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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 4

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of frequent illness. 1. They enjoy beating sentient beings. 2. They encourage others to engage in beating. 3. They praise the act of beating. 4. They enjoy seeing others being beaten. 5. They vex their parents, causing them to worry. 6. They vex the sages and saints. 7. Their minds rejoice greatly in seeing their enemies suffer from illness. 8. Their minds are unhappy at seeing their enemy’s illnesses cured. 9. They give medicine that will be ineffective in curing their enemy’s illnesses. 10. They eat again before the previous meal is digested. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of frequent illness.