Translator/teacher Ken McLeod 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. These podcasts are a sampling of the 300+ recordings, some with transcripts, freely available at UnfetteredMind.org under Teachings. Our website also has dozens of original articles and translations of Buddhist texts.
Working With Fear
Recorded shortly after a tsunami in Asia.
Working With Patterns
Questions on the mind of the body and patterned tendency, keeping practice alive, and where do released reactive patterns go.
Working With The Breath
Using the breath as a basis on which to move into the union of knowing and experience.
Working With What Arises
Exchanges with students on working with what arises in practice.
Meditating On The Four Immeasurables 4
Joy - Meditation instruction on Joy, participants’ experience with that meditation including joy, passion, excitement, and fun; what is meant by the line “May I experience the world celebrating my efforts”
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Meditating On The Four Immeasurables 3
Compassion - Meditation instruction for compassion, participants’ experience with that meditation including heartbreak and movement of energy; being present in the suffering of others.
Interesting approach to the Dharma
Ken McLeod's podcasts form a nice complement to other teachers' approaches. I read the one very critical review that stated Ken seemed to be aloof and put on an air of superiority. My experience was that all the major Western Buddhist teachers (Pema Chodron, Tara Brach, etc.) construct their approaches to teaching based on their own lives. In this way, we can come to our own understanding, reflecting on the teachers' experiences in light of our own lives. Ken clearly has a unique approach that may offer many people insight into the practice of meditation and how it relates to our everyday lives. Obviously, he's not everyone's cuppa, but I found his talks to be very insightful and useful for my meditation practice. I wish he (and Reggie Ray) were creating new podcasts at this point (March 2017).
No teacher is for everyone. This one has done wonders for me. Through listening to the podcasts and practicing the meditations described, I have learned how to "know" what to do, rather than trying to "figure out" what to do. This skill is everything to me now, and it grows every day. I am grateful to have found these podcasts. Have patience though, and check out two or three different talks before concluding that he is or isn't right for you.