World religions have evolved as human populations have grown and new circumstances have come to dictate human lifestyles, but most faiths still have ancient texts that originated thousands of years ago that inform the core belief system of the faith’s followers. The Bible is one of the most widely recognized religious books on Earth, but for anyone studying religion and spirituality it is important to have some knowledge of the other holy books, scriptures, and writings of religious leaders from around the world. These web pages offer insight into the sacred texts, cultures, and beliefs of many of the world’s largest religions, from Judaism to Islam, Buddhism, Shintoism, and even Zoroastrianism.

General Global Religion

Many organizations promote collaboration and knowledge-sharing between faiths. Though religious differences have been the root of many conflicts throughout the milennia, there are plenty of people trying to build peace and companionship between people of different belief systems.

  • Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions

    Council for a Parliament of the World's Religinos

    The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities. They continue this goal through their website with resources, event listings and information on sacred spaces.

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  • Jaisiyaram

    Jaisiyaram

    Jaisiyaram gives an overview of the variety of activities that are offered at the Ashram, information on their school for poor children and details of Swami Ji and Yashendu travels. Swami Balendu spreads his energy of love which he experienced for over three years isolated in a cave practicing mantra meditation.

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  • Internet Sacred Text Archive

    Internet Sacred Text Archive

    Internet Sacred Text Archive is an archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. This site is like a public library with no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship.

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  • Global Organization for Divinity

    Global Organization for Divinity

    Global Organization for Divinity (GOD) promotes peace, harmony and universal love amidst cultural diversity through inner spiritual transformation. The website has activities, news, publications and event information for all different kinds of religious beliefs.

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  • Religion News Blog

    Religion News Blogh

    Religion News Blog provides a daily selection of religion news. They have a particular focus on issues dealing with groups and movements often referred to as ‘cults,’ ‘sects,’ or ‘abusive churches.’

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  • Faithology

    Faithology

    Faithology describes themselves as the comprehensive online encyclopedia for world religions and beliefs. With information on fourteen religions, readers can connect with others who have the same beliefs via the community link, or do their own research on other religions.

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  • Finding Dulcinea

    Finding Dulcinea

    Finding Dulcinea presents credible, high-quality and trustworthy websites to its readers, saving them time. The religion and spiritual portion of the site has tons of information available on almost any religion.

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  • Sanity Quest Publishing

    Primarily I’m here to offer a way to interpret scriptures that doesn’t require intelligent people to either reject it completely, pretend it doesn’t say what it says, or become a fanatic. Bluntly, I want to save the world from both nihilists and fools who serve an evil God.

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Buddhism

There are many who would argue that Buddhism cannot be considered a religion, but more of a spiritual choice or even a lifestyle. There are still many historical spiritual writings from Buddhist leaders and it is an important topic in discussions of faith.

  • Wandering Dhamma

    Wandering Dhamma

    The Wandering Dhamma website is run by a Ph.D who shares her thoughts and research within the field of Buddhist studies. The website includes pages on Buddhist travel, reflections, writings, and book reviews.

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  • Christophers Dharma Blog

    Christopher

    Christopher’s Dharma Blog is written by a former Buddhist monk in Thailand and India who teaches Awakening and Insight Meditation around the world. He blogs about daily life, books, music, poems, travels and more.

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  • Derek’s Dharma Blog

    Dereks Dharma Blogv

    The main themes of Derek’s Dharma Blog are meditation, Dharma and activism. Through his blogs, he discusses books, where to study Dharma and how and why to meditate.

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  • The Buddhist Blog

    The Buddhist Blog

    The Buddhist Blog is a journal of travels as the blogger tries to follow the middle path of Buddhism. He hopes readers will follow him and share his love of Buddhism.

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  • Open Buddha

    Open Buddha

    The Open Buddha website has random blog posts which tend to focus on Dharma. The blogs cover open Buddhism, technology and geekery all rolled into one.

