The Dark Character behind the First Council

Ajātasattu was the son of Bimbisāra, king of Māgadha, and therefore half brother of Abhayarājakumāra. Ajatashatru, also known as Kunika, was the son of Bimbisara. The ancient inscription in the Government Museum, Mathura refers to him as vaidehi putra Ajatashatru Kunika «Ajatashatru Kunika, the son of Vaidehi». The story of Ajatashatru is found in the Tripiṭaka of…