HI Khalil Bodhi,
I guess I don't really see "forgiveness" as something separate from Metta, though I can see the point that "forgiveness" might imply some sort of "feeling of superiority", which would not be completely wholesome (but surely a step in the right direction away from hating...).
Surely the following have something to do with "forgiveness"?http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .budd.html
"Monks, even if bandits were to savagely sever you, limb by limb, with a double-handled saw, even then, whoever of you harbors ill will at heart would not be upholding my Teaching. Monks, even in such a situation you should train yourselves thus: 'Neither shall our minds be affected by this, nor for this matter shall we give vent to evil words, but we shall remain full of concern and pity, with a mind of love, and we shall not give in to hatred. On the contrary, we shall live projecting thoughts of universal love to those very persons, making them as well as the whole world the object of our thoughts of universal love — thoughts that have grown great, exalted and measureless. We shall dwell radiating these thoughts which are void of hostility and ill will.' It is in this way, monks, that you should train yourselves.
3. "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who harbor such thoughts do not still their hatred.
4. "He abused me, he struck me, he overpowered me, he robbed me." Those who do not harbor such thoughts still their hatred.
5. Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is a law eternal.
6. There are those who do not realize that one day we all must die. But those who do realize this settle
The Practice of Loving-Kindness (Metta)
As Taught by the Buddha in the Pali Canon
compiled and translated by Ñanamoli Therahttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el007.html
Reconciliation, Right & Wrong
byThanissaro Bhikkhuhttp://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ation.html