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    Joyo
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    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.

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    Hi.

    Thx for sharing, thats good practice.

    Mtfbwy
    Fugen

    Ps a picture of you would be nice. ds

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    Very nice Emmy, thank you.

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    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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    Thank you for this! Its very nice!

    Gassho,

    James

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    Joyo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fugen View Post
    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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    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

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    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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    Emmy,

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

    Gassho,
    Kelly/Jinmei

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

    Gassho, John

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

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    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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    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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    Re: Prayer for the abuser.

    Compassion for the merciless. Forgiveness for the unforgivable. Wonderful and terrible.

    A prayer for now.


    Gassho,
    Edward

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