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Tea with Mara
  • Tea with Mara

    14k plated gold over sterling silver.

    2mm diameter pendant.

    16 inch chain.

    0.5mm gold triangle logo on a lobster clasp.


    This unique piece is made to empower and inspire whoever wears it. Capturing the wisdom of the Buddhist story 'Tea with Mara'.


    The story is a reminder that whatever emotional and internal state you're in, it's temporary, the bad will not last forever.


    Allow yourself to sit with what is, face what you're feeling and have tea with it. 


    This too shall pass.


    The necklace arrives beautifully packaged with a 'Tea with Mara' scroll, hand sealed  with a wax sealed stamp.


    The back of the pendant has the inscription 'Tea with Mara'.


    A beautiful gift for you or someone you love.

    The night before Buddha’s enlightenment,

    he battled the Demon God Mara.

    Mara attacked Buddha with everything he had.

    He shot arrows of shame, fear, anxiety,

    doubt, lust, greed and anger.


    With each arrow that cut through the air,

    Buddha brought awareness and compassion to it.

    The arrows, when received by awareness, turned into

    flowers and fell at his feet.


    By the time morning arrived,

    there was a sea of flowers surrounding

    the now Awakened Buddha.

    Having failed, Mara left in dismay.


    Yet, Mara was only temporarily discouraged.

    Even after the Buddha’s enlightenment, Mara continued

    to make unexpected appearances.

    The Buddha’s loyal attendant, Ananda,

    would report with dismay that the “Evil One” had again returned.


    Instead of ignoring Mara or driving him away,

    the Buddha would calmly acknowledge his presence, saying,

    “I see you, Mara. Let’s have tea.”


    He would invite him for tea and serve him as an honoured guest.

    The Buddha would fill two cups with tea and

    place them on the low table between them.


    Mara would stay for a while but then would always  leave.

    And throughout, the Buddha remained

    free and undisturbed.

    Wear this necklace as a reminder that we all face

    Mara, many times times in our life, in many different forms;

    shame, fear, sadness, anxiety, doubt, lust, greed, anger

    and all negative emotions.


    When you are faced with negativity in your life,

    rather than resisting the experience,

     approach it with awareness and self-compassion.


    Open your heart and willingly invite Mara to tea.

    As scary is that might feel, know that Mara

    will show up, stay for awhile,

    but remember that he will always leave.


    This is the cycle of life.

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