1. The Law Wheel and Falun Gong
Q: What does the Law Wheel consist
A: The Law Wheel is an intelligent being consisting of high-energy matter, one that
automatically transforms gong. It doesnít exist in our
Q: What does the Law Wheel look like?
A: As for the Law Wheelís color, you can only say that itís golden yellow. But this
color does not exist in our dimension. The base color of the inner circle is a
bright red, while the base color of the outer circle is orange. There are two
red-and-black Taiji symbols that belong to the Daoist system, and there are
two red-and-blue Taiji symbols that belong to the Original Great Dao system.
They are two different systems. The srivatsa symbol ďĒ is golden yellow. People with
a lower level Third Eye see the Law Wheel rotating, and itís similar to an
electric fan. If you can see it clearly itís beautiful and can inspire the
practitioner to cultivate more boldly and diligently.
is the Law Wheel initially located? Where is it located later
I really only give you one Law Wheel. It is located at the lower abdomen,
the same location where the elixir we spoke of is cultivated and kept.
Its position doesnít change. Some people can see many Law Wheels spinning.
Those are used outside by my Law Bodies to adjust your
Q: Can Law Wheels be developed through exercises and cultivation? How many of them can be developed? Is there any difference between these and the one given by Teacher?
Wheels can be developed through exercises and cultivation. As the strength of
your gong increases, more and more Law Wheels will develop. All Law
Wheels are the same. The only difference among them is that the Law Wheel
located at the lower abdominal area doesnít move around since it is the root
Q: How can a person feel and observe the presence and rotation of the Law Wheel?
is no need to feel or observe it. Some people are sensitive and will feel the
Law Wheelís rotation. During the initial period after the Law Wheel is
planted, you might not be used to it in your body, and have abdominal pain,
feel like something is moving, have a sense of warmth, and so on. After you
get accustomed to it you wonít have any sensation of it; people with abilities
can see it, though. Itís just like your stomach: you donít feel the movement
of your stomach.
Q: The direction in which the Law Wheel rotates on the Law Wheel emblem is not the same as the one on the studentsí tickets (referring to the first and second seminars in Beijing). The Law Wheel printed on the studentsí tickets for the seminar rotates counterclockwise. Why?
goal is to give you something good. Its outward emission of energy adjusts
everyoneís bodies, and for that reason it doesnít rotate clockwise. You can
see it rotating.
Q: At what point does Teacher plant the Law Wheel in students?
discuss this here. We have some students who have done a lot of practices, and
whatís challenging is that we have to get rid of all the disorderly things in
the body, keeping the good and discarding the bad. So it adds a step. After
that a Law Wheel can be planted. The size of the Law Wheel thatís planted
depends on the level of the personís cultivation. Some people have never done
qigong before, and by being readjusted and having a good underlying
base, their sicknesses can be eliminated during my class; they leave the level
of qi and enter into the state of ďMilk-White Body.Ē And under such
conditions a Law Wheel can be planted. But many people have poor health and
they are constantly undergoing adjustment, so how could a Law Wheel be planted
before the adjustments are completed? They are the minority, though. Letís not
worry. I have already planted the energy mechanism that can form a Law
Q: How is the Law Wheel carried?
not carried. I send forth a Law Wheel and plant it in your lower abdomen. Itís
not in our physical dimension, but a different one. With the intestines that
are inside of your lower abdomen, what would happen if it started to spin and
it were in this dimension? It exists in another dimension and isnít at odds
with this one.
Q: Will you continue to give out Law Wheels in your next class?
will get only one. Some people sense the rotation of many Law Wheels, but
those serve an outer function and are only for adjusting your body. The
biggest feature of our exercises is that when energy is emitted, a string of
Law Wheels is released. So before you even start to practice, you already have
many Law Wheels spinning in your body and adjusting it. The Law Wheel that I
really give to you is the one located in the lower abdomen.
Q: If we stop practicing does it mean our Law Wheel will vanish? How long will the Law Wheel stay in my body?
long as you regard yourself as a cultivator and follow the character
requirements that I have set forth, when you are not doing the exercises, not
only does it not disappear, but it strengthens. Your gong strength will
even keep growing, in fact. But that said, if you do the exercises more than
anybody but fail to act in line with the character standard I set, then Iím
afraid your effort was a waste. You do the exercises but the effect is nil. No
matter what system you practice, if you donít follow its requirements, in all
likelihood you are cultivating in a crooked way. If you have only bad things
on your mind and are thinking [something like], ďSo-and-so is just so awful.
Iíll fix him once I get some abilities,Ē then even if you are learning Falun
Gong, when you add that stuff in and fail to follow my character guidelines,
arenít you doing a crooked practice?
Q: Teacher often says, ďSpending even $100 million wonít buy you a Law Wheel.Ē Whatís meant by that?
means that itís incredibly precious. And what I give you isnít just a Law
Wheel: I give other things which guarantee your cultivation, and they are
precious. All of them are priceless.
Can people who came in late get a Law Wheel?
As long as you come before the last three days [of class], you can have your
body adjusted and, a Law Wheel, along with many other things, can be planted.
If you come during the last three days itís hard to say, but you will still be
adjusted. Itís not easy to plant things. If your conditions are favorable it
is possible things will be planted.
Is the Law Wheel the only thing used to correct the wrong states of the human
We donít rely solely on Law Wheels. Your teacher uses many methods to correct
What was the background of Falun Gongís creation in prehistory?
That is a huge question you are asking, and itís a bit too high. It goes
beyond the scope of what we are supposed to know at this level, so I canít
discuss it here. But there is one thing you should know: This is not
qigong of Buddhism the religion, but Buddhist system qigong.
Itís not part of Buddhism. We do share the same goal as Buddhism though, itís
only that our cultivation disciplines are different; we have taken two
different paths. Our goal is the same.
How long is Falun Gongís history?
The system of practice I trained in is a little different than the system I
made public. The Law Wheel I cultivated is more powerful than the one Iím
imparting, and gong developed faster than under this system. But
despite that, the system of practice Iíve introduced to the public still
allows for rapid growth of gong, so the demands on the cultivatorís
character are stricter and higher [than is common]. The things I have
introduced to the public were reorganized and have less strict requirements
[than what I practiced], but they are still stricter than the average
cultivation way. Since it is different from what it originally was, I am
called its founder. As to the length of Falun Gongís history, not counting the
years before it was public, you could say that it started last May (in 1992)
when I began teaching it in the Northeast [of China].
As we listen to your talks, what does Teacher give us?
I give Law Wheels to everyone. There is a Law Wheel for cultivation and there
are Law Wheels for adjusting the body, and along with this my Law Bodies look
after youóevery one of youóas long as you cultivate Falun Gong. If you donít,
the Law Bodies naturally wonít look after you. They wouldnít do that even if
they were told to. My Law Bodies know well what youíre
Can Falun Gong allow me to cultivate to a Rightful Attainment?
Dafa is boundless. Even if you cultivate to the Tathagata level thatís still
not the top. Ours is an upright cultivation way, so get cultivating! What you
achieve will be a Rightful Attainment.
2. Exercise Principles and Methods
After they finish the Great Cosmic Orbit exercise and return home, some people
have dreams where they vividly see themselves floating in the sky. Whatís that
I can tell you all, when that kind of thing happens during your meditation or
dreams, those are not in fact dreams. It is the result of your soul leaving
your physical bodyósomething nothing like dreaming. When you dream you donít
see things so clearly or in much detail, but when your soul leaves the body
what you see and how you float up can be realistically seen and remembered
If the Law Wheel becomes deformed, what bad consequences will it
That signifies that the person has deviated, and so the Law Wheel has lost its
effectiveness. Also, it will bring many problems to your cultivation. Itís
like choosing not to walk on the main street but on a side road, where you get
lost and canít find your way. You will encounter problems, and such things
will manifest in daily life.
When doing the exercises by ourselves, what should we do about the environment
at home? Can we have a Law Wheel in our house?
Many of you who are sitting here have seen the presence of Law Wheels in your
homes, and family members have started to benefit from it. As weíve said,
there exist many dimensions in the same time and at the same location. Your
home is no exception, and it needs to be taken care of. The way it is
generally handled is to eliminate the bad things and then install a shield so
that nothing bad can find its way in.
While doing the exercises, when qi hits a sick spot it hurts and feels
swollen. Why is that?
Sickness is a type of black energy cluster. That spot will feel swollen after
we break it into pieces during the early phase of the class. It has lost its
root then and started to discharge outward. It will be expelled quickly, and
the illness will no longer exist.
My old health problems disappeared after a few days of the class, but suddenly
reemerged a few days later. Why?
Because improvements take place rapidly with our cultivation system and your
levels change in a very short period of time; your health problem is cured
before you even know it. The later symptoms are what Iíve described as the
coming of ďordeals.Ē Sense and observe things carefully. They arenít the same
symptoms your old health problem had before. And if you look for other
qigong masters to adjust your body, they wonít be able to, for it is
karma manifesting as your gong grows.
