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Vv 1.16 Sirimā Sutta: Sirima’s Mansion

The wife of King Bimbisara, now a deva, explains her unshakable confidence in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha.

Vangisa Bhante: Devata, your chariot is very beautiful. The divine horses that pull it are very powerful and fast, and they are decorated with various ornaments. These horses travel down through the sky. Just as horses obey their driver, these horses take you to wherever your mind wishes to go. You have received five hundred […]

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Vv 3.7 Sesavatī Sutta: Sesavati’s Mansion

A deva explains the happiness he gained after offering flowers during the funeral of Arahant Sariputta.

Vangisa Bhante: Dear Devata, your mansion is very beautiful. Silver and golden nets dangle from walls made of crystal. There are beautifully decorated archways and golden sand spread throughout the compound. When the sun shines in autumn, darkness is dispelled in all directions and the sky blazes. Such is your mansion. It glows just like […]

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Vv 4.3 Nāga Sutta: Elephant Mansion

A deva offers a pair of robes to the Buddha and gains much happiness.

Vangisa Bhante: Devata, you are traveling in the sky on the back of a very large divine elephant who has psychic powers. Your elephant is decorated with a beautiful golden net and golden flowers. On the elephant’s two tusks, there are beautiful ponds with crystal clear water and many lotus flowers. In the middle of […]

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Vv 5.11 Dutiya Nāga Sutta: Second Elephant Mansion

A deva explains the benefits of following the 5 precepts.

Vangisa Bhante: Dear Deva, you are sitting on the back of an elephant that is huge and all white. You travel from park to park, surrounded by goddesses, shining brightly in all directions like the star Osadhi. What kind of meritorious actions did you do when you were in the human world? That deva, delighted […]

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Thag 21.1 The Verses of Arahant Vaṅgīsa (1220-1291)

The Arahant Vaṇgīsa was a great poet.

1220. Even when I have become a monk in the Buddha’s path, having abandoned the home life, still these inferior, unwholesome thoughts chase after me. 1221. Even if a well-trained army of a thousand great archers with a thousand arrows surrounded and shot me, still I would not run away. I won’t surrender. 1222. But […]