Angulimala – The Garland of Fingers

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During Buddha Shakyamuni’s time, an Indian boy was born. Named “Ahimsaka” meaning harmless in Sanskrit, he was later known as Angulimala.

The Pali word ‘Angulimala’ directly translates to “finger mala” or a rosary of fingers. It is a story about a man named Angulimala who quickly excelled in his Dharma studies, but then found himself going down a dark and dangerous path. He lived the younger years of his life spiritually, but due to the jealousy from his peers he was shunned by his community… even by his parents!

He decided to take on a life as a robber and set out to make a mala-like garland of 1,000 fingers – one from every person he killed! For his 1,000th finger, Buddha Shakyamuni appeared before him. Angulimala saw him as his final victim and ran after him. But as much as Angulimala tried to get closer to his last victim, Buddha Shakyamuni always remained one step ahead of him.

Buddha Shakyamuni then gave a short teaching, and Angulimala broke down and cried and requested to be taken in as Shakyamuni’s student.

Angulimala’s life story is especially famous within the Theravadan school. His story shows how it is possible to change your life for the better even after committing so many negative deeds. A lot of people may feel that after creating so much negativity, there’s no turning back. Perhaps they don’t know how to change their life for the better, or that perhaps no one would give them a chance.

Like Milarepa – there are some saints who have hurt and killed many people… however, despite that, they are able to attain the state of Nirvana in that lifetime. Perhaps then, there is a way?

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  1. Pastor Moh Mei on Nov 25, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    No one is so bad that it is impossible for them to change. Killing people and cutting off their fingers to wear as a mala around the neck is a heinous crime. It’s hard to imagine someone who has committed such act being able to see reason, let alone repent.

    The story of Angulimala is a story of hope, a story that tells us there is way out of suffering and we can find peace no matter how dire the situation.

    1. The act does not always reflect a person’s true nature. We are not inherently bad. The Buddha nature does exist in all of us.

    2. A good person can become “bad” due to the experiences he encountered in life. Yes, we are responsible for our own actions and choices we make. What I’m trying to highlight here is that how we treat people around us can either create a positive or negative impact on them. Be mindful of our speech and actions.

    3. Never underestimate the power of compassion. Just giving someone the time of day, a piece of advise, an act of care, genuine kindness could be all it takes to change a person’s life for the better.

    4. We cannot escape the karma of our actions but we are not the prisoner of our karma. We are the creator of our karma. We can stop our destructive ways, change course and move forward.

    5. How we perceive a situation give rise to how we react to a situation. It is not the situation that will give us peace or anger, it is our perception.

  2. Konchok Shempeh on Jul 16, 2014 at 3:17 am

    This is a pathetic.

  3. Vinnie Tan on Nov 23, 2013 at 2:35 am

    This is the first time for me reading the story of Angulimala. It is so fascinating. How much a person can change and transform due to regretting their past actions. Thank you Rinpoche for always reminding us that regret can be powerful only if we take actions to it. Instead of just saying that we regret for certain actions and do not take any actions to follow up on what we have realised.

  4. Sharon Saw on Mar 2, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I love the story of Angulimala though this comic version is different from the one i remember. In the one i have read before, Angulimala is told by his false teacher to gather 1000 fingers and he is just following his teacher’s instructions. The Buddha was going to be his 1000th victim and all he wanted was to fulfil the teacher’s instruction. This is still a good story on its own merits though. The main lesson i get from this story is that we have the power to change our karma when we change our attitude and actions. Even someone who has committed so many sins like Angulimala can become enlightened in one lifetime from his faith in the Buddha.

    The story of how Angulimala healed the lady just because he had faith in the Buddha who told him he could heal also reminded me of what Tsem Rinpoche had said before, that we can have the power to bless and not just Rinpoche. If we follow Rinpoche’s instructions, are sincere and have a good motivation, we can have the power to bless people also.

  5. Sean Wang on Feb 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    The story of Angulimala is a story that should be told to all, especially people who have given up due to them being bad for a portion of their life (Like prisoners).

    Angulimala’s story is proof that despite the amount of negative things you do, redemption is possible.Though Angulimala had murdered many, he still felt peace at the time of death due to his meeting with the Buddha. We should not stop doing the Dharma because we did something wrong. Instead we should work harder in the Dharma to make things right..

