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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.6 Kulāvaka Sutta: The Bird Nests

As God Sakka is running from the titans, an act of compassion ultimately wins in the end.

In this way, monks, Sakka, lord of the gods won a victory by righteousness itself.

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Itivuttaka

Itv 100 Brāhmana Sutta: The True Brāhmin

In this beautiful sutta, the Buddha explains his compassion and the two types of giving.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, I am a Brāhmin (one who has abandoned all evil) and am always responsive to requests for the Dhamma and open-handed in giving the Dhamma. I bear my last body and am […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 2.4 Caṇḍālī Sutta: Low-Caste Woman’s Mansion

The Supreme Buddha with utmost compassion helps a low caste woman before her death.

Supreme Buddha: Lady, I am Gautama Supreme Buddha standing before you out of compassion. I am the seventh Buddha who has appeared in the last hundred eons. Worship the feet of the famous Buddha. I am an Arahant and I am not shaken by the ups and downs of life. Let your mind be confident […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 5.13 Cūḷaratha Sutta: Small Chariot Mansion

A prince near death learns Dhamma from an Arahant and changes his ways to attain a better rebirth.

Maha Kaccana Bhante was living in the forest. One day, he saw a prince and spoke to him in this way. Maha Kaccana Bhante: You are holding a bow that is made from hardwood, pushing on one end with your foot. Are you a king, a prince, or a hunter in the forest? Who are […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 7.6 Gopāla Sutta: Cow Herder’s Mansion

A deva explains how the compassion of Arahant Moggallana gave him much happiness.

Moggallana Bhante upon seeing a deva, asked him a question. Moggallana Bhante: Dear Deva, you are living in a long-lasting mansion and your hands are decorated with various ornaments. You are mighty and shine like the moon in your mansion. You are extremely beautiful. You are dressed beautifully in divine clothes. You are wearing divine […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 1.8 Goṇa Sutta: The Ox

How do we help those who are stricken with grief?

A son is crying over the death of his ox. His father questions him: Father: Are you crazy son? Why are you trying to feed grass to a dead ox saying, “Eat, eat!”? Food and drink will not make it come back to life. You are childish, a fool, and an idiot. Son: But father, […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 2.1 Saṃsāramocaka Sutta: Sariputta Bhante Helps a Ghost

What could happen if we don't give and are greedy?

Sariputta Bhante sees a female ghost and asks, Sariputta Bhante: You are naked and very ugly, your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Ghost: I am a ghost, sir. I am suffering in the world of Yama. I have done an evil deed as a human […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 2.2 Sāriputtatherassa Mātu Sutta: Sariputta Bhante’s Mother

How can we reduce our past relatives' suffering?

Sariputta Bhante sees a female ghost and asks, Sariputta Bhante: You are naked and very ugly. Your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Ghost: I was your mother in a previous life. Now I am living in the ghost world suffering from hunger and thirst. My […]