Thread: Any preferences?

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    Any preferences?

    Dear friends,

    Which Buddhist tradition or teacher have you been finding the most helpful recently, and why?

    Stay safe and well.

    With metta,


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    Forums Member dwlemen's Avatar
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    Good Afternoon Aloka,

    I have a few that I seem to gravitate towards. Some depends on my mood, I think. Probably the 2 that I listen to the most are:
    1. Gil Fronsdal (
    2. Ajahn Amaro (

    But, sometimes I am looking for more superficial/mainstream(?) and I'd listen to Joseph Goldstein. Or if I'm really just wanting entertainment, or wanting to get my "hippie" vibe on for a bit, I'll listen to Ram Das (who I know isn't Buddhist but has a bit of overlap, and was, partly, my introduction to Eastern thought), or Duncan Trussell (who is just a podcaster but is really funny and, with the right guests, can have a bit of an Eastern philosophy).

    And lots of others even more randomly caught.

    But, I try to make a point to listen to every audio file released from Gil and Ajahn Amaro.



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    Global Moderator Esho's Avatar
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    Tow Zen masters: late Kodo Sawaki and late Taisan Deshimaru. Those teachers guide my path in Buddhism. They founded a movement in Soto Zen that has as core teaching Zazen and just Zazen. This approach to Zen fits well with my temper; I really enjoy Zazen and its a simple practice that leads direct to the cessation of suffering.

    Last edited by Esho; 03 Jun 21 at 08:54.

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    Moderator justusryans's Avatar
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    Like to follow Ajahn Amaro, and Ajahn Brahm. They are both very good. I also enjoy Ajahn Sumedho. Brilliant guys.

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    Forums Member PhillyG's Avatar
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    Hello Aloka,

    recently two teachers who refer to the Theravada tradition.

    On the one hand Stephen Batchelor. He is a secular Buddhist, but his primary source is nowadays the Pali Kanon. I recommend his book "After Buddhism - Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age"

    On the other hand Ajahn Brahm. Though I don't share his beliefs about reincarnation/rebirth he has the talent of condensing the teachings down. He presents them in simple words and with everyday example. Especially that, I find useful with respect to daily-life-practice.

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