And if the error was fertile? by Anila Trinlé

- through Fabrice Groult

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The sufferings of guilt are rooted in the negative judgments we make about our mistakes. Yet our errors, both cognitive and afflictive, are inevitable; they arise from our emotional and imprecise representations that imprison us in our version of the reality. This is not a real problem as long as we are aware of it. Clarifying our relationship to error leads us to be less trapped by our judgments, which allows us to make our mistakes material for transformation. Through the methods derived from the teachings of the Buddha, and in particular training in meditation, our relationship to afflictions becomes clearer.

We thus discover an increased capacity for reflection and a broader discernment. Our vision of guilt is naturally transformed and we find the resources to respond appropriately to everyday situations.


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Fabrice Groult

Fabrice Groult is an adventurer, photographer and Buddhist who has traveled the world since a young age. After studying Buddhism in India, he embarked on an eighteen-month journey through Asia that took him to the Himalayas, where he discovered his passion for photography. Since then, he has traveled the world capturing images of Buddhist beauty and wisdom. He was a guide for ten years, and is now a journalist with Buddhist News.

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