Your favourite contemporary teachers

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Maitri » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:05 am

This is a great list- so varied!

At this time, I've really been enjoying Youtube and/or podcast talks by:
Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero
Bhante Sujato


H.H. Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche's books are so very clear and helpful to me. Also,I always find that many of Chogyam Trungpa's works I've read are always spot on with my mind at the time. Been running across a lot of his teachings recently.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby marc108 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:31 am

Bhante G
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Brahm
Bhante Sujato
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ajahn Sucitto

Joseph Goldstein
Richard Shankman
Gil Fronsdal
Shaila Catherine
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Ytrog » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:40 pm

My top 5 (not in any specific order):
  • Ajahn Succito
  • Ajahn Sumedho
  • Ajahn Chah
  • Ajahn Brahm
  • Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:53 pm

Thanks everybody for their lists. I finally got around to listening to Ajahn Brahm. Excellent. Now I'm downloading more from these lists to expand my influences.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Kusala » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:13 pm

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Brahm
Bhikkhu Bodhi
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Homage to the Buddha
Thus indeed, is that Blessed One: He is the Holy One, fully enlightened, endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the Knower of the worlds, the incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed.

Homage to the Teachings
The Dhamma of the Blessed One is perfectly expounded; to be seen here and now; not delayed in
time; inviting one to come and see; onward leading (to Nibbana); to be known by the wise, each for himself.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Kusala » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:51 am

Kusala wrote:Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Brahm
Bhikkhu Bodhi


And a few others...
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Homage to the Buddha
Thus indeed, is that Blessed One: He is the Holy One, fully enlightened, endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the Knower of the worlds, the incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men, enlightened and blessed.

Homage to the Teachings
The Dhamma of the Blessed One is perfectly expounded; to be seen here and now; not delayed in
time; inviting one to come and see; onward leading (to Nibbana); to be known by the wise, each for himself.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby polarbuddha101 » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:51 pm

Thanissaro Bhikkhu (only teacher I've met personally, also Wat Metta is the only buddhist monastery I've ever been to)
Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Sumedho
Bhante Gunaratana
Bhikkhu Bodhi

Gil Fronsdal
Richard Shankman
Eugene Cash
Joseph Goldstein
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby SamBodhi » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:53 pm

SamBodhi wrote:Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Mun
Ajahn Maha Boowa
Nina van Gorkham


I was thinking about this yesterday and I think that I would have to add Ajahn Sumedho to my list.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Billymac29 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:23 pm

Mahasi Sayadaw
Ajahn Chah
U Pandita
Bhante G
Bhikkhu Thanissaro
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ajahn Brahm
Thich Nhat Hanh
Gil Fronsdal
Bhante Yuttahdhammo
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Matthieu Ricard
Bhikkhu Pesala
Ven Pannyavaro
Chanmyay Sayadaw
Ajahn Sobin S Namto

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Raitanator » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:53 pm

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby seahorse » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:08 pm

Ooo good thread.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ayya Khema
Jack Kornfield
SN Goenka
Alan Watts
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

All fab!
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby yawares » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:28 pm

Dear Members,

Thai people truly have utmost respect for Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera, Wat Pa Suthawas, Sakon Nakhon..Thailand. Tep/I went to this temple with the most beautiful hand-made pink lotuses to place in front of Thera Mun statue...we love him/his teaching very much..he's our great teacher.

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:heart: Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera's teaching :heart:
[by Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno, translated by Bhikkhu Dick Silaratano]


Because it is always embattled, the mind could well be called a
‘warrior’. It struggles with what is good and it struggles with what is
bad. Never pausing to reflect, it engages everything that comes along.
Whatever preoccupations arise, it insists on confronting them all
without exception, unwilling to let anything pass unchallenged. So
it’s appropriate to call the mind a ‘warrior’, since it recklessly confronts
everything that comes across its path. If the mind does not come to
terms with this dilemma while the body is still alive, it will keep on
fighting these battles indefinitely, unable to extricate itself. Should the
heart’s endless desires be indulged in without Dhamma to act as a
moderating influence, real happiness will always be out of reach,
regardless of how abundant material wealth may be. Material wealth
itself is not a true source of happiness, and can readily become a source
of discontent for the heart lacking inner Dhamma to serve as an oasis
of rest.

The wise have assured us that Dhamma is the power which oversees
both material wealth and spiritual well-being. Regardless of how much
or how little wealth we acquire, we will enjoy a sufficient measure of
happiness if we possess some measure of Dhamma in our hearts.
Unsupported by Dhamma and left to its own desires, the heart will be
incapable of finding genuine happiness, even with a mountain of
valuable possessions on hand. These are merely physical and emotional
supports that intelligent people can use wisely for their own pleasure.
If the heart is not intelligent in the way of Dhamma, or Dhamma is
absent altogether, the place where we live will resemble a wasteland,
no matter what our choice. The heart and all its wealth will then end
up as just so much accumulated waste – stuff that is useless for our
spiritual development.

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby yawares » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:09 pm

Dear David/Members,

:heart: Thera Buwa(Bua) is also my favorite/great teacher :anjali:

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Tep and I really love and respect Thera Buwa. He was a true forest supermonk 100%. His monastery was quite simple, no phones/no tv/no electricity/no refrigerators.There were so many Thai millionaires even the king of Thailand offered to build beautiful exquisite temple and luxurious places with air conditioners for Thera Buwa and his 44 monks, but Thera Buwa denied!! He wanted to keep his monastery to be just like forest. All monks stayed in small individual wooden bungalows. They all used candles,flashlights or old fashion lamps at nights.

