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Khp 7 Tirokuḍḍha Sutta: Outside the Walls

The Supreme Buddha explains how to share merit with past relatives.

As water that rains on a mountain-top flows down to the bottom, so will the merits shared from the human world reach the beings in the ghost world.

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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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Peta Vatthu

Pv 1.4 Piṭṭhadhītalika Sutta: Advice to a Daughter

How do we help our departed relatives?

Consoling a crying daughter, the Supreme Buddha gives advice after an alms giving. Unselfish people give gifts to virtuous people with the intention of sharing merits with departed relatives in the ghost world, or with deities who live in their own houses. They will receive great benefit, those who share their merits with the deities […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 1.5 Tirokuḍḍha Sutta: Outside the Walls

The Supreme Buddha explains how to share merit with past relatives.

As water that rains on a mountain-top flows down to the bottom, so will the merits shared from the human world reach the beings in the ghost world.

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 1.10 Khallāṭiya Sutta: Dressed in Hair

A ghost explains the value of giving and sharing merit.

A group of merchants sees a ghost and asks, Merchant: Who are you, the one staying in that mansion? Why don’t you come out? My dear, we would like to see you and your psychic powers. Ghost: I am naked and embarrassed to come outside. I wear my hair as my only clothes. I have […]

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Pv 2.1 Saṃsāramocaka Sutta: Sariputta Bhante Helps a Ghost

What could happen if we don't give and are greedy?

Sariputta Bhante sees a female ghost and asks, Sariputta Bhante: You are naked and very ugly, your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, 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 […]

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Pv 2.2 Sāriputtatherassa Mātu Sutta: Sariputta Bhante’s Mother

How can we reduce our past relatives' suffering?

Sariputta Bhante sees a female ghost and asks, Sariputta Bhante: You are naked and very ugly. Your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Ghost: I was your mother in a previous life. Now I am living in the ghost world suffering from hunger and thirst. My […]

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Peta Vatthu

Pv 2.3 Mattā Sutta: The Ghost Matta

Even minor evil actions can result in immense suffering.

A housewife named Tissa sees a female ghost and questions, Tissa: You are naked and very ugly, your veins are popping out. You thin person, with your ribs sticking out, who are you? Matta (ghost): My name is Matta, and you are Tissa. Don’t you remember? I was your husband’s other wife. I did lots […]

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Pv 2.4 Nandā Sutta: The Ghost Nanda

Harsh speech and evil actions only brings negative results.

Nandasena sees a ghost and questions, Nandasena: You are very dark and ugly with red eyes and black teeth. You look very nasty. I don’t think that you are a human. Nanda (ghost): Oh Nandasena, I am Nanda. I was your wife in the human world. Since I did lots of evil things, I was […]

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Pv 2.8 Cullaseṭṭhi Sutta: The Ghost Chullasetti

Why should we share merit with our past relatives?

King Ajatasattu sees a ghost and questions him, King: You there who is naked and thin, where are you going in the middle of the night and why? Tell me and I will be able to give you some food and clothes. Chullasetti (ghost): I was a very rich and famous man living in Benares, […]

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Pv 3.1 Abhijjamāna Sutta: Without Rippling

Generosity will lead to happiness and good results.

A minister named Koliya saw a ghost while travelling in a ship and questioned,  Koliya: Hey ghost, you move through the river Ganges without creating any ripples in the water. Even though you are naked you are wearing flowers and garlands on the upper part of your body unlike a ghost. Where do you live, […]

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Pv 3.2 Sānuvāsī Sutta: The Monk from Mount Sanuvasi

A ghost reveals how to share merit with his past relatives.

There was once an arahant named Potthapada living in the city of Kundi, on Mount Sanuvasi. He possessed many good qualities. His mother, father, and brother passed away and were reborn in the ghost world because of the bad deeds they committed in the human world. They were very tired, thin, and naked. They experienced […]

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Pv 3.6 Seraṇī Sutta: The Ghost Serini

What happens when you let greed cloud your judgement?

Man: You are naked, ugly, and very thin. Your ribs and veins are sticking out from your body. Who are you? Female Ghost: I am a ghost. I did evil deeds when I was in the human world. As a result, I have to suffer in the ghost world. Man: What evil deed have you […]

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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 […]

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Pv 4.3 Nandaka Sutta: The Ghost Nandaka

A ghost advises a king on the dangers of wrong views and the importance of taking refuge in the Triple Gem.

There was a kingdom called Surattha which had a king named Pingalaka. One day, the king went to help King Moriya. Once he was done, King Pingalaka headed back home in the middle of the day. At that time the weather was very hot. Suddenly a path appeared, created by ghosts. The king saw that […]

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Pv 4.12 Ambarukkha Sutta: The Mango Ghost

What happens when you share merits with your past relatives?

A group of traders see a ghost and ask about his beautiful park. Traders: This lotus pond of yours is extremely delightful. It has beautiful, even banks; it is full of water; flowers are everywhere, and bees can be heard buzzing all around. How did you gain this beautiful pond? This mango park of yours […]

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