Lam Yig: Links to Tibetan Sites
Tib., lam yig
The Tibetan term lam yig means various things: travel guide book,
directions, trekking permit. In internet terms, this very much fits what is meant by links
and by wandering through cyberspace.
Our complimentary link to the Government of Tibet in Exile.
- The Khandroma (Dakini) Network
Covering very much similar ground as the our own Dakini Yogini Central,
is not only more extensive in scope (and links to outside sources), but has also been
around much longer. It is a good source for things you do not find here and also
for a second opinion if you want one: we regularly come to different conclusions about things.
- Early Tibetan Mandalas: The Rossi Collection
A well documented collection of
13th to 16th century mandalas with high
quality reproductions and detailed explanations.
- Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dharma Dictionary
A very extensive dictionary combining most of the
glossaries from the books in your or my library with the many others we may not have. According to the
organization, more than 85,000 Tibetan terms and phrases are translated and/or explained. A great
resource if you know what you're looking for: the search engine only accepts Tibetan terms
spelled according to the Wylie system. So looking for meditation, you must enter sgom.
Lineages and Schools
- Buddhism according to the Contemporary Gelugpa
Part of the offical site of the Government of Tibet in Exile, this is a
detailed and interesting source on how the
present Gelugpa Order views the development of Buddhism in Tibet (and in exile). Most
interestingly, they now include Bön in what is called the Five Principal Traditions.
- Nyingma in the West
Although not representative for all Nyingma organizations in the West,
Nyingma.org is an influential and large organization
under the guidance of Tarthang Tulku. They have a huge monastery in the US, are involved in
many and large translation and publication projects (under the name Dharma Publishing), and
are represented in several other countries as well. The site has several photographs of the
monastery and shows what Vajrayana looks like in the US of A (rather than in the West).
- Nyingma Palyul Lineage
A specific tradition within the Nyingma
originates with the Palyul Monastery in Tibet
and its associated teachers.
- Aro gTer Lineage
Very small and relatively unknown, this is an especially interesting Nyingma-based lineage
because it is mainly oriented towards female masters and adepts
(though it seems to be headed - at least temporarily - by a male Caucasian). Nevertheless, this
website has information and images concerning women such as Yeshe Tsogyal, Jomo Memo,
Machig Labron and others. Well worth a visit.
- Karma Kagyu Lineage
Both in content and design, this is probably the best of several online
efforts to introduce the development of this lineage and its major teachers.
- The Dzogchen Foundation
A site filled with a variety of
essays and interviews (mainly by or with author
Surya Das) concerning Dzogchen teachers and teachings.