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Unfettered Mind

By Ken McLeod

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Through Ken McLeod, its principal teacher, Unfettered Mind provides spiritual practitioners with the essence of Buddhist practice. Ken is noted for his ability to present profound teachings and practices in clear straightforward language free from the myths and cultural overlays that make many Eastern teachings difficult to understand. Each week throughout 2015 we’ll release a new Nuts and Bolts podcast, the ten most recent of which will be available here on iTunes. The other podcasts you see below are a small sample of the over 300 recordings freely available at unfetteredmind.org/podcast. Visit our website to see the entire collection as well as dozens of original articles, translations of Buddhist texts and transcriptions of many of these talks.

Customer Reviews

My favorite Buddhist podcast

I find Ken McLeod's teachings and his way of working with students extremely inspiring and useful. He has clearly reflected deeply on the teachings he received from his Tibetan teachers and has reframed then in ways that reveal new levels of meaning. Unafraid of challenging the common translations of Sanskrit and Tibetan terms, he communicates in a way that makes the traditional practices immediately relevant in experience. The interactions recorded from retreats and classes are often quite profound and have helped me to approach my own practice more deeply.

This is it

These podcasts deliver the experience, the "knowing," vs. the conceptual understanding of the meditative states at the core of Buddhist awakening. This difference, which Ken harps on repeatedly, is analogous to the difference between knowing how to swim and having the theoretical understanding of the same. Only one is helpful if your boat is sinking, like ours is. Ken (everybody calls him Ken on these tapes) translated for the eminent Kalu Rinpoche and brought the definitive volume on Mind Training THE GREAT PATH OF AWAKENING to the West. The classes and retreats these podcasts are drawn from perform another, equally remarkable translation. They bringing the insular, self-referential Tibetan traditions into the individualistic, wide open context of us here and now. From this perspective, many of the things that have stymied me seem to be cultural formulations fit for Tibetans. Ken has extracted the essence and distilled them into versions I get. I also get a lot out of just his clarification of translation points (like what "self-liberating thoughts" means, for example), and again, the actual experience of the "shift," and coaching in staying in the recognition of simple emptiness and clarity. "Knowing" as opposed to thinking. A little spark is worth more than a lot of discussion on what fires look like. This is really, really good.

Waking up is hard to do

"If it wasn't, we wouldn't be here", says Ken in one of his retreat recordings. Ken's ability to address the practical everyday concerns of his students with insight and kindness is quite remarkable. A guiding and powerful voice of reason in buddhist practice. Deconstruct the reactive mind incrementally through the pragmatism of a truly western Buddhist practice. Ordered his book after a single podcast, you will too.

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