July 26, 1998
I havenít seen you for a long time. Many of
you present here, a large proportion of you, have never seen me in person. Yet
you have cultivated yourselves well, and I can say that no true cultivator has
been left behind. Itís the same whether or not youíve seen me in person. You
wonít be treated differently as long as you keep cultivating on this path of
Most of you present here are Assistants, and
have made a lot of contributions for Dafa.* You think that the things you do
seem pretty simple and are unlike an everyday personís supervisory job, which
one gets paid for. You are doing things entirely out of your enthusiasm and
your understanding of Dafa. Those things appear to be quite simple and seem to
have nothing earth shattering about them. Yet I can tell you that the things
that seem mundane on this ordinary human side might be truly dramatic in the
realm of your cultivationóa realm that you canít see. (Applause) In
other words, you shouldnít consider your [Dafa] work so simple. Since youíre
doing this work you should do it well. High-level beings often tell me that
they think your being able to contribute to Dafa here has laid an excellent
foundation for your future lives for an incredibly long time in the later
historical period. In other words, they envy you since they donít have the
opportunity to do these things. The earth wouldnít be able to hold them if all
of them were to come. So this work is not so ordinary. At present, not so many
things are going to appear too extraordinary or to go too far beyond ordinary
humans in the ordinary human society. Things just seem so mundane. Usually, in
our cultivation practice, there arenít many dramatic things, and we temper our
xinxing amidst the various kinds of problems that manifest among
As a matter of fact, many of our veteran
practitioners in Changchun know that it wasnít easy at all when we
first began teaching this Fa* and our exercises in the early days. We went
through a difficult period of trials and tribulations before we were able to
spread this Fa far and wide and make it known to more people. So our work
wasnít at all easy in the beginning. Nevertheless we made it through. And it
was here in our Changchun that we took the first step of introducing this Fa
to the public. What I taught back then wasnít as profound as what Iím teaching
today. I was merely teaching things of a transitional period, one that went
from qigong* to the true Fa. Later on, I gradually, truly
unveiled this Fa and allowed more people to get to know it. It was done very
systematically, but it didnít resemble the ways in which everyday peopleís
planning and arranging of things in human society unfold. We didnít follow the
administrative or managerial methods used in the society of everyday people,
nor did we follow any other forms. It seems that everything has come about
quite naturally. But it was arranged to be done from the simple to the
profound, for imparting such an immense Fa is a serious matter.
Many of you in the audience are veteran
practitioners. Think about it, everyone. In the time between when this Fa was
first taught and today, youíve developed a deep understanding of the Fa
through cultivating over this long stretch of time. And there are many people
from all walks of life who are cultivating. The more a personís education, the
more quickly he understands the Fa. This phenomenon isnít seen in ordinary
qigong practices. Why not? Because our Fa is the true, righteous Fa. After
a long period of cultivation, you have come to realize that this Fa is by no
means some theory of the ordinary human society. Even if you searched through
all human knowledgeóEastern and Western, ancient and modernóyou wouldnít find
this. But to best allow you to understand it, weíve also related it to modern
peopleís thinking and concepts. Thatís because everyone has a set of fixed
notions that were formed after being in society over a long period of time;
this has something to do with a personís work or profession. For example, some
people are scientists, some are in the military, some work in the political
arena, some are in business, and so on. Everyone has formed a set of fixed
notions, whether itís in terms of his own
achievements or his view of the world. You think that truth is supposed
to be one way, while the next person believes truth is supposed to be another
way. Everyone has his own set of fixed notions.
Many of you were hindered by these fixed
notions when you first obtained the Fa, and have thus gone through a gradual
process of understanding. Of course, those people who began studying the Fa at
a later stage have progressed more quickly, and donít seem to have encountered
many obstacles in understanding the Fa. From the very beginning up until a
year or two ago, many of you were blocked by your postnatally acquired notions
when you were obtaining the Fa. Some people used
empirical science to evaluate this Fa; others used dialectical
to evaluate this Fa and determine whether itís in agreement with materialist
dialectics; and some people used the views that they formed in the business
world to evaluate this Fa. In other words, people of different social
backgrounds have their own obstacles. In order to break through those
obstacles, when I teach this Fa I try my best to be in sync with modern
peopleís concepts and the ways in which they think. Meanwhile, when Iím
teaching the Fa, I am eliminating all the factors that prevent you from
obtaining the Fa. As you know, when a lot of people read my books for the
first time they think Iím talking about science. Thatís actually not the case.
We are using manís current way of thinking to break through and eliminate your
notions and allow you to understand. Iíve done many things along these lines.
I arranged it like this, as I saw humankindís present situation. The aim has
been to allow you to benefit and obtain the Fa while I teach the Fa, without
being affected by your notions. As a result, more and more people have been
made able to obtain the Fa during these several years of teaching the Fa.
Assistants and veteran students in the
audience: You have done a great number of works that you donít realize are
extraordinary, truly extraordinary. They appear to be very ordinary in the
society of everyday people. This Fa has been brought forth to the public to
allow more people, people from all walks of life, to understand it. If there
were no one studying it and no one cultivating, it would amount to nothing.
But our Fa has disclosed the truth of the universe, something unspoken since
the beginning of heaven and earth. The approach weíve adopted in teaching the
Fa is to use reasoning and concepts that humans can comprehend in order to
break through and eliminate their barriers and to allow them to truly
understand the universeís principles. So I knew back when I first brought this
Fa to the public that there wouldnít be any problem with people learning it.
Yet whether people could truly keep putting cultivation into action involves
one question: Can we provide a true environment for real cultivation that
enables students to steadily improve over the course of attaining the Fa and
cultivating? Thatís extremely important.
It was only yesterday that I told those in
charge of the Changchun assistance centers: ďYour most important task is to
create for our students a stable cultivation environment thatís free of
disturbances. This is your greatest responsibility.Ē The same goes for those
of you present here: Your greatest responsibility is to ensure that your
assistance centers and practice sites are free of disturbances and to lead
others in cultivation. Of course, initially those things were done by me. Now
you do them since youíre now a part of Dafa. With this many people itís
impossible for me to go everywhere and do them personally. China has over two
thousand counties, and each county and city has many practice sites. Itís
impossible for me, one person, with this physical
body, to visit them all. The Fa has
been imparted to the public. With the Fa, all of you know what to do and
youíve done really well. We have no rules or restrictions.
As you know, when Sakyamuni taught his Dharma,
he established over one hundred precepts in order to prevent his disciples
from having problems in cultivation. His intent was to have them follow those
precepts in cultivation and avoid problems, ensuring that theyíd reach
Consummation. But today we donít have any rules or restrictions. And why donít
we? Because I donít want to use any external forms to control people, as no
external forms, commands, or other means can change a personís heart. A person
has to change his heart himself. If he himself doesnít want to change, nobody
can do it. Laws, decrees, and regulations can only fix whatís on the surface,
not whatís at the core. Thatís because if a personís heart is not at all
touched or changed, he will still do things according to his own notions when
no one sees him, for sure. So whatís most crucial is the change of a personís
heart and the elevation of a personís morality. That is the only way to
fundamentally change people, to have humankind become good again, and have
cultivators reach Consummation. Thereís no other way.
Weíve all worked really hard
and done a lot for this undertaking. Because youíre cultivators, I
canít thank all of you as an everyday person would. Youíve
integrated your [Dafa] work with your own elevation; your work is
absolutely inseparable from your cultivation. The troubles,
differing opinions, and intense conflicts that you encounter in your
work are the best chance to improve your xinxing. You Assistants could not improve if
you werenít given these opportunities. I think that if everyone went
along with you and did whatever you told them, you might lead them
astray without even knowing it, right? Of course, none of us will do
anything like that. You will improve yourself in the process of your
cultivation and your work. In other words, you should integrate your
work with your cultivation. I wonít say any words of gratitude since
you are my disciples. No master would say grateful words to his
disciples, so neither will I. (Applause)
I am really delighted to see
all of you. Iíve been meeting with some students intermittently, and
I see great changes in you. Even those whoíve practiced for a short
period of time have changed greatly. Some of you have undergone
quite substantial changes. More than a year has gone by in a flash.
Going back to my last talk on Fa in Changchun, itís been several
years since I met with a lot of you. Coming back to my hometown this
time, I really wanted to see you all. Weíve always had to be
concerned over one thing: Once I show up somewhere, many, many
practitioners come to that place. That puts pressure on society in
many ways, especially as so many people are learning our Dafaóthe
total number reaches 100 million if we count both those in China and
abroad. Moreover, once people get to know Dafa they become firm
about studying the Fa. Itís not like some other practices where
people practice one day and quit the next.
Our practice is different.
Weíre responsible to those who join us, and enable you to practice
cultivation, improve, re-ascend, and reach Consummation. And you can
see it. Also, weíre responsible to society, and our behavior is
upright under all circumstances. [Our practice] is good for society,
individuals, and even your domestic or other environments that you
might live in. Thereís no need for me to say much about thisóyou all
know it. Thatís why this Fa has had such an enormous impact on
society, why its effect has been so substantial, and why so many
people have come to learn it. If I make an appearance in a certain
place, many people will come and it will create different pressures.
Some students have asked me, ďTeacher, can you come to our town?Ē
Itís difficult for me to answer them. If I agree to their requests
then Iíll have to go there, so itís hard for me to say anything. If
I agreed to go, well, local practitioners would spread the word, and
before my arrival there would already be a huge gathering. Thatís
likely to happen. And then, when the number of people is large, some
departments of the government that donít know us well or donít
understand us would probably deal us some setbacks. That would
disrupt our studentsí cultivation environment, so I donít want to do
that sort of thing.
Nonetheless, I [came here]
today for the following two reasons. First, we havenít seen each
other in over a year and this is my hometown, so letís make it an
exception. Besides, Iím only meeting with Assistants. I can only
meet with Assistants because thereís no place large enough to meet
[all] our students. There isnít yet a place in Changchun big enough
to hold tens of thousands of people, so we can only do it this way.
Second, the fact that I primarily live overseas has probably averted
trouble. Those are the two reasons. But no matter where I am, I know
your cultivation situationóI know it for each and every one of you.
I will look after you as long as you study the Fa and cultivate.
It isnít a problem even if
youíve bought pirated copies of the books, and thatís certain. A
book with black ink on white paper doesnít have any effect by
itself. Whether itís Zhuan Falun or any
of our other books, whatís really at work is the inner meaning and
the true substantive reasons behind the words. Those arenít present
in other books. Whatís more, it doesnít matter whether you have a
hand-written copy or a pirated copy: The book will naturally have
its inner meanings as long as you study the Fa and cultivate. Buddha
Fa is boundless, and its manifest power is just enormous. And this
is different from ordinary human conceptions of time and
dimensionsócompletely different. But that said, donít buy those
pirated copies in which the typesetting was rearranged. And if you
find any, you should help the relevant governmental departments to
investigate and track down their source. Itís alright if they are
printed from photocopies of the original typesetting, as in that
case there wonít be any content errors.
Today I mainly want to see you.
And likewise, lots of people want to see me, so Iíll sit a little
higher today. (Applause) Now that Iím
here, Iíll take this opportunity to talk about a few things. Itís
not easy for us to meet up. If any of you in the audience feel the
need to ask me questions, you can write them down on slips of paper
and pass them forward to me, and Iíll answer them. But be brief. You
donít need to preface your questions by saying things like,
ďTeacher, oh how I miss you,Ē or ďThis Dafa is so great.Ē Thereís no
need for that. Just write down your questions and be to the point.
That way I can read them quickly and not waste time while answering
Iíll start by addressing two
issues. Iíve discussed certain issues on different occasions before.
Yet sometimes theyíre more prominent in a few specific regions or in
a few specific environments, so [discussing them again] is the same
as repeating what was said before. But I can explain them to you
again in detail.
The first issue concerns why
our Dafa doesnít follow the conventions of grammar. This has become
a strong obstacle for intellectuals and those with advanced
schooling, especially those who work with writing or literature, or
do Chinese language studies, etc., that is, people in those
disciplines. Why canít we follow the conventions of ordinary human
language when we teach the Fa? As you know, the meaning of a
standardized term has been predefined: ďThis word means precisely
XYZ.Ē Moreover, standardized language is limited and unable to
describe the immense Fa. In this enormous cosmos, humankindís Earth
isnít even a speck of dust in a speck of dust inside yet another
speck of dust. Thatís how puny it is. How could it possibly hold
such an immense Fa? How could the Fa of the cosmos possibly be
confined by the conventions of human languages? How could It conform
to the conventions of human languages? Thereís absolutely no way.
Our Fa merely employs human
language. As to how this language is used to teach Dafa, itís good
enough as long as it allows you to understandóthatís the purpose.
Thatís why the language we use doesnít conform to conventions of
grammar. In order to teach this Fa today, I donít have anything in
my mind that was formed by fixed notions.
The other issue Iíd like to
address is why terms from the Dao* system are in our Dafa. A few
people with religious affiliations attack us, saying: ďHe mixes
things from the Daoist school and the Buddhist school. And then he
talks about science.Ē Actually, how could they know that whether
itís science, the Dao system, or the Buddha system, theyíre all just
a tiny bit of the tiny bit at the lowest level of this Dafa? Since
Iím teaching the Fa to modern people, of course I have to
incorporate modern peopleís concepts in my teachings. You wouldnít
be able to understand it if I were to use the language and terms of
the heavens, or if we were to invent a lot of new terms. So this is
how I have to teach the Fa.
But why are there terms from
the Dao system? Actually, Iíve talked about this on different
occasions. Our Dafa goes far beyond the realm of the Buddha system.
Iím teaching the Fa of the cosmos, with the Buddha system as the
basis. No matter how vast this Dafa is, I am not within it, while
all of you beings are within it. In other words, the Fa has created
all beings, as well as the environment for your existence and the
forms of your existence. So within the scope of this Dafaóthat is,
within the entire cosmosóof course the Buddha system isnít the only
system. Of course there are Buddhas and Daos, and then there are
various kinds of Gods that you canít know about yet, all kinds of
The cosmos is so vast and the
Fa Iím teaching is so immense, so of course things of the Dao system
and things of Gods are part of it. You actually havenít realized
that things of Western religions are also included. [Theyíre
included] because the people I deal with today arenít just Chinese
people or one single ethnicity, but many, many ethnicities. And I
have to bring all deviated matter and lives up to the standards of
their most primordial, most original and best stage. Thatís why I am
doing things this way. In other words, although Iím teaching the
Buddha Fa, I am in fact teaching the Fa of the cosmos from a
Buddhaís perspective. Since the appearance Iíve created for myself
is that of a Buddha, it isnít wrong for me to call It Buddha Fa.
I have to be responsible to
you. I canít take all of you to the Falun Paradise of the Buddha
system or to the paradises of other Buddhas. Youíre all thinking the
same thing: ďTeacher, I only want to go to your paradise.Ē What
youíre thinking isnít wrong. But I can tell you that I only look at
your heart. If you use ordinary human concepts to think about Gods,
or if you use ordinary human ways of thinking to understand Gods,
you will never figure things out. If today you were to have the
thinking of a God, all of your concepts would change. If in the past
you had your own paradises, if you came here from different levels
to obtain this Fa, if you were Daos or Gods, then you should return
to your original places. I often tell you that you have no idea who
you were or what you were about in the past. You should just focus
on cultivation and should just assimilate yourself to this Dafa. In
other words, no matter who you wereóbe it a Buddha, Dao, or Godóyou
have to assimilate to this Dafa of the cosmos before you can return.
I assure you that you will be completely satisfied with whatís in
store for you in the future. Not only will you be perfectly
satisfied, but also what youíll attain is more than you could
imagine. I will give you a better environment, one thatís even
better than the original one. These things are beyond your
imagination. (Applause) The things Iíve
said are to explain why weíve used terms from other religionsóthatís
Now about religion, I think
itís a human concept and is named as such by humans. The concept of
religion is rather ambiguous, as it doesnít have a fixed definition.
When Sakyamuni was teaching his Fa, he didnít say his was a
religion. Nor did Jesus say his was Christianity, or St. Mary that
hers was Catholicism. Actually, they had their own ways of referring
to themselves, and they had their own names for referring to their
disciples, but those absolutely werenít the concepts used by humans.
