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Balance

"Spiritual balance is the ability to be happy in spite of circumstances -- happiness in pleasure and in pain, in sickness and in health, in life and in death, in all circumstances. That’s balance.

"How do you do that? It’s a decision. It’s a decision that you make every day and that you renew, that you strengthen. You decide to be happy. You find out how. And the shortcut to happiness, to spiritual balance, is to meditate." Rama -
Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Wisdom

"Wisdom is the ability to do two things at once -- to be in the world and of it, to enjoy it, to participate in it fully and successfully, and at the same time, to not be here at all -- to be in realms of light, to be in samadhi, beyond all this. That’s true wisdom." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Enlightenment

"Enlightenment simply exists, and if you would like to attain it, if you would like to go beyond suffering, pain, frustration, and the limited happiness that can be experienced in any form, then you need to journey to enlightenment." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Personal Happiness

"What makes us happy is contact with Light. As you have experiences with the inner light, which are gained through the practice of meditation and Buddhism, it immediately delights you." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Reincarnation

"What’s interesting about reincarnation, from the point of view of the more advanced soul, is how the process works. Where am I? What are my possibilities? Is there some way that I can know this system better so that I can gain more out of it? That’s the perspective of the more advanced soul." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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Career Success

"A Buddhist monastery has a certain chemistry. There’s a certain laughter, a certain excitement, a certain brightness and ebullience, and it’s hard to capture that here (in the West). I think that same brightness here is captured in another way, and that’s by living and working in the world." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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Miracles

"I like miracles. They inspire me. Miracles cause you to believe, to have faith in the unseen, to look further into things. So miracles have a purpose. Miracles help people believe in enlightenment.... But the real miracle, obviously, is the transformation of consciousness from limitation and pain to enlightenment and ecstasy." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
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Intermediate Meditation

"Meditation is concentration in the beginning. It's a focus. Then, in the intermediate stage, it's an opening, a deepening of one's awareness but with a focus towards the planes of light. In intermediate meditation, you're touching light more deeply than in introductory meditation. In advanced meditation, you become light. You transcend self, ego, time, space, dimensionality. You merge with the clear light of reality and you go beyond this world." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Music

Retrograde Planet

Retrograde Planet is guitar-focused rock music at a galactic rock concert on Mars, as imagined and created by Zazen and Rama.

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The Enlightenment Cycle

"As an enlightened teacher of Buddhism, I’d like to welcome you to the pathway to enlightenment. I’d like to encourage you, based upon my own personal experience and the personal experience of countless others, to meditate -- to be more positive, to engage in the practice of meditation, to learn how to do this wonderful thing, to make your mind still in a crazy world." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Talk Sets

The Enlightenment Cycle

The Enlightenment Cycle talk set, recorded by Rama - Dr. Frederick P. Lenz in 1992, is essential coursework for students of American Buddhism. These 12 talks are a summation of Rama's teachings.

Music

Enlightenment

The Enlightenment album is based on the five elements once believed to be the underpinning of all things: water, wind, thunder, fire and earth. For each element, there is a trilogy of songs.

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