This is the Question and Answer Session of Thay from the Nottingham Retreat, offered on Monday, April 9, 2012.
"QUESTION: Have you ever hurt someone on purpose?
THAY: By lack of mindfulness, yes.
By ignorance, yes. But there was no intention to make him or her suffer. And I always feel that I don't like to hurt people. I don't want to make a person suffer. But because some time you are not calm enough, some time you are not mindful enough, so you say something, and do something and make him or her suffer, and that is not on purpose, that is by ignorance, by lack of mindfulness. And I have done that a few times. And I always regret that. And I vow to myself that I will be more careful, and not to do it again next time. Thank you."