Session 4: Building A Community Of Forgiveness Part of Windows and Mirrors In This Section Introduction From Windows and Mirrors The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.... Session-at-a-Glance From Windows and Mirrors Activity Minutes Opening 5 Activity 1: Law, Crime and Punishment 5 Activity 2: Game — Steal the Bacon 10 Activity 3: Story — Teaching a Thief 15... Spiritual Preparation From Windows and Mirrors Find a place where you can be quiet with your thoughts. Make yourself comfortable and light a candle to mark the time as different from other activities. Opening From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle Large, round mirror to hold the chalice Reflective materials, suc... Activity 1: Law, Crime and Punishment From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers and tape Preparation for Activity On a large sheet of newsprint make three columns. Activity 2: Game - Steal the Bacon From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 10 minutes Materials for Activity An object that serves as the "bacon" (something that will not roll or bounce; a glove or hat works well... Activity 3: Story - Teaching a Thief From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity A copy of the story "Teaching a Thief" A bell, chime, rain stick, or other musical noisemaker Preparati... Activity 4: Write a Letter of Forgiveness From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity Leader Resource 1, Three-Step Forgiveness Letter Paper and pencils for all participants Newsprint sheet... Activity 5: Window/Mirror Panel - Forgiveness Heart From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity All participants' Window/Mirror Panels Color pencils (sharpened or with a sharpener available) Basket(s)... Closing From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 5 minutes Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers and tape Taking It Home handout Optional: A copy of Session 1, Leader Resource 2,... Leader Reflection and Planning From Windows and Mirrors Reflect on and discuss with your co-leader(s): How did the timing go today? What might we do to make it work better? What worked well? What didn't? What... Faith In Action: International Forgiveness Day From Windows and Mirrors Materials for Activity Newsprint, markers and tape Blank paper and pencils, crayons or markers for all participants Optional: From the International... Alternate Activity 1: Spiritual Practice - Forgiveness Meditation From Windows and Mirrors Activity time: 15 minutes Materials for Activity A chime or a bell Leader Resource 2, Forgiveness Meditation for Children Preparation for Activity Revie... Taking It Home: Building A Community Of Forgiveness From Windows and Mirrors The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. — Marianne Williamson IN TODAY'S SESSION... We affirmed the... Teaching A Thief From Windows and Mirrors "Teaching a Thief" is taken from Kindness, A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom by Sarah Conover and Valerie Wahl (Boston: Skinner House, 2010). Availavle from... Leader Resource 1: Three-Step Forgiveness Letter From Windows and Mirrors Step One: Feeling Letter Dear (person's name), A) Anger. Write your feelings of anger. I am angry that... / I am furious... / I hate... B) Sadness.... Leader Resource 2: Forgiveness Meditation for Children From Windows and Mirrors From the website A View on Buddhism. Read aloud the words you want children to say. Find Out More About Session 4 From Windows and Mirrors Ideas about Forgiveness You can explore: You can learn more from the Dhar… Wisdom website and the Buddha Net website, which explores love and forgivenes... PREVIOUS: Find Out More UP: Windows and Mirrors NEXT: Introduction Download all of Windows and Mirrors (Word) (PDF) to edit or print.