Lakkhana Sutta. The thirtieth sutta of the Dīgha Nikāya. It gives an account of the thirty two special marks of the superman (mahāpurisalakkhanāni) which signify. DN 30 Lakkhana Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man. The Lord said: ‘There are, monks, these thirty-two marks peculiar to a Great Man. That Great Man who. Lakkhana Suttanta, Written by T. W. and C. A. F. Rhys Davids, Hits: You are here: Home · Digha Nikaya · Pathikavaggapali; DN30 Lakkhana Sutta.

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He will become a fully enlightened Buddha, lakkana who draws back the veil from the world. Being endowed with this mark, as a ruler he will suffer little distress or sicknesshis digestion will be good, being neither too cold nor too hot.

I, 76; II, 13; Vin.

Each verse section is presented as a summary of the prose section that precedes it, but the prose section could equally be viewed as a commentary. Anathapindika visits the Buddha, who tells him of the five guilty fears—that begotten by killin To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: The sutta also reveals that the Buddha, despite his poverty, was still able to enjoy a good meal.

His bust is evenly rounded. Being endowed with this mark, if he keeps to the household life, he will become a wheel-turning monarch conquering without stick or sword, but by justice, he rules over this earth as far as its ocean-boundaries, a land open, uninfested by brigands, free from jungle, powerful, prosperous, happy and free from perils.

Hajime Nakamura states that the verse sections predate the prose sections. Here returned, two marks were his, Marks of happiness supreme: As a Buddha, he becomes the chiefforemost, highest, supreme among all beings. The Chanting Together Dn Those who practise only elementary ethics are reborn here.

Whatever he touches with the tip of his tongue he tastes in his throat, and the taste is dispersed everywhere. Thus upon returning to earth he acquired these two marks of the Great Man: Thus after death he was reborn in a happy state, in a heavenly world, where he was endowed beyond other devas in ten respects: The naga Mucalinda even protected the Buddha from a great storm for seven days, four weeks after his enlightenment, by covering his head with his hood. He cannot be impeded by any enemy or adversary from within or without, from greed, hatred or delusion, nor by any ascetic or Brahmin, any deva, mara or Brahma, or any being in the world.


Being endowed with this mark Thus have i heard.

Returned to earth, his teeth grew close, Forty of them, firmly set. He cannot be impeded by any human foe with ill intent. But if he goes forth from the household life into hermit life, lakkuana he will become an Arahant, a fully enlightened Buddha, one who draws back the veil from the world.

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Finally, this is the only sutta in the Digha Nikaya that has no ending. Those who know the signs declared: AS a Buddha likewise, he is also equable and tolerant of exertion.

These negative qualities also provide a checklist of the qualities that must be cultivated in order to become a Buddha. Upon returning to earth he acquired these two marks of the Great Man: Fast he learned, with little toil. As a Buddha, likewise. Being endowed with this mark, as a ruler he will be very wiseand among the un-renounced there will be none equal or superior to him in wisdom.

That is his benefit as a Buddha. His body is divinely straight XVI. The Vajrayana and Mahasiddha traditions include esoteric texts that are associated with nagas. The Lord Said, “There are, monks, these thirty two marks peculiar to a great man, and for that great man who possesses them, only two careers are open. The qualities and characteristics of a future Buddha are, like everything else, the result of karma.


What is blameworthy, what is not? Ethics are strongly emphasized. In former lives he thus dispensed As the rain-god pours down showers. He dwells having conquered this sea-girt land without stick or sword, but by justice, he rules over this earth as far as its ocean boundaries, a land open, un-infested with brigands, free from jungle, powerful, prosperous, happy and free from perils.

Abandoning idle chatter, he speaks at the right time, what is correct and to the point, of Dhamma and discipline. The list also provides an unusual view of the Five Precepts Pansilin which each of the precepts is complemented by a positive action too, not just an avoidance, showing that the Buddha in past lives did not merely abstain from negative karma, but also cultivated positive karma.

Those who read the suhta and signs Experts in such lore declare: As such, how does he benefit?

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Thus his followers are pure. He receives fine food and drinks, delicious and tasty, hard and soft Falling away from there and coming to be reborn here on earth, he acquired this mark of a great man: No foe, whether an ascetic or Brahmin, a deva, mara, or Brahma, or anyone in the world can possibly take his life.

He has a Brahma-like voice, like that of the Karavika-bird. Such wisdom is great, extensive, joyous, swift, penetrating, and discerning, meaning that it is metaphysical, universal, induces happiness, is incisive, profound, and analytical. Abandoning false speech, the ascetic Gotama dwells refraining from false speech, a truth-speaker, one to be relied on, trustworthy, dependable, not a deceiver of the world. Projecting heals, long fingers and toes, and a divinely straight body.

Assembled augurs then declared.