Dictionary of Key Spiritual Terms

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rku ba/ 

p. brkus/  f. brku/  imp. rkus/ 

Biblical: to steal: ma rku/  do not steal (Mt. 19:18).

Buddhist: Theft (ma byin par len pa/ ) may be defined as: gzhan gyis bdag tu bzung ba'i ca lag la sogs pa dug gsum gang yang rung ba'i dbang gis brku bar 'dod de gzhan gyi dngos po rin thang tshang ba zhig brkus nas mthar gzhan gyi ca lag de rang la thob song snyam pa'i blo skyes nam byin len gyi las ngo ma de byung ba red/  stealing is the wish, because of one of the three poisons, to take away the property, etc. which another holds as his own, and, having stolen another's article of sufficient value, one finally produces the idea that one has obtained another's property as one's own: this is the actual act of stealing (TRC 243).

Proverbs: sgo nga brkus na bya de brku/  [a child] who steals an egg will [in later life become a thief and ] steal the hen as well (TQP 74).