Explaining the Fa for Falun Dafa Assistants in Changchun
September 18, 1994
All of you in the audience are assistants and the mainstay,
and you’ve played a vitally important role in developing Falun Dafa—especially
in developing Falun Dafa in Changchun. Students at many practice sites have
raised a lot of questions, and our assistants or mainstay practitioners haven’t
been able to answer some of them or been able to answer them easily. There are
two reasons for this. One is that you haven’t understood the Fa thoroughly. We’ve
actually taught everything during the seminars already. As long as you
understand the Fa well, all of your questions can be answered. This is one
reason, and it’s the most important one. Another reason is that some specific
questions students have raised aren’t easy to answer. Assistants get a lot of
specific questions since they’re in direct contact with the students, and many
of them aren’t too easy to answer.
This has always been my take on it: I’ve already taught the
Fa widely and generally, and when it comes to your own cultivation, you have to
act according to this Fa. If everything were spelled out, there’d be nothing
left for you to cultivate yourself with. So I can’t explain it further, or it’d
be the same as my lifting you up. What’s left are only some specific
questions, yet some students still want to ask them and they can’t be sure.
When they can’t ask me, they still go and ask our assistants or veteran
disciples who’ve practiced for a longer time. But it’s not easy for the
assistants or veteran disciples to answer questions they haven’t encountered
Why do I ask you to practice together? When you come across
questions, you can discuss with each other and exchange views. Those questions
can be answered that way. When a person practices by himself and has a question,
he might get confused and be puzzled. But at a practice site you can discuss
with each other, and a lot of questions can be answered. Actually, to handle a
question, just look at your xinxing for the answer, and any question can
be answered. But there are still some specific questions that are hard for
assistants to handle, for sure. This meeting I’m holding with you is to tackle
those questions. This is a special treat for the assistants in Changchun, as
other areas don’t have opportunities like this. I have to take care of a lot
of things this time while I’m back in town. The students all know this, so
they do their best not to disturb me. One ring of the phone might really disrupt
what I’m doing, and so a lot of students don’t even call me—I know that. I’m
gathering you together to answer some questions for you. The General Center sent
me some articles written by students about what they’ve experienced and
learned, along with some summaries of issues. But I haven’t had a chance to
read them because I’m revising a third book, Zhuan Falun, and I have a
lot of other things to handle.
Today I’ll answer your questions mainly to help you do your
jobs more easily in the future. So while we’re on this topic, I’d like to
address another issue: the assistants present here should really take
responsibility. It’s not enough to just be responsible for assisting with the
exercise movements. You should thoroughly understand the Fa, you should truly
grasp it. You should read the book a lot and listen to the tapes a lot. At the
very least you should have a better understanding than the average student. Only
this way can you truly be a good assistant. You must have a clear understanding
of the Fa. When students have questions you should at least be able to answer
them in general terms. Though we wouldn’t say that you play the guiding role,
you should be able to give a general explanation. To truly teach a practice
towards high levels is to save people—that is true cultivation. From this
perspective, [the assistant’s job] is no different from the full-time
cultivation in temples or in remote mountains and forests.
This Fa of ours is mainly made available in the society of
everyday people; we mostly cultivate among everyday people. So we require that
the cultivator’s conduct be basically in line with that of everyday people,
since he cultivates among everyday people. Frankly, the person in charge of a
practice site is no different from the abbot or senior monk who cultivates in a
monastery. I’m just giving you an analogy—nobody’s about to give us titles
or promise us anything. This is just the form of our cultivation. So think about
it, isn’t it the same thing? Guiding a group of cultivators well accumulates
boundless merit and virtue. But if you don’t guide people well, I’d say that
you haven’t fulfilled your duty. That’s why I’ve called you together. The
persons in charge of the General Center have all asked me this: "Should we
hold another seminar?" I feel that teaching the Fa too explicitly doesn’t
help your cultivation, and doing so would make it just a set of guidelines for
everyday people. We don’t need to discuss the specifics of how to cultivate
among everyday people. In a moment I’ll answer your questions that are on
these slips of paper. You can ask more questions with the time that’s left.
Don’t ask questions that are looking for some kind of knowledge or that
involve government policies. I’ll mainly answer the questions that are
typically encountered during our cultivation—you can ask these questions.
We only invited assistants and staff to attend this meeting.
For future reference, please be sure not to bring along people who haven’t
been invited to attend. Certain things are hard to handle if too many people
come. You’re all assistants, so I had originally planned to discuss
higher-level things and to discuss things in more detail so as to help you with
your assistant work later on. But some people are new students who’ve only
attended one seminar and some people haven’t even attended any seminar. If
they suddenly hear things that high-level and profound, it’s going to be hard
for them to accept them, and it’ll have a negative effect on them. On top of
that, it’s easy for their minds to develop resistance, and that would ruin
Assistants need to be responsible. When new students’
exercise movements aren’t accurate you should correct them. In the case of
some veteran students whose movements are pretty good but just a little bit off,
you can tell them after the exercises are done, and this way you won’t keep
them from entering into tranquility by disturbing them; don’t disturb them
during the exercises. You have to assist new students and patiently answer their
questions. All of the students at practice sites have this responsibility: you
should save all sentient beings. What’s meant by "saving all sentient
beings"? To have all sentient beings obtain the Fa is to truly save all
sentient beings. How could you not give an answer when others come to you with
Assistants have to practice only one cultivation way, and
they should tell and help those students who aren’t able to do only one
practice. If they really can’t do only one practice and can’t let go of
those things of theirs, ask them to leave and to practice some other qigong
so that they don’t interfere with our students. There’s nothing more you can
do if they really won’t leave. They’ll get nothing even though they practice
this. These people’s enlightenment quality is poor. In the Buddha School we
start from mercy (ci-bei), so it won’t work if you want to punish them.
We don’t just punish someone at will—he has to seriously damage the
Some people treat illness for others or tell others to come
to our practice site to have their illnesses treated. Both these things damage
Dafa. This is a serious problem, it’s something nobody is allowed to do.
Whoever does that is not my disciple. If an assistant does that replace him
immediately. We must firmly put an end to these two phenomena.
Assistants should try their best to be responsible in their
assistant work and even take the initiative to do the demanding work. Some
assistants who might be older and whose understanding of the Fa isn’t as good
feel that the Fa is good but aren’t able to explain things well. They can find
some people to help them with their assistant work—you should do this out of
responsibility to the Fa, instead of weighing what you might gain or lose. Your
own gains and losses are also closely linked to the Fa. When you do an assistant’s
work, don’t mix in all kinds of self-interested thoughts, or else your own
cultivation and the group’s cultivation will both be affected. The assistants’
exercise movements should be as accurate as possible, and he should do his best
to make sure they’re the same as the ones on the videotape—they should be
pretty much the same. It’s hard to avoid a few little differences, since it’s
impossible to make the movements perfectly identical and as if they were made
out of the same mold. It’s fine as long as they’re basically the same. But
if they are off by too much that’s not okay—this is especially so for
assistants—because your instructions will lead others off track.
Next I’ll answer your questions.
What is "extinction of body and soul (xing shen
ju mie)" like?
"Extinction of body and soul (xing shen ju mie)"
is an ancient phrase. We call it "xing shen quan mie." The
sound of "ju" isn’t good; "mie" means
disintegration. The pronunciation of "ju (all)" and "ju
(to combine)" is the same. This latter "ju" means to
combine. So let’s use xing shen quan mie from now on. Of course, in the
book it’s still written as xing shen ju mie. That book was reading
material for the transitional period. When our first book, China Falun Gong,
was written, its contents were in some respects similar to low-level qigong.
The second book, China Falun Gong (Revised Edition), is much higher than qigong.
Now I’m organizing the entire Fa that I’ve taught. When it’s put on paper
later on, it will be the Dafa that guides our true cultivation. A lot of terms
will be corrected in the new book.
"Xing" refers to a body that has a shape and
form, and it doesn’t refer to only the body in this material dimension, the
body that’s visible to our flesh eyes. Your bodies exist in every dimension,
and all of them have a shape and form, and they have material existence. Your
bodies exist all the way to the extremely microscopic levels; in other words,
however many dimensions there are, that’s how many bodies a person has.
"The complete extinction of body and soul (xing shen quan mie)"
means that all of these bodies cease to exist.
"Shen (soul)" refers to a person’s
Primordial Spirit (Yuanshen). It’s extremely horrifying at the time of
"complete extinction of body and soul"—whether it be the Main
Primordial Spirit (Zhu Yuanshen), the Assistant Primordial Spirit (Fu
Yuanshen), or various kinds of beings that go through this. Nothing in the
entire cosmos is more horrifying. In other words, everything is annihilated and
nothing remains. Of course, infinitely microscopic substances still exist—I’ve
said that matter exists in a vacuum as well. Our current physics research has
only reached the level of neutrinos—the smallest matter [they’ve found] is
neutrinos. Yet they’re very, very far from matter’s original matter and from
the smallest original matter of beings’ existence. When matter at the
extremely microscopic levels is destroyed to the point of its most original
state, we call it "the complete extinction of body and soul." Since it
has returned to the most original state, it no longer exists—even Great
Enlightened Beings at very high levels can’t see it. Meanwhile, it has no
thoughts, and is in a most microscopic form that’s completely loose and
disordered. In the past only those who violated Dafa at high levels were dealt
with this way. It’s the same with the destruction of humankind—since it has
already dropped to the lowest level, this is what it faces after doing bad
things. That is, it will be completely eliminated from the cosmos; it will have
no thoughts and almost no matter, and it’ll be destroyed to the point of its
most, most original state.
Is the sex of a Buddha—male or female—the same as that of
the cultivator’s flesh body or that of the Main Primordial Spirit?
When someone reaches Beyond-Triple-World-Law cultivation he
has entered Arhat Attainment Status cultivation—that is, First-Attainment
Arhat. At that time you can already call the person a Buddha, and he’ll
actually be doing Buddha-Body cultivation. Arhats are classified as
First-Attainment Arhat, Righteous-Attainment Arhat, and Great Arhat, with a huge
distance separating each level. A Great Bodhisattva can be considered a Buddha.
When a person reaches Enlightenment at the Arhat Status, he or she manifests
with a male body and appearance, no matter what his or her sex was. But the sex
of your flesh body doesn’t change, since you do cultivation practice among
everyday people. If your flesh body was male one moment and female the next, how
on earth could that work? In the past, some people cultivated to Consummation at
the Arhat Status—reaching Consummation and reaching your realm are two
different things. If a person can only reach Consummation at the Arhat Status,
he can’t move up further in cultivation since that was predestined at the
beginning. When he achieves Unlocking Gong he’ll manifest with a male body and
appearance, regardless of his original sex. This is because his body is a
cultivated Buddha-Body, and at the Arhat Status everyone manifests with a male
body and appearance.
Your true Main Primordial Spirit can be either male or
female. Your bodies—whether they are transformed into high-energy matter, are
diamond-like, never-degenerating bodies that you’ve cultivated, or are
Buddha-Bodies given by Buddhas at the time of Nirvana—they’ll manifest with
a male body and appearance at the Arhat Status, and they’ll manifest with a
female body and appearance when you reach the realm of Bodhisattva. But the sex
of the Primordial Spirit doesn’t change. When someone reaches the realm of a
Buddha, he or she still has a body, only this kind of body is made of
high-energy matter. Beings at even higher realms also have bodies, and those are
bodies in different dimensions (Buddha-Bodies). When the realm of Buddha is
reached, the sex returns to that of the Main Primordial Spirit—a male Buddha
will be a male Buddha and a female Buddha will be a female Buddha.
What’s the meaning of cultivating benti and
The "benti" we’re discussing here is a general
term in low-level cultivation, and it refers to your bodies in every dimension,
including your flesh body.
If attaining the righteous Fa and achieving the Righteous
Attainment is regarded as reaching Consummation, what point do we have to reach
in cultivation in order for it to be considered having achieved Consummation?
Consummation and the level of our Attainment Status are two
different things. When you cultivate to Arhat Status you’ll already be doing
Buddha-Body cultivation. It used to be that only Tathagatas were called
"Buddhas," but now more are called Buddhas. If we’re to categorize
them, Tathagatas are also in charge of some Buddhas who haven’t reached the
Tathagata level. Those who surpass Bodhisattvas are called "Buddhas";
the Great Bodhisattvas are also called "Buddhas"; Arhats and
Bodhisattvas are even called "Buddhas," too, since they’re all of
the Buddha School. So let me tell you this: you are doing Buddha-Body
cultivation when you’ve cultivated to Arhat Status—that’s what I mean. But
even when you cultivate with a Buddha-Body, you might not necessarily reach
Consummation. People’s inborn quality is different and they have different
capacities to endure. Some people can cultivate to Bodhisattva Status, some
people can cultivate to Buddha Status, and some people can cultivate to even
higher levels—even to an Attainment Status beyond Tathagata—while some
people can only reach Arhat Status. But no matter which of the levels you reach,
you will have jumped out of the Three Realms and you’ll be said to have
obtained an Attainment Status; in other words, you’ll have already attained a
Righteous Attainment Status, but you won’t necessarily have achieved
Consummation. Let’s say it’s been arranged for you that you reach
Enlightenment and Consummation at Bodhisattva Status; if you’ve reached Arhat
Status but haven’t yet reached the ultimate goal of your cultivation, you
haven’t achieved Consummation. That’s the relationship. You’ll obtain
however much you put in, however much you cultivate. Even though your
cultivation hasn’t reached Consummation, you’ve already gained an Attainment
Status, but, all the same, your cultivation hasn’t achieved Consummation, so
there’s still a question of levels—you haven’t achieved the ultimate goal
of your cultivation.
