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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 12

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of poverty [lit. a lesser livelihood]. 1. They personally engage in theft. 2. They encourage others to steal. 3. They praise theft. 4. They rejoice in seeing thievery. 5. They squander their parents’ means of support. 6. They seize the property and wealth of the sages and saints. 7. Seeing others profit, their minds do not rejoice. 8. They hinder others from profiting and put obstacles in their way. 9. Seeing others engage in giving, they take no delight in it. 10. Seeing famine in the world, they do not feel empathy. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of poverty.