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Armstrong, Guy

Guy Armstrong has practiced insight meditation for over 30 years. His training includes practice as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa and in Burma with Pa-Auk Sayadaw. He began teaching in 1984 and has led retreats worldwide. He is a guiding teacher at the »Insight Meditation Society and a member of the »Spirit Rock teachers council. [Source: »"Insight Meditation Society Faculty 2006" (Insight Meditation Society, January 2006).]

SN 22.95: Phena Sutta — A Lump of Foam (06'57" 2.3 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 56.11: Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta — Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma (10'06" 3.4 MB) More info about this sutta

Armstrong, Steve

Steve Armstrong has studied the Dhamma and practiced insight meditation since 1975. As a layman he was active for many years at the »Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts as manager and board member. He lived for five years as a monk in Burma, under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita at the Mahasi Meditation Center in Rangoon, where he undertook the intensive, silent practice of insight and loving-kindness meditation. He has also studied Buddhist psychology (abhidhamma) with Sayadaw U Zagara in Australia. Since 1990 he has been leading meditation retreats, including at the annual three month retreat at IMS. He now makes his home in Hawaii and is a guiding teacher at »Vipassana Metta on Maui. [Source: »"Guiding Teachers" (Vipassana Metta on Maui, January 2006).]

MN 29: Mahasaropama Sutta — The Heartwood of the Spiritual Life (16'11" 5.5 MB) More info about this sutta

AN, Iti: Various Suttas — On Giving (11'01" 3.7 MB) More info about this sutta

Brasington, Leigh

Leigh Brasington has been practicing since 1985 and is the senior American student of the late Ven. Ayya Khema, who confirmed Leigh's practice and requested that he begin teaching. Leigh began assisting Ven. Ayya Khema in 1994 and began teaching retreats on his own in 1997. He continues to teach in Europe and North America. His teaching emphasizes using concentration as a preliminary to insight practice. He lives in Alameda and works as a software engineer. [Source: »"Talks by Leigh Brasington " (Insight Meditation Center, May 2006).]

SN 12.15: Kaccayanagotta Sutta — To Kaccayana Gotta (03'47" 1.3 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 12.23: Upanisa Sutta — Transcendental Dependent Origination (05'44" 2.0 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 12.65: Nagara Sutta — The Ancient City (08'16" 2.8 MB) More info about this sutta

Candasiri, Ajahn

Ajaan Candasiri (b. 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland) ordained at »Amaravati in 1979 and was one of the original group of four women to establish the nun's community at the Chithurst Buddhist Monastery. [Source: personal communication, 2006.]

MN 58: Abhayarajakumara Sutta — To Prince Abhaya (09'55" 2.8 MB) More info about this sutta

Sn 3.1: Pabbajja Sutta — The Going Forth (04'38" 1.6 MB) More info about this sutta

Sn 3.2: Padhana Sutta — The Striving (05'23" 1.9 MB) More info about this sutta

Clough, Sally

Sally Clough began practicing vipassana meditation in India in 1981. She spent five years in England, where she managed a retreat center and was a founding member of the »Sharpham meditation community. When she moved to California in 1988, she continued her Dharma service at »Spirit Rock Meditation Center in a number of roles, including executive director. Sally began teaching in 1996, and is one of the guiding teachers of Spirit Rock's Dedicated Practitioner Program. [Source: »"Sally Clough" (Spirit Rock Meditation Center, January 2006).]

MN 10: Satipatthana Sutta — The Four Establishments of Mindfulness (27'47" 9.4 MB) More info about this sutta

Doering, Sarah

Sarah Doering (b. 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa) has practiced meditation since 1981, with Larry Rosenberg, Joseph Goldstein, Nyoshul Kenpo Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She taught meditation at the »Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, the »Insight Meditation Society, and the »Forest Refuge. She is now retired. [Source: personal communication, 2006.]

