about to get it

about to get it

You know if you read the life of the Buddha, twelve deeds of the Buddha. After the six years of penance Buddha went to the present day Bodhgaya. There under the Bodhi tree, he sat. And, what happened? Just as he was about to be enlightened, just as he was about to crush the last residual of ignorance, the usual suspect came. The lord of the Mara, the evil, the lord of the evil. That alone is actually a very very significant symbolic teaching. If there is any practitioners, you should hear this. You know when we practice Dharma many times we have obstacles like lost of inspirations, lost of devotion, lost of compassion, lost of wanting to even sit. Things like this. This actually means you are about to get it. Just like the Buddha, just he was about to get it, then the usual suspect came. This is their job, they are paid to do this kind of things. So that is the time where you have to be really mean. Sort of an enlightened way of being mean. You have to learn to do this. [Where is it?] Anyway, who came? The evil, the lord of the evil. The lord of the demon, the mara, he came. He tried all kind of things, he sent his daughters to seduce the Buddha, right? The story goes like that. That is not the last battle. The last battle was the lord of the mara came with the five different arrows. And the five different arrows are things like – this is what I was looking for but I couldn’t find anyway, just like doubt, distraction, making a big deal out of eight worldly dharmas. Desire. Yes, desire is a very big one actually. I think there is actually an order, I think it was Asvaghosa. Beautiful, the first arrow he aimed at the Buddha was I think the aggression. That, that’s the easiest one. And then it was desire. Things like that. I think the last one is the doubt or the distraction, I don’t remember this. Just constant distraction. We are just constantly distracted. For instance we don’t, you are sitting, your bottom is on that chair right now, and you are not feeling your sensation of your underwear and the chair and the hardness of the floor. You are not aware of it. You are wearing necklaces, you are not aware of its weight. Totally distracted, we are basically like a zombie, right, zombie. Yes. Just not aware of anything. Not aware of feeling, not aware of sound, not aware of what we are thinking. Just that. That is actually, I think is the, the enemies when they fight with you, they always send their best, right, the last, of course. They have to reserve that, that is the last bullet. Yes I think, constant distraction. I think before that is the doubt, doubt you know like. And doubt comes, do you know why? Doubt is there because you have become, you have become a victim of logic. That is why there is this doubt. You have become a logician. Logic is the most powerful way to make yourself trapped. So these are evil actually in Buddhadharma.

Teaching in Brighton, November 2010

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