We recite the sutras in order to understand the Truth; we also come to lectures for the purpose of understanding the Truth. We want to understand why we need to do spiritual practice, why we need to be liberated from life and death, and why this world is full of suffering. We want to find a place with eternal happiness, so we come to listen to the teachings.
Originally, spiritual practice is nothing mysterious, but since we can't see or grab the universal power, we think it's very mysterious. In fact, there's no mystery to it. This power is just like electricity that is untouchable and incomprehensible, but we can use it if we know how.
We really have spiritual power; it’s not that we don't have it. It's the same with magical power. A person can use his mind power, which dwells within and belongs to him. Therefore, he can have magical power. He can practice and recognize the divine power within himself. The higher the level he reaches spiritually, the more he will show this kind of power and be able to use it to affect others. When we attain great power through spiritual practice, we can transmit the Dharma to others, so you should understand that there is actually nothing mysterious about transmitting the Dharma.
While Shakyamuni Buddha was practicing spiritually, he didn't rely on anything and sat alone under the bodhi tree meditating all by himself. There was no temple, no sutra-reciting, no tapping or ringing, no Buddha's statue, no ashram, no incense, nothing, but he could still practice! We should always use the "Precepts" to cleanse our bodies. The Precepts are our incense, "wisdom" is our sutra, and this "body" is our temple, our Buddha Nature and our Buddha statue. So we’re equipped with everything; it's already abundantly available. What else from the outside do we need?