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Wake Up to Your Life

by Ken McLeod

Tibetan Buddhist meditation teaching for Western students that covers everything from basic meditation through mind-training to mahamudra and dzogchen
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1. Welcome
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2. Introduction
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3. Quotation: Albert Einstein
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4. Chapter I: the Mystery of Being
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5. The Prince and the Horse
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6. The Mystery of Life
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7. Separateness
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8. Do You Need a Teacher?
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9. The Teacher-student Relationship
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10. Transmission
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11. The Central Role of Attention
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12. Chapter 2: Buddhism in a Nutshell
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13. Introduction
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14. The Four Noble Truths I
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15. The Four Noble Truths Ii
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16. The Three Disciplines I
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17. Quotation: David Bohm
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18. The Three Disciplines Ii
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19. Karma
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20. Quotation: Shantideva
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21. The Three Jewels and Refuge
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22. What to Trust?
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23. Chapter 3: Cultivating Attention
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24. Introduction
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25. Meditation: Cultivating Attention
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26. Quotation: Henepola Gunaratana
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27. Commentary
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28. Six Supports
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29. Developing Attention I
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30. Developing Attention Ii
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31. Building Momentum
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32. Roadblocks I
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33. Roadblocks Ii
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34. Working With Reactive Emotions
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35. Summary
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36. Chapter 4: Dismantling Attachment
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37. Introduction
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38. How to Practice
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39. Guidelines
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40. Quotation: James Thurber
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41. Everything Changes
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42. Death Is Inevitable
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43. Death Can Come At Any Time
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44. Quotation: Igor Stravinsky
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45. Dying
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46. Quotation: Pablo Picasso
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47. Quotation: Marcel Proust
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48. The Dying Process
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49. Life Is What You Experience
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50. After Death
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51. Quotation: Bertolt Brecht
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52. Death and Presence
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53. Quotation: André Gide
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54. Chapter 5: Karma and Dismantling Belief
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55. Introduction
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56. Quotation: Anaïs Nin
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57. Karma As Belief
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58. Quotation: Douglas Adams
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59. Quotation: Michael Ignatieff
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60. The Evolution of Patterns
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61. Quotation: Sophocles
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62. Practice Guidelines
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63. Meditation 1: the Six Realms
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64. Commentary: the Six Realms
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65. Quotation: Samuel Beckett
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66. Meditation 2: the Five Elements
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67. Commentary
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68. Meditation 3: the Pattern Imperative
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69. Quotation: Vincent Van Gogh
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70. Meditation 4: the Pattern Process
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71. Quotation: Samuel Butler
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72. Meditation 5: Pattern Proliferation
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73. Artificial Life
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74. Mediation 6: How Patterns Start
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75. Commentary
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76. Quotation: Yogi Berra
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77. Meditation 7: How Can I Live Like This?
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78. Quotation: Jean-paul Sartre
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79. Meditation 8: Imprisonment
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80. Meditation 9: Habituation
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81. Quotation: Dogen
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82. Quotation: Red Riding Hood
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83. Quotation: Luigi Pirandello
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84. Meditation 10: How Are Patterns Dismantled?
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85. Quotation: Dingo Khyentse
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86. The Four Forces
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87. Karma and Freedom
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88. Chapter 6: Dismantling Reactive Emotions
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89. Introduction
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90. The Five Dakinis
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91. Earth Dakini
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92. Water Dakini
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93. Fire Dakini
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94. Air Dakini
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95. Void Dakini
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96. Transforming Reactive Emotions
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97. Observing the Elements
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98. The Five Dakinis: Form and Emptiness
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99. Dismantling Emotional Projections
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100. Commentary: Emptying the Six Realms
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101. Chapter 7: the Four Immeasurables
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102. Introduction
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103. Intention and Order
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104. Transmission
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105. Quotation: Tibetan Saying
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106. Purpose, Method, Effects, and Results
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107. Quotation: Samuel Johnson
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108. Practice Guidelines
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109. Quotation: Yogi Berra
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110. Meditation 1: Equanimity
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111. Commentary: Equanimity
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112. Quotation: Goethe
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113. Quotation: Michael Conklin
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114. Quotation: Wendell Berry
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115. Meditation 2: Loving Kindness
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116. Commentary: Loving Kindness
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117. Meditation 3: Compassion
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118. Commentary: Compassion
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119. Meditation 4: Joy
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120. Commentary: Joy
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121. Commentary: the Four Immeasurables
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122. Quotation: James Baldwin
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123. Decay
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124. Corruption
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125. Shredding Pattern-based Existence I
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126. Shredding Pattern-based Existence Ii
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127. Transformation
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128. Chapter 8: Mind Training
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129. Introduction
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130. Taking and Sending
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131. Commentary
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132. Working With Reactions
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133. Quotation: Stephen Crane
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134. Quotation: Kalu Rinpoche
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135. The Immeasurables in Taking and Sending
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136. Transformation
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137. Extensions
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138. Warnings
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139. Special Situations
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140. Cutting Obsessions I
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141. Quotation: Augustine
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142. Cutting Obsession Ii
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143. The Ethics of Mind Training
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144. Awakening Mind
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145. Chapter 9: Insight and Dismantling Illusion
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146. Introduction
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147. Insight and Dying
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148. Practice Guidelines
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149. Quotation: Perfection of Wisdom
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150. Meditation: Uncovering Insight
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151. Quotation: Yogi Berra
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152. Quotation: Ludwig Wittgenstein
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153. Quotation: Lewis Carroll
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154. Quotation: Rangjung Dorje
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155. Commentary
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156. Quotation: Bob Dylan
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157. Mind Is Empty I
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158. Quotation: Rangjung Dorje
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159. Mind Is Empty Ii
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160. Chuang Tzu
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161. Emptiness
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162. Technical Points
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163. Working With a Teacher
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164. Quotation: Zen Tradition
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165. Pointing Out: the Last Straw
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166. Practice Guidelines
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167. Working With Insight I
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168. Working With Insight Ii
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169. Chapter 10: No Separation
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170. Introduction
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171. Crack the Egg of Ignorance
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172. Cut the Web of Existence
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173. Quotation: R.d. Laing
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174. Quotation: Shobogenzo
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175. Quotation: Milarepa
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176. Dispelling Misconceptions
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177. Commentary
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178. Quotation: George Orwell
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179. Quotation: Book of Leadership and Strategy
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180. Dismantling Patterns
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181. Quotation: Piet Hein
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182. Open Awareness Like the Sky
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183. Quotation: Jamgön Kongtrul
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184. Transformation of Consciousness
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185. Quotation: Yogi Berra
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186. Living Presence
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hundreds of books on Buddhism have been published in recent years, but Wake Up To Your Life is one of the first written by a traditionally trained Western teacher to offer a detailed and well explained curriculum of practice. With deep insight, clear instructions, and entertaining stories, McLeod provides a comprehensive manual for a lifetime of spiritual work. Read by the author himself, the book is even clearer in audio form — a virtual course of private instruction by one of the senior teachers in America today.

