I have not studied with all of these teachers in person, but over the years I have read their books and listened to their podcasts regularly. Until I found my teacher, these teachers’ online and written presence helped keep me motivated to practice and continually deepened my understanding of my life.
Many of these teachers have published widely-read books, some listed in Recommended Reading, and teach internationally.
When I began practicing mindfulness it was with lay teachers. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Full Catastrophe Living was a catalyst for me. I read it in one weekend on the beach! His teaching is the most secular of the below teachers; his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course has made mindfulness-based practices accessible for people who would probably not approach them on Buddhist terms.
The teachers below will vary in their usage of Buddhist teaching tools. They teach worldwide, but I have listed their US retreat centers to give an idea of their teaching base.
- Joseph Goldstein (Insight Meditation Society, Barre MA)
- Sharon Salzberg (Insight Meditation Society, Barre MA)
- Jack Kornfield (Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA)
- Tara Brach (Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC)
- Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fella (Insight Meditation Center, Redwood City, CA)
- Sally Armstrong and Eugene Cash (Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA)
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
I consider Thanissaro Bhikkhu, an American monastic in the Thai Forest Tradition, to be my teacher. He is the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in southern California.
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- Ajahn Sumedho
- Pema Chodron
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Listen to These Teachers:
- Thanissaro Bhikkhu: http://www.dhammatalks.org
- Gil Fronsdal & Andrea Fells: http://www.zencast.org
- Ajahn Sumedho: http://www.dharmaseed.org