Websites of interest


​My three favorite internet sites for content and basic information are  Wikipedia, Google and YouTube.  Have a question about anything?  Type  the question into any of these sites and if you don’t get overwhelmed by  the content, something interesting will appear.  However, there are  some websites that are particularly relevant to the practices that are  consistent with the philosophy of the Bhavana Community.   

Traditional Buddhism    This website, reflecting the Theravada Buddhist tradition, presents a  large collection of English translations of suttas and commentaries  from the Pali Canon.  Although the site has technically retired and no  new suttas are being added, if you are interested in what modern  translators think the Buddha actually said, this is a great resource for  the teachings.  The FAQ page is a good starting place.   This was originally the publication of Shambhala, the organization  started by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  The magazine and the associated  website have evolved to a much broader coverage of the range of Buddhist  practices in this country.   DharmaNet is a multi-media resource center for learning about meditation, wisdom and compassionate action.   Buddhist wisdom, meditation, and practices for daily life.  A print and  online magazine including online retreats, articles, interviews and  wisdom from all Buddhist traditions. The  audio programs from Dharma Seed preserve the spoken teachings of  Theravada Buddhism in modern languages. These audio programs have been  collected since the early 1980's.  They reflect teachers transmitting  the Vipassana or Insight practices of Theravada Buddhism.  All  recordings are freely offered and available for download or streaming as  digital audio files (MP3s). New recordings are being added continuously  from contemporary dharma teachers from around the world and in several  languages. Want to know what the Buddha said? This is a new site that is a good place to get started with the earliest layer of Buddhist teachings.

Secular or Non-affiliated Buddhism    A natural, pragmatic approach to early Buddhist teachings and  practice.  The best part of this site is the podcast interviews with  contemporary teachers of the Buddhist principles, whether or not they  consider themselves actual Buddhists.  Another secular Buddhism website with podcasts.  Again, this website  contains good information and podcasts to introduce the practices  described by Buddha without religious overtones.  Stephen Batchelor is an author, former Buddhist monk and the loudest proponent of Buddhism as a secular practice.   a contemporary meditation teacher presenting Buddhist meditation  techniques that can be practiced by followers of any (or no) religion as  a useful mental skill set with applications in the fields of pain  management, stress management, compulsions and as an adjunct to  psychotherapy.  Serving the convergence of Buddhism with rapidly evolving technology in an increasingly global culture.

Psychology: Mindfulness and the science of happiness Here you can find a free on-line course that teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as closely as can be done in a FREE online format.  The Bhavana Community will be facilitating meditation courses using this format as a core. See here.   The Mindful Awareness Research Center is a partner of the Norman  Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology within the Jane and Terry Semel  Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. MARC's mission  is to foster mindful awareness across the lifespan through education and  research to promote well-being and a more compassionate society.  The  Greater Good Science Center the University of California Berkley.   Their mission is to study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of  well-being, and to teach skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and  compassionate society.  The mission of the Mind & Life Institute is to alleviate suffering  and promote flourishing by integrating science with contemplative  practice and wisdom traditions.  Although very strongly influenced by  the presence of the Dalai Lama, the organization supports scientific  research especially neuroscience, into the benefits of contemplative and  wisdom practices.  The originator of the first Mindfulness Summit in 2015, Melli O'Brien is known for her down-to-earth, engaging and authentic teaching style, she has guided thousands of people through her popular retreats and courses.   I like her. The  grandfather of the scientific investigation of mindfulness as  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR.  Many of his you-tube  teachings are linked here. 

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