Teaching the Fa and Answering
Questions in Guangzhou
I will talk about whether
copies can be made of Falun Dafa audiotapes. When we held classes in the past,
recording was prohibited. Only when I truly started teaching the Fa did we
allow it. The contents of my classes in Jinan, Dalian, Changchun, and Hefei have been consolidated, and the third book, Zhuan Falun, is being printed. This
will be the ultimate book that guides our cultivation. With the exception of the
audiotapes that I have approved for distribution, other recordings are, in my
view, most likely not as good in quality. In addition, in editing the published
books I have eliminated many of the colloquial expressions contained in my talks.
Some of my words are laced with my northeastern dialect, which could lead to
misunderstandings. So donít take excerpts of my talks from recordings anymore. Once
published, this book of mine will be established as the basis for our cultivation
practice. It will be out soon, and you may contact the Main [Falun Dafa]
Society and place your orders.
Can those who have converted to the Buddha school read the Scripture of Guanyin
and the Great Compassion Incantation every day?
Teacher: Your statement, ďconverted to the Buddha school,Ē is
too general. Our [practice] belongs to the Buddha school as well. You should have
said that you have converted to Buddhism. You are asking if you can read
the Scripture of Guanyin and the Great Compassion Incantation every day.
When you read the Scripture of Guanyin or the Great Compassion
Incantation, you are in fact cultivating according to a religious
cultivation way. This is, again, an issue of ďno second disciplineĒ and an issue
of whether you can practice only one cultivation way. Of course, I am not
opposed to your converting to and cultivating in that cultivation wayógo ahead
if you wishóbut here we are asking you to cultivate in only one discipline. Some
people just canít let go of that attachment, though. If you canít, you might as
well not make yourself suffer over this while grumbling about it all the time.
Cultivate in whichever discipline you think is good. But I want to be
responsible to you, and that is why I need to explain it to you thoroughly.
Iíll tell you: Religions are no pure land nowadays, and even monks can hardly
save themselves. True cultivators are few and far between. Of course there are
still some that are genuine. Otherwise it would have been all over. You decide
for yourself what to cultivate; but you absolutely cannot cultivate in more
than one discipline at the same time.
Can we keep other qigong books or
books by other qigong masters?
Teacher: We have already discussed this. Itís your decision
what to cultivate and what course to follow. With some qigong masters,
even those truly good ones who have come to the public to popularize qigong,
although they donít have bad things themselves, they canít deal with those
things, either. So their fields are quite a mess. They call anyone master, so
the messages in their books and those things of theirs are chaotic. Textbooks
and technical books in ordinary society are generally not a problem. But when
it comes to obscene and bad books, donít buy them, not to mention keep them,
and even less should you read them. They gravely affect the morality of
mankind. You definitely canít keep qigong books that are not part of our
Does the Tao school cultivate the subordinate consciousness or the master
Teacher: They are the same. But those who cultivate the master
consciousness come from extremely high levels, or, a person can do so only when
his master consciousness is extremely special. In the case of cultivation ways
that have been widely taught, it is the subordinate consciousness that
Can the master consciousness in this life become a subordinate consciousness in
the next life?
Teacher: It varies, and there is no set rule for this.
Question: Should there be a gap between the hands in
the Jieyin position and the abdominal area? Can they touch the abdominal area?
Teacher: This has been discussed in my lectures. You didnít
listen carefully yesterday. When doing Jieyin, your hands should touch your
body, touch it slightly. When doing Jieyin in the fifth exercise,
ďStrengthening Divine Powers,Ē your hands may rest on your legs. Otherwise,
when you meditate your arms will be quite heavy, weighing a few dozen pounds,
which might make your spine bend, and you wonít be able to sit up straight.
When doing Jieyin, place your hands on your legs to reduce their weight.
Question: In the ďBuddha Stretching a Thousand
ArmsĒ exercise, does the ďMaitreya Stretching His BackĒ part only include
stretching, and then itís followed by ďTathagata Pouring Energy into the Top
of the Head?Ē
Teacher: Yes, those two moves are connected. After doing
ďMaitreya Stretching His Back,Ē swiftly rotate your palms and relax, and the
relaxed downward movement is called ďTathagata Pouring Energy into the Top of the
Head.Ē But thereís no need to think about pouring energy into the top of your
head, or think, ďIím pouring qi into it.Ē Thereís no such thing. The
automatic mechanisms are at work.
Question: Did the Honorable Divine of the Origin
and Buddha Shakyamuni cultivate their master consciousness or subordinate consciousness?
Teacher: I canít talk about any specific persons or mention
any specific names in discussing this. I will tell you, though, that in the
great majority of cases that were passed down in the past, in over 95% of the
cultivation methods, it was the subordinate consciousness cultivating, and that
is what those practices prescribed. This is a secret of heaven, which was
absolutely not to be revealed in the past.
What is xuanji (ďrotating
Teacher: The xuanji that I talk about is different from
the xuanji (mysterious mechanism)óxuan as in xuanmiao
(mysterious and wonderful)ódiscussed in books from ancient China about Taoist cultivation. The xuan in our xuanji is as in xuanzhuan
(rotating), and ji is as in jineng (functions), jizhi (mechanism),
or jiqi (machine). Xuanji means the rotating mechanism, thatís
what it means. From cosmic bodies to planets and from planets to microcosmic
substances, everything is in motion, and we call this mechanism Xuanji.
A qigong magazine has Teacherís picture on the cover. Are there Law Bodies on
Teacher: They are on all of my photos. They are on anything
that has my picture on it, or my articles, or my printed books, and the same
goes for other printed materials. There is nothing farfetched about it.
[It feels like] something is often turning above my head?
Teacher: I suggest that you not pass up slips like this to me
any more. All kinds of reactions that your body has are good things if you are
a practitioner. You know yourself that it is turningóthe Falun is turningóand
yet you insist on having me spell it out for you. Stop asking questions about
the sensations you have, there are thousands upon thousands of themóso many
kinds. If you ask me about all of them, you wonít be thinking for yourself
about what you should make of them. And these are actually good things.
Otherwise, [if you donít learn to discern for yourself,] who are you going to
ask in the future?
While studying Falun Gong (Revised
Edition) I used a lot of paper to hand copy some parts of the book and
kept them at home. Iím concerned that others might take them imprudently?
Teacher: Thatís not a problem. I think you can seal them up
and put them away, or collect and submit them to the assistance centers for
safekeeping. Send them to farmers in poor areas in the future. Later on you can
send them to farmers in poor areas.
Please explain the differences between Buddhism, Buddha Law, and Buddhist
Teacher: The law in Buddhism is only a tiny part of Buddha Law,
and cannot represent the entire Buddha Law. Shakyamuni said that there are
eighty-four thousand cultivation ways, but Buddhism only has a dozen or so
disciplines: Tian Tai, Hua Yan, Pure Land, Zen, Tantrism, and so forth, only a
dozen or so. I would say there are more than eighty-four thousand waysóthis
Buddha Law is so enormous. How could todayís religions cover the entire Buddha
Law? They are only a part of Buddha Law, only a small part of Buddha Law. They
were formed into religions and are thus called Buddhism. As for Buddhist
studies, this is an ordinary peopleís term and understanding.
Why canít someone become tranquil while meditating?
Teacher: When people are unable to become tranquil while
meditating, it is because many things that they are attached to and holding
onto tightly in ordinary society are interfering. As you understand the Great
Law better, your attachments will become lighter and lighter, and gradually you
will manage to become tranquil when you meditate. If you were able to let go of
everything at this time, your level would already have gone up and you would be
quite advanced in your cultivation. Itís all right to have some straying or
impure thoughts now. As you gradually improve your xinxing in
complicated human society and give up things that ordinary people are attached
to, your mind will gradually become pure and tranquil. Your xinxing is
gradually improving as well, as you give up your attachments, and your level is
being raised. These things go hand in hand. Once these things have happened,
you will become completely tranquil.
What is divine power?
Teacher: Divine power: the Buddha school calls the human
bodyís supernormal capabilities divine powers. At the lowest level, ordinary
people call them exceptional abilities.
What does jiachi (strengthening) mean?
Teacher: Jiachi does not mean increasing your gong,
adding on a chunk of gong for you to make your gong higher and
then adding on another chunk for you to make it even higheróthereís no such
thing. [Increasing] gong relies completely upon you cultivating your
heart and mind, and no matter who adds on some for you, it wonít work. If you
donít believe it, I can connect a gong column to you right now
and instantly make you reach the level of Beyond-Triple-World Law. But it will
fall the minute you step out of here, because that gong is not yours and
your xinxing level is not there. Thatís why it wonít stay. In a very special
dimension, there exists a measuring stick for your xinxing level, with scale
markings on it. When your xinxing canít reach that high, your gong
column wonít reach that high, either. You know how in the past some people
said that itís a pity someoneís energy is lost when he sends out gong.
But you canít understand it that way, because when you send out gong,
your xinxing level is still up there, so even though your gong
column is shorter after you send out a certain amount of energy, it will come
back while you cultivate without even having to endure additional hardships.
Thatís because your xinxing, your level, and your Attainment Status are
there. Of course, if you want to grow further upward, you need to continue to
improve your xinxing so that your gong will grow, and without
this nothing else will work. Strengthening highly purifies your body and helps
transform other things in your gong, thatís all.
I am predestined to have money in my life. How does that relate to my gong
Teacher: There are several scenarios. Some
people get it by exchanging their virtue (de)óthey get their good fortune
through pursuing it. In the case of some others, itís accumulated from the past.
There are also cases in which people have brought it with them from high levels.
There are different situations, so itís quite complicated and you canít look
at these things in one, formulaic way. Some people simply have virtue, a great
deal of virtue, and they can have whatever they want because that is essential.
Thatís really how it is. Virtue can be transformed into gong and
is one of the things that determine a personís cultivation level and Attainment
Status. If someone only seeks good fortune in human society, then he can exchange
this thing with others for money and material possessions. Some people make
a lot of money with just a little bit of effort, and thatís because they have
a lot of virtue. Some people make no money no matter what they do, and this
is probably because they have little virtue. These things are not absolute,
and of course, some peopleís situations are very complicated. I am just talking
about the general rule. People with little virtue may not even be able to get
anything when they go begging for food. That is because when others give you
food, you still have to exchange virtue for it. So when you donít have any virtue
to give them, you wonít get any food. There has to be an exchange because the
ďno loss, no gainĒ property, which balances the universe, is at work.
What should we do when a Buddha statue becomes worn?
Teacher: I think there is a rule in Buddhism. If you donít
want to keep them, send them to temples.
Why does my mind wander when I listen to the lectures?
Teacher: Concentrate on listening and you will be okay. Your
master consciousness has to be strong. In fact, itís your thought karma
[As practitioners] are we still allowed to give treatments?
Teacher: If you are a doctor in a hospital or a massage
therapist, I would say itís not much of a problem. But if this is what you want
to do, do it as a profession, or open a clinic, those are all things you do
among ordinary people. If you treat patients with your gong, thatís
absolutely not allowed! What I am teaching here is not something for healing or
fitness, but true cultivation. And true cultivation is a very serious matter.
If you want to cultivate to become an enlightened being, how could you not be
strict with yourself and slack off? Itís a very serious matter: A person truly has to
endure a lot of hardships. You have to steel your will and cultivate according
to the Great Law. If you truly want to take up cultivation, I would say you
shouldnít think about these things.
Is the master consciousness a personís soul (linghun)?
