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What deities exist in Buddhism? I know Mara is one. Are there any others?
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For a quick run-down of the many realms and planes of existence:
'The Thirty-one Planes of Existence'http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html
When this is, that is.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
When this isn't, that isn't.
From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.
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Thanks for that link, that website is really clearly written.
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Mara, in some interpretations, is more the negative tendencies, hindrances, fermentations or obscurations of each mind than a being.
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Mara is definitely not a deity.
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Bhikkhus, if you develop and make much this one thing,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.
What is it? It is recollecting the Enlightened One.
If this single thing is recollected and made much,
it invariably leads to weariness, cessation, appeasement, realization and extinction.Anguttara-Nikaya: Ekanipata: Ekadhammapali: PañhamavaggaWBB TBHT HBM AC My Page
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