    When Angulimala was pelted by stones, it is due to people not recognizing him as the saint he is at the time. This shows that we must always be on our best behavior as it will create the image in other’s eyes. Also, the pelting was purification to ensure Angulimala can go to a better rebirth as his bad karma had been purified.

  6. Indira Kai on Jan 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Thank you! I am a schizophrenic longing for peace of mind. Through this article, I found peace and serenity of mind – Nirvana.

  7. Jessica Yap on Jan 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    What a great story. When I reached the last two pages, I felt the sour sensation in my nose and I was tearing up.. I felt that it is not easy to realize one’s sins and repent. Angulimala must’ve did something right in his past lives to be able to cross paths with Buddha himself.. Very touching and educational at the same time! Will definitely share this story with others! It is never too late to change and repent if we are sincere.

    Thank you for sharing, Rinpoche! I loved it!

  8. Martin on Dec 20, 2012 at 2:48 am

    The story of Angulimala is not only about the redemptive power of the Dharma which is a given, and cannot be doubted. We may read the story and instantly think that the sheer proximity to Dharma and Guru can do its work on us automatically without any involvement on our part.

    Angulimala was born and given the name Ahimsa, which is a beautiful name. He wasn’t born a monster but was born with a pre-inclination to commit harm presumably from the negative karma he accrued in past lives. And here, we have to understand that we are all like that and we are born with certain imprints, which inclines us towards a certain behavior. It is something we have to be aware of in ourselves.

    Ahimsa was diligent and smart and grew into a young man with a lot of potential ahead. But he encountered his share of wickedness and injustice and sadness turned into bitterness and perhaps that gave raise to all his negative karma which took over as he became Angulimala who then gave full expression to his anger and sense of hopelessness. Would he have reacted differently to his misfortune had he met the Buddha and understood the Dharma earlier? Would he have raged against the injustice he suffered as the result of his karma? Probably not.

    When Angulimala met the Buddha, he did not only realize his mistake and regretted and repented. But he also let go of the ill feelings and wrongs that were brought upon him, and he also let go of the guilt and wrong-doing he committed up to that point. He did not dwell on them any longer and in releasing all the good and the bad he experienced, he made way fully for the Dharma. Angulimala did not run away from his past, he simply accepted them and moved on with the Buddha.

    That interpretation may not be in the story but I think we know it to be true. We cannot embrace our future and our past at the same time. Angulimala did not provide excuses for his bad deeds, he did not blame the unfair world, he did not refer to his pain and suffering nor did he hide from his evil deeds. Like many of us, he had every reason he could have called on to justify himself but he just embraced the Dharma. And perhaps this is where we err even when we come into the Dharma. We do not let go of our pain, our fears and whatever emotions we allow to define us. We do not fully surrender and therefore we do not reap the full harvest of peace from the Dharma. Some might say that Angulimala was luck to have met the Buddha himself but I think to meet the Dharma is to have met the Buddha himself. To meet the Guru, too, is to have met the Buddha in person.

    We see how the Dharma released him whatever was driving his emotions and made him into what he was. Before the Dharma, he raged against his karma as he faced afflictions. After the Dharma, he accepted his karma even as he was being beaten to death. In accepting his karma, he felt no anger and instead realized how we are all afflicted by our own karma. he is saying people are not bad on purpose, only people controlled by their ignorance. He realized compassion and took complete refuge in the Buddha (Buddham Saranam Gachami). Angulimala had more than most to overcome but in the Dharma he overcome all and attained Nirvana.

    Those of us who are lucky enough to have met the Dharma should similarly let go and fully embrace the Buddha’s Dharma and let it do its work in us.

    (Sorry this is so long)

  9. Lim Han Nee on Jun 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Angulimala had the merit to meet with a perfect teacher, Lord Buddha himself. Thus,despite having committed such a heinous sin as murdering 999 people, he was able to purify all his negative karma and attain liberation from suffering and from samsara.

    As is said in the Lamrim, “(In degenerate times),I, (Buddha ) Vajradha myself, will come in the form of Masters”. Thus,in this lifetime, we have the precious merit of meeting with our Guru(the Perfect Teacher), who is an emanation of Buddha Vajradha, himself. If we believe our Guru is Buddha and follow all his instructions, we will be able to purify all our negative karma through our Guru’s skillful methods.

