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.
Function of Buddhist ethics; descriptive v. prescriptive. Excerpt from Mahayana Mind Training 7.
Identifying what you want to do and what prevents you from doing it. From Making Things Happen 1.
What is meant by 'form is emptiness, emptiness is form.' Excerpt from Heart Sutra Workshop 3.
Different maps for different notions of self, tbe 5 skandas. From Heart Sutra Workshop 2.
Living life without a belief system. Karma as the evolution of action. From Awakening From Belief 2.
Bringing attention into the act of speaking, listening to the sound of your own voice when you speak; bringing attention into the experience of action which leads to a relationship with power and makes action more effective. From The Eightfold Path 1.
Right livelihood is to bring attention to how you provide for life; livelihood in terms of how we interact with others around earning our living
Learning to sit in the mess; the correlation between mind and experience; discussion of the mind-training principle: “Rely on the principal witness”
Working with meditation instructions 'Look, and as soon as a thought arises, relax' and 'Let the mind settle naturally. Don't control it. Just recognize it.'
How to live in a way that supports spiritual practice; time, energy, attention.
Why is it so important, listening to your heart, the faith to doubt, opening to the body, intention.
A discussion on Buddhism and creativity, questions on reincarnation, mind having no beginning, and equanimity and manipulation.
Questions on the mind of the body and patterned tendency, keeping practice alive, and where do released reactive patterns go.
Questions on what is being referred to when using the word 'me' if there is no=self and reconciling non selfhood with ordinary friendship and love.
Questions on being an observer of one's thoughts, mind training and flattening thoughts