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Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz (1950 - 1998) was a miracle maker, visionary feminist, software entrepreneur, music producer, author and enlightened American Buddhist teacher.  Based on interviews with over 100 people, this biography covers Rama's life and early teaching years from 1950 to 1989.

Real instruction takes place through transmission, not just words.  Rama transmitted states of joy and stillness to his students and lecture hall audience members.  These empowerments are present and available for you today.   

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About Blue Skies Buddha

Liz Lewinson

When Rama first started teaching meditation as a solo teacher, he often instructed audience members to lightly “gaze in my direction.”  In that manner, thousands of manifestations of liquid golden light were witnessed by thousands of people.  Blue Skies Buddha, the biography of Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz, originally was self-published as Rama Gaze in My Direction.  That was a fine title, but I soon felt that the title was geared towards students and friends, and I did not write this biography just for the people who knew Rama.  I wrote it for the people who would soon get to know Rama.  That’s you!

I pondered a new title for most of this past year.   Many different titles came to mind, rose like flowers in the desert and quietly disappeared.

One day, I was visiting my cousin in Laguna Beach, California.  She has a five-year-old daughter named Harper.  At the end of a day of family fun, she picked Harper up, balanced her on her hip and said, "Cousin Liz is looking for a new title for her book.  It's about a very nice man who was a Buddhist and he helped a lot of people."  Harper had her arms around her Mom.  She immediately looked me in the eyes and said in a firm, no-nonsense voice, "Blue Skies Buddha."

OH.   Blue skies – optimism, openness, no boundaries.  Like Rama.

Then I happened to be rereading Rama’s book of advanced Buddhist concepts, Snowboarding to Nirvana, and I realized that for all three of his initiations with the two monks he describes in that book, he began his entrance into samadhi by visualizing a brilliant blue sky and merging with it.   I had another aha moment.  Rama is the Blue Skies Buddha.

The Blue Sky Meditation practice from Snowboarding to Nirvana is now at the back of the biography, published by MB (Mystic Buddha) Publishing House.

The Ebook and paperback are on Amazon!

Men and Love

Liz Lewinson

 

These are excerpts from a talk given by Frederick Lenz.  You can find the talk here:  Women, Men and Self Realization.

If you’re a man the best way to balance your energy is through love. Women need to work on power and claiming their power and realizing their independence and asserting themselves more and more and not letting others run their lives or ruin their lives.

For men it’s a little bit different. Men have to soften their nature. It’s necessary to practice the yoga of love and to lose interest in power and conquest. In relationships with women it’s necessary to be gentle and to foster the power of women.  As a man, what you need to do is learn about surrender and self-giving and humility and self-effacement—if you seek eternity.

It’s best to meditate on love and on the heart and to just learn to love more and more. This will be a painful process for you because men have, by and large, turned off their emotional selves because they’ve been told that being a man means you should turn off your emotional self, and if you don’t you’re a bit of a sissy.

Now, I don’t mean you should become maudlin and wrapped up in emotion. What I’m suggesting is, men need to open their hearts up and learn to love and practice kindness and allow those emotional whirlpools to open up within themselves. I’m suggesting a tone, a feeling, hopefully through my voice and through the vibratory energy that speaks forth at this time, regarding the self-realization of men and women. There are no special techniques. It’s just that everything is backwards—women are viewed as powerless and men are powerful. Both are powerful.

The strength of a man’s character is expressed through gentleness and through love and ultimately through discrimination. You meditate on love, you live in love, love purifies your nature. It removes the stain of selfishness, slowly but surely. Practice meditation and self-giving and work on humility. It’s the most important.  Then, after many years of meditating and love, and when your love has become so large that it embraces all of eternity, then you’ll practice discrimination. You’ll go beyond love as we know it. We’ll never leave it, but we’ll experience other things, let’s say. Then you’ll practice discrimination. You’ll dissolve the personal self, which experiences a certain type of love.

For a man to attain liberation, gentleness is the requisite, and love, for many, many years, and to be very gentle with all beings. To be strong but to have a delicacy in your strength; to just practice meditating with love and to become less wrapped up in others; to not abuse women and to not be what you’ve been.

As a man it is necessary to become loving and gentle and kind, to be strong as you can be and to be fearless, a fearless warrior, but at the same time to be delicate and to work on your capacity to love purely.

How Blue Skies Buddha Was Written

Liz Lewinson

 

In the opening days of 1998, Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz, American Buddhist enlightened teacher, humorist, siddha master[1], walked up to me at a French restaurant in Westchester County, New York.  He pointed towards my chest and said, "You will be my biographer."  To which I responded, "Sure, but it's not time for that yet."  Three months later he was gone.

About two years after his passing, I began to think I would interview people for a bio.  I knew he had not left behind notes or journals.  I knew that no one person knew the whole story about Rama because different people had been close to him during different time periods.  I did not expect to get neat, coordinating viewpoints as Rama worked with everyone differently and he refined and changed the teachings as he observed their effect on his students. 

By year twelve after Rama’s exit, I had conducted over 100 interviews and amassed boxes full of papers.  I had done this while working at demanding technology project management jobs.  Finally, in the summer of 2011, I had a strong intuition -- write this bio NOW.  Do not wait for more materials.  Do not wait for more people to speak with -- you have the right people.  The feeling was so compelling that I quit my day job and decided to start writing full time.  I gave myself three months to finish the book. hahaha 

It took me two years to write.  The first draft of the bio was over 1,000 pages.  I re-read and edited these pages repeatedly, down to a 700 page manuscript – way too long.  I had to establish constraints.

I came to realize that the bio was not about the students’ points of view, it was about Rama.  BIG DIFFERENCE.  My task as a biographer was to discern his heart, his motivations, his inspirations and discouragements.   

I realized that a biography is not a book of teachings although it will reference them.  A detailed book about what Rama taught is a separate task.   

I realized that while others might write the bio differently, Rama asked me to be his biographer and he was precise in his perceptions.  I had to trust my judgment, and over time, my self-trust grew.   

In other words, I changed.  As I learned about Rama's transformations, I transformed.  I matured, became less selfish, gained more understanding and compassion.   I wrote and rewrote so that you would find the content fresh and fascinating, a page-turner.  That experience reflects what it was like to study with Rama.   

People today are leery of studying with teachers, but if you find a real teacher -- something that happens infrequently -- then you should go for it and learn and change.  Don't care what others think.  Care what you think.  You know.  Your intuition knows.  If things change, leave and move on.  Very simple.

When you read Blue Skies Buddha, you are studying for about 380 pages with a real teacher.  After you read the bio, you can read more if you'd like.  There are about 125 recorded talks at ramameditationsociety.org.  There is also beautiful music for meditation that will empower you.  If you only read the bio that's fine.  You have been touched by enlightenment.  You'll see.

  

 

[1]  A siddha master effortlessly displays yogic powers such as levitation, disappearance and healing in a humble and guileless manner.