Buddha and Mara

Buddha and Mara are figurative ways of portraying a fundamental opposition within human natures. While “Buddha” stands for a capacity for awareness, openness, and freedom, “Mara” represents a capacity for confusion, closure, and restriction. To live with the devil is to live with the perpetual conflict between one’s Buddha-nature and one’s Mara-nature. When Buddha-nature prevails, fixations ease and the world brightens, revealing itself as empty, contingent, and fluid.

-Stephen Batchelor, “Living With The Devil”

( I recently bought, ‘Living With the Devil’ by Stephen Batchelor. I have not put the book  in my ‘To Be Read’ (TBR)  stack yet. Soon though, soon! ~ Debra )

 

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2 thoughts on “Buddha and Mara

  1. Open, aware, and FREE
    Is WHO I want to BE!

    Thanks, Debra.

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