DharmaNet's Guide to Theravada Dhamma Teachers:
An Online Who's Who
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Ajahn Amaro (Jeremy
Horner), born in Kent, England, in 1956, has been a Theravadan monk since
1979 in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho. He
received upasampada from Ajahn Chah in 1979. He is currently the
abbot of Abhayagiri Forest Monastery in Redwood Valley, CA, north of
San Francisco. He is the author of Tudong - The Long Road North and Silent
Rain. See also: Who's
Who at Abhayagiri and The
Fearless Mountain Newsletter.
Amritananda Thera is a Senior Nepalese bhikkhu, born in 1918 in Nepal.
He entered Sangha at age 18, ordained in Sri Lanka and returned to Nepal. He
established a Buddhist center at Svayambhunath, near Kathmandu. In 1956, he organized
the 4th WFB (World Fellowship of Buddhists) Conference, at Kathmandu. In recent
years has devoted himself to writing and translating.
Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera is a senior Sri Lankan monk and scholar
active in the West. Born 1896, Sri Lanka; 1911: initial ordination. c. 1911-20:
studied Pali, Sanskrit, Buddhist philosophy; also Sutta & Vinaya Pitakas.
1916: higher ordination. 1920: joined Ananda College. 1924: first missionary
tour of India. 1924-26: lecturer in Pali and Sinhalese, at Nalanda College, Colombo.
1926-35: lecturer in Pali, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, and Buddhism at Ananda College.
1935: opened Sri Dharmananda Pirivena, an institute for Buddhist monks, at Balangoda.
1954: appointed Mahanayaka Thera at Suddharma School of Sri Lanka. 1956: appointed
President of Sri Lankan contingent at 6th Sangha Council held in Rangoon. 1959:
appointed Professor of Mahayana Buddhism in Vidyodaya U (now Sri Jayewardhenapura
University). 1963: appointed Dean of the Faculty of Buddhism in same U. 1966:
appointed Acting Vice Chancellor of same. 1967: appointed President & Mahanayaka
of the United Amarapura school. 1967: to Mahabodhi Center, Sarnath (near Benares)
to teach Buddhism. 1980: to England, then Moscow and Ulan Ude (Mongolia) with
other Sri Lankan monks of the World Peace movement. Publications include numerous
works in Sinhalese. In English: versified translation of Dhammapada, 1975-78.
Ananda Metteyya (Charles Henry Allan Bennett, 1872-1923) was the first
British bhikkhu and Buddhist missionary. Born in London, son of electrical engineer.
Trained as analytical chemist. Involved in Golden Dawn movement, with Y.B. Yeats,
et al. 1890: Arnold's Light of Asia kindled an interest in Buddhism. 1898: "Ill-health
drove me from England to the East." Initially studied Dhamma in Sri Lanka
and determined to lead Buddhist mission to Europe. 1901: samanera ordination
in Akyab (Burma). 1902: bhikkhu ordination. 1903: founded International Buddhist
Socirty (Buddhasasana Samagana) in Rangoon. 1908: led first mission to England;
returned to Burma after 6 months. 1914: ill health compelled him to disrobe and
return to UK; continued Buddhist propaganda work, which he attempted to finance
by his inventions. Books include An Outline of Buddhism and The Wisdom
of the Aryas.
Guy Armstrong has been practicing insight meditation for 20 years. His
training included practice as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadhasa.
He began teaching meditation in 1984 and has led retreats in the United States,
Europe and Australia.
Steve Armstrong has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1975, both
as a layman and as a monk, and leads retreats in the United States and Australia.
His primary focus is Buddhist psychology. He was on the staff and board of directors
at Insight Meditation Society for several years.
Ba Khin, Sayagji U Ba Khin (1899-1971): lay Burmese meditation master.
In 1937, he began practicing vipassana under Saya Thet Gyi. He mastered several
types of concentration meditation and developed powerful vipassana technique.
