Once when the priest Ungo of Matsushima was passing through the mountains at night, he was set upon by mountain bandits. Ungo said, “I am a man of this area, not a pilgrim. I have no money at all, but you can have these clothes if you like. Please spare my life.”
The bandits said, “Well, our efforts have been in vain. We don’t need anything like clothes,” and passed on.
They had gone about two hundred yards when Ungo turned back and called to them, “I have broken the commandment against lying. In my confusion I forgot that I had one piece of silver in my moneybag. I am truly regretful I said that I had nothing at all. I have it here now, so please take it.” The mountain bandits were deeply impressed, cut off their hair right there, and became his disciples.