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Guilt, shame, and forgiveness

Guilt, shame, and forgiveness

Part of a series of talks given during the Vajrasattva New Year’s Retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2020-21. The retreat was offered as an online event.

  • How can you deal with guilt and shame?
  • How do you restore the relationship when the person has died?
  • Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves
  • Explain the virtuous mental factor of shame
  • Translations that are misleading
  • Can virtuous attitudes purify or are the four opponent powers required?
  • When someone won’t forgive how can you address that?
  • How do you know if you have purified something?
  • Is it appropriate to have sadness with regret?

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.