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Escaping Mara’s Grasp

A Dhamma talk given at the International Buddhist Meditation Center Los Angeles on 2/19/23. Subodha shares his first encounter with Buddhism as a child and the story of the Buddha overcoming Mara, the Buddhist personification of death that appears in several stories attempting to dissuade people from living the holy life and attaining liberation. How can the belief in Mara be used skillfully in our practice today to free ourselves of defilements?