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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 9

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of having much dignity and authority. 1. They are not jealous or envious toward any sentient beings. 2. Seeing others’ gains, their minds rejoice. 3. Seeing others’ losses, they feel empathy. 4. Seeing others receive great fame and reputation, they are ecstatic. 5. Seeing others lose fame and reputation, they are distressed and aggrieved. 6. Generating the bodhi-mind, they make Buddha images. 7. They respectfully attend to their own parents and the sages and saints. 8. They encourage people to stop performing actions that will lead to little dignity and merit. 9. They encourage others to cultivate actions that will lead to great dignity and merit. 10. Seeing someone with little dignity and merit, they do not belittle him. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of having much dignity and authority.