Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Here Come the Theravadans

15 Great Theravada Buddhist Teachers from Asia

Well worth seeking out, these men are some of the most respected contemporary Theravada teachers. Some live in the US, and many of the ones based in Asia leave their monasteries regularly to teach in the West. 

Ajahn Jumnien
74
Thailand
Abbott and founder of Wat Tum Sua temple

69
Thailand
Chosen by Ajahn Chah to succeed him as abbott of  Wat Nong Pah Pong forest monastery
Also guide for Wat Pah Nanachat international forest monastery

Ajahn Sobin Namto
78
Thailand
Founder, Wat Wangplado temple

Ajahn Plien Panayapatipo
77
Thailand
Abbott, Wat Aranyawiwake forest monastery

Ajahn Tong
86
Thailand
Abbott, Wat Phradhatu Sri Chom Tong Insight Meditation Center

Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
83
Sri Lanka, U.S.
Bavhana Society

U Pannadipa
77
U.S. (originally from Burma)
Abbott, Tathagata Meditation Center

Khippa Panno
80
U.S. (originally from Vietnam)
Abbott, Ky Wien Temple, Washington, DC, and Chief Meditation Teacher, Thich Ca Thien Vien Meditation Center, Riverside, CA

Abbott, Pa Auk Forest Monastery


U Kundala
89
Burma
Abbott, Saddhamma Ransi Meditation Centre

U Lakkhana
75
Burma
Abbott, Mahavijayaransi Vijjalaya & Mahaatularansi Dhamma Yeiktha

U Pandita
89
Burma
Abbott, Panditarama Forest Meditation Center

U Pannathami
62
Australia (originally from Burma)
Abbott, Panditarama Sydney Meditation Center

U Tejaniya
49
Burma
Abbott, Shwe Oo Min Meditation Center

Did I forget anyone? If so, please add name in comments section.


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4 comments:

  1. I do not really know Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, but I know he said this, and I love him for it for I read it every day. (I have it written down in a handy spot):

    "Don't cling to anything and don't reject anything. Let come what comes, and accommodate yourself to that, whatever it is. If good mental images arise, that is fine. If bad mental images arise, that is fine, too. Look on all of it as equal, and make yourself comfortable with whatever happens. Don't fight with what you experience, just observe it all mindfully."

    Simple, but right. Thank you Mr. Gunaratana, wherever you are...

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  2. Thank you for the quote. Beautiful!

    Much metta to you. You and your family have been in my thoughts.

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  3. สวัส ดี ครับ ตอน เช้า.

    Thank you for this wonderful list Marguerite.

    I'd like to add a few modern Theravada teachers that definitely deserve to be mentioned as well.

    •Ajahn Jayasaro
    (Studied Under Venerable Ajahn Chah)

    •Ajahn Brahmavamso (aka:Ajahn Brahm)
    (Studied Under Venerable Ajahn Chah)

    •Bhante Yuttadhammo
    (Studied Under Venerable Ajahn Tong)

    A quick Google search of these Dhamma/Meditation teachers will reveal some very inspiring wisdom.

    _/|\_

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  4. Yes, Richie, these are all wonderful teachers. However, the focus in this list is on teachers from Asia. Maybe I should put together another list to recognize great Theravada teachers from the West as well . . .

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