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Gil Fronsdal (1954) is a Buddhist who has practiced Soto Zen and Vipassana since 1975, and is currently a Buddhist teacher who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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 is the guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Center (IMC) of Redwood City, California. He is one of the best-known American Buddhists. 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.


  • 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 online 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.
  • 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

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