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How Projection of Faults Works – Part III of Series

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By Bardor Tulku Rinpoche

The second thing (read blog #1 in the “The Commitments of the Bodhisattava Vow Series”) to keep in mind regarding bodhichitta is to understand how a projection of faults works. We are all human beings. Maybe if we were buddhas, we would be different. I am saying that because if we look at the Buddha Shakyamuni’s life, there were plenty of people who did not like the Buddha, who thought that the Buddha was full of defects.

When we see a fault in someone else, whether that fault is there or not, we tend to obsess upon it. When we see a tiny fault in someone else, we fixate on it and give it the importance of a much greater fault. On the other hand we remain largely ignorant of our own faults because we are so clever at hiding our faults from ourselves and sometimes from others. About this Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye wrote in his Calling to the Gurus From Afar, “I conceal a mountain of faults within myself and yet obsess upon a sesame seeds worth of fault in another.”

There is a connection between our ignorance of our own faults and our awareness of the faults of others. The more we conceal our own faults, and therefore allow them to remain undisturbed, the more aware of and the more irritated by others’ faults we will be. If we can reverse this, if we can start to pay attention to our own faults including our own kleshas (afflictive emotions) and not those of others, and if we can insure that we never mentally abandon any sentient being—although we are still going to have outbursts of mental affliction—we will be in far less danger of ever losing bodhichitta.

Part 1: The Commitments of the Bodhisattava Vow
Part II:
To Never Mentally Abandon Sentient Beings

The third blog from a teaching on The Commitments of the Bodhisattava Vow given by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche at Kunzang Palchen Ling in May, 2010. Translated by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, transcribed by Alan McCoy, edited by Basia Coulter, adapted with permission by Annie Bond. Copyright 2010 Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Peter O’Hearn. All rights reserved. Please do not reprint without permission.

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