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This insightful talk strips away the mystery surrounding the Buddha and the religion of Buddhism. The Buddha's teaching are presented as practical viewpoints, still useful in the modern world. According to Rama, “Buddhism is a very scientific approach to self-discovery.” The Buddha is depicted as one who looked for tested solutions to counter the suffering and malaise of humanity. “He decided to use himself as an experiment,” Rama remarks at one point. “He was very much like an Einstein.”
As the Buddha is described as being very scientific in his approach, Rama paints Taoism as a more subtle artistic pathway to enlightenment. Rama defines Taoism as “the way of the child ... the way of the fool, the way of someone who doesn't have to have pomp and circumstance.” Unlike Buddhism which is logical, Taoism is more of “a suggestion for perceiving life in its wholeness, without unnecessary categorization, yet while enjoying the beauty of categorization.”
The talk ends with a very interactive and funny section on Zen. Rama describes the ancient zen masters, claps his hands to shift energy and even offers his own cryptic zen koan to the listener: “There's no Zen. All there is is dishwater, timeless, eternal, perfect dishwater waiting for the dishes that will never come.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
Tantra is not for hedonists; it is not a sexual yoga. Tantra is for sincere seekers who have self-control and a pure heart, and who are deeply dedicated to their practice, but who have become trapped in their spirituality. Then Tantra can liberate them from their trap. All paths exist within Tantra, but one thing differs from the usual approach -- there is nothing that you shouldn’t do. You can use anything to propel yourself into the light.
"In Tantric Zen the thought is -- "It doesn't matter, but it does". It doesn't really matter what you do -- it is your state of mind that matters ... Everything is dependent upon your state of mind. If you're in a very tantric state of mind, then your experiences will be quite different....
"There are all kinds of wonderful stories, of course, about practitioners of tantra who seemingly break all the rules and yet are enlightened. But they don't try to break the rules. In other words, the thought isn't: ”Well good, let's find out everything we're not supposed to do and go do it!” Or the thought isn't: “Oh boy, I can just enjoy absolutely everything and become enlightened!” Neither of these are real case scenarios. Let us just say that life draws us in different directions, sometimes simultaneously -- and when you follow the direction that life draws you in, if you stay in a very powerful state of mind, then you'll see eternity." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
Buddhism involves bringing your mind into clearer and clearer states. We completely purify the mind and then we go beyond all states of mind. When there is no self and therefore no one to perceive states of mind, there is only enlightenment.
If the ups and downs of the transitory are bothering you, why not make so much happiness that nothing can affect you? Buddhist yoga teaches us how to remove the focus of our mind from the world and place it in a realm of pure light and ecstasy.
In these diverse talks, Rama draws from classical Tibetan Buddhism and numerous aspects of American culture to create a current version of Tantric Buddhism that is as solidly grounded in ancient practice as it is fully engaged in modern life.
This is a book of 27 transcripts recorded by Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz from 1989 to 1990.
"Tantric Buddhism with Rama" features Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz in a multi-faceted presentation of his teachings on Tantric Buddhism for the West.
New edition April 2016! The Enlightenment Cycle talks, recorded by Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz in 1992, are must-have coursework for students of American Buddhism.
“Buddhism is the study of light and the study of life.”
Rama has journeyed into different states of mind and beyond states of mind to Nirvana. He has experienced the light, merged with it and become it. Rama instructs others on how to do this. In this never-before released talk, Rama patiently and thoroughly walks us through the basics of Buddhism and Buddhist practice. Download this talk (Free MP3 Audio)