Great lay-masters of Theravada

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Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby zenman » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:57 pm


Has there been any (or many) great lay-masters from the Theravada-tradition? I don't know much about Theravada but I have the sense that it is mostly monk-oriented.
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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:46 pm

While he is mildly controversial, from what I understand SN Goenka basically teaches lay Theraveda. though he seems to distance himself from "Buddhism" in a somewhat contradictory way, he seems a respected teacher.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen
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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby justsit » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:01 pm

You may want to check on our sister site Dhamma Wheel.
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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:09 pm

to name a few . . .

Godwin Samarante
Jack Kornfield
Joseph Goldstein
S. N. Goenka
Shinzen Young
Dipa Ma
Sharon Salzberg
Kamala Masters
Lily de Silva
Wendy Zerin

(There are many more)
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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby greentara » Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:23 am

I have read about Dipa Ma and found her teaching style very inspirational.
Here are some pointers from Dipa Ma:
'meditate every day. Practice now. Don't think you will do more later.
Any situation is workable. Each of us has enormous power. It can be used to help ourselves and help others.
Practice patience. Patience is one of the most important virtues for developing mindfulness and concentration.
Free your mind. Your mind is all stories.
Cool the fire of emotions. Anger is a fire
choose one meditation practice and stick with it. If you want to progress in meditation stay with one technique"....
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Re: Great lay-masters of Theravada

Postby zenman » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:15 am

Okay, thank you. These names are recent. How about in history?
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