Are The Zen Tapes?
Zen Tapes are a collection of 18 talks recorded by Zen Master
Rama (Dr. Frederick P. Lenz) in 1986. These have been digitally
remastered and are now available as a set on CD with an
accompanying book of transcripts (sold separately) from
the Rama Meditation Society Website.
The Zen Tapes are:
summaries of individual tapes will be posted as they become
Origin of the Zen Tapes
While preparing for a major series of public lectures in
1986, Rama - Dr. Frederick P. Lenz strived to present a
path to enlightenment that would be accessible to the largest
audience. He chose the framework of Zen as the vehicle to
transmit his teachings to current and future students, calling
his teachings "Tantric Zen".
they Still Relevant?
Enlightenment is about the eternal moment. Practices may
be refined and/or modified to accommodate the state of the
world as we now find it, but the fundamentals remain ...
and these are covered on the Zen Tapes.
have been many teachers of enlightenment over the ages of
human history. Many of their works are only now being translated
into the English language. There are difficulties with this
process based on the simple fact that often there is no
direct correlation between words in the language of origin
and modern English. The Zen Tapes avoid this difficulty
because the concepts transmitted require no further translation,
just our attention and the will to attain enlightenment.
A Short Personal Note:
people, on hearing the tapes, have commented that Rama's
American accent is a distraction. This usually brings a
smile to my face as I wonder how these good folk would have
understood Guatama Buddha or perhaps a Japanese Zen Master
who didn't speak English at all. We now have so many options
that perhaps we easily forget just how lucky we are.
My first encounter with the teachings of Rama - Dr. Frederick
P. Lenz, was through the Zen Tapes. I fondly remember listening
to these tapes, which at that time were noisy copies of
copies obtained from Rama's seminars, that had somehow traveled
to the opposite side of the planet to reach me. It was at
times both humorous and confronting, but ultimately, a life
changing experience ... for the better!
Now the Zen Tapes are digitally remastered on CD, and there
is even a book (for those xenophobes amongst us who have
a problem with accents :-) ... all thanks to the efforts
of the students that Rama has helped to achieve a better
life. We may be biased of course, but we still think the
Zenmeister is one mighty cool dude. But of course, as Rama
would say: "there's really only one way to find out