Gods donít acknowledge religions. Thatís why nowadays many religious
people canít succeed in cultivation in their religions. In fact,
they might not truly want to cultivate, and merely feel that [the
religion] is good. What they safeguard are their religions, not
Buddhas. Buddhas only look at oneís heart, just as Gods only look at
oneís heart. If you canít truly cultivate yourself in a religion,
then it amounts to nothing. The most we can say is that youíve
converted to a religion or that youíve become a monk or nun, but it
doesnít mean you are Buddhaís disciple. Buddha only looks at oneís
heart. Becoming a monk or a nun is only a form through which you
express your reverence towards Buddha. Only by fundamentally
transforming yourself can you become a true follower of Buddha. If
your heart doesnít become that of a monk or nun, or if your heart
isnít converted to the religion, then itís useless. Of course, you
might say, ďBut my heart is really devoutÖĒ What youíre devoted to
is the religion and your intention-filled formalities, not
cultivation. That wonít achieve anything.
So about this issue, what Iím
mainly saying is that this Fa is so immense it encompasses all
cultivation ways and all beings in the cosmos. The number of Daoist
terms Iíve mentioned is actually quite few. Not many upright
religions have been passed down on Earth, so I can only talk about
these few. In fact, there are many, many cultivation ways in the
cosmos, though only several exist in human society.
Since I just wanted to meet
with you, I didnít intend to talk more. As far as things related to
cultivation are concerned, it doesnít matter whether or not you see
me: You are able to cultivate just the sameóitís not a problem. But
you always want to see me, so Iíve used this opportunity to meet
with you. I didnít prepare anything more to discuss with you. I feel
that itís not easy for us to meet. As I said earlier, you can pass
your questions up to me on slips of paper. You can begin passing up
the questions now. Iíll answer the ones that need to be
Question: In regards to the two articles
ďDigging Out the RootsĒ and ďFor Whom do You Exist,Ē there are two
different interpretations at our practice site. One is that it is
correct to take action to safeguard Dafa; the other is that we
should focus on cultivation, since practitionersí elevating
themselves in cultivation is the ultimate act of safeguarding the
Teacher: Let me tell you the following.
After I wrote those two essays, some people were able to read them
with the mind of a cultivator, while some read them with an ordinary
human mind. Some people had done wrong but wouldnít admit it. Even
after reading what I wrote, they still wouldnít admit it and tried
to use ordinary human thinking to
defend themselves. We also have students who look in the Fa for
certain words of mine to help them argue when they have a dispute
among themselves. You are all taking Dafa out of context by using an
ordinary human mind. You havenít tried to understand the Fa from the
perspective of the Fa. If you had changed the angle you were viewing
it from you wouldnít have acted like that. Any problem you encounter
is related to your own mind. The essay ďDigging Out the RootsĒ was
written because of the incident in Beijing. Many of you probably
know about that. I donít want to talk about the incident itself.
Question: Since Sakyamuni came from the
sixth-layer universe, why wasnít he able to see the boundary of the
Teacher: That isnít something you can
comprehend with the logic of ordinary human thinking. In fact,
Sakyamuni didnít just come from the sixth-layer universe. Instead,
he came from an extraordinarily high realm. If he had come to the
human world with things at a level that high, it would have been
impossible. And since people at that time could only comprehend
limited principles of the Fa, Sakyamuni taught Arhat Fa. Whatís left
today is no more than that. But at that time, he did teach many Fa
principles at higher levels, although none of them have been passed
down. During a forty-plus year period of teaching the Fa he did
teach the Fa within ďThe Big Four.Ē These things have nothing to do
with your cultivation. Let me tell you, donít worry about who a
person is or where he came from. Some of you in the audience came
from very high levels too, but you canít see anything, not even
things beyond humans. For cultivators, as well as individuals who
teach the Fa, it has to be this way, and there have to be
restrictions in order for them to stay on this earth. Let me tell
you that if my mind didnít contain any ordinary human thoughts, I
couldnít stay here either. Before beginning this undertaking, I
pieced together a human mind so that I could stay among humans to
teach you the Fa this way. Many things are beyond your
Question: Does a speech impediment affect the
work of an Assistant?
Teacher: A speech impediment might be major
or minor. If you stutter slightly or your tongue has a minor
disability, or even if your ability to express yourself is somewhat
weak, none of these things affect your work. But as more and more
people are learning Dafa today, the social status of those in
society we come into contact with is higher and higher. Then in my
opinion, it wouldnít be appropriate if all of us spoke in a
garrulous manner. And people with more education or knowledge would
indeed be affected when they first started learning the Fa. So Iíd
like to suggest that if an Assistant has an impediment, he should
find someone who has a deep understanding of the Fa and more
learning (though being more learned doesnít equate to a deep
understanding of the Fa) to assist him. That person should have a
high-level understanding of the Fa and have studied the Fa for at
least some time; and he should have passed some tests and be
unwavering. You could ask such a person to be your helper, or you
could swap places with him since your being an Assistant isnít for
the purpose of merely doing such work; rather, itís for cultivation.
If someone says that he has to be an Assistant and that no one can
remove him from that position, then I think that attachment has to
be eliminated sooner or later. It will happen eventually. You should
remember that you didnít come here to be an Assistant. You came here
to do cultivation. I donít think a minor speech impediment is a
Question: When we return through cultivation,
will we be able to go beyond our original levels?
Teacher: You are again thinking with your
human mind about divine things. In the future, when you become aware
of everything, youíll feel ashamed of the question youíre asking.
Donít worry about those things. Dafa has created the best of
everything for you. You should just focus on cultivation. Actually,
more of you are concerned about getting home, rather than being far
away from home. To Gods these things are totally different from your
concepts. Itís not like what you think.
Question: Besides the Falun Paradise, how many
paradises are there at higher levels?
Teacher: Your thinking should focus on
cultivation! I can tell you that there are too many to count. Can
you count the total number of molecules in your body? All bodies
within the Three Realms are called ďhuman bodies.Ē The human body is
made up of microscopic particles that constitute a plane of larger
particles, and then the larger plane of particles forms yet another
plane of even larger particles. ďHuman bodyĒ is a general term used
within the Three Realms. You donít even know how many particles
there are in the Three Realms alone! Theyíre countless. No matter
which level you reach in cultivation, not one of you in the audience
will ever know how many paradises there are in the cosmos. Thatís
Question: Iíve been practicing for a few years.
I often fall asleep during the meditation. This has always bothered
Teacher: You all know about enduring
hardship. Yet you havenít realized that your sleepiness, too, is a
demon tormenting you and trying to stop you from cultivating! Isnít
this when your willpower should take control? I donít believe that
if you keep your eyes open youíll still fall asleep! Open your eyes
during the exercises if you canít control it. You have to pass this
Question: If a child refuses to listen when
being disciplined, and if he continues to be stubborn, is it correct
to let him have his way?
Teacher: Not exactly. Parents are committing
a crime when they indulge their children. You canít say the degree
of depravity todayís human society has sunk to has nothing to do
with you, generation after generation. Let me tell you that you have
to discipline your children. Iíve noticed that the society in the
United States has been so restricted by its laws that people canít
discipline their children; disciplining children is almost like
breaking the law. Children are thus being indulged and spoiled.
Those children donít even know the most basic things about human
behavior, let alone manners. What bunch of humans are being shaped
for the future?! But let me tell you this: China has the kind of
tradition where you must discipline and educate your children. You
canít indulge them. You may spank or scold them. We say that
cultivators shouldnít get angry, but you can
discipline children. If youíre in a good mood and you spank them
with a smile, theyíll still feel the pain. The purpose is to teach
the child a lesson, to tell him not to do bad things. Educating
children isnít wrong. You can just think about it this way: ďIím not
doing this because Iím attached to my own things; itís doing a good
deed for society and for the future humankind.Ē But if youíre overly
attached to it youíll go to the other extreme. What I mean is that
itís not a problem to discipline children, but you should do so
Question: Do we exist for the truth of Buddha
Teacher: The subject of this question is
quite profound. During cultivation, some of the thoughts people have
are correct. To be exact, Buddha Fa has created living environments
for living beings and has given human beings life. Thatís the
relationship. Living beings can only exist for the way of living in
their realms. If youíre a Great Enlightened Being whoís capable of
taking care of many things below your level, then perhaps you exist
for more beings. Thatís the relationship.
Question: As soon as I start reading Zhuan Falun
I feel sleepyÖ
Teacher: If this question is raised by one
of our Assistants, then I think you should stop serving as an
Assistant and let other people do the job for now. It would be
better for you to study the Fa and make more progress before
resuming your assistance work. Since you feel sleepy as soon as you
start reading Zhuan Falun, you might not
have finished reading the book even once. How could you do your
assistance work? ďAssistingĒ means you are supposed to assistóbut
how can you assist others? What weíre imparting here is the Fa. The
exercises are an auxiliary means for reaching Consummation. No
matter how accurate your movements are, you canít succeed at
cultivation without the Fa. The Fa is the most crucial thing.
Becoming sleepy when reading is the same as getting sleepy during
the meditation, which I talked about earlier.
Question: Why is some peopleís thought karma
always so strong? And why does it always recur after a period of
Teacher: This is a common phenomenon. Let me
tell you, I see that youíre truly doing well in cultivation,
especially the veteran practitioners, Iím really happy to see you.
But you may have the same problems, and from time to time some bad
things might still come up in your thoughts. Occasionally your
thoughts may even have awful things, and those bad things might get
worse and worse. Iíll tell you why that is. During your cultivation,
as you know, weíre transforming you from the microscopic level, from
the formation of your existence. So the part of you thatís been
transformed has reached the standard and canít be called human
anymore. Then that part canít follow when your human part does
something. If it did, it would be the same as a God doing something
bad, and it would be the same as his having fallen. That absolutely
wouldnít be allowed. Thatís why as you continually cultivate, the
parts of you that constantly get assimilated to the Fa are being
separated. Similar to the annual rings of a tree, in cultivation you
are expanding ring-by-ring, outward towards the bark. The tree bark
is your outer surface. So you cultivate yourself from the part
thatís been fully cultivated and expand outward until the surface is
finally reached. The part that youíve fully cultivated is divine,
and the part yet to be fully cultivated is human.
I start from the microscopic
level of your existence; that is, I start transforming you from the
innermost part of your being. The changes on the surface are thus
pretty insignificant. But to cultivate, you have to restrain
yourself all the way to the end. However, until changes take place
on the surface, ordinary human thoughts will continue to occur in
your mind, and at times they might be quite bad. But you can suppress them. That is your
self-restraining part thatís taking effect, whereas in the past you
couldnít suppress them. They exist at very deep levels, so you
couldnít suppress them. Although you now find bad thoughts popping
up in your mind, you can suppress them and control your behavior and
thoughts in cultivation. This is a state only in Dafa cultivation.
To ensure that you can
cultivate free of that interference, the part thatís been fully
cultivated has to be separated. But to ensure that you can cultivate
among everyday people, things on the surface will only weaken more
and more. For example, letís say the part of you thatís been fully
cultivated consists of one hundred layers: then only one layer can
be changed at the surface. This is just to illustrate the point that
in proportion, the change on the surface is very small. The purpose
is to allow you to cultivate among everyday people. If everything
were removed and you didnít have any ordinary human notions or
thoughts, you would no longer be an ordinary human on the surface,
and you couldnít cultivate among everyday people.
Iíd like to tell you this: If
you didnít have an ordinary human mind, you would know what others
were thinking, and various sorts of things would disturb you.
Thereís a motive behind what people contemplate, as well as behind
their every move, every expression, and most subtle actions. Also,
some people have really awful thoughts, and contemplate how to get
others. Some people think about all kinds of bad things, like
thievesí and whoresí acts. Thereís no way you could stay in this
world. Thatís how badly messed up it has gotten. Weíve adopted this
form of cultivation practice, which is the fastest, so that you can
cultivate here. We donít allow the part of you thatís been fully
cultivated to be touched; we separate it. As you continually
cultivate, keep reading the book, and constantly improve your
perception and understanding, itís being continually expanded. In
other words, itís getting closer and closer to the surface. You will
Consummate once the surface layer is transformed. So donít be
intimidated by still having bad thoughts in your mind. But beware:
If you think, ďNow that Teacher has explained it, I understand. Itís
to ensure that I can cultivate among everyday people. Okay, Iíll let
them be,Ē then your indulging them is the same as not cultivating.
Thatís how it works.
Question: Teacher, would you please explain what
ďsupernatural techniquesĒ are?
Teacher: Supernatural techniques vary from
religion to religion and from one cultivation form to another. And
there are different supernatural
techniques at different levels. Generally speaking, they are
different methods used in cultivation practices or for
demonstrations. Theyíre just that kind of thing. They include
healing, subduing demons, etc. What do you want to learn those for?
What youíve learned already encompasses everything; itís only that
it canít be revealed to you. Whatís most important for you at
present is to make yourself ascend and return quickly.
Question: Can the Three Realms be understood as
the realms of Gods, humans, and ghosts?
Teacher: Iíve talked about the Three Realms
on various occasions. Weíve also covered this in our books. The
Three Realms is the domain composed of these three main parts: the
Desire Realm, the Form Realm, and the Formless Realm. Beings within
the Three Realms arenít allowed to leave at will. Beings outside the
Three Realms, no matter how powerful they are, arenít allowed to
enter at will. This is the place where all substances related to
humans exist. Of course, humans in the world, gods, and ghosts are
also in it. Although these beings are there, itís not like what you
think. The Three Realms is a domain designated by the heavens.
Beings that fall into the Three Realms arenít allowed to return to
the heavens, and canít leave the Three Realms again; the exception,
of course, is those who do cultivation. Not everyone who does
cultivation is able to leave. Many cultivators arenít able to get
out, and can only stay on the earth or stay at various levels within
the Three Realms. Beings outside the Three Realms arenít allowed to
enter at will. Thatís how this place is. Itís an unusual place. As
Gods see it, this is the filthiest place.
Question: While studying the Fa, some people
always feel sleepy.
Teacher: You fall asleep while studying the
Fa, you fall asleep while reading the book, you also fall asleep
while doing the exercises. You havenít even broken through the
beginning stage yet. Itís about willpower! As you know, during your
cultivation, not only will all elements that constitute your
humanness try to stop you from breaking away from being a human, but
also everything that constitutes the human environment wonít let you
leave. You have to break through everything and overcome all kinds
of ordeals. The biggest manifestation is the suffering they create
for you. Suffering comes in different forms, and sleepiness is one
of them. Those people who arenít able to cultivate or who arenít
diligent donít realize that this is a form of hardship. You are
unable to attain the Faóit doesnít let you study the Faóand yet you
arenít even aware that itís an ordeal. Unless your heart isnít with
the Fa or you donít want to cultivate, why not overcome it?
Strengthen your willpower. If a person could become a Buddha simply
by overcoming sleepiness, Iíd say it would be too easy. How will you
cultivate yourself if you canít even pass a small hurdle like this
Question: Time for cultivation is very limited.
If from now on I go all out to be diligent, will I still be able to
return home with you?
Teacher: Donít worry about that. And donít
think about it. As long as you still have time for cultivation, you
should cultivate yourself diligently and with vigor. As for whether
or not you can return home, you do have the opportunity; at least
youíre sitting here today and have seen me in person, right? You
still have an opportunity. (Enthusiastic
applause) You still have a chance as long as this undertaking as
a whole hasnít concluded. Seize the day. How to make the best use of
your time is what you should think about.
Question: Are there any disciples who Consummate
without taking their benti*?
Teacher: Of course there are those who
Consummate without taking their benti. I
just said that not everyone will go to the Falun Paradise. Those who
are going to the Falun Paradise will take their bodies with them. In
this cosmos, 99.9 percent of the numerous cultivation ways in the
past and heavenly paradises in different cosmic bodies didnít need
bodies. Not everyone thinks so favorably about having a flesh body.
