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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.

Taking It Uptown

Sunday, October 7, 2012

(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!

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

Managing and Increasing Your Energy

“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

Career Success

"Next to meditation itself, next to the practice of zazen, I really can't think of anything more important than the development of your career, because nothing has a greater effect on your awareness level. Whether your career is in the work force or your career is retirement and hobbies, looking after a family, a nation, a universe, it's all the same. We're talking about the major focus of your life (and) your time. Your career affects your awareness far more than you realize." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Neutral Density

"The universe is actually alive. It is intelligence -- an intelligence that far surpasses anything that has yet been seen or dreamed or imagined. And you enter into that intelligence. You are it. You're a reflection of it. But to see it all, to be it, to be that totality -- that's what attracts a few of us to perpetually go forward into it. And it's neither moral nor amoral, good nor bad. It's not an achievement. It's just what you're drawn to. We're drawn back to the sea of eternity ... and along the way there are places you can get stuck." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Transcendentalism

”Our subject tonight is transcendentalism -- the awareness of eternity in the present.... As I’m sitting talking to you, I’m watching a squirrel. I’m sitting here in the Dodge van and I’m watching this cute little guy hop back and forth, apparently oblivious to our technologically-oriented civilization. He’s out there in his world, a world of trees and nuts and wind and rain and sunshine -- completely unaware of the things that we are aware of, and, of course, we are unaware of the things that he is aware of. So transcendentalism suggests that we are aware of our world …but we are completely oblivious to a world that may be right next to us. Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

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

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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