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Itv 21 Pasannacitta Sutta: The Confident Mind

Having a pleasant mind at the time of death will lead one to be born in a heavenly world.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “In this world, monks, I would read with my mind a certain person’s pleased mind and conclude thus: If this person were to die at this time, he would definitely be born in […]

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Itv 22 Māpuññabhāyi Sutta: Do Not Fear Merit

The Buddha explains the results of developing a mind of loving kindness for seven years.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, don’t be afraid to do deeds of merit. This is a synonym for happiness that is desirable, pleasing, charming, dear, and agreeable, that is ‘meritorious deeds.’ Monks, for I know well that […]

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Further Reading:

  • SN 3.20 A miser isn't able to enjoy his merit
  • Itv 60 The ways to make merit

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Itv 33 Bhaddakasīla Sutta: Good Behavior

A person with good behaviour and good views will be reborn in heaven.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, endowed with two things, a person is reborn in heaven. What are the two things? Good behaviour and good view. Monks, endowed with these two things, a person is reborn in heaven.” […]

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Itv 71 Sammāditthisamādāna Sutta: Right View

The Buddha, through his divine eye sees what happens to those who engage in good conduct.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, some beings engage in good bodily conduct, in good verbal conduct, in good mental conduct, do not revile noble ones, hold right views, and perform various actions under the influence of right […]

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Itv 82 Devasadda Sutta: Divine Sounds

The Buddha explains when and why three divine sounds are sound from time to time.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, three divine sounds sound forth among the gods from time to time. What three? Monks, at the time when a noble disciple shaves off his hair and beard, wearing robes and, leaving […]

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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 106 Sabrahmaka Sutta: With Brahma

The Buddha explains the value of children taking care of their parents.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, at home, some children treat their mother and father respectfully. Those families are living with Brahma. Monks, at home, some children treat their mother and father respectfully. Those families are living with […]

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Vv 1.1 Paṭhama Pīṭha Sutta: Throne Mansion

Arahant Moggallana asks a deva about previous good karma.

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Devata, you are sitting on a golden throne. It flies wherever you want, and as quickly as you want it to. You are beautifully dressed, wearing garlands of flowers, and you are radiant, like lightning shining through the clouds. What kind of meritorious action did you do when you were in the […]

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Vv 3.8 Mallikā Sutta: Mallika’s Mansion

Can offerings to the Supreme Buddha after his passing away still give good results?

Narada Bhante: Devata, you are dressed in divine golden clothes and gold jewelry. Golden banners are waving in the sky. Even without this jewelry, your beauty shines brightly. You are wearing gold bangles, bracelets, and a necklace of gems. You wear a gold crown on your head and your body is covered with a golden […]

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Questions for Reflection:

  • Have you ever offered anything to the Supreme Buddha? Have you thought about the results you may get in the future while you are making the offering?

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