Chapter 2: Becoming


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This episode follows Frederick Lenz III from his early days and education through his introduction to spiritualism with his mentor, Sri Chinmoy, at the dawn of the New Age. Young Freddie becomes “Atmananda,” a recruiter for his mentor, until it becomes time to strike out on his own, as Zen Master Rama.

I Am Rama is a Neon Hum Original podcast.

Host and Executive Producer: Jonathan Hirsch

Producer: Kate Mishkin

Editor: Vikram Patel

Executive Editor: Catherine Saint Louis

Sound Designer: Scott Somerville

Fact Checker: Justin Kloczko

Production Manager: Sammi Allison

Theme Song: Dolphin Dance, by Tangerine Dream. Other tracks in this episode are from Epidemic Sound and Blue Dot Sessions.

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If you want to know more about Rama’s early years, you can read more from the people who we interviewed for this episode. Liz Lewinson’s book is called “American Buddhist Rebel The Story of Rama, Dr. Frederick Lenz.” Mark Laxer's books is called “Take Me For a Ride, Coming of Age in a Destructive Cult.”

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