MN 012 Mahā-sīhanāda: The Great Discourse on the Lion’s Roar


One of the most impressive of these rare disclosures is the Great Discourse on the Lion’s Roar. Spoken as a rebuttal to the charges of a renegade disciple who, in the midst of the populous city of Vesālī, had been denouncing the Buddha and attempting to dissuade others from following his teaching, the sutta recapitulates the various distinguished qualities of the Blessed One, with special emphasis upon his “ten Tathāgata powers” (tathāgatabala) and “four intrepidities” (vesārajja). The sutta also affords us a glimpse of the demanding ordeal he underwent over many past aeons seeking the path to deliverance. When it was first spoken, the sutta had such a powerful impact on one monk in the assembly that his bodily hairs stood on end, and thus, during an early period, the sutta was known by the alternative title “The Hair-raising Discourse.” Even today, centuries later, the Great Discourse on the Lion’s Roar can continue to serve as a fecund source of inspiration. (excerpt from B.Bodhi's intro sutta text )

English

MN 012 Mahā-sīhanāda Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Lion’s Roar
Translator: Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi,  sutta text
Read by frank_k,  54min 43s  50.1 MB download
recorded on june 2011 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text ©1993 BPS.
backup copy at archive.org mn12  flac: 138.3 MB  errors

Pali

MN 012 [1.2.2] Mahāsīhanāda (chant)
Translator BJT
Read by Bhikkhu Jiv., 130m 23s, 119.4 MB Download
recorded on 2012-02 licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0 , sutta text BJT: Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka
Enhanced version on archive.org 336.0 MB FLAC

mn 12 tags: maha sihanada lions roar hair raising discourse  audtip.org


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