  10. Lim Tat Ming on Jun 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

    If Angulimala is capable of attaining the state of Nirvana in his lifetime even after committing such heavy negative actions of killing 999 persons, it shows that we can purify even the heaviest negative karma. Nothing stays permanent. Everything changes including our karma. Hence there is hope for everyone.
    We must then use our rare and golden opportunity NOW to purify our karma.

  11. So Kin Hoe on Nov 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche. This is a very meaningful story to me.

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  13. freon on Sep 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I am in the middle of struggling on something. Feeling of unfair, angry, ego stem from the mind to heart. Thus, i search through Master Tsem’s blog trying to look for an answer. Tears in my eyes as i reading this story, wash away the hatred and ego as i reading it. To be able to forgives those people who mistreat us, it is not easy. Normally, we will thinking to fight back. But, this story gave “life” to me again. Ya, what do i need in me now. What is the final product i want? I beg myself dont leave Dharma again. Thank you Master Tsem. I prostrate to you for creating this blog to serve as a “medicine” when i am “sick”.

  14. Sock Wan on Aug 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    This is a very interesting story. It shows that everyone of us make mistakes, we have to be responsible to our mistakes. However, by being regretful and be compassionate, we will be able to ‘correct’ our mistakes. The choice is in us, no one can change our lives for better or worse except for ourselves.

  15. su_zan on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Thank you for sharing the story. I have always liked this story of Angulimala. Few years ago he air this show 2 weeks after wesak in the Tourism Center 3 to 4 years ago. I watch the movie twice. I like the movie a lot. Could not find the movie anywhere later.

    This sharing realy fresh my mind re the movie. It show that no matter how bad a person are there is always some goodness inside and all have equal chance to attain enlightenment.

  16. .. .. .. on Aug 11, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I love these comics. . they are so easy to look at & read

    with essential and important teachings of the Buddha -)

    I was listening to Amy Winehouse’s ‘love is a losing game’ which

    seemed to connect with the story of the lady with the mustard seed.

    thank-you, so many important things to think about and try to

    accommodate – its a beautiful song. .by the way!)

  17. Sean Wang on Aug 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I always found the story of Angulimala interesting. It reminds people that no matter how bad people are, they still have a good part of them deep inside.

    I have read another version of this story where it is the teacher who tells Angulimala to collect 1000 fingers. He collected a few then he discovered that crows stole the fingers from the cave he hid them in, so he hung them around his neck.

    In the version I read other than the one presented here, Angulimala survives being pelted by stones. But I find this version much more interesting.

  18. Adeline Woon on Aug 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I have always liked this story of Angulimala. It shows that good and bad are nothing but our own misconceptions. Although there is always hope for us to walk out of this, nevertheless the Guru plays the utmost important role in guiding us on how to. Hence, we have to create the cause(s) to meet with the wise Guru who has no interest for his/herself but others, who is wise and enlightened, and who we will forever follow until we reach enlightenment ourselves. Homage to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha!

  19. Andy on Aug 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank You for posting this comics. Dear Rinpoche I would like to share with you a buddhist hymms on Angulimala.

