dude wrote:pueraeternus wrote:
No, the human realm is probably the most conducive, but not the only realm that nirvana can be realized. Non-returners gain their final release from the Pure Realms as long-lived Brahmas.
In what sutra is that stated?
There are many Agama sutras that state this. One example is the Dasama Sutta:
Staying right there, he reaches the ending of the mental fermentations. Or, if not, then — through this very Dhamma-passion, this Dhamma-delight, and from the total wasting away of the first five Fetters — he is due to be reborn [in the Pure Abodes], there to be totally unbound, never again to return from that world.
According to tradition, Brahma Sahampati, who asked the then just-enlightened Buddha to remain in the world and teach his Dharma, was a Brahma from the Pure Abodes.