Understanding the Buddhist degree and the teachings of Prophet Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama)
May 11th, 2014
Prophet Noble Drew Ali, the founder of the Moorish Divine and National movement came with many prescriptions and remedy so that the lost and sleeping Moorish-Americans can get back to a state of mental, physical, spiritual and financial balance and abundance for their prosperity. Besides his verbal and written teachings, he highlighted for the Moorish-Americans the teachings of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and Confucius; the universal truths that can be found in each teaching that deals with Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice. Each Prophet and their material should be studied so that the Moorish-American can learn and draw from it to build the Divine and National sides of the movement, themselves, family, community and Temple. With ALL four Prophets teachings understood (Prophet Noble Drew Ali being the 5th Prophet), then the Moorish-Americans will have a (w)holistic view on what Prophet Noble Drew Ali was bringing and preparing the Moors to inherit. This post deals with the teaching of the Buddhist degree and Prophet Buddha.
Below are two videos showing an educational documentary that was done about the life of Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni). The documentary is in two parts.
The Buddhist videos below are instructed by Buddhist monk, teaching principal and scholar Venerable Dr. Bhante Saranapala at the West End Buddhist Cultural Center, Mississauga, ON, Canada. Dr. Bhante Saranapala as a young boy was initiated in Sri Lanka as a monk. He then went on to higher learning in a Buddhist college and received his Ordination and a Royal Pundit Degree. He later moved to Canada where he received a Masters Degree in Religious studies from Hamilton’s McMaster University in 2002, and returned to the University of Toronto as a Teaching Assistant, and pursued his Ph. D in Religious Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion.
The video below deals with understanding the basics of Buddhism and what it teaches.
The video below speaks on the importance of slowing down the fast pace life, becoming unattached to unwanted thoughts and being in the present moment. The Buddhist teachings start from the beginning of the video; a meditation session starts at the 25 minute mark to the end of the video. At the 25 minute mark you can participate in the meditation or go to the next video.
The video below shows how to deal with stress, anxiety, depression and relaxing the body in the modern world. The Buddhist teachings start at the 2:25 mark at the beginning of the video; a meditation session starts at the 23:25 minute mark to the end of the video. At the 23:25 mark you can participate in the meditation or go to the next video.
The video below deals with the five qualities to developing freedom of the agitated mind by cultivating samadhi (a period in meditation where complete focus is attained). The Buddhist teachings starts at the beginning of the video; a meditation session starts at the 29 minute mark to the end of the video. At the 29 minute mark you can participate in the meditation or go to the next video.
The video below addresses the need for understanding Karma according to the Buddhist philosophy, teaching and insight. At the beginning of the video there is temporary video difficulty. The video appears to be jerking, jumping or skipping; but the audio is fine. The skipping, jumping and jerking in the video will stop at the 2 minute mark in the video and the video and audio will be in sync and normal again to be enjoyed.
The video below deals with understanding three key words based on the Buddha’s teaching to better oneself mentally, physically and spiritually. “When we do things over and over again (puna puna) we get good at it. That is why the Buddha encouraged us to do good deeds and purification of the mind in these ways: pursue it (Aseveti), develop it (Bhaveti) and cultivate it (Bahuli-karoti). Whatever good deed you do, do it over and over again and let it grow more. That is the path to well being, happiness and a healthy life.”
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