"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
The Enlightenment Cycle talks, recorded by Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz in 1992, are must-have coursework for students of American Buddhism. This book of twelve transcribed talks is a summation, a compressing of knowledge that contains an vast body of information. While each talk covers many subjects, within each discourse is a potent kernel of wisdom that grows upon each reading.
The Lakshmi Series is set of teachings that comprise a comprehensive foundation for self-discovery. To assist the spiritual progress of his students, Rama created this series, which covers a wide variety of topics including meditation, the four principal Hindu yogas, the Buddhist paramitas of purity and humility, spiritual absorption, nirvana, the subtle physical body, spiritual teachers, dreaming, tantric mysticism, and many more.
Beyond duality, there is no darkness, no evil. There is only light - white light and black light (like the light between the stars). If you focus on light exclusively, then you will experience and become ecstasy!
In this talk given on July 5, 1983, Rama outlined the stages, challenges and crossroads his students could expect to encounter in their study with him, particularly in years 1-5.
"There is a way beyond time, beyond birth, beyond death and rebirth. The way is not to avoid birth, death and rebirth. The way is not to avoid pleasure and pain, hope and sorrow, sadness and frustration. The way is not to accept nor is it to reject. The way is to become without becoming, to act without reason, without hope, without disbelief, without antagonism. The way is to be absorbed, to be absorbed in eternity itself. Not just to think of God or see God or feel God or even to be God, but to be absorbed, to enter into that endless ocean we call nirvana, to be absorbed, to return to the source, to become immortality itself." Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz
A person who practices Tibetan yoga is seeking a higher rebirth or absorption in God. While an opportunity to achieve that exists shortly after the onset of death, it is possible to achieve it in your current lifetime without having to die.
“Death is a hidden country. It is a land beyond sight, beyond sound, beyond the conditions, laws and limitations of this world.… Death is not endless, nor is life. Life and death are two states of awareness.
“Really there is no life and there is no death. The idea that there is life, the idea that there is death, these are apprehensions that our mind presents to us. What I mean by that is that the sense of life and death that we have is not necessarily correct.… Most people have very fixed ideas about what life and death are. They're quite sure that they know. I would suggest that most people know almost nothing about life and death.
“The way you come to know, the way out of life and death, is through love. Love is the bridge that unites life and death -- always remember this.” Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz