The Buddha taught three things: openness, stability, and to recognize the nature of our own mind.
Openness is accepting the guidance of a spiritual teacher. It also means a willingness to embrace reality – the reality around us and the reality of our own confusion – and to embrace others as a part of our path.
As we become aware of our selves, we then need to learn stability, develop stability in the qualities of our awareness and in our values – motivation.
And this allows us to finally look directly and realize the true nature of our own mind.