His style, which emphasizes intensive practice rather than theoretical understanding,
is taught elsewhere in the world by his disciples, e.g., S.N. Goenka, Ruth Dennison,
James Baraz has been practicing vipassana meditation
since 1974 and has been teaching since 1980. He leads ongoing meditation classes
in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation
Center in Woodacre CA.
Robert Beatty is the founding teacher of the Portland Vipassana Sangha and
a psychotherapist. His practice began in India in 1971. Inspired by Ruth Denison,
Robert uses poetry, movement, drumming and humor to bring creativity and life
to Dharma practice. Robert teaches Dharma for everyday life, bringing lovingkindness
and wisdom to intimate relationship, child rearing, work, health, and the cultivation
of compassionate community.
Bhikkhu Bodhi (Thera) was born Jeffrey
Block in New York City of Jewish parentage in 1944. In 1972, he received samenera
ordination in Sri Lanka and bhikkhu ordination in 1973. In 1977 he returned to
the USA and spent nearly 2 years at a monastery of Geshe Wangyal and 3 years
at Washington Buddhist Vihara. He returned to Sri Lanka in 1982 and, in 1984,
after periods of meditation training at Mitirigala Nissarana Vanaya, he accepted
the editorship of the Buddhist Publication Society. He translated The
Connected Discourses of the Buddha, the Samyutta Nikaya, and he edited
and revised the Bhikkhu Nanamoli translation of the Majjhima
Nikaya, both published by Wisdom. He is author of A
Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, Dana:
The Practice of Giving, The
Discourse On the All-Embracing Net of Views: The Brahmajala Sutta and Its Commentaries, The
Discourse On Root of Existence: The Mulapariyaya Sutta and Its Commentaries, The
Discourse On Root of Existence: The Mulapariyaya Sutta and Its Commentaries, The
Great Discourse on Causation: The Mahanidana Sutta and Its Commentaries, Maha
Kaccana: Master of Doctrinal Exposition, The
Noble Eightfold Path, Nourishing
the Roots, and numerous others.
Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching since 1985 and teaches both vipassana
and metta meditation. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation
Center and a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother who is particularly
interested in seeing daily life as practice. She is the author of It's
Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, That's
Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist,
Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat.
Tara Brach is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington
(DC) and has practiced and taught meditation since 1975. Tara is a clinical psychologist,
teaches meditation classes locally, and leads retreats with Jack Kornfield and
other Vipassana teachers at meditation centers around the country.
Barbara Brodsky has been practicing meditation since 1960 and teaching
worldwide since 1989. She has dual roots in the Buddhist and Quaker traditions.
Within Buddhism, her focus is in vipassana practice and also in pure awareness
practices drawn from dzogchen teachings. She has been profoundly deaf for 24
years; living with silence has greatly influenced her life and teaching as have
years of active involvement in non-violent action for social change. She is the
guiding teacher of Deep Spring Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Barbara
is married and the mother of three children.
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu was one of the most well-known meditation masters in
Thailand. Born in Chaiya, the son aof a well-to-do merchant, he ordained at 21.Having
completed Buddhist studies, he taught for some years and then lived alone as
a tudong monk in the forest for 6 years, studying Pali and avoiding all human
contact. He then became Abbot of Wat Phra Data at Chaiya; he later moved to Wat
Sunanmokkhabalarama, 2.5 miles utside Chaiya. Influenced by Zen, Christianity,
etc, he taughtthat Nibbanna can be attained "here and now." Books include: Heartwood
of the Bodhi Tree and Mindfulness
Eugene Cash has practiced meditation intensively
since 1981. He teaches vipassana retreats throughout the country as well as leading
a weekly sitting group in San Francisco. He also leads a group for people with
life threatening illness at the Zen Hospice project. His teaching draws on many
streams of the vipassana tradition. Other influences include the teachings of
Zen monk poet Ryokan and the work of A. H. Almaas. As a psychotherapist he works
extensively with those who are ill, dying and bereaved.