Q: While cultivating,
do we still need to take medicine?
You should think and decide for yourself about this. Taking medicine while
cultivating implies that you donít believe in cultivationís ability to heal;
why would you take medicine if you believed in it. If you donít hold yourself
to our character standard, problems might come up and you might say that Li
Hongzhi doesnít let you take medicine, but Li Hongzhi asked you to make strict
demands on your character, and have you done that? The things that exist in
the bodies of true cultivators are not those of everyday people, and none of
the diseases and ailments that everyday people have are allowed to occur in
your body. If you can handle your thoughts well and you believe in the healing
power of cultivation, and you decide then to discontinue your medicine, you
arenít concerned about it, and you donít go to get it treated, then naturally
there will be somebody who heals it for you. All of you here are getting
better day by day, and every day you feel better and better. So whatís going
on? My Law Bodies have been busy going in and out working on the bodies of
many of you, and they are helping you by doing those things. If your mind
isnít steady as you cultivate and you adopt an attitude of doubt or of ďletís
try and see,Ē then you will get nothing. Whether you believe in Buddhas or not
is determined by your awakening capacity and underlying base. If a Buddha who
could be seen clearly with human eyes were to appear here, then everyone would
go to learn Buddhism and there wouldnít be any issue of changing your
thinking. You first have to believe if you are to see.
Some people want to invite Teacher and his disciples to do healings. Is that
I didnít come to the public to do healing. Where there are human beings there
is sickness. Some people canít seem understand what I say, but I am not going
to elaborate further. Buddhist practices aim to broadly save sentient beings,
and healing people is allowed. But when we do healing it is organized and
promotional in nature. Iíve just come to the public and am not well known, so
others donít recognize me and perhaps nobody would come to hear my talks. By
giving health consultations and healing people we let everybody witness Falun
Gong, and the results have been excellent. So we didnít do it entirely for
healing people. Using powerful gong to do healing full-time or as a
job is prohibited. Replacing the laws of this world with higher laws wouldnít
work; it would change the state of things, and the effectiveness wouldnít be
good. To be responsible to students of cultivation, we have to adjust your
bodies such that there is no longer illness, and only then can you cultivate
toward higher levels. If you always worry about your health problem and have
no interest in cultivating, then even though you might not say that, my Law
Bodies are very clear about what youíre thinking, and you will get nothing in
the end. We have already adjusted your bodies in this class. Of course, you
first need to be someone who cultivates. I wonít start to treat illness for
you and ask for more money halfway through the class seriesówe donít do that
kind of thing. If your health problem hasnít been cured, it has to do with
your awakening capacity. We of course donít exclude those individuals who are
quite ill. The reactions might not be apparent in your body, but they are in
fact huge and strong. Perhaps a one-time adjustment isnít adequate, but we
have done our best. Itís not that we arenít being responsible to you, but that
the illness is just too severe. When you go home and cultivate, we will keep
healing you until you are fully cured. The cases like this are
Q: How do we enter into
stillness when doing the exercises? Is it considered an attachment when we think
about problems at work while doing them?
A: You should take things that are related to
self-interest lightly, and keep a clear and clean mind at all times. If you
could prepare and know in advance when an ordeal was coming and what it would
be, then it wouldnít be an ordeal. Ordeals mostly come suddenly and out of
nowhere. If you can be firm and resolute you will definitely make it through,
and that is how your character is evaluated. Once your attachments are gone,
your character is improved, you no longer fight and contend with others, your
animosity and grudges are forgotten, and your thinking is cleaned up, then you
can talk about a still mind. If even then you canít become still, then think of
yourself as a second person, and look upon those thoughts as belonging to
somebody else. Overwhelming as those thoughts may be, you should step out of
them and let them go their own way. Some people suggest chanting the Buddhaís
name or counting numbers. But those are tricks, though. When we do the
exercises, we donít need to focus our thoughts on something, but we do have to
be aware that we are practicing. As for your challenges at work, when itís not
about self-interest or about something you are attached to, then itís a good
thing. I know a Buddhist monk who understands this facet of cultivation. He is
the abbot of a temple and has many tasks, but once he sits down [to meditate] he
separates himself from those things. Heís sure not to think of them, and that is
an ability. When you are really, truly doing your exercises there is no trace of
self or distracting thoughts. You can still do well with your work when you
donít mix in your personal things.
Q: What should we do when bad
thoughts surface as we do the exercises?
A: Itís possible from time to time many bad things will
surface when you are doing the exercises. You have just started cultivating, and
itís not possible to reach a really high realm overnight; nor would we impose
too high of requirements on you at this point. Itís not realistic to ask you to
prevent even a single bad thought from entering your mind. Thatís something you
gradually accomplish. At the beginning itís all right [if there are bad
thoughts], but donít let your thoughts run wild. Over time your mind will
elevate, and you should hold yourself to higher standards since you are
cultivating Dafa. After this class you are no ordinary person. The things you
now carry are so unique that you have to make strict demands on your
Q: When I do the exercises it
feels like my head and abdomen are spinning, and there is discomfort in the
A: Thatís something at the initial stage caused by the
Law Wheel turning. That symptom might go away later on.
Q: What should we do if we
attract small animals as we exercise?
A: Any kind of qigong
exercises can attract small animals, so just ignore them, thatís all. It
has to do with there being a positive energy field, and thatís especially so
with Buddhist qigong, for this gong contains factors that help to broadly save living
beings. When our Law Wheel turns clockwise it saves oneself, and when it turns
counterclockwise it saves others. It then turns back and starts over again, so
everything around us benefits.
Q: In the exercise Coursing
Between the Two Poles, is it counted as one time when the hand moves up and down
once? When doing Buddha Stretching A Thousand Arms, should I imagine myself to
be large and tall before I stretch my arms?
A: It counts as one time when each hand has moved up and
down once. When you do Buddha Stretching A Thousand Arms donít think about
yourself. You will naturally feel large and tall. You only need to have a sense
that you are the largest being between heaven and earth, and just standing there
is enough. If you always pursue that feeling, it is an attachment.
Q: When doing the meditation,
what if I canít fold my legs into the lotus position?
A: If you canít fold your legs you can do the meditation
by sitting on the edge of a chair, and it will be effective just the same. But
since you are a practitioner, you have to exercise your legs and manage to cross
them. You can sit on the edge of a chair and slowly train your legs to cross,
and you should eventually be able to cross them.
Q: If family members do bad
things and are not True, Kind, and Tolerant, what should we do?
A: If your family members donít practice Falun Gong,
then it doesnít matter. The main issue is cultivating yourself. Just cultivate
yourself and donít complicate things. You should be more easygoing [with others]
and spend more effort working on yourself.
Q: In daily life I sometimes do
the wrong thing and regret it, but then it happens again. Is that because my
character is lacking?
A: Since you can write about it [in your question], it
proves that you have improved your character and can recognize your faults.
Everyday people are oblivious when they do something wrong. So it means that you
have already surpassed everyday people. You did something wrong the first time
and didnít guard your character, but it is a process. Try again to improve next
time you run into a problem.
Q: Can people in their forties
or fifties reach the state of ďThree Flowers Gathered Atop the HeadĒ?
A: We cultivate both mind and body, so age doesnít
matter. As long as you stay focused as you practice and follow the character
guidelines Iíve set forth, your life will keep being extended as you keep
practicing. Doesnít this give you enough time to cultivate? But thereís one
thing about exercises that cultivate both mind and body: If when your life has
been extended a character problem comes along, your life will immediately be in
danger, for your life was extended for the purpose of cultivation. So once your
character has problems your life will right away be in danger.
Q: How much strength does ďfirm
yet gentleĒ mean we should use?
A: You have to explore this for yourself. For example,
when we do large mudras the hands look soft, but
the mudras are actually done with strength. The
force is quite strong between the forearm, wrist, and among the fingers. But
they appear soft. That is ďfirm yet gentle.Ē When I performed the mudras for you I gave you this, so you will gradually
come to experience it as you practice.
Q: Is it true that sexual
relations between men and women are unnecessary? Should young people
A: We discussed sex earlier. We havenít told you, at
your current level, to become a monk or nunóitís you
who wants to become one. Whatís key is that you get rid of that attachment
[to sex]! You have to let go of every attachment you canít give up. For everyday
people it is a kind of desire, but for us, as cultivators, we have to be able to
let it go, to take it lightly. Some people are just intent on seeking after it,
that stuff fills their heads, and it would be considered going overboard even if
they were everyday people. Now they are cultivators, though, so there is all the
more reason they shouldnít be like that. But, since you cultivate and maybe your
family members donít, itís okay at the present stage to lead a normal life. When
you reach a higher level you will know what to do.
Q: Is it okay to sleep when
doing the meditation? How should I handle it? I sometimes lose awareness for as
long as three minutes and donít know what is going on.
A: Sleeping is a problem. Can a person sleep while
meditating? When you fall asleep during meditation it is a form of meddling by
wicked entities. You said ďlose awarenessĒ? That wonít happen. Maybe itís that
you didnít write your question clearly? If you lose awareness for three minutes
it doesnít mean something has gone wrong. People who can enter into deep
stillness often lose awareness of things. But, if the time is long then it is a problem.
Q: Is it true that anyone who
is determined to achieve a Rightful Attainment by cultivating can do so? What if
his underlying base is lacking?
A: It all depends on what kind of determination you
haveóthe critical factor is how determined you are. As for people whose
underlying base is lacking, it still depends on their determination and capacity
Q: Can I do the exercises when
I have a cold or fever?
A: I can tell you that after you finish this class you
wonít have sickness, hard as that is to believe. Then why do my students
sometimes have symptoms like those of a cold or fever? That is going through an
ordeal, through hardship, and it means it is time to elevate to another level.
They all understand this, and they donít let it concern them, and that way it
Q: Can pregnant women practice
A: Itís no problem, because the Law Wheel is planted in
another dimension. There are no vigorous movements in our practice that could
negatively impact a pregnant woman. It actually benefits them.
Q: When Teacher is away from
us, is there any spatial distance?
A: A lot of people think something like: ďTeacher isnít
in Beijing. What should we do?Ē And when a person does other types of exercises
thatís how it isóthe teacher canít watch over you every day. But now I have
taught the Law to you, you have been given its truths, Iíve taught you the
exercises, and a complete set of things has been given to you. Whatís left is
for you to cultivate now. You canít say that being by my side guarantees things
and being apart doesnít. We can illustrate it by talking about Buddhaís
disciples. It has been over two thousand years since Shakyamuni passed away, and
those disciples still carry on cultivating without second thoughts. So
cultivating is in your hands.
Q: Will practicing Falun Gong
result in bigu fasting?
A: No, it wonít, because bigu is a cultivation
method of the Original Great Dao cultivation way which existed even before
Buddhism or Daoism; it dates back to before religion came about. This method is
often a part of solitary cultivation. The reason being, in the time of the
Original Great Dao system there was no monastic system, and they had to
cultivate halfway up a mountain and nobody could supply them with food there. So
it was during that period of time when they had to cultivate in seclusion, which
required that they remain still for six months to a year, that they adopted the
approach [of bigu]. Today, our cultivation doesnít
need bigu. Itís a
method used under special circumstances, and it is definitely not some
supernatural ability. Some people teach it. But I would say if everybody the
world over didnít need to eat it would disrupt the way of ordinary society, and
that would be a problem. If nobody ate anything would it be a human society?
Thatís not allowed, and things shouldnít be like that.
Q: To what level can these five
exercises take us?
A: These five exercises make it possible for you to
cultivate to an extremely high level. Of course, you will know which level you
should cultivate to when the time arrives. Thatís because there is no limit to
our practice, and when you truly have arrived at that point there will be
another predestined arrangement for you, and you will gain the Great Way of an
even higher level.
Q: ďThe Law refines the
practitioner.Ē Does this mean that since the Law Wheel always rotates we donít
need to do exercises?
A: Doing the exercises is different from monastic
cultivation. When a person cultivates at a monastery or temple, he does in fact
have to sit in meditation, like you. It is a skill that needs to be
practicedóyou canít just say you want to increase your gong and have it grow atop your head without doing a
single exercise. Is that a cultivator? Every school has its own set of inherited
things that needs to be developed via exercises.
Q: People who do other
practices claim, ďPractices that donít use direction with thought are not
cultivation ways.Ē Is that right?
A: People say all kinds of things, but nobody has taught
the Great Way to you like I have. The Buddhist system believes that a
cultivation method which uses intention cannot be of a very high level; when I
say ďa cultivation method that uses intentionĒ Iím not referring to the
movements that practices have. Meditation and Jieyin are movements, so the size or number of
movements isnít the issue. ďIntentionĒ and ďnon-intentionĒ refer to your
thoughts. In terms of pursuit, if you pursue something and have intention, then
those are attachments. Thatís what it means.
Q: Character is not the same as
virtue. You said that virtue determines a personís level, but then you said that
the level of character determines the level of gong. Are these statements
A: Maybe you didnít hear it clearly. Character (xinxing) covers a broad range of things, with virtue
being a part of it. It also includes tolerance,
the ability to bear hardship, awakening capacity, how you deal with conflicts,
and more. All of these have to do with character and involve the transformation
of gong and virtue. Itís a broad thing. How much
virtue you have doesnít indicate how much gong you
have. Instead, it suggests how much gong you can
develop later on. Only by way of tests that improve your character can virtue be
transformed into gong.
Q: Each one of my family
members practices a different type of qigong. Will they interfere with one
A: They wonít, [or at least with Falun Gong]. I canít
say whether they will impact each other. But as for our Falun Gong, no one can
interfere with it. And you will benefit your family since we do upright
cultivation and you wonít go awry.
Q: There are all sorts of ideas
circulating in society, like those in chain letters. How should we deal with
A: Iíll tell you, that stuff is pure deceit. Donít
return their letters. Itís so silly. You can ignore it. You can tell whether
itís upright with just one look. Our Law has strict requirements for character
cultivation. I call some qigong masters ďqigong dealers,Ē as they treat qigong like some kind of commodity and turn it into an
asset to swap for money. Those people donít have anything real to teach, and
even if they did have a little something or other it wouldnít be of a high
realm. Some of it is even evil.
Q: If a Falun Gong student has
formally converted to Buddhism at a temple, what should he do? Should he rescind
A: That has little to do with us. Although you converted
it was only in form.
Q: A few of us have felt like
our heads are swollen and dizzy after learning [Falun Gong].
A: It might be because you are new students whose bodies
havenít been fully adjusted. The energy I emit is powerful. Your head will feel
swollen when your ill qi is driven out. It happens
when we are treating the illness in your head, and itís a good thing. But the
quicker the illness is eliminated, the stronger the reaction. When we held
seven-day classes some people couldnít take it, and problems would have come up
if we shortened it further, for the energy sent out is powerful and the
reactions are really strong; the head felt so swollen some people could hardly
take it. It seems a ten-day class is safer. Reactions will be a little stronger
for people who came late.
Q: Can we smoke and drink after
we take up the practice? What if we have to drink due to the nature of our
A: Hereís how I look at it. The Buddhist qigong we do prohibits drinking. Itís possible after
you go a while without a drink you will want to drink again. Then quit
gradually, but donít take too long or you will be punished. As for smoking, I
think itís an issue of willpower. As long as you want to quit, you can. Everyday
people often think, ďToday Iím going to quit.Ē But a few days later they canít
stick with it. Then after a couple days they have that thought again and try to
quit once more. Theyíll never be able to quit going about things that way.
Everyday people live here in this world, and there is no way for them to avoid
social intercourse when interacting with others. But, since you have taken up
cultivation, you shouldnít consider yourself an everyday person anymore. As long
as you have the willpower you will achieve your goal. Of course, some of my
students still smoke. When theyíre on their own they can quit, but when someone
else hands them a cigarette they are too polite to refuse. They want to smoke,
and it doesnít feel good to go a couple of days without smoking, but when they
smoke again they donít feel well. You have to exercise self-control! Some people
are in the public relations business, and this dictates that they frequently
wine and dine clients. This is a hard problem to solve. Do your best to drink as
little as possible, or think of a way to solve it.
Q: When we still cannot see the
Law Wheel spinning, if we think of it spinning clockwise, will we affect the Law
Wheel that happens to be spinning counterclockwise?
A: The Law Wheel spins automatically. It doesnít need
the guidance of your thought. Iíll stress this again: Do not use intention.
Actually, intention canít control it in the first place. Donít think that you
can use your intention to force it to rotate in the opposite direction; the Law
Wheel located in the lower abdomen isnít controlled by intention. The Law Wheels
that are used externally to adjust your body might accept your intention if you
wish to have them rotate in a particular way; itís possible you can sense that.
But I will tell you: Donít do that. You canít do our practice if you use
intention. Wouldnít practicing with intention turn into ďthe practitioner
refines gongĒ? It should be the Law Wheel or the
Law refining the practitioner. Why canít you ever let go of that intention
stuff? Any cultivationóeven Daoist cultivationóthat has reached a high level is
not guided by intention.
