Sentient beings may perform ten wholesome deeds or ten unwholesome deeds. What are the ten? Three are done with the body, four are done with the mouth, and three are done with the mind.
The three done with the body are killing, stealing, and abusing the bodies of others. The four done with the mouth are duplicity, harsh speech, lies, and frivolity. The three done with the mind are covetousness, ill will, and wrong views. These ten are not in accord with the Way of Sages and are called the ten unwholesome deeds.
To put a stop to this unwholesomeness is to perform the ten wholesome deeds.