The first step is to recognize how mind programs experience.
Buddhism analyzes how mind generates and operates the programming itself – how emotional qualities and reactive ways of acting bind us to limited, repetitive ways of being – and goes on to investigate the body and foundation of mind.
Practicing awareness of experience as it arises, we can progress from
the level of words and concepts and ordinary experience to
a transcending, awakened awareness that engages knowledge differently,
relinquishing old ways of knowing and being.
Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Milking the Painted Cow