What exactly to do in emulating the Buddha?


One who emulates the Buddha must, for certain, reverence the Three

Jewels, the Buddha, the Dharma, and the sangha whilst cultivating

blessedness and wisdom.

One who cultivates blessedness must generate vast affinity with

society, treat everyone equally, and service all living beings. Chapter

on Samantabhadra Bodhisattva' s Act and Vow in Avatamsaka Sutra

famously puts it:

‘If to all living beings offer reverence and service,

Such equals reverencing and servicing the Tathagata.’

Service denotes support, and being in support of the Buddha denotes

doing so of all living beings whilst reverencing them. Limited as the

extent of our strength or the size of the virtue may be, starting from

scratch and giving all are what needed to be done.

One who cultivates wisdom must stay in peace and calm at all times.

Quiet and focused, meditation in pursuit of samadhi is an effective

method. The process of sitting requires a healthy, clean environment

and support of family. Others like reciting sutras, retaining the words of

the dharani, repeating the Buddha' s name, repeating the holy names of

bodhisattvas, worshipping before the shrine, and practicing repentance,

too, are all to the benefit of cultivating wisdom.

From dual practice of blessedness and wisdom to dual consummation

of both, life continues to be brimful of spirit, light, and joy—a state that

Buddhist practitioners must register.