MAJJHIMA NIKAAYA II
(86) To Angulimala.
I heard thus.
At one time the Blessed One was living in the monastery offered by Anathapindika in
Jetas grove in Savatthi. At that time in King Pasenadi Kosalas kingdom there
was a robber named Angulimala. 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 travellers seeing the Blessed One following up the path leading to where Angulimala
was staying said. Recluse do not fall to that path, there lives a robber named
Angulimala, a fierce one with bloody hands, engaged in killing living things, without
mercy. He has destroyed complete villages, complete hamlets and even states. He kills
humans to wear a garland of fingers. O! recluse, even a band of ten, twenty, thirty forty,
or even fifty people going along this path were killed by this robber Angulimala. When
this was said the Blessed One went on, silently.
For the second time they said it and the Blessed One went on, silently and for the
third time they said it and the Blessed One went on, silently.
The robber Angulimala saw the Blessed One coming in the distance and it occurred to
him: 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. What if I kill this recluse? Then the
robber Angulimala took out his sword and armour and fixed his bow and arrow and followed
close behind Blessed One. 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. Then it occurred to the robber Angulimala: It is indeed wonderful, earlier, I
could overtake a running elephant, a running horse, a moving chariot, here running with
all my strength, I cannot reach up to this recluse. He stopped and called to the Blessed
One. Stop! Recluse stop!
'Angulimala, I have stopped. Stop you too! The Blessed One said.
Then it occurred to the robber Angulimala: These recluses, the sons of the Sakyas talk
the truth and are established in the truth: Yet while walking why did he say, I have
stopped and Angulimala you too stop! What if I ask about it from the recluse? Then
the robber Angulimala said this verse to the Blessed One.
While going the recluse says I have stopped, when I have stopped, he
says I have not stopped.
Recluse, explain this to me, how have you stopped and I have not stopped.
Angulimala I have stopped for good, giving up punishing living things.
You are not restrained towards living things, therefore I have stopped and you have not.
After a long time did we meet a great sage in the great forest,
I will throw away demerit for good, hearing your words enjoined with the Teaching.
Then and there the robber threw away his weapons into the depths of the forest
Fell at the feet of the Blessed One and begged for the going forth,
The Blessed One, the sage with compassion, for the whole world,
Gave him the going forth saying. Come O! bhikkhu! that was his going forth
Then the Blessed One with venerable Angulimala as the second monk went through the
streets of Savatthi and arrived at the monastery offered by Anathapindika in Jetas
grove. At that time at the entrance to the palace of king Pasenadi of Kosala was assembled
a large gathering, making much noise: Lord, there is a robber Angulimala, in the kingdom.
He is fierce, with bloody hands, has no compassion for living things, destroys, hamlets,
villages and states. He killing humans collects fingers to wear as a garland round his
neck. Lord he should be punished.
Then king Pasenadi of Kosala left his palace with about five hundred riders on horse
back and approached the monastery. Went as far as could be reached in that conveyance and
approached the Blessed One, on foot. Approaching the Blessed One worshipped and sat on a
side. Then the Blessed One said thus to king Pasenadi of Kosala Great king, has king
Seniya Bimbisara of Magadha arisen against you, or has the Licchavis of Vesali arisen
against you? No, venerable sir, neither king Seniya Bimbisara of Magadha has
arisen against me, nor the Licchavis of vesali have arisen against me. Yet there is a
robber in my kingdom, by the name Angulimala, fierce, bloody handed, without compassion
for living things. He destroys hamlets, villages and states killing humans to collect
fingers to wear a garland round his neck..Venerable sir, I cannot punish him.
Great king, if you see, Angulimala, with shaved head and beard, donning yellow
clothes, gone forth homeless, abstaining from, destroying life, taking the not given,
telling lies, partaking one meal a day, and virtuous. What would you do to him?
Venerable sir, I will get up from my seat on his arrival, prepare him a seat,
invite him, arrange to provide the four requisites of life, robes, morsel food, dwellings
and requisites when ill and provide him righteous protection. Yet venerable sir, how could
such virtues come to evil doers, like him?
At that time venerable Angulimala was seated close to the Blessed One, and the Blessed
One stretched his right and said, to king Pasenadi of Kosala: Great king that is
Then king Pasenadi of Kosala was shivering with fear and his hairs stood on end. Then
the Blssed One knowing that king Pasenadi of Kosala was shivering with fear and that his
hairs were standing on end, said thus: Great king, do not fear, there is nothing to fear
now. Then all that fear vanished from the king and approached venerable Angulimala and
said. Venerable sir, are you Angulimala?
