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South Asian Religions

Buddhism

  • Access to Insight Readings in Theravada Buddhism, including modern translations of more than 1,000 important suttas, books, essays, sutta commentaries by prominent Asian and Western authors.
  • Buddhanet. Buddhist Information and Education Network, World Buddhist Directory, BuddhaZine - Online Magazine.
  • Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library: An collation of electronic resources for Buddhist Studies.
  • Dharmanet. Dharma study and resource center
  • The International Association of Buddhist Studies: A professional organization devoted to the academic study of Buddhism in all its manifestations and from any disciplinary perspective
  • Journal of Buddhist Ethics contains current and past issues of the journal, global resources for Buddhist studies, scholary resources
  • Journal of Global Buddhism, a scholarly academic journal
  • THDL Religion Collection Includes an overview of Tibetan religion and various sects,information on the Tibetan Buddhist canon. various genres of Tibetan literature, the SamantaBhadra collection of Nyingma literature, bibliographies, and the Sera Monastery Project with information on Sera's history, geographical location, people, educational activities and thousands of images.
  • The Western Buddhist Review, an electronic journal of writings on Buddhism. Articles explore the principles of Buddhism, particularly as practised in the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.
  • Ligmincha Institute, founded in 1992 in order to preserve the ancient teachings, transmissions and practices of the Bon Buddhist tradition.

Hinduism

  • American Institute of Vedic Studies, an educational center providing a broad range of training programs, resources and publications.
  • Back to Godhead, Bi-monthly publication of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
  • Hindu Universe , A wealth of information and links to many facets of Hinduism and Hindu life.
  • Hindu Studies on the Virtual Religion Index. including selections from the Vedas, Upanisads, Mahabharata, Ramayana,information and images of Hindu deities, Hindu schools and teachers.
  • Hindu Students Council Promotes the understanding of Hindu culture and heritage among students on college campuses.
  • Hinduism todayMonthly magazine of international Hinduism
  • Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence, This Center at James Madison University, Harrisburg, VA, organizes and hosts the Global Nonviolence International Conference and the Global Nonviolence Student Conference in alternate years.The Gandhi Center currently has two established lecture series: the Tolstoy Lecture Series in Global Nonviolence and the Lecture Series in Religious Traditions. For more information contact:
  • Sri Vaishnava Home Page, an introduction to the Sri Vaishnava tradition.
  • Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHP) The VHP of America maintains ties with its Indian counterpart and focuses on issues of Hindu identity in America.

Jainism

Islam

Sikhism

  • AllAboutSikhs.com Extensive resources related to Sikhism.
  • Sikh Network Publishes the online guide on Sikhism entitled "Sikhism and the Sikh People: A Reference Guide".
  • SikhSeek. Web Guide with over 600 links related to Sikhism.
  • Sikh SpiritUK-based site with collection of articles on the Sikh faith, latest news on Sikh issues from our news feeds. The section on Religious Education provides ideas for use in the classroom and our collection poems is ideal for all ages.
  • The Sikhism Home Page Good introductory resources, including complete English translation of the Guru Granth Sahib.

Other Religion Resources

  • Religion in South Asia This is the web site of the Religion in South Asia Section (RISA) of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). It includes useful South Asia links to document collections, videos and multi-media, teaching resources and bibliographies.
  • Beliefnet contains information on the faith and practices of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Jainism.
  • Internet Sacred Text Archive Largest freely available archive of online books about religion (including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism), mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet.
  • The Pluralism Project at Harvard University explores the communities and religious traditions of Asia and the Middle East that have become woven into the religious fabric of the United States in the past twenty-five years. The site has numerous links to online resources for Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, and Sikhism, has links to films and slideshows.

Teaching Resources

Ancient Indus Civilization.1,144 illustrated pages by leading scholars of ancient India and Pakistan and the ancient Indus Valley Civilization - including the very latest discoveries. See also Teach Indus!which has a variety of teachign resources developed by UK educators.

AskAsia: a K-12 educational web site that is part of an information clearinghouse of the Asia Society's Asian Educational Resource Center.

Education About Asia: a new biannual journal that is a resource for school teachers and college and university instructors, providing information on Asia for classroom use.

Educational and Multimedia Resources for teaching about India
Resources compiled by UVA librarian, Philip McEldowney: 1)Videos and film. Planning for effective use of multimedia in classes. Commerical films and DVDs, documentaries. 2) Internet sites and databases. General South Asia Resources. Social studies. Politics.

Epics of Ancient India. Resources for teaching the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Explorations for Kids. Himalayan art is good at telling stories. Like Aesop's fables, many of these Buddhist stories contain lessons about leading a good life, focusing on the importance of kindness, generosity and compassion.

