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Overcoming Fears

"We have lots of fears. We're taught to fear. The operative condition on this particular planet, the central mode which human beings follow, is fear -- not love, fear. The student of enlightenment, the student of life who wishes to be happy, has to take on their fears one by one and overcome all of them. It's not at all impossible because fears are learned, and just as they were learned, they can be unlearned." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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Rapid Mental Development

“Zen is the study of making the mind still. As your mind becomes still, a power enters into you. This power transforms your mind. It escalates your evolution and you begin to cycle through many incarnations in one lifetime. You make tremendous quantum leaps and jumps… you are going to take perhaps a hundred lifetimes, which you would have gone through and experienced and gradually evolved through into higher levels of intelligence, and do that perhaps in one lifetime. And you will go through all the changes in awareness, all of the different states of mind, that you would have experienced in a hundred lifetimes." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Advanced Meditation Practices

"What do I have to say about advanced meditation? It's a feeling. It's beyond the body and beyond the mind. I would classify beginning meditation -- beginning, intermediate, whatever you'd like to call it -- as meditation with thought. As long as there is thought in the mind while you're sitting, practicing zazen, then you're in an early stage of meditation from my point of view. When you're sitting and there's no thought at all -- no thought, no image, no idea, no feeling, no sense of self or non-self, no sense of thought or no-thought -- now you have entered into the realm of advanced meditation." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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The Zen of Sports and Athletics

"In a Zen state of mind, you do not worry ... you don't give your thoughts to your opponent, you don't give your power or thoughts to success or failure, you don't care about the crowd that's watching you or the fact that no one is watching you. There is only one thought -- one feeling -- and that is becoming one with the play, with the move, with the action, with the sequence, with the team." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz "So in the Zen of sports and athletics, we seek to bring discipline and control into our physical movements, but at the same time to eliminate the Self.… The emptiness of play -- or we could call it the fullness -- is when there is no self present. There is no one playing; there is only play itself taking place, perfect fluid motion." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz "A person who practices sports and athletics, who is able to stop their thoughts during the play and allow the universe to spill through them, is capable of great magic." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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How To Be A Successful Student

“Most people enjoy the feeling of complacency. They've learned to like the feeling of sitting down in front of the television set, of lying on the beach in the sunshine, of driving around in their car without anything to do, of talking endlessly for hours with others about trivial subjects -- in other words, no demand.

"A successful student decides that they enjoy the world of demand -- the world of willpower, the world of work -- more than the world of trivial pursuit. If you're out there playing Trivial Pursuit, it means that you've got nothing going on in your life. And Trivial Pursuit is more than a board game: it's the way that most people live. Their lives are trivial pursuits." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Winning

"In Nirvana there's no winning or losing, but as long as you're in the relative worlds, there is winning and losing. Only the completely enlightened are beyond winning and losing, and they had to win to get to that point." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz What is winning in Rama’s view? Winning in Zen is: 1) being able to do what you want to do, and 2) knowing the Still Center of Being. You win by meditating to gain control of your time, life and mind, and by building a winning identity.

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