In 1986, as Rama - Dr. Frederick P. Lenz prepared for a major public lecture series, he sought to present a path to enlightenment that would be most understandable to the largest group of people. He selected Zen as most relevant to his current and future students and called his teachings "Tantric Zen." Of the 18 transcribed talks contained in this book, he says:
"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. Bodhidharma, who brought Zen from India to the Orient, taught a very pure type of Zen. Zen is meditation, the actual experience of life -- directly, immediately, with no buffers. Tantra is for someone who is really broad-minded, and that's the kind of Zen that I teach, which is what I feel Zen is. It is Bodhidharma Zen, your Zen, my Zen."
For Rama, both in his life and his teachings, everything was a koan -- an opportunity to shed illusion. Welcome to the koan of the Zen Tapes.