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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:28 pm 
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Hey. I here to ask you a favor.
I was debating about secular buddhism with a friend and he ask me if i could show him some references about the buddha talking about this """mistical"""" stuff. Would any sutra expert give me a hand?. Thanks


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:43 pm 
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well, many of the sutras are taking place in tryastrimsa heaven.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trāyastriṃśa

i dont know if this count as mystical and i am not a sutra expert anyways but good luck.

also this there is some ''mystical stuff'' in it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoXSfQL4n7I

i think every story of the ksitigarbha sutra is in that movie of the sutra.

there are hell beings and mystical powers of arahants and bodhisattvas, and one chapter in trayastrimsa heaven.

also the usnisa vijaya sutra, there is a story about God's asking help from buddha.

then you can also get information by buying '' the sutra of the wise and foolish '' which is part of the jataka tales, which talk about karma at least in terms of buddhas previous lives and show some connection between cause and effect.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:45 pm 
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The Thirty-one Planes of Existence
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html

Has descriptions and references to all the various suttas.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:31 pm 
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References to devas...some samples
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

References on 'rebirth', some samples
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

References on kamma, some samples
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:48 pm 
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TaTa wrote:
Hey. I here to ask you a favor.
I was debating about secular buddhism with a friend and he ask me if i could show him some references about the buddha talking about this """mistical"""" stuff. Would any sutra expert give me a hand?. Thanks



Start with The Dhammapada, easy reading, stuff about hell realms, karma, rebirth, devas and all kinds of "mystical" stuff. Granted things like Devas are mostly mentioned in passing...but it's plenty "mystical", and the most accessible quick read of the Pali Canon that i've been exposed to.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/kn/dhp/

He's gonna lose miserably if he thinks he can debate that the historical Buddha (near as we know) never talked about stuff like that, it's all over the Pali stuff.

some examples:

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15. The evil-doer grieves here and hereafter; he grieves in both the worlds. He laments and is afflicted, recollecting his own impure deeds.

16. The doer of good rejoices here and hereafter; he rejoices in both the worlds. He rejoices and exults, recollecting his own pure deeds.

17. The evil-doer suffers here and hereafter; he suffers in both the worlds. The thought, "Evil have I done," torments him, and he suffers even more when gone to realms of woe.


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44. Who shall overcome this earth, this realm of Yama and this sphere of men and gods? Who shall bring to perfection the well-taught path of wisdom as an expert garland-maker would his floral design?


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69. So long as an evil deed has not ripened, the fool thinks it as sweet as honey. But when the evil deed ripens, the fool comes to grief.


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71. Truly, an evil deed committed does not immediately bear fruit, like milk that does not turn sour all at once. But smoldering, it follows the fool like fire covered by ashes.


In fact, the Dhammapada has an entire section on Hell, so here ya go:

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:06 pm 
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Well, the first 2 samyuttas of the Samyutta Nikaya are called devatasamyutta and devaputtasamyutta, "Connected Discourses with Devatas" and "Connected Discourses with Young Devas", respectively, in Bodhi's translation.

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