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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 6.13 Andhakavinda Sutta: The Discourse of Approving the Verses Recited by Brahma Sahampati in the City of Andhakavinda

Brahma Sahampati recites verses describing the path monks should take to become liberated.

Within a single word of Dhamma there lives a thousand Liberated Ones defeating Māra.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.1 Suvīra Sutta: The Discourse about the Deity Suvīra

What does God Sakka, the one with with power over Tāvatiṁsa gods, praise?

Even Sakka, lord of the gods, experiencing the happy results of his own merit, exercising supreme power and rulership over the Tāvatiṁsa gods praises courage and effort.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.2 Susīma Sutta: The Discourse about the Deity Susīma

The Buddha praises courage and effort so that one can attain enlightenment.

Then monks, how much more would it be fitting here for you, who have become monks in such a well taught Dhamma and discipline, to arouse energy, struggle, and strive for the attainment of unattained Arahantship.

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SN 11.4 Vepacitti: The Discourse about Vepacitti

If one gets angry at another angry person, he makes things worse for himself. The one who doesn’t repay an angry person with anger, he wins the hard battle.

Even though the strength of a fool is called power, in reality there is no power there. No one can challenge the patience of the one who is guarded by Dhamma.

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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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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.18 Sakka Namassana Sutta: The Discourse about the Worship of Sakka

Who does god Sakka worship before going out?

I worship monks who are virtuous, long trained in the stillness of mind, and who live with the celibate life as their intention.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.19 Dutiya Sakka Namassana Sutta: The Second Discourse about the Worship of Sakka

God Sakka explains who he worships and why.

Oh Mātali, the perfectly enlightened Buddha lives in this world with its gods, the Great Teacher of perfect name: he is the one I worship.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.20 Tatiya Sakka Namassana Sutta: The Third Discourse about the Worship of Sakka

God Sakka describes those who leave the home life and the qualities they have.

While gods fight with titans, and people fight with one another, among those who fight, these seers do not fight. Among the violent, they are quenched.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.25 Akkodha Sutta: The Discourse about Non-anger

When two monks have an argument, the Supreme Buddha explains the two types of fools and two types of wise people.

There are two kinds of wise people: one who sees an offence as an offence; and one who, when another is confessing an offence, gives him forgiveness according to the Dhamma.

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Anguttara Nikaya

AN 5.235 Anukampa: A Monk with Compassion

The Supreme Buddha designed the monk life so they could be of benefit to themselves as well as others. This sutta shows the ways that monks can help lay people.

“Monks, a resident monk with five qualities shows compassion to the lay people. What five? They encourage them in higher ethics. They equip them to see the truth of the teachings. When they are sick, they go to them and prompt their mindfulness, saying: ‘Establish your mindfulness, good sirs, in what is worthy.’ When a […]

Questions for Reflection:

  • Can you remember a time when a monk encouraged you to practice virtue? What did they tell you?
  • Have you ever seen monks visit someone who was sick? What kinds of things did the monk teach them?
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Khuddakapatha

Khp 2 Ten Training Rules

The ten precepts of a sāmanera.

I undertake the training rule to abstain from killing beings. I undertake the training rule to abstain from stealing I undertake the training rule to abstain from all sexual activity. I undertake the training rule to abstain from false speech. I undertake the training rule to abstain from intoxicating drinks and drugs causing heedlessness. I […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 28 Pathama Bhikku Sutta: The Monk 1

When a monk is not careful guarding their sense faculties and are immoderate in eating, it leads 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, when endowed with two things, a monk suffers in this life, experiencing trouble, distress, and despair. At the breakup of the body, after death, the plane of misery is to be expected. […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 36 Dutiya Janakuhana Sutta: Deceiving People 2

The holy life is lived for the sake of realizing special knowledge and attaining full understanding.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, this holy life is not lived for the sake of deceiving people, or for the sake of flattering people, or for the sake of profiting in gain, honour, and fame, or with […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 37 Somanassa Sutta: Living Joyfully

Insightful and ardent monks investigate the true nature of life.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, a monk endowed with two things, lives with happiness and joy and has aroused energy for the destruction of taints. What are the two? Being moved by a sense of urgency at […]

Further Reading:

AN 5.57 How we can develop this urgency

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Itivuttaka

Itv 79 Parihāna Sutta: Falling Away

The Buddha explains three things that lead to the falling away of a training monk and three things that lead to the non-falling of a training monk.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, three things lead to the falling away of a trainee-monk. What are the three? Monks, a trainee-monk, neglecting meditation, enjoys duties, delights in duties, and is intent on his enjoyment of duties. […]

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Itivuttaka

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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Itivuttaka

Itv 84 Bahujanahita Sutta: For the Happiness of Many

The Buddha explains the three persons who are born in the world for the welfare of many people.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, three persons are born in the world for the welfare of many people, for the happiness of many people, out of compassion for the world and for the good, welfare, and happiness […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 90 Aggappasāda Sutta: Supreme Confidence

The Buddha explains the three supreme object of confidence.

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 supreme objects of confidence. What are the three? Monks, whatever beings exist, whether footless, two-footed or four-footed, with form or without form, percipient or non-percipient, or neither-percipient-nor-non-percipient, of these […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 91 Jīvikā Sutta: Livelihood

The Buddha explains the reasoning behind why monks beg for food.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, begging for food is a lowly means of livelihood. In this world, monks, it is demeaning to say, ‘You go around as a beggar with a bowl in your hand!’ Yet, monks, […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 92 Sanghāṭikaṇṇa Sutta: Grabbing Hold of the Robe

The Buddha explains what it really means to be "close to the Buddha."

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, even if a monk, grabbing hold of my robe, following right behind me and placing his feet in my footsteps, were greedy for sense pleasures, strongly passionate, angry, corrupt in thought, unmindful, […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 94 Upaparikkha Sutta: Investigating

The Buddha explains when a monk has eradicated the seven ties of defilements and cut the cord of existence, his wandering in the cycle of rebirths is finished.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, a monk should investigate so that, as he investigates, his consciousness is not distracted and diffused externally, is not positioned internally based on craving, and by not grasping he is not agitated. […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 104 Sīlasampanna Sutta: Possessing Virtue

The Buddha explains the importance of associating with monks.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, those monks who possess virtue, concentration and wisdom, who possess liberation, and the knowledge and vision of liberation; who exhort Dhamma, instruct Dhamma and who demonstrate, urge, rouse, and encourage, and who […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 105 Taṇhuppāda Sutta: Arousing Craving

The Buddha explains four types of craving that arise in a monk.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, four things arouse craving. When a monk’s craving arises, it is due to these four things. What are the four? A monk’s craving arises for the sake of robes, sake of food, […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 107 Bahukāra Sutta: Very Helpful

The Buddha explains the symbiotic relationship between monks and lay followers.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, people are very helpful to you, as they provide you with robes, food, lodging, and medicine. And you, monks, are also very helpful to people, as you teach them the Dhamma that […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 108 Kuha Sutta: Deceitful

Monks who are deceitful, stubborn, desirous of talking, frauds, arrogant, and of a scattered mind are not followers of the Dhamma.

But monks, whatever monks are not deceitful, not desirous of talking, wise, humble, and well concentrated; these monks are indeed my followers. Monks, they have not turned away and they will achieve growth, progress, and development in the Dhamma and discipline.