Your favourite contemporary teachers

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Maitri
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Maitri » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:05 am

This is a great list- so varied!

At this time, I've really been enjoying Youtube and/or podcast talks by:
Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero
Bhante Sujato


H.H. Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche's books are so very clear and helpful to me. Also,I always find that many of Chogyam Trungpa's works I've read are always spot on with my mind at the time. Been running across a lot of his teachings recently.
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Even so, on the rubbish heap of blinded mortals the disciple of the Supremely Enlightened One shines resplendent in wisdom." Dhammapada: Pupphavagga

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by marc108 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:31 am

Bhante G
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Brahm
Bhante Sujato
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ajahn Sucitto

Joseph Goldstein
Richard Shankman
Gil Fronsdal
Shaila Catherine
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Ytrog » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:40 pm

My top 5 (not in any specific order):
  • Ajahn Succito
  • Ajahn Sumedho
  • Ajahn Chah
  • Ajahn Brahm
  • Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Buckwheat » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:53 pm

Thanks everybody for their lists. I finally got around to listening to Ajahn Brahm. Excellent. Now I'm downloading more from these lists to expand my influences.

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Kusala » Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:13 pm

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Brahm
Bhikkhu Bodhi
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Kusala » Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:51 am

Kusala wrote:Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Brahm
Bhikkhu Bodhi
And a few others...
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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Polar Bear » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:51 pm

Thanissaro Bhikkhu (only teacher I've met personally, also Wat Metta is the only buddhist monastery I've ever been to)
Ajahn Amaro
Ajahn Sumedho
Bhante Gunaratana
Bhikkhu Bodhi

Gil Fronsdal
Richard Shankman
Eugene Cash
Joseph Goldstein
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by SamBodhi » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:53 pm

SamBodhi wrote:Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Ajahn Chah
Ajahn Mun
Ajahn Maha Boowa
Nina van Gorkham
I was thinking about this yesterday and I think that I would have to add Ajahn Sumedho to my list.
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by badscooter » Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:23 pm

Mahasi Sayadaw
Ajahn Chah
U Pandita
Bhante G
Bhikkhu Thanissaro
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ajahn Brahm
Thich Nhat Hanh
Gil Fronsdal
Bhante Yuttahdhammo
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Matthieu Ricard
Bhikkhu Pesala
Ven Pannyavaro
Chanmyay Sayadaw
Ajahn Sobin S Namto

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by Raitanator » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:53 pm

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by seahorse » Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:08 pm

Ooo good thread.

Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ayya Khema
Jack Kornfield
SN Goenka
Alan Watts
Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

All fab!
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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Post by yawares » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:28 pm

Dear Members,

Thai people truly have utmost respect for Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera, Wat Pa Suthawas, Sakon Nakhon..Thailand. Tep/I went to this temple with the most beautiful hand-made pink lotuses to place in front of Thera Mun statue...we love him/his teaching very much..he's our great teacher.

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:heart: Venerable Acariya Mun Bhuridatta Thera's teaching :heart:
[by Acariya Maha Boowa Ñanasampanno, translated by Bhikkhu Dick Silaratano]


Because it is always embattled, the mind could well be called a
‘warrior’. It struggles with what is good and it struggles with what is
bad. Never pausing to reflect, it engages everything that comes along.
Whatever preoccupations arise, it insists on confronting them all
without exception, unwilling to let anything pass unchallenged. So
it’s appropriate to call the mind a ‘warrior’, since it recklessly confronts
everything that comes across its path. If the mind does not come to
terms with this dilemma while the body is still alive, it will keep on
fighting these battles indefinitely, unable to extricate itself. Should the
heart’s endless desires be indulged in without Dhamma to act as a
moderating influence, real happiness will always be out of reach,
regardless of how abundant material wealth may be. Material wealth
itself is not a true source of happiness, and can readily become a source
of discontent for the heart lacking inner Dhamma to serve as an oasis
of rest.

The wise have assured us that Dhamma is the power which oversees
both material wealth and spiritual well-being. Regardless of how much
or how little wealth we acquire, we will enjoy a sufficient measure of
happiness if we possess some measure of Dhamma in our hearts.
Unsupported by Dhamma and left to its own desires, the heart will be
incapable of finding genuine happiness, even with a mountain of
valuable possessions on hand. These are merely physical and emotional
supports that intelligent people can use wisely for their own pleasure.
If the heart is not intelligent in the way of Dhamma, or Dhamma is
absent altogether, the place where we live will resemble a wasteland,
no matter what our choice. The heart and all its wealth will then end
up as just so much accumulated waste – stuff that is useless for our
spiritual development.

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Re: Your favorite historical teachers

Post by yawares » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:09 pm

Dear David/Members,

:heart: Thera Buwa(Bua) is also my favorite/great teacher :anjali:

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Tep and I really love and respect Thera Buwa. He was a true forest supermonk 100%. His monastery was quite simple, no phones/no tv/no electricity/no refrigerators.There were so many Thai millionaires even the king of Thailand offered to build beautiful exquisite temple and luxurious places with air conditioners for Thera Buwa and his 44 monks, but Thera Buwa denied!! He wanted to keep his monastery to be just like forest. All monks stayed in small individual wooden bungalows. They all used candles,flashlights or old fashion lamps at nights.

The first day that Tep and I were at Wat Paa Baan Taad, Tep had to stay in the monks and upasakas zone, I stayed in upasikas zone, completely separated,far apart. Tep told me he got lost after he left his bungalow to go bathroom at night because this monastery has really big land that looks like 'forest' with so many fruit-trees and all bungalows look the same. Tep got rescued by bhikkhu Sherry who also came to the bathroom and later on became friends.

There were 2 English monks(Punya and Sherry), 1 US monk(Dick,was an engineer,tall/handsome)and 1 German monk(Martin, tall/handsome). They were very nice and 100% forest monks.

Myself, I truly think Thera Buwa was an Arahant, I have never seen any monk like him in my life!
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Love Thera Buwa :heart:
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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by DNS » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:21 pm

Hi yawares,

I moved your last two posts from "favorite historical figures" to this thread since the teachers you mentioned are contemporary, not from the time of the Buddha.

Have you met Thera Buwa?

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Re: Your favourite contemporary teachers

Post by yawares » Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:17 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Hi yawares,

I moved your last two posts from "favorite historical figures" to this thread since the teachers you mentioned are contemporary, not from the time of the Buddha.

Have you met Thera Buwa?
Dear David,

Yes, many times...I used to post THE SUPER THERA BUWA (May) and WAT LUANGTA BUWA (June) here @ Dhamma Wheel (Personal experience).

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