Many heavenly paradises absolutely will not let you bring a body
when you return there. If you took your body along, you would be
disrupting the Fa there, youíd be disrupting the Fa at that level,
the Fa that youíve understood and enlightened to within the Dafa of
the cosmos. Sakyamuniís teaching of ďPrecept, Samadhi,
Wisdom,Ē for example, is a manifestation that comes from the Dafa of
the cosmos. Itís a self-contained systemóPrecept, Samadhi,
Wisdomóenlightened to by Sakyamuni. Not everyone will need to take a
flesh body along. Only those who go to the Falun Paradise need to
take bodies with them.
Another point is that some
people say that they want to take their flesh bodies along. This is
no more than an ordinary human thought that conveys ordinary humansí
fear of death, ďWouldnít it be wonderful to take everything with me
and not die!Ē Regardless of whether youíll take your body or not,
weíll let you see at the end that youíve reached Consummationóa
magnificent scene. (Enthusiastic
Applause) When our Dafa finishes this undertaking, [the glory]
wonít have been matched by that of any religion at its height. But
donít just be excitedóyou have to cultivate to the point of
Question: Is the inability to sit in the
full-lotus position related to the personís xinxing* level? Can such
a person reach Consummation?
Teacher: I know that many people who werenít
even able to sit in the half-lotus position eventually managed to
sit in the full-lotus position. But Iím not saying that you have to
sit in the full-lotus position right after you leave today. As long
as you put your heart into doing it, itís fine. Yet itís also
possible that some people have more karma in this respect, but it
will all be eliminated and transformed. Nothing in this world is
more serious than cultivation. Youíre willing to endure so much
hardship to make money, youíre willing to endure so much hardship
for other mattersócanít you endure a little hardship for your
cultivation? If you, a person with a body full of karma, want to
become a Buddha and reach Consummation through cultivationóis there
anything more serious than that? With what kind of mindset should
you approach it? Isnít this the issue? As for how you manage to [sit
full-lotus] during cultivation, we arenít demanding that you do that
right from the outset. You can do it graduallyóthatís not a problem.
Question: Some students say that the essay
ďDigging Out the RootsĒ refers to digging out the roots of oneís
notions, and that ďFor Whom do You Exist?Ē is saying that we exist
for the Fa. Are they right?
Teacher: Donít dig into the semantics of it.
What I want you to understand is the inner meaning and the things
that you can comprehend in cultivation. You shouldnít dig into the
surface meaning of the words. I was just saying that if there were
no inner meaning behind the words, then this book would be no
different from other books that have only words in black ink on
white paper. Because there is Fa in the book, if you set aside your
attachments and read the book without any notions, your
understandingóno matter how much or how little it isóis sure to be
correct. If you read the book while holding on to any notions that
you canít let go of, or while looking for excuses or justification
to cover up where youíre wrong, if you read the book with that
mindset, then youíll see nothing. If you let go of your specific
aims when you read the book, you will understand everything. No
matter how much or how little you understand, your understanding
wonít be off-track. But if you read the book with any attachments
that you canít let go of, then youíll see nothing at all, and you
will only be able to delve into the surface meaning of the words and
argue with each other. Read with a calm mind; I guarantee you will
become aware of what youíre supposed to know.
The things I wrote in the
recent period were written vaguely. I purposely wrote them that way.
I didnít want to create greater obstacles in your cultivation. The
more explicitly I expound, the bigger the troubles and obstacles you
will encounter. Thus, certain things are meant for you to enlighten
to yourselves. Itís never the case that my explaining things
explicitly makes your journey of cultivation a smooth one. While the
challenges you have in enlightening to things become smaller, the
tests you encounter and have a hard time passing become bigger.
Donít think that hearing more is a good thing. The Fa has actually
been left to you in its entirety. What remains to be seen is in what
state of mind you cultivate in.
Question: What should I do to make the
assistance center become an environment for true
Teacher: There are no special stipulations
for this. We donít have any rules or restrictions. But as far as
assistance centers are concerned, I have expressed some of my
opinions about the qualities of Assistants in some of my short
essays (what you call ďscripturesĒ), so you may read those as
references. If you want to improve the environment of your
assistance center so that it reaches a certain level, it wonít do if
the students canít keep up. And you canít restrict what they do with
any rules or constraints. Superficial restrictions canít change
peopleís heartsóthatís all fake. Since we have new students joining
us every day, your siteís overall realm will never reach a godly
state. Your assistance centers will always be a place where humans
are cultivating. But at the same time youíre different from humans.
This is because the part of you thatís been fully cultivatedóthe
part that has become a Godóhas been separated. Thatís why your work
is really tough, and the minds of the people youíre confronted with
are complicated. This is for sure. Thatís why you can cultivate. Do
things according to the Fa and search inside yourselves first when
problems arise, and then look at the cause of the problem. I think
youíll be able to handle things well that way.
Question: How can we elevate our understanding
from a perceptual one to a rational one?
Teacher: There are no forms manifest among
everyday people for doing so. Itís unlike the way you learn some
other theory. When you elevate your understanding to a rational one,
youíll find that youíve come to that understanding without knowing
it. But before long your understanding will fade away. Thatís
because the part of you that understands has reached that standard
and is separated once you develop that understanding. Then,
immediately afterwards, you feel that you no longer understand.
Thatís why you have to study the Fa often, to study the Fa
constantly. Some of you are able to memorize the Fa. Why is it that
after some time you forget even the parts youíd memorized really
well? Because the part of you that memorized the book really well
became fully cultivated and was moved over. Whatís left is the part
that still doesnít understand, so you still need to keep studying
Question: Do practitioners whose Chinese isnít
very good have to study the Chinese version of Zhuan Falun in order to improve?
Teacher: That is no longer a problem. We now
have translations in many languages. If a person could only improve
by studying the Chinese version, we wouldnít have needed to
translate the book into English, Italian, Russian, Korean, etc. In
other words, you can improve just the same reading non-Chinese
versions, and Consummate just the same. And, thereís no difference
at all if you put just as much heart into it. No difference. Whatís
translated is only words on the surface, whereas what makes the
difference is the meaning behind the words.
Question: Iím determined to succeed in
cultivation. Does this count as an attachment?
Teacher: If youíre determined to cultivate
to Consummation, that doesnít count as an attachment. What has
emerged is your original nature at its best. But if youíre thinking
about it every dayóďI want to achieve ConsummationĒóand thinking
about it with whatever you do, then Iíd say it is an attachment. As long as you have
that wish, thatís enough. Whatís left is for you to buckle down and
cultivate! If your mind is preoccupied by the thought of
Consummation, how much will that take away from the things you would
have cultivated? Wouldnít that be an attachment?
Question: Having read your scripture ďA Dialogue
with Time,Ē some students have become obsessed with time. How should
we view this tendency?
Teacher: From the questions raised just now,
I can tell that if some students really saw a deity-like figure
coming to lead them away to cultivate, they would indeed follow him.
Isnít that dangerous? Is that a minor problem? Let me tell you that
any enormous matter in the cosmic body is a god. Humankind thinks
that time is a concept. The sun rises, night falls, day breaks, the
clock ticks, matter transforms, fruit rots quickly in hot weather,
rice spoils, crops grow, the four seasons alternate, and everything
seems to be an expression of time. People think itís a concept. But
in fact, I can tell you that the occurrence of all those things is
controlled by Time himself. He is a God. Even things such as
sunrise, sunset, and the speed of Earth orbiting the sun are
products of Time. But Time is extremely complex. Different
dimensions have different times. A larger environment has the time
of a larger environment, and in even larger environments there are
also various independent times of smaller scales. In other words,
there are extremely complicated factors. We normally refer to this
as space-time. The concept of time varies in different
What I said about a planet
being 150 thousand light-years away, as todayís people and
scientists believe, is only a human concept that I used to explain
something to you. In fact, those things people say are all wrong.
Different planets have their own fields surrounding them and have
their own times. And there are different environments in the space
between different planets and our Earth. Time also varies in
different environments. In this dimension in which Earth and other
visible planets exist, if you calculate [the distance] by using our
current measurement of time, itís not accurate at all. Moving from
one planet to another, the speed of travel doesnít remain constant.
Rather, different expanses have different time fields, or
space-times, as they can be called. The initial speed it travels at
is very high, ďswoosh.Ē But it becomes slower and slower as it
approaches Earth. Thatís how it works. And when it enters different
time fields, it might suddenly become fast or slow, continually
changing speeds as it goes. Todayís science canít comprehend a lot
of things. Time controls a lot of things. Isnít he a God?
Question: During group study, the
Assistants and students of some study groups talk about things that
Teacher: When we study the Fa, we should
focus on Fa-study. Donít comment on the Fa Itselfóthat would be the
same as your letting our students define the Fa. You can talk about
your own shortcomings from the perspective of the Fa. Or you can
say, ďOh, Iíve realized how I fare with something.Ē Thatís fine. But
I need to point out that I donít encourage you to do that sort of
thing too often. What Iíd most like to see is that you frequently
read Zhuan Falun or any other Dafa book,
and read from cover to cover. Go read the books, and if thereís a
word you donít understand, someone can explain the surface meaning
of the word. As for the meanings behind the words, you arenít able
to explain those. Everyone will have his own understanding. You
might understand it one way, while he might understand it another.
And maybe you then start to quarrel with each other. Please make
sure you donít do that kind of thing.
My writings usually contain
many inner meanings at numerous and grand levels, and they have a
broad scope. So you couldnít possibly explain them. You can explain
what you understand, but others might not agree. They can explain
what theyíve understood at their levels, but you might disagree.
Everyone has his own understanding, and understandings differ from
person to person due to differences in levels. As long as you keep
your mind calm, and read the book and study the Fa without any
notions, even if you feel that you donít understand, itís guaranteed
your understanding wonít be off track. However much you understand
and however much you know is actually the way itís supposed to be.
Itís unrealistic to ask a new student to understand everything in
Dafa as soon as he begins to practice.
Question: In your essay ďFor Whom do You Exist?Ē
do you mean that we exist for the truth of the cosmos or for the
original nature of purity and innocence?
Teacher: Youíre digging into words again.
Iím telling you that you should exist for yourself! (Applause) If you donít want to cultivate or
Consummate, does it matter for whom you exist? Your cultivation and
your Consummationóarenít those for your own liberation? Actually,
what I was saying was to tell you that being steadfast and not
affected by any interference during the course of cultivation is
being responsible to yourself, right? You should be responsible to
yourself! Donít be driven by or live for those who interfere with
you. Thatís what I meant.
Question: When weíre doing the standing
exercises at the practice site to Teacherís exercise music tape,
some people do the meditation. Is that alright?
Teacher: I think itís best we all perform
the same exercise together. Since you exercise as a group, itís best
you all do the same exercise together. If you say you want to do the
meditation by yourself because youíve already done the standing
ones, thatís fine, too. Weíre not so strict that you have to do it a
certain way. However, since youíre all doing the exercises together,
I think itís best that you all do the same exercises together.
Youíll see that the more synchronized your movements are, the bigger
the field and the stronger the power, and your hands will float
Question: When we study the Fa, does it have the
same effect whether we read aloud or silently?
Teacher: Thereís no big difference. Thereís
only a difference in terms of what people are accustomed to. Some
people feel that they canít remember the content if they read it
aloud. Others say that only by reading aloud can they remember well.
Itís only a difference in what theyíre used to. Either way should
work depending on your situation.
Question: Some people think that reading from
cover to cover means everyone reading aloud together. Is that
Teacher: Reading from cover to cover doesnít
mean reading aloud. And it doesnít mean reading in a low voice. Nor
does it mean reading silently. You can do it any way you like,
whatever way you feel comfortable with. You can go by whatever
youíre comfortable with when you read the book.
Question: Are atoms the coarsest particles at
the surface of a Buddha-body?
Teacher: Iíve used human terms in teaching
the Fa. Are those exactly the same atoms as ours? No. What it
requires isnít the tangible surface matter of any substance from our
dimension, but rather, the equivalent matter in their dimensions,
which is much more powerful.
Question: When a person dies, the layer of the
largest molecules is shed. Then are the bodies in other dimensions
still composed of molecules, but not the largest ones?
Teacher: Since human beings go through
transmigration and reincarnation in the Three Realms, all bodies
inside the Three Realms are called human bodies, and all molecules
inside the Three Realms are called molecules, only they have
different sizes and thus form different dimensions. But that isnít
entirely the case.
Question: Where there are Buddhas, there are
demons. Is that still true at extremely high levels?
Teacher: There are no more demons at
extremely high levels. But there still exist the antitheses of
different kinds of lives. This universe is so vast that itís beyond
your imagination. And itís not something you can picture with a
Question: To get rid of jealousy, is it
necessary to change a personís introverted character?
Teacher: Being introverted is a matter of
personality, whereas jealousy has no direct relation to personality.
ďIím an introverted person. I donít really like to talk, and I donít
get jealous of othersĒóarenít there a lot of people like that?
Question: We donít organize any activities so as
to not affect studentsí cultivation, spreading the Fa, and Fa-study.
Is that out of fear?
Teacher: Itís best if all of our students
can cultivate solidly. But sometimes, the group activities we put
together, the group exercise sessions, or the Fa conferences,
theyíre arranged to be part of your cultivation. Itís not wrong if
the fundamental consideration is to protect the cultivation
environment of Dafa from being harmed. If whatís in your mind is
indeed fear, then it has to do with your xinxing.
Question: Will a single-armed person have any
negative impact on Dafa if he does the exercises at the practice
Teacher: No, he wonít. It shouldnít matter.
Question: My colleagues compete to pursue
degrees, and it consumes too much time. I donít want to pursue a
Teacher: Iíd say your thinking is a little
too extreme, for Iíve told you to maximally conform in your
cultivation to the way of everyday people. Whether itís a degree or
your effort to accomplish something, thatís apt to help you
understand the Fa better. It might also benefit you in terms of
spreading the Fa and understanding the Fa in the future. And it has
bearing on your personal life down the road. As long as our
cultivation hasnít ended, you should maximally conform to the way of
everyday people while you cultivateóit isnít wrong for you to do
that. As a matter of fact, your graduate study or your studying for
a certain degree wonít be affected because you study the Fa.
Pursuing a graduate degree absolutely wonít affect your studying the
Fa. It depends on how you balance the two. There shouldnít be a
problem. Many of you have handled these things this way, and a lot
of students in school have done it this way. In fact, many of our
practitioners who have advanced knowledge understand the Fa quickly
and are relatively open-minded, because Iím accommodating modern
peopleís thinking in teaching the Fa. I do see a difference in
people whose education level is slightly lower. If none of you went
to graduate school, people would say that Falun Dafa was stifling
talent in the society of everyday people. You donít want to bring
any losses to our Fa, do you? Donít do things that way; there are
various reasons for this. Do things like I tell you to. As long as
you havenít Consummated, keep doing what youíre supposed to do.
Question: What does the more microscopic matter
you mentioned in ďA Dialogue with TimeĒ refer to?
Teacher: What I was referring to is
something youíre not capable of knowing at present. I was referring
to different and greater Gods. This cosmos is so vast. Itís
impossible to describe the enormous matter using human concepts. How
do you talk about it if, after exhausting all of what human language
is capable of, you still canít describe it? Even when youíve
cultivated to Consummation, youíll still be unable to know anything
beyond your level. The greatness of the Attainment Status you
enlighten to will determine the greatness of your wisdom. Thatís
what you will have attained through cultivation, and itís determined
by your level.
Question: What will the future be for people who
donít practice Falun Buddha Fa but who have good xinxing in daily life?
Teacher: Theyíll continue reincarnating on
the sixfold-path of reincarnation. Would you say something different
could happen? However good their xinxing
may be, thatís only relative to ordinary human standards, isnít it?
When compared to the Faís criteria it might not be good.
Question: I sometimes see both good and bad
things through my Third Eye (tianmu). Iím not able to attend group
study or exercises. Iím very distressed for not being able to pass
Teacher: Donít let your mind be affected
when you see things, whether they be good or badóyour mind is
affected, after all. Itís alright to see what you see, but donít
think about it and donít follow those things. Treat it just like
watching a movie. Would it affect your practice, then? I donít think
so. If anything is to affect your practice, it will be because your
mind is affected as you try to distinguish the good ones so that you
can follow them and try to distinguish the bad ones so that you
donít follow them. Itís not good for you to follow anyone. No matter
how good they are, itís still not good for you to follow them. None
of them can guide you to Consummation. Let me tell you: In this
world there is no God saving people here. When such an immense Fa is
being spread here, whoever comes to interfere will fall, as itís the
same as disrupting the Dafa of the cosmos. No matter how mighty a
God, Buddha, or Dao they are, they will have to drop down.
