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Digha Nikaya

DN 30 Lakkhana Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man

Because of good actions he had done in the past, the Supreme Buddha had special marks on his body and special qualities related to those marks. In this sutta we learn the exact actions he did to earn each mark.

“Monks, in some past lives The Buddha was reborn as a human being. He brought happiness to many people, eliminating threats of thieves and terror of demons, providing protection and security, and giving gifts with many friends.

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Samyutta Nikaya

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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Itivuttaka

Itv 26 Dānasaṁvibhāga Sutta: Giving and Sharing

The Buddha explains the benefits of giving and the results that one gains after death.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, if people knew as I know the results of giving and sharing, they would not eat without having given nor would the stain of stinginess overcome their minds. Even if it were […]

Further Reading:

  • AN 5.34 Giving as an action that has good results in this life
  • AN 5:36 Special times for giving
  • AN 7.52 How we think when we give changes the results
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Itivuttaka

Itv 75 Vutthi Sutta: Rainy Cloud

The Buddha explains three kinds of people existing in the world.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, these three kinds of persons are found existing in the world. What three? One like a cloud without rain, one who rains locally, and one who rains everywhere. Now, monks, what kind […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 98 Dāna Sutta: Giving

The Buddha explains two types of giving and which is the most important.

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 two kinds of giving: giving material things and giving the Dhamma. Monks, of these two kinds of giving, giving the Dhamma is supreme. Monks, there are two kinds of sharing: […]

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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 1.6 Paṭhama Nāvā Sutta: Ship Mansion

Arahant Moggallana asks a deva how she gained a golden roofed ship as her mansion.

In my previous life I was a woman in the human world. One day, I saw several monks who were very thirsty and had fallen to the ground. I got up quickly and offered them water to drink.

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 1.7 Dutiya Nāvā Sutta: Second Ship Mansion

Offering water to the Noble Sangha will bring much happiness.

Now I know if people offer water to a monk who is thirsty, cool ponds full of white lotuses will appear for them in the heavenly world. Furthermore, their divine mansions will be surrounded with beautiful sandy beaches where streams of water flow smoothly.

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 5.4 Kakkaṭakarasadāyaka Sutta: Crab-Soup Giver’s Mansion

A deva explains the happiness she gained after offering crab soup to the Sangha.

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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Peta Vatthu

Pv 2.9 Aṅkura Sutta: The Merchant Aṅkura

Giving will always bring good results.

A group of merchants tries to capture a ghost. Ankura (merchant): We are going to the country of Kamboja to do business. This god will help us get what we want. Let’s take him with us. After we have taken the god, either with his permission or by force, we will put him on a […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 4.13 Pokkharaṇī Sutta: The Axle

What was the result of giving a small gift?

When a trader’s cart axle broke, a man made a new axle from wood and gave it to him. The man was then reborn as an earth deva as a result of this gift. The earth deva goes to the trader’s house and praises giving. Earth Deva: The result of giving will not always equal […]