A Six-Part Interactive 'Heart of Forgiveness' Programme:
Healing the Past to Live Fully in the Present
In the first week of this programme we will explore what might be gained and might be abandoned by cultivating Forgiveness.
This will be followed by five workshops exploring and practising Forgiveness through the lens of the Universal Precepts as presented in the free Forgiveness Workbook (please download and read in advance).
[Please Note: there will be a gap in the programme i.e. there will not be a workshop on October 2nd due to a prior commitment.]
All sessions are on Saturdays with a duration of 2-hours starting at:
# 10:00 am PDT (eg San Francisco/Vancouver)
# 11:00 am MDT (eg Denver)
# 12:00 pm CDT (eg Chicago)
# 1:00 pm EDT (eg New York)
6:00 pm BST (eg Dublin/London)
7:00 pm CEST (eg Paris)
7:00 pm CAT (eg Botswana)
8:00 pm EAT (eg Kenya)
# All sessions are based on Irish Time so you may need to adjust for scheduled daylight saving changes in your location.
The entire programme consists of six 2-hour online Zoom workshops. Everyone is expected to commit to participating in all six sessions. Each session will be flexibly structured along the following lines:
In our compulsions and confusion and in our waking up from the same we can be immobilised by our sense of guilt and shame about events that have happened in the past.
Much of the material in these six workshops is based on ancient Buddhist' principles and practices but you do not have to be a 'Buddhist' to benefit from this programme.
It can be very positive and beneficial to develop Forgiveness Bhavana - (Bhavana = to bring into being; to cultivate) - particularly in the early stages of practice. We can learn to express sorrow and regret for the hurt and harm that we have caused to others to compassionately forgive ourselves; and we can also extend - when we feel ready and able - forgiveness to others.
We can learn to bring forward memories about things that have happened in the past in a way that is skilful; without re-traumatising ourselves or others.
During this programme, we will use the Five Universal Precepts to explore and try to understand how harm is caused and as prompts to recall past mistakes failures and wrongdoings.
We will use the healing practice of Forgiveness Bhavana to examine how we have harmed ourselves and other people and how others have hurt us then when we feel ready and able we can let the past go.
Optional Self Study:
Each week participants will be sent suggestions for optional self-study optional Gāthā and Meditation Practices and salient references from the previous week's session.
Some potential outcomes from this programme:
Anonymity and Confidentiality
In order for this programme to be a place where we can feel safe to share about our forgiveness practice where we can feel safe to share about our spiritual aspirations and where we can feel safe to share our personal stories; and to create an atmosphere of openness it is expected that -
Disclaimer #1 (Kamma)
Each participant is responsible for anything he or she does with any of the information and practices contained in this programme. Accepting personal responsibility for our own cognitive and affective states accepting ownership of the consequences of our actions the ownership of our own kamma is a fundamental premise of Buddhism and of this programme. If you cannot accept this please do not register for this programme: there are plenty of alternative approaches and programmes that are offered specifically for the victims of disease circumstance and persuasive suggestion.
[*Disclaimer #1 inspired and adapted from the free book ‘Craving and Aversion as Addiction and Denial: Buddha's Eightfold Path as a Step Program’ by Bradford Hatcher]
Disclaimer #2 (Health)
The information and resources on the HungryGhostRetreats.org website and in related retreats or workshops are provided for educational and informational purposes only. The information should not be a substitute nor replacement for advice from mental health or medical professionals. You agree not to use any information found on the HungryGhostRetreats.org website or in our retreats or workshops to diagnose or treat mental health psychiatric illness or medical disorders. Do not ignore advice from mental health or medical professionals because of the information you read on our website or on the Internet.
Seek immediate help from a mental health professional medical professional or a crisis clinic:
EVENT PRICES CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
To avoid the need for cancellation please ensure that you are clear about your dates and costs before you book this course.
Upon registering for the course you must be committed to attending all six workshops. The cost for the course includes a fee for the teacher.
These prices go towards the running of the event and include financial support (dana) for the teacher. Vince’s livelihood and the future of ‘Hungry Ghost’ retreats are dependent on the generosity of dana. No additional dana (donation) for the teaching is expected. A limited number of scholarships are available.
Suggested: £ 145
Sponsor: £ 190 - A voluntary higher rate enabling us to offer supported rate places.
Supported: £ 99 - For those unable to afford the standard rate.
You are encouraged to pay the sponsor rate if you can.
If you are unable to afford the supported rate please let us know at cmV0cmVhdHMgfCBIdW5ncnlHaG9zdFJldHJlYXRzICEgb3Jn
We try to ensure that no one is turned away because of a lack of funds providing places are available.
IMPORTANT - By registering for this programme you acknowledge that you have read and understood all the information on this page and you commit to participating in all six sessions of the programme described above. You must register once in advance to participate in this programme.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing your link to join the sessions.
Cancellations and Refunds
At the discretion of Hungry Ghost Retreats cancellation fees may be waived in exceptional circumstances. Requests should be made by email addressed to YWRtaW4gfCBIdW5ncnlHaG9zdFJldHJlYXRzICEgb3Jn setting out why you needed to cancel your booking.
The Forgiveness Workbook
The latest version of the ‘Forgiveness Workbook‘ can be downloaded free from here –
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Tickets for The Heart of Forgiveness (6 x Workshops) can be booked here.