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SN 6.15 Parinibbāna Sutta: The Discourse about the Final Extinguishing of the Buddha

What did monks, deities and brahmas say at the extinguishing of the Buddha?

Monks, deities, and brahmas recite verses at the final extinguishing of the Buddha.

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SN 11.1 Suvīra Sutta: The Discourse about the Deity Suvīra

What does God Sakka, the one with with power over Tāvatiṁsa gods, praise?

Even Sakka, lord of the gods, experiencing the happy results of his own merit, exercising supreme power and rulership over the Tāvatiṁsa gods praises courage and effort.

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SN 11.2 Susīma Sutta: The Discourse about the Deity Susīma

The Buddha praises courage and effort so that one can attain enlightenment.

Then monks, how much more would it be fitting here for you, who have become monks in such a well taught Dhamma and discipline, to arouse energy, struggle, and strive for the attainment of unattained Arahantship.

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SN 11.3 Dhajagga Sutta: The Discourse about the Top of the Flag

The Tathāgata, the Arahant, the Supremely Enlightened One is free from lust, is free from hatred and is free from delusion; he is not subject to fear, terror and fright. He will never flee.

Monks, Sakka, lord of the gods, is not free from lust, is not free from hatred, and is not free from delusion. He is subject to fear, terror, and fright, and is quick to flee.

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SN 11.4 Vepacitti: The Discourse about Vepacitti

If one gets angry at another angry person, he makes things worse for himself. The one who doesn’t repay an angry person with anger, he wins the hard battle.

Even though the strength of a fool is called power, in reality there is no power there. No one can challenge the patience of the one who is guarded by Dhamma.

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SN 11.5 Subhāsita Jaya Sutta: Victory by Well-Spoken Words

God Sakka and Vepacitti engage in a debate to see who uses well-spoken words.

There is great benefit in cultivating good qualities within oneself. There is nothing better than patience.

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SN 11.8 Verocana Asurinda Sutta: Verocana Lord of the Titans

God Sakka and Verocana recite verses in front of the Buddha.

A man should strive hard until his well-being has been achieved. One shines due to the achievement of his well-being.

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SN 11.9 Araññāyatana Isi Sutta: The Discourse about the Seers in the Forest

God Sakka and Vepacitti both go to a monastery but in different ways.

Then Sakka, lord of the gods, and Vepacitti, lord of the titans, approached those good and virtuous seers.

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SN 11.11 Deva Sattavatapada Sutta: The Discourse about the Noble Promises of God Sakka

What are the 7 noble promises one should practice to become God Sakka?

Monks, in the past, when Sakka, lord of the gods, was a human, he practised these noble seven promises.

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SN 11.12 Dutiya Deva Sattavatapada Sutta: The Second Discourse about the Noble Promises of God Sakka

What were the names associated with God Sakka and why was he called those?

When a person supports his parents, respects the family elders, speaks gentle and pleasing words, doesn’t speak divisive words, removes greediness, speaks truthfully, and controls anger, the Tāvatiṁsa gods call him a truly superior person.

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SN 11.13 Mahāli Sattavatapada Sutta: The Discourse about the Noble Promises Given to Mahāli the Licchavi

The Buddha explains the qualities of God Sakka.

Mahāli, I know god Sakka, and I know qualities that make someone the god Sakka, and I also know by practicing which noble promises one achieves the status of god Sakka.

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SN 11.14 Dallidda Suttaṁ: The Discourse about a Poor Man

The wise person, remembering the Buddha’s teachings, should be devoted to faith, virtue, confidence and realization of the Dhamma.

Monks, a long time ago, in this same province, there was a very poor and helpless beggar. He practiced faith, virtue, Dhamma learning, generosity, and wisdom in the path proclaimed by the Buddha.

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SN 11.15 Rāmaneyyaka Sutta: A Delightful Place

Whether in a village or forest, in a valley or on the plain, wherever the liberated ones live is truly a delightful place.

There are well constructed shrines, woodland shrines, parks, and lotus ponds. These are not worth one sixteenth of a delightful human being.

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SN 11.16 Yajamāna Sutta: The Discourse about Sacrifices

For those people who make sacrificial offerings, searching for merit, the gift given to the community of monks generates great results.

For those people who make sacrificial offerings, searching for merit, to whom should they give to gain great results?

