DharmaNet's Guide to Theravada Dhamma Teachers:
An Online Who's Who
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(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
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,
Discourse On Root of Existence: The Mulapariyaya Sutta and Its Commentaries,
Discourse On Root of Existence: The Mulapariyaya Sutta and Its Commentaries,
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,
Still Forest Pool, A
Taste of Freedom, Food for the Heart, and Living
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 practice.
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.
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 and Africa.
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
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, heartfulness &
opening the heart to the vicissitudes of life. He teaches in Southern
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).
(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
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
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 spiritual/contemplative traditions.
Ven. 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, 2000.
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
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 include The
Mind and the Way, The Way It Is, Cittaviveka: Teachings
from the Silent Mind, and Mindfulness: The Path to the
Thanissaro 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 Ajahn Cha.
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
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
[Sources: Insight, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Newsletter, Skillful Means, The Buddhist Handbook,
Seeing the Way, and e-mail.
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