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  • Through the Looking Glass

    Through The Looking Glass

    Through the Looking Glass is a site set up with various writings centered around the project of a developing the bases of a vibrant Buddhist thought and practice to benefit American needs. The topics covered include Monastic Life, Buddhism in America, Topics in Dharma, Life in the Dusty World and Venerable China.

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  • Daily Buddhism

    Daily Buddhism

    Daily Buddim is a plain English Guide to Buddhism. With book reviews, podcasts and more, the readers can really learn what Buddism is all about.

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  • The Buddhist Channel

    The Buddhist Channel

    The Buddhist Channel is a Buddhist news site, reporting news, review and features about Buddhism. The Buddhist Channel remains the world’s only dedicated Buddhist news service, providing daily updates and in-depth coverage.

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  • Tricycle

    Tricycle

    The Tricycle website is dedicated to making Buddhist views, values, and practices broadly available. They are committed to providing information on Buddist values and practices to their readers.

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  • The Endless Further

    The Endless Further

    The Endless Further website hopes to elaborate on the theme of the spirituality journey and to make clear some distinctions and relations which might lead to a better understanding of religion and spirituality. The blogs cover many different topics about Buddhism and would be great learning tools.

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  • Vincent Thorn

    Vincent Horn

    Vincent Horn’s website has information on Buddhism, events and blogs focusing on the Buddhist Geeks. The Buddhist Geeks started as a conversation, that became a podcast, that became a website, that became a conference and then a community.

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  • Jayarava Raves

    Jayarava's Raves

    Jayarava Raves main themes are etymology and the history of language; textual interpretation and criticism; the history of ancient India, and particularly the history of ideas with respect to Buddhism; and the integration of Buddhism with contemporary Western Culture, with an emphasis on science. Readers can find blogs, resources, and information on books on the site.

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  • SlowZen…Again

    Asura Dharma SlowZen

    SlowZen…Again is a personal blog from a Buddhist who is in the Marine Corps. He shares his personal journey as a Buddhist, a marine, a father and a husband.

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  • Shambhala SunSpace

    Shambala Sunspace

    Shambhala SunSpace was created based on the magazine Shambala Sun. The website has blogs which cover the Buddhism culture, inspirations and life in general as a Buddhist.

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  • Moonpointer: Buddhist Blog of Everyday Dharma

    Moonpointer Buddhist blog

    Moonpointer strives to be both enlightening and entertaining. The site focuses on the Buddhist analogy which reminds us of the importance of skillfully using forms and words, without being attached to them.

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  • Progressive Buddhism

    progressive buddhism

    Progressive Buddhism is a group-blog on the topics of progressive, modern Buddhism – looking at the best ways to integrate Buddhism into modern life and modern societies; and seeing it as a living tradition and not just a historical one.

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  • Dharma Talk

    Dharma Talk

    Dharma Talk includes blog postings whose personal journey continues every day through his personal practice and teaching of vipassana meditation in the Theravada tradition. Anyone who wants to join him on his journey is welcome.

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  • Dharma Forest

    Dharma Forest

    Dharma Forest is a personal blog by a vegan, an American Buddhist Monk, who teaches world-wide and lives in California. If you are interested in learning about his teachings, and sometimes the weather, and gardens, visit his page.

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  • Echo of the Dharma

    Echo of the Dharma

    Echo of the Dharma discusses different issues of the world in the light of the teaching of Pure Land master Shinran. This bilingual blog teaches all things Buddhism.

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  • Truth is Within

    Truth is Within

    Truth is Within is a personal blog on the tedious details of a Buddhist monk and meditator. The site serves as an aggregation of text, audio and video teachings and follows the author’s daily life.

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  • Buddhanet

    Buddhanet

    Buddhanet links people world-wide who are committed to the Buddha’s teachings and lifestyle. People are encouraged to share their concerns and interests in Buddhism.

