The Shorter Devata Sutra

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In The Shorter Devata Sutra (Skt. Alpadevatāsūtra; Tib. ལྷའི་མདོ་ཉུང་ངུ།, Wyl. lha'i mdo nyung ngu), while staying in Shravasti, the Buddha is approached by an unnamed “divine being,” who inquires as to what behaviour merits rebirth in the higher realms. In response, the Buddha explains, in a series of concise and powerful verses, that abandoning each of the ten non-virtues—killing, taking what is not given, sexual misconduct, telling lies, slander, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness, ill will, and wrong views—and embracing their opposites, the ten virtues, will lead to rebirth in the higher realms.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 330


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.