Dharma as the order of the universe, from my deluded viewpoint, is the teaching on the inseparability of the Buddha nature from all appearances, seeing all phenomena as the direct transmission of the mind of Samantabhadra. Dharma practice on the other hand, is taking refuge in the Buddha and cultivating Bodhicitta. Everything is based on whether or not you have the mind of enlightenment. If you don't, then the practice is to cultivate it. If you do, the practice is to perfect it and realize it. If you realize it, the practice is to let it be as it will spontaneously manifest benefit for others without any need to fabricate, project or modify on your part.
Thus the whole path spanning all the vehicles can in my opinion be summed up in three basic steps all based on Bodhicitta. Obtaining the Mind of Enlightenment, Cultivating the Mind of Enlightenment, Manifesting the Mind of Enlightenment. Obtaining is the ground, the foundation. Cultivating is the path. Manifesting is the fruit.
May all beings benefit!