Once upon a time in northern India, there lived a violent and fearsome outcaste called Angulimala (meaning 'necklace of fingers'). He murdered people, adding their fingers to his gruesome necklace, and was terrorising the towns and killing people in order to gain power and control of the state. The Buddha set out to meet this monster, and through his powerof love and argument, Angulimala renounced violence and took responsibility for his past actions. He was able to create a new life built on compassion and respect for others. The Buddha & The Terrorist brings a message for our time about the importance of looking within to understand the causes of violence, and the possibility of a peaceful means of conflict resolution.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Talking to Terrorists Foreword by Allan Hunt Badiner Introduction: The Story of Angulimala 1. Encountering the Monster 2. The Conversion of a King 3. Freedom from Fear 4. Spiritual Simplicity 5. Seeking Revenge 6. The Triumph of Forgiveness 7. From Death to Life
Satish Kumar was born in India. He has studied Buddhism, and was for nine years a Jain monk. He is Editor of Resurgence magazine and Director of Programmes at Schumacher College. He is the author of two other books: No Destination: An Autobiography and You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence.