Sutra of the Path of the Ten Good Karmas

Some extracts…

“Because all sentient beings differ in their thinking, they do different karmas. Hence, they transmigrate through different life-journeys. Dragon-King, do you see that those in this assembly and in the immense ocean differ in their shape, form, and kind? All such differences are caused by their minds, from which arise good or evil body karmas, voice karmas, and mind karmas, yet the mind is formless and invisible, beyond one’s grasp. As illusory dharmas arise, each has neither a ruler called self nor its belongings. Though each dharma appears different [to one] according to one’s karma, it has no creator. Therefore, all dharmas by nature are inconceivable and illusory.”

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“This dharma is the path of the ten good karmas. What are these ten? One forever quits killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, false speech, divisive speech, abusive speech, suggestive speech, greed, anger, and the wrong views.

“Dragon-King, if one quits killing sentient beings, one will acquire ten dharmas free from one’s afflictions. What are these ten? First, one will universally give sentient beings fearlessness. Second, one will invoke the mind of great lovingkindness toward sentient beings. Third, one will forever eradicate anger and its habitual traces. Fourth, one’s body will be free from illnesses. Fifth, one will live a long life. Sixth, one will constantly be protected by nonhumans. Seventh, one will sleep soundly without nightmares. Eighth, one’s enmity will be eliminated and one’s grudges will be resolved by themselves. Ninth, one will have no fear of the evil life-paths. Tenth, one will be reborn in heaven. These are the ten. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, with a lifespan controllable at will.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits stealing, one will acquire ten assurance dharmas. What are these ten? First, one’s wealth will be abundant and will not be taken away by the law, bandits, floods, fires, or wicked children. Second, one will be loved and remembered by many. Third, one will not be abused by others. Fourth, one will be praised by all in the ten directions. Fifth, one will not worry about loss or damage. Sixth, one’s good name will spread. Seventh, one will have no fear in the midst of a multitude. Eighth, one’s life, appearance, vigor, and wealth will be stable, and one’s eloquence flawless. Ninth, one will always have the intent to give alms. Tenth, one will be reborn in heaven. These are the ten. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, with the pure wisdom-knowledge of great bodhi.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits sexual misconduct, one will acquire four dharmas praised by the wise. What are these four? First, one’s faculties will be normal and keen. Second, one will forever be free from turmoil. Third, one will be praised by all in the Three Realms of Existence. Fourth, one’s wife will not be taken [by another man]. These are the four. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, with a great man’s physical marks, including a hidden male organ.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits false speech, one will acquire eight dharmas praised by gods. What are these eight? First, one’s mouth will always be pure and fragrant like the flower of the utpala lotus. Second, one will be trusted and admired by the world. Third, one’s words will be true and one will be loved and respected by gods and humans. Fourth, one will always comfort sentient beings with loving words. Fifth, one will have superb delight and pure karma in body, voice, and mind. Sixth, one will make no mistakes in speech and will constantly have joy in one’s heart. Seventh, one’s words will be valued and carried out by gods and humans. Eighth, one’s wisdom will be excellent and indomitable. These are the eight. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, speaking the truthful words of the Tathāgata.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits divisive speech, one will acquire five indestructible dharmas. What are these five? First, one will have the adamantine body that no one can harm. Second, one will have the faithful retinue that no one can destroy. Third, one will have unwavering faith in accord with one’s original karmas. Fourth, one will take infallible actions because one’s training is solid. Fifth, one will have enduring beneficent learned friends because one is never deceptive. These are the five. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, with the true retinue that māras and non-Buddhists can never destroy.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits abusive speech, one will acquire eight purities. What are these eight? First, one’s words will never be objectionable. Second, one’s words will all be beneficial. Third, one’s words will accord with principles. Fourth, one’s words will be beautiful. Fifth, one’s words will be accepted. Sixth, one’s words will be credible. Seventh, one’s words will never be scorned. Eighth, one’s words will be delightful. These are the eight. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, speaking with the Tathāgata’s Brahma tones.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits suggestive speech, one will acquire three certainties. What are these three? First, one will certainly be loved by the wise. Second, one will certainly be able to give truthful answers with wisdom. Third, one’s awesome virtue will certainly be supreme among gods and humans. These are the three. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, not failing the prophecies bestowed upon by Tathāgatas.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits greed, one will acquire five commands. What are these five? First, one will have command of karmas because one’s faculties will be complete. Second, one will have command of wealth because bandits will not be able to take it by force. Third, one will have command of merit because all things desired will be provided. Fourth, one will have command of kingship because precious offerings will be received. Fifth, the things one receives will be one hundred times better than what one initially seeks because one was not miserly in the past. These are the five. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, revered by all in the Three Realms of Existence and receiving their offerings.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits anger, one will acquire eight dharmas that delight one’s heart. What are these eight? First, one will not have the mind of harm. Second, one will not have the mind of anger. Third, one will not have the mind of dispute. Fourth, one will have a gentle, upright mind. Fifth, one will have a holy one’s mind of lovingkindness. Sixth, one will have the will to benefit and comfort sentient beings. Seventh, one will have a fine physical appearance and will be respected by the multitudes. Eighth, one will quickly be reborn in the Brahma world because one is gentle and tolerant. These are the eight. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, with the hindrance-free mind, whom others will never tire of beholding.

“Moreover, Dragon-King, if one quits the wrong views, one will acquire ten meritorious dharmas. What are these ten? First, one will have true virtue and delight, and truly beneficent companions. Second, one will deeply believe in causality and will never do evil, even at the cost of one’s life. Third, one will take refuge in Buddhas, not gods. Fourth, one will have an upright mind and the right views, forever shattering the web of doubts about what is favorable or unfavorable. Fifth, one will always be reborn as a human or a god, never again taking any evil life-path. Sixth, one’s immeasurable merit and wisdom will increase at every turn. Seventh, one will leave the evil paths forever, to walk the holy path. Eighth, one will never take the view that one has an embodied self, and will discard all evil karmas. Ninth, one will hold the view that everything is hindrance free. Tenth, one will never fall into the [eight] difficulties. These are the ten. If one transfers one’s roots of goodness to one’s attainment of anuttara-samyak-saṁbodhi, one will eventually become a Buddha, mastering the entire Buddha Dharma and achieving command of spiritual powers.”

Translated from the Chinese Canon

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