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Of course, I can't speak for all modern-day Buddhists, but for myself, those that I have learned from, and those that I have known, we believe that Mara is the metaphorical personification of the forces that oppose enlightenment. I've not met any Buddhist who believes that Mara is a literal personal being.


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In many cases Mara the Evil One appears when he realises that someone somewhere is about to escape from his grips, when they are practising ardently, about to attain enlightenment, and his purpose is to arouse fear, trepidation, and so on to disrupt their practice.Kassaka Sutta,Brahma-nimananika Sutta,Soma Sutta,Sister Vajira Sutta etc.. IMHO Mara is ...


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The Buddha laid down the four great standards to try and avoid this sort of thing: "Bhikkhus, whatever I have not objected to, saying, 'This is not allowable,' if it fits in with what is not allowable, if it goes against what is allowable, that is not allowable for you. "Whatever I have not objected to, saying, 'This is not allowable,' if it fits in ...


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There are 5 kinds of Maras. The fifth is Devaputta Mara who is an actual being(god) who controls a portion of the paranimmita-vasavatti heaven. But he is not similar to the Satan concept in Christianity. Mara is not an eternal being. Unlike Satan, Mara is not against doing good deeds. He at times encourages beings to do good deeds and prolong their Samsara. ...


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Abhisankhāra-māra - The Karmic force Kleśa-māra, or Ma̋ra as the embodiment of all unskillful emotions. Mṛtyu-māra, or Māra as death, in the sense of the ceaseless round of birth and death. Skandha-māra, or Māra as metaphor for the entirety of conditioned existence. Devaputra-māra, or Māra the son of a deva (god), that is, Māra as an ...


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The current Mara was Mara Dusi's nephew back in the days of Buddha Kakusandha. So it seems that there's a waiting list in the Paranimmita-vasavatti heaven. There are some people in the world who do a lot of worldly good deeds, but they dislike and discourage meditation, listening to the Dhamma, getting ordained or anything that has to do with ending of ...


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No, the Blessed One renounced his will to live-on on his own volition since the bhikkhus and bhikkhunis, laymen and laywomen, have come to be true disciples... just like the paragraph says. It's not like Mara could've done anything about it, had the lord said no. Enlightened beings feel hunger, taste, smell and other bodily sensations caused by contact as ...


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There are four terminological divisions of nirvana, and none of them is mara. Non-duality does not mean “that opposing terms depend upon each other”. Rather, we posit three types of dualistic appearances : appearance of conventionalities appearance of true existence appearance of the apprehended object and the apprehending consciousness as two different ...


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You misread the story. Mara did not win over the Buddha. Rather, Mara successfully influenced Ananda, to not request the Buddha to extend his life, when the Buddha dropped the hint that he could choose to extend his life, because he had the ability to do so. Parinibbana Sutta And the Blessed One said: "Whosoever, Ananda, has developed, practiced, ...


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From this perspective, society reinforces the view of selfhood and calls it individuality, although it is a mere repetition of the movements of the social conditioning; It also reinforces self-grasping creating an illusory cocoon and reifying it as something real. Modern societies follow Mara, from the perspective of the golden ages, principle, insights ...


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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mara_(demon) Mara personifies unwholesome impulses, unskillfulness, the "death" of the spiritual life. He wants to be a tempter, distracting humans from practicing the spiritual life by making mundane things alluring, or the negative seem positive. The question is about Mrtyu-mara who identifies with death (in the ...


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I think your question itself has an answer. These devas enjoy sense pleasures created by others for them The closer a being gets to Nibbana, the less sense pleasure he/she will create for Mara. That's probably why he doesn't like beings attaining Nibbana. But he seems to encourage beings to do general good deeds and aspire for heavenly existences. The ...


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Mara is simply the gatekeeper of Samsara, it wants to keep all life in an endless cycle of death and rebirth without beginning or ending. This cycle is full of unresolved karma and is full of suffering. Mara wants to keep you trapped in this cycle. It wants you to listen to evil thoughts and behave badly in life so you die. It absolutely hates people trying ...


