This award-winning biography of the early teaching years of Rama ‐ Dr. Frederick Lenz (1950 ‐ 1998) immerses the reader in a journey of joyful self-discovery .
Celebrate as Rama emerges from a cocoon of teenage rebellion to becoming a dedicated student, a popular teacher, and an icon of American enlightenment. Along the way, based on hundreds of interviews with hundreds of students, colleagues and contemporaries, you will learn, as I did, about the commitment required to truly teach.
One thing I discerned early on was that Rama was a teacher to the core. He was always teaching. He identified viable leading edge means to bring Americans/Westerners to enlightenment.
In this biography, you will soon discern that Rama was not the Santa Claus version of enlightened teachers. He was funny, literate, engaged, stern, innocent, articulate, prescient. He regularly pushed people beyond their limits because he saw that they would achieve a breakthrough that would energize and brighten their life and meditation practice.
In this biography, I use Rama's own words and the insights of people who observed Frederick Lenz's powerful approach to Buddhist transformation -- not just his own. -- yours.
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