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. These 12 talks are a summation of Rama's teachings.
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.
"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
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.
The Lakshmi Series of 28 talks are the first talk recordings produced by Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz. Taped in private and public settings in 1982 and 1983, these teachings cover a vast range of topics that Rama once called "the basics that everyone should know".
(by Stan Koehler) Since the word meditation is a pejorative in my neighborhood, Spanish Harlem, I, or one of the crew like Jonathan, usually begins by asking whatever group that we’re in front of; “How many of you have been told that you don’t pay attention?” After everyone raises their hand or says some assenting sound, they’re asked; “Has anyone been taught how to pay attention?” The usual response is a loud, No!
"Tantric Buddhism with Rama" features Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz in a multi-faceted presentation of his teachings on Tantric Buddhism for the West.
With dramatic backgrounds of the Himalayas, Buddhist stupas and art, Rama guides the viewer through a range of topics, from meditation, reincarnation and enlightenment to living and working in the modern world. With humor and natural eloquence, Rama opens the doorway to enlightenment in the 21st century.
“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