Summary: 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.
Value of contemplating death and impermanence; accept change and not hold on to what’s time has passed; sit in the whole mess.
What role do negative emotions play? Is it a sign to take action in some way? If rooted in a past event don’t express it in the present event. If rooted in the situation, there are four ways to restore boundary. If rooted in past, then consider the mantra “That was then, this is now.”
Working with emotions when dealing with family: A talk on the three marks of existence.
An exercise on understanding the distinction between what you actually want and what you’re asking for
Mind-training as a way to clear away self-cherishing
Stopping distraction; primary characteristics, genesis and faults of fragmentation of attention and solitude
Consequences of ignoring what arises from meditation; what is meant by sentient beings are infinite, I vow to save them all
Meditation instructions for this series can be found at: http://unfetteredmind.org/four-immeasurables/ 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”
Meditation instructions for this series can be found at: http://unfetteredmind.org/four-immeasurables/ Meditation instruction for compassion, participants’ experience with that meditation including heartbreak and movement of energy; being present in the suffering of others.
Meditation instructions for this series can be found at: http://unfetteredmind.org/four-immeasurables/ Meditation instruction for loving kindness, participants’ experience with that meditation including opening to what arises; doesn’t wishing oneself to be happy actually separate you from certain experiences.
Meditation instructions for this series can be found at: http://unfetteredmind.org/four-immeasurables/ Meditation instruction on equanimity, Q&A, and participants’ experience with equanimity meditation including preference and prejudice towards one’s self; willingness, know-how and capacity in applying the immeasurable.
The different types of suffering, outflows, developing the freedom to accept change.
God’s will, gravity, and evolution; God’s will as explanation of mystery; gravity as absence of justice, etc.; evolution as contrast to cause and effect
Living life at the level of intention or will in order to help others wake up (bodhicitta). Is bodhicitta or desire to help others awaken a natural instinct? This podcast is an excerpt from the Then and Now series (#22) which is an in-depth set of teachings on The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and how practitioners in today’s world might approach traditional texts written hundreds of years ago.