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  • Early Disciples of the Buddha – Pen Portraits of Some of the Eminent Disciples of the Buddha (Adult and Student versions).
  • Buddhism and Women – Questions & Answers on Women in Buddhism; The Buddha and Women; Eminent Women Disciples.
  • Deities and BodhisattvasPopular Chinese Deities / Bodhisattvas / Avalokiteshvara / Lohans, Arhats / Maitreya.
  • Buddhist Art & Architecture –  Korean, Thai, Tibetan, Temples, Stupas, Images, Mudras, Mandalas, Tangkas, etc.
  • Major Buddhist Sites – Information on the significant historical and pilgrimage sites, including the Four Holy Sites.
  • Scriptures -The Tripitaka [Sanskrit], Tipitaka [Pali], the three baskets of Teachings, is the Canon of the Buddhists, both Theravada and Mahayana traditions.
  • Buddhist Glossary – A glossary of Buddhist technical terms and ‘Dharma Data’, a Buddhist dictionary.
  • FAQs on Buddhist Culture – Some Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) on Buddhist culture.
  • Festivals & Ceremonies – Buddhist devotional practices; listing of festivals and special events. Personal Ceremonies: Marriage & Funeral Rites.
  •  The Devotional Service – A Buddhist Devotional Service: setting up a shrine, bowing – with devotional text.
  • Buddhist Iconography – Eight Auspicious Symbols • Vajras (thunder bolt) • Ritual Bells • Beads (rosary) • Symbolic Gestures (mudras) • Seed-syllable (Om Mani Pamde Hum) • Wheels (dharmacaka) • Prayer wheel • Lotus • Ritual Mandalas • Footprints of the Buddha (buddhapada) • Stupas • Thangkas • Buddhist Flag.
  • Statistics – Overall numbers of adherents and statistics of adherents in the major branches of Buddhism.
  • Selected Book List – A reading list to facilitate study in particular areas of Buddhist history.