Genuinely Guiding People
Toward High Levels
Throughout the entire course of my lectures on the Fa and
cultivation practice, I have been responsible to society and practitioners. The
results we have received have been good, and their impact upon the entire
society has also been quite good. A few years ago there were many qigong1 masters
who taught qigong. All of what they taught belonged to the level of healing and
fitness. Of course, I am not saying that their ways of practice were not good. I
am only pointing out that they did not teach anything at a higher level. I also
know the qigong situation in the entire country. At present, I am the only
person genuinely teaching qigong towards high levels at home and abroad. Why has
no one done such a thing as teaching qigong towards high levels? It is because
this relates to questions of major concerns, profound historical reasons, a wide
range of issues, and very serious matters. It is not something that an everyday
person can teach, for it involves the practices of many qigong schools. In
particular, many of our practitioners who study one practice today and another
tomorrow have already messed up their own bodies. Their cultivation is bound to
fail. While others advance by taking the main road in cultivation, these people
are on the side roads. If they practice one way, the other way will interfere.
If they practice the other way, this practice will interfere. Everything is
interfering with them, and they can no longer succeed in cultivation practice.
We will straighten out all these matters and, by preserving
the good part and removing the bad part, ensure that you are able to practice
cultivation later. However, you must be here to genuinely study this
Dafa.2 If you hold various attachments and come to gain supernormal
abilities, have illnesses cured, listen to some theories, or come with some ill
intentions, that will not work at all. As I have mentioned, this is because I am
the only person who is doing such a thing. There are not many opportunities for
something like this, and I will not teach this way forever. I think that those
who can listen to my lectures in person, I would say, honestly... you will
realize in the future that this period of time is extremely precious. Of course,
we believe in predestined relationship. Everyone sits here all because of a
Think about it, everyone: What matter is it to teach qigong
toward high levels? Isn’t this offering salvation to humankind? Offering
salvation to humankind means that you will be truly practicing cultivation, and
not just healing illness and keeping fit. Accordingly, genuine cultivation
practice has a higher xinxing3 requirement for
practitioners. Everyone sits here to learn this Dafa, so you must here conduct
yourselves as true practitioners, and you must give up attachments. If you come
to learn the practice and this Dafa with various pursuits, you will not learn
anything. To tell you the truth, the entire cultivation process for a
practitioner is one of constantly giving up human attachments. In ordinary human
society, people compete with, deceive, and harm each other for a little personal
gain. All of these mentalities must be given up. Especially for people who are
studying the practice today, these mentalities should be given up even further.
I do not talk about healing illness here, and neither will we
heal illness. As a genuine practitioner, however, you cannot practice
cultivation with an ill body. I will purify your body. The body purification
will be done only for those who come to truly learn the practice and the Fa. We
emphasize one point: If you cannot relinquish the attachment or concern for
illness, we cannot do anything and will be unable to help you. Why is this? It
is because there is such a principle in the universe: Ordinary human affairs,
according to the Buddha School, all have predestined relationships. Birth, old
age, illness, and death exist as such for ordinary people. Due to karma
resulting from past wrongdoing, one has illnesses or tribulations; suffering is
repaying a karmic debt, and thus nobody can casually change this. Changing it
means that one would not have to repay the debt after being in debt, and this
cannot be done at will. Doing otherwise is the same as committing a bad deed.
Some people think that treating patients, curing their
illnesses, and improving their health are good deeds. In my view, they have not
really cured the illnesses. Instead of removing them, they have either postponed
or transformed the illnesses. To really dispel such tribulations, karma must be
eliminated. If one could truly cure an illness and completely remove such karma,
one’s level would have to be quite high. One would have already seen a fact:
The principles of ordinary human society cannot be casually violated. In the
course of cultivation practice, a practitioner, out of his or her compassion,
can do some good deeds by helping treat diseases and heal others’ illnesses,
or maintain their health—these are permitted. However, one cannot completely
heal other people’s illnesses. If the cause of an ordinary person’s illness
were indeed removed, a non-practitioner would walk away without any illness.
Once this person steps outside this door, he would remain an everyday person. He
would still compete for personal profit like ordinary people. How can his karma
be casually eliminated? It is absolutely prohibited.
Why can this be done for a practitioner, then? It is because
a practitioner is most precious, for he or she wants to practice cultivation.
Therefore, developing this thought is most precious. In Buddhism, people talk
about Buddha-nature. When a person’s Buddha-nature emerges, the enlightened
beings are able to help him. What does this mean? If you ask me, since I am
teaching the practice at high levels, it involves the principles of high levels
as well as issues of great importance. We see that in this universe a human life
is not created in ordinary human society; the creation of one’s actual life is
in the space of the universe. Because there is a lot of matter of various kinds
in this universe, such matter can, through its interactions, produce life. In
other words, a person’s earliest life comes from the universe. The space of
the universe is benevolent to begin with and embodies the characteristic of
Zhen-Shan-Ren. At birth, one is assimilated to the characteristic of the
universe. Yet as the number of lives increases, a collective form of social
relations develops in which some people may develop selfishness and gradually
their level will be lowered. If they cannot stay at this level, they must drop
down further. At that level, however, they may again become not so good and not
be able to stay there, either. They will continue to descend further until, in
the end, they reach this level of human beings.
The entire human society is on the same level. From the
perspective of supernormal abilities or of the great enlightened beings, these
lives should have been destroyed upon falling to this level. Out of their
benevolent compassion, however, the great enlightened beings gave them one more
chance and constructed this special environment and unique dimension. All of the
lives in this dimension are different from those in other dimensions of the
universe. The lives in this dimension cannot see the lives in other dimensions
or the truth of the universe. Thus, these human beings are actually lost in a
maze. In order to cure illness or eliminate tribulations and karma, these people
must practice cultivation and return to their original, true selves. This is how
all the different cultivation schools view it. One should return to one’s
original, true self; this is the real purpose of being human. Therefore, once a
person wants to practice cultivation, his or her Buddha-nature is considered to
have come forth. Such a thought is most precious, for this person wants to
return to his or her original, true self and transcend the ordinary human level.
Perhaps everyone has heard this statement in Buddhism:
"When one’s Buddha-nature emerges, it will shake ‘the world of ten
directions.’"4 Whoever sees it will come to give a hand and help
this person out unconditionally. In providing salvation to humankind, the Buddha
School does not attach any condition or seek returns, and it will help
unconditionally. Accordingly, we can do many things for practitioners. But for
an everyday person who just wants to be an everyday person and to cure his or
her illness, it will not work. Some people may think, "I’ll practice
cultivation after my illness is cured." There is no precondition for
practicing cultivation, and one should practice cultivation if one wants to. Yet
some people’s bodies have illnesses, and some people carry disorderly messages
in their bodies. Some people have never practiced qigong. There are also people
who have practiced it for several decades and still wander about at the level of
qi,5 but without making progress in cultivation.
What should be done about this? We will purify their bodies
and enable them to practice cultivation toward high levels. There is a
transition at the lowest level of cultivation practice, and this is to purify
your body completely. All of the bad things on your mind, the karmic field
surrounding your body, and the elements that make your body unhealthy will be
cleaned out. If they are not cleaned out, how can you, with such an impure, dark
body and a filthy mind, practice cultivation toward a higher level? We do not
practice qi here. You do not need to practice such low-level things, and we will
push you beyond it, making your body reach a state free of any illness. In the
meantime, we will install in your body a system of ready-made mechanisms
necessary for laying a foundation at the low level. This way, you will practice
cultivation at a very high level.