Humankind started to become
warped a long time ago. Humankindís behavior, humankindís science,
and everything of todayís humankind isnít what humans are supposed
to have. If this Fa werenít being taught, perhaps todayís human
beings would have disappeared long ago. There is formation,
settlement, and destruction in the cosmos. You might not accept that
there are catastrophes, but everyone, including todayís scientists,
has seen the explosion of numerous planets in the universe. Canít
the earth explode too? Why would it have to be only other planets
that explode? Of course, this sort of thing absolutely wonít happen
to our earth. Iím simply explaining this principle.
Question: In the arrangement order of atoms to
form molecules as mentioned in Lectures in the United States and Lecture in Sydney, are there 200 thousand or 2 million atoms?
Which is correct?
Teacher: Both are correct. Even 20 million
still isnít wrong. Human thinking tends to look at things
one-dimensionally. There are numerous layers of molecules. Since the
things that modern science has come to understand are in a general
sense, Iíve used modern scienceís terms when discussing them. If you
have to pin down a number, you can take 200 thousand. Yet itís not
accurate. Molecules alone have many layers, and the particles are of
Question: Regarding the matter of displaying and
worshipping Buddha statues, some people say that the statues have
Masterís Law Bodies (fashen) on them, while others say that they
have the Law Body of the Buddha of the statue.
Teacher: I just said that not a single
Buddha is saving people here. What could the statues have? Some
Buddha statues are seen to have the Law Bodies of the original
Buddhas, but thatís extremely rare. Moreover, itís only the statues
in the ancient temples that can have the Law Bodies of the original
Buddhas. In going about this undertaking, I completed my work up
there before coming back to handle this dimension of humankind and
the Three Realms. As a result, while Iím doing this, those who are
confined here canít get out. Those who arenít confined here donít
have any Law Bodies. But the ones confined here donít get involved
in things, and they donít do anything. When they see that you have
cultivated well, perhaps they canít help saying a few words to you.
But they absolutely wonít get involved in any of your business.
Question: Some people have said that the great
Buddha Statue of the Heavenly Altar has Masterís Law Body on it and
therefore it represents Master.
Teacher: When I first went to Hong Kong, I
found that there was no Buddha on that Buddha statue and that the
objective of consecration (kaiguang)
hadnít been achieved. However, it did have some messy things
residing on it, so I cleaned them out. Since I cleaned up the
statue, my Law Body then took over. Thatís what happened. So many
people worship itóhow could their worshipping those messy things be
tolerated?! Besides, the statue is in the image of a Buddha. Thatís
why I took care of it.
Question: Upon reaching
Beyond-Triple-World-Law, does oneís body
still have the symptoms of sickness karma?
Teacher: No. But the bodies of our
cultivators today are quite messed up internally. Yet theyíre all
being adjusted. In any righteous cultivation way, once a person goes
beyond the Three Realms, the condition of having sickness karma no
longer appears in his bodyóabsolutely not. But before he achieves
his Attainment Status he will still have conflicts with others and
xinxing frictions in the ordinary human
society, all the way until he Consummates.
Question: In the incident in Beijing and other
similar ones, what about those steadfast cultivators who did actual
Teacher: ďWhat about those steadfast
cultivators who did actual cultivation?Ē What do you mean by that?
It seems that none of us understand what you mean. Do you mean that
you didnít participate in it, and that you ďsteadfastly did actual
cultivationĒ? It sounds like youíre trying to find excuses and
justifications for missing an opportunity to reach Consummation.
Youíre being crafty even with me. I couldnít have explained the
principles any more clearly. Every incident, every occurrence of
such magnitude, is the best test and best opportunity for students
to make that best step toward Consummation. Some of us were able to
step forward. Some felt that they [did the right thing by] not
making a move for the sake of actual cultivation. If Consummation is
at hand and you still wonít move, I wonder what you would move for.
You donít really want to achieve Consummation and only want to
cultivate. What are you cultivating for? Arenít you cultivating for
Consummation? Youíre actually looking for excuses for yourself,
trying to find excuses for another attachment of yours. Thatís not
doing actual cultivation and remaining unaffected. In all the
situations of your everyday life, are you truly performing as
someone who does actual cultivation and remaining so unaffected?
Question: I saw you in a park and you looked
very serious at that time. I still feel unsettled inside. Iím afraid
to see you and yet I want to see you very much.
Teacher: I donít think I appear serious
often. When I was in Germany, France, and at the experience-sharing
conference in Europe, I made a point of saying this: ďAs long as you
can learn and cultivate, no matter what mistakes youíve made, I will
save you.Ē I said that I had opened a huge door. Actually, the door
Iíve opened is so wide that thereís no longer a door. I only look at
peopleís hearts and minds. Donít think too much. Iíll never have a
feeling of gratitude or resentment toward any human. Whether you say
Iím good or bad, it wonít affect my mindóthatís why I can know your
minds. If you want to cultivate and you really can, I will be
responsible to you.
Question: What does it take for a new student to
count as having a history of mental disorder or a family history of
Teacher: Hasnít the hospital given a
diagnosis regarding this? [It involves] abnormal behavior,
muddle-headedness, and not knowing who one is. Our Fa is given to a
person to save his Main Spirit (zhu yuanshen). If a person doesnít even know who
he is, who would I be giving the Fa to? For exactly this reason
thereís no way to save him.
Question: While studying the Fa and performing
the exercises, I have things in my mind that resist the Fa. Theyíre
postnatally acquired notions. Will they affect me in the
Teacher: Will they affect you in the future?
Arenít they already affecting you? You have realized that those are
postnatally acquired notions and are not you. You yourself know that
the Fa is good; why doesnít your mind fend off those notions? You
yourself want to do the exercises and meditate, yet they insist on
preventing you from becoming tranquil and from doing the exercises.
How could you still acknowledge them? Every part of your human body
is yourself because it is you. Your mouth opens however you want it
to and makes whatever sound you want it to; that mouth is yours.
Your hands move however you want them to because they are you. Your
arms and legs are the same. Then why donít your thoughts quiet down
when you want them to while youíre doing the meditation? Itís
because they are not you. If you canít distinguish these things, if
you regard them as yourself, we wonít save you. Isnít that so? If
you accept that those bad things are you, we wonít be able to save
you. What we save are humans, not demons, not those things, which
arenít even demons. Theyíre just a chaotic mess thatís unable to
form any independent being. They function by attaching to your
thoughts. Could we possibly consider them something to be saved to
attain Buddhahood? Thatís impossible. Eliminate them in the process
of cultivation and they wonít affect you later on.
Question: Thereís no punctuation in Masterís
article ďFirmament.Ē What inner meaning is implied by that?
Teacher: When I write in classical Chinese I
think I donít normally use any punctuation. ďFirmament,Ē or
ďfirmament of heavenĒ means ďuniverse.Ē When you formed boundaries
in your conception about the term ďuniverse,Ē I switched to another
term so as to broaden your boundaries. Iíve also used words such as
ďcosmic body.Ē Thatís all there is in human language, thereís
nothing else to use. There are no more words to describe anything
larger, itís beyond description.
Question: I have fear in cultivation. Upon
reaching which level will I become calm and unmoved?
Teacher: I think thereís a big problem
behind your fear. If youíve truly reached a very high level in
cultivation you wonít be fearful. How could you have more fear when
youíre doing better in cultivation? When some people were just
beginning to learn, they were afraid of walking at night and used to
be timid. Once they began the practice they became brave. If you say
that you become afraid as you continue to practice, you should find
out what your problems are. Itís definitely not a matter of levels.
Itís not you who fearsóeven you yourself donít know how you become
fearful. Some people have been cultivating in Dafa for a long time,
but itís no good if their hearts are not in the Fa. If they donít do
actual cultivation, and donít change the fundamental thingsóif they
donít change the fundamental things of humansóthey will attain
nothing, and all kinds of problems might occur. Oneís accomplishment
in cultivation is measured by the improvement of oneís xinxing, not by the length of time.
Question: There are several places where The
Great Consummation Way is different from
Teacherís exercise instruction videotape. Which one should we go
Teacher: The Great
Consummation Way is different from the videotape? The movement
demonstrations were all performed by me. Theyíre the same. There
might be some changes in the wording [of the instructions]. Arenít
you paying too much attention to trivial things? You should focus on
whatís important in your practice. Donít go delving into those petty
Question: Veteran students and new students
donít share the same viewpoints, and do things differently, although
both are diligently making progress. Can we group them into separate
Teacher: No, you canít. The things veteran
students say are helpful to new students. Thatís always true. If a
veteran student has cultivated very well, itís truly hard for him to
listen to things said by new students. Thatís because new students
talk about a lot of ordinary human things at the beginning, and
comprehend the Fa from an ordinary human perspective. He canít stand
it, and he canít be blamed for that. So I havenít raised any
objections when some veteran students go home to practice or
practice alone. However, if your understanding hasnít reached that
high, you canít force this. Some individuals arenít in this
situation; when undoubtedly they are able to listen to new students,
they insist on saying that they canít and stay away from the others.
Iíd say thatís the attachment of showing off, because those veteran
practitionersí feelings are a natural development.
Question: Matter over there all comes from here.
I donít understand this very well.
Teacher: True, itís hard for you to
understand. And it isnít the concept that youíve understood. As you
know, if you want to go to a heavenly paradise, you have to do so
through cultivation and getting rid of the bad things in your body.
If you want to take this body with you, you have to assimilate it to
the things over there, transforming it into a Buddha-body before you
can take it along. Itís a matter of elevation. If substances this
filthy were to be placed in a Buddhaís paradise, wouldnít that be
terrible? Thatís absolutely not allowed. Whatís over there is
elevated matter. All substances have to go through a process of
elevation before they can go over there.
Question: Whatís meant by ďclergyĒ?
Teacher: Clergy refers to the priests,
pastors, monks, and so forth in Western religions. Theyíre called
ďclergy.Ē People in the East donít have this concept and donít have
Question: During group study, some students do
the double-leg crossing. Will this affect their Fa-study?
Teacher: When you meditate, you practice
sitting cross-legged. If you know that you canít sit cross-legged
for long, and it becomes so painful that you have to grimace, you
wonít be able to study the Fa well. Studying the Fa is extremely
crucial. Donít do anything that affects Fa-study. If you say that
youíre able to keep sitting cross-legged, thatís of course great!
Feel free to do so while listening; itís better to sit cross-legged
while studying the Fa. Some people arenít able to keep sitting like
that. If it becomes totally unbearable for you to sit cross-legged,
then you should free up your legs. Donít wait until they become numb
before freeing them up. By then you wouldnít be able to hear
anything. Youíd only be thinking about not letting others bump you.
You should focus on studying the Fa when you study the Fa.
Question: Are notions mixed in with emotion
Teacher: Your concept isnít correct. Any
living being, as long as it exists in the environment of the Three
Realms, is permeated with emotion. This permeation is different from
a person being submerged in water, where only his skin makes contact
with the water. Everything in the cells of his entire body, as long
as theyíre at the level of molecules, is permeated with emotion.
Question: Which comes first among everyday
people: emotion or notions?
Teacher: As soon as you are born youíre
amidst emotion. Even before you were born you were amidst emotion.
When you were in your motherís womb you were already amidst emotion,
only you didnít know it. But you knew that mommy was dear. Notions
are acquired postnatally. Theyíre formed gradually as a person ages.
A four- or five-year-old child doesnít have any notions. He hasnít
formed any notions yet.
Question: We should carry out the tasks as
assigned by the assistance centers. But some people say that
Assistants are also cultivators, and that we should take the Fa as
our teacher and follow our own discretion based on our
Teacher: Let me tell you first that we
should cooperate with the assistance centers in everything we do.
You canít just do whatever you want to on your own. Secondly, I also
want to tell you that the things done by the assistance centers are
all approved by the Dafa Association in Beijing while Iím not
around. Many assistance centers have done a lot of work and have
done it rather well. Mistakes are bound to happen since they too are
people who are cultivating. Youíre correct on that point. The
activities they organize are inseparable from their cultivation.
This is something for me to devote some attention to. You shouldnít
each go your own way. Thatís why none of you should dwell on this.
If they really do make a mistake you can kindly tell them. I think
that if you are indeed correct they wonít refuse to accept it.
You are all cultivators. I
often say this: If you speak to others out of your kindheartedness,
entirely without any selfishness or your own self-interest, and
completely for the sake of others, your words will move others to
tears. But if what you say is self-centered and every word you say
is intended to please everyone, ďOh, heíd better not misunderstand
me as meaning this or that,Ē or ďIíd better watch what I say so
others wonít use it to criticize me later,Ē and has all kinds of
things, then the messages carried by the words active in your mind
and emitted from your mind will be very bad. If you are truly
kindhearted and without any of your own motives, what you say will
be nothing but pure and kind.
In the past, ancient people did
things very quickly. They could walk a hundred li a day, and horses could travel
one thousand li. They didnít lie. Their
thoughts were relatively simple and focused. They would follow one
path when doing something and give their all to do it well. They
meant what they said. If they promised something they would fulfill
it for sure. Thatís how human beings should be. Nowadays people
donít keep their promises. They do things while trying to please
everyone. In the past, peopleís thoughts emerged from their minds
like a roadóa straight lineóon which they moved very fast, whereas
nowadays people try to please everyone. They worry about this,
concern themselves with that, and the thoughts coming from their
minds travel horizontally. Thatís why their minds react quickly but
their actions are slow. Some people open their mouths and struggle
for quite a while before saying a word. Thatís why people today move
slowly and can only walk twenty li before
night falls. Humans will become hopeless if they go on like this.
The more complicated they become, the worse they become. Everyone
Yet some people may say, ďIf
Iím not complex others will take advantage of me.Ē Yet Iíve also
told you that whoever is bad will bear the consequences of
everything heís done. Precisely because of the way humans are,
because you humans all want to protect yourselves in this way, human
society has been pushed to this stage and is sliding downward. So
everyone has his share of the blame. Even if you havenít done
anything wrong in this lifetime, you did in your previous lives.
Actually, your words and deeds are all conforming to modern trends.
Itís the same as drifting with the current.
Question: I feel a sense of urgency, and I
havenít done well in cultivation. Iím afraid there isnít enough time
Teacher: There are all kinds of attachments,
even ones like this. Even on the day youíre to go beyond the Three
Realms, if you become fearful you will drop down. So you shouldnít
be afraid of anything. Whatís this fear of not cultivating well? A
single fear like this might prevent you from succeeding in
cultivation. Just let go of your worries and cultivate yourself, let
go of all your concerns. Now that youíve obtained the Fa, whatís
there to fear? There was a saying in the past: ďHaving heard the Dao
in the morning, a person can die at dusk.Ē No one understands its
real meaning. Whatís meant by, ďHaving heard the Dao in the morning,
a person can die at duskĒ? Does it mean that if someone hears the
Dao in the morning, heíll die in the evening? No. What it means is,
if he heard the Dao in the morning, he wouldnít be afraid even if he
were to die in the evening. Thatís its true meaning. Think about it,
everyone: ďHaving heard the DaoĒówho has heard the Dao? Itís you who
has attained the Dao. Isnít it the Fa thatís filled your head?
Whatís filled your head is Fa! The Fa thatís filled your head has
melted into your mind, for sure. Otherwise you wouldnít remember it.
How could the part of you thatís attained the Fa go to hell or
reenter the six-fold path of reincarnation if you really did die?
This is a part that has attained the Fa and been assimilated to the
Fa. Youíve learned such an immense Fa today and have been reading
the book over and over again. Why do you still think about those
things? Just focus on cultivation. All fears are attachments, and
all attachments are obstacles.
