Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Adyashanti
31
31%
Catherine Ingram
5
5%
Anthony de Mello
5
5%
Gangaji
7
7%
Byron Katie
9
9%
Ramana Maharshi
13
13%
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
12
12%
Jed McKenna
9
9%
A Course in Miracles
8
8%
 
Total votes: 99

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Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by erict » Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:01 am

This survey should be really interesting and I think helpful as well.

Obviously Eckhart Tolle would be the first choice for most people, so we'll just go ahead and leave him out of this. :)

I know I've left out a lot of teachers, but I am limited to only ten options. So in case your favorite teacher isn't on the list, just go ahead and post his/her name.

Note: you may actually select up to 3 teachers, if you wish.
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by domokato » Sat Jan 24, 2009 12:19 am

Leonard Jacobson! Who is remarkably similar to Eckhart Tolle, despite claiming to never have read his books. But Eckhart still takes the cake :).
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by Betty » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:46 am

Thanks for the list! The only one I've even looked at is Adyashanti who Andy references quite often and who appears consistent and in agreement with Tolle. I guess I know what I'll be doing for the next couple of hours! Thanks again for the list.

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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by gdvant » Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:56 am

It is life as impersonal intelligence or the energy of insight that accounts for
learning whether through observation of nature, or perception of conditioned
reactions in oneself or others or through solitude and contemplation of beauty.
The words of other so-called teachers are at best just pointers and more
often are distractions from authentic exploration and first hand discovery.

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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by Betty » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:02 am

It appears that some stop along side the path to teach rather than teach as they walk. Interesting.

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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by Onceler » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:49 am

Favorite teacher? What day is it? Probably the one I am reading at the time.
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by dancer » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:12 pm

Not my favourite teacher, but the only teacher...

... the teacher is within...
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by erict » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:20 pm

My intention in creating this thread was to make a useful resource for people interested in exploring new spiritual teachers. So for those who have more comments in the spirit of gdvant and dancer, please refrain from posting them here. Let's keep the discussion on the subject of the spiritual teachers you would like to recommend to others.
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by dancer » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:41 pm

OK, Erict,

In that case, my favourite teacher has to be U.G. Krishnamurti.

And his best pointer, for me, is in the video called "This is a dog barking":

http://www.julius.it/ugkrishnamurti/mul ... ainSection
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by Juno » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:46 pm

Very interesting little poll.
by thinking of something you create an entity and by thinking of nothing you create another. Let such erroneous thinking perish utterly, and then nothing will remain for you to go seeking!
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by rudybear » Sun Jan 25, 2009 5:21 pm

Aside from Eckhart, Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hahn have been instrumental in my life. I can't recommend them highly enough. In terms of meditation, Bhante G and Jon Kabat Zin both have written many wonderful books on the subject. Marianne Williamson's writings on TCIM are excellent. Elizabeth Lesser's "The Seeker's Guide" is also by my bedside now.

I hope these suggestions are helpful to someone...
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by +Jim+ » Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:43 am

You missed gdvant's point erict - he wrote
authentic exploration and first hand discovery
they are his favourite spiritual teacher - they happen to be mine too!

Second-hand teachings are a very poor substitute for authentic meditative exploration.
(actually, they are no substitute at all - they are closer to being 'spiritual entertainment')
Intellectual understanding is totally inadequate for meeting daily life.
It's like attempting to nourish yourself on the memory of yesterday's lunch!


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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by Onceler » Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:53 pm

Right now, Adya. His words push my internal exploration and meditation. I like him because he is not comfortable.
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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by Laurel » Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:57 pm

Byron Katie's book A Thousand Names For Joy was given to me by a co-worker, who soon became a close friend. Katie's insight changed my view on life, and brought me inner peace. Her teachings laid a foundation of understanding which brought clarity to Eckhart's A New Earth! Eckhart's teachings have transformed my existance. I now accept the events of my life. My favorite spiritual teachers are Byron and Eckhart!

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Re: Who is your favorite spiritual teacher?

Post by domokato » Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:10 am

Wow. I'm leaning towards Catherine Ingram now, actually...now that I've seen some of her stuff...
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