"An attitude of regret can only be cultivated when we recognize the connection between the harm we create and the harm we receive. However, it is important not to misunderstand what it means to regret our unskilful actions. We should not view the suffering we experience as an externally applied punishment for our sins; nor is it necessary to feel guilty, thinking that we have offended some authority or force that is prepared to take revenge upon us. True regret is not concerned with such extraneous attitudes."
— Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Meaningful to Behold” (via dancingdakini