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Dhammapada

Dhp 4 Puppha Vagga: Flowers (44-59)

47. The person obsessed by sense pleasures chases after them as a garland maker searches for flowers. Māra carries away that person to the plane of misery like a great flood sweeps away a sleeping village.

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Itivuttaka

Itv 107 Bahukāra Sutta: Very Helpful

The Buddha explains the symbiotic relationship between monks and lay followers.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, people are very helpful to you, as they provide you with robes, food, lodging, and medicine. And you, monks, are also very helpful to people, as you teach them the Dhamma that […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 1.10 Tiladakkhiṇā Sutta: Sesame-Gift Mansion

Even a small offering of sesame seeds to the Supreme Buddha brings much merit.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, your beauty shines in all directions like the bright star named Osadhi. What are the meritorious deeds that led to this happiness? Devata, the pure radiance of your body and limbs is stainless and shines in all directions. Tell me Devata, what kind of meritorious action did you do when you were […]

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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 2.10 Bhikkhadāyikā Sutta: Alms Giver’s Mansion

A deva explains how she gained a beautiful body.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, your beauty shines in all directions like the bright star named Osadhi. What are the meritorious deeds that led to this happiness? Tell me Devata, what kind of meritorious action did you do when you were in the human world to have gained this beauty that shines in all directions, and to […]

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Vv 6.10 Uttara Sutta: Uttara’s Mansion

A deva explains the benefits of offering alms to monks.

Kumara Kassapa Bhante: Dear Deva, there is a beautiful divine hall owned by the god Sakka called Sudhamma Assembly Hall. All the Devas gather there harmoniously. Shining brilliantly in the sky, your mansion is as beautiful as that assembly hall. Powerful Deva, you have become a leader among devas. The pure radiance of your body […]

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