Gil Fronsdal (1954) is a practicing Buddhist of the Soto Zen and Vipassana sect since 1975, and is currently teaching the practice of Buddhism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having being taught by the Vipassana practitioner, Jack Kornfield he is part of the Vipassana teachers' collective at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1982 and was a Theravada monk in Burma in 1985. In 1995 he received Dharma transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center.
He is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) of
Redwood City, California. He has a PhD in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University. His many dharma talks available online contain basic information on meditation and Buddhism, as well as subtle concepts of Buddhism explained at the level of the lay person.
Publications [ edit ]
Fronsdal, Gil (2010). "A Monastery Within: Tales from the Buddhist Path," Tranquil Books.
ISBN 0-9845092-1-6. Fronsdal, Gil, and
Jack Kornfield (foreword) (2005). The Boston: Shambhala. Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations, ISBN 1-59030-211-7. Fronsdal, Gil (2002) "Virtues without Rules", in C.S. Prebish & Martin Baumann (2002), "Westward Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Asia", University of California Press, Berkeley & Los Angeles, CA.
Fronsdal, Gil (2001) "The Issue at Hand", Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice. Available online at
http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/the-issue-at-hand/ Fronsdal, Gil (1998). "Insight Meditation in the United States: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness", in C.S. Prebish & K.K. Tanaka (1998),
The Faces of Buddhism in America, University of California Press. Also available on-line at: http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/articles/insight-meditation-in-the-united-states-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness/. Fronsdal, Egil (1998) "The dawn of the bodhisattva path: Studies in a religious ideal of ancient Indian Buddhists with particular emphasis on the earliest extant Perfection of Wisdom Sutra", Ph.D. Thesis, Stanford University, CA. Abstract available online at
http://eng.buddhapia.com/_Service/_ContentView/THESIS_CONTENT.ASP?pk=0000025438&clss_cd=0002204804&top_menu_cd=0000000287 Spirit Rock Teaching Collective; Gil Fronsdal with Nancy Van House (eds.) (1996).
Voices from Spirit Rock: Talks on Mindfulness Practice, Rancho Cordova, CA: Clear & Present Graphics. Kornfield, Jack with Gil Fronsdal (eds.) (1996).
Teachings of the Buddha, Boston: Shambhala. ISBN 1-57062-124-1.
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