A Brief Explanation of Shan [1] 

Shan is the manifestation of the nature of the universe at different levels and in different dimensions. It is also the fundamental nature of Great Enlightened Beings. Therefore, a cultivator must cultivate Shan and assimilate to the nature of the universe, Zhen-Shan-Ren.[2] The vast cosmic body was born of the universe’s nature, Zhen-Shan-Ren. Dafa’s being taught in public demonstrates again the original nature of the universe’s living beings. Dafa is in perfect harmony: If one separates the three characters of “Zhen-Shan-Ren,” each still fully contains Zhen-Shan-Ren. This is because matter is composed of microscopic matter, which is in turn made up of even more microscopic matter—this goes on and on until the end. Therefore, Zhen consists of Zhen-Shan-Ren, Shan consists of Zhen-Shan-Ren, and Ren also consists of Zhen-Shan-Ren. Isn’t the Dao School’s cultivating Zhen the cultivation of Zhen-Shan-Ren? Isn’t the Buddha School’s cultivating Shan also the cultivation of Zhen-Shan-Ren? In fact, they only differ in their superficial forms. 

With regard to Shan alone, when it manifests in human society some everyday people who are attached to everyday people’s society might raise an ordinary human social question: “If everyone learned Dafa and practiced Shan, how would we handle foreign invasions or wars against us?” In fact, I have already said in Zhuan Falun that human society’s development is driven by the evolution of the cosmic climate. Are mankind’s wars accidental, then? A region with a lot of karma or a region where the people’s minds have become bad is bound to be unstable. If a nationality is to be truly virtuous, it must have little karma; it is certain there will be no wars against it. This is because the principles of Dafa prohibit it, as the nature of the universe governs everything. One doesn’t need to worry that a virtuous nation will be invaded. The nature of the universe—Dafa—is present everywhere and encompasses the entire cosmic body, from the macroscopic level to the microscopic level. The Dafa I teach today is not only taught to Eastern people, but also to Westerners at the same time. Their kind people should also be saved. All nationalities that should enter the next, new historical era will obtain the Fa and improve as a whole. It is not just a matter of one nationality. Mankind’s moral standard will also return to that of original human nature. 

Li Hongzhi

July 20, 1996

[1] Shan (shahn)—“Compassion,” “Benevolence,” “Kindness,” or “Goodness.”

[2] Zhen-Shan-Ren (juhn-shahn-ren)—Zhen means “Truth, or Truthfulness”; Shan, “Benevolence, Compassion, or Kindness”; Ren, “Forbearance, Tolerance, Endurance, or Self-Control.”