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                       FORGIVENESS
                Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda
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   The following is a paraphrase of Sayadaw U Silananda's talk on
"Forgiveness".

   Let us start the meditation session with "Forgiveness". There are
three parts to it.

1. Asking Forgiveness
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   You should repeat the following verse:

     If by deed, speech or thought,
     Foolishly I have done wrong,
     May all forgive me Honored Ones!
     Who are in wisdom and compassion strong.

   When you practice vipassana meditation, you may at times feel guilty
of the bad things that you have done in the past especially towards
your elders. Often it can be a hindrance to the progress in your
meditation practice. It is therefore desirable to ask forgiveness in
person from your elders before you start your meditation practice. If
not, you should try to ask for forgiveness in front of a Buddha statue.


2. Forgiving Others
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   You should say, "I freely forgive anyone who may have hurt or
injured me."

   When you practice vipassana meditation, you may at times feel angry
of the bad things that others have done to you in the past. Often it
can be a hindrance to the progress in your meditation practice. It is
therefore desirable to forgive others from any wrong that they might
have done.

3. Forgiving Oneself
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   You should say, "I freely forgive myself."

   There may be some people who cannot forgive themselves. Often, that
could be a hindrance to the progress in their meditation practice. It
is desirable for them to forgive themselves.

Summary
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   To minimize hindrances to the progress in your meditation practice,
you should begin each session with "Forgiveness". Free or minimize your
guilt by asking for forgiveness. Free or minimize your anger by
forgiving others. And, if needed, forgive yourself.