Mandala (Sanskrit Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.
The term appears in the Rigveda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.
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A bhikkhu (Pali, Sanskrit: bhikṣu) is an ordained monastic (“monk”) in Buddhism. A female monastic (nun) is called a bhikkhuni (Sanskrit bhikṣuṇī).
The lives of all Buddhist monastics governed by a set of rules called the prātimokṣa or pātimokkha. Their lifestyle is shaped to support their spiritual practice: to live a simple and meditative life and attain nirvana.
A person under the age of 20 cannot be ordained as a bhikkhu or bhikkhuni but can be ordained as a śrāmaṇera or śrāmaṇērī.
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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, 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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“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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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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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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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 Metaphysical Chapel and Religious Center
A place to worship and grow spiritually!
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:
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:
- Annointing With Oils