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Hinduism

Hinduism takes many forms throughout the world, but is most highly concentrated in India, and there are dozens of websites devoted to sharing the long history and many ancient writings and traditions associated with this faith.

  • The Vaishnava Voice

    The Vaishnava Voice

    The Vaishnava Voice speaks on the international Hare Krishna movement, bringing the Vaishnava tradition from India and offering it to the rest of the world. The site also has information on many other religions including Bhagavad Gita, Bhakta and Hinduism.

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  • Kishna.com

    Krishna com

    The Krishna website’s goal is to present information about Krishna relevant to the diverse needs and interests of everyone interested in practical spiritual life. With audio, video, pictures and more there is definitely something here for anyone interested in the Hindu religion.

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  • Hinduism Today

    Hinduism Today

    Hinduism Today is an online magazine with additional resources about the Hindu religion. Read past issues of the magazine, watch videos and get the latest news on Hinduism.

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  • Western Hindu

    Western Hindu

    Western Hindu is a personal blog about followers of sanatana dharma. As westerners, they embraced Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Way of Hinduism and they share their thoughts on doing so.

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Islam & The Qu’ran

Islam is a monotheistic religion whose primary text is the Qur’an, which is considered to contain the exact words of God, and is thereby strictly adhered to by orthodox followers.

  • Happy Muslim Mama

    Happy Muslim Mama

    Happy Muslim Mama is a personal blog by a Muslim mother of four. Through her blogs she hopes to spread the love of her faith, and she invites you to join her.

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  • Freeminds.org

    Free Minds org

    Freeminds.org was created for all people who have a desire to allow God into their lives and follow His path alone. People of various beliefs are welcome to come and examine the system of Submission/Islam which is based on God Alone.

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  • AlQuran Classes

    Al Quran

    AlQuranClasses spreads the Light of Qur’an among the people. The online classes are available to educate people with true learning and understanding of Qur’an.

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  • Muslim Voices

    Muslim Voices

    Muslim Voices is a project of Indiana University comprised of various initiatives and activities that are all dedicated to promoting understanding and dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims. Everyone is invited to participate in the videos, podcasts and other resources on the site.

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  • Political Islam

    Political Islam

    Political Islam educates its reader about political Islam, its founder Mohammed, his political doctrine and his god, Allah. Readers can read and purchase articles and find other useful resources here.

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  • Qur’anic Studies

    Quranic Studies

    Qur’anic Studies includes writings about the Islam, Qur’an, and religion by Louay Fatoohi. The site includes articles that study the historical characters and events that are mentioned in the Qur’an and comparing the Qur’anic account with the Biblical narratives, other Jewish and Christian writings, and historical sources.

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  • YasSarNal QuR’an

    YasSarNal Quran

    YasSarNal QuR’an is a blog that kindles the spark of learning and living by the Qur’an. It has everything you need to know about Qur’an from definitions to reminders to electronic books.

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Judaism & The Torah

Judaism is a monotheistic religion whose traditions are rooted in the Hebrew Bible, the Torah, and the Talmud. While there are many texts relating to Judaism, orthodox Jews hold that the laws of God were handed down to Moses and are unchangeable, though later texts have been incorporated into the traditions of some Jewish practitioners.

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Sikhism

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion founded in the Punjab region of India, and although the number of Sikhs has grown to tens of millions, the largest concentration of them is still in Punjab.

  • United Sikhs

    United Sikhs

    United Sikhs is a U.N. affiliated, international non-profit organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. Anyone interested in becoming involved should visit this site for more information.

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  • The Langar Hall

    The Langar Hall

    The Landar Hall is a site dedicated to the experiences, reflections, and interests of a diverse group of young individuals tied together by the common and varied identities as Sikhs in the diaspora. The blogs posts cover across a variety of topics from Gurbani and Seva to Bhangra and Politics.

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  • World Sikh Organization of Canada

    World Sikh Organization of Canada

    The World Sikh Organization of Canada is a non-profit organization which promotes and protects the interests of Canadian Sikhs as well as to protect all human rights. Anyone living in Canada would find this site useful with news, blogs and legal information .

