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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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Anguttara Nikaya

AN 10:46 Sakka Sutta: To the Sakyans

What are the benefits of living diligently?

“Sakyans, you have this life which is subject to fear, sorrow and death. However, you are negligent in finding the way out. Sometimes you keep the eight precepts, and sometimes you don’t.

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Khuddakapatha

Khp 6 Ratana Sutta: Jewels Discourse

This sutta was taught by the Supreme Buddha as a protection for the city of Rājagaha when it was overcome with famine, disease, and evil spirits. It explains the qualities of the Triple Gem.

Those who are well trained, freed from all defilements, and with minds firm in Gotama Buddha’straining, upon attaining Nibbāna, they plunge into the Deathless, freely enjoying the liberation they have gained. In the Saṅgha is this precious jewel. By this truth may there be well-being!

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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 62 Indriya Sutta: Faculties

The Buddha explains the three faculties in those following the Noble Eightfold Path.

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 faculties. What three? The faculty of assurance: I will realize the Four Noble Truths that have not yet been fully realized (in terms of the knowledge of the task […]

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Sutta Nipata

Snp 2.1 Ratana Sutta: Jewels Discourse

This sutta was taught by the Supreme Buddha as a protection for the city of Rājagaha when it was overcome with famine, disease, and evil spirits. It explains the qualities of the Triple Gem.

Those who are well trained, freed from all defilements, and with minds firm in Gotama Buddha’straining, upon attaining Nibbāna, they plunge into the Deathless, freely enjoying the liberation they have gained. In the Saṅgha is this precious jewel. By this truth may there be well-being!

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Vimana Vatthu

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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Vimana Vatthu

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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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 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. […]