Looking for two Suttas

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Darroth
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Looking for two Suttas

Postby Darroth » Fri May 14, 2010 9:11 am

Awhile ago I seem to recall reading two Suttas on Access to Insight that were very interesting but I've never been able to find them since. Hopefully, someone here can provide me with the names of the Suttas.

The first related a tale wherein a married couple asked the Buddha how they could be together in future lives and the Buddha taught them an aspiration for this.

The second related a tale wherein an Arhat committed blameless suicide by entering the "fire element" and dying though self-immolation.

Thank you for your help!

Darroth

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mikenz66
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Re: Looking for two Suttas

Postby mikenz66 » Fri May 14, 2010 9:20 am

Hi Darroth, Here is one...
Darroth wrote:The first related a tale wherein a married couple asked the Buddha how they could be together in future lives and the Buddha taught them an aspiration for this.

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

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Re: Looking for two Suttas

Postby cooran » Fri May 14, 2010 9:45 am

Hello Darroth, all,

There are only three cases of Suicide in the Pali Canon:
http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma/suicide.html

Regarding the Fire Element, it is said of Ven. Ananda:

When Ananda was 120 years old, he felt that his end was near. He went from Rajagaha on a journey to Vesali, just as his Master had done. When the king of Magadha and the princes of Vesali heard that Ananda would soon attain final Nibbana, they hurried to him from both directions to bid him farewell. In order to do justice to both sides, Ananda chose a way to die in keeping with his gentle nature: raised himself into the air through his supernormal powers and let his body be consumed by the fire element. The relics were divided and stupas erected.
'Ananda Guardian of the Dhamma' Great Disciples of the Buddha p.182 by Helmut Hecker Wisdom Publlications ISBN 0-86171-128-9

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