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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This page at Nibbana. Brahmin, endure that, on angulimla of the results of your actions you would have been reaping results for many years, for many hundreds of years, for many thousands of years in hell. If a stone was thrown, it hit venerable Angulimala. This is how we learn to pose questions about our own choices, and to build the positive character and wisdom to make choices that bring about positive causal consequences.
Earlier I was a robber known as Angulimala, and was carried away by the surge of the refuge in the enlightenment. Let us recite this discourse of protection. If you were to see him like that, what would you do? I will throw away demerit for good, hearing your words enjoined with the Teaching.
Lord he should be punished. He was educated at the Taxila university and the Rector asked him to collect one thousand fingers as a gratifying test. Do not hurt me or anybody else for any reason, attain to the highest appeasement and protect anguliala firm and the infirm.
What about compassion for the friends and families affected by the deaths of people; and for the villagers who lived in constant fear? Earlier I was known as Angulimala with bloody hands, look at the refuge the leader of being is destroyed. So, Angulimala, murderer and terrorist undergoes sutga miraculous change to a harmless bhikkhu. Having done many actions leading to birth in hell, touched by the results of actions I partake food without a debt.
Situational ethics are the intentional actions that arise with an encompassing and corrective view. Hearing this, Mantani, the mother of the robber, hurried to her son to warn him. If a stick was thrown at anybody else, it hit venerable Angulimala. Indeed it is wonderful, people come along this path in bands of ten, or twenty, or thirty, or forty, or fifty, they all got into my hands, this recluse comes all alone, without another, may be he thinks to overcome me.
At that time at the entrance to the palace of king Pasenadi of Kosala was assembled a large gathering, making much noise: But the Buddha performed a miracle so that sutfa chasing robber could not catch up with the slowly walking Buddha. King Kosala publicly notified that the royal army was going to annihilate the robber. He has destroyed complete villages, complete hamlets and even states.
He killed humans to wear a garland of fingers. Cowherds, farmers and travelers seeing the Blessed One following up the path leading to where Angulimala was staying said. Please Donate Your generous donations will help us to continue our work. Hence he became notorious as the Robber with a garland of fingers— Angulimala Cora.
But the determined robber chased after his mother to cut her finger. O recluse, even a band of ten, twenty, thirty forty, or even angulimalx people going along this path were killed by this robber Angulimala.
This choice protected Angulimala from the system of social justice of that time and culture. Do not be yoked to anguoimala, and sensual pleasures, concentrate diligently to attain pleasantness. By this truth may there be well-being for you, and well-being for the conceived foetus”.
Buddhist Sutra – Angulimala Sutta
So the Buddha advised him to perform an oath of truth by declaring that he had not intentionally killed any life from the time he had become an Ariyan monk, This is a magical means for saving both amgulimala of the mother and the new child. Then king Pasenadi of Kosala approached the Blessed One worshipped, sat on a side and said. Then the robber Angulimala took out his sword and armor and fixed his bow and arrow and followed close behind Blessed One.
Then Angulimala withdrawn from the crowd, secluded and diligent for dispelling abode and before long for whatever reason sons of clansmen rightfully leave the household and become homeless, that noble end of the holy life he here and now knowing realized and abode.
The Angulimala Sutta
The teacher tells him that only by doing so will Ahimsaka benefit from all the hard work and study he has done. What if I ask about it from the recluse? In the next section of verses the Buddha makes questionable choices. Then Angulimala go to Savatthi and approach that woman and tell her.
When this was said the Blessed One went on, silently. The Buddha, knowing of Angulimala and heedless of the voices of the townspeople warning him of danger enters the forest and soon encounters Angulimala.
Irrigators lead water, fletchers bend arrows, the carpenter bends wood and the wise tame the self. This is why it is pragmatically useful to engage a sense of situational ethics in these decisions. Earlier when I was a hurter, my name was non-hurter, now am true to my name I do not hurt anyone.