These talks were recorded in 1985 at specific power places in the United States. Rama chose these locations because they emanated the essence of the topic he wished to discuss.
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.
(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!
In this book of 13 transcripts recorded in 1983, Rama openly explores topics such as "How to Know God" and "Why Don’t More Women Attain Enlightenment", "Love" and "Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrine".
“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
"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
"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
”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