The Inner Journey of Meditation
MEDITATION BY DR. LORIN ROCHE
When Buddha sat down to meditate, it was just his
lonesome self and the Bo tree. The perfect yoga retreat.
No one around for miles. Inner peace at last! Good to go,
right? What could go wrong? But no, various monsters
had to come over, find his tree, and start attacking him.
Mara, the Tempter, really had it in for Buddha, and
unleashed his gorgeous daughters to tempt our hero with
Lust, Fulfillment, and Regret. Buddha saw through that
and kept meditating, so Mara sent a storm and bolts of
lightning. When that didn't work, he unleashed armies
to shoot him with arrows and spears. Buddha said, "I
know you, Mara" and the weapons turned into flowers
in midair and fell in a graceful shower around him.
Mara then poured burning coals over him, but Buddha
absorbed the energy and his inner fire grew brighter.
When that didn't work, Mara morphed into Dharma,
the God of Duty, and told him, "Young man, the world
needs your attention. You have duties. Jump up and do
them." Buddha simply smiled - this is my duty, to sit