What’s the relationship between "returning to
one’s original, true self (fan ben gui zhen)" and attaining
Righteous Attainment? What’s the meaning of the "ben" and "zhen"?
"Returning to one’s original, true self (fan ben
gui zhen)" is different from the "return to simplicity and
original purity (fan pu gui zhen)" that everyday people talk about.
The "returning to one’s original, true self" we talk about means
returning to your inborn nature—returning to your nature, to your original
quality and how you originally were. You’ve dropped into ordinary human
society and how you originally were has already been concealed. In the ordinary
human society black and white are inverted, and right and wrong are flipped
upside down, so you need to return. "Returning to one’s true self (gui
zhen)" is a term in the Dao School. Since what we cultivate is really
enormous, it goes beyond the scope of the Buddha School alone, so there are also
some things that are discussed in the Dao School. In the Dao School someone who
succeeds in cultivation is a "True Being." Meaning, he has cultivated
into a Buddha. They use the term "True Being"—a real being.
I vow to keep on cultivating forever. How is that related to
the path Teacher has arranged for us?
You’ve vowed to keep cultivating forever, but this
"forever" isn’t absolute, is it? You mean you aren’t going to
reach a Righteous Attainment, or achieve Consummation, and you’ll just keep on
cultivating forever? Cultivation needs to have a goal. Cultivating to a high
level depends on the vow you made along with the level you’re able to
cultivate to; Master arranges it for you accordingly. It’s all scientific. If
you’re a piece of steel, it won’t work to arrange things for you as a piece
of iron. If you’re able to cultivate to Bodhisattva Attainment Status,
arranging for you to reach Arhat Attainment Status won’t do, either.
Everything is gauged accurately—when it’s gauged from up there, there aren’t
Is there anything in the cosmos that’s completely the same
as something else?
A cultivation way is a cultivation system presided over by a
Great Buddha—the same is true everywhere. But cultivation ways are different,
and there’s nothing identical to this Falun we have today. There are some
things that rotate, though—the Earth is rotating, and people in Tantrism use
their minds to push a kind of wheel to rotate. These types of things are out
there. There’s a qigong master in Changchun who practices by rotating a
Taiji, too, but it’s not like ours, since his collects inward and doesn’t
emit outward—it’s different from ours. Planets are revolving around stars,
and electrons revolve around atomic nuclei—they all have a rotating mechanism,
but the inner meaning is totally different. There might exist two things that
are the same, but that’s extremely rare. I haven’t seen them.
I can tell you that since the Great Enlightened Beings
arranged this event today, everything in the evolution process of the cosmos is
to prepare the way for this event. During the early period, when the cosmos was
formed, the final, great event was already arranged. So, many things are
probably part of the arrangement for today’s period of Last Havoc and for the
last imparting of the Righteous Fa. I’ve said that the reason the
unprecedented qigong craze came about in these years of this century isn’t
accidental. Nor is it accidental that various kinds of qigong practices
have emerged. It’s not as simple as everyday people
think it is.
What’s the relationship between the Falun and Falun
Falun Paradise is an extremely vast and wondrous paradise
presided over by the Tathagata of Falun Paradise. The Falun is only a
manifestation of the Fa on the gong side. It also has a manifestation on
the Fa side. As for Its manifestation on the Fa side, we haven’t made public
higher Fa and forms other than the Fa I’m teaching, nor may they be made
public. With respect to the gong side, I’ve even drawn the pattern for
you. But It also has a Fa side. This is the form on the gong side. After
our students attain Righteous Attainment or an Attainment Status they’ll be
able to develop Falun through cultivation—only one Falun. Even when you get to
a very high level you can only have one Falun, which is a manifestation of you,
yourself, and it will replace the one I’ve given you at the lower abdomen
position. That’s your true attainment. But the Falun is also a manifestation
of the Fa. It can multiply itself; when you use a little divine power it can
multiply. You can also send out some Falun, but you won’t have as many as, nor
the same forms of, the independent ones that I’ve cultivated today.
As you know, this thing is so enormous, so precious, and it
was created by many generations of people. If you want to also develop during
your cultivation something so huge like what I have, it’s impossible—absolutely
impossible. You can develop a Falun through cultivation, that’s for sure. This
Falun has great power; if It were really brought to this dimension and It made a
move, it’d be a huge deal, as It is something that’s really powerful. Even
if the Falun that you’ll develop through cultivation in the future rotates
once in this dimension, I’d say that a huge tornado would be stirred up. It is
something extremely powerful. Why isn’t It allowed to manifest in the ordinary
human society? And why isn’t It allowed to come through to this dimension to
play a role? It’s precisely because Its power is just too enormous. Even when
It plays a role in other dimensions, it’s enough to protect you and play a
Falun is a miniature of the cosmos. Is Falun Paradise as
large as the cosmos?
No. Falun Paradise is a unitary paradise at a very high level
in our universe. The cosmos is enormous. Some of you are new students, so I can’t
really talk about certain things since you wouldn’t be able to accept them.
There are countless small universes in this vast cosmos of ours. Humankind
exists in a small universe, but there are countless galaxies in these small
universes. A Buddha at the Tathagata level can’t see the boundaries of a small
universe. As for how big the large cosmos is, humankind wasn’t allowed to know
this in the past—it’s just so enormous. A person’s body expands outward
during his cultivation process—that is, the volume of his body increases. The
volume of his body gradually becomes larger, his mind also becomes larger, his
thoughts ascend, and his level rises. But no changes are observable on the body
at this ordinary human side—it’s the same as an ordinary person’s, except
that at the time of Consummation [the bodies] will combine together. At that
split second when they combine together, even before you experience the Fa-power
among ordinary humans, you’ll be led away. This is because its interference
with ordinary people would be too great. This is always the case. I’ve always
said: some old Daoists have cultivated in remote mountains for many years, and
people think that their abilities are great; but their abilities are actually
really small, and that’s why they’re allowed to display their supernormal
powers in this world. But now there are few who display [their supernormal
powers] to people. They also know that they can’t damage ordinary human
society; if they did they’d be finished.
Can people who haven’t attended any seminars develop a
Falun through cultivation?
I’ve discussed this many times. Reading the book is the
same. As long as you truly cultivate according to Dafa, it’s not a problem
even if you live in the most remote place all by yourself. My Law Bodies are in
my books. Even at low levels, every word appears as big as a Falun. As soon as a
thought of yours emerges they know it completely. So it’s the same. As long as
you can truly cultivate, you can obtain It. Whether you read the book and
practice yourself, or go to a practice site and practice with veteran students,
that’s fine. As long as you truly cultivate you can obtain It. You know,
Sakyamuni hasn’t been around for over two thousand years, but a lot of monks
succeeded in cultivation before the Dharma-Ending Period and some cultivated to
very high levels. It’s not that you can only cultivate if you’re right in
front of Teacher, who teaches you in person.
If the me in this dimension cultivates to Falun Paradise, can
the many me’s in other dimensions also cultivate to Falun Paradise?
Not necessarily. If they finish cultivation and form one
whole body with you, they can exist as your Fa guardians. But you will be in
command and they’ll be considered Fa guardians, which are about the same as
Assistant Primordial Spirits. If they don’t finish cultivation they’ll
remain as independent beings and won’t make it. You cultivated, so you alone
gain—whoever cultivates gains.
Falun Dafa takes the path of gradual enlightenment. When will
we enter the state of gradual enlightenment?
A lot of our students have already entered the state of
gradual enlightenment. Many students have cultivated well and don’t say a word—they
just don’t say anything, that’s all. In a seminar in Harbin I said:
"There’s over four thousand people here, but as for how many can
successfully complete cultivation or how many will attain the Dao in the future,
I’m not optimistic. It all depends on how you cultivate yourselves. How could
all these four-thousand-plus people easily become Buddhas? How could all
four-thousand-plus people enter the state of gradual enlightenment? It’s
impossible." Even at different practice sites, how many Falun Dafa
practitioners have entered the state of gradual enlightenment? How many of them
have truly, actually cultivated? There are different states of gradual
enlightenment that a person can enter. It’s not that as soon as you enter
gradual enlightenment your supernormal powers come out.
So while we’re on this subject, let me take a minute to
address something. Many of us have already entered the state of gradual
enlightenment, but they’re always afraid. What are they afraid of? Because
there are just too many attachments in human society now... I’ve emphasized
this a lot—I’ve told you to ignore the supernormal abilities you develop,
and not to have pursuits if your Third Eye is open. But let me tell you, if your
Third Eye is really opened and you aren’t attached to pursuing something, it
doesn’t matter if you use it to see things. It’s also not a problem to use
the supernormal powers you’ve developed if you’re somewhere without anyone
around. I’m making this point clear to you: don’t regard it as an
attachment. That is your own Fa, and using your own Fa is different from having
attachments. Now there are already people who’ve entered the state of gradual
enlightenment, but it’s a problem that they’re afraid and always strain
themselves to hold it in and not use it. A lot of people’s Third Eyes have
opened, but they always think it’s an illusion. That’s no good. When it’s
open and you’re able to see things with it, go ahead and look—it doesn’t
matter. Being attached and experiencing something are two different things.
Are there any people who’ve reached "Three Flowers
Gathering Atop the Head"? Are there any people who’ve attained Righteous
Many people have already surpassed Three Flowers Gathering
Atop the Head. No one has reached Consummation. They are all cultivating at an
Attainment Status—at Attainment Statuses of different levels.
If we start to do the exercises and cultivate our xinxing
diligently now, can we reach Beyond-Triple-World-Law cultivation in a year and a
There’s no time limit, and whether or not you cultivate is
your own issue. How high you cultivate to, how great your ability to forbear is,
and how great your ability to endure is, these are also your own issues. If
Teacher were to set a time limit for you to cultivate out of here, would your
mind be able to reach there? Would your xinxing be able to rise up there?
Would your understanding of the Fa reach that high? Would you be able let go of
the attachments you have among ordinary people? Would you be able to let go when
it comes to your own self-interest and things you fight over with others? All of
these are issues of a person’s own cultivation. No one sets rules for you, and
there’s no time limit. Some people might be able to cultivate to Arhat Status
really quickly, while some people might need a lifetime to do so. It depends on
your ability to endure and whether you’re strict with yourself—it’s all up
When we’ve cultivated to a point where we can protect
ourselves but still want to cultivate up further, what should we do then?
As I just said, Sakyamuni’s disciples were still able to
cultivate upwards after he’d left the world. If Teacher were really to leave
the world, my Law Bodies would still be here and I wouldn’t really disappear—it’s
not like I’d undergo "complete extinction of body and soul."
Some people practice for the purpose of avoiding calamities.
How will they make out?
Anyone who comes to practice with an attachment of pursuit
won’t achieve Righteous Attainment. But you should let people have a
transitional process of understanding the Fa. Many people came to the practice
for curing their illnesses, and through gradually coming to understand they’ve
realized that there are high-level things. Today we’re teaching the Fa at high
levels. When people first attend our seminars they have no idea what it’s all
about, and then they suddenly hear that we’re teaching a qigong
practice towards high levels. Through our teaching the Fa they have come to
understand it. You should allow them a process, you definitely should. No matter
what intentions they have when they come in, whether it’s to cure an illness,
avoid calamities, or whatever, they have to let go of their attachments. Only
then can they reach the goal of cultivation. Even if they come for the purpose
of curing illness and keeping fit, or the purpose of avoiding calamities, that
still won’t do.
Tribulations are something people bring upon themselves.
People owe debts for the bad things they’ve done lifetime after lifetime, so
they have to pay them. Look at the hardships you’ve endured during the process
of your cultivation—those are all obstacles for you that are caused by the
karma that you’ve accrued yourself. But it’s also a good thing: we use it to
improve your xinxing, so isn’t it a good thing? This is why a person
can cultivate into a Buddha or a demon. It’s precisely because there’s karma
and because you’re in a maze that you can cultivate.
Are the many me’s in other dimensions in the dimensions of
the flesh body’s levels?
No. They’re in other dimensions that we can’t see.
Besides the bodies our humankind has, there are other human bodies in another
dimension within the dimensions of the same level. The people in that dimension
are much better than the people here. They don’t have a concept of reputation
or self-interest; but they do have emotions (qing), so they also have
carnal bodies. Their appearance isn’t that much different from how we humans
look, though they’re better looking than us. But their bodies can levitate.
They don’t walk, so their legs are almost invisible; they float back and forth
in the air. There’s a dimension like this, and it’s a dimension at the same
I’ll explain dimensions to you again. Our scientists have
now found in their research that electrons revolve around atomic nuclei. Doesn’t
their revolving resemble our Earth’s revolving around the sun? Isn’t it the
same thing? Right now we don’t have a microscope that would allow us to see
what’s on electrons. If you were able to see this, you might be able to find
living beings on them. I’ve said that all of these things are consistent with
what today’s physics understands; but the scientific means we have today are
still extremely limited.
Why is it that many students are extremely sensitive to their
surrounding environment, pathogenic qi, and black qi?
These types of students are about to develop gong;
they haven’t gone beyond the low level of working qi. This occurs in
the highest form of qi practice, when one enters the state of Milk-White
Body. But that’s a very short period. Don’t pay attention to it and don’t
be afraid, let it be. Being overly afraid is also a type of attachment. Don’t
pay attention to it, take everything as meant to be, and let things happen
naturally. You won’t ever sense those things again after you go beyond this
level. After you develop gong your body will be covered with gong,
and those black qi and pathogenic qi won’t be able to enter your
body anymore, so you won’t sense them again.
