"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
“Happy people, enlightened people, successful people, inspired people -- they all share something in common -- they've learned how to manage and increase their energy.
"There are two sides to increasing energy. One is learning how to gain energy; the other is avoiding its loss. My subject today is not so much how you increase it. I'm suggesting that's pretty easy. The problem is losing it.
"The primary place where most people lose energy is in their relationships with others. Wherever dependency is created, energy is lost. In self-discovery, in Zen, you need to become independent and strong. That's the key that unlocks the door ... of enlightenment.” Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
"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