Seeing Through Your Own Bullshit

The Buddha

The most common story about the moment of the Buddha’s awakening has it that he had to face down the “forces of mara” before he could awaken completely.

This is one of those components of Buddhism that is culturally very foreign to modern people in the United States. I prefer to avoid metaphysical explanations of Buddhism as much as possible, so I tend to think of “the forces of mara” as the Buddha’s own…