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Who is Mara? - Dhamma Wheel

Who is Mara?

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SamKR
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Who is Mara?

Postby SamKR » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:16 am

The Buddha suggests frequently (in Tipitaka) to overcome Mara. But who is Mara? Reading the Suttas I get impression that Mara is a real evil being.
I am looking for a clear and concise answer, but I would welcome any of your inputs regarding this question.
Thank you.

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withoutcolour
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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby withoutcolour » Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:00 am

My take:
Mara could have really existed, theoretically.
But I always interpreted Mara as just being a representation of craving, temptation, evil, etc. That's just me though.

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Guy
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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby Guy » Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:03 am

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby cooran » Sun Jun 13, 2010 6:23 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby suriyopama » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:14 am


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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby PeterB » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:19 am

A wise decision suriyopama. The mythos of Mara son of Kali may have served a purpose in ancient Bharat, but imo that same mythos now serves to people of a different time and culture as a potential obscuration.

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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby tiltbillings » Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:49 am

These three talks might be of interest:

Buddha Nature / Mara Nature (Part 1)
Buddha Nature / Mara Nature (Part 2)
Living With the Devil - Book Overview


http://www.audiodharma.org/teacher/12/

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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby Jason » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:18 am

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SamKR
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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby SamKR » Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:06 am

Thanks everybody for your replies. They help a lot to understand about Mara.

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Re: Who is Mara?

Postby zazang » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:56 am

Hi

It is my own interpretation but most likely 'Mara' may have come from 'Maya' or maybe vice-versa.
Maya is a very common term we still use here in India.
So maybe it stands for the goddess of delusion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_(illusion)

Metta

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