Forgiving ourselves creates a beautiful cake called a ‘torma’ in Tibetan. On a deeper level this “cake” is actually the enlightened mind of a Buddha. We all have this potential. Forgiveness helps ripen this. So you can see, forgiveness has many levels. On the surface is forgiving hurts we’ve accumulated for a long time. On a deeper level it is forgiving fundamental mistakes in perception and thinking. Mistakes that assume a solid objective reality. This deeper forgiveness is akin to wisdom of emptiness. Letting go of even the seeds to distort reality. In this way we become completely clean and fresh. This total cleansing and freshness allows the primordially pure mind of clear light to shine. When this clear light mind sustains itself, we become enlightened. In this way the full force of forgiveness results in the enlightened mind of a Buddha.
How do we practice compassion? The six perfections (Sanskrit paramitas) are instructions for practicing compassion. Generosity has various methods, like giving money, shelter and food, giving time, giving kindness, listening non-judgmentally, giving love, and giving […]
Forgiveness is powerful medicine. Practicing it means that we are taking good care of ourself. It is simply allowing ourself to let go of hurts that have built up often over years. We start with […]