Points of Controversy
13.3. Of Abettors of Cardinal Crimes
Again, if he become worried and uneasy after his connection with the deed, how can he ever enter on the True Path of Assurance?
Theravādin: You say he is incapable of entering on that Path. But are you assuming that one or other of the five cardinal crimes has actually been committed through his abettment? Your proposition implies this.
Again, you affirm that an abettor of such crimes, when he has withdrawn his instigation, and has dispelled his worry and remorse, is still incapable of entering upon the True Path of Assurance. Hereby you imply that some one of the grave misdeeds just named has been actually committed at his instigation. But can you maintain your position in the face of his reforming before the commis-sion of the act?