Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path

The Noble Eightfold Path (Pali: ariyo aṭṭhaṅgiko maggo, Sanskrit: āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, who described it as the way leading to the cessation of suffering (dukkha) and the achievement of self-awakening. It is used to develop insight into the true nature of phenomena (or reality) and to eradicate greed, hatred, and delusion. The Noble Eightfold Path is the fourth of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths; the first element of the Noble Eightfold Path is, in turn, an understanding of the Four Noble Truths. It is also known as the Middle Path or Middle Way.

All eight elements of the Path begin with the word “right,” which translates the word samyañc (in Sanskrit) or sammā (in Pāli). These denote completion, togetherness, and coherence, and can also suggest the senses of “perfect” or “ideal.” ‘Samma’ is also translated as “wholesome,” “wise” and “skillful.”

In Buddhist symbolism, the Noble Eightfold Path is often represented by means of the dharma wheel (dharmachakra), whose eight spokes represent the eight elements of the path.

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Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.

The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”. “Buddha” is also used as a title for the first awakened being in a Yuga era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (Pali sammāsambuddha, Sanskrit samyaksaṃbuddha) of our age. Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the śramaṇa movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kosala.

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Mantras

“Mantra” (/ˈmæntrə, ˈmɑːn-, ˈmʌn-/; Sanskrit: मन्त्र) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. A mantra may or may not have syntactic structure or literal meaning; the spiritual value of a mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.

The earliest mantras were composed in Vedic times by Hindus in India, and those are at least 3000 years old. Mantras are now found in various schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Similar hymns, chants, compositions and concepts are found in Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Christianity and elsewhere.

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Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths (Sanskrit: catvāri āryasatyāni; Pali: cattāri ariyasaccāni) are the truths of the Noble Ones, which express the basic orientation of Buddhism: this worldly existence is fundamentally unsatisfactory, but there is a path to liberation from repeated worldly existence. The truths are as follows:

1. The Truth of Dukkha is that all conditional phenomena and experiences are not ultimately satisfying;
2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha is that craving for and clinging to what is pleasurable and aversion to what is not pleasurable result in becoming, rebirth, dissatisfaction, and redeath;
3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha is that putting an end to this craving and clinging also means that rebirth, dissatisfaction, and redeath can no longer arise;
4. The Truth of the Path Of Liberation from Dukkha is that by following the Noble Eightfold Path—namely, behaving decently, cultivating discipline, and practicing mindfulness and meditation—an end can be put to craving, to clinging, to becoming, to rebirth, to dissatisfaction, and to redeath.

The four truths provide a useful conceptual framework for making sense of Buddhist thought, which has to be personally understood or “experienced.” Many Buddhist teachers present them as the essence of Buddhist teachings, though this importance developed over time, substituting older notions of what constitutes prajna, or “liberating insight.”

In the sutras the four truths have both a symbolic and a propositional function. They represent the awakening and liberation of the Buddha, but also the possibility of liberation for all sentient beings, describing how release from craving is to be reached.

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Namasté

Namaste (/ˈnɑːməsteɪ/, nah-məs-tay; Hindi: नमस्ते; Hindi: [nəməsteː] ( listen)), sometimes expressed as Namaskar or Namaskaram, is a customary greeting when people meet or depart. It is commonly found among people of the Indian Subcontinent and Nepal. Namaste is spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close […]

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Be The Light Metaphysical Chapel

Welcome To Be The Light Spiritual and Metaphysical Chapel

Welcome to Be The Light Spiritual and Metaphysical Chapel and Center located in New Port Richey, FL. It is out mission to use modern technology to it’s fullest advantage so that we can help you on your religious journey and to help bring you closer to God.

Being a spiritual and metaphysical chapel and center we welcome all faiths and beliefs to worship with us.

You can even worship from the comfort of your own home. Tune in on Sundays at 12 noon eastern time for our LIVE service. Service runs for about an hour to an hour and a half.

Be The Light Spiritual and Metaphysical Chapel

Be The Light Metaphysical Chapel and Religious Center

Be The Light Chaspel

A place to worship and grow spiritually!

