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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 17

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of [rebirth among] the animals. 1. Their bodies engage in average types of evil actions. 2. Their mouths engage in average types of evil actions. 3. Their minds engage in average types of evil actions. 4. Due to the affliction of greed, they give rise to all types of evil actions. 5. Due to the affliction of hatred, they give rise to all types of evil actions. 6. Due to the affliction of delusion, they give rise to all types of evil actions. 7. They berate and slander sentient beings. 8. They annoy and harm sentient beings. 9. They donate impure things. 10. They engage in sexual misconduct [lit. debauched licentiousness]. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of [rebirth among] the animals.