Please note: because of the size of the book and the length of the recording, the actual CDs contain MP3 files, which make it possible to offer the whole book on just two CDs (instead of 16). The CDs will play on newer CD players but may not on older ones.

Beginning with the context and motivation for spiritual practice, McLeod covers basic topics such as the four noble truths, the three disciplines of morality, meditation, and understanding, and the cultivation of mindfulness. He continues with contemplations on death and impermanence, karma, reactive emotions, and loving kindness and compassion, leading up to the most profound practices of the Tibetan tradition — mind training, mahamudra and dzogchen.

"...remains rooted securely in the practical immediacy of direct experience and hews closely to the time-tested methods and teaching of Tibetan masters through the centuries." (LA Times)

Ken McLeod is one of the more innovative teachers of Buddhism today. Known for his ability to explain difficult and subtle teachings, “he distills the nature and purpose of Buddhism to make it accessible for any newcomer without dumbing it down.” (Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal, July 2001 in a review of Wake up to Your Life).

Formerly a translator for Kalu Rinpoche and other lamas, Ken consistently goes beyond standard terminology to express the essence of Buddha’s teachings in clear, precise, contemporary English.

His private practice model of one-on-one consultations roiled the Buddhist world in the ‘90s, only to become an accepted way of working with students. He has pioneered new retreat formats, integrating daily individual interviews and practical application exercises with traditional meditation and teaching. And, recently, he set up a development program for teachers who are working outside established centers and institutions.

Ken began his studies in 1970 under the tutelage of the late Kalu Rinpoche. After completing two three-year retreats, he was appointed to teach in Los Angeles. In 1990, he established Unfettered Mind, through which he teaches classes and retreats and sees people individually. In recent years, he has worked as a corporate consultant, advising senior executives at the highest levels of corporate America. With degrees in mathematics, training in martial arts, and years of experience in traditional Tibetan Buddhism, Ken is uniquely able to bridge the gap between contemporary life and traditional approaches to spiritual practice.

Books
The Great Path of Awakening, by Jamgon Kongtrul, translation and footnotes by Ken McLeod, Shambhala 1987
Wake Up To Your Life, HarperSanFrancisco, 2001
An Arrow to the Heart, translation and commentary on The Heart Sutra, Trafford, 2007

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