Saturday, 27 March 2010

The Buddha's Enlightenment

He sat beneath a sacred fig tree (Ficus religiosa), which would be known hereafter as the Bodhi Tree, and began meditation.

Buddhist mythology represents this as a great battle with demons symbolized by Mara a demon of destruction and was followed by an attempt to seduce him in his mind. However he resisted all these challenges and finally it is said Mara succumbed to the greater strength and discipline of the Prince – he was stilled and as the morning star rose as night ended he realised he had reached enlightenment and become a Buddha.

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