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.