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Uraga Sutta

1. Uraga Vagga.– The first chapter of the Suttanipāta. It consists of twelve suttas. Sn.1 ff.

2. Uraga Vagga.– The first section of the Petavatthu. The last story in the section is called Uraga Petavatthu. Pv., p.11.

Uraga Sutta.– The first sutta of the Suttanipāta. It was taught at the Aggāḷava-cetiya in Āḷavī. The Āḷavaka monks cut down trees to build new houses for themselves, and one of them, in felling a tree that was the abode of a tree-sprite, hurt her child’s hand. Though sorely tempted to kill the monk on the spot, the sprite checked herself and made a complaint to the Buddha, who asked her to occupy another tree (SnA.i.3 f; the story is also given in Vin.iv.34 and in DhA.iii.229 f). The first stanza of the sutta was taught the devatā. The Suttanipāta Commentary (SnA.i.15 ff) gives the occasions on which the other stanzas were taught.

Buddhaghosa says (Sp.iv.761) that the devatā mentioned above took up her residence in Jetavana, on a spot indicated to her by the Buddha, and had, therefore, the privilege of listening to the Buddha’s discourses at close quarters, even when there were great assemblies of the devas present and less powerful devas, like herself, had generally to yield place to the more powerful. She could not be dislodged from the place appointed to her by the Buddha.

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