Want to live a long life?

By rescuing beings who are about to be slaughtered,

By benefiting others by giving life in such ways,

By turning away from harming any living creature,

You will attain a long life.

By caring for the seriously ill,

By giving them medicine as a healer,

By refraining from harming creatures with stones or sticks,

You will be free from illness.

~ as quoted by Geshe Lhundup Sopa in his book, Steps on the Path to Enlightenment: Karma, volume 3.


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