Mahasihanada Sutta, Mahāsīhanāda-sutta: 1 definition

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Mahasihanada Sutta means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

[«previous next»] — Mahasihanada Sutta in Theravada glossary
Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

Preached at the Mahavana in Vesali. Sariputta tells the Buddha that Sunakkhatta, who had recently left the Order, went about saying that there was nothing marvellous about the Buddhas knowledge and insight and that his teachings did not lead to the end of Ill. The Buddha says that Sunakkhatta is a man of wrath and folly and incapable of appreciating the good either of the Tathagata or of his teachings. He then issues his challenge to the effect that no one can deny to the Tathagata the possession of ten powers, (bala) - which are enumerated - and the four confidences (vesarajja). The Tathagata can attend any of the eight assemblies without fear; he knows the various classifications of beings, the birth of beings, the way to Nibbana; he can read the minds of men and the five destinies which await different beings. He has lived the fourfold higher life being foremost in his practice of asceticism, in loathliness, in scrupulosity, in solitude. No one has surpassed him in the practice of these things. He has discovered, by experimentation, the futility of the claims of those who maintain that purity comes by way of food, or offering, or ritual. Though eighty years old and his body broken down, yet his powers of mind are at their prime; even if he must be carried on a litter, yet will his mind retain its powers (M.i.68 83).

Nagasamala, who is by, asks the Buddha for a title for the discourse, and the Buddha gives it the name of Lomahamsapariyaya. cp. Lomahamsa Jataka.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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