Q: What is the best time,
location, and direction to practice Falun Gong? How many times a day is
appropriate? Does it matter if we do the exercises before or after
A: The Law Wheel is round and a miniature of this
universe, so it cultivates by the laws of the universe, and the universe is in
motion, so it is the Law that refines the practitioner. When you arenít
cultivating it cultivates you, and this is different from any cultivation
principle or theory that has been made public. Mine is the only system where
ďthe Law refines the practitioner.Ē All other cultivation methods take the path
of elixir, theyíre unlike ours, and they artificially cultivate gong and store up elixir. Our system can be done
anytime, for when you donít practice the gong
cultivates you. There is no need to choose a time. Do the exercises as much as
you can, do them in keeping with how much time you have. Our exercises are
pretty relaxed in this sense, but we do have strict character requirements. Our
practice isnít concerned with direction either. Whichever direction you choose
to face is fine, because the universe is rotating and in motion. If you face
west, itís not really west per se. If you face east, itís not really east per
se. I have asked my students to face west when they exercise just as a show of
respect. But it doesnít have any impact in fact. You can exercise at any
location, inside or outside of your home. But I still think that we should find
a place with relatively good ground, surroundings, and air. And it should be far
away from dirty things like trash cans or bathrooms. Nothing else matters much
though. Dafaís cultivation is not concerned with time, location, or direction.
And you can exercise before or after meals, but if you are too full, practicing
right away wonít feel good. Itís better to rest a little while. Also, when you
are so hungry that your stomach is rumbling it will be hard to calm your mind.
You should handle things based on your own circumstances.
Q: Is there anything we are
required to do after finishing the exercises, such as rubbing the face?
A: After doing the exercises we donít worry about cold
water and those kinds of things, nor do we need to rub the face or hands. Those
things are meant to open the human bodyís meridians and acupuncture points and
are done at an initial stage. We cultivate the Great Way, which has none of
those things. Now your body is no longer in the post-adjustment state. It seems
terribly hard for an everyday person to become a cultivator, and some practice
ways arenít able to directly change the human body. Some of their requirements
are complicated. We donít have those here, and we donít have such concepts.
Donít concern yourself with what I havenít talked aboutójust keep focused on
cultivating. Since we cultivate the Great Way, within a matter of days your body
will pass through the initial state in which it fears various things, or the
process in which it has various requirements. I wouldnít say outright that it is
equivalent to several years of practice with other cultivation methods, but itís
about the same. I donít talk about things at lower levels, such as such-and-such
direction, meridian, and whatnot. We just teach higher things. Dafa cultivation,
or true cultivation, is about forging yourself via
cultivation, not doing exercises.
Q: Can we use the bathroom
right after weíre finished with our exercises? There are lots of bubbles in my
urine. Is qi leaking out?
A: Thatís not a problem. Since we cultivate at higher
levels our urine or excrement does indeed contain energy, but itís just a small
amount and has no impact. Cultivating the Great Way means providing salvation to
sentient beings. That little leakage is no big deal; what we gain back is much
greater. The energy I give out while teaching this class is immensely powerful,
and it remains all over the walls afterwards.
Q: Can we spread and promote
Falun Gong? Can we teach it to people who didnít attend the class? Can people
who havenít attended the class practice at the assistance centers? Is it all
right to mail audiotapes and books to relatives or friends who live out of
A: You wonít go awry spreading our practice and helping
more people to benefit from it. I have told you many Laws, that is, Iíve let you know the Law, and let you
understand and see something of higher planes. Iíve told you things in advance
since I was afraid that if I waited you wouldnít understand them when you saw
them or ran into them. You can teach other people to do the exercises, but you
havenít the ability to plant a Law Wheel. Whatís done then? I have said that my
Law Bodies will leave you if you cultivate on and off and donít really practice.
Whereas if you do truly cultivate, the Law Bodies will look after you. So when
you teach somebody the exercises, you carry the information I taught to you, and
it carries the Law-Wheel-forming energy mechanism. If the person you teach puts
effort into practicing, a Law Wheel will form. If the person is predestined and
has a good underlying base, he or she can get a Law Wheel right on the spot. Our
book is very detailed. A person can still cultivate well without having been
taught in person.
Q: Is breathing taught as a
part of Falun Gong? How do we regulate breaths?
A: Thereís no need to regulate your breath when you
cultivate Falun Gong. We donít concern ourselves with breathing. Thatís what a
person learns at the entry level. We donít need it here, because regulating and
controlling your breath has to do with cultivating elixir, and involves adding
air, feeding the fire, etc. Breathing in an upstream style, downstream style,
swallowing saliva, and so on, thatís all about cultivating elixir, and we donít
cultivate that. Everything you need is provided for by the Law Wheel. And some
higher and more difficult things are accomplished by your shifuís Law Body. No school of cultivationís
thingsóand this includes even those in the Daoist system, which discusses things
in greater detailóare cultivated forth by intentional, artificial ways. In
reality it is the schoolís advanced shifu who
helps the person to forge and transform those things, and this is done without
the personís knowledge. You couldnít possibly accomplish those things with your
own man-made effort, unless you have enlightened, or unlocked gong.
Q: Do we need to use mind
focusing when we do the exercises? Where should oneís attention go in these
A: We donít use mind focusing here. Iíve been telling
you all not to use mind focusing and to give up your attachments. Donít seek out
some kind of thought. In the third exercise, where the two palms carry qi so that it courses between the two poles, all that
is needed is one quick thought. Donít think about anything further.
Q: Is collecting energy the same as
A: What would we want to collect qi for? What we cultivate is a Great Way, and later on
you wonít be able to even emit qi. What we
cultivate is not qi, which is on a lower level.
Instead we emit light, and energy is collected by the Law Wheel, not ourselves.
To use Coursing Between the Two Poles as an example, the exercise isnít about
collecting qi, but is in fact to drive it through
the body; it can also have the effect of collecting energy, but thatís not the
main purpose. How does a person collect qi? If you
want to talk about collecting qi, well, how would
one go about doing that? Since you cultivate Dafa, with but a wave of your hand
you can feel heaviness above your head, since a great deal of qi will come. But what use is that qi? Also, you donít have to deliberately gather the
energy we collect.
Q: Does Falun Gong cover
ďbuilding a foundation in one hundred daysĒ and ďembryonic breathingĒ?
A: Thatís all on a lower level, and we donít practice
it. We have long since passed those unstable, beginner stages.
Q: Is Falun Gong concerned with
the balance of yin and yang?
A: Thatís still about working qi, and itís a lower thing. When you break out of that
level, there will no longer be a question of yin-yang balance in your body. It doesnít matter which
system you cultivate: As long as you receive real teaching from a shifu, itís guaranteed you will, when you leave the
lower level behind, have everything you cultivated before be fully
discardedónothing is kept! Then a new set of things is cultivated at the new
level. After that new level is passed, another new set of things is again
cultivated, and so on. It goes like that.
Q: Can we do the exercises when
it thunders? Should someone who does Falun Gong fear sounds?
A: This should illustrate it for you. I once taught
students in the courtyard of a large building in Beijing. It was going to rain
and the thunder was intense. At that time they were doing exercises that were
taught only to [those] disciples, ones done by walking in a moving-stance on a
Law Wheel. I saw the rain coming, but they werenít finished with the exercise.
The heavy rain, however, couldnít fall. The clouds were sitting very low,
rolling atop the building, and it was so dark, with lightning crashing and
booming. A thunderbolt struck the edge of the Law Wheel at that point, but we
werenít harmed in the slightest. We could make out clearly where the thunderbolt
had struck the ground, and yet we went unscathed. This tells us that our
practice gives us protection. When I practice I usually donít care what the
weather is, and whenever I think of practicing I just practice. As long as
thereís time I practice. And Iím not afraid of sounds, either. Other methods
fear sounds, since when a person is in a deeply calm, serene state and suddenly
hears a loud sound it feels like the qi all over
his body is about to explode, and it flickers and runs outside of the body. But
donít worry, our cultivation doesnít deviate like that. Of course, though, do
your best to find a quiet place to practice.
Q: Should we visualize Shifuís
A: There is no need to visualize. When your Third Eye is
open you will see my Law Body next to you.
Q: Is there any requirement
when practicing the five exercises? Must they all be done together? Can we count
silently when doing those that require nine repetitions? Will it be
counterproductive if we do more than nine repetitions or donít remember certain
A: You can practice whichever of the five exercises
youíd like, but I think itís best to do the first one before the others since it
opens up the entire body. You should do it once first. Then, after your whole
body has been amply opened up, you can go on to the other exercises, and thatís
more effective. Practice as much as you can, according to how much time you
have. You can also opt to do one particular exercise. The movements in the third
and fourth exercises should be repeated nine times each, and as is written in
the book you can count silently to yourself. After you go home you can try
asking your child to stand nearby and count while you practice. After doing the
nine repetitions you wonít be able to sense the energy mechanism even if you
try, since thatís how my things work. At the beginning you need to think about
it, but once you have gotten into the habit you will stop naturally. If you
donít remember some movements correctly or do too many or too few repetitions,
just correct them and it should be fine.
Q: Why is it that ending the
movements does not end the practice?
