I See You, Mara

This month and next month we are learning about the two wisdom aspects of the Eightfold Path, right view and right intention. Understanding and applying right view and right intention in our practice can be challenging, but it is often equally challenging to recognize when wrong view and wrong intention are present. Before we know it, we are caught up in some problem with our life or practice that might not even exist if confusion and delusion were not present. The Buddha was able to overcome these forces of delusion by recognizing them, saying “I see you, Mara.” This talk explores our ability to follow his example and do the same when confusion and delusion arise in our minds.

For Your Contemplation

From the Samadhiraja Sutra

Know all things to be like this:
A mirage, a cloud castle
A dream, an apparition
Without essence, but with qualities that can be seen.

Know all things to be like this:
As the moon in a bright sky
In some clear lake, reflected
Though to that lake the moon has never moved.

Know all things to be like this:
As an echo that derives
From music, sound, and weeping,
Yet in that echo there is no melody.

Know all things to be like this:
As a magician makes illusions
Of horses, oxen, carts, and other things,
Nothing is as it appears.