Question: Having studied the scripture ďA
Dialogue with Time,Ē students have different understandings of
Teacher: Itís alright to have different
understandings. Once you hear something novel, you then develop
another attachment. I can tell you thatóand little would you
imagineómany, many things are gods; you even speak about some of
them frequently without realizing what they are. This universe is so
vast. There are many things humans arenít allowed to know. Donít you
get sleepy? Donít you feel sleepy as soon as you read the book, or
become drowsy once you study the Fa? Let me tell you that those are
gods at a level in this human dimension. If you canít break through
them, you remain a human. They arenít intentionally doing anything
to youóthey treat everyone like that. Thatís why people feel tired
and sleepy. If you want to break away from being a human, you have
to break through everything before you can make it. If you go along
with them theyíll think you are just a human.
Question: In Lecture in Sydney and Lectures in the U.S., Teacher talks about the composition of
dimensions in the cosmos and the origin of life. How is this related
to our cultivation?
Teacher: The composition of the cosmos and
the origin of life have very much to do with your cultivation. And I
talked about them for a reason. If you havenít studied the Fa well
enough to reach there and your realm of mind hasnít reached that
level, you will feel itís irrelevant. But my Lectures in the U.S. were aimed at over three thousand
highly educated individuals in the audiences. Half of those Dafa
students had degrees, including Ph.D.ís and Masters degrees. Some
had obtained three to five degrees. Those present were the Chinese
elite; I was addressing them. Those students specialized in a wide
variety of fields. Their minds were quite broad and open. Everyone
has a knot when it comes to studying the Fa. Knots that arenít
unraveled are obstacles. It was because I had to do away with their
knots based on their specific situations that I discussed those
things. That was one of the reasons. Of course, there are more
profound inner meanings.
Question: For the ďFalun Standing StanceĒ
exercise, can we do only one of the ďholding the wheelĒ positions?
In the ďPenetrating the Two Cosmic ExtremesĒ exercise, should the
upper arms drive the forearms or should the forearms drive the upper
Teacher: Our way of doing the exercises is
very flexible. Itís alright if you perform any one of the movements
separately. Itís designed to be flexible like this so as to suit the
needs of working people and allow them to do cultivation with their
busy schedules. Weíve provided this convenient cultivation way. You
can cultivate under any circumstances. When you have more time, do
more. When youíre busy, you can do less. (Make it up later when you
have time.) But itís best you do all the exercises. Thatís how it
While doing the ďPenetrating
the Two Cosmic ExtremesĒ exercise, the forearms donít drive the
upper arms, nor do the upper arms drive the forearms. I think the
entire arm is moving as a whole. But in the fifth exercise the
forearms do drive the upper arms. When doing the ďPenetrating the
Two Cosmic ExtremesĒ exercise, if you put your force in your
forearms your movements may look somewhat more graceful. What Iím
saying here is that you shouldnít dig into those trivial details.
You should concentrate on the important things and go study the
Question: A person began to resent me because I
stopped him from selling counterfeit books. He pulled some of our
students away to practice separately. How should I treat
Teacher: If heís making money by selling
counterfeit books, Iíll tell you clearly here: He is not my
disciple. If he buys counterfeit books and sells them at purchase
price to students, then heís buying books for others and we canít
say heís damaging the Fa. If the text in the books is altered and he
doesnít know it, then you should tell him not to do that anymore.
The problem should be handled that way, and the discord shouldnít
have gotten so intense. If later on he begins to separate
practitioners to form his own group, then thatís absolutely not the
behavior of our Dafa disciples.
Question: In my dreams I often encounter
ghost-like things controlling my body. As soon as this happens, I
remember that Iím a disciple practicing a righteous Fa.
Teacher: Donít be afraid when you see bad
things. Those horrible scenes might be seen often by new
practitioners, or those whoíve been practicing for some time but who
arenít diligent, who are making very slow progress, and whoíve
remained at the same level for a long time. Why is that? Itís
because in another dimension, in a place everyday people call ďthe
netherworld,Ē there are as many lives as in our world. At night when
we go to sleep it is daytime over there. When itís nighttime for us
here, it is daytime for them; when itís our daytime, it is nighttime
over there. When youíre asleep at night itís the time for them to
come out. Older people used to say, ďDonít go out at night!Ē They
had their reasons. Thatís because more of those things are out at
night. They rest during our daytime.
When you first start doing
cultivation (you start from the ordinary human level), if your Third
Eye is opened at that realm you will see them. Thatís because you
start at a very low level, [a level] of everyday people. They know
you can see them, so theyíll come to contact you, or some phenomena
that interfere with your cultivation might occur. All of those
things are possible. Regardless, you should control yourself well
and ignore them, and only focus on studying the Fa and cultivating.
Then you will break through that level very soon; upon improving,
you wonít see them anymore because your level will have elevated and
they will no longer be able to reach you. Although youíll still be
cultivating among humans, the space and time of the field
surrounding your body will have changed. Those things will have
become very small. As a result, you will no longer be able to see
them, and they wonít be able to bother you anymore. Iíve discussed
these things in Explaining the Fa of Zhuan Falun and Explaining the Content of Falun
Question: Does the essay ďFor Whom do You
Exist?Ē tell us to completely get rid of the human side and cast off
this human shell?
Teacher: Yes. Many of our people think at
the very beginning that the Fa is good because they think this Fa is
beneficial for humankind. They think, ďBeing a cultivator doesnít
disturb the society of everyday people and is quite beneficial for
it. I should learn it.Ē The basis of their thinking is human. Some
people have continued to evaluate everything of our Dafa with human
criteria for a long time. If they think that anything slightly
disagrees with modern peopleís notions or with human societyís ways,
they wonít like it or accept it. In fact, what they protect are
human things; they donít want to break away from being human. Thatís
the reason. The ultimate goal for you cultivators is to Consummate
and break free of humanness. You absolutely arenít allowed to cling
to human notions and not let them go.
Question: I can forbear (ren) when it comes to ordinary emotions. But if I
hear someone making negative remarks about me, I find it a bit hard
Teacher: Your forbearance actually isnít
even up to ordinary standards. Your sitting there and thinking you
can forbear amounts to nothing but wishful thinking. If you can
forbear when you really encounter problems, thatís true forbearance.
So as for this, I think that if you come to understand the Fa
through reading, you will be able to do it. When you encounter
conflicts or when problems suddenly arise, how much you can forbear
at that instant is the most critical. Some people arenít able to
forbear at all, even when they understand the principles. You canít
call that forbearance. Some others say they can endure, but still
canít handle themselves well when problems suddenly arise. Then itís
not really that good. If you can forbear when a problem suddenly
arises, and can hold your ground even in dreams, then you are solid.
Dreaming isnít cultivation per se, but itís true that it can test
whether your xinxing is solid. Those who
say bad things about you are everyday people, not Gods and Buddhas.
Why would a cultivator be affected by that?
Question: Sometimes, when Iím trying to
understand the Faís principles or am passing xinxing tests, I talk to Master in my mind. Is that an
Teacher: Thatís not an attachment. It canít
be called an attachment. Although you can talk to me, you should
not, however, expect any answers or favors in return, nor should you
expect me to give you some good things or leniency. None of that
would do. Itís alright for you to talk to me. So anyway, you can
talk to me. You might talk with an intention, but I wonít pay
attention to that when I listen. Pursue nothing and you will gain
naturally. Anything done intentionally wonít work; you shouldnít
talk to me with any intention. Some people say: ďI just want to look
at Teacher, since Teacher has told us that a person can tell whether
something is good or bad by looking at Teacherís facial expression.
So every morning after I get up, I look at the Teacherís picture to
see if today is going to be a good day. Every day whenever I do
anything, I look at Teacherís picture.Ē Then your attachment has
grown quite strong. When some cultivators indeed feel uncertain
after doing something, and they really donít know if theyíve done
right or wrong, they take a look at my picture and truly get clued
in. Cultivation is about cultivating your heart and mind. Yet
instead of trying to get rid of that attachment, you put it all
Let me tell you why people
arenít able to do cultivation in Buddhism today. One of the most
crucial reasons is that they arenít cultivating, but pursuing. Yet
they donít realize they are pursuing. What are they thinking when
they worship Buddha? ďSo and so in my family is sick; I beg you,
Buddha, to bless him because I believe in you.Ē What they mean is:
ďIím believing in Buddha, Iím burning incense.Ē So theyíre
bargaining with a Buddha. While worshipping the Buddha some people
are thinkingÖ they donít have a specific motive in mind when
worshipping Buddha and burning incense, but every day when they do
this, they think: ďDoing this means Iím paying respect to the Buddha
and cultivating Buddhahood. Buddha, look at how pious I am to the
Buddha.Ē Theyíre thinking to themselves, ďIím so devout in front of
the Buddha. Buddha must be seeing this.Ē The Buddha wonít accept any
thinking of the sort. Heíll think that the person is no good at all.
I often say that people in
Buddhism donít know how to cultivate anymore. This is what I mean.
They donít realize it at all; their intentions are deeply concealed.
Nowadays people have become very crafty. People today know how to
hide their attachments. And then they hide the hiding of their
attachments. When I look at this kind of person I know itís really
hard to save him. When I give him a hint about it, he himself
doesnít even realize this concealment of the thing he uses to hide
his hiding. Whatís more, when I point out his real problemówhen my
Law Bodies point out his real problemóhe tries to deceive my Law
Bodies, as if he were dealing with ordinary humans. He fakes it and
says, ďOh, I was wrong.Ē Then he again finds another cover to hide
what heís hiddenóhe uses another cover. Howís someone like that to
be saved?! Now, you still have your Master teaching you and guiding
his disciples here. But in those temples where no one is looking
after them, how could they cultivate? Humans have come to this
stage. What would you say can be done?
Question: I see many students taking notes.
Master, would you please address this?
Teacher: Every one of you whoís taking
notes, youíd better stop. Why? Let me tell you, you wonít be able to
hear everything I say because youíre focusing your attention on
taking more notes. So no matter how hard you try, you wonít be able
to take everything down in full. If you take incomplete notes and
share them with others, youíll be quoting me out of context. And
besides, you wonít have heard the speech well yourself. The
disruption is that significant. Though you canít remember
everything, with each point you come to understand in my speech, you
are making progress and being assimilated to the Fa. That is true
improvement. When you walk out of here you will all have undergone a
change. Itís possible those whoíve been taking notes wonít undergo
any changes at all. Thatís how huge the disruption is. Weíve
addressed this problem before. Donít take notes.
Question: Please elaborate further on the inner
meaning of [the article,] "Expounding on the Fa.Ē
Teacher: If I wanted to make it explicit to
you I would have written it explicitly. Itís for you to enlighten to. However much you can
realize from it is fine. If you try to understand it without any
notions, you wonít be off track regardless of how little you can
enlighten to; itíll only be that what you enlighten to is limited
and what you come to know isnít much. But it wonít be off track. If
I could tell you explicitly I wouldnít have written it that way.
Question: Whatís the relationship between
notions and attachments?
Teacher: Those things that you think are
good and that you always hold on to and donít let go of are
attachments. To make it more explicit, anything that you canít let
go of is an attachment. Itís very simple. Many of you havenít
studied the Fa well enough. The reason you havenít studied the Fa
well enough is not that you havenít studied or that you donít spend
enough time on studyingóitís that you study with an ordinary human
mindset. You pick out those parts that meet your psychological
needs. You think those are good and you selectively read them. If
you skip those parts that you think donít meet your needs, have
nothing to do with you, or even donít agree with your own notions,
and you read selectively, then you will never be able to ascend in
cultivation. Although some matters that I discussed in Zhuan Falun might not seem to have anything
to do with your cultivation or your xinxing, the book covers things at different
levels and in different forms. Even when it appears as though Iím
talking about gong,* to tell you the
truth, what Iím discussing includes things related to xinxing. The book is systematic. It wonít
work if you skip even one chapter. If you canít change that mindset
of yours it will truly impede your improvement, impede your
Question: Every now and then I feel as if
something is pressing on my head, but I canít figure out what itís
Teacher: Just ignore it. Donít worry about
anything. As long as youíre a disciple in cultivation, you should
regard all the states you experience as good phenomena. Iíve talked
about ďThree Flowers Gathering Atop the Head.Ē Three Flowers
Gathering Atop the Head occurs only at a very minor level and is a
manifestation in the In-Triple-World-Law. When one reaches a higher
level there will be manifestations at higher levels and many types
of forms occurring over oneís head, and the pressure felt on the top
of the head will be great. Once I mention the specific
manifestations youíre likely to develop an attachment or get elated.
Youíve probably seen that Buddha statues have bodies of different
variations, some of which have four heads, and some of which have
one head stacked atop another head, which is stacked atop another
and anotherÖ All of this will occur during your cultivation. That is
the magnificence of the Buddha Fa. Or thatís a partial manifestation
of the magnificence of Buddha Fa, at least. Whatís more, itís only
one phenomenon. Thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of
millions of different manifestations of gong as well as manifestations of the Fa
will appear. How could you not feel anything on your head? As your
gong column (gongzhu) grows taller it presses down on
you, making you feel pressure on your head. All kinds of things will
happen. If you take things this good to be bad things, where have
you placed your xinxing? Does it measure
up to the level youíve reached? Thatís why I often tell you that it
doesnít matter if you canít see. You have to take it as a good
thing. It would be impossible for me to thoroughly tell every one of
you about the minute details of all phenomena at every level. If I
did, you would become just way too overjoyed. If you focused on
those changes every day, you couldnít cultivate anymore. Thatís why
I donít discuss those things with you. You should only work hard on
your heart and mindótrue improvement depends completely on your
heart and mind. If your heart and mind donít ascend, everything else
is for nothing.
Question: When I canít pass a test, I express my
regret in front of Teacherís picture. Is it alright to do
Teacher: Itís alright to express it. That
isnít wrong, but you need to correct your behavior afterward. If
after you express it today, you walk out the door and become your
old self again, then what good would it do if you came back to
express your regret again? When you tell Teacher that you regret
something, you should have the resolve to correct it.
Question: Please explain the meaning of ďThis is
a great, imminent dangerĒ in the essay ďPacifying the External by
Cultivating the Internal.Ē
Teacher: I wrote that essay because some
students raised questions related to that. They asked: ďIíve
practiced Falun Gong. Itís good and it helps the morality of people
in society to become good again. Yet if everyone becomes so kind (shan), what if foreigners attack us? What if
a war breaks out?Ē I wrote the essay to address that question.
Wars donít break out simply
because people want to make war. Everything is determined by heaven
and driven by the cosmic climate. No matter how hard human beings
strategize, think hard, or try, there are times when they just canít
succeed. Sometimes when they do succeed, they then think itís the
result of their own effort. But in reality, the efforts and
activities in their lives are inevitable. Thatís how it is. So if
human beings donít do a thing, good things wonít just land in their
laps. The reason being, thatís how human beings live their lives,
and they will never live like Gods. Even if you tell them this, they
wonít believe it, and theyíll keep on competing and fighting with
others. Thatís a human being for you. Consequently, competing and
fighting become inevitable actions, become human behavior, and are
simply human. So the state of human society comes from the state of
Question: When we improve our xinxing, our own karma is eliminated. Is it transferred
to those people who help us improve our xinxing?
Teacher: No, itís not. It seems youíre quite attached and are
afraid of losing your stuff. (Laughter) Let me tell you that it isnít at all like youíve imagined.
Iíve eliminated many, many things for you. The fact is, I am
bearing them for you. Itís impossible for anyone to not pay
for the crimes and wrong he has doneóitís absolutely prohibited.
This is a law of heaven. The amount of karma you need to eliminate
is left for you at the right amount so that it allows you to
cultivate; itís proportionate to your xinxing and endurable. If it were a bit more, you would fall
and couldnít cultivate. Itís not that because Iíve borne [karma]
for you Iíll want something from you. Everything is mine, and
I need nothing. Some bad things are directly destroyed, and
thatís something no one but I can do.
