and retreats. You can find electronic issues of its magazine "Diamentowa Droga" which includes Diamond Way teachings of Lama Ole Nydahl, Kunzing Shamar Rinpocze, Gendyn Rinpocze, Lopon Tsechu Rinpocze and other teachers of the Kagyu School. This site is under the spiritual guidance of H.H. XVII Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

  • Chagdud Gonpa Online
    The Chagdud Gonpa Foundation is a Tibetan Vajrayana organization founded by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche with dharma centers in South America, North America, Europe and Asia. The original Chagdud Gonpa was a monastery in Tibet, founded in the 12th century and rebuilt after a fire in the 13th century. From the time of it's rebuilding to the present, the Gonpa has functioned as a center of Dharma, a place of teaching and practice, and, until 1959, as the primary seat of the 16 successive incarnations of Chagdud Rinpoche. The Chagdud Gonpa Foundation was established in 1983 by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche to preserve Nyingma teachings and to provide instruction in the traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism, especially the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices. Chagdud Gonpa centers sponsor many events and retreats throughout the year.

  • Shambhala Mandala of Centers
    This is the network of centers founded by the the late Vidyadhara the Ven Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, renowned for his ability to present authentic Buddhist teachings in English in a modern idiom. The Shambhala organization currently consists of more than 150 centers, throughout the US and Europe (a few in South America and Asia), as well as major rural contemplative practice centers and a monastic center. Introductory programs in meditation as well as the complete path of Tibetan Buddhism of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools are presented. Trungpa Rinpoche was also renowned for his presentation of the teachings of Shambhala, related to the Kalacakra tantra, presented in a series of popular, non sectarian, secular meditation programs called Shambhala Training, based on creatinga vision of enlightened society and the tradition of warriorship. The Shambhala mandala of centers is currently directed by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, eldest son of Trungpa Rinpoche. He is assisted in his teaching by a number of acaryas, senior students of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

  • World View
    WorldView is an organization devoted to the preservation, study and practice of authentic, accurate Tibetan Buddhism. WorldView's purpose is to: preserve the remaining teachings of Buddhist masters of ancient India and Tibet. bring those teachings to the west and adapt them for western culture. make available a thorough, accurate and effective program of Buddhist study for anyone interested.

  • The Asian Classics Institute
    Please visit ACIP's dedicated website for complete information, programs, graphics images and digital texts. ACI uses scriptures from the original masters of India and Tibet to teach Buddhism adapted to western culture. Classes include: meditation, Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan language, a home-study correspondence course, and more. Sample lectures are available in RealAudio.

  • Quiet mountain Tibetan Website
    This site provides excellent and extensive information pertaining to the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Diamond Way Buddhism
    The Karma Kagyu Buddhist Network (KKBN) is an international computer network which is operated by volunteer coordinators in order to enable and enhance communication between organizations, centers, groups and individuals. The KKBN provides information about the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, supports communication among interested parties and introduces a world-wide online Sangha. The KKBN exists under the spiritual guidance of the 17th Karmapa, Thaye Dorje and is directed by Lama Ole Nydahl.

    Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Web Site. Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western student in 1965 and by 1971 had settled at Kopan, near Kathmandu in Nepal. Due to demand, they began teaching Buddhist philosophy and meditation to increasing numbers of travellers, who in turn started groups and centers in their own countries.

  • Rigpa Website
    Rigpa is an international network of meditation centers and groups under the guidance of Sogyal Rinpoche and HE Dzogchen Rinpoche. Sogyal Rinpoche has lived and taught in the West for more than twenty years, Rinpoche has developed a profound insight into the modern mind. His rare gift for communication cuts through cultural, religious and psychological barriers to reveal the essential truths of the Buddha's teaching. The ease, humor, and warmth with which he teaches opens the hearts and minds of his audience to an intensely personal experience of their own true nature. Rinpoche travels widely in Europe, North America, Australia and parts of Asia, leading retreats and trainings based on his book, which offer spiritual care for the living and the dying.

  • Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center
    Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center hosts programs and retreats in a contemplative setting. RMSC is located on 600 acres in a valley of forests and meadows in the northern Colorado Rockies. It is a place where people can practice and study various meditation traditions, train in contemplative arts, connect with the natural elements, and rediscover their own richness, gentleness, and compassion.

  • Vajrayana Foundation 
    Founded by Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and based in the Santa Cruz mountains of California, the Vajrayana Foundation has been established to preserve and teach dharma in the West. We offer group and private retreats, the Vajarayana Foundation College of Buddhist Studies, the Tibetan Arts Institue and more.

  • Chagdud Gonpa Online
    The Chagdud Gonpa Foundation is a Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist organization founded by H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche with dharma centers in South America, North America, Europe and Asia. The original Chagdud Gonpa was a monastery in Tibet, founded in the 12th century and rebuilt after a fire in the 13th century. From the time of it's rebuilding to the present, the Gonpa has functioned as a center of Dharma, a place of teaching and practice, and, until 1959, as the primary seat of the 16 successive incarnations of Chagdud Rinpoche. The Chagdud Gonpa Foundation was established in 1983 by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche to preserve Nyingma teachings and to provide instruction in the traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism, especially the arts, philosophy, and meditation practices.Chagdud Gonpa centers sponsor many events and retreats throughout the year.

