Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement

Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement

by Phil Cousineau (Editor)


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Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement by Phil Cousineau

"If we harbor thoughts of violence or hatred, or seek revenge orretribution, we are contributing to the wounding of the world; ifwe transform those thoughts into forgiveness and compassion, andthen move beyond them to actually make amends or restitution, weare contributing to the healing of the world. This timely, powerfuland compassionate book helps show us the way."
Deepak Chopra

"Nothing will help us survive the present age more than breakingthe tragic cycles of violence and revenge that threaten our veryexistence. To do so, we must honor our soul's desire for deeperforms of reconciliation, a process that Phil Cousineau reveals hereas being on the other side of forgiveness, in the ancient ritual ofatonement. His book is a profoundly important contribution to thehealing of the world, and I give it my blessing."
Robert A. Johnson, author of Transformation,Inner Work and Owning Your Own Shadow

As indispensable as forgiveness has been to the healing processthroughout history, there is another equally profound action thatis needed for ultimate reconciliation, which Arun Gandhi, grandsonof Mohandas Gandhi, calls “the other side of the coin.”Turning over the coin of forgiveness, we discover atonement,the half-hidden, much-overlooked other half of the reconciliationprocess.

Beyond Forgiveness shows how acts ofatonement—making amends, providing restitution, restoringbalance—can relieve us of the pain of the past and give us ahopeful future. This rich and powerful book includes 15 thoughtfulcontributions by high-profile thinkers and activists includingHuston Smith, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Azim Khamisa, Rabbi MichaelLerner, Jacob Needleman, Michael Nagler, Diane Hennacy Powell,James O’Dea, Arun Gandhi, Kate Dahlstedt, Ed Tick, Richard J.Meyer, Rev. Heng Sure, Douglas George-Kanentiio and KatharineDever. Atonement is put forward as a process that we must all learnto practice—from individuals to nations—if we are toheal our wounds and move forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470907733
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, editor and lecturer, cultural observer and TV host. He has published twenty-six nonfiction books, written fifteen documentary films, and is currently the host and co-writer of Global Spirit on Link TV. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Foreword: Atonement as a Spiritual Path (Huston Smith).

Preface: The Next Step in Forgiveness and Healing (PhilCousineau).

Introduction: The Revival of an Ancient Awareness (Richard J.Meyer).

PART ONE Forgiveness and Beyond.

1 Forgiveness as Spiritual Liberation (Michael BernardBeckwith).

2 The Wisdom of Atonement (Jacob Needleman).

3 We Can Work It Out: Heart, Mind, and Action in the Strugglefor Atonement (Michael N. Nagler).

4 At-One-Ment: Becoming Whole (Diane Hennacy Powell).

5 Burying the Stone: Rituals and Ceremonies of Atonement(Kate Dahlstedt).

6 Taking the Crucial Step: Forgiving the Other and ForgivingYourself (Katharine Dever).

7 A Twelve-Step Approach to Atonement (Anonymous).

PART TWO Stories of Atonement.

8 Memories of My Grandfather: Atonement the Gandhi Way (ArunGandhi).

9 Healing the Wounds of War: Atonement Practices for Veterans(Edward Tick).

10 After the Death of My Son: My Journey of Forgiveness andAtonement (Azim Noordin Khamisa).

11 Ten Days of Atonement (Rabbi Michael Lerner).

12 The Iroquois Great Law of Peace: Atonement Among theHaudenosaunee (Douglas M. George-Kanentiio).

13 Talkin' 'bout My Generation: The New Face of Atonement(Stephanie N. Van Hook).

14 Buddhist Bowing and Atonement (Reverend HengSure).

Conclusion: Creative Atonement in a Time of Peril (JamesO'Dea).

The Contributors.

The Editor.

The Beyond Forgiveness Project.


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