Do you know why Jesus was
crucified? Do you know why Sakyamuni had to choose Nirvana? Many
people have gone to Famen Temple to see Sakyamuniís finger bones;
they are indeed Sakyamuniís finger bones. If his finger bones are
like that, how could his body have decayed? Couldnít he have taken
his body along with him? It had completely transformed into
high-energy matter and was no longer human flesh. Why did he still
choose Nirvana? You donít know that in the process of your
cultivation, the debts you owe arenít just the sins committed among
human beings; the debts you owe in different cosmic bodies, at
different levels, and in different environments are just so
numerous. Those are things human beings canít settle by any means.
Even Gods at lower levels have no way of settling them. But if
someone wants to save a person and if that person has the desire to
cultivate, how could you not have mercy on him? A Buddha is
merciful, and so will try to save him. But what about all the things
he owes? You have to resolve that for him, which actually means that
the knots of his debts are then brought onto the Buddha himself.
When a Buddha comes to save people he needs to have a flesh body.
What are the knots tied to? Theyíre tied to his flesh body. In the
end, neither Buddha nor Jesus could free their flesh bodies because
they just couldnít extricate themselves from the debts owed by the
disciples they were saving, and those included different kinds of
karmic debts owed at different levels and in different time periods,
and it was because it involved lots and lots of different things in
the cosmos. They werenít able to free themselves whatsoever. So they
chose this kind of path: to eliminate the flesh body or have the
body cremated, and let that one ending end it all; everything was
resolved, and they thought they paid their debts.
In order to pay the debts as
much as he could and to dispel the resentment towards him coming
from different realms, Jesus accepted his own crucifixion and
underwent that suffering. And yet there are still people who send me
notes like, ďTeacher, you should save me this wayĒ or ďYou should
save me that way.Ē I say, ďDo you think Buddhas are obligated to
save you, that they have nothing to do and have to save you, that
theyíre addicted to saving you?Ē Sakyamuni said that the number of
Buddhas and Tathagatas is like the number of grains of sand in the
Ganges River. How many grains of sand are there along the banks of
the Ganges River? He said that Tathagatas were as numerous as the
grains of sand in the Ganges. There are so many Tathagatas. Thatís
what Sakyamuni said from the level he was at in those days. Then why
donít tons of Buddhas come here to look after human affairs?
Actually, a Buddha up there doesnít need to come down: it just takes
a wave of his hand to wipe out all of humankindís illnesses, and a
wave of the hand to eliminate the karma of all human beings and save
them. Yet no one can do it that way.
Human beings must themselves
pay everything they owe, and what they owe isnít limited solely to
the plane of human beings. If you want to save them, you have to
change their hearts from the core. Only that way does it count as
true salvation. If you paid their debts for them and cleansed them
completely, but their realms of mind werenít elevated, sure, theyíd
look polished on the outside, but it would all be fake! Why do I say
that the innermost part of your mind has to change? Some people have
said: ďI came to learn the Fa because I was ill. I didnít know at
first, but later I understood that Teacher says this isnít about
getting healed.Ē Then the person doesnít mention getting well.
ďOkay, Iím not going to ask to be healed.Ē He says to himself in his
mind, ďI wonít ask to be healed. Iíll just read the book and do the
exercises. Teacher is sure to take care of my illness at some
point.Ē Heís still thinking that way. Heís polished on the outside,
yet he hasnít changed at the core. Itís meant to fool people, even
his master. How could that work? In actuality heís only fooling
This means that if you want to
change, you have to change yourselves from deep down within, from
your very nature. Only that is true elevation and true
transformation. If the nature of your xinxing doesnít change, when you encounter a
problem [your attachment] will come right upóit will swell up and
display itself. Wouldnít it be terrible if Buddhas were like that?
Changes have to come from oneís very nature. Thatís why Iíve said
that cultivation is a very serious thing. Itís useless if you donít
truly change yourselves from your very nature. When people try to be
good and become role models or heroes in the society of everyday
peopleóand it doesnít matter the motive, maybe itís born of a good
wishóthey always have, however, an intention or a motive. Thus, that
personís good conduct wonít last long, and heíll make mistakes again
in the future. Wasnít there a saying in the past, ďAlways glorify
the dead but not the livingĒ? That was because people have
discovered it for themselves: ďWhat if one day he makes a mistake
again?Ē No laws or regulations, not even any campaign, will ever
change peopleís nature or their hearts. A person needs to be truly
moved before he can be changed.
Be it Sakyamuniís Nirvana or
Jesusí crucifixion, which I just mentioned, they endured such
enormous pain for human beings and suffered so horrendously for
them! How should humans treat themselves? To whom should they be
responsible? For whom should they live? If you are to be responsible
to yourself, donít you want to live clearheadedly? If everyone could
search inside for his own shortcomings, the civility of human
society would certainly improve. Our Dafa can bring that about. But
it definitely isnít for those things of ordinary human society that
Iíve imparted Dafa. Our objective is to enable cultivators to
improve, yet as more and more people learn It, they will form an
environment that will stimulate the improvement of human society as
a whole. Thatís how theyíre related. But let me make this clear: I
am absolutely not trying to do something for society, for certain
people, or to accomplish something in human society. The point is
for you to achieve Consummation.
Question: When my body goes through karma
purging right after I do something wrong, is this ďretribution in
the same lifetime,Ē as Teacher has described?
Teacher: The phenomenon of retribution in
the same lifetime existed before and will continue to exist in the
future. Minor misbehavior may result in retribution in the same
lifetime. After a person does something bad, he falls hard when he
walks out the door, or is hit by something when he steps outside.
Although the degree of severity can vary, heís still being punished.
People usually donít believe in the existence of high-level beings
in other dimensions, so they think that what happened was
accidental. They recognize only humans as intelligent beings. How
absurd people have become! There are lives everywhere in this
universe. People commit bad deeds and do things as they please; when
someone becomes like that, retribution in the same lifetime becomes
less frequent. So what will happen? Heíll accumulate karma, and
accrue more and more of it. When there gets to be too much karma,
his life will be shortened. The more karma he has, the more his life
will be shortened, and additional karma will shorten his life
further. For example, for people whoíve done too many bad things and
have become ďevil beyond forgiveness,Ē although they die in this
world, they will continue to be exterminated in other dimensions
until theyíve paid off all of their karmaóthere are numerous ways of
being exterminated. In other words, they have to pay for everything.
Thatís really horrifying. For our cultivators, though, things arenít
like how they are for everyday people. In most cases, you are
transforming your karma as you improve, and you are being prompted
Question: If I cultivate at home, does Teacher
transform less gong for me than if I were
to do the exercises at a practice site?
Teacher: If you cultivate at home, truly
conduct yourself as a practitioner, and cultivate solidly and
steadily, then you arenít worse off than cultivating outside. But
human beings usually have laziness in themóyou canít deny itóbecause
your thoughts havenít yet elevated to that level. When you stay away
from the group practice environment, itís as if you wonít be spurred
on, and you lose an external condition that drives you in
cultivation. For example, when we do the meditation, if other people
are enduring the unbearable pain yet no one takes down his legs,
youíll feel embarrassed to take yours down. This compels you to
increase your exercise time. That is, an environment like that
pushes you forward in many respects. Without that environment, if
you donít handle yourself well, you wonít be spurred on by that
external factor, you might slack off, and you wonít manage to be
diligent. Although youíre still practicing, your progress might be
much slower. Thatís the relationship. If youíre really able to
handle yourself well, then it makes no difference where you
practice. The only concern is that you might not handle yourself
well. Even though some people may say, ďI can be self-disciplined,Ē
I believe some people, but not some others, because I see it very
clearly: They havenít broken through to reach that level yet.
Question: Someone who does damage to the Fa
wrote many derogatory comments in a copy of Zhuan Falun (Volume
II). What should I do with that book?
Teacher: You can burn the book. Thatís how
depraved some people have become. So there are all kinds of people,
even those who dare to blaspheme Buddhas. As soon as the blasphemous
words come out of his mouth, his Spirit (yuanshen) falls downward. Whatís left is a
half-dead person who goes about things among humans with this body.
That kind of person is the easiest target for spirit possession; a
possessing spirit comes over immediately afterward. Without a
Spirit, his body is no more than an empty shell, and a possessing
spirit then takes over. There are lots of cases of this. And there
are a lot of sham qigong masters of this
sort. Those people are truly the worst people.
Question: Most kindhearted Russians are
Christians. How can we help them to obtain the Fa?
Teacher: If circumstances allow, you can go
talk to them. If they want to learn, they can learn; if they arenít
interested, let them be. Also, Dafa is serious and solemnówe donít
force anyone to learn. It makes no difference what nationality you
are. We spread Dafa simply to let those who donít know about the Fa
know, and itís so that we donít leave them behind. Whether a person
wants to learn is his own business. The same goes for both
foreigners and Chinese people. People judge whether a person is
kindhearted using todayís human standards. Everyone has a good side
and a bad side. Besides, the entire human society is sliding
downwards. Relatively speaking, there are some good people who still
have the good intention of becoming virtuous again. Thatís most
precious. But as for how good they are among everyday people, I
donít think itís that important. Only their wish to become virtuous
again is most precious. Without that itís very hard for them to be
Question: An everyday person wanted to destroy a
Dafa book, and a student got into a fight with him in order to
protect the book. Did he do well in terms of forbearing? Did he accrue karma?
Teacher: We canít say that this student did
wrong. When we run into problems, however, we need to think them
over: Why did that person destroy the book in front of you? Could it
be that you had some attachments? Or perhaps there was something
wrong with you yourself? If you had adjusted your thinking at that
moment, he might have immediately stopped destroying the book. Itís
very likely that would have happened. Iíve often said that whenever
you come across a problem, you should take a look at yourself first.
Even if a problem has nothing to do with you, when you see it, you
should still search inside yourself. Iíd say that then nothing can
stop you from advancing on your path.
Question: I study Falun Dafa, but my husband
studies The Book of Changes. I burned
some of his books without telling him. Was that a bad thing to
Teacher: No, it wasnít a bad thing to do.
Our Fa has inner meanings behind the words. But the books written by
those sham qigong masters have things
behind their words, too. They donít have that profound of meaning,
but instead some shallow things that canít go beyond the Three
Realms. And those things are evil. Their images are those of
animals, foxes, demons, ghosts, and those kinds of filthy and messed
up things. Theyíre all black, harmful to people, and ďyinĒ in nature. So itís indeed bad to have
those things in your home. Your husband accepted those things out of
ignorance, and those things hurt him. So if you burned them, you
burned them. But if he gets upset and argues, quarrels, or fights
with you, then donít bother doing it anymore. If he doesnít mind,
then it was alright to burn them. You should [still] take a look at
yourself: ďDo I have some kind of attachment?Ē I think that probably
a lot of things happen for a reason. Those things wonít affect you,
however, since you practice cultivation and have a shield around
your body. You all have shields; otherwise, not only would others
interfere with you, you would affect others.
Question: What is ďthe evolution of the
Teacher: You all know that ďuniverseĒ is
defined by humans. Exactly how large is the universe? Humans canít
explain exactly. The universe we usually refer to is only the cosmic
expanse that we see. The largest expanse that modern scientists can
observe using telescopes doesnít exceed this small universe of ours.
So put simply, this is what ďuniverseĒ refers to. Yet this small
universe of ours is not even one trillionth of the great cosmos.
Itís within this tiny, tiny realm, which is one trillionth of one
trillionth of the great cosmos. Itís only a speck of dust within a
speck of dust, which is another speck of dust within a speck of
dustóthatís how miniscule it is. The entire great cosmos is in
motion, and the cosmic bodies of a great expanse are in motion.
Wouldnít you say that the universe is in motion? This motion brings
about lives and creates species. Cultivators call this motion
ďevolution.Ē The human mind canít comprehend things at that high a
level. This cosmos is so vast that even when you reach the highest
level of your cultivation at the time of Consummation, youíll still
find it incredibly vast and will exclaim with awe.
Question: Master said, ďConcern for reputation
is a huge obstacle that prevents you from reaching Consummation.Ē
What if someone isnít attached to his reputation in the society of
everyday people but seeks to get gong and
to be well known for his Dafa work?
Teacher: Then his attachment has been
revealed and so it has to be removed. Sometimes some of our
students, including veteran students, demonstrate very bad
attachments that are totally unfitting a cultivator. Nevertheless,
we canít say that the person isnít good. Thatís because you can no
longer see the attachments that he has eliminated, and only the
attachments that he hasnít eliminated show themselves. In other
words, many attachments are not evident in him because he has
cultivated himself quite well; only the ones he hasnít yet
eliminated can manifest. So maybe the attachments that havenít been
eliminated will manifest. You canít say that the person isnít
goodóyou can only say that the attachment of his isnít good.
No matter how a person
cultivates, he canít conceal the attachments that havenít been
eliminated. No matter how he cultivates, I use all kinds of methods
to expose his most stubborn attachmentsóeven when he thinks heís
doing the most sacred work. Even when youíre doing Dafa work I will
still have them manifest. Itís no good if the work itself doesnít
help him to improve; the improvement of his xinxing is the number one priority, his
elevation is whatís most important. Only if his heart is pure and
clean, and if he can realize his problems, then when he goes to do
the work again the work will be more sacred. So the reason many of
our students canít achieve success in their work is that they do the
work while holding on to a lot of attachmentsóthey canít let go of
this or that attachment. Whether theyíre attached to their own
affairs or develop an attachment while doing work for the Fa, as
long as they have an attachment, it will be exposed in the midst of
their work. And especially when their intention isnít good, thatís
when they are less likely to be allowed success. So theyíll have
great obstacles then. Thatís because they arenít permitted to do
work of a sacred nature with an impure heart. If they can do sacred
work with a pure heart, only then is their work truly sacred.
Question: During the meditation, one of the
studentsí legs shake and he vomits. He canít control it. Would
Master please explain this?
Teacher: Everyoneís situation is different.
Since Iím speaking in a setting like this, I have to discuss it in a
way that has universal application. If a person canít be pure and
clean while he practices, if he still practices other things or
canít become focused on one cultivation way, or if he mixes in his
mind things of other qigongs, then all
kinds of situations like this can appear. Another possibility is
that those who have a great deal of karma might react strongly when
karma is being eliminated. That too could cause this kind of
Question: We need to act upon what we have
enlightened to, right?
Teacher: Yes, you should. You might not be
able to handle yourselves completely well; there is a certain degree
of difficulty in being able to always handle yourselves well. But
cultivators should hold themselves to this kind of standard.
Question: Is it true that the more that gets
separated, the higher one has reached in cultivation?
Teacher: Itís not that as more gets
separated one reaches higher in cultivation. Only that which has met
the criteria can be separated.
Question: When Master discussed ďseparation,Ē
did you mean that our whole self will go with you, and does that
mean that the more we can take with us the better?
Teacher: In fact, you donít know that: Now
that you have obtained the Fa, and as long as your mind is
steadfast, youíre on your way to Consummation. Thatís certain.
Question: Is it true that the greater oneís
compassion, the greater his capacity to
Teacher: No, thatís not true. Compassion emerges after that portion of emotion is
eliminated. Oneís capacity to endure is an ability that results from
a combination of many factors.
Question: Can I ask Master to increase my
tribulations so that I can pay for my karma earlier and return to my
original, true self sooner?
Teacher: No. No matter what you yourself
conceive of, it wonít work. Even less should you intentionally seek
tribulations and suffering. Thatís wrong. In fact, all arrangements
are systematic. Thereís no need to think much about these things.
Question: I think I should simply do things
according to the three words ďZhen, Shan, and Ren.Ē Is it right to
think this way?
Teacher: Yes. As long as your mind is
steadfast, you should go ahead and do things that way and follow the
requirements. But you need to study the Fa a lot. Otherwise you
wonít know the inner meanings of Zhen, Shan, Ren at different
levels, and then you wonít be able to truly practice Zhen, Shan, Ren
in your conduct.
Question: There are things that Iím unable to
enlighten to. Why does it seem that I just canít understand things
Teacher: It doesnít matter if you donít
understand them. Itís not that you have to comprehend everything
Iíve written in a short period of time. As your Fa-study becomes
deeper and deeper, you will understand those things.
Question: Sometimes as soon as I see your
picture I become afraid. I wonder why this is.
Teacher: It isnít you who fearsóit is your
Question: Is it alright if we rent a place for
group study so that everyone can go there and study?
