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The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness is an internationally-renowned exhibition, displayed in over 550 venues. It uses real stories to encourage discussion and a possibility of healing. “The depth of your love is shown by the extent of your anger”, says Archbishop Desmond Tutu, founding patron of The Forgiveness Project. When you are angry the issue is always something you deeply care about.


Serious meditation practice helps us see how "negative" emotions are rooted in deep care and unconditional love.

In his story, which is part of the exhibit, Tutu continues to say: “If you can find it in yourself to forgive then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator. You can move on, and you can even help the perpetrator to become a better person too”.

 

Such an inspiration and definitly a gift, we are proud to be sharing this exhibit with visitors to Governors Island this year. 

Desmond Tutu (South Africa)
Desmond Tutu (South Africa)

“To forgive is not just to be altruistic, it is the best form of self-interest.”

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Ginn Fourie & Letlapa Mphahlele (S
Ginn Fourie & Letlapa Mphahlele (S

“Vulnerable feelings when expressed to each other have the potential to establish lasting bonds.” Photo by Louise Gubb

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— Linda Biehl & Easy Nofemela (South
— Linda Biehl & Easy Nofemela (South

“I have come to believe passionately in restorative justice.”

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Father Michael Lapsley (South Africa
Father Michael Lapsley (South Africa

“All people are capable of being perpetrators or victims - and sometimes both.”​

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— Phyllis Rodriguez & Aicha el-Wafi
— Phyllis Rodriguez & Aicha el-Wafi

“When I watched  Zacarias at the trial my heart was broken because I could not look at him as a stranger. He is the son of my friend.”

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—  Azim Khamisa & Ples Felix (USA)
—  Azim Khamisa & Ples Felix (USA)

“I reached the conclusion that there were victims at both ends of the gun”

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Andrew Rice (USA)
Andrew Rice (USA)

“Those people crying loudest for retribution so often seem to be the least affected.”

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Aqeela Sherrills & Calvin Hodges (US
Aqeela Sherrills & Calvin Hodges (US

“I believe in the concept that where the wounds are, the gift lies.”

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Cecilia McWee (USA)
Cecilia McWee (USA)

“I couldn't let him die in a room full of strangers”

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Bud Welch (USA)
Bud Welch (USA)

“I had to do something different, because what I was doing wasn't working”

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Katy Hutchison Ryan Aldridge (Canada
Katy Hutchison Ryan Aldridge (Canada

“Part of being human is rolling up our sleeves and taking an active part in repairing harm”​

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Jo Berry & Pat Magee (Northern Irel
Jo Berry & Pat Magee (Northern Irel

“I'm beginning to realise that no matter which side of the conflict you're on, had we all lived each others lives, we could all have done what the other did.”

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Alistair Little  (Northern Ireland)
Alistair Little (Northern Ireland)

“I don't think I have a right to ask for forgiveness. It only adds insult to injury and places yet another burden upon relatives and family members.”

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Ghazi Briegeith Rami Elhanan (Israel
Ghazi Briegeith Rami Elhanan (Israel

“If Ghazi and I can talk and stand together after paying the highest price possible, then anyone can.”

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Robi Damelin (Israel)
Robi Damelin (Israel)

“The first words that came out of my mouth were 'do not take revenge in the name of my son'”

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Mariane Pearl (Pakistan)
Mariane Pearl (Pakistan)

“Forgiveness is not a value strong enough to stand on. You have to win some sort of victory over the people who have hurt you.”

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Khaled Al-Berry (Egypt)
Khaled Al-Berry (Egypt)

“The most dangerous thing in life is to let people become convinced that truth has just one face.”

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Mary Blewitt  (Rwanda)
Mary Blewitt (Rwanda)

“Genocide is beyond forgiveness?”

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Forgiveness through the lens of Meditation

Byron Katie | The Work
Dalai Lama
Eckhart Tolle | Teacher
Thich nhat hanh | Monk
Iyanla Vanzant | Inspirational Speaker
Sharon Salzberg | Meditation Teacher
Pema Chodron | Nun
Tony Robbins | Life Couch