Jewel Heart Center & Main Office
Jewel Heart is a spiritual, cultural, and humanitarian organization that
translates the ancient wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism into contemporary life.
Each Jewel Heart Center offers access to a variety of courses and retreats. As
program selections and schedules vary from chapter to chapter, please consult
the individual chapter schedules.
Jewel Heart offers talks with Gelek Rimpoche, as well as meditation classes,
group practice sessions, Lam Rim teachings, and discussion groups. Many people
listen to Rimpoche's Ann Arbor 'Tuesday and Thursday Night Teachings' on live on
the internet, and meet regularly to view and discuss them.
Jangchub Gepel Ling
Jangchub Gepel Ling (in English means "Land of Increasing Virtue and
Enlightenment"), is His Eminence Ven.Kyabje Lati Rinpoche's newest Center in
Felton, CA. It is an independent Buddhist Center which follows the pure and
authentic tradition of H.H. the Dalai Lama and his two tutors. The Center acts
on the advice and inspiration of H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.E Kyabje Lati
Gaden Shartse Monastery
Gaden Shartse Monastery is a group of eleven monasteries commonly known as
Khangtsen, some of which are among the largest monasteries in the world. The
Sutra and Tantra teachings are both taught, learned, and practiced in a combined
program at Gaden Shartse and Gaden Jangtse. This contrasts with many other Gelug
monasteries, where the studies of the Sutra and Tantra are kept separate. This
is one of the main specialties of Gaden Monastery, thus the monks who come out
as a graduate from Gaden have gained mastery in both the Sutra and Tantra
Land of Medicine Buddha Center
Land of Medicine Buddha has been dedicated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (their
Spiritual Director) as a place of healing, where the blessings of the Medicine
Buddha may be experienced, especially by awakening and nurturing our good heart.
It is a center devoted to healing and developing loving-kindness. Situated in
85 acres in Soquel, a few miles south of Santa Cruz, and adjoining 10,000 acres
of state forest, its physical location provides the space for guests to relax
and recover from the strains of life.
Visit their site to discover how you are welcome to visit Land of Medicine
Buddha at any time to participate in workshops, courses and retreats, or
just to get away from things.
BUDDHACTIVITY.COM -- Buddha & Bodhisattva Activity
A great site that hosts an international Buddhist events calendar,
a global Dharma Centre database, and a Sangha directory.
Snow Lion Publications
Snow Lion Publications publishes books on Tibetan Buddhism and culture. Visit
their site to sign up for their free Snow Lion Newsletter and Catalog, or to
take advantage of their extensive on-line services. On their site you'll find
listings of their publications, Dharma articles,
an events calendar, and much more.
The Cultural Restoration Tourism Project
This is adventure travel at its best. The Cultural Restoration Tourism
Project (CRTP) is using volunteer-tourist workers to help restore the main
temple of a Buddhist monastery situated 300 kilometers east of the Mongolian
capital city of Ulaan Bataar. Baldan Baraivan, "The Yellow Temple", was
constructed in the 1700's and is one of the few remaining monasteries of its
kind, but it stands in ruins today.
The monastery's history is typical of many monasteries in Mongolia. With the
founding of the Mongolian People's Republic in 1924, C. Tschobalsan took control
of the country. In the 1930's religious persecution became common and thousands
of monks and nuns were sent to work camps in Siberia and almost all monasteries
As a volunteer, you get to work alongside members of the local community and
will live in 'gers,' the traditional housing of the nomadic Mongolians.
Authentic meals will be prepared by a Mongolian cook. Participants are also
allowed to practice with the monks in training at the facility during many of
The reconstruction started in the summer of 1999 and will continue through
the projects completion in the year 2005. Tours are available to the general
public each summer through the project's completion. To learn how you can get
involved and participate in this wonderful opportunity, please visit the
CRTP's Web site!
Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
The FPMT is an organization devoted to the
transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and its values worldwide through
teaching, meditation, and community service. They provide integrated education
through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest
potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal
responsibility. Their organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama
Tsong Khapa of Tibet as taught by their founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual
director Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Some of their projects include:
- Monasteries and nunneries in 6 countries
- Liberation Prison Project
- Leprosy, Polio, and Health and Nutrition Clinics
- Meditation Centers in 26 Countries
- and, Building a 500ft (152m)statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha,
by the Maitreya Project
in Bohdgaya, India.
