Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association
In the last years, through the contribution of many people, a large number of Buddhist sutras appeared on electronic networks, this was due to a feverish wave of input of electronic Buddhist scriptures. The goal of everybody was to make this available on the network for free use, so these files have been made available for download free of charge through FTP, or for convenient browsing through GOPHER or the World-Wide Web. More recently, it has even become possible to do simple searches of Buddhist texts on the Web. The next step was to put these files together to form electronic books and make the apperance on the screen more attractive. All those who put effort in this hoped to increase the availability of Buddhist scriptures on the net to let more people come in contact with the teachings of Buddhism and to use the means of computers and networks to open up a new way of reading the sutras.
– CBETA Web site
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