Our new April online retreat with Gina Sharpe, co-founder of the New York Insight Meditation Center, addresses the difficult topic of forgiveness as a personal practice. Reflecting on the meaning of forgiveness, exploring what it is as much as what it is not, Sharpe helps us to see forgiveness as a practice of compassion and lovingkindness for ourselves. "Forgiveness," she says, "is not about condoning, or redeeming, or even reconciliation." "It is not about the perpetrator," she continues,"or about someone else. It is actually about us."
Gently guiding us to a deeper understanding of forgiveness, she prepares us for a journey that will last beyond the four weeks of the retreat. Concluding with a lovingkindness meditation, she asks us to remember the Buddha's wisdom from the Dhammapada:
"Hatred does not cease by hatred, but by love alone is healed. That is the ancient, and eternal law."