A Discourse on the Sūtra on Upāsaka Precepts, Vol. 1, p.126

Sūtra on Upāsaka Precepts

Bringing Forth the Bodhi Mind, Chapter 2


“Good sons! There are five things related to bringing forth the bodhi mind: (1) having wholesome friends, (2) eliminating aversion and malice, (3) following the teacher’s teachings, (4) developing compassion, and (5) practicing one’s faith diligently. However, there are five more things: (1) not seeing others’ faults, (2) not being discouraged despite seeing others’ faults, (3) not becoming arrogant after attaining wholesome dharmas, (4) not being jealous of others’ wholesome deeds, and (5) treating all sentient beings as one’s only children. Good sons! After bringing forth the bodhi mind, a wise person can destroy one’s negative karmas, etc. with the magnitude of Mount Sumeru.”

Excerpts from A Discourse on the Sūtra on Upāsaka Precepts

Venerable Xiao Pingshi


After a wise person brings forth the bodhi mind, the first five things involve retrospection of own self; and the next five things relate to when dealing with others. When these ten deeds are conducted by bringing forth the Bodhi Mind, the bad karmas in previous lives can be destroyed even if they are comparable to the size of Mount Sumeru! However, the bad karmas here refer to worldly karmas, excluding the supramundane karmas. In other words, karmas of slandering the Three Jewels are excluded. Buddhist practitioners need to pay extra attention to this subject matter. 

A Discourse on the Sūtra on Upāsaka Precepts, Vol. 1, pp. 27-30