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Digha Nikaya

DN 30 Lakkhana Sutta: The Marks of a Great Man

Because of good actions he had done in the past, the Supreme Buddha had special marks on his body and special qualities related to those marks. In this sutta we learn the exact actions he did to earn each mark.

“Monks, in some past lives The Buddha was reborn as a human being. He brought happiness to many people, eliminating threats of thieves and terror of demons, providing protection and security, and giving gifts with many friends.

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Samyutta Nikaya

SN 11.14 Dallidda Suttaṁ: The Discourse about a Poor Man

The wise person, remembering the Buddha’s teachings, should be devoted to faith, virtue, confidence and realization of the Dhamma.

Monks, a long time ago, in this same province, there was a very poor and helpless beggar. He practiced faith, virtue, Dhamma learning, generosity, and wisdom in the path proclaimed by the Buddha.

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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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Anguttara Nikaya

AN 9.2 Meghiya Sutta: Monk Meghiya

What should we do to prepare the mind for wisdom?

At one time the Buddha was living in the city of Cālikā, on the Cālikā mountain. Those days, the monk Meghiya was the Buddha’s attendant. Then monk Meghiya went up to the Buddha, bowed respectfully, stood to one side, and said to the Buddha, “Bhante, I’d like to go to Jantu village for alms.” “Meghiya, […]

Questions for Reflection:

The Supreme Buddha said, They should develop the perception of ugliness to give up greed, love to give up hate, mindfulness of breathing to cut off unwanted thinking, and perception of impermanence to uproot the conceit "I am."

What have you done when your mind was overcome with gree, hate, unwanted thinking, and conceit?

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Itivuttaka

Itv 46 Sikkhānisaṁsa Sutta: Benefits of Training

The Buddha explains how a monk should live experiencing the Triple Training called virtue, concentration, and wisdom.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, live experiencing the benefits of the Triple Training called virtue, concentration, and wisdom. Live with wisdom as the foremost leader in your life. Live with liberation as the end goal. Live with […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 48 Āpāyika Sutta: Plane of Misery

The Buddha explains the consequences of lying and accusing falsely those who are virtuous.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard, “Monks, by not giving up evil conduct, these two persons will be reborn in the plain of misery, in hell. What two persons? One who, not living a celibate life, pretends to be […]

Further Reading:

  • Dhp v306-308
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Itivuttaka

Itv 59 Māradheyya Sutta: Mara’s Domain

The Buddha explains three qualities a liberated monk has.

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 three qualities has passed beyond the domain of Māra and shines like the sun. What are the three? Here, a monk is endowed with the quality of virtue […]

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Itivuttaka

Itv 60 Puññakiriyavatthu Sutta: Grounds for Making Merits

The Buddha explains the three grounds for making merit.

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 grounds for making merit. What three? Giving as a ground for making merit, virtue as a ground for making merit, and meditation as a ground for making merit. Monks, […]

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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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Itivuttaka

Itv 76 Sukhapatthanā Sutta: Hoping for Happiness

The Buddha explains the importance of associating with virtuous friends.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard: “Monks, hoping for three kinds of happiness, a wise person practices virtue. What are the three? Thinking ‘May praise come to me,’ a wise person practices virtue. Thinking ‘May wealth come to me,’ […]

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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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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 3.9 Visālakkhī Sutta: Mansion of the Beautiful-Eyed Goddess

Following the precepts, leading a restrained life, practicing generosity, and having faith can bring much happiness.

God Sakka: Devata, with large beautiful eyes you walk around surrounded by many other goddesses in the delightful Cittalata Forest. What is your name? When the gods of the Tavatimsa Heaven enter this forest their bodies, horses, and chariots become more beautiful. Even though you are not wearing any golden flower jewelry, you are still […]