In Cultivating Compassion, Tibetan Buddhist Jeffrey Hopkins recommends disrupting the cycle of ill deeds through equanimity and contrition. In brief, here are the steps he recommends:

  • "Disclosure of Ill Deeds: In meditation, contemplate: ‘I have done it; I have to face the fact that I have done it. I can't undo what I did. But I am sorry I did it, and I intend not to do it in the future.'
  • "Contrition: In meditation, contemplate: ‘I am sorry I did such and such; I regret it.'
  • "Intention of Restraint in the Future: In meditation, contemplate: ‘This action was motivated by desire (or hatred) and ignorance; it was wrong, and I do not want to do it again in the future. May I not do it again in future! I will make sure not to do it again in the future.'
  • "Virtuous Activity: A final way to reinforce disclosure, contrition, and the intention not to repeat the action is to engage in a virtuous activity, such as giving to a charity, giving to beggars, reading profound texts, and so forth, with a deliberate sense that this activity serves as an antidote to what was done earlier."
Jeffrey Hopkins in Cultivating Compassion