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If we had to choose the best webpage on Annapurna it
would be the Annapurna
page of the online Peakware World Mountain Encyclopaedia. However,
the best web site is YetiZone.
For a picture gallery of the Annapurna you can have a look at the
homepage of Henk de Jong.
We asked copyright holder Let's Go, Inc. for permission
to publish the Annapurna map which can be found in their travel guide.
See also the map
at lirung.com and the active
map at Yetizone.
For a map with greater details, see giswebite.com.
Relief maps of the Annapurna area as viewed from 96,000 feet (29 km)
can be seen at the Peakware
World Mountain site. See also our own satelite
page and Google
One of Tibet's oldest spiritual traditions is Bön. Nowadays it is considered to be the fifth school
within Tibetan Buddhism. As with the other Tibetan Buddhist schools
there is no official homepage. A good starting point is the website
of the Ligmincha Institute,
founded by Tenzin
Wangyal Rinpoche, pupil of Lopön
Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche of the Triten
Norbutse monastery in Nepal.
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For information on Buddhism, we consider one
of the best places to start might be Buddhanet, a nonprofit
Buddhist information network. To learn more about Tibetan Buddhism
one could read the survey
by His Holiness Tenzin
Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
There is also the Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library.
If you do not find what you are looking for via this page, please
have a look at the Global
Resources for Buddhist Studies of the Journal of Buddhist Ethics.
For an up to date Buddhist Bibliography
of Amazon.Com, please see the website
of Roger Garin-Michaud.
See also a
glossary of Buddhist terms provided by the State University of
New York at Stony Brook.
For information on Buddhism and vegetarianism, please see www.shabkar.org.
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Gelug is one of the four major Tibetan Buddhist schools.
The highest lama within the Gelug school is His
Holiness Dalai Lama. Of all the schools in Tibetan Buddhism, the
Gelug is the most active in spreading Tibetan Buddhism in the world.
Recommended sites are the Foundation for the Preservation
of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Of course there are many other
sites, like the web sites on Gelek Rinpoche of the Jewel Heart Center in the
United States and Holland.
Kagyu lineage is one of the four major Tibetan Buddhist schools.
This lineage is connected to Muktinath via Shangpa
Tulku Rinpoche. The head of the Kagyu school is Karmapa. One can
consider the Kagyu school one school, however since 1992 there are
two insitutional factions. For more information on this issue, see
See also webpage of the new Kagyu nunnery near Chumig Gyatsa, the
Choeling Nunnery (Thaye Dorje lineage). The opening ceremony was
held on the 4 October 2000.
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The lama and nuns of Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa belong to the Nyingma school, the oldest of the
four major Tibetan Buddhist schools. The
Palyul site aims to offer a general understanding of the Nyingma
school and its history, and provides news about activities of His
Holiness Penor Rinpoche and Nyingma Centres world-wide.
His Holiness Sakya Trizinis the Supreme Head of the Sakya
Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, one of the four major Tibetan Buddhist
World is a reliable starting point with lots of links. See also
on this website Chogye
texts section of the Web site of David Wiley contains a list of
all kinds of religious texts, including Buddhist texts. See also Dharmanet
Teachings & Events
The abbot of Chumig Gyatsa, Lama Wangyal,
does not give public teachings. However close to Muktinath/Chumig
Gyatsa there are two other nunneries: the Nyingma Garwa Gompa
with abbot TsokNyi Rinpoche (only ones per few years in Muktinath
Valley). For the teaching schedule of TsokNyi Rinpoche; Buddhist pilgrimages;
information on the support of the nuns of Chumig Gyatsa Gargon Abbey
and more, please see the site of Pundarika
The Kagyu lineage is connected to Muktinath via Shangpa
Tulku Rinpoche. For his teaching schedule, Buddhist teachings
and retreats, see Kagyu
Institute for Buddhist Studues and Retreat Centre in Kartipur.
For schedules of other Buddhist teachers you could have a look at
And of course there is always the option to type in "teaching
2007 name of lama" in Google.Com.
For information on Buddhist women and female teachers of various Buddhist
schools and their branches, please see Sakyadhita,
the International Association of Buddhist Women.
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American Himalayan Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated
to helping the people and ecology of the Himalayas. The AHF was founded
in 1979. Richard Blum, chairman of the AHF, received the Light of
Truth award from His Holiness Dalai Lama for his many years of work
on behalf of the Tibetan people.
The nongovernmental organization Educate
the Children conducts educational and community development projects
Explorers Club (HEC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996
with two primary objectives: to promote and facilitate environmental
and cultural awareness and preservation in the Himalayan region, and
to assist the local peoples of the region.
Himalayan Kingdom Foundation
Trust (HKFT): The goal of the trust is to reverse the trend of
local adults in Nepal's mountain regions leaving their local culture
and going to the valleys in search of economic opportunities, by putting
in place the required infrastructure to support, encourage, and market
Himalaya Project of the University of Cambridge is digitising
archival collections of ethnographic information from the Himalayan
region. Individual examples from five major collections are currenlty
available for online viewing.
Dzogchen is considered by many practitioners to be the highest teaching
within Tibetan Buddhism, going back to the oldest spiritual tradition
in Tibet, Bön. Dzogchen can be considered both
as a part of Tibetan Buddhism as well as independent from it. It was
Norbu, who brought Dzogchen to the West. A good page to start
is the links
page of the web site of the Dzogchen community in Denmark. See
also the site of the Ligmincha
Institute, founded by Tenzin
Wangyal Rinpoche in 1992, to preserve the Tibetan Bön culture
and teachings, especially the practices of Dzogchen.
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for Protection of Environment and Culture (APEC) supports the
protection of biological diversity such as wildlife, wetland species,
forest resources, and development of the nation by organizing individuals
and experts towards conservation of natural resources and their sustainable
use. See also the World
Conservation Union IUCN.
Eco-tourism Explorer on the WWW is created by The Eco-tourism
Society (TES). No doubt it is the best starting point for everybody
who wants to find any kind of information about eco-tourism on the
The Tourism Research
Links site of René Waksberg is a
must for researchers in the field of tourism. See
also the links at Big
Volcano Ecotourism Resource Centre; The
Centre For Tourism Policy and Research.
A beautiful site is The
Himalayan Art Project of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation,
which seeks to preserve the sacred art of the Himalayas.
Universe site seems a good starting point on the Web for those
looking for information on many aspects of Hinduism. It is produced
by the Global Hindu Electronics Network (GHEN), which is a project
of the Hindu Students
Council. There is also a special GHEN site for women: Hindu Woman Universe.
A great starting points are also the Hindu
Bibliography of Roger Garin-Michaud or Britannica.com
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