Teacher: The soul is a very
general thing. The human body is very complex, so what it refers to is not very
clear. And thatís why here we completely get rid of those terms used in the
past, and discuss things entirely in connection with todayís scientific studies
of the human body. We have explained things very clearly.
Why does my mind drift off sometimes?
Teacher: Itís normal that you arenít able to achieve complete
tranquility right now. That reflects the elevation of a personís level. If you
can truly become tranquil right now, your level is no longer low.
I learned other practices before, and occasionally some of their things, such
as incantations, flash across my mind?
Teacher: You have to get rid of all of them. They are different
from ordinary thought karma. You must get rid of them.
Why is it so hard to get rid of bad thoughts? Sometimes it even feels like they
are actually getting stronger.
Teacher: When you want
to get rid of them, they will try to keep you from cultivating, and that is why there are reactions. Some people
have strong reactions. But your main thought must be clear and must eliminate
them. When you are able to discern them and you are determined, my Law Bodies
will get rid of them for you.
I practice Falun Dafa but my sister worships immortals.
Teacher: Students of Falun Dafa donít need to be afraid of
anything. Ordinary people often come across bad things, but they arenít able to
do harm, nor can they do anything to them, so long as the personís mind remains
steady and resists those things. If you firmly cultivate in Dafa, my Law Bodies
will dispose of them.
My Third Eye opened before, but then I couldnít see through it
Teacher: There are many things that could have caused it to
close after opening. In some cases it might have been closed up. And in some
cases it might have been injured, but when you cultivate it is being repaired.
It will open when it needs to open. Donít worry about it, and just let things
What should we do if we canít persist very long when we do the ďStrengthening
Divine PowersĒ meditation?
Teacher: The requirement is, the longer, the better. The fifth
exercise is what I did while I was doing solitary cultivation. I gave it to you
without any changes. My main purpose was to allow you to have a Fa to follow
and exercises to do when you cultivate at high levels. It is difficult
for you to do it right now, and you canít sit for too long. Balance the time
between how long you do the strengthening of divine powers and how long you
meditate in ding. Do it according to your own situation. You will
gradually improve, and over time, you will be able to sit for a very long time.
Unfortunately, I will be going abroad and wonít be able to attend the last
Teacher: Read the books more in the future, then, and it wonít
be a problem. Even those who study on their own are able to achieve
Consummation. It all depends on if you really cultivate yourself.
Who can give birth to a personís master soul?
Teacher: Why are you worrying about those things? Are you
focusing on seeking knowledge or cultivating? Actually, I have discussed this
before. The various substances in this enormous universe can produce lives as they
work in their ways. Trying to distinguish
between the master soul and the subordinate soul on the human body, well, arenít they all lives?
While you were teaching, all of a sudden, I saw you manifest as a silver-haired
Taoist Master with a hair bun on the top of your head and a long body.
Teacher: I have come down to prepare for this thing for a very
long time now, and I have been Buddhas, Taos, and Gods before. If you saw it,
just leave it at that.
When we do the exercises at home, will it scare our ancestors?
Teacher: You have so many attachments. You canít even
influence the lives of your parents and children who are now alive, and yet you
worry about even those who have passed away. Cultivation in an upright Law
benefits everyone. My discipline is the most convenient oneóyou cultivate among
ordinary people. I have repeatedly said that cultivation is a very serious
matter. And yet you worry about this and worry about that, and you wonít break
off this emotional tie and that emotional tie. What did ďleaving home and
becoming a monkĒ mean in the past? Itís hard to say with todayís monks now. In
the past, when someone became a monk, he would not even acknowledge his
parents, he would completely sever all of his secular relationships, and he
would even be given a new name. Why would he be given a Buddhist name? It was
to get rid of all of his worldly desires and free him of any concerns over and
involvement with those things, so that he could calm his mind and cultivate.
Cultivation is a serious matter. Donít worry about those things, and
just focus on cultivating yourself. But you should not worship your ancestors
at home, for your own sake and for the sake of the dead. Human beings and
ghosts cannot live under the same roof, as their karmic relationships in this
world have ended.
Does Falun Dafa affect speculating in stocks?
Teacher: (The students are laughing at you). Youíre attached
to gambling. Let me tell you that some people jump off buildings when they lose
in gambling! Think about the mentality of a person when he is speculating in
stocks. I would say itís hard for some people to tell good from bad now. Some
people asked me if they could play mahjongóarenít you trying to get
other peopleís money through gambling? Isnít that gambling? Anyway, Iím telling
you this: Our lectures here are not for ordinary people to listen to and take
lightly. We are responsible to true cultivators, so the lectures are given to
practitioners. If you want to do whatever out there, then go ahead and do
whatever you want, but donít bother
taking up cultivation.
I have a seven-year-old son. Recently he has been saying that he does the
exercises with you in his dreams, and that he sees you doing the
exercises during the daytime. But he is unwilling to learn Falun Dafa.
Teacher: Then you need to see what he is learning and whether
what he has seen is real or false. When an upright discipline is spread on a
large scale, demons try to undermine it in every way possible. Itís a problem
if the person himself doesnít practice.
In a fast space-time a personís life has already ended. Then why can we still
change our destiny through cultivation now?
Teacher: Itís because [the life of] your main being is not yet
finished, and we are able to turn back time in those dimensions. These are
things I will discuss in my lectures. While we are on the subject, I can tell
you that a person cannot change his life whatsoever on his own. No
ordinary person can possibly change it for you, nor can enlightened beings
change it for you unconditionally. So a human being is unable to control his
own life, and even less so othersí lives. Some people want to wait until they
become wealthy, make a lot of money, take care of their families and have them
live a comfortable life, and then they will start their cultivation. What a
joke! Each person has his own destiny, and even when someone is your loved one,
how could you be allowed to change another personís life? Besides, if you have
no tribulations left, how are you going to cultivate? Do you know how much
karma they have, and how they are supposed to go through their lives? Is that
something you can control for others? You canít. Some people might think, ďI
donít believe it. If I make a lot of money and get rich, my descendants will
inherit it.Ē Iím not so sure about that. A natural disaster, a calamity, or a
fire can take it away, or they might lose it gambling or in some other way.
Itís hard to say what might happen. It depends on whether they have the good fortune.
If not, they canít inherit anything. I am just giving you the idea. Each person
has his own destiny. Itís not like anyone can change another personís life.
That wonít work.
can a cultivatorís life be changed? Yes. There are two ways to change it. If a
person takes up the path of cultivation, his life can be changed. When someone
wants to take up cultivation, his Buddha nature has come forth, so help can be
extended to him unconditionally. With other people, it canít done so casually.
Since cultivation was not part of your life before, changes must be made for
you. Everything has to be reshuffled; that is, rearranged. That can be done.
There is another situation. That is, we have some people who are deeply
attached to ordinary human things, and they hurt others through immoral means
or some other approach. Or, you think that you didnít hurt others, and that you
seem to have gained something through your efforts, etc. In fact, what you can
change is very little. Perhaps what you did with your efforts was something you
were supposed to expend effort for, and only by doing that could you get
itóthat, too, was arranged. But though you can indeed change some small parts,
you canít change the overall direction of things. Even making a small change
might generate karma. Otherwise, there wouldnít be [the difference between]
good and bad people. When you are bent on getting something that was not
arranged for you to have in your life, and get it via immoral means, what you
obtain is something that belongs to others. And so you have hurt others, owed
others, and generated karma. That is the idea. And if you donít pay it back
during this lifetime, you will have to do so in the next one.
Because of my poor xinxing, I mixed this with another practice, causing damage to my Falun a few days later. What should I do?
Teacher: Cultivation is a serious matter, but some
people just wonít listen to dissuasion and insist on mixing the practices, with
disastrous results. It took long, drawn out years, a lengthy period of time in
history, and many generations to form the Falun and our entire set of
mechanisms! Theyíre not things formed by ordinary people. They are quite
precious and have produced countless great enlightened beings. And yet you
ruined it just like thatóby doing another practice at the same time, you ruined
it. Iíll tell youólet me tell you something a bit high-levelóin a sense, the
Falun is a universe, and it is countless times more precious than your own life
and your master soul. And yet you ruined it so casually. Think about this,
everyone. Of course, since Iím saving you, I have offered it. If you can take
up this practice, do it. But if you donít [take up the practice], nothing can
be done. Going forward, I wonít give those whose Falun has been deformed
another one just like that. If they really want to learn and want to learn it
wholeheartedly, I still have to see whether they truly want to learn and are
able to stick with it. If someone is truly
able to learn it, if he can learn
it, he can be given a set of mechanisms, and gradually, through his own
practice a Falun will form.
Teacher Li, if you are a Buddha then you canít say that all laws are
Teacher: Did any of our students ever hear me say that all laws are evil?
(ďNo!Ē) This person is possessed
and his mind is so controlled that he doesnít
know what he is saying. People with an unclear master consciousness cannot be
saved. Now, in the Dharma Ending Period, things are chaotic. Besides, can those fouled up, evil practices and crooked ways be
called laws? What laws do they have? There is only one LawóZhen-Shan-Ren! Other
upright Laws and religions are all truths validated and enlightened to at
different levels in the universe.
What if someone canít maintain his xinxing in his dreams?
Teacher: That means your xinxing is not solid and you
didnít hold yourself to a high standard. The reason is that you havenít yet
laid a solid foundation in your everyday Fa study. That is why you need to
truly cultivate yourself in real lifeóso that you will take these things
seriously in your mind.
Will Faluns be formed for those who have not attended your classes but have
practiced by following your books?
Teacher: You know, what we are teaching is cultivation, and
things for cultivating at high levels, instead of something for healing and
fitness. So the requirements for people are high. Itís not that if you do the
exercises, you can get a Falun. No matter how well or how long you do the
exercises, if you donít conduct yourself according to the xinxing
standard that we require, if you are not strict with yourself, donít uphold
virtue and donít study the Fa, you will have nothing and nothing will form. But
if you follow the requirements of our Fa, you will get everything. You wonít miss
out on anything you are supposed to get, and that includes when you study on
your own. All of the words in my books are my Law Bodies, so you will naturally
get everything, and you donít need to form a Falun yourself. Also, my Law
Bodies will naturally protect you.
There are people in society who attack Falun Dafa in front of Falun Dafa
students. How should we safeguard Falun Dafa?
Teacher: Just ignore them. There is no need to argue or fight
with them. Whatever they want to say, let them be. Just ignore them, thatís
all. Donít give them an audience and donít listen to them, thatís all.
Can Falun Dafa disciples go into a newborn delivery room?
Teacher: Why would that matter? Some of your questions are a
bit naÔve. When you cultivate in Dafa you have nothing to fear. One righteous
mind subdues a hundred evils. Besides, the delivery room is not wicked. That is
actually good for babies.
Question: Do qigong books by writers who are
not qigong masters carry possessed or evil demonsí things?
Teacher: Iíll tell you, whether the person is a writer or
whatever, if he is not a qigong master, those possessing spirits and
other messed up things will control him as he writes the qigong books.
Where do his ideas come from? He thinks that they are from himself. There are
also some writers who want to write things about qigong, so they interview
fake qigong masters since they donít know how those [fake] qigong masters
got their gong. They can invite those things, too, and what they
write are those things. Now itís a mess out there and there are all kinds of
fake qigongs. Even if there were no wicked things in them, how could
something written by a non-qigong master guide your cultivation?
