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Your favorite historical teachers

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:57 pm

Similar to the 'Your favorite contemporary teachers' this is to provide your list of your favorite historical teachers or figures. By historical figures, I am referring to the time of Buddha up to Ashoka's time (6th century BCE to 3rd century BCE)

Here is my list:

Buddha (Gotama)
Sariputta
Moggallana
Ananda
Citta (layman, anagami)
Anathapindika (layman, sotapanna)
Khema (bhikkhuni)
Uppalavanna (bhikkhuni)
Vajjira (bhikkhuni and original author of the chariot assembly of parts)
Maha Pajapati Gotami (Buddha's step mother, first bhikkhuni)
Sanghamitta (bhikkhuni)
Visakha (laywoman, sotapanna)
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Prasadachitta » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:30 am

I like your list David so rather than rewrite most of it Ill just say I like Dhammadina who expounded the transcendent sequence of conditionality to her husband.


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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:56 pm

Prasadachitta wrote:I like your list David so rather than rewrite most of it Ill just say I like Dhammadina who expounded the transcendent sequence of conditionality to her husband.


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Good choice!

Perhaps more didn't respond because my list was already too complete. :tongue:

So to perhaps revise this: If you could only pick one historical teacher / figure, which would it be? And with the provision that you cannot pick Buddha, since it is a given he was the best and foremost in knowledge and wisdom. So, NOT counting the Buddha, which historical figure is your favourite?

I'll start with:

Sariputta

He was the "general of the Dhamma" known for his great wisdom. I also like how he was born in Nalanda and passed away there too; appropriate place as the future place of learning it was / became. And also that he was enlightened at Vulture Peak, also one of my favorite places.
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby cooran » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:00 pm

My favourite historical Teacher is:

Ananda 'Guardian of the Dhamma

The one disciple of the Buddha most often mentioned in his discourses is Ananda. Amongst all those great monks around the Buddha he occupies a unique position.

82,000 Teachings from the Buddha
I have received;
2,000 more from his disciples;
Now, 84,000 are familiar to me.[1]

Who nothing has heard[2] and nothing understood,
He ages only oxen-like:
His stomach only grows and grows,
But his insight deepens not.

Who has much heard and learned,
But does despise him who is poor in learning,
Is like one blind who holds a lamp.
So must I think of such a one.

Thou follow him who has heard much,
Then what is heard shall not decline.
This is the tap-root of the holy life;
Hence a Dhamma-guardian [3] thou should'st be!

Knowing what comes first and last,
Knowing well the meaning, too,
Skilful in grammar and in other items,[4]
The well-grasped meaning he examines.

Keen in his patient application,
He strives to weigh the meaning well.
At the right time he makes his effort,
And inwardly collects his mind.— the Venerable Ananda,
in Thag 17.3 (vv. 1024-29)

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Zom » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:02 pm

Buddha is my favourite ,)

From time to time, when I read his discourses, I feel huge impression and goosebumps running all over the body -)
For example, from such a sutta: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html (like it very much)


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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Dhammanucara » Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:23 am

My favorite (and perhaps most inspiring) historical teacher, the Buddha aside, is Theri Patacara. To be honest, each time when I'm faced with difficulties and lean back on my old habits of swelling up in depression and frustration, Theri Patacara always came to my mind. I always compare my situation with hers, and thought how I would respond or react if I were to be her, and each time, I'm placated as I'm not in a shape as bad as hers (before her encounter with the Buddha).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patacara

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:11 am

Greetings David,

David N. Snyder wrote:Perhaps more didn't respond because my list was already too complete. :tongue:

So to perhaps revise this: If you could only pick one historical teacher / figure, which would it be? And with the provision that you cannot pick Buddha, since it is a given he was the best and foremost in knowledge and wisdom. So, NOT counting the Buddha, which historical figure is your favourite?

I'll start with:

Sariputta

He was the "general of the Dhamma" known for his great wisdom. I also like how he was born in Nalanda and passed away there too; appropriate place as the future place of learning it was / became. And also that he was enlightened at Vulture Peak, also one of my favorite places.

Once again your response is already too complete! It's #1 Buddha, #2 Sariputta for me too...

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Sanghamitta » Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:55 am

Ananda.
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:27 am

If they give a teaching in the canon, or even to some extent being refuted by the Buddha or disciple, then they are going to be up there.

