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 enabling the lost and sleeping Moorish-Americans to revert to the necessary states of mental, physical, spiritual and financial balance and abundance therein manifesting true prosperity. Besides his verbal and written teachings, the Noble Prophet highlighted, for the Moorish-Americans, the teachings of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and Confucius; each teaching propagating the universal truths found in Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom and Justice. Each Prophet and their material should be studied so that we, the Moorish-Americans, can learn and draw from those teachings to build the Divine and National sides of our movement, ourselves, our family, our community and our Temple. With ALL four Prophets’ teachings on the dial plates of our hearts (Prophet Noble Drew Ali being the 5th Prophet), then we Moorish-Americans will have a (w)holistic view on what Prophet Noble Drew Ali has brought to prepare us to receive, and sustain, our Moorish inheritance.
This post deals with the teaching of the Buddhist degree and Prophet Buddha.
Below are two videos composing a documentary about the life of Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), world-reknown as the Buddha.
These videos are instructed by Buddhist monk, teaching principal and scholar Venerable Dr. Bhante Saranapala at the West End Buddhist Cultural Center, Mississauga, ON, Canada. As a young boy, Dr. Bhante Saranapala was initiated as a monk in Sri Lanka. 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 pursung his Ph. D in Religious Studies at the Center for the Study of Religion.
The video conveys the basic teachings and concepts of Buddhism.
The video 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 ending the video. At this point you can participate in the meditation or go to the second segment.
This component addresses how to deal with stress, anxiety, depression and relaxing the body in the modern world. The teachings start at 2:25 minutes with a meditation session commencing at 23:25 minutes and ending the video. At the 23:25 mark you can participate in the meditation or go to the part three.
This segment speaks to the cultivating of Samadhi (a period in meditation where complete focus is attained) and developing freedom of the agitated mind throhgh the five qualities. Teachings start at the beginning of the video; a meditation session beginss at the 29 minutes and ends this portion. At the 29 minute mark you can participate in the meditation or fast-forward.
Our next lesson addresses the need for understanding the philosophy, teaching and insight of Karma. At the beginning 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 and the video and audio will be in sync and normal again.
Last we are given three key words based on the Buddha’s teaching to better oneself mentally, physically and spiritually. Those words are:
Aseveti meaning “pursue it”;
Bhaveti, “develop it”; and
Bahuli-karoti, ‘cultivate it”.
“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 w ays: 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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