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RELG 236/EAST 152: Japanese Thought and Religion

Background Source

Background sources are written for a general audience and are intended to give an overview of a topic, fill gaps in the reader’s knowledge, and provide context for deeper understanding.  Examples include Wikipedia, introductory textbooks, and reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.  They can be a useful place to start your research and can assist in selecting a topic for a research project, locating basic information and key facts, defining important words and concepts, and getting suggestions for additional sources to consult. 

Typical characteristics of background sources:

  • intended to be informative
  • provide context, background, or summary information
  • present shared information and established facts; information is uncontested  
  • offer suggestions for additional sources of information on the topic

Primary Sources

Buddhist Texts online 佛教大藏經

CBETA Chinese Tripitaka – 大藏經                        

Japanese Taisho Tripitaka – 大正新脩大藏經

Master Shengyan Dharma Drum – 聖嚴法師法鼓全集

Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (DDB) 電子佛教辭典 maintained by Charles Muller

Free version, "guest" user access allows 10 searches in a 24-hour period

Special Collection & East Asian Collection

Chinese Rare books Collection  (coming soon)