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. The 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.
Oct. 24, 2016
You know that you are aware and you are going to die. How do you live holding that knowledge? From Death: Friend or Foe 4.
Oct. 3, 2016
Faith and belief, the three important things: impermanence/change, compassion and faith, opening to doubt. From Sutra Session 35.
Sept. 26, 2016
A talk dealing with Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. From The Three Jewels.
Sept. 12, 2016
Shamatha and cultivating a basis of attention. From Pointing Out Instructions 3.
Sept. 5, 2016
Group contemplation: “I can’t know what this experience called life is -- and I can’t know what follows it. So how do I live this life?” If tears are allowed in the zendo, why not laughter? From Death: Friend or Foe 6
Aug. 28, 2016
Value of contemplating death and impermanence; accept change and not hold on to what’s time has passed; sit in the whole mess. From Death: Friend or Foe 1.
Aug. 22, 2016
Resting and looking; application: be completely in your experience at all times. From Heart Sutra Workshop 4
Aug. 15, 2016
Origins of Chö from the Diamond Sutra; definition of Chö as creating difficult experiences and developing the ability to experience them completely; relationship between Chö and taking and sending. From Chö 1.
July 25, 2016
Comments and questions on compassion meditation including: Should we say the verses used in these meditations aloud or to ourselves?; Does the line in the compassion meditation, 'May I experience the world wishing me freedom from pain', impose an unrealistic ideal upon the world?; difficulty in extending these verses to include others. Excerpted from The Four Immeasurables 5.
July 11, 2016
How can I have all these stories going on and be at peace at the same time? From Surviving Stressful Times 1.
June 28, 2016
Function of Buddhist ethics; descriptive v. prescriptive. Excerpt from Mahayana Mind Training 7.
June 21, 2016
Identifying what you want to do and what prevents you from doing it. From Making Things Happen 1.
June 14, 2016
What is meant by 'form is emptiness, emptiness is form.' Excerpt from Heart Sutra Workshop 3.
June 6, 2016
Different maps for different notions of self, tbe 5 skandas. From Heart Sutra Workshop 2.
May 30, 2016
Living life without a belief system. Karma as the evolution of action. From Awakening From Belief 2.
May 10, 2016
Bringing attention to how you view things and bringing attention to intention. From The Eightfold Path 1.
May 2, 2016
How devotion reveals internal material, the difference between faith and belief, the three types of faith and how they transform the three poisons. The Guru Yoga Prayer referenced near the conclusion can be found on our website. This excerpt is from the Guru, Diety, Protector series.
April 26, 2016
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.
April 19, 2016
Viewing mythic descriptions of the outer world as descriptions of internal processes; meditating on death as a means to detach from social conditioning. From Then and Now 10
April 12, 2016
The context for the four immeasurables in Buddhist practice, how they differ from other emotions including their power to transform ordinary experience into presence