Angulimala Sutta: Buddhist Redemption and Forgiveness

Ed. Note: Have heard whispers of this, but wanted to bring this story out in the open a bit more. This sutta could easily be the best representation of Buddhist redemption and forgiveness. So, next time some big time news person asks where is there proof of it in this “faith” you can quote the Buddha himself!

From Access To Insight

I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying near Savatthi at Jeta’s Grove, Anathapindika’s monastery. And at that time in King Pasenadi’s realm there was a bandit named Angulimala: brutal, bloody-handed, devoted to killing & slaying, showing no mercy to living beings. He turned villages into non-villages, towns into non-towns, settled countryside into unsettled countryside. Having repeatedly killed human beings, he wore a garland (mala) made of fingers (anguli).

Then the Blessed One, early in the morning, having put on his robes and carrying his outer robe & bowl, went into Savatthi for alms. Having wandered for alms in Savatthi and returning from his alms round after his meal, set his lodging in order. Carrying his robes & bowl, he went along the road to where Angulimala was staying. Cowherds, shepherds, & farmers saw him going along the road to where Angulimala was staying, and on seeing him said to him, “Don’t go along that road, contemplative, for on that road is Angulimala: brutal, bloody-handed, devoted to killing & slaying, showing no mercy to living beings. He has turned villages into non-villages, towns into non-towns, settled countryside into unsettled countryside. Having repeatedly killed human beings, he wears a garland made of fingers. Groups of ten, twenty, thirty, & forty men have gone along that road, and even they have fallen into Angulimala’s hands.” When this was said, the Blessed One kept going in silence.

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Ethan Nichtern on CNN in response to Brit Hume

Just finished watching the fantastic response to Brit Hume’s gaffe on Buddhism, via CNN. Rick Sanchez hosted Ethan Nichtern from the ID Project and asked him to respond to the comments made by Brit Hume on Fox News.

Ethan represented his view on Buddhism in a way that was not only compassionate, but maybe made it a bit more understandable for those second guessing Buddhism’s teachings on forgiveness and redemption.

Brit Hume and Fox News “Fair and Balanced”?

Have seen this posted around the internet and was absolutely amazed, better yet, appalled at the pure ignorance on a supposed “fair and balanced” TV news program, although Fox News isn’t the most “balanced” in my mind anyway. Brit Hume has been in the broadcasting game for a while, and you’d think, better yet hope, that he’d have the mental aptitude to not make idiotic remarks like this about Tiger Woods…

“He is said to be a Buddhist. I don’t think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. My message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.”

What? Are you kidding me? Nope, and I’m not kidding you… watch… you’ll see…