According to the conventions of cultivation practice, there
are three levels if qi is included. In genuine cultivation practice, however,
there are altogether two major levels (excluding practicing qi). One is
In-Triple-World-Fa6 (Shi-Jian-Fa) cultivation practice, while the
other is Beyond-Triple-World-Fa (Chu-Shi-Jian-Fa) cultivation
practice. The cultivation practices of In-Triple-World-Fa and
Beyond-Triple-World-Fa are different from the "beyond-world" and the
"in-world" in temples, which are theoretical terms. Ours is the
genuine transformation of the human body through cultivation practice at two
major levels. Because in the course of In-Triple-World-Fa cultivation practice
one’s body will be constantly purified, it will be completely replaced by the
high-energy matter when one reaches the highest form of In-Triple-World-Fa. The
cultivation practice in Beyond-Triple-World-Fa is basically cultivation of a
Buddha-body. That body is made of the high-energy matter, and all supernormal
powers will be redeveloped. These are the two major levels to which we refer.
We believe in predestined relationship. I can do such a thing
for everyone sitting here. Right now we have only more than two thousand people.
I can also do it for several thousand or more people, even over ten thousand
people. That is to say, you do not need to practice at a low level. Upon
purifying your bodies and moving you up, I will install a complete cultivation
practice system in your body. Right away you will practice cultivation at high
levels. It will be done, however, only for practitioners who come to genuinely
practice cultivation; your simply sitting here does not mean that you are a
practitioner. These things will be provided as long as you fundamentally change
your thinking, and it is not limited to just these. Later on you will understand
what I have given everyone. We do not talk about healing illness here, either.
Rather, we talk about holistically adjusting practitioners’ bodies to enable
you to practice cultivation. With an ill body you cannot develop gong7
at all. Therefore, you should not come to me for curing illnesses, and neither
will I do such a thing. The primary purpose of my coming to the public is to
guide people to high levels, genuinely guiding people to high levels.
Different Levels Have
In the past, many qigong masters said that qigong has a
so-called beginning level, intermediate level, and advanced level. That was all
qi and only something at the level of practicing qi, but it was even classified
as beginning-level, intermediate-level, and advanced-level qigong. With regard
to genuine high-level things, the minds of the majority of our qigong
practitioners were blank, as they simply did not know them at all. From now on,
all of what we address will be the Fa at high levels. In addition, I will
restore the reputation of cultivation practice. In my lectures I will talk about
some unhealthy phenomena in the community of cultivators. I will also address
how we should treat and look at such phenomena. Moreover, teaching a cultivation
system and Fa at high levels involves many aspects and quite important issues,
some of which are even very serious; I would like to point these out as well.
Some interference in our ordinary human society, especially in the community of
cultivators, comes from other dimensions. I would also like to make this public.
At the same time, I will resolve these problems for practitioners. If these
problems go unresolved, you will be unable to practice cultivation. To
fundamentally resolve these issues, we must treat everyone as genuine
practitioners. Of course, it is not easy to change your thinking right away; you
will transform your thinking gradually during the lectures to come. I also hope
that everyone will pay attention while listening. The way I teach cultivation
practice is different from others’. Some people teach it just by talking
briefly about the theories of their practice methods. Next, they connect their
messages with you and teach a set of exercises, and that is all. People are
already accustomed to this way of teaching a practice.
Genuinely teaching a cultivation system requires teaching the
Fa or the Tao. In ten lectures I will make known all of the high-level
principles so that you can practice cultivation. Otherwise, you cannot practice
cultivation at all. All of what others have taught are things at the level of
healing and fitness. If you want to practice cultivation toward high levels, you
will not succeed in cultivation without the guidance of the high-level Fa. It
resembles attending school: If you go to college with elementary school
textbooks, you will still be an elementary school pupil. Some people think that
they have learned many practices, such as this practice or that practice, and
they have a pile of graduation certificates, but their gong still has not made
any progress. They think that those are the true essence of qigong and what
qigong is all about. No, they are only a skin-deep part of qigong and something
at the lowest level. Qigong is not confined to these things, as it is
cultivation practice as well as something very broad and profound. In addition,
different Fa exist at different levels. Thus, it is different from those
practices of qi that we know at present; it will be the same no matter how much
more you learn. For instance, although you have studied British elementary
school textbooks, American elementary school textbooks, Japanese elementary
school textbooks, and Chinese elementary school textbooks, you remain an
elementary school pupil. The more low-level qigong lessons you have taken and
the more from them you have absorbed, the more harm you will incur—your body
is already messed up.
