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40 qualities that lead one to a heavenly realm:

1. He abstains from taking lives and has compassion for all tiny creatures

2. He does not take what is not given

3. He does not act wrongly in sensual desires

4. He does not engage in untruthful speech

5. He does not engage in slander

6. He does not engage in harsh speech

7. He does not engage in idle babble

8. He is not covetous and envious of others

9. He does not engage in harmful thoughts

10. He has Right Understanding

11 through 20 = all of the above, with encouraging another to do so for each

21 through 30 = the above 1-10, with approving of so doing, for each

31 through 40 = the above 1-10, with speaking in praise thereof

(from Anguttara Nikaya 10.213)

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