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The Essential Scriptures of the Buddha and Patriarchs

Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 19

“Furthermore, there are ten actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of [rebirth among] the asuras [demigods]. 1. Their bodies engage in the subtlest types of evil actions. 2. Their mouths engage in the subtlest types of evil actions. 3. Their minds engage in the subtlest types of evil actions. 4. They are arrogant. 5. They are conceited. 6. They overestimate themselves. 7. They are vainglorious. 8. They have false pride. 9. They have an exaggerated sense of their own superiority. 10. They direct all their wholesome faculties (kuśalamūla) toward the rebirth destiny of the asuras. These ten actions can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of [rebirth among] the asuras.