A frequent depiction of Shakyamuni Buddha shows him sitting in meditation posture, with one hand touching the earth. This comes from the story of his awakening. Sitting under the bodhi tree, he was challenged by Mara the tempter, to abandon his quest. Mara tried the Buddha-to-be with desire and with fear. When neither of these was effective, he played his trump card: “Who are you to sit in this seat of awakening? You who are not worthy?” Shame, a sense of worthlessness, a negative obsession with self---these were the final weapons.