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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 13

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of wealth [lit. a substantial livelihood]. 1. They do not personally engage in theft. 2. They encourage others not to steal. 3. They praise not stealing. 4. They rejoice in seeing others not steal. 5. They supplement their parents’ means of support. 6. They make offerings of the necessities to the sages and saints and to their seniors. 7. Seeing others profit, they rejoice. 8. Seeing others profit, they figure out a means (upāya) of helping them. 9. Seeing others engage in giving, they are ecstatic. 10. Seeing famine in the world, they feel empathy. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of wealth