Sutras on Ghosts

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Sutras on Ghosts

Postby Moth » Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:54 pm

Are there any sutras where the Buddha specifically addresses or explains the existence of ghosts, how they come to be, what their experience is, etc? Others have told me about hungry ghosts, but I am looking for the Buddha's actual teachings.
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Re: Sutras on Ghosts

Postby bodom » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:21 pm

According to the Buddha the ten unwholesome actions are the cause of being reborn as a hungry ghost or "shade".

"Then there is the case where a certain person takes life, takes what is not given, engages in sensual misconduct, engages in false speech, engages in divisive speech, engages in abusive speech, engages in idle chatter, is covetous, bears ill will, and has wrong views. With the break-up of the body, after death, he reappears in the realms of the hungry shades. He lives there, he remains there, by means of whatever is the food of hungry shades. He lives there, he remains that, by means of whatever his friends or relatives give in dedication to him. This is the possible place for that gift to accrue to one staying there."


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Re: Sutras on Ghosts

Postby mikenz66 » Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:22 pm

For hungry ghosts see:

Petavatthu Stories of the Hungry Ghosts
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... index.html

The Thirty-one Planes of Existence
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... /loka.html

Which gives some more sutta references, such as the one Bodom gives above:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... howto-peta
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... holesome10

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