Some students are continually improving their xinxing,
but are unable to cross both legs in meditation. Can they forcefully press their
legs down with heavy things or tie them up?
I know that in the past when some monks sat in meditation
they used stone rollers or millstones to press their legs down. But be it stone
rollers or millstones, they did that all out of their own will—they asked
other people to do it to them. Daoists don’t do it this way, though. In the
Dao School, only one or two disciples is brought up, and only one of them
receives the true teaching. They’re really strict with their disciples, and
they beat disciples for just about anything. They don’t care whether you can
bear it or not, as they have to make you come through. So they usually adopt
forceful methods, such as tying up disciples’ legs and tying the hands at the
back; you wouldn’t be able to untie it yourself, not even if you were to lie
down. So some people have felt so much pain that they fainted. That’s how some
people did it in the past; cultivation was really tough back then.
Today we don’t require those types of things, because our
cultivation system aims directly at cultivating a person’s mind. That’s why
we consider improving xinxing to be crucial and cultivation of the body
secondary. You should try your best to endure it and to lengthen the time you
have your legs crossed while sitting. But there can’t be a rigid rule. Why
not? As you know, in Sakyamuni’s time there were precepts, and that was
because there weren’t any books of scriptures—he didn’t leave any words
behind. After Sakyamuni passed away, people in later times recalled Sakyamuni’s
words and organized them into books of scriptures. When Sakyamuni was in the
world he set many rules for cultivation, which served as precepts, and these
have remained with us in written form. But today we have the Fa, so we don’t
have any precepts. Whether a person cultivates, whether a person is able to
cultivate, and whether a person is qualified, all of these are evaluated by the
Fa. So in our cultivation we can’t set absolute rules. Think about it,
everyone, by the time the period of Last Havoc has arrived, some people are just
no good at all; they are not among those who can be saved, but instead among
those who’ll be destroyed. Some of these people may have got into the seminars
we held; it’s possible they were dragged along. When you ask these people to
[force their legs into position], their bones might break. That’s why we don’t
make forceful rules, and use voluntary means instead. If you’re able to
forbear (ren), try your best to forbear. But let me tell you that
everyone who truly wants to cultivate or truly feels the power of the Fa is able
to cultivate. Why don’t you put in some effort and give it a try. There won’t
be any problems.
Does the universe have any boundaries?
The universe does have boundaries, but you shouldn’t probe
into these things. The boundaries are just incredibly far. Even at the Tathagata
level the "boundary of the universe" refers to the boundary of a small
universe. As for this small universe, even to a Tathagata—let alone humankind—it
seems boundless and infinite, and impossible to explore. It’s extremely,
An article in the magazine Window on Literature and Art
mentioned that a python led the way for Teacher Li Hongzhi. Is it true?
That was a fiction piece written from the angle of
entertainment by Window on Literature and Art. That student attended two
lectures and didn’t have a deep understanding. He started writing that after
the first lecture. He was very excited and thought that this Fa is great. When
he attended the second lecture, he listened with the intention of writing
something. As you know, a person can only understand things when he listens
calmly. So he didn’t understand it well and wrote the article in the popular
fiction form that you read. Some of the things were given an artistic touch. The
story about the python has no basis in reality. It said that Bodhisattva
Avalokitesvara was my master, which is also not true and is an artistic spin.
But his purpose was good and he wanted to publicize and advance this Fa—his
motivation was good, that’s for sure. He ended up writing something like that
because his understanding was limited. It’s a work of popular fiction—he
wrote it from the angle of entertaining to begin with. Because fiction can be
exaggerated it can have a lot of flexibility. Just don’t treat it as something
we study or look to for guidance. As for the "Five Precepts" and the
"Ten Evils and Ten Goods" that the article mentioned, those are all
things from the original Buddhism. We don’t have any precepts—we’ve told
you in the Fa the standard for cultivation.
What’s the difference between "Xuan Fa Zhi Ji (the
profound Fa reaches the Extreme)" and "Xuan Fa Zhi Xu (the
revolving Fa reaches the Void)"?
The "Xuan Fa Zhi Ji (the profound Fa reaches the
Extreme)" we mention is a general phrase. This is an issue of understanding
the Fa when it’s first taught. It shouldn’t be this xuan (profound),
it should be the xuan (revolving) that’s in xuanzhuan
(revolving). Our Fa is a perfectly harmonizing Fa in the first place, so It is
revolving, and the form in which Falun manifests is like a wheel. "Xuan
Fa Zhi Ji (the revolving Fa reaches the Extreme)" is not wrong; [the
Fa] can reach very high realms and reach the extreme—that’s what it means.
"Xuan Fa Zhi Xu (the rotating Fa reaches the Void)" is a phrase
used during the course of our cultivation, and it’s also a verse in our
You know, the verse can summon Enlightened Beings, the
Enlightened Beings cultivating in that system, or the accomplished, Enlightened
Beings in that system to come to do Fa-protection and to strengthen you—that’s
the effect it can have. The verses in religions also serve this purpose. As for
reciting verses to increase gong, that’s just not possible at all. They
only play the role I described. "Zhi Xu (reaches the Void)"
also refers to reaching very high levels. The realm(s)
that humans can’t see is called the "Realm of Void." This is pretty
much the meaning. This term often appears in the Daoist religion; it is called
"Tai Xu (Great Void)" before Taiji forms, which says that it is
very high and very primordial.
When meditating, if we silently recite the exercise verse
over and over, say, up to a thousand times, so as to increase the time of our
meditation, will this make the Falun deform?
Reciting the verse is good for you, and reciting it for as
many as a thousand times won’t make Falun deform. Of course, after achieving
Unlocking Gong and Enlightenment you will understand that you can’t recite
verses when you reach really high levels. The shock waves from your recitation
will be just enormous, so your reciting them all the time would make others feel
uncomfortable with that buzzing sound.
Why is it that some students feel as if the head is splitting
after doing the exercises?
This "splitting" is how it should be. We talk about
"opening the top of the head," so "splitting" is how it
should be. For some people it splits in an instant, "snap!" and they
don’t feel much. For others it splits gradually and they feel uncomfortable.
But things need to be looked at from both sides. Some people don’t let go of
their attachments and they aren’t willing to get rid of the bad things they
brought to themselves, so the bad things need to be cleaned out. They then make
your head ache and don’t let you cultivate the righteous Fa—this situation
can occur, as well. What’s critical is whether or not you can cultivate, and
whether or not you can evaluate it with the Fa and get rid of those bad things.
What should be done if someone’s head has a cold sweat and
the person is about to pass out when doing the exercises?
This phenomenon is possible, and there are people like this
in our seminars; they’re in every seminar. Why would this happen? It’s
because the reaction is strong while the body is being cleaned up and illnesses
are being eliminated. But usually it won’t be this intense at a practice site,
since the illness is eliminated gradually. If the person is good, I think this
is normal. If the person isn’t strict with himself, acts recklessly, goes back
and forth between different qigong practices, is not stable, and has poor
xinxing, then this might be a problem. You can suggest to him that he
take a short-term break, and ask him what other qigong he’s practiced
or whether he’s done something wrong. He can try to practice Dafa again after
he gets over that period. This is because not everyone who comes to practice
nowadays is guaranteed to be a true cultivator.
Is shiatsu massage alright?
We don’t do shiatsu; treating illnesses isn’t allowed
during In-Triple-World-Law cultivation—there’s no such thing. True
cultivators have no illnesses, since my Law Bodies have eliminated them. All of
the things that need to be taken care of are taken care of. There’s no such
thing as shiatsu in this. Could massage possibly get rid of a cultivator’s
karma? You carry your gong when you massage other people, so we advise
against it. It’s no problem if you’re a doctor, because that’s your job
among everyday people.
A person’s Assistant Consciousness (Fu Yishi) accompanies
him his whole life. What role does he play?
A person’s Assistant Consciousness mainly prevents him from
doing bad things when he’s not aware. When the person’s Main Consciousness (Zhu
Yishi) is really strong, the Assistant Consciousness isn’t able to control
Why is it that sometimes I can cross my legs in meditation
for quite a long time, but sometimes I can only cross them for ten minutes?
That’s normal. Sitting with the legs crossed also dissolves
karma. "Temper the mind and will," "toil the body"—how do
we toil the body? We increase the exercise time and we endure pain in sitting
with our legs crossed—it mainly manifests in these two ways. "Toiling the
body" itself is a process of eliminating karma and improving. Isn’t
sitting with the legs crossed dissolving karma? But it’s not that karma is
pushed to the legs all at once—it’s in clusters. When one cluster comes up,
you feel a lot of pain; and when it’s dissolved, you feel at ease. With
cross-legged sitting it’s usually that one feels pain for a while, then at
ease for a while, and then pain again—it’s like this. When you dissolve a
chunk of karma, your cross-legged sitting will last a long time that session.
But at a time when karma is coming up, you might feel pain the moment you first
put your legs up. Yet when you’re able to forbear, the time of your
cross-legged sitting will be the same—you can sit with the legs crossed for
however long you were able to before—only you will feel discomfort from the
Can alcohol-consumption cause the beings developed by a
practitioner through cultivation to leave his body?
Yes, it can, and so can smoking. Once that thing fumigates
them, they won’t stay with your body and you’ll have nothing—others will
see no gong on you. As we’ve said, if you want to truly cultivate, can’t
you even let go of this little bit of attachment? You can’t regard cultivation
as child’s play—it is very serious. We don’t say that humankind will
encounter big troubles of some particular kind and that you cultivate to save
your life—we don’t say those things, nor do we use it as a motivation to
push your cultivation. We say: won’t true cultivation take care of you
The Sixfold Path of Transmigration is discussed in Buddhism.
It’s said that a person in the ordinary human society feels time is long, but
that humankind’s time passes by very fast when it’s viewed from a dimension
with a longer time. When two persons are talking, they turn around and see that
you’re born; after talking a bit more, they turn around and see that you’ve
already been buried a hundred years later. Why don’t humans seize the time
they have with a human body to cultivate and save the human body? In Buddhism it’s
said that once someone enters the Sixfold Path of Transmigration, it’s hard to
say what he’ll reincarnate as. If you reincarnate as an animal, it might take
hundreds or thousands of years before you obtain a human body again. If you
reincarnate as a rock, you won’t get out of it until it weathers away, and you
might not get out of it in tens of thousands of years. Animals aren’t allowed
to cultivate, but they have the inborn conditions that enable them to cultivate.
This is the result of natural circumstances. But they aren’t allowed to
develop high-level gong; when they develop high-level gong they
become demons because they don’t have human nature. So they have to be killed—when
animals cultivate to high levels, they have to be killed, and they’ll be
struck by lightening. Why do they possess people’s bodies? They want to obtain
a human body, because with a human body they’ll be fully entitled to
cultivate. That’s how it was in the past; they were allowed to cultivate when
they had a human body. Now they can’t—even with a human body. If you want to
cultivate, if you want to obtain the Fa, you have to have your brain cleared and
you have to come to obtain It among everyday people. This is now a strict rule.
It won’t even count if someone comes to be among everyday people while being
fully aware; he has to have his brain cleared and cultivate by enlightening. Who
wouldn’t go cultivate if he knew everything? When a Buddha wants to raise his
level, and come down among ordinary humans to endure hardship, he also has to
have his brain cleared. Who wouldn’t cultivate if he saw and knew everything
clearly? The question of improvement wouldn’t exist then. This is to tell you
that cultivation is a really serious matter, and that any attachment will affect
Some older women have reached menopause but haven’t had
menstruation yet. Can they cultivate?
Older women who’ve reached menopause and who haven’t had
menstruation might be slow in cultivation. It’s true that some older women
really need to make good use of their time. For some of them it won’t work if
they don’t do so. Whenever making good use of their time is mentioned, they
practice really hard with the exercises. But they should know that cultivating xinxing
is what’s most important. A few of them might be slow in this regard, but
those who practice normally should all have it.
Why do students have pains in certain parts of their bodies—they
have headaches, abdominal pain...?
All the various reactions a person has during practice are
normal. Eliminating karma always involves discomfort—even getting rid of an
illness involves discomfort. Some students will develop gong, which will
be in their bodies, and there will be more than ten thousand types of
supernormal abilities. Every type of gong is a cluster of high-energy
matter that has a lot of energy, a high density, and that’s very powerful, and
you will be uncomfortable when they move the slightest bit in your body. What’s
more, gong of different forms and appearances, supernormal abilities of
different forms and appearances, and special abilities of different forms and
appearances will manifest in your body, and you’ll be uncomfortable when they
move a little. Yet you say that’s an illness—tell me, how could you
cultivate like this? If you truly cultivate according to the Fa you will find
that everything is normal.
Someone’s body used to be possessed by something. A qigong
master told him, "Your body is possessed by a python." So he always
felt that he was possessed by a python. I told him, "You don’t have it
anymore." But he didn’t believe it and still thought that the python was
moving around in his body. Well, since he thought he was still possessed, the
state he had when the python was possessing him manifest in his body. It wouldn’t
stop until that attachment of his was eliminated—that was precisely to
eliminate that attachment of his. If it becomes something he’s attached to it
won’t be easy to get rid of it. It took that person a long time to get rid of
What should we do with supernormal abilities? For instance,
if our Third Eye sees some things and light, should we watch them or not?
