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.
When we are angry
When we are angry we are blind to reality. Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from […]
When others out of envy Mistreat me
We are continuing our journey through this classic short text written about 1000 years ago on cultivating compassion. Verse 5 from this text, ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa,’ reads: “When others out […]
“Amazing grace! how sweet the sound; that saved a wretch; like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.” These moving words of the song Amazing Grace are […]