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Compilation started in March 1996. First placed on the Internet in March 1998. Updated daily based on user contributions.
This encyclopedia and dictionary is a compilation of Buddhist Ayurveda (and also Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Tibetan Medicine) and Buddhism terms, texts, temple, schools, persons, etc. found in Buddhist canonical sources and Ayurvedic - Chinese Medicine sources.
Its compilation was initiated in 1995 during the beginning of my Buddhist Ayurveda studies with Dr. Vasant Lad and the monks of the City of 10000 Buddhas Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and Buddhist Text Translation Society and upon my realization of the dearth of comprehensive online English language reference works for Ayurvedic and Buddhist technical terminology. Since my basic area of interest was the the Dharma - both Buddha Dharma and the healing Dharmas of Asia – Ayurvedic Medicine, Tibetan Medicine and Chinese Medicine, the orientation of the dictionary has been toward Asian sources (Indian Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and East Asian in general), and therefore the encyclopedia-dictionary was known during its first 3 years of existence as the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Ayurveda. Realizing, however, that a large portion of the content was actually concerned with Indian, Tibetan and other cultural manifestations of Buddhism and Buddhist Ayurveda, and not wanting to discourage potential collaborators with other orientations, we renamed it, upon the founding of Medicine Buddha Healing Center and its Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute and Nalanda University in July 2000, to the present Digital Encyclopedia of Buddhism and Ayurveda. Thus, the content of this database/dictionary/encyclopedia/translation glossary is intended to be pan-Buddhist pan-Asian Medicine in character.
We have established a password/quota system in order to: (a) encourage regular users to feel a sense of responsibility to make their own contributions to this shared resource, and (b) block access by abusers of the dictionaries who send in search robots to download all of the data (which, in the process, obstruct access by honest users). This system operates at two levels:
1. Limited Use (no user contribution): Any user may access the Digital Encyclopedia of Buddhism and Ayurveda by by entering “guest” as the username with no password. This will allow a total of 10 searches in a 24-hour period.
2. Unlimited Use:
1. User Data or Technical Contributions - While the most basic aim in putting Digital Encyclopedia of Buddhism and Ayurveda on the web is to make this material readily available to everyone, the larger purpose of this project is to bring about a collaborative effort that will lead to the eventual development of a comprehensive body of data. In order to accomplish this, we need contributions toward content development from users. Thus, you may obtain an unlimited-use password by becoming a contributor to the Digital Encyclopedia of Buddhism and Ayurveda. For details, Contributing to the Digital Encyclopedia of Buddhism and Ayurveda.
2. Paid Subscriptions - Those who are unable to make a contribution, but need unlimited access may pay for a two-year subscription to the Digital Encyclopedia of Buddhism and Ayurveda, at the rate of U.S. $60 for individuals (by Paypal, bank transfer, or check/money order) and $600 for institutions. A template for the Institutional Agreement is here. Individuals can write to us for details as necessary.
3. Enrolled Students of the Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute or the Nalanda University of the Medicine Buddha Healing Center will have unlimited usage of the Digital Encyclopedia of Buddhism and Ayurveda.