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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.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ 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.
https://www.lionsroar.com/about-us/ 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.
http://www.dharmanet.org/ DharmaNet is a multi-media resource center for learning about meditation, wisdom and compassionate action.
http://www.tricycle.com/ Buddhist wisdom, meditation, and practices for daily life. A print and online magazine including online retreats, articles, interviews and wisdom from all Buddhist traditions.
http://dharmaseed.org/ 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.
https://suttacentral.net/ 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.
http://secularbuddhism.org/ 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.
https://secularbuddhism.com/ Another secular Buddhism website with podcasts. Again, this website contains good information and podcasts to introduce the practices described by Buddha without religious overtones.
http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/ Stephen Batchelor is an author, former Buddhist monk and the loudest proponent of Buddhism as a secular practice.
http://www.shinzen.org/ 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.
http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/ Serving the convergence of Buddhism with rapidly evolving technology in an increasingly global culture.
https://palousemindfulness.com/index.html 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.
http://marc.ucla.edu/default.cfm 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.
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/about 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.
https://www.mindandlife.org/ 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.
https://www.mindfulness.com/about/ 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.
http://www.mindfulnesscds.com/pages/videos-of-jon-teaching The grandfather of the scientific investigation of mindfulness as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR. Many of his you-tube teachings are linked here.
Let me know and I'll check them out.
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