|The Buddha reflected in a gorgeous pool of light (Gift-of-light/flickr.com)|
NOTE: The Buddha is not saying a mirage does not exist. It, indeed, has a kind of conditioned existence (utterly dependent on its factors and not independent of them). In any case, it is certainly not what it appears to be. It is empty, impersonal, without continuity (since it arises and passes away with its constituents). The same is true of the groups or "heaps," which the Buddha called the Five Aggregates (skhandha), the psycho-physical constituents of our illusory existence.
|Mara's daughters try to delude Siddhartha|