What is wholesome, skillful and beneficial?

That which purifies the mind of ignorance, greed and ill will, and to liberate the mind from the false self, is wholesome, skillful and beneficial.  That which nurtures the false self is unwholesome, unskillful and not beneficial.


The Ten Courses of Wholesome Kamma (kusalakammapatha) are:

Bodily Actions

  1. pāṇātipātā veramaṇī: abstain from killing living beings;
  2. adinnādānā veramaṇī: abstain from taking what is not given;
  3. kāmesu micchācārā veramaṇī: abstain from wrong conduct in regard to sense pleasures;

Verbal Actions

  1. musāvādā veramaṇī: abstain from false speech;
  2. pisuṇāya vacāya veramaṇī: abstain from slanderous speech;
  3. pharusāya vācāya veramaṇī: abstain from harsh speech;
  4. samphappalāpā veramaṇī: abstain from idle chatter;

Mental Actions

  1. anabhijjhā: free from covetousness;
  2. abyāpāda: free from ill will; and
  3. sammādiṭṭhi: hold right views, free from wrong views.