  • The Dzogchen Foundation
    This link is dedicated to teaching Dzogchen, "The Inherent Great Perfection," considered by some to be the highest teaching of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Mahakankala and Khandakapala Buddhist Centers
    Mahakankala and Khandakapala Buddhist Centers in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica, California.

  • Osel Shen Phen Ling
    Is a Tibetan centres affiliated to the Dalai Lama inspired "The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition". This Tibetan Buddhist site has some great graphics and good content, so is certainly worth a visit.  It has a Virtual Thangka gallery with excellent graphics and brilliant Tibetan Buddhist screen savers which can be downloaded for free!

  • Dharmapala Centre - Tibetan Art
    School of Thangkas Paintings. This sites sells tibetan art for the benefit of artists in Nepal and an orphan house in Katmandu. Please have a look at the pages to see the qualtiy of the Thangkas.

  • Kunzang Palyul Choling
    Kunzang Palyul Choling, a Nyingma temple and center located in Poolesville, Maryland, USA, the resident lama of which is Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, the first Western woman recognized and enthroned as a tulku.

  • Heritage Trust
    Heritage Trust Translations and transcriptions of teachings on Buddhist meditation and esoteric practices.

  • Centre Bouddhiste Kankala
    Centre Bouddhiste Kankala web site is in both English and French. Kadampa Buddhism is a special tradition of Mahayana Buddhism founded by Atisha, an Indian Buddhist Master who is largely responsable for the reintroduction of Buddhism in Tibet during the 11th century. Kadampa Buddhists integrate all the teachings of Buddha into their practice of Lamrim applying their understanding of Lamrim into their daily lives.

  • Institute of Buddhist Learning and Practice
    The Institute of Buddhist Learning & Practice has branches in Australia, Asia, and canada, with Sydney as the headquarters. The spiritual director is His Eminence Khejok Rinpoche and the lineage is Gelugpa of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Evam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Centre
    The Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center of 245 Cambridge, Kensington, California 94708. Spiritual Director is Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche.

  • Marpanet
    Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism in Italy.

  • Jewel Heart Web Site (The Netherlands)
    Most of our the  Jewel Heart site is in Dutch, but it has pages in English as well, plus a link to the Jewel Heart American site which is completely in English. Is has information about our organisation and our venerable teacher Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche.

  • Rangjung Yeshe Shedra
    An international institute for Buddhist higher studies in Boudhanath, Nepal, modeled on a traditional Tibetan Shedra, under the guidance of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Chokling Rinpoche. The Rangjung Yeshe Institute Shedra Studies Program was established in 1997 by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche for those wishing to deepen their insight and understanding of the Buddha s teachings.

  • Rangjung Yeshe Websites:

  • Rangjung Yeshe Publications Website:
    USA: The Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Culture 2.0 - New on CD-ROM.

  • Vajrayana Buddhist Center - Chicago
    A non-profit organization offering introductory meditation classes and retreats throughout the Chicago area, as well as in Madison, WI. Vajrayana Center also offers the Foundation Program, a structured program of study in the basic subjects of Mahayana Buddhism [correspondence program available]. Classes are taught in English by western Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Khedrub and are open to everyone.

  • Dechen Dharma Community
    Dechen Dharma Community are a group of centres across Europe and the UK under the guidance of Karma Thinley Rinpoche and Lama Jampa Thaye, both Kagyu and Sakya masters and recognised authentic lineage holders. They have been established for more than 20 years.

  • Madhyamaka Centre (Yorkshire, England)
    Madhyamaka Centrewas founded in 1983 by a Tibetan Lama called Geshe Kelsang, who had been invited to England by a group of people wanting to learn authentic meditation techniques from a qualified master. The centre started in Hebden Bridge, and later moved to the city of York. As it grew in popularity it moved again, this time to Kilnwick Percy Hall just outside York, where there was sufficient space to accommodate its growing programme of activities.

  • Tengye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple
    Located in in Toronto Canada and belonging to the Gelug-Pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Abbot, Venerable Bhiksuni Tenzin Kalsang the was born in the small town of Kenora, Ontario, Canada, in 1939. In 1986, she received the Getsul ordination as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun from His Holiness The Dalai Lama. In 1992, she received the full ordination Bhiksuni vows in the Chinese Buddhist tradition from Master Hsing Yun.

  • Palyul Website
    Official website of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Supreme Head of the Nyingmapa, and Palyul centers worldwide. Teaching and retreat schedules of His Holiness and authorized Palyul teachers, center addresses, and other resources to students of His Holiness or to those new to Buddhism are all available here.

