Sarlo's Guru Rating Service
Other Buddhist Teachers

The teachers in this group for the most part do not claim to be enlightened. Less flashy and exotic, with fewer friends in Hollywood than the zen and Tibetan gangs, they toil on unglamourously. This is not to say they are drudges, just that the ideas of gradual enlightenment, compassion, service and loving kindness have a strong hold in the "straight" Buddhist traditions. An interesting background page on the progress of this stream of Buddhism in America (somewhat secularized) is here. And a visitor has brought a general page on Controversial "Buddhist" Teachers and Groups to my attention. There are not many outside the Tibetan and Zen branches of Buddhism, but a few of these guys below can be found there. If any of them turns out to be the next Avatar or Messiah, please let me know (Feedback). 
I have also started listing some of them under the orgs  (in
red) of which they are important teachers, since as individuals they do not always stand out, though they have tons of experience in meditation. The head or founder is underlined.
Some descriptive information is included. An asterisk (*) indicates they don't really have their own sites, just an interview or short description on someone else's site. And a yellow asterisk (*) = suggested or located by visitor, thank you.

Rev. Haya Akegarasu M 1887-? Japanese "non-dualistic Buddhism" brought to US by Gyomay Kubose
Ven Ajahn Amaro M b1956 Brit based in US (CA) psych, forest monk, Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho
Lama Anagarika Govinda M 1898-1985, aka Ernst Lothar Hoffmann, influential author
Steven Armstrong M b1955ish American (HI) buddhist psychology, vipassana for 25 years, monk, Vipassana Metta Foundation, Sayadaw U Pandita
Robert Beatty M b1950ish American (OR), vipassana, psychotherapy, Ruth Denison
Hal Blacker* M b1946ish Amer (CA) lawyer, varied background in Tib Dharma (Trungpa, Anam Thubten etc), Advaita Vedanta (Dayananda), Andrew Cohen (ex-editor, anti) and others, authorized to teach in first two
Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi M b1944 Amer (NJ) aka Jeffrey Block many years in Sri Lanka, translator, author, Chuang Yen Monastery, Bodhi Monastery, Yin Shun Foundation, Ven Ananda Maitreya
Tara Brach PhD* F b1955ish Amer (MD) psychologist, mainstay of Insight Meditation Community of Washington, author of Radical Acceptance, into engaged Buddhism, Goldstein, Kornfield, Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Cambridge Insight MC (Inst) Larry Rosenberg, Narayan Liebenson Grady, Michael Liebenson Grady
Ven Ajahn Chah M 1918-1992 Thai aka Phra Bodhiāna Thera, long ascetic journey in Forest, to Europe in 1977, widely respected. Site in 13 languages. TALES 
Ajahn Chandako M b1962 Amer based in NZ, author, translated works of Ajahn Chah 

