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.
Questions on working with the feelings that accompany an open heart, being true to both your heart and mind, working with emotions.
Questions on working with emotions as they arise, resistance to practice, nightmares, and fear of dying.
A brief history of the different traditions, questions on whether one tradition is better than another and what are the benefits to doing a three-year retreat.
Questions on meditation variations and intention, which form of meditation is recommended, using sounds or music during meditation, and interacting with people as a type of practice.
An introduction to mantra practice from A Trackless Path 12, working with thoughts when chanting, how to approach mantra practice, sounds and mantra practice.
A discussion of energy transformation practices, questions on the four immeasurables, experiencing regret. and loss of energy during meditation.
A discussion on spiritual organizations, questions on attachement to leadership, sangha and social life, and whether mediation practice is a path to teaching.
Is Vajrayana an appropriate path if you have with limited access to your root guru or if you’re unlikely to attend a three-year retreat? After a new practitioner has worked with the breath to gain experience and develop stability, should they then meditate on impermanence or the four immeasurables? How do you incorporate what what you learn from teachers in other Buddhist traditions?
Questions on how to practice with pain (from Sutra Session 24), how to practice when ill, how to understand what your body is saying, different sensations that arise during meditation.
A discussion on dedication prayers from Then And Now 24, questions on dedicating virtue, the purpose of dedication, chanting to accumulate merit.
The four stages of conflict (Warrior’s Solution 3), questions on working with feelings surrounding conflict and the third stage of conflict, magnetization.
An exchange on working the edge in one’s practice (from Releasing Emotional Reactions 4), questions on feeling tones that aries from practice, how does one find the edge in practice, how to remedy a lack of intention, working with the intention to be present.
A talk on using one practice to do everything (from Mind Training 7), questions on finding the right perspective on life issues, choices, and self-sacrifice.
Demystifying ideas around karma (from Awakening From Belief 2), questions on whether karma from previous lives impact this life, karma and the death of children, and is there such a thing as burning off bad karma.
A talk on the life of the great Tibetan yogi, Khyungpo Naljor, an important figure in the Shangpa Lineage. Transcript online at UnfetteredMind.org