Ajahn Chah was a meditation master of the
Thai forest tradition. He was born in a rural village in a Lao part of NE Thailand
and ordained as a novice in his early youth. At age 20, he took bhikkhu ordination.
He studied basic Dhamma, discipline and suttas as a young monk and later practiced
meditation under several masters of the forest tradition. He lived as an ascetic
for several years, wandering, sleeping in forests, caves, and cremation grounds.
He then spent a short but enlightening period with Ajahn Mun. He eventually settled
in a thick forest grove near his birthplace and a large monastery grew up around
him there (Wat Pah Pong) from which numerous branch temples have sprung in NE
Thailand and elsewhere. In 1975, Wat Pah Nanachat was established as a special
training monastery for westerners. Ajahn Chah died in 1992. Books of his teachings
include Bodhinyana, A
Still Forest Pool, A
Taste of Freedom, Food for the Heart, and Living Dhamma.
Howard Cohn has been practicing vipassana since 1978. He has been teaching
retreats since 1984 and leads ongoing meditation classes in San Francisco and
Marin. He has also studied with teachers in the Advaita and Dzogchen traditions
and incorporates the non-dual perspective into his vipassana teaching.
Ruth Denison studied in Burma in the early 1960's
with the meditation master Sayagi U Ba Khin. She has been teaching since 1973
and is founder of Dhamma Dena, a desert retreat center in Joshua Tree
CA, and The Center for Buddhism in the West in Germany. She is known for
her energy and unorthodox way of teaching Vipassana meditation. She uses movement,
music, rhythm, chanting, and sound as supportive meditation patterns for the
Anna Douglas is a founding teacher
of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, teaching both there and at Insight
Meditation Society. She has a background in psychology and the arts, and
in addition to fifteen years of vipassana practice, she has studied with teachers
in the Zen, Advaita and Dzogchen traditions.
Feldman has been studying and training in the Tibetan, Mahayana and Theravada
traditions since 1970, and teaching meditation worldwide since 1974. She is co-founder
and a guiding teacher of Gaia House in England, author of Principles
of Meditation, Woman Awake! and has co-authored Stories of
the Spirit, Stories of the Heart.
Matthew Flickstein, the resident teacher at the Forest Way Insight Meditation
Center, has been teaching vipassana meditation for twenty years. At one time
he ordained as a monk in the Theravadan tradition. He co-founded The Bhavana
Society Meditation Center with Bhante Gunaratana in 1984. He is the author of Journey
to the Center: A Meditation Workbook.
Gil Fronsdal has practiced Zen and vipassana since 1975 and is completing
graduate studies in Buddhism at Stanford. He was trained by Jack Kornfield and
leads classes and retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and throughout
the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the co-editor of Teachings
of the Buddha.
Satya Narayan Goenka was trained in Burma (Myanmar) by the renowned Vipassana
teacher, Sayagyi U Ba Khin (1899-1971). After 14 years' training under his teacher,
in 1969 he was appointed as a full-fledged Vipassana acharya (teacher) in this
highly respected tradition of Ledi Sayadaw. In the course of his ministry Mr.
Goenka has been highly successful in taking
this ancient teaching to all corners of the globe thereby proving his deeply
held conviction that humanity's problems are truly universal and will respond
only to a universal remedy. His presentation of the practical, non-sectarian
nature of the Buddha's teaching as the means to
achieve world peace have earned him the epithet of Vishwa Vipassana Acharya,
World Vipassana Teacher. Today he oversees an organisation of more than 600 assistant
teachers and more than 80 meditation centres
and course sites spread across Asia, Europe, North and South America, Oceania
Joseph Goldstein is
a co-founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation Society in Barre
MA. He has been teaching vipassana and metta retreats worldwide since 1974, and
in 1989 helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is
the author of The
Experience of Insight and Insight
Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The
Path of Insight Meditation, and co-author of Seeking
the Heart of Wisdom.