A: The Law Wheel turns automatically, and it knows
instantly that you have stopped doing the exercises. It has a tremendous amount
of energy and can instantly take back what it has emitted much better than you
ever could with intentionality. It doesnít end the practice, however, as it is
just taking back energy. Other practice forms actually do end the minute their
exercises are over. But our system is being practiced at all timesóeven after
the movements are stoppedóso the practice canít be concluded. Even if you wanted
to stop the Law Wheelís revolution you couldnít. If I discussed it on a deeper
level you would not understand. If you could stop its rotation, I would have to
stop, too, and could you stop me?
Q: Can we do Jieyin and Heshi
as a standing-stance exercise?
A: The first exercise, Buddha Stretching a Thousand
Arms, canít be done as a standing-stance exercise. If you use too much strength
to stretch you will have problems.
Q: Must the underarms be kept
hollow as we do the exercises? When doing the first one my underarms feel tense.
What is happening?
A: Do you have sickness? During the initial stage, when
your body is being adjusted, you might experience a variety of phenomena. You
will have some symptoms, but they arenít brought about by doing the
Q: Can people who havenít
attended Teacher Liís classes practice together with other students in the
A: Yes. And any student can teach others how to do the
exercises. When students teach the exercises to others, itís not in the manner I
have been teaching you here, where I directly adjust your body. But there are
people who gain a Law Wheel as soon as they take up the practice, for behind
every student are my Law Bodies, and they can handle these things directly. It
all depends on the personís karmic connection. When his karmic connection is
strong, he can get a Law Wheel right on the spot; if his karmic connection is
not as strong, then he can, by practicing over time, develop the revolving
mechanism himself. And with further practice he will manage to evolve the
revolving mechanism into a Law Wheel.
Q: Whatís the meaning of the
mudras in the serene exercise, Reinforcing Supernatural Powers?
A: Our language canít explain it. Each mudra contains a wealth of meaning. For the most part,
they say: ďI will start doing the movements and cultivating Buddha Law. I will
adjust my body and enter into a cultivation state.Ē
Q: When a person cultivates to
the state of Milk-White Body, is it true that all pores have been opened and
body-breathing is formed?
A: See if you can sense it everybody: you have already
passed that level. In order to adjust your bodies to the state of Milk-White
Body, I had to teach the Law for over ten hours, and no less. We immediately
bring you to a state that would take decades or longer to reach were you
practicing other cultivation ways. Since this stage doesnít have a character
requirement, and itís all done based on the shifuís
ability, before you have even sensed it, that level has been passed; maybe
it was only a few hours long. Maybe one day you are very sensitive, but a short
while later you arenít as sensitive. In fact, a major level was just passed.
With other cultivation methods, however, you would stay in that state for a year
or more. Such things are actually at a lower level.
Q: Is it all right if we think
about each of the movements of Falun Gong while riding the bus or waiting in
A: Our exercises require neither directing with thought
nor some specific length of time for daily practice. For sure, the longer you do
them the better. But when you donít do the exercises, the practice refines you.
That said, though, at the initial stage itís better to practice more,
strengthening [the mechanisms]. Some students find that when they go on business
trips for a couple of months they have no time to practice, and yet it doesnít
have any impact. When they return the Law Wheel is still turning since it never
stops. As long as in your heart you consider yourself a cultivator and you guard
your character well, it will continue to function. But thereís one thing: If you
donít practice and you confuse yourself with an everyday person, then it will
Q: Can Falun Gong and Tantrism
be practiced together?
A: Tantrism uses a Law Wheel too, but it canít be
practiced together with our cultivation method. If you have cultivated Tantrism
and its Law Wheel has already been formed, you can continue to cultivate
Tantrism because Tantrism is an upright cultivation way as well. They canít be
practiced simultaneously. The Tantric Law Wheel cultivates the central meridian
and rotates horizontally. Its Law Wheel differs from our Law Wheel, and it has
mantra on the wheel. Our Law Wheel is placed
vertically in the lower abdomen with the flat side facing outward. With space on
the abdomen being limited, my Law Wheel alone covers the whole area. If another
were placed there things would get messed up.
Q: Can we practice other
Buddhist cultivation systems while practicing Falun Gong? Can we listen to audio
tapes that chant Bodhisattva Guanyinís name? Can lay Buddhists chant scriptures
after they have learned Falun Gong? Can we practice other exercises in
A: I think not. Each method is a way of cultivation. If
you truly want to cultivate and not just get healed or improve your health, then
you must commit to a single discipline. This is a serious matter. Cultivating to
higher levels dictates that you stick to one cultivation way. This is an
absolute truth. Even different Buddhist cultivation ways canít be mixed
together. The cultivation we do here is high-level, and it has been handed down
for ages and ages. Practicing by way of what you can sense is haphazard. When
seen from a different dimension, the transformation process is extremely
profound and complex. Itís just like with a precision instrument, where if you
remove one of its components and replace it with something else it will break
down immediately. The same goes for cultivation: Nothing should be mixed in.
Itís bound to go wrong if you mix things in. The same holds for all cultivation
ways: If you want to cultivate, you must commit to one discipline. You will have
absolutely no hope of cultivating if you do otherwise. The saying, ďTaking the
best of every school,Ē is only applicable to the level of healing diseases and
improving health. It wonít take you to higher levels.
Q: Will we interfere with each
other if we do the exercises together with people from other cultivation
A: It doesnít matter what cultivation way another person
practicesóbe it a Daoist one, a supernatural practice, a Buddhist oneóas long as
it is upright, it has no impact on us at all. And you wonít interfere with him.
Itís beneficial for him to practice near you. The Law Wheel is an intelligent
being and it doesnít cultivate elixir, so it can help others spontaneously.
Q: Can we ask other qigong
masters to adjust our bodies? Will it have any impact if we listen to speeches
by other qigong masters?
A: I believe that after this class you will sense what
state your body has reached. After a while sickness is not permitted in you.
When problems do come again, they may feel like a cold or stomachache but they
are in fact different now. They are instead trials and tribulations. If you seek
out other qigong masters, it means that you donít
comprehend or believe what I said. If you have thoughts of getting something,
you will attract wicked messages that interfere with your cultivation. If the
gong of that qigong
master comes from his being possessed, then you too might end up attracting
those beings. The same goes for listening to speeches: Doesnít ďthe desire to
listenĒ mean you are seeking something? You have to awaken to this for yourself.
It is a matter of character, and Iím not going to step in. If he talks about
high-level principles or matters of character then it might be all right. But
you attended my class, and through great effort your body has been adjusted.
Originally the messages from other practices in your body were all scrambled up,
messing up your body. Everything has been adjusted now to the best state, with
the bad removed and the good retained. Of course, I donít object to you learning
other practices; if you feel that Falun Gong isnít good, you can learn other
practices. But I think that if you learn too many different things itís not good
for you. You have cultivated the Great Way, and Law Bodies are right by your
side. You have gained higher things and now you want to go back to seeking??
Q: If we practice Falun Gong,
can we study other methods, such as massage, self-defense, One-Finger Zen,
taiji, etc.? If we donít practice them but just read related books will that
have any impact?
A: Itís all right to study massage and self-defense, but
when you start getting that feeling of aggression, you will feel uncomfortable.
One-Finger Zen and taiji are classified as qigong. If you practice those you will be adding
things, and you will make impure the substances of mine that exist in your body.
Itís all right for you to read books that talk about character. But, some
authors draw conclusions before even they have figured it all out, and that will
confuse your thinking.
Q: When doing Holding the Wheel
in Front of the Head, my hands touch at times. Is that okay?
A: Donít let the hands touch. You need to keep a small
gap. If the hands touch, the energy on the hands will go back into the body.
Q: When doing the second
exercise, if we canít hold the arms anymore, can we put them down [for a short
rest] and then resume the exercise?
A: Cultivation is a tough thing. Itís not effective if
the minute you feel tired you bring them down. The guideline is this: The longer
the better. But you should go according to your own capability.
Q: In the full-lotus position,
why is the left leg underneath the right one for females?
A: Because our cultivation takes into consideration an
essential factor: The female body is different from the male body. So
cultivation should match the female physique if a woman wants to use her innate
body to transform herself. For women itís usually the left leg that supports the
right, which conforms to her condition. Men do the opposite, as their essential
nature is different.
Q: Is it okay to listen to
tapes or music or recite the verses while we do the exercises?
A: If itís decent Buddhist music then you can listen.
But in real cultivation you donít want any music, since the ability of stillness
is important. When we listen to music it is to replace countless thoughts with
Q: When doing Coursing Between
the Two Poles, should our bodies be relaxed or use strength?
A: In Coursing Between the Two Poles you need to stand
naturally and relaxed, unlike with the first exercise. The other exercises
dictate that your body be relaxed, which is different from the first one.
3. Cultivating Your Character
Q: I want to be up to the
standard of being True, Kind, and Tolerant. But yesterday I dreamed that I was
arguing bitterly with someone, and when I wanted to be tolerant I failed. Was
that supposed to help me improve my character?
