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Greatest Mahayana and Vajrayana teachers alive

Post by Stephen18 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:32 pm

I am posting this thread in order to learn more about the greatest teachers in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions and their teachings. Who are the most reputable? Who do you think are the greatest or the best? Not necessarily monks or nuns but you can also list great lay teachers along with monks or nuns. They should be currently alive, though. You can post your Top 10 for example, or less or more -- it doesn't matter too much. It would be very interesting for all of us, I'm sure, to know which teachers to follow. We can investigate further after reading your suggestions. We can then start reading some of their books or listen to their talks.

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Post by Ayu » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:51 pm

:thinking: I would never devide good teachers and decent rinpoches into 'better and best".
Therefore I just like to introduce three very important persons for me:


In Germany, Gelug tradition:
- Alexander Berzin (Berlin), who runs the fabulous berzinarchives https://www.studybuddhism.com

- Dagyab Kyabgön Rinpoche, who teaches in the tibet-haus in Frankfurt/M. https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loden_Sherab_Dagyab

- Khen Rinpoche Geshe Pema Samten http://www.pema-samten.de
who lives in Hamburg, teaches in several German cities and takes care of two monasteries and a school in Tibet. https://www.tashi-dargye.de
For the benefit and ease of all sentient beings. :heart:

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Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:08 pm

Stephen18 wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:32 pm
I am posting this thread in order to learn more about the greatest teachers in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions and their teachings. Who are the most reputable? Who do you think are the greatest or the best? Not necessarily monks or nuns but you can also list great lay teachers along with monks or nuns. They should be currently alive, though. You can post your Top 10 for example, or less or more -- it doesn't matter too much. It would be very interesting for all of us, I'm sure, to know which teachers to follow. We can investigate further after reading your suggestions. We can then start reading some of their books or listen to their talks.
We ordinary folk do not need the very best Gurus - too greedy. As long as there is a karmic affinity and we checked them out over time & found they have at least 3 or so of the ten qualities that Maitreya mentions, then we will be helped by them.

More practical would be a list of pseudo-gurus, but only those that we personally know are bad, not based on rumors about them.
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Post by smcj » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:56 pm

I like HH Karmapa (O.T.) and Situ R., however I have not had enough contact with either to be able to speak from personal experience.

I haven’t had contact with HHDL either, but he has proven himself over and over again.
1. No traditional Buddhist sect, Tibetan or otherwise, considers deities to be fictional. (DW post/Seeker242)
2. I support Mingyur R and HHDL in their positions against Lama abuse.
3. Student: Lama, I thought I might die but then I realized that the 3 Jewels would protect me.
Lama: Even If you had died the 3 Jewels would still have protected you. (DW post by Fortyeightvows)
4. Shentong] is the completely pure system that, through mainly teaching the luminous aspect of the mind, holds that the fruitions--kayas and wisdoms--exist on their own accord. (Karmapa XIII)

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DNS wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:57 pm
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Mirror wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:41 pm
Garchen Rinpoche

And the Yongdzin Rinpoche, Lopon Tenzin Namdak.
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Post by dude » Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:07 am

Reach out and see what you find.
Finding a teacher is just as much a matter of your teacher finding you.
It's not just in this lifetime.

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Post by Simon E. » Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:33 am

The greatest teacher alive is one that is part of a bona fide lineage and with whom you have a karmic connection.
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Post by Tsongkhapafan » Mon Jul 22, 2019 2:50 pm

Simon E. wrote:
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The greatest teacher alive is one that is part of a bona fide lineage and with whom you have a karmic connection.
I totally agree. Each and everyone one of us has different karma and different dispositions and therefore the greatest teacher is the one who helps us along the spiritual path in the manner best suited to us. There is no objectively 'great' Buddhist Teacher. Even at the time of Buddha Shakyamuni there were many who found fault with him and saw him as a limited being. Even a living Buddha wasn't good enough for them.

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Post by AlexanderS » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:17 pm

I don't know who the greatest are. Like someone the greatest is your authentic root guru who can actually directly guide you on the path.

Personally I think Erik Pema Kunsang is both an inspirational teacher and practioner. As far as western teachers go, he's the one I hold in the highest regard.

Chökyi Nyima, Chockling, Tsoknyi and Phachock Rinpoche are also teacher I consider of the highest caliber. As far as females, it's probably Khandro Rinpoche, but I havn't met that many females.

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Post by tatpurusa » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:40 pm

You in the future.
If distant or near depends on the circumstances.

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Post by Josef » Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:59 pm

Stephen18 wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:32 pm
I am posting this thread in order to learn more about the greatest teachers in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions and their teachings. Who are the most reputable? Who do you think are the greatest or the best? Not necessarily monks or nuns but you can also list great lay teachers along with monks or nuns. They should be currently alive, though. You can post your Top 10 for example, or less or more -- it doesn't matter too much. It would be very interesting for all of us, I'm sure, to know which teachers to follow. We can investigate further after reading your suggestions. We can then start reading some of their books or listen to their talks.
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The dance of life and death is a display of the vast expanse.
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Post by KeithA » Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:11 am

Shunryu Suzuki reportedly remarked:
There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
:thumbsup:

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Post by Simon E. » Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:39 am

KeithA wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:11 am
Shunryu Suzuki reportedly remarked:
There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
:thumbsup:

Which clearly is meaningful in a Zen context judging from the frequency with which it is quoted..and that is fair enough.
But from a Vajrayana perspective it poses more questions than it answers.

Just sayin’.
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Post by Matt J » Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:08 pm

As others have said, I think there is no such thing as the best teacher, only the best teacher for you at a given time. In that light, the living teachers I currently find to be the most helpful are:

Mingyur Rinpoche
tergar.org

Tsoknyi Rinpoche
tsoknyirinpoche.org

Both of these teachers have good reputations and are both sons of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. In addition, they have online programs and actively reach out to teach busy Westerners.
"The essence of meditation practice is to let go of all your expectations about meditation. All the qualities of your natural mind -- peace, openness, relaxation, and clarity -- are present in your mind just as it is. You don't have to do anything different. You don't have to shift or change your awareness. All you have to do while observing your mind is to recognize the qualities it already has."
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