Not all of the refuted doctrines are useless for our own practice, some, I would suggest, are very useful in seeing how it could only be a slight neuance of a difference or simply wording it in a wrong way can have an effect on the practice.

but what would be the break between modern & historical?

Out of the two famous commentators, well those which come to mind, Upatissa the Author of the Vimutimagga would be added as in my opinion it is a far superior more practical work than that of Buddhagosas Vissudhimagga, although I have a sense they were written for different reasons which would explain the difference in style.
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Ben » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:36 am

Buddhaghosa is very cool!
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Vepacitta » Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:51 am

Just can't choose between my two favs, Ven. Ananda and Ven. Sariputta.

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Bothi » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:37 pm

I do not know if she could be accepted as an historical or not, but my favorite teacher is Upasika Kee Nanayon... Very simple and very helpful explanations she had...

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby bodom » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:45 pm

Bothi wrote:I do not know if she could be accepted as an historical or not, but my favorite teacher is Upasika Kee Nanayon... Very simple and very helpful explanations she had...

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Hi Bothi

See this thread:

Your favourite contemporary teachers
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=9135

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby SamBodhi » Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:33 am

Ananda.
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unentangled knowing,
All outward-going knowing
cast aside."
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Bothi » Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:45 pm

Okey then, if only historical teachers should be mentioned here my best historical teacher is Nagarjuna.
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby Buddha » Sun May 06, 2012 4:29 pm

Buddha
Gandhi
Dalai lama (not really historical)
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby fig tree » Mon May 07, 2012 6:42 am

I feel like there maybe should be separate categories for teachers we know from the canon and teachers we know from history. In the first category, I also like Sariputta; the suttas attributed to him have always seemed nice. But I'll put in a word for Maha Kaccana: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/wheel405.html.

In the second category, I think we should put in a word for Ledi Sayadaw. I like the treatises of his that one can find on http://aimwell.org/, partly because I like treatises but also because I think he writes from a really clear perspective.

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby SamBodhi » Mon May 07, 2012 7:04 am

fig tree wrote:I feel like there maybe should be separate categories[...]teachers we know from history.

In the second category, I think we should put in a word for Ledi Sayadaw.


If I were to participate in a second categorization, I would probably have to say that most of the old Zen masters would be my favorite exclusively "historical." I am thinking of Lin Chi, Bodhidharma, Dogen, etc. I say this mostly because I would like to take teachings from them (were I somehow able to go back in time), and not necessarily because I favor their teachings now over any other historically recorded teachings.


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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby yawares » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:20 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Similar to the 'Your favorite contemporary teachers' this is to provide your list of your favorite historical teachers or figures. By historical figures, I am referring to the time of Buddha up to Ashoka's time (6th century BCE to 3rd century BCE)

Here is my list:

Buddha (Gotama)
Sariputta
Moggallana
Ananda
Citta (layman, anagami)
Anathapindika (layman, sotapanna)
Khema (bhikkhuni)
Uppalavanna (bhikkhuni)
Vajjira (bhikkhuni and original author of the chariot assembly of parts)
Maha Pajapati Gotami (Buddha's step mother, first bhikkhuni)
Sanghamitta (bhikkhuni)
Visakha (laywoman, sotapanna)

Dear David,
My first favorite YASA Thera, the 6th arahant...when my 4th grade teacher told YASA story in class...my heart jumped, I didn't know why ...may be because he was a rich handsome young man(wearing golden shoes) who had everything but he left all behind to follow the Buddha.

my list:
Ajita(the next Buddha Metteya)
Sariputta/Moggallana
Kumara Kassapa
Bakkula(in the fish's belly)
Kaccayana(Etadagga)
Vangisa
Vakkali
Doctor Jivaka
Yasodhara theri(I admire her true love)
Khema theri
Citta The Millionaire/Upasaka

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Postby yawares » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:13 pm

Dear David/Members,

Yesterday I searched yahoo for Buddha paintings for Tep to display @SD..last night I dreamt about all the pictures that I love. Today I would like to add more of my list of favorite historical teachers with pictures:

All Buddhas
Image

Rahula
Image

MahaKappina(the king who was ordained(Ehi-Bhikkhu) and attained arahatship)
Image

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