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  • English Sikh

    English SIkh

    The English Sikh hopes to educate people about the Sikh religion, culture and language. Anyone who would want to learn the language, gets news or see photos on the Sikh religion would find the site useful.

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  • Sikhs India – Online Sikh News Channel

    Sikhs India Online Sikh News Channel

    Sikhs India hopes to generate awareness about Sikh issues. The site is filled with information from with Sikh news, views, images, and videos for the Sikh community around the world.

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  • Manvir Singh

    Manvir Singh

    Manvirsingh.blogspot.com is a personal blog on all things Sikh. Some of the blog posts are from personal experiences and some report important news.

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  • Sikh Awakening

    Sikh Awakening

    Sikh Awakening is a forum created for the Youth willing to perform selfless service for the community through different initiatives and projects. Young Sikhs are encouraged to visit to read about achievements of others and how they can get involved.

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Baha’i Faith

The Baha’i Faith is one of the youngest religions to have gained traction and a following. It was founded in Persia in the 19th century, and the three pillars of its doctrine are the unity of God, unity of religion, and unity of humanity.

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Taoism

Taoism is not traditionally an institutionalized faith, meaning that there were not churches or officials in Taoism at the start, though structures have formed over time. The main principle of Taoism is living in harmony with the Tao, or driving force behind life and the universe.

  • Warp Weft and Way

    Warp Weft and Way

    Warp, Weft, and Way is a group blog of Chinese and Comparative philosophy. Their hope is to promote and stimulate discussion of Chinese philosophy and cross-tradition inquiry among scholars and students of philosophy

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  • Taoish

    Taoish

    Taoish has collected a group of writers and readers interested in a fresh take on spirituality that is not be pompous, righteous, holier-than-thou or sectarian. If you are wondering how to find meaning in today’s world, with a sense of humor, then this is the blog for you.

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  • Taoist Path School of Alchemy

    Taoist Path School of Alchemy

    The Taoist Path School of Alchemy has been designed as an interactive platform for students to learn Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation. Although membership is encouraged, the site allows anyone to visit to learn more about Taoism.

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  • Personal Tao

    Personal Tao

    Personal Tao is a book, a collection of Taoist reference materials, art, a blog and a Zen Garden: all coming together as a modern guide to the Tao. The site helps others find a modest graceful lifestyle, teaching inner Taoist practices, and opening the path of dreams into living.

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  • Center Tao

    Center Tao

    The Center For Taoist Thought And Fellowship, founded in 1982, is a California non-profit Taoist corporation located in California. The Center focuses on the how, what, and why we think what we think.

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  • Rambling Taoists

    The Rambling Taoists

    The Rambling Taoist focuses on philosophical Taoism, it also featured commentaries about the news of the day and observations of the world. With links, blogs, resouces and more, this site shows what Taoism is all about.

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  • Understanding The Tao te Ching: A guide to Taoist Peace and Understanding

    Understanding the Tao Te Ching

    Understanding The Tao te Ching: A guide to Taoist Peace and Understanding is an interpretation of the Tao te Ching “Tao Virtue Book”. Visitors are encouraged to disagree with this interpretation, involve themselves in self-study, and ultimately leave all concepts behind and so experience the living Tao.

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  • The Useless Tree

    The Useless Tree

    The Useless Tree is ancient Chinese thought in modern American life. These blogs are a great read for anyone looking for that different perspective on everyday life and Taoism.

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  • Tao Meditation

    Taoist Meditation

    Tao Meditation was created from study notes primarily based on the Chinese Texts. The objective is to try to demystify, and dig out ideas and practices that are most applicable to the Modern Man.

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Other

There are too many religions, faiths, sects, philosophies, and systems of spirituality to even count, and many have a robust community of followers. Learning about all of them can enrich anyone’s spiritual education.

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