He was fierce, with bloody hands, engaged in killing living things without mercy. At that time he destroyed complete villages, complete hamlets and even the state. He killed humans to wear a garland of fingers. Then the Blessed One put on robes in the morning, taking bowl and robes entered Savatthi for alms. Going the alms round and returning from the alms round and after the meal was over, arranged the dwelling and taking bowl and robes, followed up the path to where Angulimala was. Cowherds, farmers and travelers seeing the Blessed One following up the path leading to where Angulimala was staying said.
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The Angulimala Sutta records the account of the bandit Angulimala and his meeting with the Buddha. It is an example of how even a bandit and killer was able to transform into a peaceful person through having faith in the Buddha and following the Buddhist path. The Angulimala Thera Thag He was violent, bloody-handed, a hardened killer, merciless to living beings.
He laid waste to villages, towns, and countries. He was constantly murdering people, and he wore their fingers as a necklace. He is violent, bloody-handed, a hardened killer, merciless to living beings. He has laid waste to villages, towns, and countries. He is constantly murdering people, and he wears their fingers as a necklace. People travel along this road only after banding closely together in groups of ten, twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty.
For a second time … and a third time, they urged the Buddha to turn back. But when they said this, the Buddha went on in silence. Still they meet their end by my hand. But still this ascetic comes along alone and unaccompanied, like he had beaten me already.
Your Majesty must put a stop to him! He went by carriage as far as the terrain allowed, then descended and approached the Buddha on foot. He bowed and sat down to one side. And that he was refraining from killing living creatures, stealing, and lying; that he was eating in one part of the day, and was celibate, ethical, and of good character.
What would you do to him? But sir, how could such an immoral, evil man ever have such virtue and restraint? You have nothing to fear from him. My robes are complete. How the Buddha tames those who are wild, pacifies those who are violent, and extinguishes those who are unextinguished! For I was not able to tame him with the rod and the sword, but the Buddha tamed him without rod or sword.
Well, now, sir, I must go. I have many duties, and much to do. Then as he was wandering indiscriminately for alms-food he saw a woman undergoing a painful obstructed labor. Oh, beings suffer such filth! By this truth, may both you and your infant be safe. For I have deliberately killed many living creatures. He lived having achieved with his own insight the goal for which people from good families rightly go forth from the lay life to homelessness.
Endure it, brahmin! A young mendicant, devoted to the teaching of the Buddha, lights up the world, like the moon freed from a cloud. May even my enemies hear a Dhamma talk! May even my enemies associate with those good people who establish others in the Dhamma!
May even my enemies hear Dhamma at the right time, from those who speak on acceptance, praising acquiescence; and may they follow that path! For irrigators guide the water, and fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters carve timber— but the astute tame themselves. Some tame by using the rod, some with goads, and some with whips. But the poised one tamed me without rod or sword.
The name I bear today is true, for I do no harm to anyone. Swept away in a great flood, I went to the Buddha as a refuge. The result of my deeds has already hit me, so I enjoy my food free of debt. Fools and unintelligent people devote themselves to negligence.
But the intelligent protect diligence as their best treasure. It was welcome, not unwelcome, the advice I got was good. Of teachings that are shared, I encountered the best. From Encyclopedia of Buddhism. Jump to: navigation , search.
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Translation by Bhikkhu Sujato.
Angulimala Sutta, Aṅgulimāla-sutta: 1 definition
The Angulimala Sutta records the account of the bandit Angulimala and his meeting with the Buddha. It is an example of how even a bandit and killer was able to transform into a peaceful person through having faith in the Buddha and following the Buddhist path. The Angulimala Thera Thag He was violent, bloody-handed, a hardened killer, merciless to living beings. He laid waste to villages, towns, and countries.
Depicted as a ruthless brigand who completely transforms after a conversion to Buddhism, he is seen as the example par excellence of the redemptive power of the Buddha's teaching and the Buddha's skill as a teacher. However, out of jealousy, fellow students set him up against his teacher. Eventually, this causes the king to send an army to catch the killer. Indologist Richard Gombrich has suggested that he was a follower of an early form of Tantra , but this claim has been debunked.