(by Chinjandra) 18 of us traveled to Northeastern Arizona for a Summer Solstice Meditation Retreat at Canyon de Chelly.
Places of Power (PD5)
What makes a place of power a place of power? No one really knows, it just is. Yet places of power attract powerful beings who live there, visit there, meditate there, gaze, jump into other worlds from that spot, and that increases the velocity of the place of power.
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."
The Enlightenment Cycle talk set, recorded by Rama - Dr. Frederick P. Lenz in 1992, is essential coursework for students of American Buddhism. This set of 12 talks is a summation that represents an enormous body of information. While each talk covers many subjects, within each discourse is a potent kernel of wisdom that grows upon each hearing.
"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.