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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Bonsai Doug » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:06 pm

Ajahn Brahm
Sogyal Rinpoche
Pema Chödrön
HH Dalai Lama
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I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Viscid » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:43 pm

Master Sheng-Yen
Ajahn Sumedho
Ajahn Chah
Chögyam Trungpa
Nanavira Thera
Bhante G
Ajahn Sucitto and Sujato
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby shjohnk » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:52 am

Ajahn Brahm - Drew me to Theravada, if everyone took his advice the world'd be a better place (cue John Lennon..)

Ajahn Chah: No Chah, No Brahm (or Sumedho, Pasanno, get my drift!)

Bhikkhu Samahita : Love his 'Dhamma drops from Ceylon' - Simply presented and very powerful. If you haven't yet, check out

Many others! Thank you to the entire Noble Sangha :bow:

Oh and I agree with Ben that we must add Gotama Buddha to our list - He'll always be contemporary!!!! And without him, Dukkha would hold sway over all :jawdrop:

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Saijun » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:04 pm

Hello friends,

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ajahn Thanissaro. So, I'll cast my vote for him as my favorite Theravadin teacher, followed closely by Ajahn Sumedho and Ajahn Brahm.

Metta and Anjali,


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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Vepacitta » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:11 am

A couple of posters (including moi), mentioned the Ven. Thanissaro.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Saijun » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:09 pm

Vepacitta wrote:A couple of posters (including moi), mentioned the Ven. Thanissaro.


Hello Vepacitta,

My sincerest apologies to you and the others for missing those postings the first time through. Thank you for pointing them out to me.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:57 am

This deserves a bump up.

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

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby thaijeppe » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:22 am


Ajahn Mun
Ajahn Maha Bowa
Ajahn Chah
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Ajahn Sumedho
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Passano
Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw

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If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you
let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely,
you will know complete peace and freedom.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Sanghamitta » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:35 am

Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Buddhadasa
Stephen Batchelor
Martine Batchelor.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby carlosm » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:41 am

Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Because his dharma talks are amazing compelling, setting me in the path, not only for right concentration & mindfulness.
Bhikkhu Bodhi: His knowledge about the buddha's teachings and the pali cannon, he got me really interested in the suttas and the search for truth in the pali canon.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Zom » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:41 pm

1) Ven. Ajahn Jayasaro - for his sincerity, for his skill to explain Dhamma via his personal understanding and practice (and not just by learning commentaries, suttas, ect., and repeating what is said there).

2) Ven. Bodhi Bhikkhu - for his learning, for his translations, and for the middle-way approach to theravada texts.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby befriend » Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:59 pm

dipa ma
john daido loori (zen)
ajahn chah
chas dicapua
when walking say to yourself "i am walking" when riding in a car say to yourself "i am sitting in a seat riding in a car" make sure to be concious of the statement, use your intelligence to simply comprehend it and in my experience this is the best way to be mindful in daily life.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Alobha » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:19 pm

Too many to list but i'd specially like to mention:

Bhikku Gavesako
Bhikku Pesala
Bhikku Samahita

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby cooran » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:57 pm

Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Pesala
Patrick Kearney
Sujin Boriharnwanaket
Satya Narayan Goenka
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby farmer » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:41 pm

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Ajahn Succito.

I've never met him, but I've found a lot of useful perspective in his writing and dhamma talks. He strikes me as having deep, empathetic insight into individual and interpersonal psychology and a talent for connecting those insights with the concepts the Buddha used to analyze the mind. His book "Kamma and the end of Kamma" helped me see family life as an opportunity for, rather than a distraction from, practice. It improved my marriage, helped me grow up a little, and best of all, it is free: ... hn-sucitto

Ajahn Succito talks quite a bit about the frustrations and frictions that go with living in a monastic community -- good medicine for anybody who sees monastic life as a way to escape the dukkha inevitable in living with other people.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:56 pm

The ones I have personal access to.


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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby bodom » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:15 pm

farmer wrote:I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Ajahn Succito

I did.

I really enjoyed his book Turning the Wheel of Truth and enjoy listening to his online talks.

Turning the Wheel of Truth ... 159030764X

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:55 pm

Well besides the Monastics who frequent here, who are invaluable members, I would include (and have added two member monastics I feel deserve special note)
Sitagu Sayadaw
Ajahn Liam
Ajahn Munindo
Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Vajiro
Ajahn Ghandhasilo
Venerable Pasala
Venerable Bhikshu Hufieng (hope the spelling is correct)
Venerable Analayo
Michael Kewley
and last but not least Greagory Krahmer.

I could continue, but the list would be just people I liked then.

Except for Venerable Analayo I have met each of these teachers, and whether they know it or not have given me fine examples, even if I havn't lived up to their examples. and those who are underlined have changed my opinion in a big way, even if they hadn't done so directly.

They are also not necessarily in order of how much I like them but Vassa/when I met them in person.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Goofaholix » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:09 pm

Sayadaw U Teganiya
Ajahn Viradhammo
Ajahn Jayasaro
Stephen Batchelor
Shaila Catherine
Stephen Armstrong

... and if I were to add some I haven't met, or who have passed away...
Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Thanissaro
Charlotte Joko Beck
Shunryu Suzuki
"Right effort is effort with wisdom. Because where there is wisdom, there is interest. The desire to know something is wisdom at work. Being mindful is not difficult. But it’s difficult to be continuously aware. For that you need right effort. But it does not require a great deal of energy. It’s relaxed perseverance in reminding yourself to be aware. When you are aware, wisdom unfolds naturally, and there is still more interest." - Sayadaw U Tejaniya

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Kokoro » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:06 pm

For me it would be:

Ajahn Brahmavamso
Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Punnadhammo
Ajahn Brahmali
Bhikkhu Samahita

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