On Fridays at the Buddha Center in Second Life the sangha has been learning about and discussing aspects of the Angulimala Sutta. This talk arose from the. ANGULIMALA SUTTA. uyyojanna. parittam yam bhanantassa,. nisinnatthanadhovanam;. udakampi vinaseti,. sabbameva parissayam. At that time in King Pasenadi’s kingdom of Kosala there was a robber named Angulimala. He was fierce, with bloody hands, engaged in killing living beings.
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Some are tamed with a stick, or hook or whip, I was tamed without a stick or weapon, by a such like one.
He killing humans collects fingers to wear as a garland round his neck. Ahimsaka performs exceptionally as a student, becomes a favorite of his teacher which causes the arising of fear, anger and hatred in his fellow students.
The teacher tells him that only by doing so will Ahimsaka benefit from all the hard work and study he has done. Confused, but always the respectful and dutiful person, Ahimsaka returns to Kosala, goes into the forest of Jalini and embarks on a murderous quest as Angulimala.
The Angulimala Sutta Angulimala: Then king Pasenadi of Kosala was shivering with fear and his hairs stood on end. How you tame those that could not be tamed with stick or weapon, without stick or weapon.
He has destroyed complete villages, complete hamlets and even states.
Great king, do not fear, there is nothing to fear now. Now the most Compassionate Buddha saved the life of the helpless mother by standing between the runner and the chaser at the risk of His life. Then after the alms round and after the meal was over, venerable Angulimala approached the Blessed One worshipped, sat on a side and said to the Blessed Anguliala Cowherds, farmers and travelers seeing the Blessed One following up angu,imala path leading to where Angulimala was staying said.
Thus he became a disciple by the name of Venerable Angulimala who worked intensively and soon be came an Arahanta Saint. Then the Blessed One put on robes in the morning, taking bowl and robes entered Savatthi for alms.
At that time he destroyed complete villages, complete hamlets and even the state. In the next section of verses the Buddha makes questionable choices. Please Donate Your generous donations will help us to continue our work.
Indeed beings are defiled. Having done many actions leading to birth in hell, touched by the results of actions I partake food without a debt. Then the robber Angulimala took out his sword and armor and fixed his bow and arrow and followed close behind Blessed One.
Hence he became notorious as the Robber with a garland of fingers— Angulimala Cora. Then king Pasenadi of Kosala approached the Blessed One worshipped, sat on a side and said.
My enemies, with patience and aversion dispelled, listen to the Teaching and live according to the Teaching. He kills humans to wear a garland of fingers.
The Angulimala Sutta
One day Arahanta Angulimala saw a pregnant woman in difficult labour of child birth and reported the condition to the Buddha. He was educated at the Taxila university and the Rector asked him to collect one thousand fingers as a gratifying test.
Lord he should be punished. Up to this point in the parable choices were made by the father and mother giving him a harmless name and opportunities to succeedthe king when the father offers to have his son killed the king declinesAhimsaka first choosing to be good, later choosing to do badhis fellow students negative actionsand the teacher anguoimala being supportive, later sytta lies and manipulating Ahimsaka.
So he decided to angulimal the last finger from anyone he saw that day. What about compassion for King Pasenadi whose people expected Angulimala to be brought to justice? When the robber saw the Buddha, he changed his mind from chasing his own mother and attempted to seize the Buddha. O recluse, even a band of ten, twenty, thirty forty, or even fifty people going along this path were killed by this robber Angulimala.
MN 86 – Angulimala Sutta
The Blessed One performed such a psychic intention, that the robber Angulimala pursuing the Blessed One with all his strength would not reach the Blessed One. Since then the Burmese people used to bless the water by reciting this paritta of three stanzas and sprinkle on the head of the pregnant woman who is having difficulty in child-birth. What if I ask about it from the recluse?
Then Angulimala go to Savatthi and approach that woman and tell her. Earlier I was a robber known as Angulimala, and was carried away by the surge of the refuge in the enlightenment.
Choices interdependent on culture, context and dispositions; choices whose determination have a firm foundation sutat moral acceptance and situationally ethical actions. Search this Site Search. Yet while walking why did he say, I have stopped and Angulimala you too stop!
And usually it works well. Hearing this, Mantani, the mother of the robber, hurried to her son to warn him. Morally, as Buddhists, we realize that compassion is non-negotiable, that everyone deserves compassion.