Yogi C. M. Chen M 1906-1987 Chinese many years of practice, many teachers mainly Tibetan, moved to US in '72, lots of books, tantra
Cheng Yen* F Taiwanese b1937, site is mostly online mag and charity info, “help the poor and educate the rich”
Chin Kung M Chinese b1927, based in Taiwan, travels, organizer. 
Ven. Thubten Chodron F b1950 American (WA) nun ordained in Nepal, worked in Singapore
Alan Clements M b1950ish American based in Canada (YVR)  Spiritually Incorrect standup dharma tour tinged with activism, author of Instinct for Freedom, Burmese monk oral tradition "mixes art, activism, politics, dharma, and comedy"
Ruth Denison* F b1923ish German (via Hitler Youth and Hollywood) now based in US (CA) vipassana, zen influences, U Ba Khin. Page is an interview on Robert Beatty's site.
Dipa Ma* F Indian 1911-1989 aka Nani Bala Barua single mother found ways to bring meditation to ordinary life, teacher of many current Buddhist luminaries
Penny and Peter Fenner F b1960ish & M b1950ish American (CA) couple, psychotherapy with Mahayana, Thubten Yeshe. Author Peter also runs Radiant Mind project
Matthew Flickstein* M b1953ish Amer (VA) psych and Theravadan monk, founded Bhavana Society, The Forest Way, author, now doc film-maker, Bhante Gunaratana
Gaia House in Devon, UK: Christina Feldman, Martine Batchelor, Stephen Batchelor, Reb Anderson Tenshin Roshi, Martin Aylward, Ajahn Candasiri, Simon Child, Patricia Feldman-Genoud, Charles Genoud, Helen Gumpel-Stephenson, Catherine McGee, John Peacock, Yanai Postelnik, Brad Richecoeur, Peggy Swan, Fred von Allmen
Acarya Godwin Samararatne M 1932-2000 Sri Lankan lay teacher influenced many, emphasis on "context of everyday lives, putting practice of awareness and loving-kindness at the centre"
Joseph Goldstein M b1950ish American (MA) 35 years vipassana, Insight Meditation Society head, Goenka, Munindra, Sayadaw U Pandita etc. QUOTE
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Nayaka Thera M b1927 Sri Lanka, transplanted to US (WV), 50 years monk, forest retreats. 
Joan Jiko Halifax F American b1955ish, big author, many credentials incl shamanic, now in prison projects, Seung Sahn
Master Hsing Yun(g) M b1927 Chinese no info, lots of orgs, incl Int'l Bud Progess Soc, FoGuangShan, Buddha's Light Int'l Assoc etc. 
Insight Meditation Soc Michele McDonald-Smith, Corrado Pensa, Sharda Rogell, Christopher Titmuss, Carol Wilson, many others listed here individually
Sotapanna Jhanananda* M b1953ish Amer (AZ) aka Jeffrey S Brooks "self-ordained Western Buddhist monk in the Great Western Vehicle, a 4th wheel engaged Ecstatic Contemplative Buddhist tradition." Tireless self-promoter in online forums, not accepted by some Buddhists 
Supreme Matriarch Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim F b1946 Korean based in US (HI), Yun Hwa Denomination of World Social Buddhism, mostly European students, also does energy paintings, "The purpose of Social Buddhism is to live for others." Site in four languages
Ayya Khema* F 1923-1997 German Jew aka Ilse Ledermann, many years in Asia, author, taught all over.
Sayagyi U Ba Khin M 1899-1971 Burmese, straight Noble Eightfold Path, teacher of SN Goenka, long twin career of civil service, teaching dhamma
Khun Yay Ajahn Maharattana Upasika Chandra Khonnokyoong F 1909-2000 Thai, Dhammakaya meditation, mantra, service
Rev Seiyu Kiriyama M b1935ish Japanese holds honorifics and big titles all over Asia, multi-author, Agon Shu = "Original Buddhism," success boosterism
Jack Kornfield M b1945 American author, major vipassana teacher, Spirit Rock and IMS founder

