Story of Shrigupta
See also Acharya Shrigupta
In the story, Shrigupta is persuaded by a false teacher to set a trap for the Buddha and offer him some poisonous food. When the Buddha foils his plans, Shrigupta is repentant, and the Buddha makes him repeat the following verse three times:
- Attachment, aversion and ignorance,
- These are the three worldly poisons,
- The victorious buddhas possess no such poison.
- The enlightened ones conquer poison through truth.
- All that is poisonous,
- And any living beings possessing poison—
- All this arises from the poison of attachment.
- Attachment is the greatest of all poisons.
(This verse is then repeated for aversion and ignorance).