Buddhists: What is Mara?

The audio book of The Dhammapada that I listened to seems to interpret "Mara" as "temptation".

Is that right?


Hello ommotherlifeforce :-)

Beautiful answer. Thank you so much for the quote. It explained it really well for me.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    hi hi

    i just answered this question must have done something wrong?


    good source

    from answers.com .......[Mara] religion



    Buddhist Lord of the Senses, who repeatedly tempted the Buddha Gautama. When Gautama seated himself under the bodhi tree to await enlightenment, the evil Mara appeared in the guise of a messenger claiming that a rival had usurped the family throne. After sending a storm of rain, rocks, ashes, and darkness to frighten away the gods who had gathered, he challenged Gautama's right to sit beneath the tree and sent forth his three daughters, Trsna, Rati, and Raga (thirst, desire, and delight), to seduce Gautama, but to no avail. After the Buddha had achieved enlightenment, Mara pressed him to abandon any attempt to preach, but the gods successfully persuaded him to preach the law.

    For more information on Mara, visit Britannica

    Source(s): OM
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