Rev Michael

Rev Michael Carbone is a licensed Cosmetologist in the State of Florida, has an AA Degree in Computer Information System from HCC in Tampa, FL and has been working towards his BA Degree from USF.

Like many of you, Rev Michael has had many turns and changes in his life.  He first received his calling 9 years ago to become a minister and was Ordained through the Universal Life Church.  Rev Michael is one of those who is a naturally gifted Psychic, Medium being born with these abilities.  He has even visited the other side as a guest and was informed of his life purpose which is steadily unfolding on a daily basis.  Most of the information was hidden until the timing was right.  He is a self taught Tarot Reader and Pendulist.  Rev Michael is also attuned to Usui Reiki III as a Master/Teacher as well as many other modalities.

While working at a hair salon 4 years ago he came across many “teachers” who kept informing him that his true calling was not in the cosmetology profession but in a spiritual one.  He kept questioning and asked the Universe/Higher Power for a clear sign that this is what his life purpose is.  In July a few years back, never having called in sick from work before, he  had a doctors note to rest for a few days so he can recover from the flue and was fired for calling in sick.  Major wake up call and a true sign to take the leap of faith.

It has been a wonderful journey ever since and has lead to him forming Be The Light Metaphysical Chapel.  Rev Michael started hosting a nightly on-line radio show on Blog Talk Radio to help those in need.  In 2008 he also became a published author “Humanities Great Spiritual Awakeing…Are You Ready”.

At this time Rev Michael was also helping out at a local metaphysical chapel doing their Psychic Fairs as well as helping on occasion on their Messages From Spirit Night.

This is when things really took a turn for the better.  While making himself available on a Saturday for those looking for a reading, Rev Michael had 2 of his friends show up.  One he had known for a few years when he was a cosmetologist.  The 3 of them were talking and they both asked Rev Michael if he ever thought of starting his own chapel.

Rev Michael had a parting of ways with the chapel he was involved in, and Be The Light Metaphysical was formed.

What started out in 2010 as an online presence has since grown into a gift shop at the USA Flea Market to help raise funds for the chapel as well as for Rev Michael to help people on their spiritual journey.  In another turn of events, dozens of people each weekend were coming in all summer long and asking if there were any Metaphysical Chapels in the area.  People were looking for some place different than what is already available out in the community.  So in September 2011 Rev Michael was offered to expand to a bigger location at the flea market so that a physical chapel could be formed.  After much consideration it was agreed upon that the money difference for expanding was not worth it for only 3 days a week from 9-4.  So the search began and our current location was founded.

Rev Michael’s Ministry Mission

I dedicate my time, talents and gifts to help those who are seeking guidance to help improve their lives in a loving, caring community environment.  I also dedicate my time and talents to create a transforming and nurturing community where all are welcome to explore and expand their lives to their full divine potential.

Rev Michael’s Ministry Values:

  • I believe We are all one in god’s eyes
  • I believe god spoke to each culture in a way we would all understand which thus created all the world religions
  • I believe in the master teachers who are the basis of the worlds different religions
  • I believe that anyone who has received the calling to be a minister should be allowed to follow their calling
  • I believe that being a Metaphysical Minister is not about one particular religion but encompassing all religions
  • I believe in the use of incense, oils, herbs, candles, colors, different healing modalities, crystals and prayer are all tools to help us connect to a higher power
  • I believe in tithing to help a ministry grow for it is important to help those who are lost and seeking guidance
  • I believe that we all have a message that needs to be heard
  • I believe that we are all part of the bigger picture and have had many lives to fulfill that path
  • I believe that God/creator loves each of us unconditionally

Spiritual Holistic Healing

Spiritual Holistic Healing:

By practicing Spiritual Holistic Healing we honor all the world’s spiritual and/or religious traditions without the need to belong to any particular religious or spiritual belief system.
Spiritual Holistic Healing is an alternative approach to healing focused on treating your symptoms and the underlying causes of your illness (healing for the mind, body and spirit).
Healing is achieved through the utilization of:

 

  • Prayer
  • Counseling
  • Meditation
  • Crystals
  • Annointing With Oils
  • Reiki

Metaphysics and Same Sex Marriage

Before Christianity, same sex marriage was normal. Being gay was normal. Love between 2 consenting adults is what God accepts, there is a reason for it. In numerous cultures throughout early history, gay people were honored and treated as royalty for they felt that they were truly blessed by God. Their thought was that having the qualities of both sexes was a blessing.