In my spare time after practicing I find some books to read. Itís mainly
because I donít understand certain expressions and terminologies, so I want to
read more to understand better, rather than wanting to learn more cultivation
Teacher: Donít try to justify it. We are
being responsible to you here. Whatís discussed in those cultivation ways belongs
to those cultivation ways and contains the factors of those cultivation ways.
Could you use them in our practice? In terms of what we discuss and what we
teach, other terminologies donít have the meaning of our practice. Their exercise
movements, and every word in the books that are possessed by demons, all contain
those things. If you read them, they will get into your body. With regard to
the knowledge about cultivation and Buddhist studies, I will select some historical
cultivation figures for publication. They are good and upright, and can serve
as readings for your general knowledge and help you to understand.
Question: What do we do with our notes of Teacherís
answers to the questions during the class?
Teacher: Save them. Also, I would like to say that some of you
in the audience here have a habit of taking notes, but more often than not, those who arenít
able to listen to the lecture well are
these note takers. Thatís because they put their attention on
note taking, and yet often they can neither write everything down nor hear
everything. You have to listen with a serene mind.
When your notes are incomplete and you follow those notesówhen they are
incomplete and are probably out of context since you canít jot down everythingóif
you follow them, the results might not be good. Iím saying this to share with you what people
have learned from numerous occurrences of these things since I started holding
classes. Many people have done that. What I am teaching are not theories among ordinary
people, so the results [of note-taking] are usually not good, as you can
neither hear everything nor jot everything down. Later on we will have books for you to read.
Do the results of our practice have anything to do with our moods?
Teacher: When you are in a bad mood you
shouldnít do the exercises. And especially when you are angry, even less should
you do them. Cultivating in an upright Law, you need to practice Ren.
Practicing Ren is not done after your mood has turned bad, or you have
gotten angry. When you are in a bad mood, how are you going to do the exercises?
When you are upset and resentful in your heart, how could you calm down with
all those thoughts that come from anger? How could you achieve good results
in practicing? When you donít do things according to the Fa, when you are not
cultivating in an upright way, you are cultivating in an evil way. Having done
the exercises does not mean you are practicing in this Fa. There are many masters
who have taught people things, but people have not adhered to the xinxing
and moral standards required by their masters. So what they ended up attaining
were wicked and chaotic things. Although they might be teaching a good practice,
different things can result from the same practice. You have to truly follow
the masterís xinxing standard. Cultivation practice is a very serious
Does reading ancient and modern books on medicine affect [our practice of]
Teacher: It doesnít affect it. Reading books on medicine doesnít
affect it. But donít read those books on qigong medicine that are written these days.
A yoga book discusses scriptures of a god, and it says that this god created all universes.
Teacher: Donít listen to those things. What yoga? During the
Dharma Ending Period, there is no pure land
Is virtue exchanged for what we gain through work?
Teacher: It also has something to do with how much the person
gives. Ordinarily, work itself is giving. When someone gets more than he gives,
he will have to expend virtue.
What if we only cultivate
our xinxing but donít do the exercises?
Teacher: Then you are only a good person, and not a
cultivator. In the future you can only be a good person and be rewarded with
good fortune in your next life.
Why is it that we push to rotate the Falun only four times instead of nine
Teacher: Pushing four times is enough to
do the job. If you push too many times your belly will ache and get bloated.
Of course, it doesnít matter when you are learning it. After you have learned
it, though, you shouldnít push it too many times while doing the exercise. If
you do, your belly will become bloated.
Is it all right to do the exercises within one month of giving birth?
Teacher: Of course it is. Thatís not a problem. There are no vigorous
Thereís a person who has not attended Teacherís seminars, and after doing the
fifth exercise she came up with some other movements.
Teacher: Then something else is controlling her. I have talked
about this before: what we have taught are only these five exercises. She likes
[those movements], and when she becomes overjoyed she follows along and starts doing them. If you donít want them, stop them and they will
disappear. But when you move along with them and like them more and moreóďOh,
itís pretty goodĒóthen they will direct you to
do things. But those thingsósimple as
their movements may beóare all damaging to your body. Although you are able to
do those movements, they all harm what is in your body, and within a short
while they could ruin you.
Can a Catholic believer practice Falun Dafa?
Teacher: Discussing this subject might involve things at very
high levels. To Asians I can only tell
you to forge ahead with your cultivation to your utmost.
Itís hard to come across a Great Law, an upright Law. Thatís all I can tell
you. If todayís religions could save people, I wouldnít have come to teach
Dafa. Anyway, enlighten to it yourselves. You are human beings now, and you
wonít be able to accept it if I discuss
things at too high a level.
Are the young people who practice Falun Dafa allowed to fall in love with someone of the opposite sex?
Teacher: As I have said to you before, at this level itís not
possible to have you abandon everything, and you wouldnít be able to. Of
course, some people might take these things lightly. Nevertheless, Iíll tell
you that for those who cultivate in society, we donít encourage you to be like
that. But in Falun Dafa we do have a number of monastic cultivators. When we
have monasteries in the future, those might provide a place for their
cultivation. After many a monk takes up cultivation in Falun Dafa, their
monasteries might give them a lot of trouble, so in the future we need to
provide them with a place for cultivation. But for those who cultivate among
ordinary people, we donít encourage you to go
that route. If everyone cultivated in
Falun Dafa and no one got married, then they wouldnít propagate future generations
and human beings would become extinct. That wouldnít do. So, at present, you
can get married, have a family, and establish your career. Those who cultivate
among ordinary people should be in keeping with how ordinary people
are as much as possible. Iíll give you an example: If you donít get married,
your parents will be worried about you and not understand you, and others wonít
understand you. Conforming to the state of ordinary people is good for our
cultivation, because the most complicated environments bring forth superior
Great Master, can you talk about your courtship?
Teacher: You arenít here to learn the Fa. What are you here
for? What else do you want to know? Cultivation is a very serious matter, and
yet you are still driven by qing and attached to those things. What a
huge gap that is!
After successfully completing cultivation in Falun Dafa, can we go to other
Teacher: You can go wherever you like to go, because you will
have successfully completed your cultivation. You are asking this question now,
but in the future when you really have successfully completed your cultivation,
one day you will feel awfully ashamed of [what youíre saying]! You donít know
what you are saying. What you have now is human thinking, and not
thoughts in the realm of a God.
When meditating, we are required to keep our minds clear, clean, and free of
intentions or any thoughts. So are we supposed to cultivate and reach that
state of mind in terms of our xinxing?
Teacher: Yes! But you can only achieve it gradually. Always
pay attention: no matter to what extent you have entered the state of
tranquility, you need to be aware that you are meditating here and doing the
exercise. You have to keep this one thought in mind; otherwise, you will lose
consciousness and become unaware of anything. Then you wonít be cultivating you.
When school students study hard to get admitted into college and do right by their parents, is that against Zhen-Shan-Ren?
Teacher: That does not go against Zhen-Shan-Ren. Itís easy to
mix up which things are attachments and which are not. I can tell you this:
What you do to achieve some personal goals of yours and satisfy your own
interests and desires are attachments, whereas the things you do for the
public, for the common good, for others, or in trying to do a good job at work
and school, are what you should do. Think about it: For a [Falun Gong]
student who is a school student, your natural duty is to study well, since you
are a student. Some people think, ďMy goal is just to get into college.Ē Of
course, the goal of studying is to continually go up ever higherófrom
elementary school to high school, and on to college and so on. You canít stay
in elementary school forever! Thatís for sure. So itís not wrong if we want to
go to college. However, if you donít study well and are always thinking about
getting into college, getting into college, getting into college, then I would
say itís an attachment. So think about it, letís look at it from another
perspective: If you are a student, your natural duty is to study well and be
worthy of what your parents, your schools, and your teachers have done for you.
Your teachers have sacrificed for you by giving you lessons. Your parents have
paid for your schooling and have raised you. So you need to be worthy of your
parentsí and schoolteachersí efforts, and to work hard to study well. Then
wouldnít you naturally get into college? If you always think about getting into
college, getting into college, and yet you donít study well, how can you get
into college? You donít need to think about getting into college all the time.
Wouldnít it be a waste of energy if you couldnít get into one? Donít think
about getting into college, just work hard to study well, and thatís enough.
When you have done well with your studies, college or graduate school will come
along, right? Thatís how it works. Some things are very simple, but you can
easily be confused about them. Then there are some people among us who conduct scientific
research or studiesóare those considered attachments? The results of your work
and those things you do are for the benefit of the public, and serve the
broader society and others. It is your duty to do those things well. And if you
are a worker, you too should do a good job and really earn your wages and your
compensation, right? Thatís because a practitioner should demonstrate that he
is a good person wherever he is.
When I do the exercises, I enter into a state in which I completely forget
about myself and canít even hear any sound around me, and I feel as if my body
Teacher: Thatís a good state. We require you to enter a state
of tranquility while doing the exercises, and two situations may occur. Our
practice is unlike the other ones, where the person is unaware of anything
while sitting there, and a few hours later he gets out of ding and
thinks ďHey, it feels as if Iíve only sat here for a short while, only ten or
twenty minutes or so.Ē But he looks at the clock and finds that a long time has
passed. And he is ecstatic, thinking that his ability to achieve ding is
great and that he has practiced really well. In other cultivation practices,
everyone would say that he has done well, but I would say his situation is sad,
very sad! You know, in our cultivation you are to truly cultivate yourself and
have yourself truly acquire gong. So even when you are in a state of
deep ding, you need to be aware that you are doing the exercises here.
You might experience the state mentioned in this questionóyou donít know where
your legs, your body, your arms, or your hands are, even your head feels gone,
and it feels as if only one thing exists, which is your awareness that you are
doing the exercise here. Thatís a very good state. Besides that, we may also
experience another state where it feels like we are sitting inside an eggshell
and canít moveóitís really niceóand yet you know that you are doing the
exercise here. This state might also occur.
[One time] I woke up in the middle of the night and found myself doing some
Falun Dafa movements. I could feel the Falun rotating and a strong energy
Teacher: If they were really Falun Dafa movements, thatís
good. Itís possible that your master soul was practicing, helping you practice.
If they were other movements, that is a problem.
When I do the first four exercises, there is a force in my body that makes me
Teacher: We have many people who are quite sensitive. When the
Falun is turning inside their bodies, they sway along. Donít move along with
it. Some people arenít sensitive and canít feel a thing even when the turning
force is strong. Each personís state is different.
We have practiced Tantrism for many years, and we have supernormal abilities
now and are able to connect with Masterís Law Bodies. If this is real, does it
help guide our practice in Falun Dafa?
Teacher: It doesnít helpóit doesnít help at all. Tantrism
consists of a Tathagataís law principles at this lowest level of the universe, so how could it
help guide the Fa of the universe? I have told you that it is hard to say
whether what you see is real or false. Even if what you see is real, it would
be very difficult to reach the level of connecting with my Law Bodies. They
wouldnít communicate with you this way. Itís the things you learned before that
conjured it up to deceive you. So be careful with these things. Supernormal
abilities donít convey the level of a person; it is his xinxing that
sets apart the level of his Attainment Status.
May I write diaries to examine my shortcomings against Teacherís Dafa?
Teacher: I would say itís not necessary to write those down.
Go ahead if you want to write them down, though. It will be good enough if you
know in your heart what you have done wrong, and going forward, pay attention
to studying the Fa and improving yourself.
When I read Masterís works, often a few lines of the text appear dazzling. And
when I check I find that they are exactly about the problem I am experiencing at the time.
Is that Teacherís Law Body giving me hints?
