No virtue surpasses the ability to change after doing something wrong.
Thus knowing, amend own path. Repent with utmost sincerity before
the Buddha and bodhisattva images; seek resonance. Refrain from ever
committing the same again.
Seven hundred years after the Buddha entered nirvana came the era of
sastra masters Asanga and Vasubandhu. Master Asanga was teacher of
the Mahayana doctrine and master Vasubandhu, the Hinayana. The two
had not been on the best of terms. Finally, Asanga invited Vasubandhu
over. That night, Vasubandhu stayed in the quarter adjacent to the main
hall, where he was enabled to hear Asanga' s nightly lecture. At the end
of one month, Vasubandhu awakened to the realization of his former
misinterpretation of the Mahayana doctrine. He presented himself
to Asanga in the main hall asking for forgiveness, and, in profound
repentance, cut off his own tongue. Asanga, in response, pronounced:
‘In the past, you used your tongue to rebuke the audience. From
now on, you are going to use your tongue to spread the Mahayana.
What a progress!’
Vasubandhu thereafter continued teaching the Hinayana whilst
spreading the Mahayana. He also became a proficient literary author
celebrated as the Thousand-volume Sastra Master.