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.
We often forget to practice forgiveness and walk around with many hurts that slow us down. These hurts affect us, even though sometimes they are invisible. They can make us reactive and hypersensitive. They can […]
Compassion is an often-used word, but rarely understood. According to the Buddha, compassion is the relief of suffering. So, what is suffering? Buddha used the word ‘dukkha.’ We do not have an English equivalent, so […]