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.
Are you ready to go further? I would like to share with you another method to transform anger into tolerance, understanding, and eventually compassion. This one comes from the 8th Century Indian Buddhist saint, Shantideva. […]
If you allow me, I would like to expand our forgiveness practice to include others; all others. We often get caught up in our own stuff and forget the other 7 billion human beings and […]
Forgiveness is powerful medicine. It is a healthy lifestyle worth living on par with healthy food, exercise, yoga, compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and meditation. Forgiveness opens our heart both to ourself and to others. It brings […]