This is something that people have to experience themselves to "get it". being religious may help people more open to accept the concept of forgiveness and be able to try to really to forgive.
I have to say that my study of Buddhism (especially Zen) while I was a late teenager had more influence than Catholicism on forgiveness to me.
Yes. And this story illustrates that very well. I loved that part where the Dalai Lama says, OK then.. Just meditate..
That was so sweet and loving,