Sangha notes for 6-26-17


Steve shared an excerpt from Nothing Special, Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck:
“Who is it that you cannot forgive? Each of us has a list which may include ourselves (often the hardest one to forgive) as well as events, institutions and groups.
Isn’t it natural that we should feel this way about a person or event that has injured us, perhaps severely and irrevocably? From an ordinary standpoint the answer is yes. From a practice standpoint the answer is no. We need to vow: I will forgive, even if it takes me a lifetime of practice. Why such a strong statement?
The quality of our whole life is on the line. Failing to grasp the importance of forgiveness is always a part of any failing relationship and a factor in our anxieties, depressions and illnesses – in all our troubles. Our failure to know joy is a direct reflection of our inability to forgive.”