You may watch them if you’re able to. Calmly observing
while doing the exercises isn’t an attachment.
Some students’ Third Eyes are opened and they’ve seen
some scenes, but the assistants don’t have the supernormal ability and can’t
Whether or not a person can see depends on the state of
gradual enlightenment of different people cultivating at different levels. Even
if you’ve reached gradual enlightenment, that doesn’t necessarily mean that
your Third Eye is opened at a high level just because the level of your gong
is high, or that your Third Eye is opened at a low level just because the level
of your gong is low. It’s different. This is because the level of a
person’s Third Eye doesn’t determine the level of his gong. A person’s
own factors, conditions, and different reasons determine whether he can see
clearly or not, and whether he’s able to see or not—these are determined by
many different types of reasons. It can’t represent how well someone has
cultivated—be sure to pay attention to this. It’s wrong to think,
"since my Third Eye is opened, my gong is higher than other people’s."
Didn’t someone like this emerge in our Changchun? His Third
Eye was opened and he thought he was better than everyone else. He said this guy
was possessed, that guy had something else, and so on—all of which was the
product of his own imagination. He did a lot of reckless things at our practice
site, and in the end he wouldn’t admit that anyone was better than him and he
even said that he was higher than me. So we shouldn’t measure how high a
person has cultivated to based on his Third Eye being open. Under normal
circumstances they do go hand in hand. We have people who are especially good,
yet we don’t let them see; we only let them see when their cultivation reaches
very high levels. So don’t use this to judge how good or how bad something or
From now on, whether you can see me or not… it’s just
like what somebody said earlier—"What should we do if Teacher isn’t
around?" When Sakyamuni was in this world, there were also people who
asked, "Venerable Teacher, who will be our teacher if you aren’t
around?" Sakyamuni said, "Take the precepts as your teacher." We
take the Fa as our teacher. A person’s xinxing level—not the extent
of his supernormal abilities—should be the yardstick for how well he’s done
in cultivation. Otherwise, wouldn’t everyone go after supernormal abilities?
Supernormal abilities are byproducts in your cultivation process. All
supernormal abilities developed through In-Triple-World-Law cultivation are
inborn human abilities that have gradually atrophied as people’s thinking has
They will naturally emerge as you cultivate. Only when you
return to your original, true self, when you are returning, can your original
human nature be recovered. No matter how clearly that person could see, he
couldn’t see the levels I see. No matter how clearly he could see, what he
could see was still really far from the highest truth in the cosmos. What he
could see was only the manifestation at that level—and you can’t take that
as the truth. While you’re in the course of cultivation it’s not
right to use one particular level as the standard by which things are measured.
That’s why they talk about "no Fa is definitive"—don’t take the
manifestation of one particular level as the truth. "No Fa is
definitive"—the Fa of a certain level can only take effect at that level.
So he saw something at a certain level and the way things are at that level, and
got complacent when he saw things clearly. Those are things at really shallow
levels—be sure to remember this.
Do children who practice cultivation have to do the five
Children may practice less or more according to their
ability. The main purpose of cultivation practice is to improve a person’s xinxing.
So it’s beneficial for children to tell them more about things related to xinxing.
When I was pretty young I couldn’t practice any of the things with external
forms at all, and mainly cultivated xinxing. Today there are some
children who you shouldn’t regard as ordinary children. Some children are
remarkable, because when it was decided that we would do this undertaking, some
people from extremely high levels followed down. When I came, people at various
levels followed down since they were able to foresee what I would do. Especially
in the recent period, there have been particularly more of those who came to
this small universe and this Milky Way galaxy of ours. This is because they
couldn’t foresee it any earlier, and only knew about it and saw what would
happen during the time just before I came to the public; many of them followed
down then. What do they come for? To obtain the Fa. They knew that the old Fa
had degenerated, and they came to temper themselves again. Don’t consider them
average people—they’re all pretty good. But it’s not that everyone’s
child is like this. A number of children are quite good.
How can we know what level our practice has reached?
Some of our students have already reached the state of
gradual enlightenment, and some students will reach the state of gradual
enlightenment in increments. Whether you’ve reached it or not, and whether you
can see things clearly or not, you may talk about it with other people in a
discussion after doing the exercises at the practice site—it doesn’t matter.
When you talk about it with people without any intention of showing off it’s
beneficial to our overall cultivation. Some people have said that you can’t
talk about things that are seen with the Third Eye, and that doing so will shut
the Third Eye. This was something commonly held before among practitioners. It
wasn’t their talking about it that made their Third Eyes disappear. Think
about it, everyone: did any practitioners pay much attention to virtue (de)
back when qigong was popularized? Hardly anyone did true cultivation.
People didn’t know about cherishing virtue, and talked—with their
attachments and a desire to show off—about everything they saw. So, naturally,
their Third Eyes closed.
There were also people who talked about everything,
regardless of whether it was appropriate or not. So their Third Eyes had to be
closed. That’s the reason. If talking about those things is for discussion
that improves understanding of the Fa, I’d say there’s no problem at all.
You need to make a clear distinction about this. If someone’s Third Eye has
been closed or injured, it’s because he’s said things that shouldn’t be
said to everyday people or because he had a show-off mentality. Isn’t a
practitioner’s show-off mentality an attachment manifesting? So his Third Eye
has to be closed. Initially, when some people’s Third Eyes were closed, it was
to give them an opportunity. When they could see clearly on and off—sometimes
they could see, sometimes they couldn’t—it was reminding them. But those
people just wouldn’t enlighten, and eventually their Third Eyes were closed
completely. Some people’s Third Eyes were even injured—seriously injured.
At what level does one achieve a Righteous Attainment and
I’ve already discussed this. Achieving a Righteous
Attainment—when someone reaches the Arhat Status he has achieved a Righteous
Attainment. Consummation is the conclusion of cultivation; it usually refers to
having attained both a Righteous Attainment and Unlocking Gong—that is,
Consummation is when the two take place together and cultivation is completed.
How should we cultivate from now on? How will we be different
from everyday people?
You have to suffer hardships among everyday people just like
them. You might have attained Arhat Status, but even naughty children among
everyday people might swear at you, because you still need to cultivate among
everyday people and continue to eliminate your attachments. Some people—those
with high inborn quality and who’ve already done well eliminating their
attachments—still need to go through yet another round. In usual, normal
cultivation, a person can reach Consummation in one process. Some people will
experience repetition—they’ll experience two rounds. Since you need to
cultivate towards high levels, you might experience three rounds, and after you’ve
cultivated through those, you’ll come back to cultivate again. This occurs as
a person cultivates toward higher levels, so that’s why you still need to
cultivate among everyday people. If, say, you’ve cultivated to Arhat Status
and nobody gives you trouble, that is, no one among everyday people gives you
trouble, how could you cultivate when you are out of this environment? If those
who cause trouble for you weren’t everyday people but were Buddhas,
Bodhisattvas, or Arhats who appeared among everyday people and made trouble for
you to get rid of your attachments, how could that be possible?! Even when
Master creates these things or arranges these things and all of your
tribulations, they’re done by using everyday people and having everyday people
interfere with you, which enables you to improve in the environment of everyday
Some students took part in other qigong practices
after attending our seminars. What should they do if they want to continue to
practice Falun Dafa?
Those people usually have rather poor enlightenment quality.
But we say that cultivation depends on predestined relationship. When people
want to obtain it and have learned Falun Dafa, no one has made them learn it;
when they think Falun Dafa isn’t good, then they stop learning it. Later on,
they find Falun Dafa good again and want to learn it again; if they can learn
it, then they can come learn it. Whether they can cultivate well is their own
issue. As for whether they can enter our Falun Dafa circle and become a disciple
who truly cultivates, we have to tell them with seriousness: "If you
cultivate here, you have to do cultivation in this one system and focus on
practicing Falun Dafa; otherwise you will obtain nothing. It’s useless if you
recklessly practice here instead of doing only one practice." We should
tell them this kindly, and not say, "You can’t practice here." We
don’t have any authority, nor the endowment to give orders to others. We can
only advise people—we talk about advising people to be good, don’t we?
How are we doing with the seminars in various regions, and
what’s the situation of Falun Dafa around the country?
For the time being I’m declining all invitations to hold
Falun Dafa seminars. The reason for turning them down is that there are many
things I need to handle right now—many aspects of things need to be taken care
of. As far as what to do later on, I haven’t made any plans yet. That’s
something I’ll decide after I’ve taken care of things, and it’ll be based
on the outcome. As for how Falun Dafa is developing, I can tell you this: our
Falun Dafa is now being spread from person to person, and the number of students
learning Falun Dafa is already considerable. I’d say that there are several
hundred thousand people. This is because whenever I went to a city to give a
seminar, there were always people from nearby cities and counties—almost no
county was left out. In this way, after those people went back home, they would
spread it among people there and pass it on like this. So its development is
already rapid, and the number of people is large. In one town
in Hubei province there were initially only two people who learned it.
Now the number has grown to upwards of a thousand. There are many instances like
this. Some people go to the practice sites to do the exercises, some don’t. It’s
hard to get specific counts.
Can people who used to suffer from a mental disorder or
I’d recommend that you don’t drag people like this to our
practice sites or to our seminars. If you don’t handle it well you’ll be
damaging our Fa. If his illness relapses at our seminar or at our practice site,
people might say that it’s the result of his practicing Falun Dafa—wouldn’t
you be damaging our Fa? This is because we have a principle: we cannot treat
illness for others. But there’s one thing: people who truly cultivate will
have their minor illnesses resolved right then and there. But for people who’ve
suffered from serious illnesses or people whose bodies carry too many bad
things, only after they’ve changed their thinking can those things be touched—only
when they want to cultivate can their karma be eliminated. Of course, some
people haven’t had the thought of cultivating but they have been taken care of—they
were taken care of as soon as they started reading the book. Why? It’s because
their inborn quality is excellent and they deserve it. You can’t look at every
case the same way. If you have a family member who has one of those illnesses
but thinks that Dafa is good, you can let him learn and ask him to learn it at
home. We make it clear ahead of time: I cannot casually resolve those
everyday-people problems. Whether or not he can cultivate depends on him. If he
can’t cultivate, you shouldn’t ask him to take up cultivation. Once a
problem arises it will damage Dafa. How could I resolve these everyday-people
problems? Since I won’t treat him, he’ll go around and stir up trouble,
saying that he got mental illness from practicing Falun Dafa and that Teacher
won’t treat him; he’ll tarnish my name. Anyway, we make it clear ahead of
time: we don’t allow them in our seminars, nor do we let them come to our
practice sites. Usually there’s no problem with people who suffer from
epilepsy. We haven’t specified in our seminars that epileptics can’t attend
the seminars. But usually our staff don’t like to let them in, because their
illness is likely to relapse before their thinking changes, and when their
illness relapses it’s apt to have a bad effect for us. People who suffer from
epilepsy aren’t like people with mental disorders, because they have one
single problem—they just have one thing in their brain—and they’ll be fine
once that bad thing is taken out. That’s usually how it is.
How should we understand "holistic improvement"?
"Holistic improvement" means complete improvement.
During the process of cultivation, all of the beings in your body and the beings
you’ve cultivated improve along with you. We talk about holistic adjustment—we
holistically adjust the bodies for you, for students. Holistic improvement
mainly means that while your xinxing is raised, your gong also
follows and increases. It’s like what I just said about some people asking why
they haven’t had their menses return—once your xinxing is raised,
your gong will follow and increase. While the bodies of people with too
much karma are being adjusted, some people can’t keep up, and so they might
lag behind. In other words, to improve holistically the prerequisite is first of
all xinxing improvement. If you say, "I just want to change my
body," or, "I just want to avoid calamities," that won’t work,
because to change yourself through cultivation you have to start with
cultivating xinxing. Without the gong that determines the height
of your level, that is, without your xinxing level, everything else
amounts to nothing.
Some students have asked, "How should we deal with
demons’ interference with Dafa?"
I’ll tell you this, it would really be strange if nobody
came out to oppose us when we impart the righteous Fa! Think about it, everyone,
I’d enjoy the most comfort if I weren’t doing this undertaking today. But
exactly because I’m doing this for you, the trouble I’ve encountered and the
trouble you’ve encountered is all meant to obstruct this Fa and prevent people
from obtaining the Fa. Since humans have come to this stage, demons certainly
won’t allow it when people want to obtain the Fa—they’ll obstruct you.
They think: "You owe me, and I need to get payback from you. If you obtain
the Fa, what about the debt you owe me?" They hate you! All kinds of
factors are at work acting as a kind of obstruction. Simply put, all of these
are caused by people themselves—every person has karma. Jesus said:
"Mankind! You have sinned." He said that humans have sins; he referred
to karma as sins. That’s the truth. Humans have generated karma by doing bad
things—isn’t that sinning? It functions as an obstruction in different ways.
You have obtained the righteous Fa, so of course it’ll interfere with you,
that’s precisely the reason. So the things we’ve encountered are all testing
our xinxing. Some people will say how studying Falun Dafa is not good or
they’ll make other comments. That’s exactly to see whether you can be
determined and whether you can understand this Fa fundamentally. How can you
cultivate if you don’t understand this Fa fundamentally? Until you reach
Enlightenment there will always exist a concept of whether or not you can be
steadfast in the Fa—it’s the same in every cultivation system. If you can’t
be steadfast about the fundamental things, how can you cultivate? That’s why
there will be tests and interference of this sort.