Teacher: Those are all the Fa-power carried by Dafa.
[Contained in] each word are the Law Bodies of Buddhas, Taos, and Gods.
Why is it that during a certain period of time your Law Body would punish me
every time I did something wrong or said something wrong, but during another
period of time your Law Body didnít do anything when I did or said wrong
Teacher: You were taken care of all the time, and yet you
still made mistakes and wouldnít repent and change. You canít be given hints
like that all the time. By the way, I will bring something else up. Many
students always want to communicate with my Law Bodies, and their reason is to
ask about certain things, about things in their cultivation, and so on. Let me
say this: Just go ahead and cultivate, and you will surely know what you are
supposed to know. There are things that you are not supposed to know, and that
means itís not yet time for you to know them. Read the books a lot regularly,
read them thoroughly, and all of your problems can be solvedóeverything is in
there. Whether you have problems that you canít yet realize, or you have
difficult questions, after you have truly studied this Fa you will find that
you have no more questionsóeach and every problem will be readily solved.
Is it true that as long as a person achieves Unlocking-Gong and Enlightenment,
he will have obtained his True Attainment Status and he will be able to go to
the Falun Paradise?
Teacher: There are two types of enlightenmentóďgradual
enlightenmentĒ and ďsudden enlightenment.Ē And the Enlightenment at the end
where everything is truly opened up is called Consummation. But some people are
only able to cultivate and achieve Unlocking-Gong and Enlightenment within the
Three Realms. Thatís not Consummation and they wonít achieve the True Attainment
Status. What Iím saying is that some people canít make that much effort and
donít have that strong a resolve for cultivation, so they wonít reach the True Attainment
Status and thus wonít be able to go to the Falun Paradise. There will be those
who become Enlightened within the Three Realms, for they are only
capable of cultivating to that level. Those who cultivate Dafa wonít
necessarily all go to the Falun Paradise. There are higher Paradises for those
who achieve Consummation at higher Attainment Statuses.
Is it because of qing that human beings fell to this physical dimension?
Teacher: Thatís not the case for everyone. There is no qing
up thereóit only exists within the Three Realms. You fell because you no longer
met the standard up there, that is why you fell. In the human dimension qing
is strongest. Qing is the fundamental source for the breeding of
How can we distinguish possessing spirits from the soul?
Teacher: You canít tell them apart at present. Donít always be
so interested in those things. Those possessing spirits can manifest in sizes
as large as your body, and your body in the past can also manifest in this lifetime,
so itís extremely hard for you to tell whether it is a body from your previous
life or a possessing spirit. Some possessing spirits are inside the personís
body and some are outside. Those that squat on top of the personís head or
shoulders, or that straddle his neck, can be discerned relatively easily. As for
those that crouch inside the personís body, you wonít be able to tell them
apart. Those who cultivate Dafa donít have problems like being possessedóthatís
absolutely not allowed.
Could you tell us what those who are above Buddhas are called?
Teacher: What do you mean ďthose who are
above BuddhasĒ? Ordinary people will never be allowed to know things at that
high a level. I have talked in general about the two major schoolsóthe Buddha
school and the Tao school. Those who are above them are Buddhas and Taos. If
you take this as knowledge [instead of part of cultivation], gradually, just
a few days after you step out of this door and leave this class, you will remember
nothing. You will only have a general impression of what I talked about, and
you will be muddleheaded and unable to recount anything. It will be erased from
the memories of those who canít practice cultivation, as ordinary people are
not allowed to know these things.
What is the real meaning of qing in Buddha Fa?
Teacher: It is a factor at the lowest level of the cosmic
Great Law and the cosmic attributes. In the past we never talked about this
fundamental thing. In Buddhism they talk about attachmentsóabout this
attachment, that attachmentÖ We have also talked about various attachments. But
Buddhism didnít talk about what is at the root of attachments. Here we have
spelled it out for you: They result from the existence of qing. So, of
course, if a person wants to achieve True Attainment Status in his cultivation, he basically
needs to get rid of this qing.
Question: When we do the exercises our tongue is
supposed to bridge [to the upper palate]. But what happens if we are wearing
dentures and are unable to do that?
Teacher: Wearing dentures doesnít affect anything. Even if you
held a lead plate in your mouth it wouldnít matter. Gong can penetrate
all that. It doesnít matter. We arenít harnessing qi, but are
Who were you in your previous life?
Teacher: Iím just Li Hongzhi. By no means am I Buddha
Is the Falun Holy King you mentioned in your past lectures the same Falun Holy
King that was mentioned by Shakyamuni in The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower
Teacher: In history, Buddha Shakyamuni did
mention the Falun Holy King. Buddha Shakyamuni mentioned things about the Law
Wheel and the Falun Holy King many times before. When people later on tried
to recall those things Buddha Shakyamuni said, they could no longer fully express
them. So people later on couldnít understand the original meaning of what Buddha
Shakyamuni said, which caused misinterpretations. Then, things like ďsilver
wheel,Ē ďiron wheel,Ē ďbronze wheel,Ē etc. came about, which were all made up
by people afterwards. And they talked about Buddha Shakyamuni turning the Law
Wheel and so on. With regard to that, Buddha Shakyamuni was not at all talking
about turning the Law Wheel himself. Buddha Shakyamuni was able to predict the
future, and he saw and knew that such a thing would happen in the future.
When I do the Strengthening Supernatural Powers meditation at night, I begin to
doze soon after I start.
Teacher: Thatís absolutely no good. You have to overcome this
problem. Otherwise the one being cultivated might not be you. We need to
practice cultivation knowingly. When you fall asleep as soon as you meditate,
youíre really not practicing and are just sleeping in a seated position. That
too is interference.
The sentient beings in the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss have no worries or
tribulations. How do they cultivate?
Teacher: As I have told you, a person canít cultivate if he
has no vexation and worries. That is why itís very hard to cultivate in the Land of Ultimate Bliss.
What is the Law name of Teacherís Law Bodies?
Teacher: My Law Body is meóthey are one. This isnít
easy to understand. It doesnít have a ďLaw name.Ē Itís just Li Hongzhi.
When we have questions in cultivation, can we discuss them with veteran students who we
think have done relatively well in cultivation?
Teacher: Itís not a problem for students to inquire and
discuss among themselves. Itís good.
One time when I was working, I inadvertently sensed that the center spot on my
forehead between my eyebrows sent forth pink light, blue light, and silver
light. [Whatís that about?]
Teacher: That is a phenomenon when your Third Eye opens. There
are a myriad of different phenomena. Some people have asked, ďOur energy is
light, so how does it exist in our body?Ē I read a question slip yesterday but
didnít have a chance to answer it. Let me tell you this: It looks like light to
you because that is only its manifestation to those whose Third Eye level is
low, whereas it exists as a real and concrete thing. When the level of your
Third Eye is not high, the beings in other dimensions look like light to you,
because their energy is strong. If the level of your Third Eye is very high,
you will find that the things there are more real and concrete than the things
you see here with your eyes. That is why cultivators of the past said that
human society is illusory.
You said that we should get rid of all attachments, but isnít your desire to
save all sentient beings an attachment itself?
Teacher: This person is really muddleheaded! If you see a
person drowning, is it an attachment to pull him out and save him? I have come
to save you. I have not come to cultivate. You need to be clear about this.
Also, I am doing even bigger things. Itís just that in the human world I am
teaching the Fa.
When compassion (cibei) emerges out of our desire to save all sentient beings
and extricate them from suffering, does that count as qing?
Teacher: The compassion you talk about in your current
[cultivation] status in fact results from qing. Compassion is not qing!
Ordinary people have qing. Only when you have ascended and no longer
have qing can you truly understand what compassion is.
Someone whose Third Eye is at a relatively high level often tells students what
stage they have reached in their cultivation.
Teacher: He is harming Falun Dafa. Iíll tell you: We should
never listen to or believe those things. With regard to the level a person has
reached in his cultivation, absolutely no one is allowed to talk about it just
like that. Some people, driven by a desire to show off, like to talk about
those things. Even with your Third Eye opened, you are not necessarily able to
see the level he has reached in his cultivation. In an extremely special case
where someone is indeed very good and can truly see that, he wonít tell. When
we share with each other and try to improve together, and talk about things
like ďa certain aspect of your gong isĒ such and such, or ďyou have
developed something good in your cultivation,Ē thatís okay. But if you talk
about how high a level you have reached in cultivation, how high Iím at, how
high youíre at, or how high he is at, then that is undermining the Fa. A person
like that is absolutely not allowed to see those situations. Isnít he
encouraging human attachments? Competition and all sorts of other things may
occur among you. I will say this again: At any given time, you should take the
level of a personís xinxing cultivation as the criteria. Only persons
whose xinxing are not high would do those things. Then if someoneís xinxing
is not high, can his gong possibly be high? And if his gong
isnít high, could he possibly see things accurately?
During the classes, new students have obtained Faluns, qi mechanisms, and Law
Bodies from Master, all of which are extremely precious. Based on the cosmic
principle of ďno loss, no gain,Ē what should we give for that?
Teacher: My Law Body protects youóitís not given to you.
Really, I just want you to be able to obtain the Fa, to cultivate, to return to
your original, true selfóI only ask that you desire to improve yourself.
Is there a difference between the Falun in Tantrism and the Falun you talk
Teacher: They are not the same thing. Their Falun is in oneís
thought and is controlled by the personís deliberate intentions, whereas mine
is real, tangible, and concrete.
In Hong Kong, I paid a visit to the big Buddha statue in the Temple of Heaven. Teacher, please tell us why in todayís society people would build such a huge
Teacher: Thatís something ordinary people wanted to do. Today
in Buddhism many people are thinking about building bigger temples. Those are
all ordinary peopleís things.
If someone succeeds in cultivation and achieves Consummation, will he be able
to see Master up there?
Teacher: As long as you truly cultivate, you can see me even
before you reach Consummation. So after you achieve Consummation you can of
course see me.
What are monastic disciples? And what are truly-cultivating disciples?
Teacher: Monastic disciples are those who follow the
cultivation form of monasteries. They are monastic disciples. Truly-cultivating
disciples are those who truly cultivate themselves.
Iím a student. May I read and do my homework with my legs crossed?
Teacher: When you cross your legs while reading and doing your
homework, you are only practicing leg-crossing, and it doesnít count as
meditating. In any case, that too is good for you. It can help to allow your
legs to stay crossed for a long time. But itís only exercising your legs.
When a person reaches the state of Three Flowers Gathering on Top, is his
Cultivated Infant as big as his human body?
Teacher: Thatís impossible. The Cultivated Infants of those
reaching Three Flowers Gathering on Top are only the size of a one or
two-year-old childóand that only applies to those who have cultivated well. For
some they are the size of infants that are several months old.
When beings are created they are assimilated to the qualities of the universe
and should only have Zhen-Shan-Ren. Then why would they have innate
Teacher: Personalities are a matter of peopleís personalities.
One person might tend to be impatientóhis
personality is relatively impatient and he does everything swiftly. Another
person has a slow temperament and does everything unhurriedly. A personís
personality is his personality. They are two different things. Why can original
matter form different thingsówood, iron, etc.? Thatís one thing. But they all
have the Zhen-Shan-Ren qualities.
Do the big mudras you do have the same meaning as your teaching the Fa?
Teacher: The messages conveyed by that are relatively
high-level. Anyway, itís not easy for human beings to obtain the Fa, and this
predestined connection has not come by easily. Iím just urging you not to miss
Question: Can a person cultivate to a level that
exceeds that of his parents who gave birth to his [master] soul?
