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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 6.3 Brahmadeva Sutta: Discourse on Brahmadeva Bhante

Do brahmas receive the gifts we offer? Who should we make offerings to?

This is how I heard. At one time the Blessed One was staying in the province of Sāvatthi, in Jeta’s garden, Anāthapiṇḍika’s Monastery. There, a certain Brahmin lady had a son named Brahmadeva. Now on that occasion he gave up the home life and became a monk under the Blessed One. Then, living alone, giving […]

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 6.4 Baka Brahma Sutta: The Discourse Given to Brahma Baka

The Buddha teaches the reality to a Brahma who thought his world is permanent.

The Brahma Baka thinks of life in Brahma world as permanent when in reality, it is impermanent.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 6.6 Pamāda Sutta: The Discourse about the Negligence of a Certain Brahma

Two Brahmas try to convince a negligent Brahma the benefits of taking care of the Buddha.

A brahma explains the disadvantages of form and chronic trembling of form, the wise person takes no delight in form.

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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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Khuddakapatha

Khp 8 Nidhikaṇḍa Sutta: The Discourse on Savings

What is the proper way to protect our futures?

The wise person should make merit,
for that savings follow one along. That savings satisfy every desire of gods and humans,
whatever they wish for.

Questions for Reflection:

What can you do to protect your future?

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Dhammapada

Dhp 9 Pāpa Vagga: Evil

116. Be quick to do meritorious deeds involving generosity, virtue, and meditation! Restrain your mind from evil! When one is slow to make merit one’s mind delights in evil.

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Itivuttaka

Itv 27 Mettācetovimutti Sutta: The Development of Loving-kindness

The Buddha explains how developing loving kindness even towards just one being will bring a huge amount of merit.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, all the grounds for making merit leading to future happiness do not equal a sixteenth part of the mind-liberation of loving-kindness. The mind-liberation of loving-kindness surpasses them and shines, blazes, and dazzles.” […]

Further Reading:

  • AN 11.15 The benefits of loving-kindness
  • Snp 1.8 Karaniyametta sutta. Verses on how to practice loving-kindness
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Itivuttaka

Itv 60 Puññakiriyavatthu Sutta: Grounds for Making Merits

The Buddha explains the three grounds for making merit.

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 grounds for making merit. What three? Giving as a ground for making merit, virtue as a ground for making merit, and meditation as a ground for making merit. Monks, […]

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Itivuttaka

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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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 1.4 Catuttha Pīṭha Sutta: Fourth Throne Mansion

Arahant Moggallana asks a deva how he received a throne made of beryl gemstones.

One day, I saw a monk without defilements, calm in mind, free from agitation. My mind was pleased at the sight of that monk; I had great confidence in him. I offered him a chair that I had prepared with my own hands.

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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 1.8 Tatiya Nāvā Sutta: Third Ship Mansion

A deva explains the merit accumulated when she offered water to a monk who had fallen.

Devata, your divine mansion is a ship with a roof made of gold. It floats on a pond that is filled with lotus flowers. You happily pick those lotus flowers with your own hands.

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 1.11 Patibbatā Sutta: Honest Wife Mansion

A deva explains the benefits of staying faithful to one's spouse and being honest.

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Devata, your mansion is very beautiful. It is decorated with all kinds of flowers. Divine herons, peacocks, geese, and sweet-voiced cuckoos fly around the mansion. Pretty gods and goddesses are always dancing and singing to entertain you. Devata, you are very mighty, possessing many kinds of psychic powers. Tell me Devata, what […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 2.4 Caṇḍālī Sutta: Low-Caste Woman’s Mansion

The Supreme Buddha with utmost compassion helps a low caste woman before her death.

Supreme Buddha: Lady, I am Gautama Supreme Buddha standing before you out of compassion. I am the seventh Buddha who has appeared in the last hundred eons. Worship the feet of the famous Buddha. I am an Arahant and I am not shaken by the ups and downs of life. Let your mind be confident […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 2.7 Uposathā Sutta: Uposatha’s Mansion

A deva explains her regret in not developing her mind further.

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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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 3.4 Latā Sutta: Lata’s Mansion

The daughters of God Sakka explain how they gained such happiness as devas.

The famous god Sakka and the god Vessavana have beautiful daughters named Lata, Sajja, Pavara, Acchimukhi, and Suta. They shine due to their good qualities. One day, these five daughters went to a magnificent river near the Himalayan Mountains to bathe. The water of the river was very cool and full of blue lotuses. These […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 4.5 Kañjikadāyikā Sutta: Rice-Gruel-Giver’s Mansion

A deva explains the happiness he gained from offering medicine to the Supreme Buddha.

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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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 4.6 Vihāra Sutta: Monastery Mansion

Rejoicing at someone else's meritorious deed can bring much happiness.

