I'm not saying people weren't killed by cows... it's this rather convenient sequence of events that I find a little too convenient...
- Obscure bhikkhu with little or no realisation receives a teaching from prominent bhikkhu or the Buddha
- Obscure bhikkhu instantly attains some significant degree of realisation
- Obscure bhikkhu is killed by a rampaging cow, later that very day
- The post-mortem fate of the deceased bhikkhu is revealed
It's the repetition of this pattern juxtaposed against an absence of other "death by cow" combinations in the Pali Canon and commentaries that piqued my interest, rather than simply "death by cow" per se.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine