The Art of Forgiving

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There is a Buddhist story about two monks who met each other some years after being released from prison where they had been tortured. “Have you forgiven the captor?” asked the first. “Never!” answered the second. “Well, I guess they still have you in prison, don’t they?” the first said. Forgiveness is not about being weak or just tolerating those who do evil acts. To forgive, in fact, is to be kind to yourself and find meaning when the worst happens.  A tolerant person can transform a foe to a friend. The Buddha once said, “Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate.”