A: It sure was. Iíve told you what dreams are, so think
about it and come to your own understanding. The things that will help you
improve your character come suddenly and unexpectedly. They donít wait until you
are mentally prepared to welcome them. To find out whether somebody is good or
bad you have to test him when heís not mentally prepared.
Q: Does the ďTolerantĒ of True,
Kind, and Tolerant in Falun Gong mean that we should tolerate everything,
regardless of whether itís right or not?
A: The ďTolerantĒ that I talk about refers to improving
your character in light of self-interest and all those attachments you havenít
been willing to let go. Actually, ďToleranceĒ isnít a bad thing, even to
everyday people. Let me tell you a story. Han Xin was a great senior general who
had loved martial arts since his youth. During his times people who were
learning martial arts liked to carry around swords. When Han Xin was walking
down the street, a ruffian came toward him and challenged him, saying, ďWhat are
you carrying that sword for? Do you dare to kill people? If so, then kill me
first.Ē And as he was saying that he stuck out his neck. He said, ďIf you donít
dare kill me, then crawl between my legs!Ē Han Xin then crawled between his
legs. He was really able to practice ďTolerance.Ē Some people consider tolerance
to be weakness, as if it means you get pushed around easily. The truth is,
people who can practice tolerance have a strong will. As to the right or wrong
of things, you have to look and see if they really conform to the laws of the
universe. You might think that youíre not at fault in some incident and that it
is the other person who has upset you, but in fact, you canít know for sure. So
you say, ďI know, I know, itís just over some little thing.Ē But what Iím
talking about is a different principle, one that canít be seen in this material
dimension. To put it in jest, maybe you owed others in your previous life, in
which case can you tell whether itís right or wrong? So we have to be tolerant.
Can you go and upset and offend others first and then tolerate it? Not only
should you be tolerant toward people who really upset you, but also grateful.
Suppose somebody swears at you and then tells the teacher on you. Well, you
should still say ďthank youĒ to him in your mind. Maybe youíre wondering,
ďWouldnít I turn into an Ah-Q?Ē Thatís what you
think. If you handle the whole affair differently from how he does, then
you have improved your character. He gains in this material dimension, but he
gives things away to you in another dimension, doesnít he? Your character has
improved and black matter gets transformed. Youíve gained in three ways. Why not
be thankful toward him? Itís hard to understand this the way everyday people
look at it, but Iím not talking to everyday people. I am addressing cultivators.
Q: People who arenít possessed
can improve their character to avoid possession. What if somebody is already
possessed? How can he get rid of it?
A: One upright thought will subdue a hundred evils. You
received the Great Way today. From now on, even if possessing spirits bring you
benefits, you shouldnít accept them. When they bring you money, fame, and gain,
you feel happy and think, ďSee how capable I am,Ē and you show off in front of
others. Then when you donít feel well you donít want to live with those things
and look for Teacher to treat you. How come you donít behave yourself when they
keep giving you good things? Then we canít take care of that problem for you,
because you accepted all the benefits they brought you. It doesnít work if you
only want to gain things. You should want nothing from it, even the good things
it brings, and just cultivate by the method your teacher taught you. Once you
manage to be upright, and once your mind is firm, that is when they start
quaking in their boots; when you donít take the good things they bring you itís
time for them to leave. If they stay on you they are doing evil, and at that
point Iíll step in and handle it. With one wave of the hand they will be gone
without a trace. But it wonít work if you want to have the benefits they bring
Q: Will people get possessed if
they practice out in the park?
A: Iíve said it many times: We cultivate an upright way,
and one upright mind will subdue a hundred evil things! In upright cultivation
the mind is pure, so nothing can get on you. The Law Wheel is something
incredible. Not only do evil things have no way to attach to you, they have fear
when near you. If you donít believe it you can practice elsewhere. They all fear
you. If I told you how many possessing spirits there are out there youíd all be
scaredómany people are possessed. Those people keep practicing after theyíve
reached their goal of healing diseases and improving health, so what do they
hope to gain? So they bring on these problems when their thoughts arenít right.
But that said, we shouldnít blame them, as they donít know the principles. One
of the goals I had in going public was to help correct these wrong things.
Q: What supernatural abilities
will one develop in the future?
A: I donít want to talk about this. Each individual has
his own set of conditions, so itís hard to say. Different abilities will be
developed at different levels. The critical factor is how your character is at
each level. If you have let go of one facet of your attachments, then an ability
of that sort may form. But that ability has to be in its early stage, and so it
wonít be that powerful. When your character hasnít reached a very high level
abilities canít be given to you. In our classes, though, some individuals do
have a pretty good underlying base. Some have developed a walking ability that
shields them from rain, and some have developed the ability of telekinesis.
Q: Does ďcultivating characterĒ
or ďgetting rid of all attachmentsĒ refer to achieving Buddhist ďemptinessĒ and
A: The ďcharacterĒ or ďvirtueĒ we talk about isnít
contained in the Buddhist ďemptinessĒ or the Daoist ďnothingness.Ē Rather,
Buddhist emptiness and Daoist nothingness are included in our ďcharacter.Ē
Q: Will a Buddha always remain
A: After youíve attained the Dao cultivating, after you
have enlightened, you count as an enlightened beingóthat is, a being of higher
levels. But thereís no guarantee that you will never misbehave. Of course,
normally you wonít do wrong at that level since you have seen the truth. But, if
you do handle yourself poorly you will drop down just the same. If you always do
good things you will stay up there forever.
Q: What is a person with ďgreat
A: The determining factors are as follows: (1) the
person has a good underlying base; (2) his awakening capacity is outstanding;
(3) his ability to tolerate things is excellent; (4) his attachments are few,
and he takes worldly things lightly. Thatís having great spiritual inclination.
A person like this is hard to find.
Q: Can people without a good
underlying base develop gong if they practice Falun Gong?
A: People without a good underlying base can develop gong,
because everyone carries some amount of virtue. Itís not possible to have no
virtue at allóthereís no one like that. Even if you donít have the white matter
on you, you still have the black matter, and through cultivation it can be
transformed into white matter. Itís just one extra step. When you have endured
hardships while cultivating, improved your character, and made sacrifices, you
will have gained gong. Cultivation is the
prerequisite. Itís the shifuís Law Bodies who
transform it into gong.
Q: When a person is born his
entire life has already been set. Does hard work make any difference?
A: Of course it does. Your hard work was something
arranged too, so you canít help but work hard. You are an everyday person,
significant things cannot be changed.
Q: When the Third Eye hasnít
been opened, how do we tell whether the messages we receive are good or
A: Itís hard to on your own. Many problems are placed in
your cultivation process so as to test your character. The protection extended
to you by my Law Body is to prevent life-threatening danger. The Law Body might
not take care of certain problems that need to be overcome, resolved, and
figured out by you. Sometimes when wicked messages come, perhaps they will tell
you what the lotto numbers are, but those numbers might not be the right ones,
or they might tell you other things, all of which is to see how you handle it.
When your mind is right evil things canít intrude. There wonít be any problems
as long as you guard your character well.
Q: Can we do the exercises when
we feel emotionally upset?
A: When your mood is bad itís hard for you to sit down
and quiet your mind. Thoughts of bad things will be running wild in your mind.
Messages exist when we do the exercises, and when bad thoughts are on your mind,
those things will enter as you do the exercises, and you will have made for
yourself a crooked practice. The exercises you do may have been taught to you by
a famous teacher, by some great shifu, or by a
living Tantric Buddha, but if you donít strictly follow their character
requirements, then what you do is not their practice, despite that they taught
it to you. Letís all think about it: If youíre practicing the standing stance
and feeling wiped out, but your mind is still active, and thinking, ďWhy is
so-and-so in my company so nasty? Why did he report me?Ē ďWhat can I do to get a
raise?Ē or ďPrices are rising, I should do more shopping,Ē then arenít you, of
your own doing, subconsciously, and unknowingly, practicing in a crooked way? So
if your mood is bad itís best not to do the exercises.
Q: What is the standard for
ďextremely high characterĒ?
A: Character comes from cultivation and doesnít have
some set standard. Itís all left to you to figure out. Now if you insist on
character having a standard, then itís this: When you encounter something, you
should try to think, ďIf it was an enlightened being who faced this, what would
he do?Ē Role models are outstanding, of course, but they are still just examples
for everyday people.
Q: We shouldnít be suspicious
toward each and every talk or speech given by a qigong master, but what if we
run into con artists who cheat people out of money?
A: Maybe you wonít run into any. You should first take a
look at what they say, and judge for yourself if you do run into a con artist.
To tell whether a qigong master is decent you can
look at his character. However high a personís character is, thatís how high his
Q: How do we eliminate karma
or, as Buddhism calls it, ďkarmic debtĒ?
A: Cultivation is itself a form of eliminating karma.
The best way is to improve your character, for doing so can turn the black
matter into white matter, virtue, and then virtue will be transformed into gong.
