ignobleone wrote:1) Leigh Brasington - because I've found his teaching is not in accordance with the Buddha's instruction. (I have addressed this in other thread)
2) Shaila Catherine (never heard this name before) - because she mixes Buddhism with Vedic teaching.
I'd be interested to read your critique of Mr Brasingtons technique. I've listened to quite a bit of Ms Catherines teaching and never heard it mixed with Vedic teaching. Her teachings are primarily Sutta & Vsm based, re: Pa Auk.
These make it interesting to find out the actual Sayadaw's instructions pertaining to jhanas.
His instructions for entering Jhana are nimitta based entry to absorption RE: VSM. In Richard Shankmans book 'Samadhi', in the back section, there is an interview with him where he gives instructions. Also Shaila Catherine's books are based on Pa Auk's system, so you can get a more comprehensive look there.
Ajahn Brahmavamso - Long ago I watched his interview video on youtube. In the video he said Ajahn Chah once called him 'stupid monk'. The reason may sound ridiculous but for me it makes his instructions quite worth further investigation.
Ven. Brahm's basic instructions:http://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/upl ... ndbook.pdf
Ven. Brahm's comprehensive Jhana manual. http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... Jhanas.htm
Bhante Gunaratana - I don't think he is a western convert, since he should have been a Buddhist before he came to the US.
Bhante G became a monk in Sri Lanka when he was like 11 i think.
"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."