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Ken McLeod
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 Ken's first book Wake up to Your Life

Ken's 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. Through his non-profit organization, Unfettered Mind, he has pioneered a client or student centered approach to spiritual development, created new retreat and group learning formats, and developed translations of traditional practices and teachings that make them accessible and relevant for contemporary Western culture. He now provides teacher training and online workshops for people around the globe.

Through his private practice, Ken came into contact with a wide range of executives and professionals. The move to executive coaching and consulting came naturally. For the past ten years, he has advised executives at all levels of corporate America and helped them develop teams, transform their cultures, and find balance in their lives.

Ken brings a special quality of clarity and insight to personal and professional development. He has an ability to reframe problems and issues in a way that enables individuals and groups to create their own solutions.

Entries by Ken McLeod

Forget Happiness

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Forget happiness!

This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the current obsession with happiness that...

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Compassion, Culture and Belief

(11) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 3:53 PM

From 1987 to 1989, I served as the Buddhist representative on the AIDS Interfaith Council in Los Angeles. At one meeting I was struck by the way a Christian Fundamentalist minister from a conservative county in California talked to her more liberal Episcopalian and Jewish colleagues.

"Don't try to...

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Choice and Freedom

(17) Comments | Posted February 20, 2012 | 8:10 AM

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. --Herbert Simon, Economist, Nobel laureate (1916-2001)

A few years...

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What Is Enlightenment?

(42) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 12:06 PM

"I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question." --Yogi Berra

Enlightenment. It's why you practice, right? To become enlightened? You probably have your own ideas about it.

The end of suffering. The end of karma. The end of confusion. Free...

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When the Blame Game Goes Nowhere

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2011 | 11:11 AM

Suppose you are interacting with another person and you come to a place from where you have no idea how to proceed. You are at an impasse. The impasse is the result of something going on in the other person. And you are convinced that you know what it is....

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Is Happiness The Goal Of Religion, Or Of Life?

(140) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 9:33 PM

"Why don't you talk much about happiness, as most Tibetan teachers do?"

Why, indeed? Doesn't everyone, in the end, seek happiness?

Perhaps. Perhaps it depends on what happiness means to you.

Happiness, I think, is usually associated with a feeling of pleasure and the absence of pain. As such, I...

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Nine Types of Teachers

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2010 | 4:21 PM

Teacher, guru, or spiritual friend -- what are you looking for? The spiritual path has many challenges. There are many things we need to learn or develop. A short list would probably include motivation, skills in meditation and prayer, contemplation, etc. Like music or painting, most of us learn better...

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Fairness and Justice in a Religiously Pluralistic Society

(3) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 6:50 PM

A government group recruited a number of religious leaders from different traditions to discuss a new area of policy under consideration. In the morning session, the religious leaders had marked differences in their views on what the policy should be, according to their different religious views. Nothing was agreed on,...

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Building Resilience Into Our Lives

(7) Comments | Posted April 28, 2010 | 9:13 AM

One evening, a managing partner of one of the big accounting firms came into my office. In his late 40s, he was, nevertheless, so stiff that he could hardly bend his body to sit in a chair. Decades of long hours at work, high stress, and constant demands had taken...

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