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Uttara Sutta

1. Uttara Sutta.– The conversation between Uttara devaputta, Uttara (3), and the Buddha. One’s life is short, says the devaputta; one should, therefore, gather merit, in order to gain bliss. Rather, answers the Buddha, reject the bait of all the worlds and aspire after final peace (S.i.54).

2. Uttara Vipatti Sutta.– Taught to the monks by Uttara Thera at Mount Saṅkheyya at Vaṭajālikāya (v.l. Dhavajālikā) in Mahisavatthu. From time to time we should reflect on our own misfortunes as well as on those of others, and likewise on our successes. Vessavaṇa heard this sutta being taught as he was journeying from north to south on some business. He went to Tāvatiṃsa, where he informed Sakka of what he had heard Uttara say. Sakka, thereupon, appeared before Uttara and asked him whether his discourse was based on his own illumination (paṭibhāna), or on what he had heard from the Buddha. Uttara’s reply was that his words were garnered from the Doctrine of the Buddha just as a man takes a handful of grain from a heap of grain. Sakka then repeated the whole discourse on the same subject, which he had heard the Buddha teach the monks at Gijjhakūṭa in Rājagaha. A.iv.162‑6.

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