During the precept transmission right now, we are bowing to the Buddhas and lecturing the Sutras every day. What for? To adorn our Dharma body. This is known as using the Buddha's adornments to adorn ourselves. While bowing, people who are ill should bow with special sincerity. By bowing, you can move the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, gods, dragons, and the rest of the eightfold division—all the good Dharma protecting spirits, so that you will recover from any illness you might have.
For each bit of sincerity you bring forth, you will receive a bit of response. If you are ten parts sincere, you will have a ten parts of response. If you are a hundred percent sincere, you will have a hundred percent response. The supreme, profound, wondrous Dharma is difficult to encounter in one's life. Since we have encountered it now, we must do our best to put it into practice.
When we bow to the Buddhas, we should contemplate the Buddhas of the ten directions coming to rub the crowns of our heads. As they bless us, our karmic obstructions dissolve, our good roots grow, and imperceptibly we are cured of all our illnesses. Thus, bowing to the Buddhas is extremely important. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, everyone should be in attendance for bowing to the Buddhas. Bowing is an excellent activity; it is good exercise that makes you physically and mentally healthy and improves your circulation. If you do such exercise, you will be cured of all illness.
During the bowing sessions, unless you have very urgent business to attend to, you should be bowing. This is crucial. Our precept transmission session is nearly over, and after it concludes we will no longer bow so intensively; we will be doing other practices. During the precept transmission session, most people may not realize it, but many living beings are bowing and receiving precepts along with you. It is not just the few people that you can see. Many spiritual beings are protecting the Bodhimanda. All of you should pay attention to this point!
During the bowing sessions, everyone should be a little more sincere. If you bow sincerely, any karmic obstructions that you have will melt away; any sicknesses will disappear; all troubles will vanish. The power derived from bowing to the Buddhas is inconceivable.