5. Buddhism (ནང་དོན་རིག་པ་)

In the Tibetan language, the term for Buddhist is “nangpa” (ནང་པ་), which translates to “insider.” This doesn’t imply belonging to a secretive society or club but rather denotes an individual dedicated to working with their mind. This area of study pertains to what we commonly refer to as Buddhism in a general sense. It is often summarized as focusing on the Three Higher Trainings of Shila, Samadhi, and Prajna (discipline, meditation, and wisdom), each correlating with one of the three collections within the Buddhist canon: Vinaya, Sutra, and Abhidharma, respectively.

We aim for the majority of the content on this site to focus directly on this specific field of knowledge or, indirectly, to elaborate on this Inner Science through the previous four sciences. We advocate the notion that for any of these practices to hold meaning, we must relate them to our personal experience, both in formal practice and throughout our daily lives. This can be attained through a continuous cycle of listening, contemplating, and meditating. All teachings received should be meticulously examined to align with our direct experience. While certain concepts in the dharma might occasionally surpass our immediate level of direct perception, we encourage anyone engaging with this platform to consider these aspects as working hypotheses. When one progresses along the path, all facets of reality will gradually become self-evident.

Luminous Wisdom Digital Library

A collection of downloadable teachings from one of the great Khenpos of our time, Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro.

International Buddhist Academy

IBA’s digital library of teachings. The International Buddhist Academy (IBA) is located in Tinchuli, near Boudhanath, Kathmandu, Nepal. It was founded by Khenchen Appey Rinpoche in order to uphold and disseminate the Buddha Dharma in general and Sakyapa teachings in particular. 

The Open Buddhist University

The Open Buddhist University organizes content from across the web into free, self-directed syllabi on a variety of topics focusing on the Theravada Tradition.

Meridian Trust

This is a collection of retreats related to different aspects of Buddhist meditation practice.

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Collection of teachings from Bhikkhu Bodhi, one of the most respected Theravada and Pali scholars these days.

Sravasti Abbey

Online distance learning program by Sravasti Abbey, an American Buddhist monastic community where nuns and monks and lay students learn, practice, and live the Buddha’s teachings. Founded by Venerable Thubten Chodron.

Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies (SBI)

SBI’s media library has many downloadable retreats and talks from renowned Buddhist scholar and translator Lama Alan Wallace and other teachers.

Glen Svensson

Glen Svenson’s Media Library. Glen graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute.

Venerable Dhammadipa

Some recordings from Buddhist philosophy expert, polygot, and meditation master Ven Dhammadipa. 

James Low

James Low is a disciple and teacher in the Jangter and Khordong lineages of the late Chhimed Rigdzin Lama (C.R. Lama).

Lama Lena

A Collection of teachings from Lama Lena.

Columbia University's Introduction to Buddhism Course

Robert Thurman teaches an overview of the history and philosophy of Buddhism throughout India, South and Southeast Asia, Tibet, and Central Asia, featuring the basics of the Buddhist view of reality and its educational principles of sciences, mind and social ethics.