Mind initiated in emulating the Buddha, the first prerequisite is faith,
that in taking refuge in the Three Jewels. Regular daily duties and
chores aside, allow mind to concentrate on own thought undistracted,
allow eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mental state to stay still, and
allow consciousness to contemplate whilst reciting sutras, prostrating
before the Buddha, practicing repentance, repeating the Buddha' s
name, retaining the words of the dharani, or learning the samadhi—
all to the benefit of self.
It is adamant for a Buddhist neophyte to never lapse into the delusion
of chasing merit and virtue only because practicing in such a manner
handily impels one to think greed and hence to sidetrack. It is therefore
just as adamant for a Buddhist neophyte to move on, stay valiant, and
properly emulate the Buddha!