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SN 11.17 Vandanā Sutta: The Discourse about Veneration

God Sakka and Brahma Sahampati recites verses in the presence of the Supreme Buddha.

Then Sakka, lord of the gods, and Brahma Sahampati went to the Supreme Buddha and stood at opposite doorposts.

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SN 11.18 Sakka Namassana Sutta: The Discourse about the Worship of Sakka

Who does god Sakka worship before going out?

I worship monks who are virtuous, long trained in the stillness of mind, and who live with the celibate life as their intention.

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SN 11.19 Dutiya Sakka Namassana Sutta: The Second Discourse about the Worship of Sakka

God Sakka explains who he worships and why.

Oh Mātali, the perfectly enlightened Buddha lives in this world with its gods, the Great Teacher of perfect name: he is the one I worship.

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SN 11.20 Tatiya Sakka Namassana Sutta: The Third Discourse about the Worship of Sakka

God Sakka describes those who leave the home life and the qualities they have.

While gods fight with titans, and people fight with one another, among those who fight, these seers do not fight. Among the violent, they are quenched.

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SN 11.21 Jhatva Sutta: The Discourse about Burning

What does one need to burn to sleep peacefully? What does one need to burn to not sorrow?

Oh God Sakka, having burned anger one sleeps peacefully. Having burned anger one does not sorrow.

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SN 11.22 Dubbanniya Sutta: The Discourse about Being Ugly

What does god Sakka do when an anger eating demon sits on his seat?

I am not one who hurts his own mind, nor is easily taken by anger. I have not gotten angry for a long time. Therefore anger does not stay in me.

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SN 11.23 Māyā Sutta: The Discourse about Magic

When Vepacitti falls sick, he asks god Sakka for help.

At Sāvatthi. There, the Blessed One said this: “Monks, once in the past Vepacitti, lord of the titans, was sick, afflicted, and seriously ill. Then Sakka, lord of the gods, went to Vepacitti to inquire about his illness. Vepacitti saw Sakka, lord of the gods, coming in the distance and said to Sakka, lord of […]

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SN 11.25 Akkodha Sutta: The Discourse about Non-anger

When two monks have an argument, the Supreme Buddha explains the two types of fools and two types of wise people.

There are two kinds of wise people: one who sees an offence as an offence; and one who, when another is confessing an offence, gives him forgiveness according to the Dhamma.

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Vv 2.3 Ācāmadāyikā Sutta: Rice-Crust Giver’s Mansion

God Sakka asks Arahant Kassapa about a lady who offered alms to him.

God Sakka: Kassapa Bhante, do you remember one day while you were on your almsround, you stood silently in front of a certain house? In that house there was a very poor lady of a low caste who used to go to other people’s houses to beg for food. She was very pleased when she […]

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Vv 3.4 Latā Sutta: Lata’s Mansion

The daughters of God Sakka explain how they gained such happiness as devas.

The famous god Sakka and the god Vessavana have beautiful daughters named Lata, Sajja, Pavara, Acchimukhi, and Suta. They shine due to their good qualities. One day, these five daughters went to a magnificent river near the Himalayan Mountains to bathe. The water of the river was very cool and full of blue lotuses. These […]

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Vv 3.5 Guttila Sutta: Guttila’s Mansion

Multiple devas discuss the what meritorious actions they did to gain happiness.

The music teacher Guttila had an arrogant student who challenged him to a competition. Guttila called on the god Sakka for assistance. Teacher Guttila: God Sakka, I was the one who taught my pupil Musila how to play sweet music on the guitar. But now my student has challenged me in a guitar competition. Please, […]

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Vv 4.9 Pīta Sutta: Mansion of Yellow Flowers

God Sakka asks another deva what meritorious actions he did to gain happiness.

God Sakka: Dear Deva, you are wearing yellow clothes and jewelry. You have put on yellow sandalwood cream and you have decorated yourself with yellow lotuses and yellow scarves. Your mansion is yellow; even your furniture is yellow. Furthermore, your plates and bowls are yellow. There are also yellow umbrellas, vehicles, horses, and fans. Everything […]

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Pv 1.12 Uraga Sutta: The Snake

Is it possible to not be sad when someone dies? It is for noble disciples of the Supreme Buddha.

A beloved son of a family died but none of the family members cried at his death. The son, reborn as the god Sakka, came to the family disguised as an old man and asked them why they didn’t cry. Father: Just as the serpent sheds its old skin and abandons it, humans also abandon […]