Rev. Gyomay Kubose M 1906-2000 Japanese-American, "American Buddhism," a synthesis of various Buddhist strains
Rev. Koyo Kubose M b1945ish American (IL), successor of father Gyomay
Ven / Rev Kusala Bhikshu* M b Amer (CA) aka Thich Tam-Thien runs, interfaith, prison outreach, urban cool dharma = motorcyle, harmonica, Ven Dr H Ratanasara
Luangpor Teean Jittasubho
M 1911-1988 Thai aka Pann Intapew mixed life of householder and monk, Mahasati meditation (movement) + simple awareness
Tsunesaburo Makiguchi
M 1871-1944 Japanese founder of Soka Gakkai, reformist educator died opposing Japanese militarism, taught thinking for oneself, Nichiren Buddhism
Kamala Masters F b1955ish Asian-American (HI) mother, 20 years vipassana, Vipassana Metta Foundation, Sayadaw U Pandita
Ken McLeod* M b1955ish Canuck based in US (CA) many years with Kalu Rinpoche, author, org = Unfettered Mind
Ananda Metteya M 1872-1923 Brit aka CH Allan Bennett, early western buddhist monk, graduated from Crowley
Anagarika Munindra* M 1914-2003 Indian, little info, "lay" teacher of Joseph Goldstein, Surya Das, many others; Goenka, Ba Khin
Rob Nairn M b1950ish South African author
Rev Nichiko Niwano M b1938 Japanese succeeded father Nikkyo as head of Rissho Kosei-kai, service-oriented Buddhism
Rev Koshin Ogui* M b1935ish Japanese brought "Pure Land" from Japan, crossed with Zen long time in OH, now Socho (Bishop) of Buddhist Churches of America (CA). New URL is an interview
Sayadaw U Pandita Bhivamsa M b1921 Burmese (Yangon), branches in US (CA) and Sydney, strict Theravada, Mahasi Sayadaw
Ven Ajahn Pasanno M b1950ish based in US (CA) Thai forest monk for 20 years, Ajahn Chah
Pure Land (Jodo Shin Shu) An aspect of Buddhism that emphasizes faith and compassion, and a bit of ancestor worship, particularly relating to Buddha Amitabha, grew from Ch'an, mostly Chinese but also spread to Japan. Comes in many forms.
Rev Ryoju Kikuchi* F 1908-2001 Japanese aka Tamo Samma, Tamo-San nominally a Buddhist priestess. Page is a tribute
Sharon Salzberg F b1955ish American (MA) author, 30 years vipassana, Insight Meditation Society
Seonaidh Riley Perks M b1934 author aka John Riley Perks, Celtic Buddhism, Crazyheart Lineage, based in US (VT) and Ireland, many years personal attendant to Chogyam Trungpa
Shinzen Young M b1953ish Amer? trained in Vajrayana, Zen and Theravada, shamanism, Transpersonal Psych (looks and smiles like Ken Wilber), extensive pain mgmt experience, Vipassana Support International, eclectic, VSI in S ON but travels all over N Am 
Rodney Smith b1955ish American (WA) 30 years vipassana, 12 as monk, dying specialist, author
Steven Smith M b1960ish American (HI), operations in Burma and Australia too, Sayadaw U Pandita
Sot'aesan Taejongsa M 1891-1943 Korean aka Chungbin Pak, awakened at 25, "Won Buddhism" mix of Zen and Pure Land. Shifting URLs.
Spirit Rock Ajahn Amaro, Guy Armstrong, James Baraz, Sylvia Boorstein, Eugene Cash, Debra Chamberlin-Taylor, Sally Clough, Howard Cohn, Mark Coleman, Anna Douglas, Gil Fronsdal, Robert Hall, Jack Kornfield, Phillip Moffitt, Wes Nisker, Mary Grace Orr, Sharda Rogell, Donald Rothberg, John Travis, Julie Wester, Diana Winston
Ven. Ajahn Sumedho* M b1934 American based in UK, abbot of Amaravati Monastery, ten years with Ajahn Chah. Page mainly links to dharma talks
Mr. Tam M b1923 Viet based in Canada aka Master Lng S Hang, Vo Vi method of soul travel (direct to Buddha), Mr T (Master o Thuan Hau)
Thanissaro Bhikkhu M b1949 Amer (CA & VT) aka Geoffrey DeGraff, Ajaan Geoff, major Theravadin translator of Pali classics and Thai Forest masters, abbot of Metta Forest Monastery, Ajaan Fuang Jotiko
Sayadaw U Thila Wunta M b1912 Burmese still active, many heirs via Namgyal Rinpoche
Josei Toda M 1900-1958 Japanese heir of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, co-founder & second prez of Soka Gakkai, anti-militarist activist
Bhante Vimalaramsi M b1946 American (MO) many years intensive meditation in Orient, new approach to Vipassana bypasses historical accretions, Dhamma Sukha forest retreat in Ozarks, U Silinanda
Grand Master Wei Chueh M Chinese b1939ish in Sichuan now in Taiwan founded Chung Tai Chan Monastery, branches in US
Kate Wheeler* F no bio, buddhist nun. Page is a riff on master-disciple exploitation
John Willemsens aka Advayavadananda M b1934 Dutch / Argentinian. New URL
Master Yin-Shun M b1906 Chinese based in Taiwan, author of The Way to Buddhahood. Page is collection of writings. See also Chinese site 
Ven. Shih Ying-Fa M b1955ish American (OH), Pure Land, Koshin Ogui

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