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.
Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to […]
Experience of our days is up and down. This is on the outside and superficial. As we practice more, an inner experience begins to permeate our whole experience, our whole being. At first it waxes […]