The first day that Tep and I were at Wat Paa Baan Taad, Tep had to stay in the monks and upasakas zone, I stayed in upasikas zone, completely separated,far apart. Tep told me he got lost after he left his bungalow to go bathroom at night because this monastery has really big land that looks like 'forest' with so many fruit-trees and all bungalows look the same. Tep got rescued by bhikkhu Sherry who also came to the bathroom and later on became friends.

There were 2 English monks(Punya and Sherry), 1 US monk(Dick,was an engineer,tall/handsome)and 1 German monk(Martin, tall/handsome). They were very nice and 100% forest monks.

Myself, I truly think Thera Buwa was an Arahant, I have never seen any monk like him in my life!
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:21 pm

Hi yawares,

I moved your last two posts from "favorite historical figures" to this thread since the teachers you mentioned are contemporary, not from the time of the Buddha.

Have you met Thera Buwa?
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby yawares » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:17 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Hi yawares,

I moved your last two posts from "favorite historical figures" to this thread since the teachers you mentioned are contemporary, not from the time of the Buddha.

Have you met Thera Buwa?


Dear David,

Yes, many times...I used to post THE SUPER THERA BUWA (May) and WAT LUANGTA BUWA (June) here @ Dhamma Wheel (Personal experience).

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby greggorious » Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:52 am

Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Buddhadassa
Thich Nhaht Hanh
Suzuki Roshi
Jack Kornfield
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Buckwheat » Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:52 pm

yawares wrote:Image

There is something about this image.... very powerful. :bow:
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby rohana » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:58 am

Among many great teachers, I think the most I've been influenced by are:

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Rērukānē Chandavimala Mahānāyaka Thera - many excellent books, particularly on vipassanā.

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Ven. Bhikku Bōdhi - for this excellent Sutta translations and other works.

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Abhidhammika Yāgoda Dharmaprabha Thera - great books on meditation.

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Katukurundē Ñānānanda Thera - his writings have never failed to amaze me. An absolute delight to read.

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Ven. Mātara Ñānarāma MahaThera - his writings on progress of insight.

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Ven. Balangoda Ānanda Maitreya - not so much actual works on Dhamma, but reading about his adventures with Himalayan yogis was quite fun.

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Thanissaro Bikkhu - his has quite a knack for bringing out aspects of the teaching that tend to get ignored.

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Ven. Ñānapōnika Thera - for translations and his Satipatthana book.

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"Delighting in existence, O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence, they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind."
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby tiltbillings » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:34 pm

Bump
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireas na daoine.
People live in one another’s shelter.

"We eat cold eels and think distant thoughts." -- Jack Johnson
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Anagarika » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:13 pm

Who, and also some why.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu: I've spent time at Wat Metta, and feel fortunate that he exists in my time. I feel that for all of the "pharmacists" available in the marketplace, he understands the original prescription, and dispenses it with enormous skill and care. No sugar added, and the recipe is as exact as it may have been 2600 years ago at the 1st Council. I simply trust what he has investigated and teaches. I also have witnessed his good heart with his monastic Sangha and lay community, and regret that I can visit Wat Metta only sporadically.

Bhikkhu Bodhi: his books occupy my shelf, and his scholarship has made the Suttas and his commentaries on these texts easily accessible to me. Without his Pali Sutta compendiums I would be lost in a sea of miscellaneous texts. His Buddhist Global Relief is the gold standard for Buddhist engaged practice, and I am glad that a Theravada monk took the lead on creating a highly successful nonprofit that focuses on hunger eradication and food redistribution.

Ajahn Brahm: Not everyone's cup of tea, and some of his interpretations seem to me to be "Ajahn Brahmisms," which I feel he embellishes for the sake of keeping a high level of lay interest in what can be dry subjects (jhana for example). He's kind of the Carl Sagan of the monastic world... just as Sagan made astronomy/physics fun, Ven. Brahm has opened doors to the lay world that might have been difficult for many to open. He tackles subjects like depression, anxiety, loneliness, and other human suffering with a skillful touch, and when he claims that people in deep despair have told him his youtube talks saved their life, I do not doubt this.

Prof. Rita Gross: just as occurred at lunch today (Spring 2014 issue of Buddhadharma) , she publishes another article that lays out in black and white the origins and development of ancient Buddhism, and despite her affiliation with Tibetan practice, she is not afraid to tell her Mahayana students that what they think is true is not. She is not afraid to break the bad news to her students in her quest to be honest and a skilled anthropologist and historian of the Dhamma. She has an ecumenical approach, but not at the expense of historical fact, and I appreciate that. Her articles resonate with honesty and scholarship, and she seems keenly interested in opening the Dhamma in the west in as accurate a modality as possible to her university students.

Ajahn Brahmali: I initially thought the first minutes of his youtube talks would be dry, but once I stayed with him for 15 minutes, he grew on me, and he now occupies my early mornings when I have time for a good talk before starting my day. He's smart, scholarly, and deceptively humorous.

Bhikkhu Sujato: a young scholar with a very skillful delivery, who always seems to write or produce via video something compelling and interesting, that for me resonate with authenticity. I wish for him many, many years of life, as he is a rising influence on Buddhist Dhamma scholarship in the west. Willing to step out of the Wat and engage in open, friendly debates with the likes of Stephen Batchelor; these kinds of interactions bring vitality to Buddhism in the west.

Finally, Phra Dr. Apisit of Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand, who is my abbot and teacher when I was a samanera in Thailand. Young, dynamic, Pali scholar, Ph.D. from India, enormously kind, with a huge intellect and even bigger heart. He was very good to me, a naive farang who came to his Wat in search of many things, and who left after disrobing a far better man.
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