You can see that whenever I hold a seminar, there’s bound
to be a good number of qigong classes held at the same time. There wouldn’t
have been so many things coming along had I not held seminars there. Whenever I
held seminars, "woosh—" all of a sudden a slew of crooked qigong practices
would come to give seminars. Why? It’s exactly because if you want to do this
thing, there will need to be some demons who follow along, hand in hand. This is
how it’s arranged as well. It’s exactly to see which door a person chooses
to enter and whether he obtains a righteous Fa or an evil way—it’s up to you
which door you want to enter. Hasn’t it been said that it’s awfully
difficult for a person to cultivate? This is how it should be—it should be
really hard, because everything is caused by us ourselves. But through the
tribulations, a person’s xinxing and enlightening, and the issue of
whether he can improve and other different factors, these are all displayed—they
go hand in hand. Look at these things dialectically. This is why we have these
different kinds of interference.
It’s just like someone in our Changchun who said: "I’m
a Buddha, you don’t need to learn from anyone else. I’m so and so."
There will be all kinds of interference, and my name might even be attacked. So
it’s to see whether you listen to it and believe it, and to see what you do.
They’ll adopt various means to cause damage, to make your mind waver and see
whether you can be steady.
Some people say to them, "I’ll steel my will and
cultivate the righteous Fa, and I don’t believe the stuff you say." In
fact, a lot of our students have already experienced the Fa’s power. What’s
more, the changes in them are tremendous, and they understand this principle I’ve
taught. If a person is still not steady, isn’t that a problem of enlightenment
quality? His enlightenment quality is very poor. That’s the reason for it. So
I’d say that these kinds of interference are normal. Cultivation is like
sifting sand with big waves—the sand is sifted out and only gold remains. The
amount of gold that’s left depends on how you cultivate yourselves.
Should more materials that promote Falun Dafa be made
available so that we can promote it at practice sites?
The promotion of our Falun Dafa and the overall method of
teaching the practice are different from the promotional methods of today’s qigong
practices. You might have noticed that we haven’t exaggerated things or
flaunted anything—there hasn’t been anything like that. When other qigong
masters cure a patient they publicize it excessively until no one listens
anymore. We don’t have things like that. Our students number in the tens of
thousands and all of them have become free of illness, yet we haven’t said
much about it and don’t mention these things. Of course, you might have seen
some information in newspapers at the beginning stage. Why? Because at the start
we came out in the form of an ordinary qigong. People wouldn’t have
been able to accept it if we’d taught at so high a level. So we went through
an initial process which allowed people to understand gradually. As you know,
when we initially held seminars in Changchun I taught very high-level things,
too. But I kept mentioning qigong. Today, since we’re teaching the
practice towards high levels, we no longer talk about those things. This has
also been a process that’s allowed people to understand gradually.
"Motor City" has more than a hundred thousand
employees. What should we do when things don’t unfold well?
Our Falun Dafa was at one time unfolding fairly well at the
automobile plant. You might know about those demons, who have interfered
severely—those are demons. But we’ve said that all these things go hand in
hand. As for how many people can cultivate and how many cannot, it depends on
those people themselves. How could there possibly be no interference? If no one
interfered, wouldn’t you be cultivating too easily?! The broad path would be
so smooth and you’d cultivate upwards without any tribulations—how could
that be cultivation, right? Only through tribulations can it be determined
whether a person can cultivate, and only this way can all kinds of human
attachments be eliminated. But that demon is indeed large, and has played quite
a damaging role and ruined a large number of people. The role he’s played has
already exceeded that of an average demon. These things are known at very high
levels as well—high-level beings know about them, too. How should it be dealt
with? Since certain things need my approval, I like to give others a chance. Yet
it looks like this chance can’t be given. In the future there will definitely
be more and more people at the automobile plant who learn Dafa.
Some students plan to attend the seminars but haven’t been
able to—what about the students who go to the practice sites in the morning or
"Some students plan to attend the seminars…" Even
if I continue to hold seminars, in ten years there will still be people who
"plan to attend." We have so many veteran students, and we have my
books, audiotapes, and videotapes, all of which can have the effect of spreading
the Fa and saving people. Actually, you’ve already assumed the role of the
main force; especially in this recent period you’ve definitely been the main
force. A person can obtain [the Fa] without my teaching it directly to him,
right? This being the case, I think we should do more work in this respect and
help others. Especially when others come to the practice sites to learn, I would
say assistants should be even more responsible. Your responsibility is not small—don’t
think of it as just gathering people together. You should try your best to
understand the Fa more, study the Fa more, and master more things.
I want to raise another point in particular. At our practice
sites, all of those who’ve had troubles, who’ve gone awry, or who’ve lost
their wits are ones who have practiced other qigong and not given up
their other pursuits—this is for sure and there’s absolutely no mistake
about it. A hundred percent of the time people like this have practiced other
things or have worshiped other things in their homes that they haven’t given
up—this is one situation. Another one is that their Falun have deformed, which
is also because they’ve mixed in other qigong in their practice or have
mixed them in their minds. I can tell you about these two situations—it’s
guaranteed that these situations are what caused the problems, and these are the
only two situations that my Law Bodies usually don’t do anything about. This
is because they don’t belong to our Falun Dafa once they practice other qigong
and mix them into their practice. So my Law Bodies don’t look after them, and
the Fa is not given to them. When those messy demons see that such a person
starts to practice Falun Dafa, of course they’ll punish him and harm him. He’s
out of his wits and might damage Falun Dafa—this problem can occur. Some
people only want to practice Falun Dafa, but they always want to sense something
or add some other things, be it in their minds or when they do the exercises.
They used to sense a little something when they practiced some other qigong;
now they’re practicing Falun Dafa and don’t sense it anymore, but they still
want to sense it. Isn’t that an attachment of pursuit? Once they add things
that they used to practice, their Falun will get deformed and problems will
occur with [their] Fa—that’s what is sure to happen.
Is living a better life the true meaning of life?
Some people even have this thought: "What do I cultivate
into a Buddha for?" It shows that their understanding of Buddha is really
poor—"What’s the use of cultivating into a Buddha?" Don’t laugh—they
really don’t know. Why does one cultivate Buddhahood? First, doing so can
allow one to keep the human body forever; second, one will be eternally free of
suffering and forever be in a wonderful state. A human life is short, so keeping
the human body is one reason; another is that Buddhas don’t suffer. The place
where your being came into existence is a dimension very high in the cosmos.
[You] come from a dimension of the cosmos, and [your] original nature is kind.
It is exactly because a person became bad and dropped here step by step that he
is waiting to be destroyed. That’s the process. So why does one return? The
place where you truly came into being is in a high-level dimension—that is the
most beautiful place and where you should stay.
In the words of Great Enlightened Beings, it’s as if humans
have dropped into a mud pit and are playing with mud here. But all humans came
this way and think that this is pretty good. Humans think it’s pretty good—they’re
wallowing in the mud, yet they think they’re pretty comfortable and that
things are pretty good. We’ll give an example—but this isn’t to put people
down. Take pigs, for instance. They sleep in the pigpen and live in mud with
excrement and urine, but in their realm of thought it seems pretty good. Once
humans ascend from this realm and look back they’ll find it just awful. That’s
the reason. They say that humans among everyday people are just wallowing in mud
and that it’s filthy everywhere. That’s the meaning. In this dirty
environment, he thinks that if he’s a little cleaner than others he’s better
off. The truth is, he can only wash his mud-covered body with muddy water. So I’d
say he’s not much cleaner.
Is the true meaning of life to succeed in cultivation and
become a Buddha?
It’s not "to become a Buddha" but "to return
to one’s original, true self." Complete cultivation and go back—that’s
the true meaning, this is how high-level beings view it. But if you go among
everyday people and ask your schoolteacher among everyday people, he won’t
tell you this, because everyday people attach too much importance to everyday
people’s things since they can’t see the true situation of the cosmos.
Having been filled with knowledge passed on from the West, today’s humans have
become too absolute in their thinking. People have become more and more
materialistic instead, and they measure everything with their existing theories.
Humans have gotten bogged down deeper and deeper among ordinary people.
In a dream of mine I was looking for a bathroom all over the
place and finally found one, but when I woke up I had already discharged. Why
I’ll give you an example. The Wudang Mountains was where
Zhenwu, or "Xuanwu"—the Great Emperor Xuanwu, as they called him in
the Dao school—practiced cultivation. I came upon Xuanwu’s cultivation story
in the Wudang Mountains. It described the process of his cultivation, and there
was an episode in there that told this story of him. He had practiced
cultivation for many years, about forty years, and had already cultivated to a
high level. One day, in his dream, a demon came to disturb him in a surreal
realm, turning itself into a beautiful, naked woman. He was groggy, didn’t
guard himself well, and he was stirred. Afterwards he was really mad and full of
regret. He thought: "Is there any hope for my cultivation? I’ve
cultivated for so many years but still haven’t accomplished anything and still
can’t stay in charge of my own mind." He thought that he was a failure,
became angry with himself, and went down the mountain. On his way down, he saw
an old woman grinding a needle—grinding an iron rod into a needle. Maybe
ancient people back then all ground needles in this way.
"Hey," he asked the old woman, "why do you use
such a thick iron rod to grind a needle?" The old woman told him,
"After a long time, it will inevitably be ground into a needle."
Zhenwu was struck. As this old woman was grinding the needle she poured water
into her bowl, and she kept pouring even when the water was already full. So he
said to her, "The water is overflowing." She said, "When it’s
full it naturally flows out." She was actually giving him a hint. Her words
were to tell him: "During your cultivation, you shouldn’t think too much
about it. You didn’t do well one time, but next time you will do well."
That is, the human body has instincts, and when it’s full it discharges. That’s
what she was hinting to him about. Although this was the story that was told, it’s
not that complete, and maybe it’s not too exact, either. But I can tell you
that this might be how it is. It’s just like with the question slip I just
read—it might also be the case here.
Whenever I do the standing stance exercises or meditation and
enter the practicing state, I want to stop practicing. But once I stop I regret
it. Why is this?
That’s interference from the demons made by your own mind—ordinary
human attachments can create demons (the interference from thought karma). Why?
Because the bad-thought substances that were produced before in your mind and in
your heart have a resisting effect. When you are well cultivated these bad
substances will be destroyed. That’s why they won’t let it happen and they
just don’t let you practice. Why do you always waver in cultivation? You think
in your head: "That’s it, I won’t practice anymore. It’s so
hard." Let me tell you, there’s a reason for those thoughts—when there’s
no interference from external demons, there is interference from demons inside
yourself, and it’s due to the effects produced by those bad substances. All
matter and substances are intelligent beings in other dimensions.
Haven’t I said this: you have to destroy them if you want
to complete cultivation, and only when you’ve destroyed them can you complete
cultivation and can you get rid of those bad thoughts. Some people can’t enter
tranquility in meditation and always have thoughts churning up. That’s exactly
because you have those substances. They too are alive; they come from your
thoughts, so they’re functioning as interference. If you complete cultivation
they will be destroyed; they’ll be reduced to less and less, until they’re
completely destroyed. Could they let that happen? When you do cultivation
practice they will interfere with you.
Some people also have thoughts that say awful things about
Master or say awful things about our Dafa. But you must recognize clearly that
it’s not your own Main Consciousness that wants to say those awful things.
Instead, it’s caused by your thought karma, this bad substance, reflecting
into your thoughts. As soon as this problem occurs, resist it! Your Main
Consciousness must be strong, "You don’t let me cultivate, but I insist
on cultivating"—firmly expel it. Then, when my Law Body sees that your
mind is determined, he will remove a large part of the karma for you. That’s
why you have this experience.
A person’s cultivation level is predestined, but Dafa is
boundless and one can also cultivate to become a high-level Great Buddha. Does
it mean that after a person cultivates to his level, for example, the Arhat
level, he vows to cultivate all over again?
If someone has cultivated to Arhat Attainment Status and he
was originally predestined to reach Consummation at Arhat Attainment Status, yet
he says, "No, I want to cultivate even higher," if you really have
that ability and you make another vow, you can cultivate to an even higher
level. There were cases like this in the past, but they were rare. Why were they
rare? It’s because usually when a person’s cultivation is arranged, the
level arranged for him is arranged according to his own situation in the first
place; the amount of the various substances is determined by his ability to
endure. So, usually it won’t be too far off. But there are also a few
exceptionally good ones; some of their things are hidden and can’t be seen at
certain levels. Some people have found that when their cultivation reaches a
certain level, their master, upon seeing that he could no longer guide and look
after them, would automatically withdraw, and someone else would take over. This
situation also exists. As to guiding you toward higher levels, he’ll guide you
toward high levels without your asking for it.
One day I dreamed of Teacher Li. Teacher said: "Your
situation is a bit special." He seemed to mean that I wasn’t adequate in
certain regards. Then Teacher Li adjusted my body, and I felt my abdomen and the
arches of my feet go "shwa—"...
That was very simple. It didn’t mean that you can’t
cultivate. There are other reasons for things in your course of cultivation, and
usually my Law Bodies can resolve them. That state wasn’t a dream, as it was
very vivid and you actually experienced it. Since during the day you can’t be
steady enough, you aren’t able to see things while in ding; so it doesn’t
matter if you see things in dreams. It’s normal to run into me in dreams.
Can I silently chant Zhen-Shan-Ren in my daily life in order
to do better in cultivation?
