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Itv 25 Sampajāna Musāvāda Sutta: Lying

The Buddha explains how a person who isn't truthful has no evil deed they cannot do.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, for the person who transgresses in one thing, I tell you, there is no evil deed whatsoever he would not do. What is that one thing? It is, monks, telling a deliberate […]

Further Reading:

  • MN 61 The Supreme Buddha gives his son, venerable Rahula, advice about not telling lies
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Itv 48 Āpāyika Sutta: Plane of Misery

The Buddha explains the consequences of lying and accusing falsely those who are virtuous.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, by not giving up evil conduct, these two persons will be reborn in the plain of misery, in hell. What two persons? One who, not living a celibate life, pretends to be […]

Further Reading:

  • Dhp v306-308
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Pv 1.6 Pañcaputtakhādaka Sutta: Eater of Five Sons

A ghost explains her suffering due to lying and evil deeds from a previous life.

Upon seeing a ghost, a monk asks, Monk: You are naked and very ugly. Your body is very smelly. You are surrounded by flies. You, standing there, 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 and have […]

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Pv 1.7 Sattaputtakhādaka Sutta: Eater of Seven Sons

Jealousy and hatred can only lead to suffering.

Upon seeing a ghost, a monk asks, Monk: You are naked and very ugly. Your body is very smelly. You are surrounded by flies. You, standing there, 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 and have […]

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Pv 2.12 Kaṇṇamuṇḍa Sutta: The Dog with the Torn Ears

A ghost explains the severity of sexual misconduct.

A king sees a female ghost and says, King: In your wonderful garden there are golden stairs. Golden colored sand is spread all over the garden. There are lovely, sweet smelling white water lilies in the pond. There are various kinds of trees in the garden. The garden is covered by the sweet smell of […]

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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 3.9 Kūṭavinicchayika Sutta: The Back Biter

What are the dangers of lying, gossip and divisive speech?

Narada Bhante: You are wearing many garlands, a crown, and many other types of jewelry on your hands and legs. Your body is covered with sandalwood cream. Your facial expression is very pleasant and your body shines very brightly just like the sun. You are surrounded by ten thousand divine maidens who serve you whatever […]

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Pv 4.4 Revatī Sutta: The Ghost Revati

Two hell wardens explain to Revati the results of her evil deeds and show her the results of her husband's merit.

In praise of the lay follower Nandiya’s generosity, the Supreme Buddha uttered the following verse. Supreme Buddha: When somebody safely returns home having lived in a faraway country for a long time, his relatives, friends, and associates welcome him with joy. In the same way, when someone who does meritorious acts in this world goes […]