  • Dudjom Buddhist Association
    A Tibetan Buddhist organization established in Hong Kong belonging to the Nyingma School. We are specially dedicated to Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, his incarnation and his enlightened activities all over the world. Our spiritual advisor is Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, and our spiritual leader is Kyabje Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche. Our Chinese teacher was the late Ven. Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan ( Guru Lau ), and his Dharma-heir and now the instructor-in-charge of our centre is Yeshe Thaye. We published an English-Chinese bilingual Buddhist journal entitled "Pema Osel", and is distributed to peoples all over the world free of charge. Anyone who is interested to get a free copy can send some contributions to cover for the expansive mailing costs. Our Dharma centre offers classes of meditation, Buddhist teachings and thee Tibetan language to the general public. We also do puja offerings and sojongg on special days of the Tibetan Calendar.

  • Ven. Thubten Chodron's Home Page
    Comprehensive and up-to-date information about Ven. Thubten Chodron, her Teachings, Dharma Activity Schedules (Dharma Classes, Meditation Retreats, etc), Publications, Book Reviews and other special events. Born in 1950, Ven. Thubten Chodron grew up near Los Angeles. She studied and practiced Buddhism of the Tibetan tradition for many years in India and Nepal. Ven Chodron was a co-organizer of "Life as a Western Buddhist Nun", and took part in the conferences of Western Buddhist teachers with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1993 and 1994. She currently lives and teaches in Seattle with the Dharma Friendship Foundation and continues to travel worldwide to teach the Dharma

  • Lakha Lama
    Is a Danish site about the T.D. Lakha Lama - a Tibetan lama from the Province of Batang in Eastern Tibet. He is the head Lama of this province of 100.000 inhabitants. He has been in the Parliament of the Tibetan Exile Governement for five years. He is furthermore the chairman of Tibet Charity (also in English) and the chairman of the Committee for World Peace (also in English). The Lakha Lama gives lectures and courses to firms, schools and private people on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

  • Jewel Heart
    Jewel Heart is a Tibetan Vajrayana group in the Netherlands. It is a Buddhist study and meditation group under the supervision of Venerable Kyabje Gelek Rinpoche, a prominent Gelug master. It now has (apart from Dutch) all English content.

  • Tibetan Tonglen (Mind Training)
    This site is a comparative database of commentaries on the Tonglen/Lojong practice and the seven points of Mind Training by Osho, Trungpa, Pema Chodron, Jamgon Kongtrul, and Alan Wallace. It also incudes an on-line bookstore of books and tapes on the Mind training practice.

  • Turtle Hill Sangha
    The Turtle Hill Sangha is a community of Nyingma householders near Summertown, Tennessee, and operates under the guidance of the Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and the Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Rinpoche. Affiliated with the Padmasambhava Buddhist Centers, the Turtle Hill Sangha offers a bookstore and facilities for individual retreats. The Turtle Hill website is a respository for several hundred pages of teachings and Vajrayana philosophy and folklore.

  • Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
    Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India is the seat of His Holiness the Panchen Lama. Tashi Lhunpo was founded by His Holiness the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gendun Drup, in 1447. It is one of the four great monasteries of Central Tibet which was supervised and looked after by the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas and has the glory of producing thousands of renowned scholars in the field of Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy.

  • Dharmakaya
    Buddhist Monastry College and social project in Brandenburg, Berlin and other towns in Germany. (Gelugpa tradition).

  • Healing Buddha Foundation
    Established by Venerable Segyu Choepel Rinpoche, the Healing Buddha Foundation promotes the practice of Tibetan Buddhism (Gelugpa) and represents the Sed-Gyued Datsang Tantric Colleges of India, Nepal and Tibet. We serve local communities in North and South America with teachings, retreats, and workshops on Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Medicine and Psycho-Spiritual Healing. Our Psycho-Spiritual Healing Clinics employ techniques based on Buddhist psychology and Tibetan Tantric Medicine to address Westerners needs for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

  • New Kadampa Tradition
    The New Kadampa Tradition was founded by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He has written over 15 books on Buddhism from the basic introductory to the most profound Tantric practices. He has also founded over 300 buddhist centres throughout the world.

  • Do-Ngak Choling
    Do-Ngak Choling is a Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist Center established in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. Do-Ngak Choling operates under
    the spiritual guidance of the Venerable Lama Rinchen Phuntsok.

  • Songs of the Shaktis of the Dhyani Buddhas, and their Bodhisattvas
    This site focuses on the Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist Pantheon. Each of the beings named here represents a unique spiritual personality or essence. The principal beings are the five Dhyani Buddhas - the esoteric meditation Buddhas of the five colors found in The Tibetan Book of the Dead and other sources. The contemplative poetry presented in the website evokes the thoughts and images of these beings using the metaphor of music. Each poem can be looked at as a meditative exercise or visualization designed to tune the reader to the state of mind or spiritual environment of the being that is speaking.

  • Snow Lion Publications
    Snow Lion Publications is the "premier English-language publisher of scholarly and trade books about Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism."-- Richard Hughes Seager, "Buddhism in America" (Columbia University Press, 1999).

  • Dzogchen Community West
    This site is dedicated to the teachings of Choegyal Namkhai Norbhu Rinpoche, a teacher in the Dzogchen tradition of Tibetan Buddhist meditation. It list the monthly practice calendar, retreat information, information about our worldwide organization, and a short explanation of Dzogchen

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