Unfettered Mind

Reviews For Unfettered Mind

soo quiet.
No teacher is for everyone. This one has done wonders for me. Through listening to the podcasts and practicing the meditations described, I have learned how to "know" what to do, rather than trying to "figure out" what to do. This skill is everything to me now, and it grows every day. I am grateful to have found these podcasts. Have patience though, and check out two or three different talks before concluding that he is or isn't right for you.
This body of work is invaluable. Through his work, Ken has shown me what is possible and I am forever grateful. The Sutra Sessions are a good place to start. They are practical and complete. If you have questions about practice or if you would like to struggle less in life, you may find what you need here. The day I started welcoming my obstacles and difficulties with a smile instead of waging war on them, I knew the learning was going deep.
This is not just for Buddhists but for any person looking for explanations on how to navigate through life!
Open your heart and listen to the wisdom. Your experience can grow and flourish like never before. Mine did. :D
It took me a little while to get into Ken McLeod's style of working with students, but I'm glad I stayed with it because there's depth, compassion and humor woven in these spontaneous dharma talks. I'm working my way through them, feeling gratitude that this kind of material is there, is here, for free.
I listened with an open mind and felt that Mr. McLeod held himself above his listeners--an attitude of "I know and you don't and therefore your questions are irritating me." For me it's easier to learn the lessons from Pema Chodron or Tara Brach or others who don't take themselves quite so seriously.
Ken McLeod has a talent for translating the culturally encrypted teachings of Tibetan Buddhism into fresh, useful practice techniques, easily employed by beginner and deeply satisfying to the long-time practitioner. If you want to breathe new life into your practice or just love to hear the dharma spoken straight from the heart, here are hundreds of hours of podcasts to delight you.
These podcasts deliver the experience, the "knowing," vs. the conceptual understanding of the meditative states at the core of Buddhist awakening. This difference, which Ken harps on repeatedly, is analogous to the difference between knowing how to swim and having the theoretical understanding of the same. Only one is helpful if your boat is sinking, like ours is. Ken (everybody calls him Ken on these tapes) translated for the eminent Kalu Rinpoche and brought the definitive volume on Mind Training THE GREAT PATH OF AWAKENING to the West. The classes and retreats these podcasts are drawn from perform another, equally remarkable translation. They bringing the insular, self-referential Tibetan traditions into the individualistic, wide open context of us here and now. From this perspective, many of the things that have stymied me seem to be cultural formulations fit for Tibetans. Ken has extracted the essence and distilled them into versions I get. I also get a lot out of just his clarification of translation points (like what "self-liberating thoughts" means, for example), and again, the actual experience of the "shift," and coaching in staying in the recognition of simple emptiness and clarity. "Knowing" as opposed to thinking. A little spark is worth more than a lot of discussion on what fires look like. This is really, really good.
All I can say about this podcast is that it is the best ever. Mr. McLeod is a very knowledgeable man that makes it easy to understand the teachings. The thing that I found to be the best part of these podcasts is that Ken shows you how to apply the teachings in every day life. And at least to me, that is very important. Again, just fantastic.
I find Ken McLeod's teachings and his way of working with students extremely inspiring and useful. He has clearly reflected deeply on the teachings he received from his Tibetan teachers and has reframed then in ways that reveal new levels of meaning. Unafraid of challenging the common translations of Sanskrit and Tibetan terms, he communicates in a way that makes the traditional practices immediately relevant in experience. The interactions recorded from retreats and classes are often quite profound and have helped me to approach my own practice more deeply.
I tried one podcast. The talk was academic-sounding with not a little pretension, and when he responded condescendingly to a comment from a student, I just couldn't keep listening. I'd suggest Zencast, Audio Dharma or Deer Park Monastery ones instead.
I listened to most of the podcasts on releasing emotional reactions while walking in nature. What a profound experience. I'm not a Buddist, and I don't plan to practice meditation in any formal way. But I've found many of his insights into human nature and the process of living to be, again, profound. He speaks in a kind, slow manner that respects and allows the wheels to turn in your mind as you listen, so that the new things you are learning can resonate within you and not just fly past. The sound quality could be better at times, and the question and answer sessions are almost useless to the podcast listener. Try it out when you have some quiet time to listen. It won't work if you're busy with other things.
"If it wasn't, we wouldn't be here", says Ken in one of his retreat recordings. Ken's ability to address the practical everyday concerns of his students with insight and kindness is quite remarkable. A guiding and powerful voice of reason in buddhist practice. Deconstruct the reactive mind incrementally through the pragmatism of a truly western Buddhist practice. Ordered his book after a single podcast, you will too.