At Nāḷandā. in Pāvārika's mango grove. The village headman Asibandhakaputta, a disciple of the Nigaṇṭhā, approached the Blessed One, and sat down at one side.¹
The Buddha asked him how Nigaṇṭha Nāṭaputta teaches his disciples.
Asibandhakaputta explains his teaching that anyone who kills, stills, commits sexual misconduct, or tells lies, goes to hell, led on to rebirth by the manner in which he dwells.
The Buddha explains that this is impossible, since even one who does these things is mostly not doing them.
A disciple of a teacher who places full confidence in his teaching would be destined for hell unless he abandons that view.
The Tathāgata teaches in many ways that killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, and lying are blameworthy and urges his disciples to restrain from them. One who has full confidence in this teaching restrains from those wrong actions and cultivate thoughts of loving-
On the conclusion of the discourse, Asibandhakaputta expresses his appreciation, takes refuge, and declares himself to be a lay-
¹ It is noteworthy that in this case, Asibandhakaputta does not pay homage to the Blessed One, as he does in the Asibandhakaputta Sutta, thus this is an earlier discourse before his conversion to the faith.