(by Chinjandra) 18 of us traveled to Northeastern Arizona for a Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat at Canyon de Chelly.
All meditation involves focus until we enter into the quality-less, thoughtless essence. Detailed instructions for points of focus in meditation and for learning to re-focus the mind are discussed. As Rama says, "the practice of meditation is emptying the mind. When the mind is empty, completely empty, it's perfect meditation. It's really that simple."
"What I term Tantric Zen, I could also refer to as old Zen, the original face of Zen, or new Zen, contemporary Zen practice -- no mind, the mirror of existence. Zen is meditation, the actual experience of life -- directly, immediately, with no buffers." -- Rama
These talks were recorded in 1985 at specific power places in the United States. Rama chose these locations because they emanated the essence of the topic he wished to discuss.
When Rama - Dr. Frederick P. Lenz recorded these talks, he was developing an approach to self realization that, while emphasizing meditation and enlightenment, drew from a variety of traditions including Vedanta, Tibetan Buddhism and American mystic teachings.
(by Stan Koehler) Since the word meditation is a pejorative in my neighborhood, Spanish Harlem, I, or one of the crew like Jonathan, usually begins by asking whatever group that we’re in front of; “How many of you have been told that you don’t pay attention?” After everyone raises their hand or says some assenting sound, they’re asked; “Has anyone been taught how to pay attention?” The usual response is a loud, No!
In this book of 13 transcripts recorded in 1983, Rama openly explores topics such as "How to Know God" and "Why Don’t More Women Attain Enlightenment", "Love" and "Tibetan Yoga and Secret Docctrine".