Teacher: Donít let your imagination run wild now. Iíll tell
you: You donít know how low of a level youíre at now, and yet you dare to think
about things that high. How high a person can reach through cultivation depends
on his ability to endure and the proportion of the virtue and karma material he
has. In other words, your inborn foundation and your ability to endureóthese
factors determine how high you can reach in cultivation. So if you say, ďI
simply want to reach that high,Ē and yet you donít have that kind of ability to
endure, you will go crazy. Nothing is absolute, though. Itís just that right
now your thinking is that of a human.
Red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue, violet, colored, and colorlessóthese
represent different levels. In what ways can we tell? If someoneís Third Eye
has not opened, can others tell from the skin color on his face?
Teacher: You canít tell. Those are not things that ordinary
people can see. That is why human eyes canít tell the difference.
I learned a certain qigong practice before and went astray. Something was
always moving about in my body. I went down a wrong path. Now Iím determined to
cultivate in Falun Dafa, but I dreamed that something came to interfere with
Teacher: What you want to cultivate or practice depends on
your heart. Itís all up to you. When your desire to cultivate Dafa is firm, no
one can disrupt you. Nor is anyone allowed to interfere with you anymore. I
wonít allow it, either.
If someoneís master soul is young, can he cultivate to a high level?
Teacher: It has nothing to do with whether his master soul is
young or old. It has nothing to do with that.
After listening to Dafa I realize that cultivation is a pressing matter. How
can I develop a greater capacity to endure (Ren) that will help me be diligent
and vigorously progress forward?
Teacher: Whether you can endure and to what extent you can
endure are up to you. There is no specific training for increasing the capacity
to endure. It all depends on your own ability to endure hardships. If you have
the Fa in your heart and show compassion towards everything around you, you may
be better able to handle the things you encounter.
Whatís the difference between Gong Body and Law Body?
Teacher: You wonít have Gong Bodies, not even in the future.
After reaching Consummation you will only have Law Bodies. None of the beings
in the universe have Gong Bodies.
A person goes through a round of tests that aim at removing all of his
attachments within the In-Triple-World Law, and then after he reaches
Beyond-Triple-World Law, does he go through another round upon arriving at each
Attainment Status, or go through a round at each of the upper, intermediate,
and lower levels of each Attainment Status?
Teacher: The entire path thatís generally arranged for you
over the course of your cultivation, that is, all the way to your
Enlightenment, is one cultivation process. And during this cultivation process
you are to remove all of your attachments. Itís not like [it is segmented into]
an In-Triple-World Law level, a Beyond-Triple-World Law level, etc. It
is arranged for you this way all the way until you reach Consummation.
Question: With regard to the formation, stasis, degeneration in
the universe, is it that all bad things will be blown up and formed anew?
Teacher: It was like that in the past. Bad things would be
destroyed and re-created. Mankind has been destroyed many times, and some
people canít understand that. You canít think about these things from an ordinary
personís perspective. The other day, I talked about a principle. I said that in
the eyes of Buddhas, Taos, and Gods at very, very high levels, human beings are
just so trivial; but then in the eyes of great enlightened beings at very high
levels, Tathagatas are like ordinary people; and then in the eyes of great
enlightened beings at even higher levels, human beings are even less
significant than germs and micro-organisms. So if mankindís morality has
degenerated, the earth is just like an apple, and if itís rotten, shouldnít it
be discarded? For someone who is not in that realm, itís very difficult to
perceive and understand these things.
Please purify the master soul of us truly-cultivating disciples.
Teacher: I have done all that is supposed to be done. Donít
let your imagination run wild. There are things you donít understand. You will
end up the best in the future.
In the past, some people used Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara incense to predict
things. Now, after using Masterís photo to perform consecration for
Avalokitesvaraís statue, can we still use the incense books?
Teacher: What use do you want those incense books to serve?
Isnít that what ordinary people do? As a cultivator, what are you trying to
predict? What do you want to know? Whether you will have tribulations, so you
can avoid them? If you manage to avoid them, you wonít be able to improve
yourself. How could you cultivate, then? Or are you trying to find out if you
will get rich? If you do things well, do your job well, or run a big business,
you will naturally have it. Those are all things ordinary people do, and not
what a Dafa cultivator should do. Followers of minor practices can of course
You said that monastic disciplesí cultivation is like that of monks in
monasteries. So being away from human society, how can they temper their
Teacher: With regard to how full-time disciples cultivate, we
didnít discuss that in our class here. Thatís a future matter. Monastic
disciples also need to come out to be among ordinary people. In the past, monks
would roam about, they needed to endure hardships among ordinary people and beg
for food, and they were not to accumulate wealth or property. Roaming about
amidst ordinary people presents good opportunities to be tempered among
When I practice sitting in the full-lotus position, may I fasten my legs with a
rope after crossing them to secure the position?
Teacher: We donít have any special requirements on this.
Handle it based on your own situation.
Teacher: I wonít answer any questions about the country or on
specific matters among ordinary people. Donít ask me questions that involve
politics, as we have never had a hand in politics or the laws and regulations
of the state. As far as how we should conduct ourselves as cultivators, what
non-action is, and what we should do, we have already talked about these
If everyone is principled deep inside, is it possible for mankind to become a
pure land of the Buddha school?
Teacher: It is possible for mankindís morality to re-ascend.
Not only is it possible, it is bound to happenóthatís how it looks now. It
isnít possible for everyone to become a Buddha, though, as peopleís xinxing
levels are not the same and their abilities to endure are different. Human
society will always exist, because it is a manifestation of the Fa at the
lowest level as Dafa runs through from the top to the bottom. But it will never
become like a heavenly kingdom.
What if a practitioner suffers a bone fracture?
Teacher: Some people practice, but they only do it sporadicallyóon one day and off the next. †They donít do it seriously, and they donít hold
themselves to our xinxing requirements. These people are not disciples
who cultivate in Falun Dafa, and all kinds of things can happen to them. When
it happens, you say that a Falun Dafa discipleís bone is fractured. I can tell
you that those who truly cultivate themselves usually wonít suffer bone
fractures. In isolated cases where someone owed that kind of karma in a
previous life, then itís hard to say. So be careful. Assistants should not
compel new students to practice. Doing so can cause problems. Thatís not how I
do things. Dafa teaches changing from the heart. Isnít compelling people the
same as forcing them? Make sure you are extra careful about this.
Iíve noticed that after I introduced Falun Dafa to some new friends, my xinxing and physical condition worsened. Is it because I
told others of it?
Teacher: Thatís probably just your own perception, right? Some
people want to learn it, and as soon as you tell them about it they want to
learn. You shouldnít have the sense that your condition has worsened. That is a
state that shows your body is being purified or your karma is being eliminated.
Iím a high school teacher, and I want very much to teach my students to
practice Falun Dafa. I wonder if thatís the right thing to do.
Teacher: Of course it is. Even if their understanding canít
reach that high, it can help exercise their bodies. If they can really
understand this Fa, try to be good persons, and want to do good, wonít that be
a great thing? And if they want to cultivate toward high levels, I would say
you will have accumulated great virtue.
When we were moving I accidentally damaged Teacher's photo.
Teacher: It was unintentional, no one will blame you.
If those who live around us ask me about the practice, may I tell them and
Teacher: If people desire to learn it, then go ahead and teach
them. How could you not teach them if they ask you, since [you are supposed to]
spread the Fa.
How come after I talked about Falun Dafa, I changed from having great faith to
having some doubts about Falun Dafaís principles?
Teacher: There are many reasons involvedóyour ability to
understand, your thought karma, etc., and when your own understanding is
inadequate, others wonít believe you when you talk to them. Since you yourself
just started learning, interference to you may have something to do with it.
Usually there is little external interference; instead, it is all caused by
your own thought karma and inadequate understanding of Dafa. On top of that,
othersí disbelief might cause you to think that way.
In the winter after doing the Strengthening Divine Powers meditation and
uncrossing my legs, I feel very cold. Is that normal?
Teacher: In the beginning of your practice you wonít reach a
very high realm right away. In the beginning you wonít sit there feeling very
comfortable and warm. When you first start to practice, your body has karma,
which is black and cold in nature. When you practice you are eliminating your
karma, and feeling a little chilled or cold does occur. Besides, itís winter,
and your body wonít change very quickly, or instantly. Thatís not possible. You
will be fine later on.
I didnít keep up my xinxing well
before. If I start to cultivate now do I still have enough time?
Teacher: Arenít many new students just starting to cultivate?
But you should indeed hurry up, especially those who are older.
When someone helps others who are in need, is he transforming his karma into
virtue or taking othersí virtue?
Teacher: When you see others having difficulties and help
them, you are being kind and doing good. When you are helping others and doing
a good thing, if itís a difficult thing to do, you will endure hardships and
your karma will be transformed. Usually, when you voluntarily help others, it
is out of your own will and there is no transformation of virtue. But if it
involves something valuable, then it is a different matter. Also, if someone
frequently has tribulations, he may be paying for his karma, or there may be
some sort of causal relationships involved. If a cultivator focuses on these
things, he may do bad things, because he canít see the causal relationships
behind it. Thatís why we advise practitioners to preserve their virtue and practice
non-action. What we teach also includes this meaning: Ordinary people talk about
accumulating virtue, but thatís ordinary people doing ordinary peopleís things,
as they are bound by the Fa at the level of ordinary people. You, on the other
hand, are bound by the Fa at the cultivation level, so itís not right for you
to be attached to those things.
If a person truly cultivates Falun Dafa, will Teacher arrange his tribulations
in such a way that it enables him to achieve a True
Attainment Status and succeed in cultivation?
Teacher: Yes. A person will always have tribulations during
the course of his cultivation. Besides, tribulations are [the result of the]
karma of your own making, and you are to improve your xinxing amidst the
tribulations. You will encounter all kinds of troubles. How will you handle
them? How will you demonstrate that you are a practitioner? You canít handle
them the same way others do. So you will come across these problems throughout
the entire course of your cultivation, all the way until you reach
Consummation. And until you reach Consummation, one question remainsócan you be
steadfast toward the Fa? There will be tests on that. If, fundamentally, you
donít even believe the Fa, then itís pointless to talk about anything else.
For people with a medium- or low-level inborn foundation,
whatís easier for them to cultivate to: the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss or the
Falun Paradise? And which path enables them to cultivate faster: the central
great way of the universe or one thatís off to the side?
Teacher: Dafa cultivation canít be compared with others.
During the course of your cultivation, no matter how you cultivate, the
requirements remain the same and the required standards are the same. However
high you reach in your cultivation, that is how high of a level you will
attain. In religion itís called Attainment Status, so that is how high of an
Attainment Status you will attain.
Question: Many people in Guangzhou worship
Guangong. Is it all right to perform consecration for a Guangong
[figurine or picture] using your photo?
