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The Lion —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 5

10. With Kakudha

99. The Lion

1.1“Mendicants, towards evening the lion, king of beasts, emerges from his den, 1.2yawns, 1.3looks all around the four directions, 1.4and roars his lion’s roar three times. 1.5Then he sets out on the hunt. 1.6If he strikes an elephant, he does it carefully, not carelessly. 1.7If he strikes a buffalo … 1.8a cow … 1.9a leopard … 1.10or any smaller creatures—even a hare or a cat—he does it carefully, not carelessly. 1.11Why is that? 1.12Thinking: ‘May I not lose my way.’

2.1‘Lion’ is a term for the Realized One, the perfected one, the fully awakened Buddha. 2.2When the Realized One teaches Dhamma to an assembly, this is his lion’s roar. 2.3When the Realized One teaches the monks … 2.4nuns … 2.5laymen … 2.6laywomen … 2.7or ordinary people—even food-carriers and hunters—he teaches them carefully, not carelessly. 2.8Why is that? 2.9Because the Realized One has respect and reverence for the teaching.”