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Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Stiphan » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:32 am

In this thread please list your most favourite contemporary teachers/monks.



Mine are:

Ajahn Brahm
Ajahn Chah
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Mahasi Sayadaw
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Ben » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:34 am

Why?
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Stiphan » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:36 am

Why not? :smile:

I'm just curious which teachers are the most popular. Maybe I can learn about teachers and their teachings I know little about.

It's not for comparing teacher with teacher and see which one wins — they are all good.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by tiltbillings » Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:07 am

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Phra Khantipalo
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Munindra-ji
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Joseph Goldstein
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Mahasi Sayadaw
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Lama Chime, Rimpoche
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Ven Nanananda
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Sunlun Sayadaw
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Jack Kornfield
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Sayadaw U Pandita
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Dipa Ma
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Ven Nyanaponika
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Edward Conze
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Philip Kapleau, Roshi
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Ven Bodhi
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Ven Sumedho
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I.B. Horner
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Donald K. Swearer
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Maurice O'Connell Walshe
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Ben » Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:08 pm

SN Goenka
Sayagi U Ba Khin
Saya Thetgyi
Ledi Sayadaw
Webu Sayadaw
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Nyanaponika Thera
Bhikkhu Analayo
Bhadantacariya Buddhaghosa
Acariya Anuruddha
Gotama Buddha
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by bodom » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:13 pm

Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Dune Atulo
Ajahn Maha Boowa
Ajahn Mun
Ajahn Passano
Ajahn Succito
Ajahn Sumedho
Ajahn Thate
Ayya Khema
Bhante Gunaratana
Bhikkhu Analayo
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Buddhadasa
Bhikkhu Khantipalo
Buddharakkhita
Dainin Katigiri
Gil Fronsdal
Hammalawa Saddhatissa
Jack Kornfield
Joseph Goldstein
Kosho Uchiyama
Larry Rosenberg
Ledi Sayadaw
Looang Boo Sim
Matthew Flickstein
Mahasi Sayadaw
Munindra-Ji
Nanamoli Thera
Noah Levine
Nyanaponika Thera
Nyanatiloka Thera
Pema Chodron
Phillip Moffitt
Prayudh Payutto
Reb Anderson
Robert Aitken
Sayadaw U Pandita
Sharon Salzberg
Sheng Yen
Shunryu Suzuki
S.N Goenka
Taizan Maezumi
Upasika Kee Nanayon
Webu Sayadaw

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by DNS » Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:09 pm

Ven. Madawela Punnaji, M.D.
Caroline Augusta Foley Rhys Davids, M.A., D.Litt.
Dipa Ma
Ayya Khema
Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, Ph.D.
Bhikkhuni Kusuma, Ph.D.
Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ph.D.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, Ph.D.
Shravasti Dhammika

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Jason » Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:58 pm

"Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (AN 7.58).

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by rowyourboat » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:17 pm

I wonder what qualities of these teachers you found attractive??

I would go with Ven Katukurunde Nanananda, Ven Kiribathgoda Nanananda, Ven Udueriyagama Dhammajiva, Ven Matara Nanarama, Ven Henepola Guneratana, Ven Seelawimala.

Why I like them: 1) for panna, humility, simplicity of life
2) for dhamma knowledge, great reformist public service
3) bringing to light many obscure dhamma knowledge, dedication to monastic/meditative livelihood
4) being simple, direct and publicly conscious in his teachings
5) his sila (wholesomeness), humour and hard work at his role
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Jason » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:23 am

rowyourboat wrote:I wonder what qualities of these teachers you found attractive??

I would go with Ven Katukurunde Nanananda, Ven Kiribathgoda Nanananda, Ven Udueriyagama Dhammajiva, Ven Matara Nanarama, Ven Henepola Guneratana, Ven Seelawimala.

Why I like them: 1) for panna, humility, simplicity of life
2) for dhamma knowledge, great reformist public service
3) bringing to light many obscure dhamma knowledge, dedication to monastic/meditative livelihood
4) being simple, direct and publicly conscious in his teachings
5) his sila (wholesomeness), humour and hard work at his role
:bow:

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I picked the four that I did because (1) I've had personal contact with them, (2) they're teachings are mainly focused on meditation and other practical aspects of the path, and (3) I've found their teachings useful.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by phil » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:16 am

So many sayadaws and no Sayadaw U Silananda? I love his warmth, if you haven't heard his Pali/English recitation of the parittas, you should definitely track them down...

Well here they are. Scroll down to Paritta Pali chanting.

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I would also like to note the very earnest female interpretor who summarizes so many of Sayadaw U Pandita's talks available here and there on the net. She's cool, you can really feel the saddha in her speaking. (I assume she's a she, could be a bhikkhu with a very high voice...)
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by dcs » Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:19 am

Thanissaro Bhikkhu. His essays and Dhamma talks turned me into a Buddhist.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Dhammanucara » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:10 pm

1. Ven Phra Khru Jaran Thitadhammo: his most practical teachings of the vipassana meditation and the Buddha's teachings turned me into a Buddhist. Thank you for teaching me to solve my daily life problems using the Buddha's teachings!
2. Ven Sayadaw U Thuzana, a disciple of Ven Sayadaw U Pandita who in turn is a disciple of Mahasi Sayadaw: having close contact with him for several weeks in meditation retreats arouses such admiration in me for him and the practice of mindfulness meditation. The way he speaks, talks and conducts himself is in such mindfulness and composure that makes me strive in my meditation practice.
3. Ven Acara Suvanno Mahathera, a Malaysian Theravada pioneer monk: having able to comprehend his Dhamma talks spoken in a Chinese dialect makes me so much respectful for the Buddha, Dhamma and him. He was able to explain the very details of the Buddha's teachings in the dialect and could relate well to the lives of individuals.
4. Master Cheng Yen: the founder of Taiwan Buddhist Compassion Relief, also known to be the Eastern Mother Theresa. Is drawn to her teachings because of her strong emphasis on putting the Buddha's words into action: self-cultivation as well as compassion in relieving sufferings of other beings.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Aloka » Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:35 pm

Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Buddhadasa
Ajahn Sumedho


Reading Ajahn Chah was the reason I decided to further investigate Theravada when I was still a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner

Reading Ajahn Buddhadasa helped me to continue making that transition from Vajrayana to Theravada

I've been to Ajahn Sumedho's offline talks and also had one-to -one discussion and practice instruction from him .


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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Vepacitta » Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:24 pm

Ven Bodhi - for whom I am profoundly grateful is my teacher - for opening up the Suttas. Before, they were opaque - now when I read them - I can see. Additionally, his modesty, brilliance and sense of humour and commitment for truth and justice in the world are inspiring.

Ven Sumedho - his teachings truly led me to Buddhism. His teacher, Ven. Chah

Ajahn Thanissaro - his take on things are very interesting and really make me think.

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