Are you listening? Am I listening? Do we even know how to listen anymore?
Laurel’s visit with Buddhist practice teacher Ken McLeod, a peaceable man in a turbulent world, will provide you with glimpses of different ways to live your lives.
Now retired, but still publishing books on Eastern philosophies for Western minds, Ken talks about his own journey and offers suggestions for listeners.
[and his voice alone will leave you feeling more peaceful!]
- Ken McLeod has taught and translated Buddhist practice in the Los Angeles area and has authored several books about his experiences with Buddhist practices.
- He discusses the far-reaching impact of the California wildfires.
- His principal teacher, Kalu Rinpoche, and acting as his interpreter.
- His early family experiences with religion.
- How he became a teacher, though he didn’t feel prepared.
- Teaching in the ’80s in the challenging environment in L.A.
- Ideas on success and being an “expert.”
- The intention of Buddhist practice and the freedom that comes with it.
- Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention is his first book, release in 2002. I quote from the book’s description, “The key to becoming fully alive and joyful is to develop our natural capacity for attention and to be fully present here and now.”
- How Ken completed his first book and his next,
- Reflections on Silver River in 2014.
- Discussion on “freedom, peace and understanding” and a different way to live. Are we evolving?
- The Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas
- “The world is not designed to support the life worth living.”
- Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene
- His thoughts about The Power of Now, 2004, by Eckhart Tolle.
- Is ignorance bliss?
- Suggestion for listeners: One practice you can do now.
- What’s next? His new work with Vajrayana.
- Next Episode: A homeless woman who gave me an unforgettable gift.
- Ken McLeod’s website Unfettered Mind
- Ken’s work:
- Wake Up To Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention
- Reflections on Silver River
- A Trackless Path
- An Arrow to the Heart: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra
Other works we discussed:
The Mission (movie)
- The BOXTROLLS, a YouTube short about Free Will (clever and thought-provoking!)
- CIPA EVVY Awards info
- Laurel’s Amazon Author page
- Intro/outro voice by Nick McHargue,
Podcast music from Jamendo Royalty Free Music
I have a correction to make from my last episode in which I told you about the prestigious 2018 CIPA EVVY Awards. The website for more information is at cipabooks.com, not .org, and here’s a reminder to submit your books before March 16th for early bird savings!
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