Freedom of Forgiveness – Online

Online Morning with Maureen Cooper
Sunday 12 March, 10am to 12.30pm (Irish time)

I would like to share with you two simple truths: there is nothing that cannot be forgiven, and there is no-one undeserving of forgiveness“. -Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In this Sunday morning workshop we will discuss the scope and implications of this statement from Archbishop Tutu. As it was made by the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, it has to be taken seriously. However, it challenges us to let go of feelings, opinions and stories that are part of who we are.

This can be very hard, so, what can we do?

First of all, we can start by making a choice: are we willing to work with forgiving, or are we going to allow the pain and hurt to simmer in us unresolved?

When we are not able to forgive, we stay trapped in a cycle of resentment and pain with our view of the perpetrator at the heart of the suffering. It’s hard to heal and move on when we are caught in the experience of the injustice with no way forward.

Recognising that we have this choice offers an opportunity to take matters into our own hands early on. The process might take time but at it opens a path of freedom—for ourselves, as well as for the people we are angry with.

The workshop will consist of video extracts, exercises, practices and discussion in small groups. Participants will receive a PDF workbook of all the main practices before the session and a list of all the video links after the session.

We look forward to seeing you on-line!

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Fee €25
Concession €20

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Maureen Cooper
Maureen Cooper
Maureen first came across the Buddhist teachings in 1977 as part of her search to find meaning. The wisdom and compassion that the teachings offered made more sense to her than anything else she had encountered and led her to set out on a path of study and practice that has continued to sustain her over the years.

Inspired by the clarity of and accessibility of the teachings, in 2004 Maureen set up Awareness in Action in order to share her experience of how meditation and compassion can enable us to live with more kindness, generosity and awareness. Her latest book, The Stress Workbook demonstrates how effective this can be in working with such everyday problems as stress.

Having offered workshops and trainings in a range of countries over many years, Maureen is discovering how powerful and even intimate it can be to work with groups online. Her aim is make her online workshops as open, inclusive and interesting as possible to provide an energetic learning environment.