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Information Resources for Buddhist Studies. 因緣 , 剎那 , 意識 , 方便 平常心 , 大無畏 , 門外漢 當頭棒喝 , 單刀直入 , 斬釘截鐵 , 胡說八道 拖泥帶水 , 神通廣大 , 五體投地 , 大開眼界 心心相印 , 想入非非 , 一塵不染 , 夢幻泡影 They are all originated from Buddhism. Do you know these terms?. Ancient Historic Tradition

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Do you know these terms

因緣, 剎那, 意識, 方便

平常心, 大無畏, 門外漢

當頭棒喝, 單刀直入, 斬釘截鐵, 胡說八道

拖泥帶水, 神通廣大, 五體投地, 大開眼界

心心相印, 想入非非, 一塵不染, 夢幻泡影

They are all originated from Buddhism.

Do you know these terms?

Studying buddhism in modern age

Ancient Historic Tradition

Diffuse Geographical Origins

Multiple Languages of Teaching

Different Schools of Thought

Religious vs Academic Interpretation

Abundant Information Resources …

Studying Buddhism in Modern Age

How to find relevant reliable information

What is nirvana?

Google: 127,000,000 results. But …

Only 1 (Wikipedia) out of the first 30 results is related to Buddhism

How to find relevant & reliable information?

(Chan/Zen) 是什麼?

How to find relevant reliable information1

Use trustworthy academic sources

Encyclopedia of specific subject (not Wikipedia!)

Scholarly Books

Academic organization website, e.g. university, research centre

How to find relevant & reliable information?

Encyclopedias of buddhism and religions

Encyclopedias of Buddhism and Religions

Encyclopedia of Buddhism

The illustrated encyclopedia of Zen Buddhism

Encyclopedia of religion

Worldmark encyclopedia of religious practices

General works

General Works


Religious lifeBQ5360-5680

Zen BuddhismBQ9250-9519

Theravada (Hinayana) Buddhism BQ7100-7285

Mahayana Buddhism BQ7300-7529

Useful subject headings

Useful Subject Headings


Buddhism -- Doctrines

Mahayana Buddhism -- Doctrines

Theravada Buddhism -- Doctrines

Enlightenment (Zen Buddhism)


Zen Buddhism

Zen meditations

Buddha (The concept)

Recommended readings

Call No.BQ4022 .F38 2009

"Many people know something about Buddhism, but, for interesting historical reasons, much of what they know is wrong. In Unmasking Buddhism, Bernard Faure offers a clear catalogue of these misconceptions and then compassionately dispels the darkness of ignorance.“

Donald S. Lopez, University of Michigan

Recommended Readings

Recommended readings1

佛教義理艱深,不易把握;佛學典籍又浩如煙海,不易卒讀。這已是一般的常識了 … 理想的佛學入門書很少,一般人要理解佛教義理,常有不知從何入手之感。


吳汝鈞 台灣中央研究院

Recommended Readings

Call No.BQ286 .W836 1994

Call No.BQ4133 .W8 1995

General Studies

Academic Search Premier

ProQuest Research Library

Humanities Full Text

Religion & Philosophy

E-Resources  By Subject  Religion & Philosophy

ATLA Religion Database

Philosopher’s Index


Http ccbs ntu edu tw bdlm index htm


Developed by National Taiwan University Library

Full text databases of Buddhist studies

Online museum

Useful links

Multi-lingual Buddhist canons

Buddhist languages

Learning tools e.g. Dictionary

Research centres of Buddhist studies

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