Michael Liebenson Grady has been practicing vipassana since 1973. He is
an Associate Dharma Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society and also teaches
at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Narayan Liebenson Grady is a Senior Dharma Teacher at the Insight Meditation
Society and a Guiding Teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. She is the author of When Singing Just Sing: Life As Meditation.
Ven. Henepola Gunaratana, Ph.D., has been a Buddhist monk for over 50
years. Knowledgeable in both Western and Buddhist psychology, he is the founder
of Bhavana Society, a retreat and monastic center in rural West Virginia. He
is the author of a number of books, including Mindfulness
in Plain English and The
Path of Serenity and Insight: An Explanation of the Buddhist Jhanas.
Robert Hall is a physician of the body/mind, a
psychiatrist, poet and meditation teacher. Once a student of Fritz Perls and
Ida Rolf, he has been a pioneer in the integration of bodywork, pychotherapy
and spiritual practice for many years. Dr. Hall is co-founder of the Lomi
School and Lomi Community Clinic in Santa Rosa CA. He teaches in the
United States, Europe and South America.
Jim Hopper has practiced vipassana meditation for over 13 years with Ruth
Dennison, Christopher Reed and Shinzen Young. His teaching is centered on compassion,
opening the heart to the vicissitudes of life. He teaches in Southern California.
Isaline Blew Horner (1896-1981) was a British Pali scholar. From 1942-59,
she was Vice-President of the Pali Text Society, and afterwards became its President.
Books include: Women Under Primitive Buddhism, The Early Buddhist Theory
of Man Perfected, and Gotama te Buddha (with Ananda K. Coomaraswamy).
Ajahn Jayasaro (Shaun Chiverton)
was born on the Isle of Wight, England, in 1958. He received upasampada from
Ajahn Chah in 1980. He is currently Abbot at Wat Pah Nanachat.
Khema (Ilse Ledermann) was a pioneering nun in the Theravada tradition
from 1979 until her death on November 2, 1997. She was ordained as a nun in 1979
by Narada Mahathera in Sri Lanka. She established Wat Buddha Dhamma, near Sydney
Australia, in 1978; the International Buddhist Women's Centre in Colombo, Sri
Lanka, and Parappuduwa Nun's Island; and was spiritual director of Buddha-Haus
in Germany, established in 1989 under her auspices. She establishing Metta Forest
Monastery in Germany as well. She is the author of Being
Nobody, Going Nowhere, I
Give You My Life: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun, When
the Iron Eagle Flies, Who
Is My Self?, Be
an Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace, and other books.
Eric Kolvig has been a dharma
teacher since 1985 and is a recent migrant to Sante Fe, NM after practicing intensively
at Insight Meditation Society. He is particularly interested in "grassroots
dharma," sitting groups and motivated local sanghas. In response to the
AIDS epidemic and homophobia, he has in recent years led retreats around the
United States for gay men and lesbians.
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist
monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He is a co-founder of Insight
Meditation Society in Barre MA and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in
Woodacre CA. He has been teaching vipassana meditation retreats worldwide since
1974. He is the author of A
Path With Heart, Buddha's
Little Instruction Book, Living
Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters, A
Still Forest Pool, co-author of Seeking
the Heart of Wisdom, and co-editor of Soul
Food: Stories to Nourish the Spirit and the Heart and Teachings
of the Buddha.
Gregory Kramer is a Theravada Vipassana instructor, whose primary teachers
were Anagarika Dhammadina, Ananda Maitreya Maha Nayaka Thera, and Achan Sobin
Namto. He developed, with Terri O'Fallon, Insight Dialogue, a relational meditation
practice, and founded the Metta Foundation in Portland OR.
Ajahn Maha Boowa was a meditation
master of the forest tradition of NE Thailand. He studied basic Dhamma and mastered
Pali before embarking upon meditation training. He spent many years practicing
meditation as a forest monk. He received much instruction from Ajahn Mun, who
sternly lectured him on the difference between bliss states (jhanas) and the
wisdom of Enlightenment. He emphasizes the development of strong and steady concentration
in practice as a forerunner to the arising of wisdom.
