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.