July 28, 2010

Top 5 Buddhists on Twitter (That You Don’t Follow)


Before somebody cries foul, let me be clear: you won’t find the Buddhist big-twitters on this list. Everybody knows the Dalai Lama is worth following (or at least, as of this moment, 560,521 tweeps think so). Instead, this list is meant to highlight five Buddhists on Twitter that you might not already know about. The people on this list are individuals who tweet primarily about Buddhism and have under 1,500 followers (sorry/congrats @MindDeep, you just missed the cutoff). Also, it should be noted that we consulted William Harryman’s list “Top 10 Buddhist Twitter peeps you should Follow” and purposely left those people off this list, because, well, you can just go look at that list. And, finally, the focus here is on those whose tweets stand alone—that is, they aren’t heavy on links, they just bring you some form of insight 140 characters at a time.

Top 5 Buddhists on Twitter (That You Don’t Follow)

Dzigar Kongtrul (@dzigarkongtrul)
bio: Tibetan Buddhist teacher, photographer and abstract expressionist painter.
style: Direct and clear words of wisdom.
sample tweet: Don't be hidebound by a sense of duty to your shenpa. Dont be so "yes sir,yes ma’am" to your ego!

Chade-Meng Tan (@chademeng)
bio: Former Google engineer, now current Head of Google University’s School of Personal Growth. Practicing Buddhist.
style: Funny, honest, insightful.
sample tweet: Mingyur: Do you have thoughts? Meng: I think so.

Gary Gach (@nobodhi)
bio: Author, poet, and translator with a lifelong interest in Buddhism.
style: Quirky, quote-y, illuminating.
sample tweet: noticing in #meditation that, being just that much larger, his right lung takes just that much longer to exhale ... in hale ... AH!

Allan Lokos (@rev1al)
bio: Author and founder/guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in NYC.
style: Pithy and practical advice for those on the path to peace.
sample tweet: Listen carefully to the master's words, but also watch how he peels his orange & puts on his sandals.

Lama Willa Miller (@lamawilla)
bio: Tibetan Buddhist teacher and writer.
style: Joyful, thoughtful, encouraging.
sample tweet: Every thought, while not always productive by content, is always productive by nature.

Obviously, this is not even close to comprehensive, and you are encouraged to add others who we have missed and deserve attention in the comments section of this post. With the cyber sangha (#twangha) growing everyday these kinds of lists should be revisited and refreshed endlessly.

NOTES: If you don’t already, you should follow @tricyclemag for all sorts of Buddhist news and teachings. Also, I recently started @tricyclesam in an effort to engage more personally with readers of this blog and because it felt wrong to tweet things like “Hope nobody could read my mind during office meditation today” from the organization’s account.

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Chris's picture

You left out two actual recognized Tibetan Buddhist TULKUS that are very active on Twitter:

@akhonlhamo - Nyingma
@tsemtulku - Gelugpa

Morning Star Dhamma's picture

Lots of great people to follow out there, and that includes people who don't necessarily share the same perspective. A challenge is finding gems among the proliferation. I regularly check hashtags #Buddhism, #Mindfulness and #Vipassana, but I imagine lots of great stuff washes down the pike and right past my filters. I would like to hear how others make best use of this resource.

My working theory is that Twitter is more of a one-way communication tool that favors listening. So mostly, I listen. It seems to me that most tweets are like the proverbial trees falling in a forest.

With best wishes.

Marguerite Manteau-Rao's picture

Thank you!

My personal preference is for folks who can skillfully navigate the balance between 'social' and 'media'. Not just sharing their wisdom (one way, one to many mode of communication), but also engaging into meaningful conversations (peer to peer). For core wisdom, I can just go to books . . . In there lies the great (and still underutilized) beauty of Twitter!

May you all be well, and at peace!

marguerite
https://twitter.com/minddeep

mike's picture

Correction: Lama Willa (@lamawilla) group is Natural Dharma Fellowship www.naturaldharma.org

mike's picture

In the Boston area, check out @lamawilla on Natural Dharma Foundation website for practice groups, meetings, retreats etc...

Purlpoet (Laura)'s picture

I second John. I follow the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche (@ponlop). His tweets cut to the core wisdom.

Randy's picture

Thanks for the recommendations. I follow each of them now, but hadn't heard of any previously. I especially appreciate the fact that the most well-known were not on this list - anyone can find them but this provides access to previously "undiscorered" Dharma. :-)

Randy
www.twitter.com/Zen_Teacher

Sam Mowe's picture

"If he wrote a poem in Sanskrit, an English speaker would miraculously be able to understand. He can logically explain all Zen koans. He once beat a sherpa in a foot race up Everest. He is the Most Interesting Man in the World."

John's picture

Does Gary GAch remind anyone else of the Dox XX guy? "Stay thirsty my friends"

Vajrakilaya's picture

Twitter seems like a vapid waste of time...

Isnt there enough random chatter already?

Look, its following us right now.

Waylon Lewis's picture

Just followed all those. Good recs, wasn't following any. Following you now, too, love the bike/desk. Thanks for the shoutout on William's piece, on behalf of elephant. We love Trike, gassho.

http://www.twitter.com/elephantjournal
http://www.twitter.com/waylonlewis
bonus round!
http://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

Rev. Danny Fisher's picture

I don't mean to play favorites, but Gary Gach rocks!

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John's picture

wonderful list! Chade is one of my favorites. But I also think that @ponlop is another that deserves some mention. Recently I have found that his humor and wisdom to be welcome change from the standard quotes and occasional bavk&forth banter that occurs on twitter.

I am also a good follow...I think. (@zendirtzendust)