Buddha, Mara, and the Question of Evil with Stephen Batchelor
Where: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
212-620-5000 Price: Talk + one performance of Mara: $50. Mara performance only: $25.
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Prominent Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor talks about the philosophy and psychology of good and evil through the figure of Mara, the Buddhist equivalent of the Devil. Having overcome Mara in his struggle for awakening, Gotama (Siddhartha Gautama) nonetheless continues to engage with him until the very end of his life.
Mara symbolizes the obstacles in the way of our becoming wholly human and fully alive. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from early Buddhist discourses to the poetry of Dante and Baudelaire, Batchelor will explore the complexity of this archetype and its continuing relevance across cultures.
The figure of Mara has informed Batchelor’s work for many years: from his book Living with the Devil (Riverhead, 2004) to his libretto MARA: A Chamber Opera, the first full concert performance of which will be held at the Rubin Museum on both Wednesday, October 18 and Friday, October 20.
Talk + one performance of Mara: $50
Mara performance only: $25
Your purchase of a ticket to the talk program Buddha, Mara, and the Question of Evil with Stephen Batchelor includes a ticket to a performance of MARA: A Chamber Opera. Once you have added the talk program ticket to your basket, you will be asked to select a performance date from the two available options: Wednesday, October 18 and Friday, October 20
Every ticket to the talk program requires you to also select an accompanying opera performance. If you’re only interested in the performance, opera tickets can be purchased separately.