This "large and complex Website" contains hundreds of books, articles, sutta translations, and more on the topic of Theravada Buddhism, generally recognized as the oldest identifiable form of Buddhism, though not the one most celebrated in the West, which tends to be Mayahana Buddhism, closely associated with India and Tibet. The site demonstrates both scholarly care in its presentation of history and texts as well as a concern with accessibility as the context of various Buddhist and Pali sacred texts are provided through a well-designed hypertext. The text archives holds a "library of some 200 books, essays, and transcribed Dhamma talks by masters from the Thai forest traditions, various authors from the Buddhist Publication Society, and other contemporary writers. Also included are Study Guides on selected topics of interest to students of Buddhism." In addition, the site offers a site map, subject index, a glossary of Pali and Buddhist terms, Frequently Asked Questions, basic instructions for meditation, and "getting started" advice that nicely complement the voluminous scriptures and discourses presented. The site is maintained by John Bullitt, a lay follower of Theravada Buddhism for many years, who "relied on the translations and interpretations of other respected scholars, teachers, and practitioners who have far more experience and wisdom than [he]" in the selection and presentation of the materials here.
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