The Sacred Art of Forgiveness

Learn Radical Hospitality and the Art of Spiritual Maturation in an online course taught by renowned author, speaker, and Spirituality & Health columnist, Rabbi Rami Shapiro.

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This exploration of forgiveness is a deep, yet practical dive into the nature of self, free–will, and the practice of radical hospitality—living in harmony with what is without needing to change what is.


Course Highlights

Blending assigned readings, audio teachings, and personal practice, The Sacred Art of Forgiveness meets three learning objectives:

  1. An understanding of forgiveness as a spiritual practice of self–emptying.
  2. How to use Radical Hospitality as a vehicle for personal and communal spiritual maturation.
  3. How to free yourself from limiting and harmful thoughts, words, and actions.

Course Features

What's included in the course?

This course includes downloadable essays and worksheets, streamable audio, and interactive discussion components – all accessed from our online web platform. 

Course contents:

  • An introduction to the course  with a guided audio meditation and a written exercise.
  • 10 lessons including:
    • A written essay on an aspect of forgiveness.
    • An audio “deep dive” from Rabbi Rami into an issue raised in the essay. 
    • Individual exercises within the essay and audio segments to personalize the class.
    • A transcription of each lesson's audio to make revisiting specific ideas easier. 
  • Access to a course discussion board to share with others, including Rabbi Rami.

How does it work?

Log in via mobile, tablet, or computer anytime you like as you work through the 10 lessons. You'll also have lifetime access to revisit any section you like or to use the online discussion board.

Course Syllabus


Lesson 1: What is Forgiveness?

Lesson 2: Humility as a Prerequisite to Forgiveness

Lesson 3: Life Hurts

Lesson 4: What is Your Purpose?

Lesson 5: Chaos and Order

Lesson 6: Forgiveness and Making of Meaning

Lesson 7: Forgiveness and Freedom

Lesson 8: Who Forgives Whom?

Lesson 9: Three Questions

Lesson 10: The Practice of Metta


What makes this course unique?

Most courses on forgiveness focus on forgiving others. This course is different: our focus is on asking others to forgive us.

Most courses on forgiveness assume that that people have free–will. This course is different: our assumption is that free will is limited at best and perhaps nonexistent.

Most courses on forgiveness link forgiveness to enhancing self–power that is key to spiritual maturation. This course is different: our position is that self–power is a block to spiritual maturation.

Most courses on forgiveness see granting forgiveness as a spiritual act. This course is different: our understanding is that asking for forgiveness is the true spiritual act.

Start your journey of forgiveness now.

Meet the Instructor

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award–winning author of over thirty books on religion and spirituality. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College and holds a PH.D. in religion from Union Graduate School. A chaplain with the USAF for 3 years, a congregational rabbi for 20, and a professor of religious studies for 10, Rabbi Rami currently directs the One River Foundation, writes the Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler column for Spirituality and Health magazine, and hosts the magazine’s weekly radio show, Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami. His newest book is Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries.

Don't miss your opportunity to study forgiveness with renowned author, columnist, speaker, and humorist Rabbi Rami.


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