Gil Fronsdal

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Gil Fronsdal, Ph.D. has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975. He earned a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He has trained in both the Japanese Soto Zen tradition and the Insight Meditation lineage of Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia. Gil was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Jack Kornfield and 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 in 1995 he received Dharma Transmission from Mel Weitsman, the abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center. He has been the primary teacher for the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California since 1990. He is a husband and father of two boys.


  • Fronsdal, Gil, and Jack Kornfield (foreword) (2005). The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic with Annotations, Boston: Shambhala. ISBN 1-59030-211-7.
  • 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:
  • Kornfield, Jack with Gil Fronsdal (eds.) (1996). Teachings of the Buddha, Boston: Shambhala. ISBN 1-57062-124-1.
  • 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.
  • Fronsdal, Gil (2001) "The Issue at Hand", Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice. Available as online PDF file at
  • 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.

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