MN 143: Anathapindikovada Sutta — Advice to Anathapindika (11'18" 3.8 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 56.31: Simsapa Sutta — The Simsapa Grove (02'36" 0.9 MB) More info about this sutta

Ud 1.10: Bahiya Sutta — Bahiya (08'39" 2.9 MB) More info about this sutta

Fronsdal, Gil

Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and is part of the Vipassana teachers' collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982, and in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He is the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California. He is a husband and father of two boys. [Source: "Teachers," Insight Meditation Center, April, 2006.]

Dhp 1-20: Yamaka Vagga — Dichotomies (04'49" 1.7 MB) More info about this sutta

Dhp 21.32: Appamada Vagga — Vigilance (03'03" 1.1 MB) More info about this sutta

Dhp 33.43: Citta Vagga — The Mind (02'41" 0.9 MB) More info about this sutta

Goldstein, Joseph

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the »Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the resident guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the »Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is currently developing »The Forest Refuge, a new center for long-term meditation practice. He is the author of »Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, »The Experience of Insight, and co-author of »Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course. His latest book is »One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism. [Source: »"Joseph's Biography" (Insight Meditation Society, January 2006).]

SN 22.86: Anuradha Sutta — Anuradha (4'54" 1.7 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 22.101: Nava Sutta — The Adze Handle/The Boat (5'24" 1.8 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 43.1-44: Various Suttas — Thirty-three Synonyms for Nibbana (03'05" 1.1 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 45.2: Upaddha Sutta — Good Friendship (02'25" 0.8 MB) More info about this sutta

Gunaratana, Ven. Henepola

Ven. Gunaratana (Ekanayaka Mudiyanselage Ukkubana) was born in Henepola, Sri Lanka in 1927. He became a novice monk at the age of 12. He received his higher education at Vidyalankara College and Buddhist Missionary College, Colombo, and in 1947 received higher ordination in Kandy. He worked for five years as a Buddhist missionary among the Harijans (Untouchables) in India and for ten years with the Buddhist Missionary Society in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 1968 he came to the United States to serve as general secretary of the Buddhist Vihara Society at the Washington Buddhist Vihara. In 1980 he was appointed president of the Society. He received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from The American University, where he also served for many years as Buddhist Chaplain. He is now president of the »Bhavana Society and abbot of the monastery in West Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, about 100 miles west of Washington, D.C. He is the author of Come and See, The Path of Serenity and Insight, »The Jhanas, and Mindfulness In Plain English. His articles have been published in the U.S.A., Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, England and France. He continues to teach meditation and conduct retreats worldwide. [Source: »"Bhante Henepola Gunaratana" (Bhavana Society, January 2006).]

SN 22.59: Anattalakkhana Sutta — The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristic (08'48" 3.0 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 35.28: Adittapariyaya Sutta — The Fire Sermon (08'37" 2.9 MB) More info about this sutta

Read his articles at »Access to Insight

Masters, Kamala

Kamala Masters is one of the founders and teachers of the »Vipassana Metta on Maui, where she is currently developing Ho'omalamalama, a sanctuary-hermitage for long term practice. She teaches retreats in the Theravada tradition at venues worldwide, including being a Core Teacher at the »Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts. Practicing since 1975, her teachers have been the late Anagarika Munindra of India and Sayadaw U Pandita of Burma, with whom she continues to practice. She lives on Maui where she raised 4 children, and is now blessed with 5 grandchildren. Kamala has practiced both insight and loving kindness meditations intensively under the guidance of Sayadaw U Pandita. She has recently been assisting and leading retreats including the annual three month retreat at IMS. [Source: »"Guiding Teachers" (Vipassana Metta on Maui, January 2006).]

SN 56.31: Simsapa Sutta — A Handful of Leaves (02'20" 0.8 MB) More info about this sutta

AN 4.62: Anana Sutta — Debtlessness/Four Kinds of Happiness (03'36" 1.2 MB) More info about this sutta

AN 5.57: Upajjhatthana Sutta — Five Contemplations for Everyone (06'35" 2.2 MB) More info about this sutta

AN 5.161: Aghatapativinaya Sutta — How to Remove Grudges (01'16" 0.4 MB) More info about this sutta

Dhp 1-20: Yamaka Vagga — Dichotomies/Pairs (04'30" 1.5 MB) More info about this sutta

