Thursday, July 29, 2010

20 Great Living Women Buddhist Teachers in America

Finally, after much research and deliberation, here is my humble attempt at a list of '20 Great Living Women Buddhist Teachers in America' (in alphabetical order):
  1. Tsultrim Allione - Tibetan
  2. Dale Asrael - Tibetan
  3. Jan Chozen Bays - Zen
  4. Pema Chodron - Tibetan
  5. Thubten Chodron - Tibetan
  6. Ruth Denison - Theravada
  7. Christina Feldman - Theravada
  8. Joan Halifax Roshi - Zen
  9. Blanche Hartman - Zen
  10. Anne C. Klein - Tibetan
  11. Narayan Liebenson Grady - Theravada
  12. Judith Lief- Tibetan
  13. Kamala Masters - Theravada
  14. Michele McDonald - Theravada  
  15. Ayya Medhanandi- Theravada
  16. Lama Palden - Tibetan
  17. Yvonne Rand - Zen
  18. Khandro Rinpoche - Tibetan
  19. Sharon Salzberg - Theravada
  20. Judith Simmer-Brown - Tibetan
Such a list can never be complete, nor perfect. I expect you will come up with more names and will volunteer them in comments section.



  1. I'm a very, very big fan of Blanche Hartman's Dharma Talks over at Audio Dharma:

    Thanks for this Marguerite.


  2. Thank you Wes. Yes, Blanche is great. I heard her give a talk live at IMC, and I found her very inspiring. A 'grande dame' of Zen, with a great sense of humor . . .

  3. Below, is comment Barry Briggs left on my Facebook page:

    Hi Marguerite. For some reason, I can't use the comment form on your
    blog so I'll leave a comment here. First, thank you for posting on
    great women Buddhist teachers. These women represent a remarkable
    "pivot point" in the history of Buddhism. Second, I thought you might
    like to include Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes) who is the
    School Zen Master for the Kwan Um School of Zen. In this role, she has
    oversight responsibility for the 12 other Zen masters in the school,
    as well as for the many other teachers in this tradition. I'm not
    aware of any other Western woman who has taken on responsibility at
    this level. And - most important - she's a remarkable teacher. Thanks
    again! Barry

    Soeng Hyang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia;

    Soeng Hyang Soen Sa Nim (born April 15, 1948) is a Zen Master and the
    Guiding Teacher of the international Kwan Um School of Zen, and
    successor to the late Seung Sahn Soen Sa Nim.

  4. I find Joko Beck to be a wonderful, clear Zen teacher as is Tenzin Palmo in the Tibetan tradition.

  5. Thank you ZenDot! I just left a comment on your blog, on art making and awareness . . .

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