The gods come to see the Buddha and praise various kinds of giving, including the gift of fearlessness.
A monkey-King outwits a crocodile who tries to eat him, and the crocodile acknowledges his escape with the following verse.
The Bodhisatta uncovers a female monkey as the real thief of the King’s jewels, and the King praised him with the following verse.
The Bodhisatta escapes from a man-eating ogre (rakkhasa) and the latter acknowledges his escape with the following verse.
The Bodhisatta, reborn as the Lord of the Gods Sakka, explains the path to Heaven to his former wife.
Anāthapiṇḍika is reborn as a god in Heaven. Later he comes to see the Buddha and utters these words.
To protect their new-born son, the Bodhisatta, the King and Queen build an iron house and keep him in it. On coming of age, though, he realises he is not safe from old age and death and proclaims 24 verses which culimate in the following famous verses.
The Bodhisatta’s teaching to the man-eating King, which eventually persuades him to give up his evil habit.
A rich merchant dies after living like a pauper. The Buddha explains that in a previous life he had given alms to a Paccekabuddha, and so in this life he became rich; however, he regreted it later, so he couldn’t enjoy it.
Some verses that were taught to the Bodhisatta by a brāhman who had heard them from the Buddha Kassapa. He is rewarded with a thousand coins for each of the verses.
The yakkha Ālavaka asked the Buddha various questions on the spiritual life, and this verse is part of the answer.
Today I am including a recital of Lo Weda Sangarawa by Ven. Dickwelle Upatissa Mahathera. He is accompanied by a harmonium, which provides a very atmospheric backdrop to the verses.
The Bodhisatta, when he was King Janasandha, explained ten courses of action which, when not done, bring about regret in the future.
The Buddha explains various dangerous courses of action to the young man Sigāla.
A god comes and asks the Buddha various questions, including one about how many faults there are.
The teaching to Sigāla on what increases and decreases fame and good fortune.
These are the Buddha’s words at the conclusion of the instruction given to the young man Sigāla.
The Householder Anāthapiṇḍika receives instruction on the right ways to make use of the wealth that has been righteously obtained.