Friday, July 30, 2010

The Men They Learned From

Great (All Male) Teachers of Great Women Buddhist Teachers in America

While researching for the post on 20 Great Living Women Buddhist Teachers in America, I was most struck by the fact that without any exception, all of the women on the list had learned the Dharma from men teachers.  I became interested in finding out who were these men who had 'birthed' such great women teachers. Who knows, maybe I too could go to the source and learn directly from them as well?

Here is the list:

U Pandita 
Tradition: Theravada
Location: Burma
Age: 89
Accessibility: Still gives long retreats at Panditarama center in Burma, and also month long every Spring at Tathagata Center, in San Jose, California; no longer gives interviews.
Students: Kamala Masters, Michele McDonald, Ayya Medhanandi, Sharon Salzberg

Shodo Harada
Tradition: Zen
Location: Tahoma, USA
Age: 70
Accessibility: Leads several sesshins a year at One Drop Zen Monastery, in Tahoma, WA
Students: Yvonne Rand, Jan Chosen Bays

Tradition: Tibetan
Age: 38
Accessibility: In retreat until March, 2011

Tradition: Tibetan
Location: Tibet and US
Age: 37
Accessibility: Contact Dawn Mountain Center

Tradition: Tibetan
Age: 44
Accessibility: Gives many retreats in the US
Students: Sharon Salzberg

Sojun Mel Weitsman
Tradition: Zen
Location: Berkeley, USA
Age: 81
Accessibility: Gives out formal practice interviews at Berkeley Zen Center
Students: Blanche Harman

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Tradition: Tibetan
Location: Boulder, CO
Age: 46
Accessibility: Gives out retreats throughout the US
Students: Pema Chodron

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Tradition: Tibetan
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Age: 51
Accessibility: Many retreats throughout the US, including webcasts
Students: Anne C. Klein

Tradition: Tibetan
Location: Worldwide
Age: 72
Accessibility: Link to Rinpoche's schedule

Tradition: Tibetan
Location: Cambridge, MA
Age: 71
Accessibility: A few one day workshops each year
Students: Anne C. Klein

Tradition: Tibetan
Location: Portland, OR
Age: 64
Accessibility: Gives out retreats worldwide, including US
Students: Thubten Chodron

Tradition: Tibetan
Location: Swayambhu, Nepal
Age: 78
Accessibility: Check Facebook page
Students: Khandro Rinpoche

Tradition: Theravada
Location: UK
Age: 76
Accessibility: Contact Amavarati Monastery for Ajahn Sumedo's schedule
Students: Ayya Medhanandi

Tradition: Zen
Location: Montague, MA
Age: 71
Accessibility: Many talks, retreats in the US.
Students: Joan Halifax 

I hope you will find this list useful.

If you have more information about any of these teachers, particularly in terms of how to access their live teachings, please add in comments below. 


  1. thanks for another great list with links. what a lot of work! bows to you!

  2. Oh! thank you . . .

    Yes, I am into lists lately . . . Working on a few more, to get complete landscape of great teachers, men and women in different traditions.