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04/19/2013 12:37 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2013

The True Meaning of Forgiveness: Women's Wisdom for the Modern World

Venerable Thubten Chodron is the author of "Buddhism for Beginners" and founding abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery for Westerners in America. Thubten Chodron gave this short teaching well before the Boston Marathon Tragedy, but her words about "The True Meaning of Forgiveness" could not be more timely. If we hold on to anger, we hurt ourselves the most, and the violence will never end.

Thubten Chodron is renowned for her extraordinary ability to present even the most profound spiritual teachings simply and directly to Western audiences. With her characteristic warmth and humor, she skilfully weaves together traditional teachings with practical advice for modern women and men.

She grew up as a "nice Jewish girl" near Los Angeles before exploring the counterculture of the Seventies and discovering the Buddhist path in Nepal. She has been ordained as a Buddhist nun since 1977. She is dedicated to using the Buddha's teachings on how to work with emotions in a contemporary context. In this short video, Venerable Chodron speaks about the true meaning of forgiveness. Venerable Chodron clarifies how forgiveness really means letting go of our own anger, which enables us to go through life without holding on to resentment and grudges. She highlights how this is a necessary first step before we can cultivate compassion for others. Her most recent publication is "Don't Believe Everything You Think," and her own life story is featured in more detail in the new book "Dakini Power."

We will post a series of precious words of wisdom from the female Buddhist teachers over the next few weeks.