Medhanandi, Ayya

Ayya Medhanandi was born Mary Fiksel in Montréal, Canada. After university and working with the elderly and disabled, she went on pilgrimage to India. There, an Advaita sage became her guru and for several years she lived as a nun in the rural villages. She continued to receive guidance from him until his death thirteen years later. Following a postgraduate degree at Tufts University, she served as a project manager of international aid programs in Thailand, Senegal, Ecuador and Nepal. In 1987, she took ordination in Myanmar with Sayadaw U Pandita and later joined the »Amaravati Nuns' Community in England where she spent ten years under the tutelage of Ajaan Sumedho. Since 1999, she has been based in New Zealand. [Source: personal communication, 2005.]

MN 20: Vitakkasanthana Sutta — The Removal of Distracting Thoughts (11'31" 3.9 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 7.2: Akkosa Sutta — Abuse (05'05" 1.7 MB) More info about this sutta

Sn 5.10: Kappa-manava-puccha — Kappa's Question (02'08" 0.7 MB) More info about this sutta

Read her articles at »Access to Insight

Rosenberg, Larry

Larry Rosenberg is the founder and a guiding teacher at the »Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a senior teacher at the »Insight Meditation Society. Larry is the author of Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation and Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Fully Alive. Larry's spiritual practice began more than 30 years ago with J. Krishnamurti and Vimala Thakar. He received Zen training with Korean Master Seung Sahn and Japanese Master Katagiri Roshi for 8 years before coming to Vipassana. Anagarika Munindra was his first Vipassana teacher. Larry's main influence has been the »Thai Forest tradition. He has practiced with Ajahn Maha Boowa, Ajahn Suwat, and Ajahn Buddhadasa. Larry has also practiced with Thich Nhat Hanh. [Source: »"CIMC Teachers and Instructors" (CIMC, January 2006).]

MN 131: Bhaddekaratta Sutta — An Auspicious Day (08'24" 2.8 MB) More info about this sutta

Salzberg, Sharon

Sharon Salzberg has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1971. A co-founder of the »Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and the »Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, she has been teaching worldwide since 1974. She is an IMS guiding teacher and author of The Force of Kindness, Faith, and Lovingkindness. [Source: »"Insight Meditation Society Faculty 2006" (IMS, January 2006).]

MN 21: Kakacupama Sutta — The Simile of the Saw (excerpt) (01'22" 0.4 MB) More info about this sutta

MN 99: Subha Sutta — To Subha (01'07" 0.4 MB) More info about this sutta

SN 56.31: Simsapa Sutta — A Handful of Leaves (01'44" 0.6 MB) More info about this sutta

Iti 27: Itivuttaka Sutta — The Development of Loving-kindness (01'51" 0.7 MB) More info about this sutta

Iti 84: Itivuttaka Sutta — For the Welfare of Many (02'16" 0.8 MB) More info about this sutta

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff) is an American Buddhist monk of the Thai forest kammathana tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he traveled to Thailand, where he studied meditation under »Ajaan Fuang Jotiko, himself a student of the late »Ajaan Lee. He ordained in 1976 and lived at Wat Dhammasathit, where he remained following his teacher's death in 1986. In 1991 he traveled to the hills of San Diego County, USA, where he helped »Ajaan Suwat Suwaco establish »Wat Mettavanaram (Metta Forest Monastery). He was made abbot of the monastery in 1993. He teaches meditation at the monastery and at retreats across the United States. His publications include translations from Thai of Ajaan Lee's meditation manuals; Handful of Leaves, a four-volume anthology of sutta translations; »The Buddhist Monastic Code, a two-volume reference handbook for monks; »Wings to Awakening; and (as co-author) the college-level textbook »Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction. [Source: »"Contributing Authors and Translators: Biographical Notes" (Access to Insight, January 2006).]

SN 3.25: Pabbatopama Sutta — The Mountain Simile (04'18" 1.4 MB) More info about this sutta

Khp 9: Karaniya Metta Sutta — Good Will (01'56" 1.7 MB) More info about this sutta

Read his articles at »Access to Insight