Teacher: In history, Buddhism called Guangong Bodhisattva
Sangharama, but that resulted from peopleís worship. Why does the Tao school
worship Guangong as well? Itís because his subordinate soul succeeded in
cultivation. There are also some businessmen who worship Guangong and see him
as the god of wealth. What is on there all comes from peopleís worshipping or
animal possession. So why would you use my Law Body to perform consecration for
it? Buddha is not concerned with whether you get rich. When you have
difficulties, a Buddha or Bodhisattva might help you, but even in that case you
would have to be someone with good inborn foundation or a cultivator. Truly
saving you out of this sea of suffering of ordinary people is not achieved by
having you get rich. If a person has no illness or hardship, and lives in great
comfortóliving even more comfortably than immortalsóthen he wonít want to
cultivate even if he is asked to, for it calls for enduring hardships. ďWhatís
the point of going to the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss?Ē [he would think]. ďItís
blissful enough here as is.Ē Could something like that possibly happen? Could it
be possible that human beings donít need to pay for the karma they generated in
all of their past lives? And when they have to pay for their karma, how could
they live well? In fact, those things that come into being through your
worshiping and those possessing spiritsóthose messy thingsóthey wonít help you
unconditionally. They want certain things and will take certain things from
your body. So while it may look like you got rich, itís really not a good
thing. Of course, there are complicated reasons behind whether a person has
wealth or not, but it doesnít result from pursuit. Rather, you brought it
from your previous lives.
How can we gauge the relative amount of affection for oneís family members,
romantic love and friendship, and that of the love that comes from compassion
Teacher: Right now you are not yet able to experience what it
feels like for a person to have no qing, and thus you donít know what
compassion is. The compassion you can imagine now still comes from qing,
and that is why you canít experience it. Human beingsí jealousy, elation,
competitiveness, unwillingness to be outdone, fear, anywayóyou have to get rid
of desires and attachments of every kind. Your liking or disliking something,
what you do, what becomes your hobby and what doesnít, your wanting or
unwillingness to eat certain things, your enjoying something or disliking
somethingÖ everything comes from qing. Human beings live just for this qing.
So what are those high-level beings who live without qing like? Are they
all cold and stern toward one another? No, theyíre not. After a human being
gets rid of qing, his compassion will come forth. Why can great
enlightened beings save people? Itís because they have compassion and they have
pity for all beings.
In order to practice crossing my legs, I cross my legs while I lie on my back
and go to sleep.
Teacher: We donít object to that. You are just trying to press
your legs or use some other method to condition your legs. But we donít
encourage everyone to do that. Besides, there are people who owe karma that is
related to this, and there are those who cultivate very slowly and never
improve. Their enlightenment ability doesnít improve, and they only do the
physical exercises. These are the people whoóif they really use something to
press down [their legs] or adopt some forceful meansómay just ďPa!Ē break their
bones. And that would do great harm to us, as others may say that it resulted
from practicing Falun Dafa. That is why we canít indiscriminately ask everyone
to do that; each personís situation is very complicated.
Sometimes my dreams became reality. Is thisÖ?
Teacher: Sometimes you have a dream, and on the second day or
a few days later, what was in the dream really happens. Or, when we are doing
something, it feels as if weíve done it before; we donít recall doing it
before, but it feels like we have done it before at some point. Many people may
have experienced this. You might have done it before this lifetime or a very
long time ago, or, you could have become part of what was going to happen in
advance and so you saw itóthatís why.
Sometimes being truthful (Zhen) conflicts with self-restraint (Ren). For
instance, when we know full well somebody is lying, should we point it out to
be truthful (Zhen) or hold back (Ren)?
Teacher: Iíll tell you this again: As a practitioner, one
should preserve his virtue instead of losing it. At present, ordinary people
have gotten to a point where lies roll off their tongues as soon as they open their
mouths. But those are things related to ordinary people and are beyond your
control anyway. If you point it out to him and touch his tender spot, he will
really, deeply hate you. So cultivating ourselves well is first and foremost.
If you really encounter some very bad people or horrendous things, when major
matters of principle are involved such as murder or arson, and you ignore them,
then I would say your xinxing is poor. Itís to see how you handle
Question: Can Falun Dafa students learn guasha?
Teacher: Youíre cultivating in Falun Dafa, so what are you
doing that for? Are you scraping yourself or others? Let me tell you: That is a
form of witchcraft. In our northeastern region, this was done only during a shamanís dance
in the past. Those dancing shamans are delirious and are possessed by spirits. Only they
do that kind of thing.
Will someone who practices martial arts be adversely affected if he cultivates
in Falun Dafa at the same time?
Teacher: No, he wonít. Those who practice the pure martial
arts wonít. But some Tao school martial arts include things of internal
cultivation, so they may interfere. For example, you canít practice Tai-chi, Xingyi,
Bagua and the like. If you do they will get mixed in. Those are forms of qigong,
and the set of things I have placed in you would be messed up. Of course, Iím
not forcing you to practice Falun Dafa. If you like Tai-chi, Xingyi, or Bagua,
go ahead and practice those. Iím informing you of a principle, though:
Cultivation is a serious matter that requires exclusive focus.
Sometimes when Iím doing the exercises I will unwittingly see a shadow that
resembles me doing the exercises next to me.
Teacher: Ordinarily, a subordinate soul isnít allowed to leave
the personís body to cultivate. It is with you, and it cultivates and exercises
along with you. Of course, this is not absolute. There might be isolated cases
where they come out while your body is being adjusted.
On the second and third days of the class, I vomited clusters of things that
looked like wood fibers or torn cloth, and in the following days I vomited and
coughed up blood.
Teacher: Thatís great,
though, isnít it? As I said, some people
will vomit and have diarrhea. In any case, your internal organs need to be
purified before you can truly engage in cultivation. If they arenít purified,
this filthy body of yours could never develop gong. So thatís a good
thing. Some people have discharged clots of blood along with pus. Iíll tell
you, we humans eat all kinds of things and do all kinds of bad things, so our
bodies are quite a mess now. So in any case, all of those things have to be
purged out and your bodies have to be cleansed. Go and do well in cultivation
from now on. Many people will suffer from pernicious diseases if they donít
take up cultivation. After they start cultivating those are all expelled when
their bodies are adjusted.
When someone reaches Three Flowers Gathering on Top, can he break away from
life and death?
Teacher: In our Falun Dafa cultivation,
when someone reaches the level of Three Flowers Gathering on Top, he has reached
the highest level within the In-Triple-World Law cultivation practice, but he
hasnít gone beyond the Three Realms. So when he cultivates further, he will
enter the state of Pure White Body and his body will be completely transformed
into high-energy matter. Only at that point has he reached the transitional
period between In-Triple-World Law and Beyond-Triple-World Law. A lot of things
will be done for you during this transitional period. Of course, only when your
cultivation has gone beyond In-Triple-World Law will you have truly escaped
the cycle of transmigrations from lifetime to lifetime and gone beyond the Three
While meditating, when I get to a point where itís awfully hard to endure any
further, would it be an attachment to try to endure further and continue to
Teacher: No, that wouldnít be an attachment. When you are
enduring, you are enduring pain, you are suffering, and you are making
sacrifices. Thatís not an attachmentóit is eliminating karma. In the past some
people didnít realize this. They would meditate with their legs crossed, and as
soon as their legs felt sore they would take them down, move around a little
bit, and then go back to meditating. When discomfort set in they would take
down their legs again, move around a little bit, and then go back to it. They
thought that was a good way to practice, when in fact it achieved nothing. When
someone truly meditates, folds up his legs, and feels a lot of painófeels
excruciating painó[one will] find that a great deal of karma is being
eliminated. After it is worked off, this kind of substance does not cease to
exist, but will be transformed into a white substance. Since you have
sacrificed and suffered, it will transform into virtue (de). Usually the
pain you experience while meditating is periodic: It will be unbearably painful
for a while, then a while later it will ease off, and after a while the pain
will start again. It is related to your xinxing cultivation, and that is
why it will torment your mind. [In cultivation] your body is to toil and your
mind is to be tempered. So when you meditate, it torments your mind so much
that you can hardly endure it any longer and you keep thinking about unfolding
your legs. Thatís not endurance (Ren).
If we follow your requirements and earnestly cultivate our xinxing, then can we
definitely reach Beyond-Triple-World Law in this life?
Teacher: Who can tell you that for sure? Do you have that kind
of determination? Your ability to endure and to what extent you are able to
withstand [adversity] are up to you. Master takes you through the doorway, but
cultivation depends on yourself.
I was able to maintain my xinxing in certain respects during the day, but
couldnít in my dreams.
Teacher: During the daytime you can maintain your xinxing
while being fully awareóthat of course is quite easy. In order to test whether
you have cultivated and maintained your xinxing solidly, testing you
while you are asleep or meditating in deep ding is the most accurate way
to see if you are solid. Everyone will experience this. And if you canít
maintain your xinxing, that means you are not yet solid enough.
When people who are possessed come to learn Falun Dafa, will the possessing
spirit be killed?
Teacher: Animals are not allowed to listen to this Fa of ours.
They donít dare to enter the lecture hall. And if they do, we will get rid of
them. We have always cleaned up the studentsí bodies thoroughly by the third
After becoming tranquil while doing the exercises, I saw some animals
approaching me or watching nearby.
Teacher: Just ignore them. If they come close to you, call out
Teacherís name. They are curious and want to take a look. You can ignore them.
They are not allowed to come near.
While doing the meditation and strengthening of the column-shaped [divine
power], there is a strong qi current between my palms.
Teacher: What you are strengthening is a kind of energy
cluster, that is, various supernormal abilities. Most of them are spherical,
ball-like supernormal abilities. Those types of supernormal abilities are the
most numerous, and there are over ten thousand of those supernormal abilities.
When you hold your palms facing each other, you are strengthening the
column-shaped supernormal abilities, which, when sent out, are like lasers,
such as ďpalm thunder.Ē There is a strong qi current moving
between your hands. Some people are sensitive, and some aren't.
Is the subordinate consciousness that you talk about what people usually call
the ďsoulĒ [linghun]?
Teacher: Donít try to apply the terms used in the past here.
Iím discussing the subject in connection with todayís biology and todayís
science, and it couldnít have been explained more clearly. The ďthree souls and
seven spiritsĒ (sanhun qipo) and similar things are all very vague. All
your internal organs assume your image, each cell of your body is in your
image, and each tiny particle of your gong is in your image. What
do the ďthree souls and seven spiritsĒ that people have talked about refer to?
Itís very vague. In addition, you have your master soul and subordinate soul. What
I just talked about isnít something superstitious. Our present-day science has
now recognized that. They did a smear test on a little white mouse, and
transmitted its cellsóa clump of cells cleaved from itóby a certain means.
After that was received remotely over a thousand miles away, the image shown
from that cellófrom just one cellóis that of the little white mouse. Itís not
that I am making some sensational remarks here. Todayís science and technology
have developed to a point where many things you believed to be superstitious
have been proven to be scientific. And itís not necessarily true that things
[that havenít been recognized] by science, owing to its limited development, or
that have been recognized by us but have yet to become popular knowledge, do
While you are lecturing, I see an array of yellow chrysanthemums in the front.
What do they represent?
Teacher: What you see are bundles of yellow light, not
chrysanthemums. There are wonders in that yellow light. The inborn foundation of
this student is quite good.
Iím a scientist and I have the predestined connection to come from thousands of
miles away to hear you teach Falun Dafa. Several times during the classes I saw
your Law Bodies and I was delighted. But they disappeared after a short while.
Was that because I became overly elated?
Teacher: No, it wasnít. Many people have vaguely and
unwittingly viewed some scenes. But why canít they see them after a while? Itís
because when you perceive them, your mind realizes that you have, and when you
want to take a close look at them, they disappear. When you want to take a
close look, you start to use your eyes, as you have gotten used to seeing
things with your eyes. When you unwittingly see things with your Third Eye, it
makes no difference whether your eyes are open or closed. Some people are used
to seeing with their eyes closed, and some with their eyes open. So when you
want to see it more closely, you are using your eyes. And once you start using
your eyes, you are drawing on your optic nerves instead of that channel [of the
Third Eye], and thatís why you can no longer see it. That is to say, at this
point you still donít know how to use it.
