It seems dhamma only reserved to human being only , though mentioned in the Sutta some heavenly being also benefitted from it .
SN 56.102 - 131 appears to say all beings in all realms can realise the Four Noble Truths.
Animals re-born as human is few; animal re-reborn in hell is many. For what reason? The animal re-born in hell have not seen the Four Noble Truths.
I think It is rather difficult for animals to realise the Four noble truth , maybe heavenly beings have more chances,
Even till date , human being also find it difficult to realise four noble truth , what more other being ?
@sujato. Trihetuka pratisandhi - one must be born of a kamma without craving, aversion and delusion to be able to understand the dhamma. It’s probably a commentarial concept. Is this found anywhere in the suttas?
@James2997 - Maybe this sutta can help answer your question:
"…There are, bhikkhus, these eight inopportune moments that are not right occasions for living the spiritual life. What eight?
_“Here, a Tathāgata has arisen in the world, an arahant, perfectly enlightened, accomplished in true knowledge and conduct, fortunate, knower of the world, unsurpassed trainer of persons to be tamed, teacher of devas and humans, an Enlightened One, a Blessed One, and the Dhamma leading to peace, nibbāna, and enlightenment is taught as proclaimed by a Fortunate One.
(1) "…But, a person has been reborn in hell. This is the first inopportune moment that is not the right occasion for living the spiritual life.
_(2) “…a person has been reborn in the animal realm…” _
(3) “…a person has been reborn in the sphere of afflicted spirits…”
(4) “…a person has been reborn in a certain order of long-lived devas…”
(5) “…a person has been reborn in the outlying provinces among the uncouth foreigners, a place to which bhikkhus, bhikkhunīs, male lay followers, and female lay followers do not travel…”
(6) “…A person has been reborn in the central provinces, but he holds wrong view and has a distorted perspective: ‘There is nothing given, nothing sacrificed, nothing offered; there is no fruit or result of good and bad actions; there is no this world, no other world; there is no mother, no father; there are no beings spontaneously reborn; there are in the world no ascetics and brahmins of right conduct and right practice who, having realized this world and the other world for themselves by direct knowledge, make them known to others…”
(7) “…A person has been reborn in the central provinces, but he is unwise, stupid, obtuse, unable to understand the meaning of what has been well stated and badly stated…”
(8) “…But, a person has been reborn in the central provinces, and he is wise, intelligent, astute, able to understand the meaning of what has been well stated and badly stated. This is the eighth inopportune moment that is not the right occasion for living the spiritual life.”
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I think It is rather difficult for animals to realise the Four noble truth , maybe heavenly beings have more chances.[/quote]
This is probably true since the EBTs often state the Buddha is the teacher of gods & humans however this cartoon video shows an animal realising the Four Noble Truths:
Tihetukā paṭisandhi is an entirely commentarial concept, mostly found in the Abhidhamma commentaries.
Yes I thought as much. Also if someone didn’t have craving, aversion and delusion, I doubt if they would be reborn based on that particular kamma!