Description of Ralph's Buddhist lineage in Asia

Ralph Steele’s Buddhist Study and Teachers

PO Box 9286, Santa Fe, NM 87504


2001- present - Study with Pasanno Bhikkhu, Anandabodhi Bhikkhuni,
Thanissaro Bhikkhu
1999/2000 — One year as an ordained monk in Burma and Thailand
1994 - 2008 — Meditation study with Lobsang Lhalungpa
1988 - 2001 — Vipassana Teacher Training with Jack Kornfield
1984 - present — Member of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Taos, New
1994 -1996— Soto Zen retreats with Richard Baker Roshi
1989 – Study with H.H., The Dalai Lama, Dzogchen, Padmasambhava
1976-89 — Death and dying retreats with Stephen Levine, Elizabeth
Kubler-Ross, and Ram Dass
1979 - Began solitary retreats of varying lengths
1979 - Present — Study with Kalu Rinpoche
1975-79 — Study with Sogyal Rinpoche
1977-78 — Study with Koben Chino, Soto Zen

1977 – Present Study with H.H., The 15th & 16th Karmapa
1974-76 — Study with Lama Thubten Yeshe
1975 — Theravada Insight Meditation Retreats
Began two 4-day retreats per year with Stephen Levine; two 10-day
retreats per year with Sharon Salzburg, Joseph Goldstein, and Jack
1975 – Study with H.H., The Dalai Lama
1971 - Ralph began to practice Insight Meditation.
1964-67 – Ralph’s introduction to Buddhism, Japan

[ralph] Ralph studied and practiced with the highly regarded Adhidhamma and Vipassana master Sayadaw U Janakabhivamsa for four months during the annual rains retreat. Janakabhivamsa is also a Sanskrit, Hindi, and English scholar at the Chanmyay Yeiktha Meditation Centre near Rangoon. Ralph also studied and practiced Sunlun Meditation methods with U' Vinay Sayadaw, a student of Sunlun Sayadaw, age 87, who speaks excellent English. He concluded his stay in Myanmar studying with Tammaya Sayadaw, the most senior monk in Myanmar and the advisor to Aug San Suu Kyi. Ralph Steele was granted authorization to teach Vipassana, Sunlun, and Metta meditation in the Western society.

In Thailand he received instructions at the monastery of Achaan Chaa from Ajahn Jayasaro, master of various ascetic practices. He practiced with Ajahn Jayasaro and other forest monks in the deep jungle on the border of Myanmar and Thailand. He also received instruction from Maha Boowa, age 87, the most senior monk in Thailand. Ralph concluded his training with the guidance of Ajahn Jumnien, a Shaman and highly respected forest meditation master in Southern Thailand.