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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 15.1 Tinakaṭṭha Sutta: Grass and Sticks

How can we imagine how many mothers we have had in this cycle of rebirth?

“The generation of that person’s mothers and grandmothers would not come to an end, yet, the grass, wood, branches, and twigs in this entire Indian Sub-Continent would be used up and finished.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 15.18 Putta Sutta: Son

Hard to find a being in the world that has not been a son in this cycle of rebirth.

Monks, in this long journey, it is not easy to find a being who has not previously been a son.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 15.19 Dhītu Sutta: Daughter

Hard to find a being in the world that has not been a daughter in this cycle of rebirth.

Monks, in this long journey, it is not easy to find a being who has not previously been a daughter.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 15.20 Vepulla Sutta: Vepulla Mountain

Whole societies have risen and fallen in this world.

There will come a time, monks, when the name for this mountain will have disappeared, when these people will have died, and I will have passed away. So impermanent are conditioned things, monks, so unstable, so unreliable.

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Itivuttaka

Itv 15 Taṇha Saṁyojuna Sutta: Craving

The Buddha explains the fetter of craving, which leads one to wander in the journey of rebirth.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, I do not see any single fetter other than the fetter of craving, by which beings are so tied and run on and wander in journey of rebirths for a long, long […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 24 Aṭṭhipuñja Sutta: The Heap of Bones

The Buddha explains how the bones of a single person, when accumulated in a single eon, would make a huge mountain.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, the bones of a single person, running on and wandering in this journey of rebirths for an eon, would make a heap of bones, a pile of bones as large as this […]

Further Reading:

  • SN 15.3 Another simile using tears to understand the length of saṁsara
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Itivuttaka

Itv 96 Kāmayoga Sutta: The Bonds

The Buddha explains how one who is tied by the bond of sense pleasures will continue in this cycle of rebirth.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, a person tied by the bond of sense desire and by the bond of existence is a returner, one who returns to this sense-world. Monks, a person freed from the bond of […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 99 Tevijja Sutta: The Triple Knowledge

What does it mean to be a brāhmin?

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, I describe a person as a Brāhmin with Triple Knowledge based on the fact he has achieved the goal of Dhamma. However, I do not describe a person as a Brāhmin just […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 103 Samaṇabrāhmaṇa Sutta: Recluses and Brāhmin

The Buddha explains how true recluses and Brāhmins understand the Four Noble Truths.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, recluses and Brāhmins who do not understand as it actually is, ‘This is suffering; this is the cause of suffering; this is the cessation of suffering; this is the path leading to […]

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Therigatha

Thig 15.1 The Verses of Arahant Nun Isidāsī (399-446)

The Arahant Nun Isidāsī tells the story of her previous lives.

432. I worshiped my father, mother, and the community of my relatives. I became a nun. Seven days after becoming a nun, I attained the Triple Knowledge.