Astus wrote: Huseng wrote:
I find when I look for them online they tend to be links to all the various book merchants who want to sell paper copies of various texts.
I often wonder myself if there are any actual archives...
Exactly my experience. Almost every little Japanese temple have their own homepage but no teachings? Really strange. Do you know any reason behind this?
Well, I'm sure they slap on the HTTP:// address on the business cards and it potentially draws in business if they're doing funerals or other such profitable priestcrafts.
The temples that devote themselves to practise and community service might just provide the details of events and schedules.
Take this one for example:http://home.catv.ne.jp/rr/ryuuunji/main.html
A lot of schedule information, but no sutras.
Soto-shu's official website provides comics (kind of teachings I guess):http://www.sotozen-net.or.jp/kids/c_dogen/co_d_001.htm
And Rinzai's official site has some dharma talks:http://www.rinnou.net/cont_04/story.html
Unfortunately it seems that most academic work that is conducted in Japan is limited to print material. Even annotated and translated texts, which should be freely available, are kept as print versions for the most part. The popular translators of sutras like Nakamura Hajime for example all published their work for the commercial market, so copyrights all apply and the company won't make it digitally available.