Eliminating Ajatashatru’s Remorse
Eliminating Ajatashatru’s Remorse (Skt. Ajātaśatrukaukṛtyavinodana; Tib. མ་སྐྱེས་དགྲའི་འགྱོད་པ་བསལ་བ།, Wyl. ma skyes dgra’i ‘gyod pa bsal ba) narrates how the teachings of the bodhisattva Manjushri help King Ajatashatru overcome the severe negative action of having killed his father, King Bimbisara. Through instruction, pointed questioning, and a display of miracles, Manjushri and his retinue of bodhisattvas show King Ajatashatru that the remorse he feels for his crime is in fact unreal, just as all phenomena are unreal. The sutra thus demonstrates Manjushri’s superiority in wisdom and the profound purification that comes from realizing emptiness.
- English translation: Eliminating Ajātaśatru’s Remorse
- 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.