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Itv 1 Lobha Sutta: Greed

The Buddha taught us specific qualities in the mind to abandon.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Abandon one quality, monks, and I guarantee you non-returning. What is that one quality? Greed is that one quality, monks. Abandon that, and I guarantee you non-returning.” This is the meaning of what […]

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Itv 9 Lobhapariññā Sutta: Fully Understanding Greed

One who fully knows and fully understands greed can put an end to suffering.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, one who has not fully known greed and not fully understood it with insight, whose mind has not been cleansed of passion for greed and has not abandoned it, is incapable of […]

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Itv 50 Mūla Sutta: Roots of Unwholesome

The Buddha explains the three unwholesome roots.

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 unwholesome roots. What three? Greed is an unwholesome root, hatred is an unwholesome root, and delusion is an unwholesome root. Monks, these are the three unwholesome roots. This is […]

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Itv 88 Antarāmala Sutta: Inner Strains

The Buddha explains three inner stains that cause suffering.

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 inner stains, inner enemies, inner foes, inner murderers, and inner adversaries. What three? Monks, greed, is an inner stain, inner enemy, inner foe, inner murderer, and inner adversary. Monks, […]

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Pv 1.9 Mahāpesakāra Sutta: Master Weaver

What happens when you insult those who give?

A monk sees a ghost and discusses his experience with others. Monk: She eats excrement, urine, blood, and pus. Why does she do this? What has she done for her to have to always feed on blood and pus? New clothes which are very clean, soft, and beautiful turn to hard metal plates when they […]

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Pv 2.7 Dhanapāla Sutta: Wealthy Dhanapala

What can happen if we don't give and insult those who do?

A group of merchants sees a ghost and questions him. Merchant: You are naked and very ugly, your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Dhanapala (Ghost): I am a ghost, sir. I am suffering in the world of Yama. I have done an evil deed as […]

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Pv 3.1 Abhijjamāna Sutta: Without Rippling

Generosity will lead to happiness and good results.

A minister named Koliya saw a ghost while travelling in a ship and questioned,  Koliya: Hey ghost, you move through the river Ganges without creating any ripples in the water. Even though you are naked you are wearing flowers and garlands on the upper part of your body unlike a ghost. Where do you live, […]

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Pv 3.4 Bhusa Sutta: The Hay Ghost

Greed and deceit only brings pain and suffering.

Monk: One ghost spreads burning hay on his head while another hits himself on the head with an iron rod. And a third ghost eats his own flesh and blood. You are eating filthy and disgusting excrement. Why is this happening? Of what evil deeds are these the results? Ghost: The ghost putting burning hay […]

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Pv 3.6 Seraṇī Sutta: The Ghost Serini

What happens when you let greed cloud your judgement?

Man: You are naked, ugly, and very thin. Your ribs and veins are sticking out from your body. Who are you? Female Ghost: I am a ghost. I did evil deeds when I was in the human world. As a result, I have to suffer in the ghost world. Man: What evil deed have you […]

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Pv 4.8 Gūthakhādaka Sutta: Excrement Eating Male Ghost

What happens when you associate with evil monks?

Moggallana Bhante: Oh unlucky one, you are standing in a pit of excrement. Who are you? What kind of evil deed did you do? How can I know for sure what happened to you? Ghost: Bhante, I am a ghost. As a result of my evil deeds I have been born in this ghost world. […]

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Pv 4.15 Seṭṭhiputta Sutta: Wealthy Sons of Wealthy Merchants

Ghosts discuss their past about not practicing generosity.

A group of ghosts were feeling guilty for their bad deeds and cried out these verses. First Ghost: Sixty thousand years have passed while we have been boiling in hell. When will this suffering end? Second Ghost: Dear friends, our suffering seems to last forever. This is the result of evil deeds done by us. […]