Exploring South Asia in the Classroom. University of Wisconsin's South Asia Outreach program has posted K-12 lesson plans as well as additional useful information on ancient civilizations, South Asian clothing, countries, languages, religions, a timeline, a list of web resources,and powerpoint presentations (on the Buddha, Gandhi, Kolam art work, Microfinancing, Nonviolence, Silk Weaving, Streets and Shopping, Temples, Transportation, Trash, Women's Employment).

Outreach World, a comprehensive one-stop resource for teaching international and area studies and foreign languages in the precollegiate classroom.This site has menus to search their database of classroom resources by global region, discipline, field, grade level, and time period.

Rajasthani puppets. Information about rajasthanti puppets,puppet performances and information on how to make the puppets.

The Ramayana, pictorial versions and references and classroom materials collected from the institute, "The Ramayana, an Enduring Tradition: its Text and Context" in 1997 and an earlier Ramayana Institute in 1994, as well as updates from the South Asia Center at Syracuse University.

Seattle Art Museum's Teaching Resource Center

How Does Art Tell Stories? is also by the Seattle Art Museum, uses images of Buddha, Vishnu, and Ganesh to teach about Buddhism and Hinduism.

South Asia Educational Resources collected by the University of Pensylavania's South Asia Center. Includes links to information on Art, Afghanistan, Education, Gandhi, Geography, India, Indian villages, Indus Valley Civilization, Literature and languages, Marriage, Religions, and women's rights.

Teach India Project provides teachers and parents with repository of lessons for the K-12 grades about India. This site includes book lists, activities for children and lesson plans on Republic Day, Indian animals, Mahatma Gandhi, monsoons, yoga, family life, and cricket.

The Tibetan & Himalayan Digitial Library

The Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library is an international community using Web-based technologies to integrate diverse knowledge about Tibet and the Himalayas for free access from around the world.

South Asia Center Teaching Resources:

  • A South Asia Curriculum: Teaching about India (Level: Secondary)

This comprehensive curriculum guide includes over 40 lessons organized into five themes and ATOMIC! a role-play simulation for the entire class.

  • Spotlight on the "Ramayana" (Level: Secondary)

Ramayana, the 2500 year-old epic thyat helped to define Indian values and life serves as the lens to explore the subcontinent. Interdisciplinary activities, readings, and materials developed for teachers by teachers.

  • The Aditi Kit:

The Teachers' Manuals offer graded lesson plans for grades 2-12 in five units: Aditi-the Living Arts of India, Fairs and Festivals, Puppets, plays and pageants, the Mughal Court and Gamers from Indian Streets and Playgrounds. Materials include a videotape of the artists from the 1985 "Aditi" exhibition at the Smithsonian, audiotapes of Indian music, puppets, books, Mughal prints, and small musical instruments.

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University of Virginia Links

Title VI South Asia National Resource Centers

South Asian Languages, Literature, and Linguistics

South Asian Art and Architecture

  • Himalayan Art Resources: An online educational resource with over 30,000 images from museums and private collections.
  • The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art: Contains nearly 300,000 original color slides and black and white and color photographs of art and architecture throughout Asia. Countries covered in the collection include India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), China, and Japan. Works range from approximately 2500 B.C.E. to the present, and documentation includes contemporary religious activities in various parts of Asia.
  • Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art: Web page for the museum. The collection specializes in traditional arts and crafts of the Indian subcontinent up to 1900 A.D.and consists of around 1580 objects, including severeal select examples of Nepali and Tibetan art.
  • Early Tibetan Mandalas: 14 fine Tibetan paintings of mandalas dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, drawn from the collections of Rossi & Rossi, London.
  • A Virtual Village: Includes images of a variety of temples and other religious sites from a village in Bihar. Two of the temples can be viewed inside in 360 degree panorama.

General

  • American Oriental Society
  • Asiatic Association: Home of the Journal of South Asian Women's Studies and the International Journal of Tantric Studies.
  • Columbia University's South Asia Resource Access on the Internet: Includes South Asia resources organized by country, organization, and topic. Also includes Reference Tools, Bibliographic Resources, E-Journals, E-New, E-Books, E-Images (Online Image Archives) e-Text Collection, International Directory of South Asia Scholars.
  • Digital South Asia Library at the University of Chicago: Numerous resources, including images, maps, and statistics on South Asia.
  • INDOLOGY: Internet Resources for Indological Scholarship.
  • Project South Asia: A digital library of teaching resources for colleges and universities.
  • South Asia Email Listservs: A comprehensive list of electronic forums and mailing lists of relevance to South Asianists.
  • South Asia Resources Database: A single database for South Asian holdings in Australia with a user-friendly flexible search mechanism and a free-text search mechanism with access to complete records. The database contains more than 120,000 records of resources (books, serials, archive collections, etc) about South Asia in Australia. A separate file holds 150,000 records of South Asian materials elsewhere in the world.

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