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There are some suttas where Buddha talks about the after death realms. The one in this link even says that if one lives a Dhammic life and aspires to reappear among any of the deva realms after the body's death, "it is possible". A heavenly respite, I for one, would welcome.http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .nymo.html
This noble eightfold path is the ancient path traveled by all the Buddhas of eons past. Nagara Sutta
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