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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 1

Thus I have heard. At one time, the Buddha was dwelling in Śrāvastī, in Jeta’s Grove in Anāthapiṇḍada’s Park. At that time, the Buddha addressed the lay patron (gṛhapati) Śuka, the son of Dutiya: “Patron Śuka. I will preach to you a discourse on the differences in the karmic recompenses of good and evil actions (karman). You should listen carefully and reflect well upon it.”
At that time, Śuka responded to the Buddha, saying: “Indeed, oh World Honored One, we will listen with great anticipation.”
The Buddha said to Śuka: “All sentient beings are bound to their actions, depend on their actions, and journey on [viz., take rebirth] in accordance with their own actions. Based on these causes and conditions, they are distinguished as superior, average, and inferior. I will briefly expound this discourse about the distinctions between all the various kinds of worldly actions.”