Mahasi Sayadaw (U Sobhana Mahathera, 1904-82) was a Burmese meditation
master. Books include Practical
Insight Meditation, The
Progress of Insight, and Satipatthana
Michele McDonald-Smith has been practicing vipassana meditation since
1975 and continues to study with Sayadaw U Pandita. She has been teaching at Insight
Meditation Society and worldwide since 1982, weaving her interest in relationship,
nature and poetry into her teaching.
Mary Jo Meadow has studied with Joseph Goldstein and Sayadaw U Pandita.
She is a retired uuniversity professor in psychology of religion, and has been
teaching vipassana since 1987. In addition to simple vipassana instruction, Mary
Jo offers vipassana as a method for Christian meditators and those working 12-step
recovery programs. She teaches through Resources for Ecumenical Spirituality.
[Source: Mary Jo Meadow]
Ajahn Mun (Phra Mun Bhuridatta Thera, 1870-1949)
was a meditation master of the Thai forest tradition. Born into Kankaew in Ubol
Rajadhani, NE Thailand, he took samanera ordination at age 15. He disrobed after
2 years for family reasons but returned to robe at age 22, taking bhikkhu ordination
at Wat Liab. Afterwards he trained with Phra Ajahn Sao Kantisilo of Wat Liab. "Under
his guidance the Ascetic Forest Tradition became a very important tradition in
the revival of Buddhist meditation practice. The vast majority of recently deceased
and presently living meditation masters in Thailand are either direct disciples
of...(his)... or were substantially influenced by his Teachings."
[footnote in Bodhinyana]. Biography: The Venerable Phra Achaan Mun
Bhuridatta, compiled by Achaan Maha Boowa (English translation, Siri Buddhasukh).
Ajahn Munindo (Keith Morgan) is the abbot of Ratanagiri Buddhist Monastery
at Harnham, UK. Originally from New Zealand, he received full ordination in 1974
in Thailand, where he trained under Venerable Ajahn Tate and Venerable Ajahn
Chah of Wat Nong Pah Pong. He came to the UK in I980 and joined the community
at Cittaviveka. Three years later he accepted an invitation to establish the
Devon vihara and took up residence at Harnham in 1991.
Wes "Scoop" Nisker has practiced vipassana
meditation for over 20 years. He is founder and co-editor of Inquiring Mind and
author of Buddha's
Nature: Evolution As a Practical Guide to Enlightenment and Crazy
Wisdom. He is interested in the synthesis of modern science and western culture
with the perennial wisdom of the East.
Mary Orr is a vipassana teacher affiliated with Spirit
Rock Meditation Center. In addition to her training with Jack Kornfield,
she also studied for six years in the Ridhwan school with Hameed Ali. Prior to
her involvement with Buddhist practice, she trained with the Guild for Psychological
Studies, a group interested in the interface of Jungian psychology and western
Pasanno Bhikkhu (Reed Perry) took ordination in Thailand in 1974, with
Ven. Phra Khru Nanasirivatana as preceptor. During his first year as a monk he
was taken by his teacher to meet Ajahn Chah, with whom he asked to be allowed
to stay and train. One of the early residents of Wat Pah Nanachat, Ven. Pasanno
became its abbot in his seventh year. During his incumbency Wat Pah Nanachat
developed considerably, both in physical size and in reputation, and Ajahn Pasanno
became a very well-known and highly respected Dhamma teacher in Thailand. Ajahn
Pasanno moved to California on New Year's Eve of 1997 to share the abbotship
of Abhayagiri Forest Monastery in Redwood Valley.