Is it true that different people can only cultivate to different levels?
Teacher: Thatís of course not absolute. As I have told
everyone before, it involves Ren and is not absolute.
Is it all right to publish things
about and promote Teacher and
Falun Dafa in overseas magazines?
Teacher: When it comes to spreading Falun Dafa, over the past
several years I havenít initiated those kinds of things, but the students have
done it on their own initiative. Apparently we donít even have many people
writing [those kinds of] articles, and newspapers seldom carry them. Our
classes have gotten so big now, and itís all because people have personally
benefited from Falun Dafa and think that it is good. Thatís why they have come.
Youíd have one person attend one day, a whole family comes the next time, and their
relatives and friends come along the following time. Thatís how the number has
grown. People themselves feel that itís good, and I would say that is the most
convincing and is better than promotion. Of course, promotion is also
indispensable, but few people helped us do it before. Of course, our students
have taken the initiative to do it themselves, and you may do so.
Question: If I have a dog at home, can I do
the exercises at home?
Teacher: Those creatures are likely to make connections spiritually,
and once they are spiritually connected they will harm people. There was a
saying in Buddhism: ďDonít kill and donít raise pets or grow plants.Ē But donít
take this to the extreme, either. Itís just a matter of how we appropriately
In the past few days, I have been hearing Falun Dafa music wherever I go.
Teacher: Thatís very good. It is called ďHaving the Celestial
Ear Opened.Ē In Heaven they, too, are listening to this exercise music.
Is it true that we canít make marks and notes in the materials?
Teacher: Donít make marks on what I wrote or said. Especially
when it comes to the book Zhuan Falun, many of you whose Third Eye are
open looked at it and said that itís beaming with golden light, and that every
character is a Law Body of mine. Human beings have karma, and the bodies of the
disciples who havenít reached beyond the In-Triple-World-Law in their
cultivation arenít pure, either. The mark you make is dark because your body
has not yet been cleansed to a high degree. Each line you draw assumes your
image and carries karma.
Iím in the military, and sometimes when I travel for my job I canít do the
exercises for one to two weeks. Will the Falun be taken back from me?
Teacher: No, it wonít, because that is your job. In
cultivation practice, cultivation is first and foremost. If you cultivate in
Falun Dafa, then hold yourself to strict xinxing requirements, and
handle yourself very well in your daily life. Then when you need to travel for
work for a while, your Falun and your gong will actually be increasing
instead of decreasing. Why is that? Itís because, as I have said, the gong
that truly determines your level comes from your cultivation, and not from
doing the exercises. When we perform those movements during the exercises, it
is only strengthening, reinforcing what is already there. Weíve had quite a
number of people who went on business trips and were away for half a month.
When they returned, [they found that] their gong had actually
increased. If youíre a good person wherever you go and hold yourself to the
requirements of the Fa, then you will just need to do the exercises more to
make up for it after you return.
Can those who have fought in wars practice cultivation?
Teacher: Let me address this issue here: Religions have said
that itís very difficult for someone who has killed, and especially who has
taken human lives, to practice cultivation. There are some people who have
lived through times of war and those who have fought at the frontlines. So how
should we deal with this issue? Iíll tell you, the attachments that we ask you
to get rid of all come from your own intentions and are selfish, and [we advise
you to avoid] killing that is caused by attachments in human society.
Situations like wars are brought about by changes in the cosmic climate or by
societal changes. You are only an element in the motions of the changes in the
cosmic climate or of societal changes. If those elements didnít play their
roles, the changes in the cosmic climate wouldnít have taken place. So you
should view these matters separately, as they are different issues.
I heard that the classic fable Journey to the West is a book on cultivation.
Teacher: Itís not a book on cultivation, but it gives a very
vivid description of a cultivation process. The story tells about [the main
characterís] nine [times] nine, or eighty-one, hardships. He met with a lot of
tribulations, which took different forms. He had to undergo those forms of
tribulations in his cultivation, and at the end, he couldnít miss a single
tribulation and had to make up for it. Thatís the idea [of the book].
When a man is learning to do full lotus, should he pull up his left leg first
and then his right leg?
Teacher: In the half lotus, for men, the left leg is above the
right leg; for women, the right leg is above the left leg. To do full lotus,
you just pull the leg at the bottom up from the outsideóthatís full lotus. Why
should a manís left leg and a womanís right leg be on top? Itís the same with Jieyin.
It is because a manís body is of pure yang nature, and a womanís is of
pure yin nature. Doing the practice requires a balance of yin and
yangórestraining your pure yin or pure yang and
strengthening your yin or yang so that the balance of yin
and yang is achieved. Letís say you are a woman: it helps you invigorate
your yang and restrain your yin. That is its effect.
One morning, while lying in bed with my eyes closed and listening to an
audiotape of you teaching the Fa, I heard people talking by my bedside.
Suddenly I felt my whole body become very heavy and I couldnít move, and then
someone pressed my jaws together with force. After I got up, I found that my
mouth, which couldnít close tightly before, closed naturally. Later on when
others saw me, they also said that my jaw was lower.
Teacher: Several Law Bodies were adjusting your body.
Whenever I do the exercises in front of a mirror, I often see, unwittingly and
with my eyes closed, that my reflection in the mirror looks the same as the
negative of a black and white photo.
Teacher: When a personís Third Eye first opens, the things it
sees are in black and whiteówhite is seen as black and black is seen to be
While meditating, when itís hard to endure the leg crossing and yet I donít
want to take them down, I think about Teacherís words. Is that considered
Teacher: Itís not adding mind-intent. When you think about
Teacherís words to strengthen your ability to endure and to stick it out,
thatís not considered mind-intent. It is an aspect of being diligent.
At the practice site, a veteran student said that something is on my body.
Teacher: Donít listen to those who make irresponsible remarks.
With many a student, when the Third Eye is open, he has illusions, and heís not
able to discern possessing spirits from the images brought along from someoneís
previous lives. But that image is not necessarily that of your master soul. It
could be the image of your subordinate soul. So they are in no way able to
distinguish those things. Donít listen to some studentsí irresponsible remarks.
Making irresponsible remarks without being able to make a distinction amounts
to undermining the Fa.
Sometimes when I run into difficult problems that I canít
solve, I look at Teacherís photo. And then Teacherís photo glows and becomes animated,
and the surroundings of the Falun glitter and become animated. Whenever this
happens, I shed tears and am in a better mood.
Teacher: That is one phenomenon. Truly cultivating disciples
come across all kinds of scenarios. It was encouraging you to cultivate
Can we use Zhen-Shan-Ren as the standard to examine whether a practice is
upright or wicked?
Teacher: Of course. The nature of the universe is
Zhen-Shan-Ren. Itís not something that applies exclusively to our practice. It
is the nature of the universe, and we cultivate according to Zhen-Shan-Ren.
Anything that is not in line with the nature of Zhen-Shan-Ren, that is not in
line with the nature of the universe, is wicked.
I only have the qi mechanism, but if I cultivate hard, how long will it take
for a Falun to form?
Teacher: That depends on whether you are able to endure
hardship and whether you are resolved in cultivation. If you truly make up your
mind, steel your will to cultivate, and can really do it, really realize your
past mistakes and do better, I think probably you will be given a Falun. Itís
all possible. So these things arenít absolute.
Can people who have encountered many tribulations on their cultivation paths
still cultivate Falun Dafa if they work hard at it?
Teacher: Anyone, so long as he wants to cultivate and has the
predestined connection, may cultivate in Falun Dafa. We emphasize here that you
should not drag in people who donít want to cultivate. If someone is not
interested and doesnít believe in it, and yet you insist that he comes with you
and insist on dragging him in to learn it, I would say you shouldnít do that.
A possessing spirit has been with me for twenty-eight years, and so far it
hasnít left me after I started practicing Falun Dafa. What should I do? Can I
achieve a True Attainment Status through cultivation?
Teacher: It has been with you for so long and you havenít been
able to drive it away. Is the goal of your learning Falun Dafa to drive it
away? That is, did you come to learn Falun Dafa in order to drive it away? That
would be learning with pursuit. This Fa was imparted so that people may truly
cultivate. Even with adjusting your body and clearing out illness, the purpose
is to enable you to cultivate. If you say, ďIíve come here to get healed,Ē then
we canít do those things for you. What I am teaching here is not some ordinary qigong,
but things at higher levels. Think about what you should do with it. With
certain things, the problems come from you. Whatís twenty-eight years? Even
twenty-eight hundred years is but a brief moment.
Why is it that I am able to tolerate xinxing related issues in my daily life,
but not in my dreams?
Teacher: That means itís still not solid. True cultivation is
a very serious matter. If among everyday people you donít pay serious attention
to things and handle things casually, you wonít pass the test in your dreams.
If we offer to help colleagues and friends around us, does that conflict with
the principle of non-action taught by Teacher?
Teacher: Iíll tell you the same thing again: You canít be
expected to put aside all intentional things right now. At present just try
your best to enlighten to things yourself and do things yourself toward that,
and gradually you will be able to let go of many things. Do it little by
little. Helping people around you obtain the Fa is a different matter, though.
What does turning the big Falun mean?
Teacher: It means turning the Falun that
is big. How big? Well, itís quite big, in short. However big the cosmic body
in which I do Fa-rectification is, thatís how big the Falun is thatís being
What people say about seeing ghosts and spirits with yin-yang eyesóis the
personís Third Eye opened?
Whatever it may be, Iíll tell you
this: When you see something that everyday people canít see, you have seen it
with your Third Eye. Of course, the main channel of the Third Eye is here. Also,
usually many people see from their Shangen
Of course, a small number of people can see with their eyes too.
When I meditate, sometimes my upper body leans backwards, my legs pop up, and I
can hardly remain seated.
Teacher: This is like the opening of the energy channels I
described. Your leaning backwards means that the front of your body has opened,
and if the back of your body has not opened yet it will feel heavy. If both
sides have opened, your body will be lifted and you will feel like you are
about to levitate.
Iím not clear on one question with regard to being exclusive in cultivation:
Can Falun Dafa practitioners still keep some of the hobbies they used to have?
Teacher: Right now you may do that. If today you were asked to
let go of all of your emotions and desires all at once, could you do it?
Absolutely not. Thatís because certain things have become natural in your way of thinking,
and so you canít even sense or perceive those bad states of mind of yours. That
is to say, during the course of your cultivation, you should hold yourself to
strict requirements and gradually remove your various attachments, and you will
gradually improve. At that time, you will even blush when you think of the question
Did Falun Dafa ever save mankind before catastrophes befell the human race
during different periods?
Teacher: Iíll tell you this principle: Whether it be mankind
arriving at a dangerous time or having catastrophes, although we havenít talked
about that, we have seen that mankindís morality cannot continue to degenerate
like thisófurther degeneration is of course dangerous. So what we are doing
today, think about it, teaching people a practice that goes toward high levels
is an endeavor to save people. Whatís meant by ďsaving mankind and doing
something goodĒ? I am giving my all to this undertaking I have begun. What you
asked about is something of too high a level to explicitly disclose.
Whatís the difference between Ren and being wishy-washy?
