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