Rev Michael received a message from his guides in regards to why God created gay people. God promised after the great flood to never again destroy mankind. We have taken the “be fruitful and multiply” too seriously and have over populated the world. We have polluted the air supply, cut down the forests, polluted the drinking water and treated nature poorly. We only have a limited supply of these natural resources and can only truly sustain a certain number of people. We have reached that sustainability. God decided that he can not break his promise but that something needed to be done. So he figured since we are going to be so fruitful that he will intervene a bit and create more gay people than there had been throughout history.

Most gay people do not have children and yet are a very productive part of society. Every walk of life. Every political affiliation. Every religion, nationality, race and every societal status has gay people.

Because we know that God does not make mistakes, God only creates love, we at Be The Light accept and honor same sex marriage. We will bless and marry any couple looking to commit their love in front of God and their family and friends.

On June 29’th this year, we will have a contingency at the St Petersburg Gay Pride Parade. We are looking for couples who want to get married during the event. We will marry you at NO COST!

Depending on how the Supreme Court decides in June it will either be an act of civil disobedience OR it will be an actual legal wedding ceremony. Either way you will receive a Marriage Certificate from us that you can proudly display for all to see. This event will be a first of it’s kind during St Pete Pride and we are hoping to do this on a yearly basis.

If you want to take part in this great event – contact Rev Michael Carbone or call the center for more information.

Metaphysics and Spirituality

What exactly is metaphysics?

Metaphyscis – is a combination of Greek words – Meta meaning beyond and physics – things relating to, or part of the physical world. In todays world metaphysics loosely means subjects and beliefs that relate to things beyond the physical world.  Isn’t that who God is?  Isn’t that what Spiritulaity is?  Both are beyond the physical world.

How is Metaphysics the New Spirituality?

One question I am always asked is “Do you believe in Jesus?”  Of course I believe in Jesus, he was the son of God, just like you and I are.  At Be The Light Metaphysical Chapel, as in other interfaith metaphysical centers, Jesus is an Ascended Master.  He’s a Master/Teacher and messenger from God.  He was a master metaphysician.

Most sacred texts, if they were not written about Jesus or any of the other religious figures, were written by prophets and seers.  These were gifts from God to relay messages to everyone else.  Prophets and seers are still around today, we just call them Psychics and Mediums.  God sent us many messengers throughout history.  Jesus, Buddha, Allah and so many others.  They were brought here to help us learn more about God, to understand who we are and where we came from.

While so many people are leaving traditional churches and traditional religious beliefs, it does not mean they are giving up on their faith.  So many are turning to Metaphysics to help them understand more about their faith and beliefs.  Many are losing faith in traditional beliefs due to all the scandals that are arising.  Many ask the question of how can  you teach us that certain things are wrong and yet your religious leaders are guilty of doing those exact things.  So many are asking why is it that some preach one thing and yet practice another.  This is helping them to leave their traditional beliefs.

Since Metaphysics is about a higher power, many are turning to Metaphysical churches to help them to still worship God.  So many are realising that the great books were written by men, interpreted by men and used by men to help control the masses.  So many people are asking how can God, our father, mother and creator, teach us about love and  yet if we do not do exactly what we are told from these books, we will burn for all of eternity.

If that is the case then we are all going to burn for we do not follow 100% what is written in the bible or other religious texts.  We have chosen over the years what to accept as belief and what to do away with.  After all, we work and shop on Sundays, eat meat on Fridays, get divorced and so much more.  These things are written in the great books as being wrong, yet we do them anyway.

So while so many are leaving traditional religions, many are turning to metaphysical churches.  Be The Light Spiritual and Wellness Center is growing so quickly that by June 1’st it will be expanding to double it’s current size, and even then it will not be long before even that space is too small to handle the ever growing congregation.

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