But he turned to the Dhamma and was let go with a beating.
Wikipedia states -
But what did he do, what steps did he actually take to be absolved of his unskillful acts."he is seen as the example par excellence of the redemptive power of the Buddha's teaching and the Buddha's skill as a teacher."
Does simply following 8FP absolve us, redeem us? We don't have access to the Buddha. Just a very confusing version of his teachings.
No competition or proselytising ..
In Hinduism one has to simply utter "Narayana, Narayana, Narayana" from the heart (filled with chastised emotions) to be forgiven.
In Christianity to accept Jesus as the Son of God (and equal faith in Holy Trinity depending on the denomination).
What are the steps to redemption in Buddhism? Tough ask .. but I sort of specialise in that department.