|These mountain lion kittens are two of five discovered in June by National Park Service researchers in the nearby Santa Susana Mountains. Two litters were discovered with three females and two males (National Park Service via flickr.com)|
Say hello to 2 new litters of mountain kittens
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EDITOR'S NOTE: The original translations of the two sutras by Ven. Ñanamoli are taken from his complete translation of the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikaya) edited and revised for publication by Wisdom Publications, Boston (1994/95).
The numbers enclosed in square brackets are the page numbers of the Pali Text Society edition of the original Pali language text. The introductions and notes are Bhikkhu Bodhi's. In these the following abbreviations are employed: DN (Digha Nikaya), MN (Majjhima Nikaya), Vbh. (Vibhanga), Comy. (Commentary).
The Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar
|Look at the crown; I am king above all!|
The expression of the lion's supremacy is its roar -- a roar which reduces to silence the cries, howls, bellows, shrieks, barks, and growls of all lesser creatures. When the lion steps forth from its den and sounds its roar, all of the other animals stop and listen. On such an occasion none dares even to sound its own cry, let alone to come into the open and challenge the fearless, unsurpassable roar of the golden-maned king/queen of beasts.
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At another level, these different designations may refer to the relative weight of the subject matter with which they deal, the "great" discourse being a rare revelation by the Buddha of his exalted spiritual endowments and all-encompassing knowledge, which entitle him to "roar his lion's roar" in the assemblies of human beings and devas (divinities, "shining ones," gods).
Still, both sutras, as their controlling image suggests, are of paramount importance. Each delivers in its own way an eloquent and inspiring testimony to the uniquely emancipating nature of the Buddha's Teaching and the peerless stature of the teacher of devas and humans among the spiritual guides of humanity.
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Viewed in the light of this distinction, the Shorter Discourse on the Lion's Roar exhibits a hybrid character, being a sutra spoken by the Buddha to instruct his disciples how they should affirm, in discussions with others who hold different convictions [from other traditions], the singular greatness of this Dharma [path of practice that leads to enlightenment made known by the Buddha]. More
|Is it safe to have lions roaming around dense urban populations like LA? (Die Antwoord)|
|LA County has over 10 million people at any given time...and only 41 lions (NPS).|
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