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Mara (Sanskrit, also Māra; Tibetan Wylie: bdud; Template:Lang-my; Template:Lang-th), in Buddhism, is the demon that tempted Gautama Buddha by trying to seduce him with the vision of beautiful women who, in various legends, are often said to be Mara's daughters. In Buddhist cosmology, Mara personifies unwholesome impulses, unskillfulness, the "death" of the spiritual life. He is a tempter, distracting humans from practicing the spiritual life by making the mundane alluring or the negative seem positive.


See also

  • Yama — The king of the dead in Buddhist mythology.
  • Demiurge




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