There’s nothing bad about silently chanting Zhen-Shan-Ren
in your daily life—that’s not a problem. But when you do the exercises you
shouldn’t think about anything.
Changchun Evening Post reported that this summer a certain
Tibetan master preached scriptures and more than two-hundred living Buddhas
attended. How should we view this matter?
Monks and lamas are also humans. They can do whatever they
like. The things they do aren’t done by Buddhas, nor are those things that
Buddhas asked them to do. Everyday people consider these things really
significant, but cultivators should know what’s really going on. The same is
true with preaching scriptures—that’s merely a religious activity of
cultivators. Besides, in the Dharma-Ending Period there’s not much to preach
about. Another thing is, as you know, whether they’re monks or lamas it doesn’t
matter—they can’t meddle in a country’s politics and laws, and they
shouldn’t interfere with everyday people’s affairs. Doing some march thing,
advocating for so-called "independence"… think about it, everyone,
are these what a cultivator does? Aren’t these attachments everyday people’s
attachments? Aren’t these people too invested in everyday people’s things?
Aren’t these things attachments that a cultivator should get rid of? I’d say
that our Falun Dafa is a pure land here—I dare to say this, as our students
have really high xinxing requirements and we ask that our students
emphasize xinxing cultivation. I’d say that even a hero or a role-model
type figure is, after all, only a hero or a role model among everyday people. We
require you to be a completely extraordinary person, to completely give up your
own interests and to be entirely for others. What do those Great Enlightened
Beings live for? They’re entirely for others. So my requirements for students
are also high, and students improve very quickly, too.
Let me give you an example. What I just said wasn’t going
overboard. No matter what kind of large-scale conferences are held by trades or
professions somewhere in the country, if you lose any of your belongings they’ll
be very hard to find. Of course, there are a small number of good persons, but
the number is few. But whatever is lost during our Falun Dafa seminars can be
found—that’s the case in every seminar. In seminars with thousands of
people, watches, gold necklaces, rings, and money of all amounts—ranging from
large to small amounts, and even amounts over one thousand Yuan—have
been found and handed in. I would announce it and the owner would come to claim
it. The students also say that this situation was seen in the "learning
from Lei Feng" time but now it hasn’t been seen for many years. After the
seminars, all of the students are able to demand of themselves that they improve
their xinxing, to be responsible to others and to society, and to hold
themselves to strict standards. Is it wrong for me to say ours is a pure land?
A student flipped through a few pages of some so-called
"natural" something-or-other qigong book to a place in the book
where it refuted others, bragged about itself, and put down Falun Dafa. After
this student read a couple of pages, he saw a shadow of the animal of that qigong
moving in his gong. This affected his entering tranquility. Why?
We’ve already said that you can’t read those things. Why
would you read them? Disciples who truly cultivate have burned all those fake,
wicked things, yet you still read them. Isn’t the gap between you and them
huge? Isn’t your reading them brought about by an attachment of pursuit? Don’t
read chaotic things. People in true cultivation systems don’t come out to
teach those things and don’t get involved in those affairs of yours. The qigong
masters who popularized qigong have finished their work. Nowadays a
something-or-other qigong pops up one day, and another such and such qigong
pops up the next. Almost all those qigong are fake. When they are out
there, they disrupt and damage the spreading of a righteous Fa.
All qigong masters who are aware have stopped
teaching. Isn’t he interfering with the Fa if he continues to teach? Having
done what should be done, he’s done a great service, but if you do anything
more you’ll be interfering. So basically all the fake qigong masters
who are out for money, for making a name for themselves, and for selfish gain
are demons. They don’t know that they’re demons. But we haven’t stated
this absolutely in our seminars, mainly owing to a concern that some people
wouldn’t be able to accept it. In fact, those are basically demons’
Why do students always have wicked thoughts emerging when
they do the exercises in tranquility?
Right. This is also like what I just said. Because a person
did bad things before and all kinds of thoughts were generated, those substances
exist and those things have an effect. When you sit there doing meditation,
those bad thoughts—such as wanting to say bad things about others or thinking
bad things—might force you to think. It’s precisely the bad substances
created by your past thoughts still having an effect. You might even say awful
things about Teacher. Don’t worry. Try your best to suppress it and repel it,
and it will be eliminated. Make sure you repel this type of bad thought. But don’t
worry when they appear—it’s not you who wants to say those awful things
about Teacher, but the reflection of thought karma into your brain.
When one student does the exercises in tranquility, another
student always talks with others about how such-and-such qigong was
possessed by a weasel. So the student dreamed of someone teaching him to burn
incense one night. Why?
In the future you shouldn’t say those words too directly to
people who practice other messy qigong. Some of our students have good
friends who practice those possessing qigong, and it doesn’t matter if
you tell them about it; it’s best that you tell them indirectly. If you go to
many people who you don’t know and who practice possessing qigong and
talk about how bad their qigong is, of course they’ll attack you, gang
up to attack you, and even say some nasty things. We should avoid these
troubles. We believe in advising people to do good. If they can understand it,
they’ll understand it. But we should try our best to avoid these things. Those
people who’ve truly entered the doors of those qigong and who aren’t
willing to exit have already gotten into a crooked practice and gone down a
wicked path, and their natures are already deluded and lost—or at least their
enlightenment quality isn’t good. If these people can turn over a new leaf, of
course it’s good; if they don’t turn around, it won’t do if you insist on
persuading them. Anyway, pay attention to your approach and methods. Just pay
attention to these things and it’ll be fine. The wicked things won’t be able
to hurt you.
Some people photograph and make copies of calendars [that
have Teacher’s pictures on them] and then sell them to students at cost,
without making a penny. Can they do this?
I’ll tell you what I think about these things. This student
of ours is good, he does this for others, and in principle he doesn’t violate
anything. But there’s the issue of money being exchanged—even though it’s
sold at cost, it still involves money. I think we should try our best to avoid
these things and not to involve money. The reason is, if you involve money,
after a while you might feel that something is unfair, and after you keep doing
these things you might start to have reservations: "I’m getting the short
end of the stick. Should my travel expenses come out of this?" Or,
"Should my losses here be compensated?" It can encourage all kinds of
attachments in people and lead them to gradually not handle it well. So make
sure you pay attention to these things.
You know, why do we ask you not to involve money? In order to
keep people from involving money and property, twenty-five hundred years ago
Sakyamuni led others to cultivate in remote and thickly-forested mountains. They
each had only a begging bowl, and Sakyamuni even gave a Fa-lecture on the
begging bowl—one can’t even be attached to a begging bowl. If these things
aren’t handled well they can seriously interfere with a person and affect his
cultivation. So make sure you’re careful about this. Didn’t Jesus also lead
people to eat wherever they happened to be, without involving money? I’m just
making this point by way of this example. You might not be able to understand it
too deeply. I must take an upright path, and I can’t teach you to do those
things. If after many years people say, "There were people who did that in
Li Hongzhi’s time," could this Fa still be passed on? It would be through
in a short time—it would be through before long. Some people want to have my
picture. If you want it, you can take it yourself or develop it yourself. But we
should do our best to keep it among our students. In the future we might
publicly issue these things in society, because even the calendars with my
pictures on them have the publisher’s serial number. In the future we’ll
manage these things centrally. Be sure not to act on your own; you might even
damage Dafa if you don’t handle it well.
How are you to sell them? Selling them at cost isn’t
acceptable, either. Be sure not to develop this attachment—it serves no use.
Cultivating and improving yourself and helping others doesn’t have to take
this form. Having people learn about the Fa and telling people a little about
the Fa are better than anything else. The improvement of a person’s xinxing
is much better than things that have an external form. Let the Falun Gong
Research Society manage these things. The General Association, the branches, and
the assistant sites are not allowed to involve money. Our Falun Gong Research
Society always gets my approval first before doing anything. Doing things on
your own under all kinds of pretexts is not acceptable, it’s infringing upon
our rights, and it’s not permitted by society’s laws.
Someone wants to really cultivate his xinxing. But in
his everyday life he doesn’t have anything that provokes his mind, nor does he
have any dreams. He worries that Teacher is not taking care of him.
That’s not the case. What each person carries with him and
each person’s state are different, so what he carries can be complicated. Of
course, I can also give you an example—and this isn’t to talk about anyone
in particular. A small number of people come from fairly high levels, and they
don’t need to suffer hardships. They have come to assimilate into this Fa, and
they’re done after they have assimilated. There are some, a very small number,
who are like this. But this isn’t necessarily the situation you mentioned. I’m
just making this point. Many persons might have all kinds of factors. But
whether you suffer hardships or not, assimilating into this Fa and studying this
Fa are what’s most crucial.
A good number of students dreamed that Master taught them
exercises that are not part of the five exercises? What should they do?
If the movements aren’t part of the five exercises, it must
be demons who came to teach you—those are all fake, and it was definitely not
me who came to teach you. What I’m teaching you today is just these five
exercises, and these are enough to change your body and to develop through
practice all special abilities and tangible things. The gong that truly
determines your level will be adequate, because it isn’t developed through
practicing the exercises. When you practice them in your dreams and realize what’s
going on, you should stop practicing. If you practice them it means that your xinxing
is still not very solid—if it were solid you’d realize it as soon as the
What happens if someone passes away without reaching
Consummation in cultivation?
If someone hasn’t cultivated to Consummation, if he hasn’t
reached Consummation, but he has achieved an Attainment Status, he too has
succeeded in cultivation. But if he hasn’t gone beyond In-Triple-World-Law his
situation isn’t so good. Yet, without going beyond In-Triple-World-Law he can
go somewhere in the various levels of dimensions within the Three Realms.
Whatever level he’s cultivated to is where he’ll be at, and that’s good
for him, too. If he says, "This isn’t good enough. I didn’t finish
cultivating, so I vow to continue to cultivate in the next life," then this
will cause him to truly get into cultivation in his next life and he will
continue to do cultivation. There’s one thing, though: if a person can’t
handle himself well it’s very dangerous; if again he can’t cultivate well,
he will drop just the same and will be even worse off than before. If he
cultivates well, he’ll be better off than before. This is the relationship
In the process of xinxing cultivation, every moment I’m
afraid that I might make mistakes. I always evaluate things with the Fa, but I
still have problems. I wonder if what I’m doing is right.
You worry about everything you do—I think you shouldn’t
be so attached. It’s really hard to balance this relationship: if you think
about it a lot, it’s an attachment; if you think about it little, apparently
you’re afraid of doing something wrong. I don’t think we need to go as far
as making our minds tense. So whenever we do something, with usual things we
know right away whether they’re good or bad. Besides, you shouldn’t have so
many things—after you let go of one thing another one comes up. I think that
when it comes to the things among everyday people, you know whether they’re
good or bad even without giving it a thought. We should think over the things
that happen suddenly, and consider whether they’re good or bad. If you think
like this every moment, if you think like this whenever you do something, and
even think like this when you do trivial things, I’d say you’re too
attached. Cultivate nobly and righteously, and focus on big things. Of course,
during the cultivation process, when it comes to something you haven’t
realized and you do wrong and can’t handle it well, I think that’s because
you haven’t cultivated to that point. You haven’t realized certain things
yet, so don’t be too attached to them. When it’s time for an attachment to
be removed it will naturally manifest.
Cultivation of both a person’s nature and life is combined
with the Primordial Infant (yuanying), right?
Another way to put it is that you cultivate both your nature
and life, and the changes of your benti and cultivated Primordial Infant
will be combined with your Primordial Spirit (yuanshen)—they’ll be
combined into one body.
Does eating meat generate karma?
Eating meat doesn’t itself generate karma, nor does it
involve killing. Eating meat isn’t itself an attachment—eating meat can
foster a person’s attachment to the aroma of meat.
Everyone has a limited amount of virtue (de), and
cultivating to a high level is predestined. After a person reaches Unlocking
Gong and Enlightenment, can he continue to accumulate virtue and improve?
[A person’s] virtue is limited, and after reaching
Unlocking Gong and Enlightenment a person absolutely cannot improve further.
This is because after reaching Unlocking Gong a person sees everything, is in
contact with everything, and understands everything, so the question of
enlightenment quality no longer exists. If a person could be fully aware while
enduring hardships and cultivate to high levels, who wouldn’t do it? Why does
a Buddha cultivate very slowly when he continues to cultivate upward? It’s
because he has almost no way to endure hardships. Only when he makes special
contributions can he improve a little bit. There’s this reason. If a person’s
virtue isn’t adequate, there’s karma. After enduring hardships karma can be
transformed—transformed into virtue. If the person is truly able to continue
cultivating, "I can continue cultivating and I still want to
cultivate," then he can take on his close relatives’ or good friends’
karma, and he can work it off and turn it into virtue. Anyway, it’s really
difficult, because it goes hand in hand with the person’s xinxing and
how much his heart and mind can handle. That’s why when a certain point is
reached it’s full, and can’t be filled any further—it manifests this way.
A person who endures any more hardship might become bad, drop down, and
cultivate in vain because his capacity isn’t enough.
Sakyamuni had already reached Unlocking Gong. Why did it take
him forty-nine years of teaching Fa before he achieved Tathagata status?
If a person from a very, very high level—one who surpasses
Tathagata by many times—cultivates, it’s possible that after reaching
Unlocking Gong, without needing forty-nine years, he’ll be able to reach a
very high realm after going through half the process Sakyamuni did or even a
shorter process. This is related to his inborn quality, it’s directly related
to the level he’s at, and it has a lot to do with the level he was at in his
previous life. It varies from person to person.
Sakyamuni reached the Tathagata level after forty-nine years.
