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.
Sept. 11, 2017
The different types of suffering, outflows, developing the freedom to accept change.
Sept. 4, 2017
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
Aug. 28, 2017
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.
Aug. 23, 2017
A look at the word 'right' as it is used in the traditional Buddhist method of The Noble Eightfold Path.
Aug. 13, 2017
Instruction in five-step method of releasing from Thich Naht Hanh based on bare attention and the four foundations of mindfulness
Aug. 6, 2017
What is Buddha nature; Buddha nature is not a thing; Difference between knowing and understanding; Buddha nature and emptiness.
July 31, 2017
Dharmakaya, Nirmanakaya, Sambhogakaya, Svabhavikakaya
July 25, 2017
Tong len (taking and sending) and compassion.
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.