Tibetan Buddhist Internet Radio
LamRim.com is an MP3 radio station and download archive for Tibetan Buddhist
teachings. Most of the content is in English. You can hear online or download
recorded teachings from His Holiness, XIV Dalai Lama, Ven. Choden Rinpoche, Ven.
Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundrup Sopa, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Zopa
Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel, Geshe Michael Roach, Ngawang Chotak, Tubten
Pende, others... Here you can find a great treasure of thought, knowlege, and
The Asian Classics Institute
The Asian Classics Institute is dedicated to the serious study and personal
practice of the original teachings of the Buddha. The Institute was established
by Geshe Michael Roach under the spiritual direction of Khen Rinpoche Geshe
Lobsang Tharchin, a distinguished scholar and master of Buddhism from Tibet.
The purpose of the Institute is to provide a thorough, accurate Tibetan
Buddhist education to anyone interested. As a result of completing full studies
with Khen Rinpoche and at Sera Monastery in India, Geshe Michael Roach developed
and taught a seven-year Formal Study Program in New York. That program condensed
the essence of the Six Great Books of Buddhism into a series of 15 Formal Study
Courses. Those Courses parallel the same basic core of information that a Geshe
(Doctor of Theology) learns at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
At their site, you can find information on the classes they offer in New York City
and in various other cities around the world. You can also find and download readings,
notes, and audio recordings from their classes on their site.
The Asian Classics Input Project
The Asian Classics Input Project -- "A Thousand Books of Wisdom", is the
fourth major release of data by the Asian Classics Input Project. ACIP staff
around the world have spent thousands of hours over the past ten years preparing
a library of wonderful books which can be found on their new CD-ROM or downloaded
from their Web site.
The Asian Classics Input Project's mission is to save the disappearing books
containing the great ideas of the Eastern half of humanity and then make these
books and ideas accessible to the world at large. Books they find are cataloged,
copied, and then input onto computer media by people who come from the same
countries where the books were written. The Project helps not only to preserve
these rich cultural traditions, but provides many people with an opportunity to
learn new skills for supporting themselves, while helping to save the great
books of their heritage.
The ACIP then makes these books freely available to the world, especially to
those in the West who have not yet been exposed to them. Over the past ten years
ACIP has released tens of thousands of pages of great books, on tens of
thousands of computer disks and through the World Wide Web, completely free or
for only the cost of materials and postage, to thousands of users in more than
The Mongolia Society, Inc.
The Mongolia Society was founded in late 1961 as a private, non-profit,
non-political organization interested in promoting and furthering the study of
Mongolia, its history, language, and culture. The aims of the Society are
exclusively scholarly, educational, and charitable.
They publish several Mongolian Studies: the Journal of the Mongolia Society,
the Mongolia Survey, and two series entitled "Special Papers" (devoted to the
republication of rare works in Mongolian or related languages) and "Occasional
Papers" (scholarly studies). The Society has also printed and reprinted
important dictionaries. One of the major obstacles encountered by Western
students of Mongolia has been the difficulty in obtaining Mongolian publications
on a regular basis. Since 1975, therefore, The Mongolia Society has been active
in the importation and North American distribution of scholarly books and
periodicals, as well as prints, slide transparencies, and recordings, from
Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, and Buriatia.
Asian Art Museum's Mongolian Art Exhibit
MANDALA Magazine is published quarterly by the Foundation for
the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
MANDALA Magazine offers peices on how people are
relating the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism to the
The Tricycle Buddhist Journal
The home page for one of the leading Buddhist journals. Tricycle is widely
available at bookstores and newstands. Their site includes interviews and even
a Buddhist personals section.
Unity Center of Bloomington, Indiana
Unity Center of Bloomington is a center for spiritual growth whose mission is to
serve as a vehicle for spiritual education in practical Christianity; to provide
a gathering point and loving community for individuals on a journey in
Truth. The Unity Center is also kind in that they provide Ganden Dheling Buddhist
Temple with a wonderful space to meet and practice till we have our own!