Yes, great king, Im Angulimaala.
Of what clan is the venerable ones father and of what clan is the venerable
Great king, my father is Gagga and my mother Mantani
Venerable sir, venerable Gaggamantaniputta, take pleasure in the Dispensation, I
will provide with the four requisites of life such as robes, morsel food dwellings and
requisites when ill. At that time venerable Angulimala was a dependent on morsel food, a
forest dweller, a rag robe wearer and confined to three robes. So venerable Angulimala
said to king Pasenadi of Kosala.Useless great king, my three robes are
Then king Pasenadi of Kosala approached the Blessed One worshipped, sat on a side and
said. Indeed, it is wonderful, how you tame, those that have to be tamed, how you
appease those that are not appeased, how you make the not extinguished to extinguish. How
you tame those that could not be tamed with stick or weapon, without stick or weapon. Now
we have much work to do, we would go. Then king Pasenadi of Kosala getting up from his
seat, worshipped and circumambulated the Blessed One, and went away.
Then venerable Angulimala putting on robes in the morning and taking bowl and robes
entered Savatthi for alms. When going the alms round in Savatthi in due order, saw a
certain woman with the pains of childbirth, then it occurred to him, indeed beings are
defiled. 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:
Venerable sir, when I was going for alms in due order, I saw a certain woman
suffering from the pains of childbirth and it occurred to me: Indeed beings are
Then Angulimala go to Savatthi, approach that woman and tell her. Sister,
since my birth I have not destroyed a living thing knowingly, by that truth may you be
well and may the one to be born be well.
Venerable sir, wont it be a lie told with awareness, I have destroyed many
living things with awareness.
Then Angulimala go to Savatthi and approach that woman and tell her. Sister,
since I was born in the noble birth I have not destroyed a living thing knowingly, by that
truth may you be well and may the one to be born be well.
Then venerable Angulimala agreed went to Savatthi approached that woman and told her.
Sister, since I was born in the noble birth I have not destroyed a living thing
knowingly, by that truth may you be well and may the one to be born be well. Then
she got well and the child was also well. 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 realised and abode. He knew, birth is destroyed, the holy
life is lived, what should be done is done. There is nothing more to wish.
Then venerable Angulimala putting on robes in the morning and taking bowl and robes
went the alms round in Savatthi. Then if a clod was thrown at anybody else, it hit
venerable Angulimala. If a stick was thrown at anybody else, it hit venerable Angulimala.
If a stone was thrown, it hit venerable Angulimala. Venerable Angulimala would come to the
Blessed One with a split head and blood dripping, with the bowl broken and with robes
torn. The Blessed One seeing venerable Angulimala approaching in the disstance would say:
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. Brahmin, bear the results of your actions here and now.
Venerable Angulimala experienced the pleasantness of release in his seclusion, and then
these verses occurred to him:
The negligent one became diligent, and illuminates the world like the moon freed
When his merit covers up the demerit, he illuminates the world like the moon freed from
.The young bhikkhu yoked to the Dispensation of the Blessed One illuminates the worldlike
the moon freed from clouds.
My enemies, listen to the Teaching, be yoked to the Dispensation of the Blessed One.
My enemies, associate friends who show the appeasing Teaching
My enemies, with patience and aversion dispelled, listen to the Teaching and live
according to the Teaching,
Do not hurt me or anybody else for any reason, attain to the highest appeasement and
protect the firm and the infirm
Irrigators lead water, fletchers bend arrows, the carpenter bends wood and the wise tame
Some are tamed with a stick, or hook or whip, I was tamed without a stick or weapon, by a
such like one.
Earlier when I was a hurter, my name was non-hurter, now am true to my name I do not hurt
Earlier I was a robber known as Angulimala, and was carried away by the surge ofthe refuge
in the enlightenment.
Earlier I was known as Angulimala with bloody hands, look at the refuge the leader of
being is destroyed
Having done many actions leading to birth in hell, touched by the results of actions, I
partake food without a debt.
Fools are yoked to negligence, the wise protect diligence as the highest wealth.
Do not be yoked to negligence, and sensual pleasures, concentrate diligently to attain
Go to increase, not to decrease, this is good advice, reach the highest of the analytical
Go to increase, not to decrease, this is good advice of mine, I have attained the
Three knowledges and done the dispensation of the Enlightened One.
End of the Angulimala Sutta.