Recognizing our Faults in the Mirror of Dharma, Part 2

One of the main functions of Dharma teachings is to serve as a mirror that reflects back our own faults, so that we can see them and stop pretending that they don’t exist. Once we recognize the faults within our own mind, we can apply the remedy to counteract them and work on improving ourself. The mirror of Dharma also helps us to distinguish between desirous attachment and love. We often confuse these for each other, thinking that they are the same or that they must go together. But love and attachment are not the same; a mind of love brings us only happiness and a mind of attachment brings us only suffering.

Although we need to be aware of faults, we should not identify with them and start thinking that we are intrinsically faulty, angry, or worthless. We are not our faults; our true nature is Buddha nature, and this is what we should identify with. Our minds are contaminated with faults and delusions, and those faults can be removed if we apply Dharma skilfully.

The first step to removing the faults from our mind is to recognize them when they show up. This is mindfulness practice, just being aware of the quality of our thoughts and not allowing the negative ones to take over and make us do or say something negative that we will regret later.

self-assassin:

Only Love can bring world peace

This is an extraordinary explanation of why war never brings peace

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kadampapenny:

If we cherish others, we shall naturally perform actions that will cause them to be happy. This will make our daily life peaceful, happy, harmonious, and meaningful. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook

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jessicorvus:

OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNIYE SOHA

(Source: buddhablessnamasteuniverse)

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Some people argue that one of our main problems is a lack of self-esteem, and that we need to focus exclusively on our good qualities in order to boost our self-confidence. It is true that to make authentic spiritual progress we need to develop confidence in our spiritual potential, and to acknowledge and improve our good qualities. However, we also need a clear and realistic awareness of our present faults and imperfections. If we are honest with ourself we will recognize that at the moment our mind is filled with defilements such as anger, attachment, and ignorance. These mental diseases will not go away just by our pretending that they do not exist. The only way we can ever get rid of them is by honestly acknowledging their existence and then making the effort to eliminate them.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness”

self-assassin:

Beautiful Thangka of His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche with Dorje Shugden in the lower left hand corner.

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purpleaggregates:

A humble person who respects everyone has the openness of mind to learn from everyone and every situation.

If we maintain a humble, respectful attitude towards everyone, good qualities and inspiration will flow into our mind all the time.

Eight Steps to Happiness - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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kadampapenny:

Sufferings are not given to us as punishment.  They all come from our self-cherishing mind, which wishes ourself to be happy while neglecting the happiness of others. - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook

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Do not look for faults in others, but look for faults in yourself, and purge them like bad blood.

Do not contemplate your own good qualities, but contemplate the good qualities of others, and respect everyone as a servant would.

Atisha - “Advice from Atisha’s Heart”