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The Third Jewel is the Sangha

Thursday, October 3, 2013

(by Chinjandra)  I was one of a few Rama students who recently attended the Lenz Foundation conference in Garrison, New York. The conference included about 80 representatives from 50 non-profit organizations with Buddhist, meditation and related missions. 

Insights: Talks On The Nature of Existence

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.

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

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

Sophisticated Sexuality

"I've had hundreds of lifetimes as a spiritual teacher. Yet, even as a spiritual teacher, I continued to have relationships. I continued to love people. The quality of the relationships of course changed as I changed, and I think that you'll find this will happen to you too. What will become important will be to do your very best for someone in every way, to be a servant of another individual, without one impure thought, action or motive. "It's not a question of what we do, but of intent. Sexuality is essentially unimportant in the spiritual process; Love is totally important in the spiritual process, in any form -- it is the spiritual process." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Unity

"There are two forces at work in the universe -- unity and diversity. Unity is enlightenment. Diversity is illusion or maya, ignorance…. So we could say that, when you step out of enlightenment -- you could say out of grace, if you’re religious -- we step into the world of diversity. We see things as separate…. So then, your journey is to unity, and you need to think more about unity and focus on it. How do you go about perceiving unity? Well, when you stop thought, that’s unity. Thought is diversity. Where else will you find unity? You’ll find it first and foremost in your heart -- in love. Love is the strongest power in the universe. Love is unity." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

The Yoga of Love

“The path that is followed by most persons in the beginning of their spiritual search is the path of love. Love is the easiest and most effective way to begin our search for self-realization, for ourselves. Love is the highest of all qualities that we can experience….

“Naturally there are different forms of love, different expressions of love. We can really say that the gradation of love is determined by to whom that love is directed…. In the most advanced state of love, we don't love for any reason or any purpose; we don't even direct our love necessarily to an object. We just love for the sake of love. Love is beginningless and endless ecstasy. It's an unfathomable mystery. It is the study of our lives.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz

Love - The Fourth Level of Ecstasy

"It seems to me that it's essential to know about love. Love comes in many forms, and to not love is to not live. Many people talk about meditation and self-discovery and bringing themselves to higher levels of consciousness, yet they seem, for all their knowledge and ability, for all the various terminologies that they can utilize ...to not know very much about love. So this evening I'd like to place you a little bit ahead of the game, if I can. I'd like to save you about ten or twenty lifetimes, and I'd like to talk to you about love." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Liberation and Self-Realization

Liberation and Self-Realization is a journey into understanding what enlightenment is like. If you are curious how a self-realized, enlightened being sees the play of life, this lecture goes deep into the radical differences between enlightened mind and ordinary mind. Concepts like time and space are redefined: “Time is not a movement in space. Space is a movement in time.“ For Rama, all the images in our lives are snapshots, stills in a movie, and always exist. We just move through these perfectly still images, and create the sense of motion like a cartoon. Don't worry about the advanced concepts presented here. As the lecture reaches its climax, Rama suggests the way beyond concepts like time and space is simply to love. “Love is self-realization. Love is liberation“, Rama tells us. “The only way beyond time, the only way to unravel the knot of existence, is to love.” This entertaining and fascinating finish will balance your heart and mind, and inspire you on your journey to spiritual liberation.

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