This is a program for anyone who in the last year has been harmed or created harm (pssst: all of us!). Dukkha, often translated as “suffering” from Pali, is part of the human condition, and forgiveness practice provides a way to work with it. This program explores the four directions of forgiveness practice, allowing us the time to delve into and explore each orientation of forgiveness.
We will begin by directing forgiveness toward ourselves for harm we’ve caused ourselves: negative self-talk, judgment, harshness, shame, self-ridicule. We will then explore the ways that we ourselves have hurt people and beings around us: knowingly and unknowingly, and through thought, word, or deed. Together we will look at the ways in which we have been harmed, impacted by others’ unskillful thoughts, words, and deeds. And finally, we will explore forgiveness toward the suffering, oppression, injustice, and struggle that are so extensive in our world; forgiveness in this direction invites us into the heavy lifting of our times, grappling with issues touching our lives but ultimately beyond our control.
This weekend is an opportunity to show up and heal together, bringing with you your broken heart, your resilience, your courage, and your vulnerability.
Please note that attendance to all sessions is required.