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Moral Precepts Sacrament of the Medicine Buddha Wholistic Ministry (MBWM) and the Medicine Buddha Healing Center (MBHC) and Temple: Adhering to Biblical and Buddhist Scriptural Standards of Conduct
a.) We declare that each of the Pastoral Counselors of this Ministry, Institute, Center and Temple in fulfilling the above-mentioned religious mission are acting in accordance to a higher law than the law of man. Recourse to a higher law is not evasion of the law. Biblical and religious principals are still the basis for our United States legal system.
b.) We acknowledge, sacramentally take refuge with and put our trust in the Buddha, the Dharma (the Buddhist, Hindu and Yogic Scriptures and Teachings), and the Sangha (the lay and religious practitioners). We teach that a member of the Non-profit Buddhist Church called the Medicine Buddha Wholistic Ministry (MBWM), also legally referred to as the Medicine Buddha Healing Center and Temple (MBHC) and the students, staff and teachers of the Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute must make all efforts to follow either the Buddhist Five Precepts (Moral Commandments) or the Yogic / Hindu Ahimsa and/or Yogic Yama-Niyama in order to help to attain health, a calm meditative mind and perfect their wisdom. The Buddhist Five Precepts are:
1. No killing (“Do no harm” to any living being, hence we must be vegetarian and actively support alleviating the suffering of all living beings and the prevention of cruelty to animals)
2. No stealing (no taking what is not given – including no tax evasion).
3. No sexual misconduct (no adultery, no promiscuity, no causing others or my own relationships to break due to excessive sexual desire)
4. No lying, no gossiping, no divisive speech, no harsh speech, no frivolous speech.
5. No taking of intoxicants, drugs or other substances that alter one’s mental state unless required as medicine.
The Flower Adornment Sutra, one of our key Buddhist Scriptures describes these moral precepts in a different and more positive way as the Ten Wholesome Deeds (“Dasa-Kusala” in Sanskrit): 1. Abstention from killing (himsa). 2. Abstention from stealing (steya) 3. Abstention from sexual misconduct (anyatha-kama) 4. Abstention from lying (paisunya) 5. Abstention from divisive speech or idle gossip (pralapa) 6. Abstention from harsh or abusive speech (parusha-vak) 7. Abstention from irresponsible or slanderous speech (sambhinna-alapa) 8. Abstention from greed or jealousy (abhidhya or irsha) 9. Abstention from anger (apakara-cinta). 10. Abstention from foolishness or misguided views (drk-viparyaya)
c.) In short: No greed, no anger, and no stupidity.
d.) It is our recommendation that each member of the Medicine Buddha Wholistic Ministry (MBWM) and the Medicine Buddha Healing Center (MBHC) and Temple and students, staff and faculty of the Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute formally receive the Five Precepts in a Buddhist ceremony before at least two ordained Buddhist monks at a proper Buddhist Way Place Monastery that is part of the unaffiliated Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (www.DRBA.org) or receive the equivalent Yogic Yama-Niyama in a Yogic or Hindu ceremony. See section C2.16 titled “Moral Precepts Sacrament of the Medicine Buddha Wholistic Ministry (MBWM) and the Medicine Buddha Healing Center (MBHC) and Temple: Adhering to Biblical and Buddhist Scriptural Standards of Conduct”. Our Pastoral Counselors must formally and ritually receive the ancient Lay Ordination (Upasaka – Dharma Protector) into the spiritual community.
e.) One of our founding Pastoral Counselors, the Ven. Losang Jinpa, formally and ritually received the ancient Lay Ordination (Upasaka) into the Buddhist spiritual community by the September 1997 transmission of the Buddhist Five Precepts from the Venerable Monks Dharma Master Heng Sure and Dharma Master Heng Hsien of the orthodox Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery in Northern California. These same Venerable Monks have also transmitted to Ven. Losang the Buddhist Eight Precepts and the Refuge with the Triple Jewel (the Buddha, the Dharma teaching, and the Sangha religious and lay community). In April 2000, he received the Medicine Master Buddha Empowerment Sacramental Ceremony (from the Venerable Tibetan Monk Garchen Rinpoche of Garchen Monastery in Tibet). In Summer of 2003, Ven. Losang spent the summer studying and chanting the Shurangama Sutra and Shurangama Mantra.
f.) We require that all of the Ministry, Institute, Center and Temple’s activities be carried on subject to the moral and ethical principles of the Buddhist, Taoist, Hindu, and Yogic Scriptures and Teachings enumerated above under the heading: “Scriptures and Sacred Literature of the Ministry, Institute, Center and Temple” (sections C2.04 to C2.07)
g.) We believe in and practice the spiritual, ethical and moral theories of Charaka, the great 5th century B.C. wandering Healer-Saint-Sage of our tradition, who asserts, “He, who ministers to his patients only on humanitarian grounds without desiring any money or personal benefit in return, supersedes all other healers.”
h.) In the spirit of Charaka and the great compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, we require that all of the Ministry, Institute, Center and Temple’s activities, herbal food supplement combos, healing items, education, advice pastoral counseling, publications, and services be offered for a suggested charitable contribution with a sliding scale based on financial need. We do not charge a fee for our classes, regimens, modalities and services but insist that our congregation, members and any living being who seeks what we offer may make a tax-deductible charitable contribution (suggested donation) to our Ministry, Institute, Center and Temple in accordance with their inclinations and capacities. No person is ever turned away from the Medicine Buddha Healing Center or the Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute due to lack of funds.
i.) We require that all of the Ministry, Institute, Center and Temple’s activities be carried on with a pure intent, with high integrity, by treating all living beings and the earth with kindness, equanimity and consideration, and by using common sense.
j.) We believe in, recite daily and practice the “Guiding Principles of the Medicine Buddha Wholistic Ministry, Healing Center and Temple” which states: “Freezing to death, we do not scheme. Starving to death we do not beg. Dying of poverty, we ask for nothing. We accord with conditions, but do not change. We do not change, yet accord with conditions. We adhere firmly to the Three Great Principles. We renounce our lives to do the work of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and Great Sage Healers. We mold our destinies as our basic duty. We rectify our lives to fulfill the Bodhisattva Supreme Healer’s role. Encountering specific matters, we understand the principles. Understanding the principles, we apply them to specific matters. We carry on the single pulse of the Medicine Buddha’s mind-transmission. Ask yourself: Do I fight? Ask yourself: Am I greedy? Ask yourself: Do I seek? Ask yourself: Am I selfish? Ask yourself: Do I pursue personal advantage? Ask yourself: Do I lie? Ask yourself: Do I cultivate diligently and regularly? Ask yourself: Do I have the Bodhi Resolve for enlightenment (bodhichitta)? These form the tradition of the Medicine Buddha Wholistic Ministry and Medicine Buddha Healing Center and Temple and no one can change them!”
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