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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 5

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of infrequent illness. 1. They do not enjoy beating sentient beings. 2. They encourage others not to engage in beating. 3. They praise the act of not-beating. 4. They enjoy seeing that no one is being beaten. 5. They make offerings to their parents and to the sick. 6. Seeing that the sages and saints are ill, they devoutly make offerings to them. 7. Their minds rejoice in seeing their enemy’s illnesses cured. 8. Seeing someone suffering from illness, they give him effective medicine and encourage others to give [that person medicine]. 9. They generate thoughts of loving-kindness and sympathy for sentient beings who suffer from illness. 10. They consume all food and drink in moderation. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of infrequent illness.