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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bravo Ltd; 1 Reprint edition (26 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062516817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062516817
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ken McLeod has been studying Buddhism since 1970. In 1985, he became authorized as a teacher and in 1988 developed a new model for working with students that was later used as the basis for "Unfettered Mind". His group curriculum was published in 2001, titled "Wake Up to Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention". He has narrated several audiobooks by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.


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If you are looking for an introduction to Buddhism this book is a very good place to start. It clearly sets out the main areas of Buddhist practice, using practical, accessible language and provides a framework with which to approach Buddhist philosophy.

There is an accompanying website (called Unfettered Mind), which features free podcasts of classes taught by the authors. These are excellent resources and I heartily recommend them as a accompaniment to Wake Up to Your Life. This book and the podcasts have been my main source of information and guidance in my practice so far and I recommend it as a rich and engaging starting point from which to explore Buddhism.
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Ken's book represents a step forwards in the Westernisation of Buddhism; it is timely, practical and eminently practical. I for one have been wanting Buddhism to step out of Tibet, Burma, Thailand, etc and onto the shores of the US, UK and rest of Europe, and meet the needs of a western audience. Ken removes the mystic, the archaic language and cuts to the essence of practice based teaching, where waking up is real and achievable. The meditations are powerful and doable. Transformation is guaranteed. This is not for the feint hearted though. If you like your Buddhism all mystical, religious and traditional. This is not the book for you. If you want to get a sense of how western Buddhism is developing though, give it a shot.
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In an era when the drive to create a dedicated western response to the dharma is growing this book / manual is ideal for a new entrant. The book is strongly established in traditional buddhist teachings and also reflects western culture in a balanced and enlightened manner.

If you want to get to the heart of the practice and get started with a meditation practice without delay you should investigate this book as a solution.
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I agree with other reviewers on the excellence of this work. It is not insignificant, the paperback version comprises over 450 pages, and clearly the author has a great deal of knowledge to dispense, gathered over a lifetime of practice. He offers a westernised view of vajrayana practise that is completely accessible and practicable within a modern context, but which nevertheless does not shrink from the more challenging aspects of awakening. It is a tour de force.
I am being somewhat hard in denying it a fifth star. This is not because it lacks anything in content, but writers like Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche seem able to impart a little extra poetic magic that goes beyond the intellect and cuts to the core.
KenMcLeod is a highly respected teacher and this book shows why, if I could I would give in a score of 4.5.
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Chapter three in this book is my favorite introduction to sitting /breathing meditation. I would wholeheartedly recommend getting this book.
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