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Giving to the needy,
also gives up 
what you do not need –
miserliness.

– Stonepeace | Books

At that time the World-Honored One [i.e. Sakyamuni Buddha] told the dragon-king,

[1] “Because Bodhisattvas quit killing and give alms [i.e practise generosity]
in their training for bodhi [i.e. enlightenment of Buddhahood],
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
They will live a long life,
not dying an untimely death
or being harmed by enemies.

[2] “Because they quit stealing and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away,
and they will accumulate their store of the Buddha Dharma.

[3] “Because they quit sexual misconduct and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
Their families will be respectable,
and no one will gaze upon their mothers or wives with lust.

[4] “Because they quit false speech and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
They will not be slandered by others,
and they will uphold the true Dharma.
What they do according to their vows will all be fruitful.

[5] “Because they quit divisive speech and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
Their retinues will live in harmony
and share the same aspirations without any dispute.

[6] “Because they quit abusive speech and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
The multitudes will joyfully take refuge in them
and will trust and accept their words without any resistance.

[7] “Because they quit suggestive [or equivocal] speech and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
Their words will not be improper,
and will be respected and accepted by others.
They will resolve people’s doubts by skillful means.

[8] “Because they quit greed and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
They will give away with wisdom all that they have,
and their faith and understanding will be firm and powerful.

[9] “Because they quit anger and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
They will quickly acquire wisdom-knowledge from the hindrance-free mind,
and their facial features will be attractive, admired and loved by others.

[10] “Because they quit the wrong views and give alms,
they will acquire great wealth that no one can take away.
They will always be reborn in families that have the right views and reverent faith.
They will see Buddhas, hear the Dharma, and make offerings to Saṅghas,
never losing the great bodhi mind
[i.e.Bodhicitta: aspiration for enlightenment of Buddhahood].

 
“These are the ten good karmas [i.e. wholesome deeds] of the great ones who walk the Bodhisattva Way [to Buddhahood].

Sūtra of the Path of the Ten Good Karmas (十善业道经)
Translated by Rulu

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