Who evolved gong for him? Was his Sudden Enlightenment or Gradual
His was Sudden Enlightenment. He came to save people, and not
to do cultivation practice. Who evolved gong for him? No one evolved gong
for him. Anyone who comes down to do these things has to discuss the
undertaking with many Great Enlightened Beings before he comes down. He sees how
the thing he’s going to do is set. After it’s set, the plan is followed—when
to reach Unlocking Gong, when to reach Consummation, and when the mission is
completed. All of these are pre-arranged. His reaching Unlocking Gong and
Enlightenment is unlike what we talk about. You might not quite understand it.
Meaning, his memory is suddenly unlocked, he recalls what he cultivated before,
and he brings it out and teaches it to people. I’d say that the Fa
Sakyamuni taught back then, the Fa from religions, and the Fa from
Buddhism aren’t very high-level. This isn’t to say that Sakyamuni’s level
is not high. It’s because Sakyamuni didn’t teach all of his things—what he
taught targeted people who’d just emerged from a primitive society twenty-five
hundred years ago. That wasn’t his Fa in its entirety.
Does the evolving of gong only take place in
meditation? Or does it happen at the same time when xinxing is improved?
While doing meditation, while doing the exercises, while
enduring hardships, and while undergoing tribulations, during all these gong is
being evolved. The process of improving xinxing is also increasing the gong
that determines a person’s level.
Some people say that Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara has become a
Don’t believe others’ nonsense. I’ll tell you, when the
Dharma-Ending Period arrived the Enlightened Beings all stopped doing anything
about human society, and they are not allowed to do anything about it anymore.
What’s more, during the time of Last Havoc their situation is very difficult,
too, and they can’t even take care of themselves. Because of these things,
problems have also occurred at the levels they’re at. I’ve told you this
before—I said that no one is looking after things now. I wasn’t saying
sensational things. I’m telling you, these things are absolutely true. It
doesn’t matter whether you worship Buddha or worship the icons of different
religions—there’s nothing on them. A small number of them might have an
ethereal image on them, but they can’t do anything other than talk. This is
the time of Last Havoc, and that’s how things are during this time.
The gong of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara that people
know today, that is, the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara that people worshipped some
years ago, is actually a little higher than a Tathagata Buddha or Amitabha. That’s
because a Great Bodhisattva is herself a Buddha. But she hasn’t reached the
realm of Tathagata. Yet a few of her gong can surpass that of a
Tathagata. This is because what she cultivates is Bodhisattva, and she does her
things. There are many high-level and profound principles in this. I can’t say
more, because man isn’t supposed to know these things. They’re different
from what we think, and there isn’t a hierarchical relationship like that
among ordinary people. They’re different.
Some people say that the Arhats and Bodhisattvas in Falun
Paradise are even higher than the Buddhas in other paradises. Is this true?
You could say that’s the case. It’s correct to say that
the Buddhas in some paradises are higher than the Buddhas in other paradises,
because the level of a Buddha’s paradise also determines the paradise’s
position. If a Tathagata-level Buddha also leads many people who’ve reached
the Buddha Attainment Status, there will also be differences in their levels.
This phenomenon exists throughout Falun Paradise as well. It’s said that the
Arhats or Bodhisattvas in Falun Paradise are higher than the Buddhas in other
paradises, [because] Falun Paradise’s level is very high. The Fa we’re
imparting today is just immense. It’s not restricted to the Falun Paradise.
What I’ve let you know about is Falun Paradise, but what surpasses Falun
Paradise humans can’t know, because humans aren’t allowed to know that. I’ve
said that a lot of people have realized that this Fa is just so immense. So many
Great Enlightened Beings have come to assimilate themselves into this Fa. It is
no ordinary Fa. It can guide people to cultivate to really high levels—there’s
no question. It’s not that everyone’s cultivation is limited to Falun
Paradise—this too is for sure. Neither did Sakyamuni or Amitabha say that
everyone who cultivated in their schools would go to their places or go to some
other specific place. When people go beyond those Buddhas’ expanses they might
go somewhere else.
Is there a standard for the height of one’s gong for
reaching Arhat? Is the First-Attainment Arhat determined by the height of a
person’s xinxing and gong?
The Arhat level is an unchanging standard established by
different Buddhas’ paradises.
The height of a student’s xinxing is just like the
entire evolution form of his gong—they all have to reach this point,
and everything has to be replaced by high-energy matter. They go hand in hand. I’ve
already emphasized these things strongly, so the assistants should be able to
explain these questions. Isn’t cultivation beyond In-Triple-World-Law doing
Buddha-Body cultivation? In Beyond-Triple-World-Law cultivation you will have a
Buddha-Body, which is a body that’s been completely replaced by high-energy
matter; when someone goes beyond In-Triple-World-Law and enters the Pure White
Body state, isn’t his entire body a transparent body that’s been replaced by
high-energy matter? Cultivating further, isn’t his body a Buddha-Body? And isn’t
this entering First-Attainment Arhat? That’s how it is.
Are the beings developed from one’s body, such as a dragon,
within the Sixfold Path of Transmigration?
There are some beings within the Sixfold Path of
Transmigration, and there are also some animals outside the Sixfold Path of
Transmigration. They are found in higher levels, too. Usually they haven’t
reached there through cultivation but have been born in that natural
environment. The beings, such as a dragon, that are developed from the body of a
cultivator who cultivates at a high level are of course yours, and they will go
along with you to that high level when you reach Consummation.
Are the beings developed from one’s body destined to
cultivate in a certain system? If someone who cultivates the Dao practices only
one cultivation way, can he cultivate Buddhahood?
There’s no rigid rule for this. If you cultivated
Buddhahood and then you cultivate Dao, it doesn’t matter, either. It’s just
that the master of that system won’t let you go at first. If he really can’t
stop you, he’ll let you go; if you’re determined and insist on cultivating
in the other system, he’ll let you go. It won’t do if you have your feet in
two boats at the same time, as the master of neither side will look after you.
That’s a xinxing problem, and it’s damaging both cultivation systems.
Are there people who are destined to cultivate an evil way?
Yes, there are. There are people who come out specifically in
the Dharma-Ending Period to damage the Fa, and they use all kinds of forms. On
the surface, they might openly attack Falun Dafa or openly attack me, and our
students can recognize them—this type of demon isn’t scary, nor are sham qigong,
since our students are able to distinguish them. You can at least calm down and
think about whether it’s genuine or sham, and after you realize it you won’t
blindly learn it as before.
The type of demons that are most difficult to recognize are
as follows, and they’re capable of doing major damage. They come to learn
Falun Dafa as others do, and they also say that Falun Dafa is good—they’re
even more excited than others in their speech, they have stronger feelings than
others, or they even see some images. Then all of a sudden they die or all of a
sudden they go down the opposite path, and damage Falun Dafa this way. These are
the kinds of people that are most difficult to recognize. They’re hard to
recognize, and for this reason they can do the most damage. The form of their
damage is arranged just this way, and it’s predestined that they would do
those things, so they do whatever causes the most trouble. The demons I just
talked about—the ones that can do great damage—belong to this category.
Can Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha cultivate to become a Buddha?
A Great Bodhisattva can already be called a Buddha. The Great
Bodhisattva, you mean King Ksitigarbha? Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha is also called a
Buddha. That’s the idea. But he does his own sorts of things.
How does a person’s Primordial Spirit come about?
I’ve already talked about this. The original beings were
produced as a result of the movements of all kinds of enormous matter in the
What are we to make of some people passing around rumors?
Don’t listen to others’ rumors. And you especially
shouldn’t pass on those that affect my Fa and that damage our Fa’s image.
When they reach you, you should put an end to them. If everyone does this they
will have nowhere to be passed on.
Does commenting on others’ achievements and faults generate
I’d say that a practitioner shouldn’t think too much of
what’s good or bad or what’s an achievement or mistake among everyday
people. Don’t talk about everyday people’s things with so much interest. Are
you interested in and attached to those things, or do you want to do cultivation
practice? Everyday people’s things are limited to those things. Haven’t I
said that the things of everyday people are no more than those things? People
talk about them over and over again—isn’t that just everyday people talking
about everyday people?
A person can’t continue to cultivate upwards after reaching
Enlightenment. Then why could Sakyamuni continue to cultivate upwards after he
reached Enlightenment under the bodhi tree?
After someone reaches Consummation, there’s no way he can
cultivate upwards. Reaching Enlightenment is reaching Consummation. Sakyamuni
was in a state of half-enlightenment at that time. Some parts of his memory had
been unlocked, but there were still many, many that weren’t unlocked, and
there were a lot of things he didn’t know. Only that way could he cultivate
upwards. If he knew everything he wouldn’t have been able to cultivate
upwards. It took him forty-nine years to teach his Fa because his cultivation
reached the Tathagata level. It was also because his state of half-enlightenment
reached a very high level. Our half-enlightenment won’t reach that high,
because Sakyamuni came to save people. But a few people—and I emphasize few—might
reach a really high level, since each person’s situation is different.
After a person dies, he’s no longer connected to his
family, and their Primordial Spirits each go their own way. Why can ancestors’
virtue and karma be accrued and passed down to their descendants?
That’s right. This cosmos just has this principle, which is
also a principle that restrains people. If you generate karma and you die, your
descendants have to pay for the karma. That’s why people want to create
blessings for their descendants, and they want to make this much or that much
money, knowing that they can’t use much of it, and leave it for descendants so
that they can enjoy blessings. They consider the things in this world important,
consider the second half of their lives important, and even consider their names
after death important—they’re even concerned about their names when they’re
not around. There’s this factor, so they’ll accrue karma—accrue karma for
It’s said that if a person becomes a Buddha, nine
generations of his ancestors will ascend to heaven. Is that true?
If some of us have done great things, or have done well in
our cultivation, these persons’ parents might even benefit from the connection
and be saved and brought up. But to which level they’re saved depends on the
parents’ own, original situation. Our cultivation’s situation also
influences them. Ancestors’ accrual of virtue is naturally rewarded with
blessings. People say that when a person does cultivation, his ancestors acquire
virtue, and that if you succeed in cultivating Buddhahood your parents will have
acquired great virtue. But very few of them get out of the Three Realms—it’s
just that they’ve acquired virtue and done good things. Having a son like you,
or having a daughter like you, they’re regarded as having acquired virtue
because of the existence of that factor. But you can’t let the parents also
become Buddhas just because of this—they have to cultivate. They’ll just be
heavenly beings at different levels who enjoy blessings. There’s nothing like
"nine generations of ancestors ascending to heaven"—that’s
In my sleep one night I dreamed of my parents practicing
cultivation and tearing up the papers worshiped at home, which ignited. In this
dream, since my family members wouldn’t listen to my advice, I wanted to find
Master. Then I saw Master come and I told him the situation. My parents casually
lit a piece of paper on fire, and the paper was burning. Then I saw that the
person was no longer Master, and was wearing the clothes of a butcher, standing
in a market, selling meat, and holding a loud-speaker. So I started crying.
[What was that about?]
That’s definitely a demon, and that was implying cursing.
This demon’s memorial tablet was burnt and it was killed, suggesting a butcher
was killing. That’s what it meant. Since it had a few abilities, it could
conjure these things to confuse people. Why do those demons have to be cleaned
up so thoroughly today? Think about it, everyone—it’s just like the example
of an apple that I’ve given. Human society has already arrived at this stage.
And not only humankind, but also substances and animals reincarnate with karma.
They all have karma, and large amounts, at that. Although you might see that
they know to do cultivation and so on, human affairs absolutely are not allowed
to be interfered with or dominated by those animals. They’ve already had that
effect, though, and this alone is in violation of heaven’s principles. The
wretched demons just deserve to be killed, and this is also something inevitable
in the Dharma-Ending Period and the time of Last Havoc. When they’ve developed
a little bit of higher gong in cultivation they should be killed. Things
are just a mess nowadays.
I’ve said that what people take to be truths are all wrong
when it’s looked at from high levels. To the Great Enlightened Beings at high
levels, those demons and monsters have all come out in human society; whoever
wants to take things from humans simply takes them, and whoever wants to control
humans simply controls them—they even think that they’ve done good things.
They treat illnesses for others—but what illnesses do they treat? Isn’t
their "treating illnesses" putting their things onto people’s
bodies? That alone means they’re doing bad things.
What are we to make of those animals from the ancient past
that have been found?
It’s said that today’s animals are the product of
evolution. I’d say that’s not the case at all. It’s true that species have
changed as a result of shifts in the continental plates and cyclical evolution
in different periods. If our continental plates were to sink today, the new
continental plates that would rise from the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and
the Atlantic Ocean would have new species—new species would be produced. Then
if they were to sink again, still other new species would be produced. Then if
this land plate again replaces that land plate, and after many years this land
plate once again rises back up, it wouldn’t have the species it had before,
either—it would generate even newer species. So because of this, people say
that animals result from evolution. That’s not the case at all. Why haven’t
you found things that are from in-between the stages of the evolution process?
All that people have found in each case are the different forms of existence of
two species, and the interim, transitional form doesn’t exist.
When a cultivator becomes a Buddha, which body of his will
become a Buddha? Is it the True Body (zhen-ti), or a body given by
In the past, people who cultivated in the Pure Land Sect didn’t
teach cultivation of the body, they only taught cultivating xinxing,
especially those cultivation ways that didn’t do actual cultivation in
meditation; their Buddha-Bodies were evolved by the Buddha who received them—when
he came to receive them he would just give them a Buddha-Body. Those who really
do actual cultivation in meditation, on the other hand, can develop a Primordial
Infant through their own cultivation. In addition, in some special cultivation
ways of the Dao School and Buddha School, a person can transform his own body,
achieve cultivation of his nature and life, and develop some other things
through cultivation; his Main Primordial Spirit controls everything.
