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  • Joyo
    • Jul 2024

    Forgiveness

    This came up on my facebook today, thought I would share

    A BUDDHIST PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS:


    If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly
    through my own confusions I ask their forgiveness.
    If anyone has harmed me in any way either knowingly or unknowingly
    through their own confusions I forgive them.
    And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive
    I forgive myself for that.
    For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself,
    judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions
    I forgive myself.
  • Tb
    Member
    • Jan 2008
    • 3186

    #2
    Hi.

    Thx for sharing, thats good practice.

    Mtfbwy
    Fugen

    Ps a picture of you would be nice. ds
    Life is our temple and its all good practice
    Blog: http://fugenblog.blogspot.com/

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    • Mp

      #3
      Very nice Emmy, thank you.

      Gassho
      Shingen

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      • Geika
        Treeleaf Unsui
        • Jan 2010
        • 4980

        #4
        Prayer to who/ whom? (<--I hate this)

        Just kidding! Very nice, like the Verse of Atonement we use.
        求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
        I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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        • Cumminjd
          Member
          • May 2013
          • 183

          #5
          Thank you for this! Its very nice!

          Gassho,

          James

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          • Joyo

            #6
            Originally posted by Fugen
            Hi.

            Thx for sharing, thats good practice.

            Mtfbwy
            Fugen

            Ps a picture of you would be nice. ds

            A picture, I tried to upload a picture but it didn't work, so I'll have to figure something out I guess.

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            • Heion
              Member
              • Apr 2013
              • 232

              #7
              Very nice prayer. I feel that it could be easily blended into a metta practice to help emphasize forgiveness and 'clean our plates' a bit.

              Gassho,
              Alex
              Look upon the world as a bubble,
              regard it as a mirage;
              who thus perceives the world,
              him Mara, the king of death, does not see.


              —Dhammapada



              Sat Today

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              • Emmet
                Member
                • Nov 2011
                • 296

                #8
                I can't provide the provenance of this, but it speaks to me of liberating all beings, including the one's who I have the most difficulty extending metta to, even though I suspect that they might be the ones most in need of it.

                Kannon's Prayer for the Abuser

                To those who withhold refuge,
                I cradle you in safety at the core of my Being.
                To those that cause a child to cry out,
                I grant you the freedom to express your own choked agony.
                To those that inflict terror,
                I remind you that you shine with the purity of a thousand suns.
                To those who would confine, suppress, or deny,
                I offer the limitless expanse of the sky.
                To those who need to cut, slash, or burn,
                I remind you of the invincibility of Spring.
                To those who cling and grasp,
                I promise more abundance than you could ever hold onto.
                To those who vent their rage on small children,
                I return to you your deepest innocence.
                To those who must frighten into submission,
                I hold you in the bosom of your original mother.
                To those who cause agony to others,
                I give the gift of free flowing tears.
                To those that deny another's right to be,
                I remind you that the angels sang in celebration of you on the day of your birth.
                To those who see only division and separateness,
                I remind you that a part is born only by bisecting a whole.
                For those who have forgotten the tender mercy of a mother's embrace,
                I send a gentle breeze to caress your brow.
                To those who still feel somehow incomplete,
                I offer the perfect sanctity of this very moment.
                Emmet

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                • KellyRok
                  Member
                  • Jul 2008
                  • 1374

                  #9
                  Emmy,

                  Ooh, I like this one, thank you for sharing!

                  Gassho,
                  Kelly/Jinmei

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                  • McGettigan
                    Member
                    • Apr 2013
                    • 40

                    #10
                    Thank you for this Emmy. Tai Sheridan has a collection called, Zen Prayers for Repairing Your Life. If you have a Kindle it's free.

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                    • Nameless
                      Member
                      • Apr 2013
                      • 461

                      #11
                      Thanks Emmy, that seems like it would correspond well with metta practice.

                      Gassho, John

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                      • Geika
                        Treeleaf Unsui
                        • Jan 2010
                        • 4980

                        #12
                        Piobair, I felt compelled to share that one on facebook, thanks.
                        求道芸化 Kyūdō Geika
                        I am just a priest-in-training, please do not take anything I say as a teaching.

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                        • Genshin
                          Member
                          • Jan 2013
                          • 467

                          #13
                          Piobair,
                          thank you for sharing such a lovely
                          prayer.
                          Gassho,
                          Matt

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                          • Taigu
                            Blue Mountain White Clouds Hermitage Priest
                            • Aug 2008
                            • 2710

                            #14
                            Very touching words. Thank you all.

                            Forgiveness is utterly alive when there is not anybody left to forgive anybody.

                            Dreams within dreams are flowers in space.


                            Gassho

                            Taigu

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                            • RichardH
                              Member
                              • Nov 2011
                              • 2800

                              #15
                              Forgiving is forgetful. Forgetfulness walks out the front door each morning, and says hi to a new neighbor, along with sounds of footfall and birds in the bush.

                              Gassho, Daizan.

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