Remember the story of Angulimala. He was the bandit in the time of the Buddha who set for himself the goal of killing 1,000 people. Every time he killed another person, he would cut off a finger and add it to a necklace he wore. The name, “Angulimala” means, “finger garland.”

He lacked one finger to reach his goal of 1,000 when he saw the Buddha walking alone in the forest and resolved to make him the thousandth victim. The Buddha knew Angulimala’s goal and continued walking, but used his shamanic powers to prevent Anglimala from catching up to him.