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If there is a blind man walking towards a well and he can fall in, whose fault is it if he falls in? This can be related back to those in dharma should act to guide others by example otherwise you let everyone fall into the well. If they do fall in samsara's well, whose fault is it? Have the courage, integrity and fortitude to practice dharma and bring dharma to others to help them.~ Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This group in Kechara Forest Retreat completed a Singdongma retreat on October 28, 2015.
1 month ago
Magnificent and Glorious Buddha Goddess Singdongma the Lion Faced lady who dispells all fear from the ten directions for those who invoke upon her fercocious and volcanic like power. Praise to this wrathful lady that burns all gnosis and projections! Remover of all that harms and obstructs and trampled under her feet. Tsem Rinpoche--To learn more about Singdongma:
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 2
1 month ago
Xiaqiong Monastary, Qinghai, Tibet, China. Over 100 meters tall Lord Tsongkapa statue. The only one of it's kind. Totally amazing. Picture 1
1 month ago
This was taken in Kechara House. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
This was taken in Gaden Shartse Monastery on the day of my enthronement as Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
I think I was in Sera Mey Monastery when this was taken over 18 years ago. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
Many times we hear great Vajra Yogini practitioners when cremated, their fire pyres appear in the form of Vajra Yogini. We hear this many times as a sign they went to Kechara Paradise, gained high realizations or enlightened by Vajra Yogini's path. Although this picture does not depict a funeral pyre of a great practitioner, but the fire looks curiously like Vajra Yogini. Enjoy and may all be blessed by Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
1 month ago
When you work hard and produce results, everyone is silenced and those who make noise is just noise and society allows you some freedoms. You have to have the integrity to finish what you started and what you promised. Do it for others, those concerned and for yourself.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
You can work with me and we finish the dreams. You can leave citing any reasons you may have. You may join back again with me and my arms are open to you. Or you may go away as an enemy or remain friends. However you do I will accept. I dream big and work hard and sometimes it's hard for you, others and me, but if we finish, there is great satisfaction. Satisfaction doesn't come free. But one thing for sure, I will finish what I have started with or without you. Too many depend on it and many have hopes in it. We need to remember our words, our promises and our hopes we gave others and not shatter it. Sometimes we need to put our personal feelings aside and just get it done with a bang and be happy about it because in the end letting others down is not a way of life. Be kind, have integrity, don't make excuses, don't justify but just complete the works that make the dreams materialize and in the process you fulfill the dreams of many others. Others is always the key. Others and oneself are intertwined. Life is then fulfilled. That is life. Life is like that.~Tsem Rinpoche
1 month ago
Please click on picture to see this special mantra
1 month ago
Long Manjushri mantra: Namo Manjushriye Kumara Bhutaya Bodhisattvaya Maha-sattvaya Maha-karuni-kaya Tayatha Om Aradzey Biradzey Shuddhey Bishuddhey Shodaya Bishodayey Amaley Bimaley Nirmaley Dzaya-varey Ruru-tsaley Hung Hung Hung Phet Phet Phet Soha!
2 months ago
Love is.....
2 months ago
Very powerful. Must click on picture and read and share.
2 months ago
Some people just work quietly in the background and do their best in their own way to benefit others. They don't say much but work super hard. I must say Pastor Dr. Lanse is one of them. She does not need attention, she does not complain and she does not ever create problems. She is independent and yet kind. She is our wonderful translator who works very hard to get translations of many dharma teachings into Chinese. This is just something short and sweet to let everyone know how much I appreciate Pastor Lanse and enjoy being with her work and her. Because of her and several other vital and lovely people, much practical dharma is in the Chinese speaking world. I thank Pastor Dr. Lanse from my heart. Tsem Rinpoche
2 months ago
Materialism is prevalent because the societal norms teaches people to be consumers at a young age. Buying things we don't need all to feed the ego. You can drive an expensive vehicle, but at the end of the day its still just a car. You can buy a flashy watch, but in reality all it does is tell time. People are more concerned with image and feeding their egos than being a beneficial person to society. Investing money on the outside to appear a certain way to others, yet forgetting to invest in yourself to becoming a better person. People spend their whole lives working to attain materialistic things using their accumulation of materialism to validate their existence, but when you die you can't take any of it with you. Don't let this system turn you into a vanity slave, realize you're worth much more than that. Feed your soul not your ego.-from Dr Asky (Powerful words of wisdom even from the secular point of view)
2 months ago
I love little Dharma boy.
2 months ago
Lord Tsongkhapa's holy retreat house in Tibet. Huge pilgrimage spot.
2 months ago
Lama Tsongkhapa footprint as a child
2 months ago
Kedrub Je's personal statue of Yamantaka
2 months ago
Prince Siddhartha with his maternal aunt Queen Mahaprajapati Gotami
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    2 months ago
    HH the Dalai Lama prays with HH Trijang Rinpoche and HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Such a beautiful video of His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and His Holiness Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche (Very exalted high Nyingma lama) are all praying together. In the background you see a young Kyabje Lati Rinpoche too. So beautiful. This is how it was before the ban. All the sects and high lamas were superbly harmonious. After the Dorje Shugden ban things changed for the worse. May the ban be released soon. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
    3 months ago
    Nice Dorje Shugden rock painting
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
    3 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche teaches the truth of life and our impeding death.
  • A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 months ago
    A kind message from Mr. Tsering Wangchuk to me. Thank you so much. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 1)
  • Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
    3 months ago
    Mr Chatreng Yeshe's message to me (Part 2)
  • His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche accepts Long Life puja
  • Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Dorje Shugden/Kache Marpo makes offerings to Tsem Rinpoche
  • My good friend Justin Ripley
    5 months ago
    My good friend Justin Ripley
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    6 months ago
    I requested Choji Lah to do a trusol, rabney and soongdroop for our large DS and Buddha. In this video, he is performing trusol which is ritually 'bathing' the environment and blessing all those who come to visit our Wisdom Hall and Dorje Shugden. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Bigfoot arrives!!!
    6 months ago
    Bigfoot arrives!!!
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  • Mumu Loves Snack!
    6 months ago
    Mumu Loves Snack!
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    6 months ago
    For H.E. Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, a blog post is not just a blog post but Dharma work that generates merits which should be dedicated. Click here to find out what blog post Rinpoche was dedicating the merits for when he recited this prayer: ~Ani Lobsang Pema
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    6 months ago
    Panchen Lama in Beijing on CCTV - China's official news. The respect and position they give His Holiness Panchen Lama is great.
  • Magical fish tank with Buddha statue
    6 months ago
    Magical fish tank with Buddha statue