Q: If we practice Falun Gong,
are there any precepts to follow?
A: The majority of what Buddhism prohibits are things we
canít do either, but we have a different perspective. We arenít monks or nuns
and we live among everyday people, so itís different. For some things itís
enough to just take them lightly. Of course, as your gong strength keeps growing and you reach extremely
high levels, what will be required of your character will be, likewise,
4. The Third Eye
Q: When Teacher was giving his
talk, I saw a three-foot golden halo above his head, and there were many golden
halos behind him the size of the head.
A: The Third Eye of this person [who asked the question]
has reached a high level.
Q: I saw golden light mixed in
with the wine spit out by Teacherís disciples when they were doing healings for
A: Iíd say this person has cultivated pretty wellóhe
could see the abilities that were emitted.
Q: Will it have any impact on a
child if his Third Eye is open? Does an open Third Eye release energy?
A: Itís easy for children who are six or younger to have
their Third Eye opened. If a childís Third Eye opens and he doesnít practice it
will result in energy leakage; but someone in the family has to practice. Itís
best to have him look through his Third Eye once a day, which prevents it from
closing while at the same time preventing it from leaking too much. Itís best
for young kids to themselves cultivate. The more they use the Third Eye, the
more energy will leak out, and what it impacts isnít their physical body but
their most fundamental things. But, if the childís things are preserved well,
there wonít be any impact. What I just talked about refers to young children,
not adults. Some people have a Third Eye thatís wide open and they arenít afraid
of leaking energy, but they canít see things at a very high level. Some others,
meanwhile, can see very high levels, and when they see things a Law Body or
higher shifu provides the energy, and thatís not a
Q: I saw a golden glow on
Teacherís body as well as on Teacherís shadow, but they disappeared in the blink
of an eye. What happened?
A: That was my Law Body. While I am here speaking I have
a gong pillar on the top of my head, and thatís
the state for the level I am at. It disappeared after one blink because you
didnít know how to use your Third Eye. You used your flesh eyes.
Q: How do we apply our
A: I think it would be a problem were you to apply these
abilities to military science, other high technology, or espionage. Our universe
has a nature. If the usage conforms to its nature then the abilities work, and
if it doesnít, the abilities will not work. Even if a person [with them] is
asked to do good things, he wonít be able to effect any change at high levels.
All he could do would be to sense or feel them. And it doesnít do much harm to
societyís normal course of development if the person only uses minor abilities.
If he wants to change certain things, when it comes to really enormous things,
he has no say in whether or not heís needed to do that, since the development of
the society does not go according to his will. He might want to achieve certain
things, but the final decision isnít up to him.
Q: How does a personís
consciousness go in and out of his body?
A: The consciousness we talk about usually goes out
through the crown of the head. Of course, itís not limited to going that way,
and it can go out through any spot. Itís not like what some other practices say,
such as that it has to go out through the crown of the head. It can leave the
body at any location. The same goes for entering the body.
Q: There is red light in the
area of the Third Eye with a black hole in the middle. It blooms rapidly. Is my
Third Eye being opened? Sometimes itís accompanied by starlight and
A: When you see starlight the Third Eye is close to
being opened. When you see lightning it is almost entirely opened.
Q: I saw red and green colored
halos on Teacherís head and body. But when I closed my eyes, I couldnít see
anything. Did I see with peripheral vision?
A: You didnít use peripheral vision. Itís just that you
didnít know how to see with your eyes closed, so you could only manage with your
eyes open. Often people donít know how to use their already-opened Third Eye.
They will sometimes see things accidentally when their eyes are open, but when
they want to take a good look at things they actually start to use their eyes,
and so things disappear again. When you arenít paying attention you will see
Q: My daughter sees some
circles in the sky, but she canít explain it clearly. We asked her to take a
look at the Law Wheel emblem, and she says thatís what it is. Is her Third Eye
A: Children who are six or younger can have their Third
Eye opened just by one glance at our Law Wheel emblem. But you [the adult]
shouldnít do that. Children can see it.
Q: I donít know how to use my
opened Third Eye. Would Teacher please explain?
A: When the Third Eye is completely opened you will know
how to use it, even if you didnít before. When it is bright and easy to use,
even those who didnít know how to use it will know how. Vision through the Third
Eye happens unintentionally. When you want to take a more careful look, you have
inadvertently switched to your eyes and used the optic nerve. And that is why
you canít see with it anymore.
Q: When the Third Eye is open,
do we get to see the entire universe?
A: There are levels when it comes to opening the Third
Eye. In other words, how much of the true state of things you can see depends on
your level. The opening of your Third Eye doesnít mean that you can see
everything in the universe. But you will gradually raise your level through
further cultivation, right up until you reach enlightenment. At that point you
will be able to see more levels. Yet even then there is no guarantee that what
you see is the Truth of the whole universe. Shakyamuni was constantly improving
his level as he went about preaching back in his day, so every time he reached a
new level he would discover that what he taught previously was not definite. His
talks would change again at the next level. Thatís why he finally said, ďThere
is no Law thatís definitive.Ē Each level has its own laws. It was impossible for
even him to perceive the Truth of the whole universe. As the average person sees
it, the idea that someone in this world could cultivate to Tathagata level is
unfathomable. They only know of the Tathagata level and they donít know that
there are levels still higher, so they cannot know or accept things of a higher
nature. Tathagata is but a very minor level of the Buddha Law. Thatís suggested
by the saying, ďThe Great Law is boundless.Ē
Q: Do the things that we see on
your body really exist?
A: Of course they really existóall dimensions are formed
of matter. Itís only that their structures are different from ours.
Q: My premonitions about the
future frequently come true.
A: Thatís the ability of ďpredictionĒ that weíve talked
about. Itís actually the lower level of the power of knowing fates. The gong we cultivate
is in a different dimension where there is no concept of time or space; it is
the same no matter how far the distance or how long the time.
Q: Why do colorful people, the
sky, and images appear during practice?
A: Your Third Eye has been opened. What you saw belongs
to another dimension. That dimension is layered, so you might have seen one of
its levels. Itís that beautiful.
Q: I heard a loud sound during
practice and felt as if my body had been cracked open. I suddenly understood
many things. Why?
A: Itís easier for some to experience this, and itís a
process whereby part of the body is exploded and opened. You reached
enlightenment in some regards. It is classified as gradual enlightenment. When
you are finished with one level of cultivation, a portion of it is exploded and
opened. Itís all perfectly normal.
Q: At times I feel as if I
canít move. Why is that?
A: During the initial stage of cultivation you might
suddenly feel as if you canít move your hand or some part of your body. Why is
that? Itís because you have gained an ability called ďfreeze gong.Ē It is one of your innate abilities, and it is
powerful. When someone has done wrong and is fleeing the scene, you can say
ďfreeze,Ē and he will instantly be frozen still.
Q: When can we start giving
others treatments? I used to treat othersí sicknesses with some effectiveness.
After Iíve learned Falun Gong, if people come to me for treatments, can I treat
A: I think that for those of you in this
classóregardless of what kinds of exercises youíve practiced, how long you have
practiced them for, or whether youíve reached the level of being able to heal
peopleóat this lower level, I donít want you to treat people since you donít
even know yourself what state you have reached. If you were able to heal some
people before, it may have been because your upright thoughts at the time came
into play, or it could have been a passing-by shifu giving you a hand since you were doing a good
deed. But, even though the energy youíve developed by cultivating helps you to
do something, it canít protect you. When you do a treatment for someone you are
in the same field as the patient. Over time the patientís black qi will make you sicker than he is. If you asked the
patient, ďAre you recovered?Ē he would say, ďA little better.Ē What kind of
treatment is that? Some qigong masters say, ďCome
back tomorrow and again the day after that. Weíll do a few sessions of
treatments.Ē And he does it in ďcycles.Ē Isnít that deceitful? Wonít it be
wonderful if you can hold off on giving treatments until you reach a higher
level? Whoever you treat will recover. And how good that will feel! If you have
developed gong at a not-so-low level, and if itís
absolutely necessary that you give a treatment, then I will unlock your hands
and bring out your ability to heal. But if you are to cultivate to higher
levels, I think itís best you stay away from such things. Some of my disciples
are giving treatments, and thatís to promote Dafa and participate in some of
societyís activities; they are by my side and being trained by me, so they are
protected, and there wonít be problems.
Q: If weíve developed
supernatural abilities can we tell others?
A: Itís not a problem if you tell others who practice
Falun Gong, provided that you are modest. The reason for having you all practice
together is so that you can share experiences and discuss things. Of course, if
you run into outside people who have abilities you can tell them. It doesnít
really matter as long as you donít brag. Problems will come up if you want to
brag about how capable you are. If you brag for a long time your abilities will
disappear. But, if instead you merely want to talk about qigong phenomena and discuss things, and if you donít
have any inappropriate thoughts of your own mixed in, then I would say itís no
Q: Buddhists talk about
ďemptinessĒ and Daoists ďnothingness.Ē How should we put it?
