Your favourite contemporary teachers

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by SamKR » Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:29 am

SN Goenka whose Hindi lectures (during my first course) and his nice Hindi books introduced me to the Buddha's profound teachings. Otherwise, like most of the Nepalese, I had impression that the Buddha is just a regular religious figure who advocated the importance of peace in the world. Further, I used to hear that Hindus should respect him as an incarnation of Vishnu, and that since he was "born in Nepal" we should feel very proud.

Bhikkhu Bodhi, and Thanissaro Bhikkhu are also my favourite teachers; I have read and liked many of their articles and translations. Because I did not find any good translations of Tipitaka in Nepali I had to read English translations even when I was in Nepal.

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Your favourite living teachers / masters

Post by patientvalue » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:42 am

Which living Dhamma teacher(s)/masters(s) have you had direct contact with and have been inspired by or for some reason repeatedly drawn to their teachings. What was it about that person and your experience that you found compelling or influential? For example it may be admiration for their wisdom or conduct or how highly they are regarded/respected by wise elders.

For some it may not be a person rather the Dhamma itself or someone who has passed away; I hope this thread can be focused on people sharing their experience of living masters so that readers may visit them if they wish and see how the Dhamma is being sustained by present day exemplars.

While many teachers have been discussed in various threads I thought it would be useful if they were gathered into a single thread. While I have read many books from the great Dhamma teachers and have seen videos I lack personal experience with a great teacher. At the end of the year I will be visiting Thailand and perhaps Sri Lanka and hope to be able to visit some of the people recommended here.

Let us know if they are a lay practitioner or monastic and where they are living (don't limit your sharing to the countries I mentioned).


EDIT: Apologises to all, I posted this (in an incorrect area) not realising a similar thread had already started - I should have checked here first! It does still hold though. Perhaps instead of just giving a list of people you could include a salient point or two besides each name to give context to the reader.
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Re: Your favourite living teachers / masters

Post by bodom » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:48 am

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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by retrofuturist » Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:55 am


- Ven. Nanananda
- Nanavira Thera
- Ajahn Chah
- Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Retro. :)
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"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by PeterB » Sun Aug 07, 2011 2:00 pm

Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Sumedho
Ajahn Buddhadasa
Ngagpa Chogyam.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

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

Ajahn Brahm
Sogyal Rinpoche
Pema Chödrön
HH Dalai Lama
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

~ Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by 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
"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by 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" onclick=";return false;

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

Post by 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.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by tiltbillings » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:57 am

This deserves a bump up.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

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

Post by 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

Post by Sanghamitta » Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:35 am

Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Buddhadasa
Stephen Batchelor
Martine Batchelor.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by 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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