Teacher: If the conditions are good and it
becomes too comfortable, then I think youíre cultivating too
comfortably. That isnít so good. If you have the conditions, that
is, if you have a place like that and can provide it without
spending any money, then Iím not against it. You could at least go
there when it rains, snows in winter, etc. If you have to spend
money to create a better environment, thatís not good, regardless of
how much or how little money was involved.
Question: Disciples in the countryside donít
know much about the modern scientific terms mentioned in your
Teacher: Those are things that can be
explained to them. Explain the original meaning of the terms, that
is, explain the original wordsóthe surface
meanings of the words. But you need
to read the Fa, and should read the book in the order itís written
and with the context of whatís being read in mind.
Question: If I donít understand the surface
meaning of some words, can I look them up in dictionaries?
Teacher: Yes, that shouldnít be a problem.
Dictionaries only explain the surface meanings of words. But often
the words I use arenít in dictionaries.
Question: Thereís a Christian who lives near us.
He always asks me to do calligraphy for him. I feel uncomfortable
saying no, but Iím afraid of incurring interference by saying yes.
Teacher: If youíve done so, then youíve done
so. We can only bring benefit to others. Itís not like those things
can affect us. In fact, be it Christianity or Catholicism, I only
consider it a job. I donít regard it as cultivation. Itís simply a
Question: There are things that I want to let go
of. Why am I not able to?
Teacher: That means theyíve become formed
notions. Even if you canít forget those things, you should find a
way to repel them. Then they will gradually weaken and eventually be
Question: Is it better to have everyone ďfollow
the mechanisms downwardĒ at the same pace [in Exercise Four]?
Sometimes the differences are huge.
Teacher: Thatís rightóthe more synchronized
your movements, the better it will feel. Thatís because when you are
doing the exercises, you are strengthening the mechanisms outside
your body. Your practice relies on the constant rotation of those
mechanisms; they cultivate you automatically and at all times. When
you do the exercises you are strengthening those mechanisms. So when
your movements are synchronized and everyone does them together, the
energy is stronger and you can strengthen the mechanisms better.
Question: In winter when the temperature is
around -22įF (-30įC), is it alright if we do the exercises
Teacher: Just try your best to do the
exercises outside, since weíve been doing them like this for many
years. The students in Changchun and Harbin have been exercising
outdoors. Youíll be all right if you put on more clothes. But if
itís too cold to bear you can perform the exercises indoors, and
when itís not so cold, you can come out again to do the exercises.
Question: A student rented a classroom with his
own money. Does that count as involving money?
Teacher: That isnít something your
assistance center did, nor was it done by your practice site. The
student himself wanted to do that, so it was his own individual act.
He wanted to do a good deed to support you, thatís how it is. He was
simply doing a good deed as an individual. But we should also
consider something: the studentís capacity to support this, meaning,
whether he has the financial means. Thatís one thing. Secondly, has
this student done cultivation for a long time? If he were to change
his mind, he might think that heís lost out, and that could cause
trouble later on. All of these things should be considered. But I
think itís best we try to do the exercises outdoors.
Question: Near our practice site there are
people doing quite a few other qigongs. Some of our students are
worried about being interfered with and affected.
Teacher: You wonít be affected. They
definitely canít interfere with us. But you shouldnít have the
thought, ďAre they going to interfere with us?Ē You mustnít be
swayed. Your minds shouldnít be attached.
Question: My thought karma has been particularly
strong of late. I even fear that Iím a demon who came here by
arrangement. Is this the thought karma, not me?
Teacher: Donít worryóthat isnít you
yourself. It is karma. But Iíll tell you, since the amount that
everyone has of that thing is different, some people may have more,
so itís stronger. People who have more may need to endure more.
Maybe previously you did more wrongdoing of this sort, so you have
to do everything in your power to suppress it and defy it. As long
as you can tell it apart from yourself, the rest is easy to deal
Question: I feel that I havenít done well in
cultivation and that I have too much filthy stuff. At home, I even
dare not look at [pictures of] Master.
Teacher: Itís okay, Master knows what the
situation is. I know, youíve made mistakes before. Start anew today.
So put your worries aside and cultivate.
Question: My daughter has a low IQ. But she has
been persistent in studying the Fa and doing the exercises for three
years. Yet she doesnít understand Dafa well. Will she be able to
Teacher: I donít think a lower IQ is a
problem when it comes to learning the Fa. She has studied for three
years, and her effort will definitely not be in vain. Arenít you a
little too concerned? It might not be that bad. Oftentimes some of
our children have extraordinary backgrounds. Since she saw clearly
from above (those above are high-level beings) at what point in her
life she could obtain the Fa and what she would do when, upon seeing
that this family could obtain the Fa later on, she wanted to
reincarnate into the family. Thereís an especially large number of
cases like this. So some of our children are really prodigies, while
some may be a little less so. You shouldnít think too much about it.
Question: How should we view the differences in
the levels of Fa-study and cultivation among different
Teacher: Thereís no difference. Each region
has those who are very diligent as well as those who arenít
diligent. There are wise persons, average persons, and foolish
persons in every region. Some regions obtained the Fa later on and
may be a little behind in terms of progress, for sure. But there are
also latecomers whoíve surpassed veteran practitioners. Many of
those who obtained the Fa later on havenít seen me in person, yet
they have a very profound understanding of the Fa. And they progress
rapidly and donít have mental obstacles. Before, new students had a
transitional process through which they came to understand the Fa.
Back then, when I taught the Fa in Guangzhou, during the first two
classes students didnít seem to know what I was talking about. They
just knew it was good, but they didnít know what I was talking
about. That is, the minds of the people in Guangzhou were
preoccupied with making money, especially with it being after the
economic reforms and opening up. It wasnít until the third and
fourth classes that they were jolted and suddenly realized what I
was talking about. Only then did large numbers of students begin to
catch up. Nowadays those who obtain the Fa later on often progress
very fast. Maybe thatís because the environment has been formed and
conditions in every respect have become ripe; that is, the external
conditions are there.
Question: Some people think that during group
study, reading through the book means reading the book over and over
again, that discussion is unnecessary, that one should understand
the Fa on oneís own, and that we should read one chapter a day. Is
this helpful for Fa-study?
Teacher: Reading through the book simply
means reading through cover to coveróthereís nothing unclear about
that. It means reading it over and over againóreading the book
through. We study the Fa together after all, so we can share our
understandings and have a discussion with each other: ďI suddenly
realized this meaning in these words of Teacher,Ē or ďIím still not
doing well enough in this regard.Ē You might miss that when you read
at home. Correct this shortcoming from now on. In other words, itís
necessary to share understandings and to discuss among yourselves.
Yet reading the book through should be your focus. We shouldnít
study a passage, stop, start a discussion, and then study another
passage, and discuss moreóthatís no good. You need to read it cover
to cover a lot. The time spent on talking about yourselves or your
understandings shouldnít be more than the time spent on reading the
Fa. Studying the Fa is the most crucial thing.
Question: Could you tell us about the origin of
the Great Law (Dafa) of the cosmos, namely, Zhen-Shan-Ren?
Teacher: Let me tell you, you will never
know how vast this cosmos is, so itís even less possible to talk
about its origin. Besides, thereís no such language. In this cosmos,
even languages of the Gods at very high levels are incapable of
explaining what the cosmos ultimately is, not to mention human
languages. The cosmos will forever remain an enigma to humans, they
will never know what it is. Turn your attachments into Fa-study!
Question: Are notions the most fundamental
things of humans? What would people be like if they didnít have any
Teacher: A person without any notions is
very innocent and kind. But he definitely isnít like a childóheís an
adult and is rational. Children donít have notions, and are naÔve
and kind. They do things without a purpose. But adults arenít like
that; even when you are freed of those notions you still wonít be
like that. Thatís because when you no longer have any notions, you
are already in the process of ascending and your level has already
risen up there. So during your cultivation notions are gradually
reduced and weakened. Thatís how things are until they are
completely gone in the end.
Question: Sometimes I do well at group study,
sometimes I donít. How should I understand this kind of unstable
state of mind?
Teacher: Those are your own states in
cultivation. No one can persistently do that well in all kinds of
environments and always absorb what heís reading without
interference from various thoughts. But I also want to tell you that
with every one of your tests, your passing them well, not passing
them well, being able to pass them, or not being able to pass
themóthatís cultivation. If you could pass every test youíd be a
God! And you wouldnít need to cultivate anymore, right? But you
shouldnít let yourself slack off. You should be diligent in
Question: After a coordinator at an assistance
center was replaced, in an act to try to establish himself on his
own, he pulled away a group of students and set up a separate study
Teacher: If that coordinator indeed had
problems and was thus replaced, then I think it was necessary. Those
who make money, those who mislead practitioners to do wrong things,
those who canít conduct themselves well, those who cause problemsÖ
in my opinion, they not only damage the reputation of our Fa, but
cause harm to society. Those kinds of coordinators should be
Either the students or the
coordinator himself will gradually realize their mistakes. But
during that period of time you absolutely shouldnít treat that
coordinator as an everyday person. You canít do that. He has things
that heís failed to overcome, but he might still be a cultivator.
But if in his actions he really does damage the Fa, then thatís a
different matter. If he attacks the Fa, damages the Fa, or his
action is different from the Fa, then he has developed demons in his
mind, has totally deviated from the Fa, and is out of control. We
definitely wouldnít acknowledge him. Thatís how we should deal with
it if this kind of problem occurs. I wouldnít acknowledge him [as my
As for those who followed
himóthink about it, everyoneóthat wasnít accidental. Cultivation is
like a great tide sifting the sand. Some people arenít sincerely
studying Dafa, and perhaps theyíll leave that way. We donít need
those who fool around and try to pass themselves off as
practitioners. That could be one of the reasons. Students may
temporarily have an incorrect understanding or be temporarily
confused, but theyíll come back once they realize their mistakes.
Some people are just plain confused, thoughówhy donít you think
about whether youíve come here to study the Fa or to follow someone
Question: Master said that itís time for them to
become clearheaded and have them become real Gods. Many students
find this hard to understand.
Teacher: Weíre gradually doing that right
now, including what Iím talking about today. Many things are
discussed surrounding this matter in order to have all of you become
Question: Does the test of breaking away from
humanness happen frequently or only once?
Teacher: Opportunities like that certainly
donít come around often. Perhaps in the future there will be other
formsóperhaps there will be, perhaps there wonít. This is all
unknown. But if you donít change yourself fundamentally you wonít
pass them regardless of how many chances there are. Thatís just how
cultivation is. Youíll never be told clearly whether something will
happen or not. If everything were made known to you, you would pass
them, but that wouldnít be a true test. Itís only when you arenít
aware of it that you will be tested at the critical moment to see if
you are solid and can make that step forward. Or, when youíre
judging whether something is right or wrong youíll be tested to see
how you deal with it. Thatís how it is.
Question: While studying Zhuan Falun, is it good
if we take information from Zhuan Falun (Volume II) and other Dafa
books thatís relevant to certain parts of Zhuan Falun and study them
Teacher: No, itís not good. Just focus on
studying. When you read one book you should concentrate on it;
thatís how you should read it, and read it in order. You shouldnít
look for something with your own goals or do something with your own
goals. That wonít work. And let me tell you that when you reach a
certain point and itís time for you to reach the next level, youíll
be allowed to move up, and when itís time for you to understand the
Fa principles at a particular level, youíll be allowed to know them.
Suppose you did something today and you arenít sure whether it was
right or wrong: If you pick up Zhuan
Falun and turn to a page randomly, without any intention of
opening it to a specific page, I guarantee that the page you open to
will be relevant to the thing you did today. (Applause) Of course, if you want to give it
a try when you get home, then with that attachment you wonít find
anything. Cultivation is serious business: Youíll never be allowed
to try this as if it were kidís stuff, that wouldnít work. In other
words, you shouldnít do anything with your own motives.
The Dafa book Zhuan Falun is for systematic cultivation.
Go read it. As for the other books such as Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun
(Volume II), etc., theyíre only supplementary materials to be
read for reference. The objective of Essentials for Further Advancement is to
correct common problems and incorrect situations that have appeared
in your cultivation as a whole.
Question: Some people say that the power of Dafa
is boundless, so Dafa disciples donít need to safeguard the Fa. Is
what theyíre saying correct?
Teacher: No, itís not. Itís true that the
power of Dafa is boundless. Today we are all practicing cultivation
in the environment of this ordinary human society. If corrupt
high-level beings came to do bad things, the Fa Itself would send
our Fa-Safeguarding Gods or other high-level beings to destroy them;
if our disciples were doing bad things, and Gods came and killed
them, everyone would acknowledge that the power of this Fa is truly
great and wouldnít dare cause any more trouble for the Fa. Then you
couldnít cultivate anymore. Gods canít come here to kill ordinary
people that casually, nor can they damage this environment in which
you cultivate. In our cultivation, if we can do well defending Dafa
in different situations when society and various people create all
kinds of troubles for us, isnít that safeguarding the Fa?
As for bad people or those who
do bad things, if theyíre savable, we can try to persuade them and
maybe theyíll be saved. If theyíre bent on doing things their own
way and continue doing such thingsódoing them hystericallyóthen
weíll deal with them when the time comes. Itís also possible they
are being used for the time being to test our students. Once our
cultivation ends, theyíll have to pay for everything theyíve done,
Question: As for those who wonít be able to
become Gods, why canít they even remain as humans?
Teacher: The entire cosmos is being renewed.
In regard to humans, when this cultivation ends, this environment
wonít be needed anymore. The humans that are left over will be vile
human beings who are even more putrid and even worse; when humans
arenít good they are eliminated. Think about it, everyone: Can they
continue to exist like this? Human beings really are created by
Gods. I explained it before, but let me explain it further. As you
know, we human beings live in the dimension composed of molecules.
But did you know that everything around us is composed of molecules,
even the air? What you eat, what you drink, each thing you come into
contact with, everything around you, and all of the things that you
canít see are composed of molecules. So if one looks from the
outsideóif one looks at the Three Realms from outside the
environment of our universeóarenít human beings amidst mounds of
molecules? You are living right amidst mounds of molecules; even the
air you breathe is molecules. Then to the high-level beings who look
at the human dimension from outside of the Three Realms, what are
molecules? Gods generally call these molecules ďsoilĒ or ďmud.Ē
Youíre amidst mud, human beings are crawling around in mudóthatís
what Gods see. Gods see everything [here] that way. Also, there are
more superior substances at different levels. After I explain it
this way, I think itís not that hard for you to understand what
Jesus said about how Yahweh created man from mud! Itís not the mud and soil that you
seeóeverything here is mud. Even your flesh is regarded by them as
soil, as mud. Thatís because in the eyes of Gods, the plane of
molecules, and especially the plane of the coarsest molecules, is
the filthiest and worst mud. Thatís how they see it.
Question: Some peopleís bodies tilt to the left
or right when they do the exercises. This looks a little askew to
Teacher: Everyone has his own situation.
Some people have more matter on this side of their bodies and less
on the other. There are cases like that. That was caused by you
yourselves in different environments and under different
circumstances in the past. All the same, you only need to
concentrate on cultivation, and I will take care of those things for
you. You canít handle them yourselves. So you only need to focus on
cultivation. Your having one more attachment is useless. If you keep
thinking about it, it will become a burden, an obstacle, and an
attachment. Didnít I just mention that Iíve opened things up so much
that thereís no door anymore, and that I only look at peopleís
hearts? If even under these circumstances you still donít cultivate
yourselves and I donít look at your hearts, how could I save you?
Question: How can we remove all
postnatally-acquired notions as quickly as possible?
Teacher: The only way is to be determined in
studying Dafa, and when a wrong thought pops up, to remember that
youíre a cultivator and suppress it with right thoughts. My Law
Bodies see your mental activities very clearly. If you can make a
distinction and not regard it as you yourself, then naturally it
wonít be you and will be eliminated. But it wonít be eliminated for
you all at once. It will be divided into different levels and
reduced gradually, since we need to leave [some of it] so that you
can understand the Fa on your own and cultivate. But weíll get rid
of a few extremely bad ones all at once. Thatís how it is.
