Under the full moon, reminded of the cycles of the year and years, I come to forgiveness.
In traditional Theravada Buddhism, as it is practiced in at least one of its home countries, this full moon is Bak Poya, a day dedicated to forgiveness, reconciliation, and especially in the Buddha's teaching the way of forgiveness and reconciliation of the heart and of our lives that brings liberation, the unbinding and freeing of the heart and mind. It is the lunar anniversary of one of the Buddha's great teachings on forgiveness and reconciliation between family members who had come to war with one another.
For Thai friends as well, the time, in celebration of the Solar New Year, is one of going to family and friends, and pouring out the water of forgiveness and blessings, bringing us into harmony, washing away all accumulated resentments, leaving us fresh, clean and renewed. A spring cleaning - of the heart.
I'd like to share with you a few nice teachings on forgiveness and reconciliation, and encourage you to see if it would be well for you to have such a yearly time of spring cleaning. Of place of dwelling, of body, and if nothing else, of mind and heart -- as this is the very ground of every bit of our experience of our lives.
In peace and loving-kindness,
Ayya Tathālokā Bhikkhunī
April 16, 2011
Sharings of the Buddha's teaching on this subject from very modern to very ancient ~
The Buddha on Reconciliation by Ananda W. P. Guruge
Come from the Shadows by Ven Ayya Medhanandi
HH the Dalia Lama: Peace is Up to You
Ajahn Brahm on the Buddhist Path to Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Ven Pema Chodron on Forgiveness: Reveal Your Hidden Faults
* Ven Ayya Khema: Guided Loving Kindness Meditation on Forgiveness
Let go of the past. Let go of the future. Let go of the present. With a heart that is free cross over to that shore which is beyond all suffering.
- The Buddha, Dhammapada 348