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3 hours ago
Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered in the food distribution. Thank you Bayview Hotel for sponsoring the food. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
Medical team checking blood pressure of one of the food recipients. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
Monday night food distribution around Little India. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
Setting the right motivation by reciting motivational verses before food distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
The students were briefed before going out to the streets for distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
3 hours ago
A busy night at the soup kitchen. Students from USM Penang helped our volunteers to sort and pack food for distribution. Patsy@KSK Penang
4 hours ago
Kfr before completed, road toward enlighten path. heng meng kiat
4 hours ago
Night View of Wisdom Hall with Tsongkhapa Statue !!!! heng meng kiat
4 hours ago
Dharmapala Setrap In Kechara House Prayer Hall. Heng Meng Kiat
4 hours ago
FW: kechara Prayer Hall with 15 magnificent Thangkas of Lord Tsongkhapa life story !!!! heng meng kiat
4 hours ago
kechara Prayer Hall with 15 magnificent Thangkas of Lord Tsongkhapa life story !!!!
4 hours ago
Rinpoche Previous reincarnation statue in Ladrang, Reincarnation of High Lama show the compassionate character to benefit more people . Heng Meng Kiat
6 hours ago
Gyenze puja did today for Sponsor for their business to bloom. By Puja House 30 November'15
6 hours ago
Druchuma puja did for Sponsor to restored harmony for their company. By Puja House 30 November'15
6 hours ago
Puja team did Outcall puja to Johor today to bless the new premises. By Puja House 30 November'15
6 hours ago
In torma making session, team work together to complete the torma. Some do butter flower, some shape the torma, some color the tormas. By Puja House 30 November'15
16 hours ago
Beautiful and perfect statue of Dorje Shugden at H.E.The 25th Tsem Rinpoche's pre- loved Buddhist items at Kechara House gompa souvenir shop for invite. Lucy Yap
29 November 2015 Mr. Sugihara – Conspiracy of Kindness - MUST WATCH!!! - Mr. Sugihara. A shining example of people who selflessly help other people with no agenda. Thank you sir! Thank you very much for following in your conscience. H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche - Pastor Antoinette
Rejoice to my KSDS colleague Jesvin, who is a dear friend and a warm person who took up vegetarian vow with Pastor Adeline. Stella Cheang, KSDS
Retreatants of the Tsongkapa Retreat had to observe silent for 3 days 2 nights. Stella Cheang, KSDS
108 bowls of water offering. Stella Cheang, KSDS
The seating of each retreatant at Dukkar Apartment in the world class retreat centre at KFR. Stella Cheang, KSDS
First Tsongkapa Retreat at KFR for KSDS teachers and friends just ended today. Check out the happy radiant faces. :) Stella Cheang, KSDS
Mr Hee and Kent Kok arranging torma to the altar. By Puja House 29 November'15
Drolchok Puja did for Sponsor's who wish for her project to be successful. By Puja House 29 November'15





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