Religious Studies

Photo Archive of Japanese Religions


Photo Archive of Japanese Religions, Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture is an open repository of photographs—both in the nature of its collection and the manner of usage—capturing Japanese religious culture nationwide. The collection is based on a gift from I. Reader.

The SAT Daizokyo Text Database


The SAT Daizokyo Text Database offers the complete text of the Taisho Tripitaka, a compilation of all Buddhist scriptures; it is also a search gateway. The database connects to other related databases, such as Digital Dictionary of Buddhism (listed below) and a bibliographic database on the Buddhist studies in order to foster a better understanding of various scriptures.

Digital Dictionary of Buddhism


The Digital Dictionary Buddhism is a compilation of entries on Buddhist terms, texts, schools, temples, and persons. Its use is restricted according to one's contribution to the dictionary.

Sotozen-Net: Glossary


The Glossary to the Sotozen-Net lists terms related to the Soto Zen school of Buddhism; items are listed alphabetically according to the English translation. It was originally published as an appendix to Standard Observances of the Soto Zen School (translated by G. Foulk, 2010).

Old Buddhist Manuscripts in Japanese Collections

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Old Buddhist Manuscripts in Japanese Collections, International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies is a catalogue of manuscripts of Buddhist scriptures in Japan from the eighth century to the fourteenth century. This catalogue is based on the surveys carried out in various collections. Some collections offer photographs of the first or second folios of the manuscript. While an English interface is not provided, basic information is offered in English.

Basic Terms of Shinto


Basic Terms of Shinto is a glossary for essential terms, divines, and shrines. It also covers materials used in rites. It is searchable in both English and Japanese, using the Roman alphabet or kanji and hiragana form.

The Laures Rare Book Database & Virtual Library


The Laures Rare Book Database & Virtual Library, Kirishitan Bunko, Sophia University is a catalogue and digital gallery containing the works of Jesuit and other missionaries to Japan. The Laures database has been revised from Laures's seminal descriptive catalogue (1951, 2nd ed.). On the other hand Virtual Library displays rare materials belonging to the university's Kirishitan Bunko collection.