Casting The Image Of Buddha
For every indigent-being casting the Buddha’s statue, is the motivated action to attain Buddha-Tao. They symbolically make Tathagata’s figure and sublime form to cultivate all the actions of enlightenment. This does not refer to a statue that was made by the process of molding using gold or copper.
Therefore, one who wishes to attain the complete liberation should think of his own body as a melting pot, dharma as a fire, wisdom as a technician, and the three immaculte precepts and six perfections as a casting dome.
Thus, the Buddha-nature of truth-as-it-is, is melted and put into the casting dome of all precepts. Follow and uphold all the teachings without missing a part. Naturally, the true form of the image will be completed.
At last it can be called the perpetually sublime dharma-body, which is not the dharma from the form-of-doing.
While looking for the Tao, if one does not know how to draw or mold the true form, how, then can he achieve virtue and merit?