The bodhisattva is believer in the Buddha' s teachings and practitioner
of the Buddha' s words. A practitioner having taken refuge in the Three
Jewels becomes a bodhisattva of initial potentiality, thereby embracing
the goal in the cultivation of discipline, meditation, and wisdom and dual
practice of blessedness and wisdom. Cultivating blessedness is actively
playing own role in society and undertaking to transform all living beings
whilst putting an end to own inner defilement and implementing
Bodhisattva images enshrined in temples as tributes to past saints
of great virtue are more often mistaken for the bodhisattvas themselves.
Such images are meant to evoke reverence and help sow bodhi seeds,
but the bodhisattvas themselves are awakening sentients and great
saints effectively seeking the Buddha Way beyond whilst converting
all living beings around.