Question: A student was falling asleep during
group study. After others pointed it out to him, he didnít like it
and stopped coming to group study.
Teacher: Then you donít need to ask him to
come to study. He didnít come to study the Fa, he came to sleep. So
why ask him to come? Is that right? Coming to sleep? We donít need
people coming to sleep.
Donít worry about having a
small number of people. Even if thereís only one true cultivator at
one of our practice sites, Iíd say thatís not bad. Donít worry about
having a small number of people. If you had a big pile of
peopleósay, one thousand peopleóbut not even one of them was a true
cultivator, what would be the use? It would even damage the Fa.
Question: Sometimes our work assisting others
isnít good enough because weíre afraid of making the mistake of
interpreting the Fa.
Teacher: Iíve discussed many times the topic
of assisting others. For example, you can speak in this way: ďI
understand this meaning of the Fa at the level Iím atóthis is what I
understand at my level. Of course, the Fa has meanings that are more
profound!Ē Itís not a problem to say, ďI havenít met the
requirements of the Fa in a certain area,Ē or ďI think the Fa
discusses certain things at this particular realm. However, the Fa
has other inner meaningsĒóthat should be stated clearly. In other
words, you shouldnít confine yourselves.
Question: Practitioners still hold jobs in
society. Do they need to apply the principles of ordinary human
society in handling [job-related] problems?
Teacher: Work is work. Cultivation is
cultivation. But your xinxing improvement
through cultivation will be reflected in [your handling of] specific
issues at work. Also, if your boss insists that you do something,
you can be a little more accommodating, since itís not you who wants
it done. If you donít do it, he wonít understand you. But you wonít
make big mistakes. If something is wrong, when you do it youíll try
your best to do it right and handle it your own way. It all depends
on how you handle it. I think you can handle all those things well,
I donít think thereís a problem. Thereís another thing: Some of us
are so concerned about our own image we donít let others know that
weíre practicing Dafa. They donít let others know how good they are.
I think much of this is caused by people themselves. I can tell you
that there are now 100 million people learning Dafa. Thatís no small
number. You arenít an isolated phenomenon and you wonít be laughed
at. And in this setting of Changchun especially, when Falun Dafa
practitioners are mentioned everyone knows theyíre good people.
In many regions, when our
laid-off workers look for a new job, people say, ďIíll hire any
Falun Dafa practitioner.Ē Donít think that yours is an isolated case
or that you stand out, thatís not the case. We have established this environment. Moreover,
this kind of environment has been forming across the whole country.
Question: Thereís another qigong group that does their exercises next to us and
plays their tape loudly. Should weÖ?
Teacher: It doesnít matter. Isnít that too
testing our minds to see if weíre affected? When they play their
things, doesnít it affect your mind? At those times you are being
tested to see if youíre disturbed by it, or if you get angry. So we
must look within for the cause, and not even flinch when thunder
sounds. Let them play their music. When youíre truly not affected it
will disappear naturally. Thatís guaranteed. If they do it on
purpose, if you really canít handle it well, or if there are a lot
of new students, then in that case we can find a new location. They
think that place is good, so let them have it. Wherever we practice
Falun Gong will become a good place. Weíre remaking the environment,
not selecting the environment.
Question: How should cultivators do their jobs
as leaders well?
Teacher: Nowadays there are so many vexing
things at work for people with leadership positions. If all the
people in society practiced Falun Gong, I think you could do your
work very well without many worries. If everyone were to think in
the interest of the public, if nobody were to think in the interest
of himself, if nobody were going after things that benefit himself,
and if everyone were to think in terms of othersí welfare, think
about it, what would society be like? Of course, we donít mean to
ask everyone to become an everyday person after they obtain the Fa.
Iím just illustrating a point here. As for how you should handle
things, those are specific matters that you should decide for
yourself. You should handle them yourselves according to what you
think a practitioner should do. You can be more accommodating and
more tolerant with certain things. With yourselves, you should be
Question: How should we deal with the unhealthy
phenomena in society that are encountered at work?
Teacher: Donít think that much about things
beyond your control. If youíre a leader and corrupt practices
prevail in your organization, then you are responsible for it. But
if theyíre not something that happens at your workplace, or if
youíre not in a position in society with certain responsibilities
for others, then you shouldnít make it your business. You should
just make sure that you conduct yourself well. What we require is
that we act well, starting with ourselves. If everyone made sure
that he conducted himself well, then everything in society would be
good. Whereas if everybody tries to police others, then the more
people try, the worse things will get, and more and more friction
will arise. If people donít conduct themselves well but instead
police others, then theyíll bicker among themselves about how
ďyouíre not good,Ē ďsheís not good,Ē or ďheís not good.Ē Tensions
among people will get more and more intense. Itís bound to be that
Question: Why do some people always
misunderstand the Fa or understand the Fa in an extreme way?
Teacher: Itís actually very simple. Itís
nothing but a question of what the starting point of a personís
thinking is. That is, when you want to understand the Fa, whatís the
basis of your thinking and whatís your vantage point? When you hold
on to your own attachments and want to search for answers or for
something that protects the things you canít let go of, of course
youíll misunderstand the Fa. If you donít think about anything as
you read the Fa, what the Fa tells you will be correct. Donít try to
search in the Fa for what you think is right. Donít try to search in
the Fa for things that provide excuses for yourselves, and donít
take things out of context to protect yourselves. Thatís
unacceptable, and the more you read, the more confused youíll be. It
just depends on what your starting point is.
Question: At present, whatís the quickest way to
Teacher: Iíve created for people the
quickest and best cultivation way. Weíre in this most complicated
crowd of people, and this complex environment enables you to improve
quickly. At the same time, a Fa this immense has been imparted
today. This Fa allows people to improve quickly. How much faster do
you still want it to be? Nothing can save people any faster than
Dafa. A person full of karma should first of all think about how to
pay off his karma. You have no business choosing [a preferable
Question: I always think that copying the book
by hand is a waste of time.
Teacher: Then your thinking is a bit too
Question: In order to overcome thought karma,
other than using strong willpower to repel it, are there any other
Teacher: No. Even if you used your hands to
grab it you couldnít pull it out. Thereís no other way. Your
improvement and the removal of your thought karma come with the
raising of your level. Cultivation is a serious thing, it doesnít go
however you want it to. Every aspect of it has been carefully
arranged for you. Wishful thinking doesnít work.
Question: After the layer of the largest cells
of the human body sloughs off, in what form do the bodies in other
Teacher: Iíve said that human beings donít
die following the death of the human life. Iíve talked about this
matter in the Fa and have explained it clearly. When a person dies,
only the layer of the largest moleculesóthe human shell or this
layer of molecules on the surfaceódies and falls away from this
dimension. How could your real body thatís composed of microscopic
matter die? The fire in an incinerator canít burn away your more
microscopic matter, it canít reach it. Let me tell you that this
isnít because human fire canít burn them or human fire isnít hot
enough to burn the nuclei. Itís because thereís a difference in
dimensions between the fire here and the substances there. Thatís
why the fire canít reach them.
Question: In the section ďPracticing in an Evil
Way,Ē you said that the Great Enlightened Beings constructed new
universes based on their own characteristics. Then the original
characteristics and the new universesÖ
Teacher: This cosmos is extremely vast, and
what you brought up has happened in universes at multiple levels,
but whatís discussed in the book arenít matters in that large a
cosmic body. Thatís not how it is.
There are numerous universes in
the cosmic body. Looking at them from the enormous cosmic body,
theyíre all like specks of dust. At different levels of the Fa,
different universes understand the Fa at different levels. For
example, the true Fa of a certain level of the Fa wonít be disclosed
to beings. But the characteristics of the Fa that manifest can be
known by beings. By the same token, what Iíve told you today is only
a generalized discussion of what youíll understand upon elevating to
that level. You wonít know the true revelation of that level. Thus,
if the beings at a certain level have reached there through
cultivating from below (Dafa practitioners are an exception), they
would have assimilated to the Fa at that level in the process of
raising their levels in cultivation, and would have developed their
own things that theyíve cultivated. For example, Sakyamuni had
ďPrecept, Samadhi, Wisdom.Ē His Precept, Samadhi, Wisdom conforms to
the principles of the Fa at his level and to the Fa of the cosmos at
that level. He had thus risen to that level. [His] entire universe
is constituted by the principles of his Faóconstituted by Precept,
Samadhi, Wisdom. At the same time, his Fa is also the evolutionary
principle for all of their Righteous Attainments (zhengguo). All matter and forms change along
with those things of his. In other words, he doesnít know that itís
the fundamental Fa that is truly reflected there, yet he can know
its manifestation. Having enlightened to things at that level, he
can thus exist at that level. And he then attained something of his
own: Righteous Enlightenment Status.
There are other Buddhas and
Gods at that same level. Similarly, they enlightened to other
understandings of the principles of the Fa at that level. They, too,
conform to the principles of the Fa at that level and thus have
enlightened to their own Attainment Statuses (guowei). The same goes for other Buddhas:
They, too, have established their paradises there and have
enlightened to their Attainments of Righteous Enlightenment at that
level of the Dafa of the cosmos. But they are each different from
one another, and yet theyíve all met the standards of that same
level. After I explain it this way, you now understand, right? Then
in this enormous cosmos, phenomena like thisóthe phenomena like this
at different levelsóare extremely many. So in a universe such as
this, periods of formation, stasis, and deterioration cycle through
frequently. Yet the Fa of our entire cosmic body will never change.
This will forever be the Fa, which will never change, and never has
Question: Between those students whoíve attended
Masterís seminars teaching Fa and those who havenít, other than
having a different predestined relationship with Master, are they
different in any other way?
Teacher: Actually, let me tell you: You
arenít at all different in your cultivation. Many people who have a
strong predestined relationship with me didnít attend the seminars
back then. That was caused by their own circumstances, situations,
and many, many other factors.
All the questions have been
answered, with some repetitive ones filtered out. Some others were
raised by everyday people and donít need to be answered, so they
were filtered out too. Iíve talked for five hours now. Since it is
the Fa youíre listening to, everyone likes to listen, and if we went
on for another five hours you probably wouldnít feel it was long. No
matter how much I say, itís only for one purpose: to enable you to
improve as quickly as possible and to rise through cultivation as
quickly as possible. Most of you in the audience are Assistants, and
the goal is for you to do your job well. As for the many, many
questions you have and the situations in your cultivation, if I were
to answer all of them for you, you wouldnít be able to cultivate. Or
even if you could, Iím afraid it wouldnít count. So you yourselves
need to enlighten to many questions, and you yourselves need to
cultivate. Only that is cultivation. I often use this example: Letís
say you Consummated and you went up there and saw mighty, great
Buddhas sitting there; the mighty virtue every Buddha has
established is magnificent. You would ask yourself how you got up
there. Youíd find yourself trembling with anxiety, and even you
would know that you didnít belong there, and youíd go down on your
own. Youíd feel unworthy! So in cultivation, each one of you has to
reach his own realm, and you have to reach every level solidly.
Cultivation is serious! After you leave today, donít use my words to
target others, because I said them targeting your situation. And
donít quote my words out of context. Nor should you elatedly tell
others, ďI heard Teacher Li say such and such.Ē The moment that
attachment of yours emerges, you become an everyday person. I want
to see you cultivate smoothly and steadily, so I donít want these
problems to recur.
This environment todayÖ It
really hasnít been easy for me to rectify, amidst the trials and
difficulties, the overall cultivation environment so that weíre free
of problems and stay on such an upright course. As a matter of fact,
Iím able to do thatówe donít have any tangible form of organization,
nor do we keep money or property. The good things you see are that
we havenít engaged in building some sphere of influence in the
society of everyday people, and that we donít disturb society or the
governmentóthatís what you see. The truth is, I can tell you, itís
because we have the Faówe have such an immense Faóthat I can be
hands-off. Whether or not you learn it is your own businessÖ We
donít have any rosters, nor do we keep track of anyoneís personal
information. As long as you cultivate I will be responsible to you.
Yet this kind of being responsible to you doesnít show in ordinary
human society. As long as you cultivate, you can improve, and if you
keep on cultivating, you can reach Consummation. But none of this
manifests in ordinary human society.
The reason we do things this
way is to complement this Fa. This Fa is so immense, so it has a
high requirement for the way itís spread in ordinary human society.
That is, the form it takes among everyday people must conform to the
requirements of Dafa. Then what kind of form conforms to this
enormous Faís requirement that It be spread in ordinary human
society without being tarnished? Thereís only one: ďa great way
without form.Ē We really have managed to do that. No formówe donít
have any of the forms of ordinary human society. Yet we can enable
people to truly cultivate and truly improve. That is how weíve
walked our path, and that is how weíve done it, and itís the best
way. Nobody can find fault with us. Even when someone tries to
nit-pick, he wonít find anything, and thatís because we have the Fa.
I donít set any rules or restrictions. All of you know for
yourselves how to handle things.
As for you Assistants, those
who we call ďAssistantsĒ are simply charitable people who donít
become well-known or gain from it personallyóyou donít get anything
personal out of it. Out of your charitable nature you bring a tape
player to the practice sites to assist others. Thatís how all of you
areóyouíre doing this out of your charitable nature and itís your
own action. Experience has shown that this environment is the best
for our cultivation. None of the saviors in the past dared to take
this approach, because they didnít have a Fa this immense. They all
had to gather their disciples together to cultivate by following
rules and precepts. Since we have such an immense Fa today, we can
be open and we donít need to have those rules. Anything with a form
cannot match this Dafa. No rules or restrictions can change peopleís
heartsóonly Fa can. Thatís why weíve taken this approach.
At the same time, the form of
our assistance centers is necessary. This kind of assistance center
doesnít assume a form like that of a business enterprise or a
government agency. An Assistant simply uses his home and gets
together with others to help them when they have questions or to
have a discussion. It takes a grassroots form. I think itís really
good. I think itís great that you talk together about what people
want to do, or about doing some things to spread the Fa.
Fa conferences are another
thing unique to our Dafa. After reaching a certain point, we get
together to have a Fa conference and have those whoíve learned well
share their experiences and understanding, which will inspire others
and help them improve. That is excellent. Itís something unique to
Overall, youíve all made many
contributions to this Fa. Of course, I wonít follow protocol and
praise you, and thatís not what you want, anyway. What you seek is
merit and virtue, and the raising of your realms and levels. So I
wonít say those things. Your working for Dafa is the same as working
for yourself, because you are a part of Dafa. Whether youíre
responsible to Dafa and whether youíre responsible to yourself are
the same thing. So thereís no need for me to say much. Iím merely
taking care of you in your cultivation, at your different levels,
and in the process of your improvement.
As for how to handle things
among everyday people, I think you all know how. I hope that from
now on you have a better start and do your work even better. In the
meantime, I hope that todayís meeting, which can be called a Fa
conference, helps you to improve considerably and spurs you on
greatly. Here, I might be pushing you ahead, but you yourself need
to hurry up in studying the Fa, and best utilize your time to study
the Fa and keep up. Only that is solid progress. I hope everyone
continues to cultivate diligently and vigorously. Donít just watch
others achieve Consummationóyou too should strive to achieve
Consummation as soon as possible.
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Glossary (provided by the translators)
ďinnate body,Ē ďoriginal body,Ē or ďtrue being.Ē
Dao 1. Also known as ďTao,Ē a
Daoist term for ďthe Way of nature and the universeĒ; 2. An Enlightened being
who has attained the Dao
Great Law,Ē or ďThe Great WayĒ;
short for the practiceís full name, Falun Dafa, ďThe Great Way of the Law
Fa ďLawĒ or ďWayĒ
A general name for certain Chinese practices that cultivate the human body.
Qigong has been immensely popular in China in recent decades.
ďmind-natureĒ (lit.), ďthought,Ē or
note: a reference to the Marxist system of thought that posits
matter over mind, and that forms the theoretical basis of
note: the Chinese term here (and in some other places), xin, could also be translated as
ďattachments,Ē ďthoughts,Ē ďintentions,Ē ďfeelings,Ē etc.
note: li is a Chinese unit of distance
equal to 1/3 mile or 1/2 km.
note: this term could also be translated as