Teacher: What do you mean by being wishy-washy? Whatís your
criteria for that? If youíre talking about someone who lives in a complicated
environment and realizes that he would be attacked if he tried to intervene in
othersí business, and he finds that to always be the case, that he canít do
anything about it, and that he might as well compromise to maintain harmony,
then I donít think he, being an ordinary person who doesnít want to ask for
trouble, is necessarily the kind of wishy-washy person you mentioned. If a
person has the ability but doesnít intervene, then I would say heís
wishy-washy. The Ren that we are talking about is about restraining your
various desires and attachments so that you will have less unnecessary vexation.
Thatís not being wishy-washy.
What if we run into life-threatening situations?
Teacher: If you are a true cultivator, when your future
cultivation path is arranged, those things wonít be arranged to happen to you.
Everything has its karmic, causal relationships and doesnít exist by accident.
When something is not arranged for you, you wonít come across it. What do those
things have to do with your cultivation? Nothing, so we try not to arrange them
for you. If you were really killed, would you still be able to cultivate? But
thereís one thing: Those ordinary people who are unable to cultivate, who donít
make an effort, who practice on and off without perseverance, or who donít
strictly hold themselves to the Faís requirementsóthey are not cultivators. And
ordinary people will run into whatever they are supposed to run into, for they
are ordinary people.
Can someone do the exercises when he is agitated?
Teacher: You canít do the exercises when you are in a bad
mood. You wonít be able to become tranquil and you will be there steamingówould
you be practicing the Ren of Zhen-Shan-Ren? You wouldnít be,
right? Then what would be the point of doing the exercises? Isnít that right?
Practicing Ren doesnít mean you practice Ren after you have become
upset; rather, you should not become upset in the first place.
Another personís thoughts came into my mind and made me unable to become
tranquil or even sleep well. I wonder if thatís a good thing.
Teacher: There is a supernormal ability called telepathy that
allows you to know othersí thoughts. If you can read other peopleís minds, this
is a good thing, but you need to handle yourself well. Nowadays, people have
all kinds of bad thoughts in their minds. Even when they donít know you, when they
first meet you they wonít have good thoughts about you. So try your best not to
worry about those things. Just like today, while Iím sitting here talking to
you with such sincerity and patience, there are still people in the audience
who have all kinds of thoughts, but I donít try to sense your thoughts at all.
When I do the meditation, Strengthening Divine Powers, sometimes something
sweet will fall into my mouth, and I wonder what it is.
Teacher: Thatís something that flows over from your energy
channels when your cosmic orbit is operating, something you feel. This doesnít
happen all the time. Everyone is in a different state.
As soon as I close my eyes and become tranquil, itís as if I were in a dream,
and a relatively fixed scene or person will appear in my mind, which may be
from ancient or modern times. Is this an illusion?
Teacher: Itís not an illusion. It is caused by your Third Eye.
Has our thinking with human attachments become habitual?
Teacher: It has become natural for ordinary people in general.
they open their mouths itís always about self-interest, and whenever they use
their brains to think itís always about self-interest. It has become natural
for them. But people are not born this way; it is formed after birth. When
these bad things become abundant, the personís mind gradually becomes
I practiced another qigong before. One day when I was reading the magazine Science
and Qigong, I saw Teacherís photo
and had a pleasant feeling. All of a sudden, something entered my head from my Baihui
point, and then I began to learn Falun Dafa.
Teacher: That means your inborn foundation is very good and
you were predestined to obtain Dafa. Once you had a positive feeling and wanted
to learn it, you were given assistanceómy Faluns are everywhere.
Why is blue the basic color of Falun Dafa books and cassette tapes?
Teacher: There are no special reasons for that. When you look
at the universe with your human eyes, you find that the sky is deep blue; itís
blue, so we use this idea. In Falun Dafa one practices according to the nature
of the universe and according to the laws by which the universe
evolvesóit is something that hugeóand
that is why we are conveying the idea of the color of the universe. But itís
not absolute, because this color is like this when viewed with human eyes; it
is like this in this dimension, but itís not like this in other dimensions, and
there are other changes to its color.
While doing the meditation, Strengthening Divine Powers, sometimes after
conjoining the hands I do the mudras we do at the beginning of the meditation
or perform some other movements.
Teacher: Thatís not right. When you repeat the mudras, itís to
show it to yourself and thatís not too bad. But then [if you do other
movements] right afterwards then it turns wicked. Be sure to remember that you
yourself have to cultivate knowingly and clearheadedly. Iím quite emphatic
about this, and I am sending [the idea] into your mind with very strong gong,
and yet some people still canít follow my teachings and just canít relinquish
that sense of elation of theirs. As soon as some kind of mechanism appears and
leads him to do the exercises, he will be wowed, he will get immediately
elated, and he will be delighted and follow along. Would you be practicing
knowingly and clearheadedly then? Would it be you who wants to cultivate? Who
would you be cultivating for? Whoever cultivates gets the gongówhat a
serious issue this is!
Teacher, you have stressed the importance of doing the exercises in groups. Is
that to avoid interference from evil demons?
Teacher: No, itís not. You have my Law Bodies and the Falun
taking care of youójust to illustrate the point. We do the exercises together
so that when you come across questions you can discuss them and learn from one
another, and you will improve better. That is the purpose.
Ordinarily, when I do the exercises at home my mind is quite calm, but there
have been a few bad messages that disturbed my mind. I have longed to see you
over the past yearÖ Teacher, I wonder if I have been possessed by low-level
Teacher: How could someone who practices Falun Dafa possibly
be possessed by low-level spirits? [What you described] is caused by karmic
relationships from a previous life. Instead of studying Dafa, you only want to
see me. That too is an attachment, and thatís why more than a year has gone by
and you still havenít enlightened to it.
Sometimes when I lie in bed, all of a sudden my whole body feels paralyzed, as
if someone is pressing my arms and legs down, making me unable to move.
Teacher: We have many people who, after taking up the
practice, come across situations where it feels as if they canít move their
hands or their bodies. That is a complicated, good phenomenon. When people take
up the practice, this situation may appear. There is a supernormal ability
called ďthe ability of staying still,Ē which the person can feel. Thatís why
some of us suddenly feel as if they canít move their hands. That is one
phenomenon. Another is that your master soul leaves your body. Also, when your
Master is adjusting your body, sometimes you will be made still.
[Is it all right to] chant Teacherís name in order to become tranquil?
Teacher: Iíve talked about the reason why a person is unable
to become tranquil. Chanting [my] name can help a little, but all that does is
have one thought take the place of all other thoughts. Ultimate tranquility can
only be achieved through the removal of human attachments.
The principles of Zhen-Shan-Ren that Teacher has taught and the principles
taught by our Catholic Bible take different approaches, but achieve the same
thing. Thatís how I feel, and therefore I have faith in Jesus Christ while
practicing Falun Dafa.
Teacher: [We] understand that you need to go through a process
to understand Dafa. Letís hold off on this until later on when you have come to
While doing the exercises, if I see something harming me, may I call Teacherís
Teacher: Yes, thatís what you should do. While doing the
exercises, if you come across something frightful, you may call my name, but
even if you donít it cannot harm you. Whether you call out my name is a matter
of whether you believe in Dafa and Master. In fact, my Law Bodies are always
After having learned Falun Dafa in Guangzhou this time, after I go back, may I
organize people in my hometown to learn it together?
Teacher: Of course you may. You can organize the people in
your hometown to learn it. And if the number of people who learn it becomes
profuse and they have learned it well, you can organize them and establish a
practice site. Spreading the Fa is saving people.
As of today we have finished
teaching this Fa. Is there more to be taught? There is, if we branch out and
get into the details. I could sit here and talk for a year, but that wouldnít
be helpful to your cultivation later on. Many questions are up to you to
enlighten to, and I canít tell you about specific things. If I were to tell you
about specific issues, what would be left for you to enlighten to? And what
would you do? You wouldnít have the opportunities, environments, and conditions
for your cultivation. So when you come across specific issues, you should
handle them according to this Fa, and handle them well. Iíve basically told you
what I should. You can also refer to the audiotapes of my other lectures. I
taught you a lot during these ten classes. As for whether I have been
responsible to you during this class, you be the judge. I wonít talk about that
here. I think that overall our class was really good. We started it and ended
it well, and we completed it successfully.
are more than three thousand people who came from great distances, the farthest
being from Heilongjiang and Xinjiang, which are four to five thousand
kilometers, or more than eight thousand li away. Itís a long way to get
here, and you endured a lot of hardships. Some people donít even have enough
money, and every day they eat instant noodles or even crackers. Why
did you do that? You have come here to learn this Fa and obtain this Fa, right?
So you do know how precious this Fa is. Of course, during these ten classes, I
tried to satisfy your needs, tried to make it convenient for you, and I tried
to tell you more and explain things thoroughly so that you can understand it
and so that in your future cultivation the Fa will be there for you to follow.
In other words, during the ten classes, you looked to me, and the purpose of my
taking you toward higher levels and purifying your bodies is to enable you to
cultivate from now on. That is to say, after the ten classes, itís up to you.
Whether you are able to cultivate and whether you can make it are completely up
to you. But we would say that your sitting here means you have predestination.
So I would suggest that you might as well make an effort when you go back and
see what happens. If youíre able to stick with it, stick with it and keep on
cultivating. However much you give will be however much you gainóthatís for
have accumulated a lot of experiences, and many students have learned a lot
from their own cultivation. I think that alone sufficiently provides us with a
lot of experiences and all kinds of lessons. In a nutshell, now that we are
sitting here today we canít waste these eight or ten days, or an even longer
time. Itís very hard for people to truly acquire something real. Once you get
it, if you donít cherish it, it will be too late to regret it later on. There
is a Chinese saying, ďOnce you pass this village, this inn will no longer be
available,Ē right? That is, after listening to our class, you might have all
realized that no monks or any other cultivators teach the way I do. In our
country, I would say that when it comes to truly guiding people toward higher
levels and teaching Fa at higher levels, I am the only person doing it. Or be
it the whole world, I am the only person doing it. No matter what, though, the
purpose is to enable youóin a historic period like this and in an environment
like this where human minds are so complicatedóto obtain a righteous Fa, be
able to truly improve yourself, and truly cultivate yourself. Even if you donít
take up cultivation, after you finish this class you will try to be a good
person. I believe thatís the case.
Many students have said to me, ďTeacher, after
listening to your lectures, even my world view has changed.Ē That is
what happens. In the midst of this powerful tide, this enormous current these
days, people take whatís wrong as right, whatís bad as good, and whatís evil
as virtuous. And this has formed notions in their minds. When everyone is so
attached and is going after these things in that kind of a current, and then
all of a sudden I teach something that is totally different from the ideas in
your mindset, many new students might not be able to understand it or unravel
it right away, even though they do find it good. From this point on, you need
to continually put effort into studying it, doing the exercises, and listening
to [the tapes]. Only then can you gradually understand it and deepen your comprehension.
So I hope that after this seminar you wonít just forget everything. When you
go back you should read the books a lot and listen to the tapes a lot, and that
way you will be able to continually improve.
donít want to say more. I will leave you with a few words. During the course of
your future cultivation, when you find it hard to endure, when you feel that
you can no longer bear it, think of these words of mine. What are they? They
are: ďItís hard to do, but you can do it; itís hard to endure, but you can
endure it.Ē I hope that all of you will be able to achieve Consummation and
great success in your Dafa cultivation!
A famous warrior in the era of the ďThree Kingdoms.Ē
A form of folk medical treatment that involves scraping the body.
An acupuncture point located at a point between and slightly below the eyebrows.