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Itv 83 Pubbanimitta Sutta: Omens

The Buddha explains the signs before a god is about to pass away from heaven, and what other gods say to encourage him.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, when a god is about to pass away from the company of gods, five omens appear: his flower garlands wither, his clothes become soiled, sweat comes out of his armpits, his bodily […]

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Itv 90 Aggappasāda Sutta: Supreme Confidence

The Buddha explains the three supreme object of confidence.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, there are three supreme objects of confidence. What are the three? Monks, whatever beings exist, whether footless, two-footed or four-footed, with form or without form, percipient or non-percipient, or neither-percipient-nor-non-percipient, of these […]

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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 2.5 Bhadditthi Sutta: Lovely Lady’s Mansion

The Supreme Buddha asks a deva how she gained a rare tree near her heavenly mansion.

Supreme Buddha: Devata, around your mansion there are very beautiful mandarava trees and they are covered with blue, yellow, black, crimson, and red flower filaments. You are wearing a garland of mandarava flowers on your head. This beautiful type of tree is not found in any other heaven. Famous devata, what meritorious deed did you […]

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Vv 2.8 Saddhā Sutta: Saddha’s Mansion

A deva explains the benefits of having unshakable faith in the Triple Gem.

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 actions 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 2.9 Sunandā Sutta: Sunanda’s Mansion

One can gain much happiness by observing the precepts and giving alms to the Noble Sangha.

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 3.1 Uḷāra Sutta: Splendid Mansion

A deva explains the happiness gained from offering a single oil cake to Arahant Moggallana.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, you are very mighty and your beauty illuminates all the directions. Many gods and goddesses decorated with divine jewelry dance and sing to entertain you. You are superior to all of them in status and happiness. Your mansion is very beautiful. It is made of gold. You spend your time here very […]

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Vv 4.2 Pabhassara Sutta: Shining Mansion

Devas who possess strong confidence in the Supreme Buddha outshine other devas.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, you shine brilliantly and colorfully. You are dressed in divine red clothing. Your body is as beautiful as if you had applied sandalwood cream. You seem to be very mighty, possessing psychic powers. Now you are worshiping me. Who are you? Your throne is also valuable and decorated with various types of […]

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Vv 5.7 Dutiya Karaṇīya Sutta: Second Should-Be-Done Mansion

Having confidence in monks is enough to bear great fruit.

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Devata, your mansion is way up in the sky and spreads over one hundred and twenty kilometers. Pillars of beryl and other gemstones, and seven hundred pinnacled buildings are in your estate. It is very beautiful. Inside the mansion, you drink and eat and enjoy the sweetness of heavenly food. Guitars play […]

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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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Vv 6.8 Paṭhama Kuṇḍalī Sutta: Deva With Decorated Hair Mansion

Having confidence and offering food and drinks to Arahants results in many benefits.

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Deva, you are extremely beautiful. You are dressed in beautiful divine clothes. You are wearing divine flower garlands and your hands are decorated with divine ornaments. Most importantly, there are beautiful ornaments in your decorated hair and beard. You are very famous and shine like the moon in your mansion. The sweet […]