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What is Mara to you? - Dhamma Wheel

What is Mara to you?

Exploring Theravāda's connections to other paths. What can we learn from other traditions, religions and philosophies?
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What is Mara to you?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby m0rl0ck » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:55 pm

I suppose if i had to characterize it, it would be as the heedless, wanting mind instead of the tranquil and serene mind that comes with practice. Its really a process tho whose end result is that heedless wanting mind.
Mara, to me, is i guess just a personification of the poisons.
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby Scott1989 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:01 pm

Perhaps we could say 'Mara is me' or 'I am Mara'. When there is no 'me', no possessive entity in the head, there is no Mara. In this way you could actually argue that Mara is a demon that possesses us :lol:

What it brings is the story of me: my wants, my cravings, my needs, my memories, my opinions, my judgments, my knowledge.

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby James the Giant » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:51 pm

Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby DAWN » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:52 pm

Revolver is a good film abour Mara :spy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Cea-hyQevg
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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby DAWN » Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:56 pm

And also, the word 'NIGHMARE' is composed of NIGHT and MARA :stirthepot:

I think is a good 'mether to think' about the nature of dreams
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Re: What is Mara to you?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby whynotme » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:11 pm

Thank you sir,

I have this curiosity, why such a powerful deva like Mara is against Buddhism? He must done some great deeds to be born as high level deva and he must have some kinds of divine eye to know about kamma, why Maras have such kind of attitude?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:25 pm

Why are some multi-millionaires so opposed to religion? They must have done some powerful kamma to become multi-millionaires. Why are not all of them strongly inclined to do charitable works for their well-being in future existences?
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby whynotme » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:37 pm

Thank you sir, I see it

Even sometimes I knew something as not good for me, but because of temper, love or hate, jealousy, I did against my benefit let alone things I don't know about it.

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby Caraka » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:28 am

I liked this link here:

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Re: What is Mara to you?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby Hanzze » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:28 pm

"I" as well as "you".
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: What is Mara to you?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby Hanzze » Sun Sep 09, 2012 2:56 am

A physical home is often an incrediple reflextion of an consciousness home. Mara is not easy seen. Throw away the key and he appears, even before you do, even before you would give it a thought. There are two kinds of Wandering on.
Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby ground » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:05 am

Maybe yes, maybe no. Does not make a difference. View is view is consciousness' home. :sage:

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Re: What is Mara to you?

Postby bodom » Sun Sep 09, 2012 3:11 am

This is an interesting article for further study:

The Buddha's Encounters with Mara the Tempter:
Their Representation in Literature and Art

by
Ananda W.P. Guruge

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el419.html

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


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