No Guilt

Dorje2Whenever we become aware of having performed an unskillful act, regret is beneficial and necessary. It is the first of the ‘four powers’ of purification (regret, reliance, resolve, reparation).

Regret is defined as the realization that negative acts produce negative effects, and that no lasting advantage can be gained from them.

The traditional image associated with regret is that of becoming aware of having swallowed poison: we feel a strong motivation to do whatever may be necessary to expel it and counter its effects.

Regret is not guilt. It is the urgent motivation to undo the harm we have caused others and ourselves.

Guilt is self-condemnation. It is impotent, self-indulgent, and produces the desire to hide, dissimulate, and obfuscate.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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One Response to No Guilt

  1. lisa marie says:

    Thank you. I needed this now and you were there.

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