Anuruddha Bhante: Devata, your beauty shines in all directions like the bright star named Osadhi. When you dance, beautiful divine sounds and fragrance come from your limbs. As you dance and as your hair blows, the bells in your hair play lovely music. Also, as wind blows on the garland-crown on your head it plays […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 4.9 Pīta Sutta: Mansion of Yellow Flowers

God Sakka asks another deva what meritorious actions he did to gain happiness.

God Sakka: Dear Deva, you are wearing yellow clothes and jewelry. You have put on yellow sandalwood cream and you have decorated yourself with yellow lotuses and yellow scarves. Your mansion is yellow; even your furniture is yellow. Furthermore, your plates and bowls are yellow. There are also yellow umbrellas, vehicles, horses, and fans. Everything […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 4.10 Ucchu Sutta: Sugar Cane Mansion

A deva explains the fruits of giving a small sugar cane to Arahant Moggallana.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, you shine like the sun which illuminates the sky and the earth. You shine like a great Brahma who shines brighter than Sakka and the Tavatimsa devas. You surpass others with your beauty, fame, and power. Devata, you are wearing blue lotus garlands, your skin is the color of gold, and you […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 5.1 Maṇḍakadevaputta Sutta: Frog-Deva’s Mansion

A deva explains of his animal past and how he came to have such powers.

Supreme Buddha: Dear Deva, you are very mighty with many psychic powers. Your beautiful body shines in all directions. Now you are honoring my feet. Who are you? Devata: In my previous life, I was a frog living in a lake. One day I was listening to you preach. At that time a boy who […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 5.3 Chattamāṇavaka Sutta: The Boy Chatta’s Mansion

The Supreme Buddha teaches a young boy about going for refuge and the precepts.

These three verses contain the qualities of the Triple Gem and were taught to a boy named Chatta by the Supreme Buddha who asked him to go for refuge. The Sage of the Sakyan clan, the Supreme Buddha, who completed the journey to Nibbana, is the best among humans. The Blessed One crossed over Samsara […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 6.10 Uttara Sutta: Uttara’s Mansion

A deva explains the benefits of offering alms to monks.

Kumara Kassapa Bhante: Dear Deva, there is a beautiful divine hall owned by the god Sakka called Sudhamma Assembly Hall. All the Devas gather there harmoniously. Shining brilliantly in the sky, your mansion is as beautiful as that assembly hall. Powerful Deva, you have become a leader among devas. The pure radiance of your body […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 7.6 Gopāla Sutta: Cow Herder’s Mansion

A deva explains how the compassion of Arahant Moggallana gave him much happiness.

Moggallana Bhante upon seeing a deva, asked him a question. Moggallana Bhante: Dear Deva, you are living in a long-lasting mansion and your hands are decorated with various ornaments. You are mighty and shine like the moon in your mansion. You are extremely beautiful. You are dressed beautifully in divine clothes. You are wearing divine […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 7.7 Kanthaka Sutta: Kanthaka’s Mansion

What happened to, Kanthaka, the horse, who carried Prince Siddhartha on the day he left his home?

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Deva, the mansion in this heaven travels in all directions, shining brightly like the full moon – the leader of stars, surrounded by the constellations. It shines as brightly as the rising sun. Beryl, gold, crystal, silver, cat’s-eyes, pearls, and rubies decorate the floor of this mansion. The pillars are extremely beautiful. […]

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Vimana Vatthu

Vv 7.9 Maṭṭakuṇḍalī Sutta: Mattakundali’s Mansion

A deva shows a grieving father the way to end his sorrow through Dhamma.

A Brahmin was crying over his dead son’s grave when he saw a grieving deva who was disguised as a young man. Brahmin: My dear child, you are very handsome, wearing polished earrings, garlands, and sandalwood cream. You are weeping, holding your head in your hands in the middle of this forest. Why are you […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 1.1 Khettūpama Sutta: Like a Field

Arahants are like a field where we can plant offerings.

Arahants are like fertile fields. Givers are like the farmers, and what they offer is the seed. The combination of these three will produce a fruit of merit. The seed, the planting of the seed, and the field are helpful to the givers and their departed relatives. The departed relatives experience happiness from the merit […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 2.11 Sutta Sutta: The Thread Offering

Even a small action can bring immense merit.

A ghost, in disguise as a human, causes his former fiancé to give string to a monk. He then takes her from the human world to his peta mansion to live for seven hundred years. Young Woman: One day a monk came to me needing some string. As a result of offering string to him, […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 4.11 Pāṭalīputta Sutta: The Woman from Pataliputta

A woman and a ghost discuss doing meritorious deeds to avoid bad destinations.

When a man who was attached to a woman died on an ocean journey, he was reborn as a ghost in that same ocean. He found the woman and brought her to live in the ghost world for a year. Then she asked to be returned to her home. Ghost: You have seen hell beings, […]