From Alan Peto’s website:  http://www.alanpeto.com/articles/2011/top-five-buddhism-websites-for-newbies/

  1. Learning: BuddhaNet (www.buddhanet.net)
    This website has been around since 1996 and has a wealth of information for anyone who is interested in Buddhism.  If you are just starting out on the path, check out their Buddhist Studies page which gives plenty of information including a quick 5 minute introduction to Buddhism.  But there is plenty more from daily quotes, magazine, audio, ebooks, etc.  This is why BuddhaNet tops our #1 position.

  2. Magazine: Tricycle (www.tricycle.com)
    No, this isn’t a kids website but that of a very popular Buddhist magazine of the same name.  You’ll find plenty of articles (this is a Magazine website after all) but other things you never expected.  There is a new community feature that allows you to talk to other like minded individuals, find out about upcoming retreats, and ‘trikeworthy’ items you should check out.  If you like the website, you might want to check out a subscription to their print magazine.

  3. Group: Buddhist Peace Fellowship (www.bpf.org)
    If you are into social issues, this is the website (and group) for you.  Their primary goal is promoting non-violent socially engaged buddhism (you can learn more about that byclicking here).  Yes, you can change the world.

  4. News: The Buddhist Channel (www.buddhistchannel.tv)
    Although not actually a “TV” station, this was the replacement for the old Buddhist News Network (BNN) and is the only site dedicated entirely to Buddhist news.  Yes, there are new technology out there that can create fancy pages of news on any topic, but this website is devoted to it.  Nicely organized based on what you would like to read about.

  5. Books: Shambhala Publications (http://www.shambhala.com/)
    One of the biggest publishers of books on Buddhism (as well as other topics), this is a nice place to browse through all the Buddhist books they have and see if one (or more) interests you.  It’s always good to get a wide variety of thoughts and experiences along your way with Buddhism.
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