Corrado Pensa teaches vipassana retreats in the United States, England
and Italy. He is the founder of the Asoociation for Mindfulness Meditation in
Rome, a professor of Eastern philosophy at the University of Rome, and a former
Ven. Punadhammo Bhikkhu (Michael Dominskyj) is the abbot of Arrow River
Community Centre in Northern Ontario, fifty miles southwest of Thunder Bay. He
has been studying and practicing Buddhism since 1979 and was ordained in Thailand
in the forest tradition of Ajahn Chah in 1990. Between 1990 and 1995 he was based
at Wat Pah Nanachat, Thailand. Ven. Punnadhammo was born in Toronto in 1955.
He began studying the Dhamma under Kema Ananda, the founder and first teacher
at the Arrow River Center.
Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara entered the monastic life at the age of
12, and took his final ordination in 1940 at age 20. He received his B.A. in
Pali and Philosophy from the University of Ceylon in 1954, an M.A. in Education
from Columbia University in 1958 and a Ph.D in Education from the University
of London in 1965. Dr. Ratanasara served his native Sri Lanka as a delegate to
the Twelfth General Assembly of the United Nations, 1957-1958. He is also founder
of the Post-graduate Institute of Buddhist Studies, Vidyalankara Campus of the
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. In 1980 Dr. Ratanasara emigrated to the United
States, settled in Los Angeles and devoted himself to the promulgation of inter-Buddhist,
inter religious understanding and education. He initiated the establishment of
the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California. He also serves as Executive
President of the American Buddhist Congress, a national organization of Buddhist
temples and organizations, of which he is a founding member. In 1983 he founded
the College of Buddhist Studies, Los Angeles. In 1992 Ven. Ratanasara was named
the Chief Sangha Nayake (Judicial Patriarch) for the Western Hemisphere for his
lineage, formalizing his role as chief advisor of his tradition. He has published
a number of articles and books on education and Buddhism and a book titled "The
Path to Perfection: A Buddhist Psychological View of Personality, Growth and
Development" is being completed. Ven. Dr. H. Ratanasara died on May 26,
Joe Reissig, a former university
professor, has taught meditation at Gaia House, and teaches regularly
at Insight Meditation Society.
Sharda Rogell has been involved with meditation and healing since 1975
and currently teaches retreats in Europe, India and the United States.
Marcia Rose has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation and related
disciplines for many years, and has been resident teacher at Insight Meditation
Society since 1991.
Larry Rosenberg practiced Zen in Korea and Japan before coming to vipassana.
His approach has been strongly influenced by the forest tradition of Thailand
and the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the resident teacher at Cambridge
Insight Meditation Center and the author of Breath
by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation.
Sharon Salzberg has been practicing Buddhist meditation
for over 25 years. She is a co-founder of Insight Meditation Society and
has taught meditation at Buddhist centers around the world. She is the author
of A Heart
As Wide As the World: Living With Mindfulness, Wisdom, and Compassion, Lovingkindness:
The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, and Voices
Jason Siff teaches a form of Vipassana meditation that he originally learned
as a Buddhist monk, which emphasizes greater awareness of deeper states of consciousness.
He conducts workshops and retreats in the Los Angeles, Riverside & San Diego
(CA) areas, which involve intensive meditation practice & individualized
instruction in a group reporting format. See: The
Skillful Meditation Project.
Rodney Smith has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1975 and teaching
since 1983. He has been working in hospice care for 15 years. He is a former
Buddhist monk and Senior Teacher for the Insight Meditation Society in Barre,
Massachusetts and founding teacher for the Seattle Insight Meditation Society
and Insight Meditation Houston. He is author of the Lessons
From the Dying.
Steven Smith has studied meditation since 1970, training as monk and lay
student with Sayadaw U Pandita since 1982. Founder of Vipassana Hawaii,
he teaches vipassana and metta retreats worldwide. A deep reverence for nature
and the power of myth is reflected in his teaching.