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In Buddhism, where is the place that says "Finally Mara wins him over by his death." According to Buddhism, Load Buddha Win the Mara at the Boo Tree shrine. Buddhist literature says in Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Last Days of the Buddha Then the Blessed One said to the bhikkhus: "So, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. ...


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There is nothing wrong in using personal pronouns like I, you, me, he, she etc. or addressing oneself or others. After all, the Buddha used personal pronouns and addressed others too. For example, from the Akkosa Sutta, the Buddha said: "In the same way, brahman, that with which you have insulted me, who is not insulting; that with which you have ...


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In my understanding, Buddha did not progress through the four stages of enlightenment he later prescribed for his students. This is because, for Buddha students - you start with theoretical understanding (stream entry), and then you practice according to instructions until you achieve it (arahant-hood). In Buddha's case, because he is Self-Awakened, he ...


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For reference, according to this account1, it was Mara's choice to assail the Buddha -- Mara is presented as another/separate being, an agent, a divinity (and not as a metaphor for unenlightened aspects of the future Buddha's mind)2: At this point the god Mâra, exclaiming, "Prince Siddhattha is desirous of passing beyond my control, but I will never ...


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Mara , according to the specific Buddhist and Hindu Cosmology, is the leader of the heaven above Sakra, prince of the Devas (see The Thirty-one Planes of Existence). According to Wikipedia's Mara (demon) article: In Mahayana Buddhism. There are traditionally these four types of Mara In traditional Buddhism, four metaphorical forms of "māra" are ...


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Mara isn't necessarily a real being. Mara is our own propensity to follow wrong views, doubts, defilements, bad habits and to give up on reality as it is. If Mara is a being then Mara would suffer like any unenlightened being. Is there some scripture somewhere that states that Mara is immune to suffering? I have never heard that Mara was female. What ...


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According to the Suttas, the Buddha and the Noble disciples used names to refer to or identify the various disciples: they spoke of the various disciples, by name. There's the story of Nagasena and the simile of the chariot (in The Questions of King Milinda), who explains that "Nagasena" is just a name. There are problems with society. And there are ...


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A letter from Mara. An interesting reading. https://www.urbandharma.org/udharma/maracontent.html ======== Mara in Buddhism symbolizes the passions that overwhelm human beings as well as everything that hinders the arising of the wholesome roots and progress on the path of enlightenment. Mara is the lord of the sixth heaven of the desire realm and is often ...


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Mara is the most powerful being in all the sensual realms, He resides in the highest sensual adobe called paranimmita-vasavatti. where one day is equal to 1600 earth years. It is not easy to become Mara, Through shear will power one has to observe the precepts well & practice generosity . Mara being the highest sensual being surpasses all the other ...


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My version of the story: When young Gotama discovered the thorn of aversion to Samsara / thirst for Enlightenment in his heart and realized the Three Marks of Existence, his first impulse was to kill himself. He did not realize this was the very Enlightenment he sought. It took him time to recover physically and emotionally from the misery of his radical ...


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There are no stories within the Pāli canon that I know that describe how one becomes a Mara though there are accounts of others who have been maras in a previous life (Moggallana being one of them. See MN 50). There is also a sutta in which the Buddha declares that it is impossible for a woman to become a Māra (See MN 115 § 15). The Buddha does explain how ...


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Mara is symbolic. Mara taunt is about being worldly, being productive instead of lying idle. Buddha was pretty young when he left the world in search of Truth. In those times, people used to leave household in later half of their lives. Young were supposed to take care of old ones. Perhaps this aspect is reflected in the anecdote.


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I would go so far as to say that neither Christians nor Muslims agree that Satan is a real being in the material world. After all, during the Holocaust, some Christians hid Jews in their homes. If Satan was actually an invisible person with eyes and ears and feet and a mouth, surely it would have been impossible to hide Jews from the Nazis. The Buddha ...


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Because it was on this earth he cultivated the ten Paramithas in 3 different ways. He was training his generals(Dana, Sila, Nekkhamma etc.) for eons for the final battle against the evil one. It wasn't a plea, he was making the ultimate statement, saying that he needs no other witness when the great earth itself has witnessed it all. perhaps the only ...


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