This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life.
The Buddha is a PBS documentary that tackles the history, facts, philosophy, beliefs and biography of the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gotama. Directed by filmmaker David Grubin with narration by Richard Gere, the film tells the life story of the Buddha, a journey most definitely relevant to our personal staggering times of chaotic change as well as spiritual disorientation.
Listen to insights on the historical narrative by modern Buddhists, which includes the wisdom guru, the Dalai Lama and Pulitzer Prize winner, W.S. Merwin regarding the Buddhist’s way of life.
“Om Mani Padme Hum” first known description of the mantra appears in the Karandavyuha Sutra (佛說大乘莊嚴寶王經/ The Buddha Teaches the Sutra of Mahayana King’s Sublime Treasure), which is part of certain Mahayana canons such as the Tibetan’s. It was stated inside the sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha said, “This is the most beneficial mantra, even I made this aspiration to all the million Buddhas and subsequently received this teaching from the Buddha Amitabha.” This text is first dated to around the late 4th century CE to the early 5th century CE.
“The Powers of the Six Syllables”
The six syllables perfect the Six Paramitas of the Bodhisattvas.
Gen Rinpoche, in his commentary on the Meaning of said:
“The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum is easy to say yet quite powerful,
because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say
the first syllable :
“Om” it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the
practice of generosity,
“Ma” helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and
“Ni” helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience.
“Päd”, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance,
“Me” helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable “Hum” helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom.
So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to wisdom. The path of these six perfections is the path walked by all the Buddhas of the three times. What could then be more meaningful than to say the mantra and accomplish the six perfections?”
The six syllables purify the six realms of existence in suffering.
The Kālāma Sutta, also known as the Kālām Sutta;
Sanskrit: Kālāma Sūtra;
Burmese: Kalama thoke or Kethamotti thoke
Thai: Kalama Sut, or KesamuttiSutta;
is a discourse of the Buddha contained in the Aṅguttara Nikaya of the Tipiṭaka.
The Buddha himself left us with completely different criteria for determining what is and what not real Buddhism from those of any religion is. If we accept Buddha’s words about his philosophy, it’s obviously won’t do to just look at history, even the most ancient strata.
Rely not on the teacher, but on the teaching.
Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words.
Rely not on theory, but on experience.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
But after observation and analysis,
when you find that anything agrees with reason
and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all,
then accept it and live up to it ~
The sutta starts off by describing how the Buddha passes through the village of Kesaputta and is greeted by its inhabitants, a clan called the Kalamas. They ask for his advice: they say that many wandering holy men and ascetics pass through, expounding their teachings and criticizing the teachings of others. So whose teachings should they follow? He delivers in response a sermon that serves as an entry point to the Buddhadhamma for those unconvinced by mere spectacular revelation.
The primordial spiral is the manifested world, while Akasha is the unmanifested, or emptiness itself. All of reality is an interplay between these two things; Yang and Yin, or consciousness and matter. The spiral has often been represented by the snake, the downward current, while the bird or blooming lotus flower has represented the upward current or transcendence.
The ancient traditions taught that a human being can become a bridge extending from the outer to the inner, from gross to subtle, from the lower chakras to the higher chakras. To balance the inner and the outer is what the Buddha called the middle way, or what Aristotle called the Golden Mean. You can be that bridge. The full awakening of human consciousness and energy is the birthright of every individual on the planet. In today’s society we have lost the balance between the inner and the outer. We are so distracted by the outer world of form, thoughts and ideas, that we no longer take time to connect to our inner worlds, the kingdom of heaven that is within.