Ajahn Sucitto was born in London in
1949. While in Thailand in 1975 he happened upon a class in Buddhist meditation
in Chiang Mai and after a few days' practice he decided to make a tentative commitment
to the Holy Life. He spent the next 3 years in Thailand, mostly at Wat Kiriwong
in Nakhon Sawan. In 1978, he returned to England and met Ajahn Sumedho there;
he decided to stay and train with him and for the next fifteen years was responsible
for editing and publishing Ajahn Sumedho's talks. In 1984, Venerable Sucitto
moved to Amaravati Buddhist Monastery where he was involved in establishing a
training for 10-precept nuns. Since 1992, he has been the Abbot of Chithurst
Buddhist Monastery in the south of England. He is author and illustrator of The
Dawn of the Dhamma: Illuminations from the Buddha's First Discourse.
Ajahn Sumedho (Robert Jackman) is an
American-born meditation master and founder of many Western monasteries in the
Thai forest tradition. For twelve years he studied closely with Ajahn Chah at
Wat Pah Pong in Thailand, who appointed him to be the first Western abbot of
a Thai monastery, Wat Pah Nanachat, in 1974. In 1979 he established Chithurst
Forest Monastery (Wat Pah Cittaviveka) on 108 acres of forest in rural West Sussex
in Briatain and became its first Abbot. From this have sprung various other centers
in England, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, and the USA. His books
Mind and the Way, The Way It Is, Cittaviveka: Teachings from the
Silent Mind, and Mindfulness: The Path to the Deathless.
Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American monk in the Thai forest monastery
tradition, in the lineage of Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo and Ajahn Fuang Jotiko. He
is the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in Valley Center CA, near San Diego. He
is fluent in Thai and is one of the primary translators of the teachings of many
great Thai meditation masters into English, such as Ajahns Fuang, Lee, Maha Boowa,
and Kee Nanayon (most of which are also available electronically through DharmaNet
International). Tan Geoff is also a skilled and clear teacher in his own right.
He translated and explained the Patimokkha training rules in his book The
Buddhist Monastic Code, and is also author of The Mind Like Fire Unbound and
his newest work The Wings to Awakening. He is one of the great contemporary
scholar monks of the Thai tradition.
Christopher Titmuss gives teachings
worldwide concerned with spiritual realization and insight meditation. He is
the author of An
Awakened Life, Light
on Enlightenment, The
Power of Meditation, Spirit
of Change, The Profound and the Profane, and Fire Dance and
Other Poems. He is co-founder of Gaia House Trust and lives in Totnes,
John Travis has been a student of vipassana since 1970. In the eight years
he lived in Asia, he studied intensively with senior teachers of the vipassana
and Tibetan traditions.
Ajahn Viradhammo. Born in
1948 (Vitauts Akers) of Latvian parents in West Germany; in 1952, his family
emigrated to Toronto, Canada. 1971: met first teacher - American bhikkhu in India.
1973: samanera in Bangkok. 1975: bhikkhu at Wat Pah Pong, in NE Thailand, under
Julie Wester has practiced vipassana meditation
since 1973 and has led retreats since 1985. Her teaching reflects her training
with Ruth Denison, whose pioneering approach to vipassana meditation incorporates
guided movement and sensory exploration with the silent retreat setting.
Arinna Weisman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and has lived in
London, Israel and Europe. She studied with Ruth Denison and many other teachers
in the Buddhist tradition and her spiritual practice includes work with Native
American Elders. She is working toward a multicultural and gender inclusive expression
of the dharma and teaches throughout the United States.
Carol Wilson has been practicing vipassana meditation since 1971, most
recently with Sayadaw U Pandita. She has been teaching since 1986 in the United
States, Canada and Europe.
Shinzen Young has trained
extensively in Asian monasteries, is an ordained Buddhist monk and has widely
explored the psychological and scientific aspects of the meditative state and
biofeedback experience. He is the director of the Community Meditation Center
of Los Angeles. He is author of Break
Through Pain Study Guide: How to Relieve Pain Using Ancient Meditation Techniques.