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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 7

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of beauty and grace. 1. They are not prone to anger. 2. They make offerings of clothing. 3. They love and respect their parents and seniors. 4. They revere the religious merit of the sages and saints. 5. They constantly re-plaster and decorate the Buddha’s stūpas. 6. They re-plaster the inside of the [dharma] halls with clean clay. 7. They keep in good order the saṃgha grounds and the āramas [monasteries]. 8. They dust and clean [lit. sweep and water down (the grounds around)] the Buddha’s stūpas. 9. Seeing someone who is ugly, they do not belittle him, but instead give rise to thoughts of veneration. 10. Seeing someone who is beautiful and graceful, they recognize the past causes [that brought about that beauty] and admire that merit. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of beauty and grace.