The Greater Discourse on the “Lion’s Roar Sutta”

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A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2009.

  • Attitude to monastic robes
  • Features of monastic community living that promote spiritual practice
  • Commentary on the Lion’s Roar Sutta (MN 12)1
    • Buddha’s practice of austerities and asceticism did not lead to freedom from cyclic existence
    • Making the body suffer did not lead to eliminating attachment
  • Questions and answers
    • Not able to develop wisdom and concentration in the formless realm
    • Torturing the body does not cut off afflictions
    • Why did the Buddha practice asceticism?

Exploring Monastic Life 2009: Session 4 (download)


  1. In the references to the sutras MN refers to the Majjhima Nikaya, the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. DN refers to the Digha Nikaya, the Long Discourses of the Buddha. 

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