Three of my family were murdered in one night. This is my story of forgiveness of the boy who killed them. It is also my story of falling into the arms of Zen.
After the murders, lost in grief, Judith finds Thich Nhat Hanh. Five years later, through her newfound practice of mindfulness, she spontaneously forgives the killer. She goes on to lead mindfulness practice in a medium security prison, where some of the men know the murderer of her family.
This is the gripping tale of one woman walking through fire. It is an inner story of adventure, loss, torment, and in the end, forgiveness and an awakening to deep peace—a true tale of transformation. One reviewer said, “I doubt if there’s anyone on the planet who can’t relate to her message, if they’re willing to, that is.”
Judith Toy was ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh as True Door of Peace in 1997. She and her husband, Philip Toy, have founded three communities of practice in the US—including one in a medium security prison, and they now lead days of mindfulness, workshops and retreats on mindfulness and forgiveness in the US and abroad. She has received numerous awards and grants in the arts, including the Dylan Thomas Poetry Award at the New School for Social Research in NYC, and a fellowship at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in poetry.