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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 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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Itivuttaka

Itv 74 Putta Sutta: Sons and Daughters

The Buddha explains the three kinds of sons and daughters in the world.

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 these three kinds of sons and daughters in the world. What three? The higher kind, the similar kind, and the lower kind. Now, what, monks, is the higher kind of […]

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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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Vv 1.12 Dutiya Patibbatā Sutta: Second Honest Wife Mansion

A deva explains how keeping the precepts and being a follower of the Supreme Buddha can bring happiness.

Moggallana Bhante: Dear Devata, your mansion is very beautiful. It is decorated with various carvings made of beryl and other gemstones. Pretty gods and goddesses are always dancing and singing to entertain you. Devata, you are very mighty, possessing various kinds of psychic powers. Tell me Devata, what kind of meritorious action did you do […]

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Vv 1.15 Uttarā Sutta: Uttara’s Mansion

Living a restrained life, keeping the precepts, and being generous will only bring good results.

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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Vv 1.16 Sirimā Sutta: Sirima’s Mansion

The wife of King Bimbisara, now a deva, explains her unshakable confidence in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha.

Vangisa Bhante: Devata, your chariot is very beautiful. The divine horses that pull it are very powerful and fast, and they are decorated with various ornaments. These horses travel down through the sky. Just as horses obey their driver, these horses take you to wherever your mind wishes to go. You have received five hundred […]

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Vv 1.17 Kesakārī Sutta: Kesakari’s Mansion

God Sakka asks what merit helped a deva become as radiant as a Brahma.

Devata: My mansion is very beautiful and shines in all directions. The pillars of the mansion are made of beryl gemstones. Golden trees decorate the surrounding garden. This mansion appeared as a result of my meritorious deeds. God Sakka: One hundred thousand goddesses were born before you here in this mansion to be your attendants. […]

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Vv 2.2 Lakhumā Sutta: Lakhuma’s Mansion

A deva explains how she attained the fruit of once returner.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, you are in this Cittalata Park surrounded by many goddesses as if you were the god Sakka. 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 actions did you do when you […]

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Vv 2.5 Bhadditthi Sutta: Lovely Lady’s Mansion

The Supreme Buddha asks a deva how she gained a rare tree near her heavenly mansion.

Supreme Buddha: Devata, around your mansion there are very beautiful mandarava trees and they are covered with blue, yellow, black, crimson, and red flower filaments. You are wearing a garland of mandarava flowers on your head. This beautiful type of tree is not found in any other heaven. Famous devata, what meritorious deed did you […]

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Vv 2.6 Soṇadinnā Sutta: Sonadinna’s Mansion

A deva explains how delighted she was to keep her precepts and give generously.

Moggallana Bhante: Devata, your beauty shines in all directions like the bright star named Osadhi. What meritorious deeds have you have done to gain 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 […]

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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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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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Vv 5.11 Dutiya Nāga Sutta: Second Elephant Mansion

A deva explains the benefits of following the 5 precepts.

Vangisa Bhante: Dear Deva, you are sitting on the back of an elephant that is huge and all white. You travel from park to park, surrounded by goddesses, shining brightly in all directions like the star Osadhi. What kind of meritorious actions did you do when you were in the human world? That deva, delighted […]

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Vv 5.13 Cūḷaratha Sutta: Small Chariot Mansion

A prince near death learns Dhamma from an Arahant and changes his ways to attain a better rebirth.

Maha Kaccana Bhante was living in the forest. One day, he saw a prince and spoke to him in this way. Maha Kaccana Bhante: You are holding a bow that is made from hardwood, pushing on one end with your foot. Are you a king, a prince, or a hunter in the forest? Who are […]

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Pv 2.5 Maṭṭakuṇḍalī Sutta: Mattakundali

What should we do to secure happiness in our next life?

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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Pv 3.7 Migaluddaka Sutta: The Deer-Hunter

Keeping precepts even for a small duration will provide benefits.

Man: You are young and surrounded by male and female deities. You look very happy with all the pleasures that you have. But in the daytime, you experience very painful feelings. What did you do in your previous life? Ghost: I was a cruel deer hunter living in the city of Rajagaha. I was always […]

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Pv 3.8 Dutiya Migaluddaka Sutta: A Second Deer Hunter

Taking the life of another will only lead to suffering.

Man: In a multi-story mansion you rest on your very comfortable couch, listening to the sweet music of instruments. But at the end of the night before sunrise, you walk towards the cemetery where you experience very painful feelings. What evil deed have you committed by body, speech, or mind that you suffer like this? […]

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Pv 4.1 Ambasakkhara Sutta: King Ambasakkhara

How does one escape from the path leading to hell?

In the city of the Vajjian people named Vesali there was a Licchavi king named Ambasakkhara. One day while he was outside of the city, he went to see a prisoner who was impaled on a sharp stake. There, the king saw a ghost. The king questioned the ghost, Ambasakkhara: This person can neither sleep […]