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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.   





Other books about or by Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Liz Lewinson

American Zen : The Wisdom of an American Zenji is a lovely book about Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz by Y. Ohta. Rama was a true Zen master who embodied the teachings of original Zen. In Ohta’s book, which she illustrated herself, she captures the wisdom, stillness, and humor of the American Zen master in a series of short, pithy chapters.

If you want to sense the essence of who Rama was, and experience the essence of Zen, you will enjoy this book. It’s on Amazon in print and ebook.

Listen to Audio Book American Buddhist Rebel -- Introduction through Chapter Two

Liz Lewinson

The audio book of the award-winning biography, American Buddhist Rebel: Rama-Dr. Frederick Lenz, is on its way! Recording is happening now. Samples of the Intro and Chapter One are in one file. Chapter Two is in a separate file. These are test chapters that will be re-recorded. Feel free to comment.


The Audio Book, Buddhism, and Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz

Liz Lewinson

Can a biography change lives.? According to readers of this book, it can and it does. American Buddhist Rebel: Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz can change lives. I am told that people keep the book nearby and read small sections throughout the day as a way to keep themselves inspired and happy.

I’m told that this book puts them in touch with what a fully enlightened teacher is and how Buddihist knowledge is taught — through transmission, not just words. . .

The next step of this biography’s journey is an audio book.

I hope that as people hear my voice and Rama’s voice, they will feel Rama teaching. They will feel what it was like to be a student and also feel that the same level of transmission of the higher ranges of light that I and others did.

The audio book will have excerpts from Rama’s talks whenever I quote directly from one of his recorded teaching tapes.

May Buddha’s name be praised!

Fake News

Liz Lewinson

“Chicken Donates Legs to U.S. Supreme Court”

Ms. Chick Pea, an Ameraucanas Chicken, donated both her legs to the Unites States Supreme Court to draw attention to the plight of chickens forced to lay eggs in a mindless environment in which all chickens are forced to think the same, dress the same, eat the same feed and breed with the same rooster. 

True or fake?  Upon further examination, Ms. Pea was found to be the favored pet chicken of a Newport Beach, California family with a spacious grassy back yard that she roams and pecks freely.  She is a virgin and lays eggs under blue wooden lawn chairs.

Truth:  there is a Ms. Pea, chicken.

Fake:  the rest of the story. 

Stories with this degree of veracity appear regularly in media.  “Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue.”

My Buddhist teacher, Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz, was the target of fake news.  It was written with the intent to mislead and to damage him and his reputation.  It was sensationalist, dishonest and outright fabricated in order to increase readership and put misplaced authority in the hands of a few trolls and compliant journalists.

The fake news about Rama appeared in the 90s when there was no social media or platform for rebuttal.  If someone was running a chop shop, that was it.  You got chopped.  Fake news is an old problem. History provides examples. Ramses, a 13th century pharaoh, spread stories and built huge statues of himself glorifying how he crushed it in “the Battle of Kadesh,” when in fact the battle was a stalemate.

Fake news is always distorted.  What good or cool thing is out there that someone does not want you to know or learn?

In the case of my Buddhist teacher, the real news was and is that an actual, enlightened American person signed on to truly teach.  He could fill entire rooms with brilliant golden light and bring 1,000 people to uproarious laughter while he filled the gaps in their being with bliss.  He loved beyond comprehension.   He was always teaching, and he taught creatively and brilliantly for as long as he could—for 18 years.  He’s gone now.  He said he was “crucified in the media.”

If you encounter distorted journalism about Rama and consume it, you will feel it.  It feels sharp and discordant. Your eyes may burn.  You may feel a bit queasy.  You are feeling the egos and states of mind of the distorters.  If you can, go take a walk on the beach or in the forest.  Laugh off the fake news.  In fact, read American Buddhist Rebel!  There’s preponderance of bright and wonderful news in many places about Rama! 

I hope for you that the light prevails.  Ms. Chick Pea may even drop a light blue egg under the lawn chair for you.   

Meditation AND Mindfulness

Liz Lewinson


It's 2017.  The reincarnation of Ramses II (according to Rama) is in the White House, meaning we now have a world leader who has a penchant for building grandiose things, believing himself to be the god of all, surrounding himself with corrupt courtiers, marrying hundreds of wives as well as his own daughters and other unimaginably horrible things.  

It helps if you know what you are up against.

The essence of inernal change -- no matter what external circumstances are playing out -- is meditation, whether strengthening your practice or starting for the first time.  Meditation means stopping thought.  When thought stops, the world stops and changes -- you see more correctly and a new depth and power enters your life, in any circumstance.  For tips on meditation, see the Rama Meditation Society meditation suggestions.  Rama created music for meditation and it really works.  You can use the notes of the music for meditation -- focus on one note at a time until you find thought stopping.  Then just listen to the music in stillness.  I like meditating to Mandala of Light.  

In addition to meditation, mindfulness is the other essential aspect of continuing to grow towards light during darker times.  Mindfulness means not slipping into emotions that are considered poisons in Buddhism -- anger, jealousy and greed.  These are emotions that will trash your awareness no matter how high and happy you felt the moment before these emotions arose.  Using mindfulness, you set up an inner alert system that triggers a response -- you feel anger arising and stop it at its root.   You feel jealousy arising, you cut it off at the source.  Having a strong meditation practice will help you witness negative emotions as they arise in your mind.  As a witness, you then have a choice not to be sucked into the vortex.  

Feelings of helplessness can lead to anger.  Riding your bicycle along a bike path and a pet owner lets their leashed dog dash in front of you -- this can lead to anger.  Feeling you are RIGHT and someone else is WRONG can lead to anger.  Being cut off in highway traffic can create a sudden swell of anger, the list is endless, but the issue is the same.  Anger is a toxic emotion that drains your energy and the energy and life force of others.   You will lose the path and the merit of your meditation practice if you indulge in it.  The conscious resolve to practice mindfulness will allow you to stop the emotional poisons that will take you out in rough times, and turn those same times into a path of success and greater realizations and insight.

Rama employed a saying:  "When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade."  

The reincarnation of Ramses II in the White House?  Who could have predicted something so destructive?  But inner light is still achievable and available, and the need is more apparent than ever.  Now is the time to buff and/or start the meditation practice and simply glow.  

Happy New Year, 2017!




Tell me about an Enlightened teacher...

Liz Lewinson


What is it like to work with an enlightened teacher?  This is described in many ways in Blue Skies Buddha, quoting from the experiences of many people.  There isn't one way.  An enlightened teacher, as any good teacher, works with everyone differently. 

Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz wrote a poem about enlightened teachers. 

Enlightened Masters -- from Insights, Tantric Buddhist Reflections on Life (1994)


Enlightened Buddhist Masters are hard to work with

Because they are:





Overly friendly,

Too optimistic,

Too pessimistic,

Too realistic,

Never tell you what you want to hear,

Never appreciate your efforts,

Always point out your weak spots,

Are unattached to everyone and everything,

Don’t grant you your every wish,

Make fun of you on a regular basis,

Are always on time even when they are late,

Have power but are controlled,

Are infinitely more happy than you are,

Are empty,

Are able to do things you can’t,

Are above desire and aversion,

Always do what is spiritually correct,

Pay no attention to your preconceived

Notions of what they should be like or

How they should act,

Turn gold when they meditate,

Don’t care about morality or immorality,

Will do anything to alleviate the spiritual

Suffering of another,

Love God beyond comprehension,

Have passed beyond the boundaries of human reason,

And are always able to find a parking space

Quickly and without apparent effort.