Your favourite contemporary teachers

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Buckwheat » Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:56 pm

Besides the many great teachers already listed, I would like to add a few that mabye don't teach dhamma (or at least not Theravada), but they certainly teach the heart of the dhamma:
Lin Jensen
Steve Hagen
Genpo Roshi (even if he sometime teaches by showing us what not to do)
My parents
The little sense of mystery and suspicion that lets me believe the Buddha may have been onto something instead of being on something.
Mother nature, her topography, ebb and flow, flora and fauna, rocks and water, soil and space, human shame and human dignity.

Zen wrote:Before practice, there are mountains and valleys. During practice, there are no mountains and no valleys. After practice, there are mountains and valleys.


Sorry I feel so Zenny today. It's a byproduct of life.

Bodom,
You forgot to put me on your list... just kidding, but that is quite a long list. If you had to pick your top 5 (most influential - however you decide to determine that), who would you pick? The reason I ask is from your previous posts I respect your opinion, but I need to know where to start on your list.
Disciples, this I declare to you: All conditioned things are subject to disintegration – strive on untiringly for your liberation.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby bodom » Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:36 pm

buckwheat wrote:Bodom,
You forgot to put me on your list... just kidding, but that is quite a long list. If you had to pick your top 5 (most influential - however you decide to determine that), who would you pick? The reason I ask is from your previous posts I respect your opinion, but I need to know where to start on your list.


Hey buckwheat

It was very tough too narrow down to 5! All of the teachers I listed have impacted my practice in numerous ways but after much deliberation here they are:

Bhante Gunaratana
Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Sumedho
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Upasika Kee Nanayon

:anjali:
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 Buckwheat » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:10 pm

Thanks, Bodom!
Disciples, this I declare to you: All conditioned things are subject to disintegration – strive on untiringly for your liberation.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:34 pm

Good choices above.

See also this thread on your favorite historical teacher (other than the Buddha):

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby SDC » Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:04 am

Venerable Madawela Punnaji
Ñānavīra Thera
Maurice O'Connell Walshe (Thanks for mentioning him, tilt. His DN translation is fantastic IMO)
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Through many of samsara’s births I hasten seeking, finding not the builder of this house - pain is birth again, again. O builder of this house you’re seen, you shall not build a house again, all your beams have given away, rafters of the ridge decayed, mind to the unconditioned gone, exhaustion of craving has it reached.(Dhp - 153, 154)
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby SamBodhi » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:53 am

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Mun
Ajahn Maha Boowa
Nina van Gorkham
"An inward-staying
unentangled knowing,
All outward-going knowing
cast aside."
--Upasika Kee Nanayon
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:37 am

SDC wrote:Maurice O'Connell Walshe (Thanks for mentioning him, tilt. His DN translation is fantastic IMO)
I got to spend a bit of time with him in London in 1970. He was very kind, very generous with his time, and he had a great sense of humor. It meant a lot to me.
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 SDC » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:18 am

tiltbillings wrote:
SDC wrote:Maurice O'Connell Walshe (Thanks for mentioning him, tilt. His DN translation is fantastic IMO)
I got to spend a bit of time with him in London in 1970. He was very kind, very generous with his time, and he had a great sense of humor. It meant a lot to me.


Nice! I really admire those first few waves of western practitioners. I suppose he was second or third gen? Must have been an interesting time.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Bakmoon » Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:57 pm

Thanissaro Bhikku
Ajahn Bramavamso
Ajahn Brahmali
Bhante Vimilaramsi
Bhante Yuttadhammo

I could probably think of more, but these are the ones that come up off the top of my head in no particular order.
The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Josh Badgley » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:32 pm

Bhikkhu Bodhi
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Bhante Gunaratana
Walpola Rahula
Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli
Ayya Khema
Narāda Thera
Ven. Mahathera Nauyane Ariyadhamma
Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya
Piya Tan
Mithra Wettimuny

:anjali:

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with [clear] vision and [virtuous] conduct, sublime, the knower of worlds, the
incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men,
enlightened and blessed (M I 37; A III 285).
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby danieLion » Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:01 am

Andrea Fella
Bhikkhu Anālayo
Bhikkhu Bodhi
GIl Fronsdal
Ines Freedman
Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby moonset » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:08 am

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby pilgrim » Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:59 pm

The late Ven K Sri Dhammananda
http://www.ksridhammananda.com/
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Ferox » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:03 pm

of all those I would consider my teachers, the only one I've actually met, and spent multiple retreats with, is Bhante G(Gunaratana) and Bhante Seelananda of Bhavana Society in West Virginia.


I would consider my first " teacher" to be Bhikkhu Bodhi, as when I first found Theravada and wanted to learn about the core principles and basics, I listened to his 10+ hour discourse " the Buddha's teachings as it is". even though I only live two hours from where he teaches often and have gone to the Bodhi monastery many times to met him, I never have, he is a great teacher of expectations and impermanence for me hahaha.

My next teacher would be Ajahn Brahm, who's videos changed my practice immensely and who showed me that it is good to let go and be kind to your mind and body. By extension I then found out about Ajahn Chah. I have also found many insightful monastics to learn from on the Dhammatube
channel on youtube. Venerable Yuttadhammo, who I met for the first time on the Buddha Center, in Second Life, is also very good and is using youtube and the internet skillfully to teach dhamma in his " ask a monk" series and now " monk radio" where he takes live questions every Sunday.

and the most amazing thing about that is that I have found that the core message of all these teachers coincide and mesh beautifully with each other because they are one message of pure , ancient Dhamma.
-just one more being treading the ancient path of Dhamma-
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Ferox » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:05 pm

pilgrim wrote:The late Ven K Sri Dhammananda
http://www.ksridhammananda.com/



I had no idea he was dead, but I have recently found him and he is also very insightful.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Josh Badgley » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:38 pm

Ferox wrote:
pilgrim wrote:The late Ven K Sri Dhammananda
http://www.ksridhammananda.com/



I had no idea he was dead, but I have recently found him and he is also very insightful.


I forgot to include him in my list, he was also one of my favorites.

:anjali:

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Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby GraemeR » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:23 am

For me Ajahn Sumedho as I was able to attend Amaravati for several years

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby dhammapal » Mon May 07, 2012 9:00 am

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Steve Weissman
Sharon Salzberg
Bhikkhu Samahita
Mahasi Sayadaw i.e. what he really said about Mindfulness.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby khaaan » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:31 am

As Thoreau said, "that book is best which puts me in a working mood". So, my favorite contemporary teachers are the Webu Sayadaw and Sayagyi U Ba Khin, both of whose writings continue to inspire me to try to develop the path.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Postby Skeptic » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:29 am

Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Sucitto
Ajhn Sumedho
Bhante Gunaratana
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Pesala
Bhikkhu Seelananda
Chanmyay Sayadaw
Jack Kornfield
Ledi Sayadaw
Mahasi Sayadaw
Sayadaw U Jagara
Sayadaw U Janaka
Sayadaw U Jotika
Sayadaw U Pandita
Sayadaw U Silananda
Sayadaw U Tejaniya
Sayadaw U Vivekananda
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
U Hla Myint
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