Is the Primordial Spirit [made of] high-energy matter?
It can’t be understood like that. Your Primordial Spirit is
composed of the most microcosmic, smallest, and most original matter. Your
personality and your characteristics have already been predetermined at the
origin of matter. That’s why after many years, and after lifetime upon
lifetime, they’re still really hard to change. But a person’s original
nature is kind.
Did Christ come to save people who come from his heavenly
What you said is accurate, because the European race, or the
most original human race, all came from their specific dimensions, and they have
their special situations there.
Why did I see you in my dream before I learned Falun Dafa?
There are many people who saw me before they learned Dafa.
Some people knew me many years or dozens of years before. There are also people
who saw me in their dreams—there are many of them, too. And there are people
who were told by fortune tellers many years ago, and so on. This is a
manifestation of different space-times.
Why does my child say that he has seen you before and that he
This child’s inborn quality isn’t bad, and what he’s
said is right. Some children have extraordinary backgrounds—they have come to
obtain the Fa.
Are virtue and gong the same kind of matter as
Zhen-Shan-Ren can’t be understood as a normal type of
matter—it’s not the same concept. Although everything is composed of matter,
it’s still not a concept like this. It’s just like our human Primordial
Spirit—if you say that it and our human bodies are composed of such and such
kind of matter, just like the question I brought up a moment ago, it’s not
accurate. But any kind of matter is a material being, and what truly exists is
this nature, which is also a manifestation of the Fa. Virtue and gong, on
the other hand, manifest in material forms, but they aren’t the same kind of
matter, even though they’re both assimilated to the nature of the cosmos—Zhen-Shan-Ren.
Can we eat onions, ginger, and garlic?
Today in our cultivation among everyday people we haven’t
specifically set this requirement. But as for our monks who do monastic
cultivation, in the future they’ll have to abstain from these things. Those
who really have to do actual cultivation in meditation together with others or
in a group can’t eat them, either. This issue came up in the past exactly
because they disturb people’s cultivation. Onions, ginger, and garlic can
stimulate people’s nerves, so if you eat them often you’ll get addicted, and
if you don’t eat them you’ll miss them—you can develop an attachment. Take
these things lightly. As for cooked ones, that’s no problem since they don’t
produce an odor. You can use chopped onions. If we look at the practicality of
it, Sakyamuni didn’t allow eating them back then exactly because they
disturbed people’s cultivation by giving off a strong odor and preventing
others from entering into tranquility. At that time eight or ten monks would sit
in a circle and enter into tranquility through meditation. If that odor was
given off, nobody would be able to get tranquil. Since actual cultivation in
meditation was considered so important, not eating those things was taken
Are virtue and gong the same type of matter as
Virtue is a type of white colored matter, and it’s a
special matter. Karma is also a special type of matter. As for gong, it
is formed by mixing a type of elevated-virtue-matter with other matter from the
cosmos. Zhen-Shan-Ren is the Fa, a type of nature, and it can’t be understood
with the normal concepts of matter—it is super-matter.
How are we to understand the "never-degenerating
Having gone beyond In-Triple-World-Law, a person has a
never-degenerating body. Could a Buddha-Body degenerate? It is composed
of the richest and the best matter in the cosmos. As long as the cosmos doesn’t
degenerate, It doesn’t degenerate.
Will everyone who cultivates Falun Dafa eventually go to
My Falun Paradise wouldn’t be able to hold them all! Only
those who truly achieve a Righteous Attainment Status and reach Consummation can
go. If whoever cultivates Falun Dafa were to go to Falun Paradise… how many
hundreds of millions of people are there today? In the future more people will
learn Dafa, and these people will multiply and continue to cultivate generation
after generation. If everyone went to Falun Paradise it wouldn’t be able to
hold them all. Those who can’t cultivate to Consummation can go to high-level
dimensions, which are wonderful, too. A large percentage of our students come
from different high levels and they’ll go back to their own original paradises
after attaining the Fa.
My five-year-old granddaughter attended two seminars. She
often gets up in her dreams to do the exercises and doesn’t respond when
adults talk to her. Is this normal? Also, she often sees Teacher teaching her
words and how to draw, and she sees Teacher in a void space and on colored
clouds. Why is this?
If what she practices is Falun Dafa, it’s normal. This
child’s inborn quality is pretty good. Make sure you don’t let her learn
those messed up qigong practices—don’t ruin the child. Children like
this have all come to obtain the Fa. Be sure not to have your children do bad
things. There’s a large number of children like this around the country.
What’s the criteria for accepting new students?
There isn’t any. Whoever is able to practice may practice.
Of course, we should point out that people with two kinds of illnesses can’t
cultivate, and this is something that I set forth: people with critical
illnesses have too much karma, and it’s impossible that they cultivate; people
with psychosis have too much thought-karma and their Main Primordial Spirit is
unconscious, so they can’t cultivate.
We cultivate among everyday people, and the molecular
composition of our bodies does not change. Then, when we get to
Beyond-Triple-World-Law, does the molecular composition of our bodies change?
If you don’t undergo that change during cultivation, how
could you undergo it when you are in Beyond-Triple-World-Law? During the
In-Triple-World-Law phase a person starts to change and improve himself step by
step, and when he goes beyond In-Triple-World-Law he’s pretty much undergone a
"The Story of Boddhidharma" is played on
television. Is it right to not let students watch it?
It doesn’t matter either way. Students will watch it as a
story and they won’t follow it. With people today, if you don’t teach them
the Fa, they definitely won’t learn it; even if a Buddhist monk sits right in
front of them, they won’t learn it no matter what he says. So it doesn’t
matter, because we’ve already emphasized in our seminars that the Zen sect
doesn’t exist anymore—not only does it not exist today, it vanished after
the Sixth Patriarch Huineng, and it’s been long gone for several hundred
years. All that’s left is a history. Look at what the Zen monks are reading
these days. They even take out Buddha Amitabha’s scripture to read. There’s
nothing left in the Zen sect. The Zen sect’s Fa no longer exists in the world.
Actually, in the Dharma-Ending Period, no Fa—not just the Fa in the Zen sect—exists
Some people didn’t attend the seminars but take part in the
practice. They bought the book and the Falun pin, but then they stopped
practicing. Should we take back the books and pins?
Since they bought them just let them be. You can’t change
that since they spent the money. We don’t have any administrative or
management methods. At the beginning I was against producing those things. But
now we’ve allowed them because the students and disciples asked for them. So
now we can only let it be.
When I do the "Holding the Wheel Over the Head"
position I always feel that my head is heavy and that I can’t keep my head up.
Why is that?
Just ignore it. Having a heavy-feeling head isn’t
necessarily a bad thing. Once a person develops a gong column (gongzhu)
through cultivation, it will have some weight and he’ll feel it, too. If a big
ball of light emerges up above there, it will exert pressure on you, as well; if
a Buddha sits above it, this will exert even more pressure on you. Don’t worry
about what’s above there, as that’s just how cultivation is. It’s all
good. Many, many things might appear on top of your head; even people who work
on qi might have a big qi column emerge.
When I underwent a test in my dream, my reaction was better
than when I’m awake. Was my Assistant Primordial Spirit at work?
That’s of course pretty good. It wasn’t your Assistant
Primordial Spirit. You aren’t allowed to see what the Assistant Primordial
Spirit does, you aren’t aware of it. That was you, yourself.
Is it true that when someone cultivates to a level beyond
Pure-White-Body, his body no longer reacts to cold or heat, and it no longer
becomes numb, swells, etc.?
It still does, because those are different things of
different levels manifesting in your body. There will be less and less of the
kind of discomfort you have when you suffer from an illness, but this isn’t to
say that there won’t be any discomfort. I can tell you that Most Exalted Lord
Lao said this before, and it’s also mentioned in Dao School writings: why does
a person have so much discomfort no matter how high he cultivates to? It’s
exactly because he’s among everyday people.
Is Falun Dafa at odds with religion?
Never in history have we been a religion. Today most of us
cultivate among everyday people, so it’s not a religion. The purposes of
religion are, one, to cultivate, and two, to save people, have them do good
things, and to enable morality to last in the human world. These are the two
things religions do. Our cultivation among everyday people can also have this
effect, but we don’t assume the form of a religion. In the future we will have
disciples who cultivate Falun Dafa in a monastic setting, but we haven’t
arrived at that point yet. So how are we to handle this? Now there are already
monks cultivating Dafa, and in any case, this Fa of ours is good for society and
good for people. We don’t get involved in society’s politics and we don’t
violate government policies—we don’t do those things. It has no negative
impact on the nation, on ordinary human society, or on anything else—it can
only be beneficial.
When I sit in meditation, I often feel as if I’m sliding
down, like riding an escalator, and am becoming very small. I wonder why.
That too is normal, because the Primordial Spirit is very
small. But it can also become large, and that’s why a person’s body can
expand outward during practice. So some people feel that they’re as tall as
heaven, and some feel that they’re becoming very small—all of these are
normal. But there’s one thing: once a cultivator has done something not so
good, he might also feel as if he’s falling; that’s his level dropping, and
the volume of his body reducing.
In recent months, I always find myself busy doing things in
my dreams in a muddy and slippery place along with some family members who are
That’s how people are among everyday people. In others’
eyes humankind is just wallowing in mud.
When someone achieves Righteous Attainment in Falun Dafa
cultivation, does he have to take his benti with him?
Our cultivation way requires that one takes his benti
with him when he reaches Consummation. It won’t do if someone isn’t able to
take his benti with him, or, if this body of his doesn’t reach that
form. Why? It’s because all of us can achieve it—with true
cultivation just about everyone can achieve it. As long as you enter an
Attainment Status and go beyond In-Triple-World-Law cultivation you will have
already succeeded in cultivating your body. Many people have already reached
this stage, only they don’t know it. Part of the person’s body is locked and
restrained, making him unable to sense it. As you cultivate more, it will become
more and more obvious. But there’s one thing I need to make clear: some people
might have various reasons that limit them and prevent them from reaching
Consummation; they might only be able to become heavenly beings at different
levels, so their bodies undergo minor changes. Actually, in the eyes of an
average person this is already a great blessing that’s beyond reach and just
too wonderful to hope for. It’s something totally unachievable in ordinary qigong,
in possessing practices, or in evil practices.
No more question slips are left. My answers today mainly
targeted the issues that our assistants and mainstay practitioners raised. Of
course, some of our students who haven’t even attended a seminar or who’ve
only attended the seminars once, people who shouldn’t have come, are here. I’m
not saying that you shouldn’t listen to this Fa, or that you aren’t able to
cultivate. What I’m saying is that you aren’t able to accept these things
yet, which involve major issues. If we didn’t let you in you also might not
have understood it, since your xinxing isn’t high yet, and you might
have said some irresponsible things. But then if we do let you come, we’re
afraid that you might not be able to accept it and doubts will arise, which
could ruin your prospects. Anyway, after you hear these things, if you don’t
believe them, just take them to be stories. Make sure you don’t develop
The Fa I’m teaching here is mainly for our assistants and
mainstay practitioners. It will be good for your work from here on out. Some
questions have things in common, so when we can’t answer questions raised by
other students, at least we’re aware of certain things. Actually, I’ve said
that you could have still done this without holding this assistants meeting. For
example, when I was about to leave after finishing the seminar in Jinan, many
Enlightened Beings said to me: "You’ve taught everything in this
seminar." What they meant was that all of what can be made known to
ordinary people was taught. I’d advise you to just go study this Fa, and as
long as you study it thoroughly there’s no question or problem that can’t be
resolved. The Fa I’m teaching includes more than just the things of this one
school of mine. That’s why we can say it’s enormous. Of course, what we’re
doing today is different from the practices that were taught in the past or what’s
been done before. Others talk about the salvation of all sentient beings, and
Sakyamuni even included animals. Sakyamuni talked about the salvation of all
sentient beings. He could save sentient beings and he wanted to be merciful
toward all beings. Why don’t we do it this way today? Why do we select certain
ones when we save people? Why is it that we have conditions for selecting the
people who attend our seminars? Because everything is different from back then.
Some people are so bad that they just have to be wiped out, some people are to
remain, and some people might ascend through cultivation. That’s why we have
Alright, I think we all know how to understand this meeting
and what we should and shouldn’t tell others afterwards, so I won’t
emphasize that more. Simply put: be responsible to our Fa and be responsible to
yourself, then you will know what to do. That’s all I’ll say.
... After our discussions we can deepen our understanding of
Dafa further and align our understandings better. I think it will make it much
easier when we answer students’ questions about certain things. That’s one
thing. Also, there’s something I haven’t said yet to several of our persons
in charge: could we take the lead in my hometown in organizing group study of
the Fa at set times?—we can’t just do group practice. You can read and
discuss together chapter by chapter, section by section. Fix the study time the
way you do with group practice. I think this will be more beneficial; it can
address specific issues, and this will allow us to follow the Fa when we run
into actual problems later on. We’ll get the ball rolling, and it will lead
the way for assistance centers around the country. Then other regions around the
country can follow suit. This will be really beneficial to improving our
understanding. That’s my suggestion.
Audio recording by the Changchun Falun Dafa General Assistance