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Reflections on Silver River Paperback – January 1, 2014
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My first exposure to Ken McLeod was a 2 day non-residential retreat in Morro Bay California. Interestingly, this is also where I picked up my copy of "Wake Up To Your Life". The 2 day retreat was dedicated to the 37 practices, and I still have my heavily marked multi-page printout that was given to us as a partial guide to the practices, to go along with Ken's verbal teaching on the subject. Many years later, I'm still weaving my way through "Wake Up...", and also thoroughly enjoying "Reflections on Silver River", so much that I purchased a copy for my father in Montana, as a thank you gift for introducing me to meditation and Buddhism in general.
I'm a searcher, a learner, a consistent meditator, but also a person who rarely finishes a book 100%. Reflections is just my kind of book, dense and thought provoking, easy to consume in small bites, while still giving profound food for thought. I usually read one or two "practices" with Ken's interpretation before I go to bed. I ponder while I'm falling asleep, a perfectly peaceful way to close out a day. I have always appreciated Ken's straight forward, no BS approach to translation and explanation of just about any topic in Buddhism that he is asked about (I recommend his podcast, in it I hope you can hear how he considers not just the question, but who is asking the question).
Reflections is yet another great work by Ken McLeod (I also now have a copy of "A Trackless Path", can't wait to get started on it). I needed a place to go after Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind". For me, Ken's work was the perfect place to go. Clear, precise, potent, and humble.
Enjoy your path, wherever it may lead,
“Even if someone says all sorts of unpleasant things about you, proclaiming them throughout the universe, in return you should extol that person’s good qualities with your loving-kindness. This is the way of bodhisattva practice.”
Compare the above to McLeod’s translation of the same verse
“Even if someone broadcasts to the whole universe
Slanderous and ugly rumors about you,
Again and again, with an open and caring heart,
Praise his or her abilities—this is the practice of a bodhisattva.”
Of equal importance is the clarity of Mr. McLeod’s commentaries accompanying each verse. His commentaries are exceptional and make this a welcomed addition to one’s Dharma library.
As to Ken McLeod's commentaries, they are a treasure in their own right, profound and pithy, worthy of memorization themselves (Would that I had the time for that!)