A: The Buddhist ďemptinessĒ and the Daoist ďnothingnessĒ
are unique to their cultivation methods. Of course, we too must reach that
level. We talk about cultivating intentionally and gaining gong unintentionally. We cultivate character and get
rid of attachments, so the end results are emptiness and nothingness all the
same. But we donít particularly emphasize them. Because you live in the material
world, you need to make a living and have a career. You have to do things. Doing
things inevitably involves a question of whether what you do is a good thing or
a bad one. What should we do? What we cultivate is character (xinxing)óthe most prominent feature of our method. As
long as your thoughts are upright and the things you do meet our requirements
there wonít be problems with character.
Q: How do we sense the growth
of our supernatural abilities?
A: If during the initial stage of cultivation you
develop abilities you will be able to feel it. If you havenít yet developed
abilities but your body is sensitive, then thereís a chance you will be able to
feel it. If neither is the case then there is no way for you to tell. The only
thing you can do is to keep cultivating without awareness of them. Sixty to
seventy percent of our students have their Third Eye open. I know they can see.
Though they donít say anything, they observe things with their eyes wide open.
Why do I ask you to practice together? I want you to share experiences and
discuss among the group. But, to be responsible to our practice you shouldnít
speak loosely outside of the group. Sharing among ourselves and improving
together is fine.
Q: What does a Law Body look
like? Do I have Law Bodies?
A: A personís Law Body looks the same as that person.
You donít have Law Bodies right now. When your cultivation reaches a certain
level you will be finished with Triple-World-Law cultivation and enter an
extremely high level. Only then will you develop Law Bodies.
Q: After the class is finished,
how much longer will Teacherís Law Bodies stay with us?
A: When a student suddenly begins to cultivate higher
things it represents a big turning point for him. Iím not referring to changes
in his thinking, but to his entire person. So when an everyday person gets what
heís not supposed to get as an everyday person, it becomes dangerous, and his
life will be threatened. My Law Bodies must provide him with protection. If I
couldnít do that and yet I still spread the Law, then it would be the same as
harming people. Many qigong masters are afraid of
teaching cultivation and doing this since they canít handle the responsibility
it entails. My Law Bodies will protect you right up through your enlightenment.
If you stop halfway, though, the Law Bodies will leave you of their own
Q: Teacher says, ďPeople with
an average underlying base cultivate not through exercises, but through
character.Ē Is it correct to say that as long as a personís character is high he
can achieve a Rightful Attainment without doing exercises?
A: Theoretically thatís correct. As long as you
cultivate your character, virtue can be transformed into gong. But you have to regard yourself as a cultivator.
If you donít, the only thing you can achieve is continued accumulation of
virtue. You might be able to amass a great deal of virtueóaccumulating virtue by
persisting in being an upright person. In that case, even if you regarded
yourself as a cultivator you couldnít go further, as you would not have learned
the Law of higher levels. As you know, Iíve disclosed many things. Without
Teacherís protection itís hard to cultivate to higher levels. You couldnít
cultivate at higher levels for even one day. So, reaching enlightenment is not
that easy. After your character has improved, though, you can assimilate to the
nature of the universe.
Q: What is the principle behind
A: Itís simple. The universe can expand or shrink, and
so can supernatural abilities. I remain in the original location and donít move,
but the abilities that have been emitted can reach ill persons as far away as
the United States. [To treat a person,] I can either release abilities to his
place or directly summon his soul to come here. Thatís how remote treatment
Q: Can we know how many kinds
of supernatural abilities will be developed?
A: There are more than ten thousand types of abilities.
Itís not important to know just how many there are exactly. Knowing the idea,
knowing this Law, is sufficient. The remainder is left for you to cultivate.
Knowing too much is neither necessary nor good for you. A shifu [traditionally] looks for a disciple, and he
takes him in, but the disciple doesnít know anything. And he wouldnít be told
either. It would be all up to him to figure things out.
Q: When I close my eyes in the
class I can see you teaching on the stage. Your upper body is black. The desk is
black, too. The cloth behind you is pink. Sometimes you are surrounded by green
light. Whatís going on?
A: Itís a matter of the level you are at. When the Third
Eye has just opened you will perceive white as black and black as white. Then
after your level has improved a bit everything you see will be white. After yet
further improvement you will be able to differentiate all colors.
Q: Are the hardships we meet
with tests arranged by Shifu for his students?
A: You could say that. They are planned so as to improve
your character. Suppose your character hasnít reached the level that is
required: then could you enlighten and meet with success? Does it work to send
an elementary school student to college? I donít think so! If we were to let you
cultivate to a higher level when your character hadnít truly improved, when you
still couldnít take anything lightly, and when you couldnít forgo anything, then
maybe you would raise a ruckus with the enlightened ones over some trivial
little thing. Thatís unacceptable! That is why we put so much emphasis on
Q: Whatís the difference
between a cultivatorís hardships and those that everyday people go
A: Thereís not much difference. Your hardships are
arranged according to your path as a cultivator. Everyday people are paying for
the karma of everyday people, so they all have hardship. But, your being a
cultivator doesnít mean you will be free of hardship and that person, since heís
an everyday person, wonít. Itís the same in both scenarios. Itís just that your
hardships are orchestrated for the purpose of improving your character, whereas
his are orchestrated to pay off karmic debt. The truth of the matter is,
hardships are oneís own karma that I utilize to improve a discipleís
Q: Are hardships similar to
those eighty-one hardships that occurred on the journey to the West to get
A: There is some similarity. The lives of cultivators
have been prearranged. You wonít have too many or too few hardships, and there
wonít necessarily be eighty-one of them. It depends on how high you can
cultivate to with your underlying base; itís been planned according to the level
you might achieve. Cultivators will experience the process of abandoning
everything that everyday people have but that cultivators should not have. It is
indeed tough. We will think of ways to make you give up all the things you find
hard to let go, and that way you improve your character with the hardships.
Q: What if when we practice
there are people who try to do harm?
A: Falun Gong doesnít fear harm by other people. At the
initial stage you have my Law Bodies protecting you, but, thatís not to say you
wonít encounter anything at all. Itís not like you can develop gong just by sitting on the couch all day sipping tea.
Sometimes when you meet with hardship you call out my name and see me right
before you, but, itís possible I wonít help you, since that hardship is
something you need to overcome. But when you are truly in danger I will help
you. Real danger normally wonít exist, though, since your path has been altered
and nothing is allowed to happen by chance.
Q: How should we deal with
A: I have emphasized it again and again: Guard your
character! If you can ensure that you donít handle things wrong, thatís good.
And thatís especially true when itís a case of somebody infringing upon your
interests for some reason, for if you fight back like an everyday person, then
you are an everyday person. Youíre a cultivator,
so you shouldnít handle things that way. The things you run into that challenge
your character are meant to improve your character. Itís to see how you deal
with them and whether you can maintain and improve your character through that
6. Dimensions and Humankind
Q: How many levels of
dimensions are there in the universe?
A: According to what I know, the number of layers of
dimensions in the universe is innumerable. When it comes to the existence of
other dimensions, what exists in those dimensions, and who lives there, itís
really hard to know using current scientific means; modern science has yet to
produce material proof of them. Yet some qigong
masters and people who have abilities can see other dimensions. Thatís because
other dimensions can be seen only by the Third Eye, not the human flesh eye.
Q: Does every dimension embrace
the nature True, Kind, Tolerant?
A: Yes, every dimension embraces the nature True, Kind,
Tolerant. People who conform to this nature are good people, while those who
violate it are bad. Those who assimilate to it attain the Dao.
Q: Where did the original
mankind come from?
A: The original universe didnít have as many vertical or
horizontal levels. It was quite pure. Over the course of its development and
movement life was generated. That was what we called the most original life. It
was in conformity with the universe, and nothing bad existed. Being in
conformity with the universe meant that it was the same as the universe, having
whatever capabilities the universe had. As the universe was developing and
evolving, some heavenly paradises appeared. Later, more and more lives appeared.
Speaking with the terms at our low level, social groups were formed in which
mutual interactions developed. During this evolutionary process, some people
changed, deviating further away from the nature of the universe. They became not
as good, and so their supernatural powers weakened. Cultivators thus stress
ďreturning to what is true,Ē which means returning to the original state. The
higher the level, the more assimilated it is to the universe and the more
powerful its endowment. At that time, some lives became bad as the universe
evolved, and yet they couldnít be destroyed. Plans were therefore made so that
they could improve themselves and assimilate again to the universe. They were
sent to a lower level to bear some hardship and improve themselves. Later on
people kept coming to that level. Then a division happened at that level. Then
people whose character had deteriorated could no longer remain at that level,
and so another, even lower, level was created. It went on like this with lower
and lower levels gradually getting differentiated, up until the level that
todayís human race occupies was generated. That is the origin of todayís human