|Mara and nun Uppalavanna|
|Burmese ten-precept Buddhist nun studies text next to monks (as1974/flickr.com).|
|Andrew Olendzki on Ganges, India|
|A practicing nun lives joyously.|
Soma not only refrains from getting offended (perhaps remembering Buddha's teaching to always "forebear the fool[ish]"), but calmly points out how ludicrous the statement is when viewed in light of the Buddha's higher teaching about the nature of personhood. [The liberated heart/mind is a wondrous thing.]
The Enlightened Buddhist Nun Soma
Bhikkhu Bodhi translation (Soma Sutta, SN 5.2) edited by Wisdom Quarterly
|The Buddha teaching the nuns (CW)|
|Buddha Girl, the American nun, 2012 (WQ)|
When she had walked for alms in Savatthi and had returned from her alms round, after her meal, she went to the Blind Men's Grove for the day's abiding (meditation).
Having plunged into the Blind Men's Grove, she sat down at the foot of a tree to meditate.
Then Mara the Tempter, desiring to arouse fear, trepidation, and terror in the nun Soma, desiring to make her fall away from concentration (samma-samadhi), approached her and addressed her in verse:
Then the nun Soma, having understood, "This is Mara the Tempter," replied to him in the following verses: