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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By this truth may there be well-being for you, and well-being for the conceived foetus”. To Listen in Myanmar Pali.
Do not hurt me or anybody else for any reason, attain to the highest appeasement and protect the firm and the infirm. When his merit covers up the demerit, he illuminates the world like the moon freed from clouds.
One day Arahanta Angulimala saw a pregnant woman in difficult labour of child birth and reported the condition to the Buddha. Choices interdependent on culture, context and dispositions; choices whose determination have a firm foundation in moral acceptance and situationally ethical actions.
Then venerable Angulimala putting on robes in the morning and taking bowl and robes went the alms round in Savatthi. Went as far as could be reached in that conveyance and approached the Blessed One, on foot. What if I kill this recluse? If a stick was thrown at anybody else, it hit venerable Angulimala. Then king Pasenadi of Kosala getting up from his seat, worshipped and circumambulated the Blessed One, and went away.
Anuglimala are not restrained sutta living things, therefore I have stopped and you have not. 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. Brahmin, endure that, on account 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.
At that time he destroyed complete villages, complete hamlets and even the state.
Then venerable Angulimala putting on robes in the morning and taking bowl and robes entered Savatthi for alms. So the lad killed many men to cut the fingers which he made a garland hanging around his neck.
Angulimala Sutta – Pali
Situational ethics are the intentional angjlimala that arise with an encompassing and corrective view. He was fierce, with bloody hands, engaged in killing living things without mercy. 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. Each choice was made interdependent of the encompassing factors of culture, perceptions and dispositions.
The Angulimala Sutta
The Buddha, knowing of Angulimala and heedless of the voices of the townspeople warning him of danger enters the forest and soon encounters Angulimala. So he decided to cut the last finger from anyone he saw that day.
He was educated at the Taxila university and the Rector asked him to collect one thousand fingers as a gratifying test. He killing humans collects fingers to wear as a garland round suta neck. There is nothing for you to fear from Angulimala. At that time at the entrance to the palace of king Pasenadi of Kosala was assembled a large gathering, making much aangulimala If you were to see him like that, what would you do? He kills humans to wear a garland of fingers. Do not be yoked to negligence, and sensual pleasures, concentrate diligently to attain pleasantness.
The Angulimala Sutta » The Buddha Center
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 One: So, Angulimala, murderer and terrorist undergoes a miraculous change to a harmless bhikkhu. Then king Pasenadi of Kosala was shivering with fear and his hairs stood on end. He is fierce, with bloody hands, has no compassion for living things, destroys, hamlets, villages and states.
Agulimala while walking why did he say, I have stopped and Angulimala you too stop! Earlier I was known as Angulimala with bloody hands, look at the refuge the leader of being is destroyed.