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Ken McLeod

Ken McLeod

Ken McLeod 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, McLeod is uniquely able to bridge the gap between contemporary life and traditional approaches to spiritual practice. 

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Ken McLeod is one of the most innovative teachers of Buddhism today. Formerly a translator for Kalu Rinpoche and other lamas, McLeod 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.


McLeod 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, McLeod is uniquely able to bridge the gap between contemporary life and traditional approaches to spiritual practice.