I must emphasize yet another issue: Our cultivation practice
requires teaching both a cultivation method and Fa. Some monks in temples,
especially those of Zen Buddhism, may have different opinions. As soon as they
learn about the teaching of Fa, they will be unwilling to hear it. Why is it?
Zen Buddhism believes that Fa should not be taught, that Fa is not Fa if it is
taught, and that there is no teachable Fa; one can only understand something via
heart and soul. As a result, to this day Zen Buddhism has not been able to teach
any Fa. Patriarch Boddhidarma of Zen Buddhism taught such things based upon a
statement made by Sakyamuni8 who said: "No Dharma9 is
definitive." He founded Zen Buddhism based on this statement by Sakyamuni.
We consider this cultivation way to be "digging into a bull’s
horn."10 Why is it said to dig into a bull’s horn? When Boddhidarma
began to dig into it, he felt that it was quite spacious. When Patriarch II dug
into it, he felt that it was not very spacious. It was still passable by the
time of Patriarch III, but for Patriarch IV it was already quite narrow. There
was almost no room to move further for Patriarch V. By the time of Huineng,
Patriarch VI, it had reached a dead end and could move no further. If today you
visit a Zen Buddhist to study Dharma, you should not ask any questions. If you
ask a question, he or she will turn around and whack your head with a stick,
which is called a "stick warning." It means that you should not
inquire, and you should become enlightened on your own. You would say, "I
came to study because I don’t know anything. What should I become enlightened
about? Why do you hit me with a stick?!" This indicates that Zen Buddhism
has reached the dead end of the bull’s horn, and there is no longer anything
to teach. Even Boddhidarma stated that his teaching could be passed down to only
six generations, after which it would no longer serve any use. Several hundred
years have passed. Yet there are people today who still hold firmly to the
doctrines of Zen Buddhism. What’s the actual meaning of Sakyamuni’s
pronouncement, "No Dharma is definitive"? Sakyamuni’s level was
Tathagata.11 Many monks later on were not enlightened at Sakyamuni’s
level, to the thinking in his realm of thought, to the real meaning of his
professed Dharma, or to the actual meaning of what he said. Therefore, people
later on interpreted it this way or that way with very confusing
interpretations. They thought that "No Dharma is definitive" meant
that one should not teach it, and it would not be Dharma if taught. Actually,
that is not what it means. When Sakyamuni became enlightened under a Bodhi tree,
he did not reach the Tathagata level right away. He was also constantly
improving himself during the forty-nine years of his Dharma teaching. Whenever
he upgraded himself to a higher level, he looked back and realized that the
Dharma he just taught was all wrong. When he made progress again, he discovered
that the Dharma he just taught was wrong again. After he made further progress,
he realized again that the Dharma he just taught was wrong. He constantly made
such progress during his entire forty-nine years. Whenever he reached a higher
level, he would discover that the Dharma he taught in the past was at a very low
level in its understanding. He also discovered that the Dharma at each level is
always the manifestation of the Dharma at that level, that there is Dharma at
every level, and that none of them is the absolute truth of the universe. The
Dharma at high levels is closer to the characteristic of the universe than that
of lower levels. Therefore, he stated: "No Dharma is definitive."
In the end, Sakyamuni also proclaimed, "I haven’t
taught any Dharma in my lifetime." Zen Buddhism again misunderstood this as
meaning there was no Dharma to be taught. By his later years, Sakyamuni had
already reached the Tathagata level. Why did he say that he had not taught any
Dharma? What issue did he actually raise? He was stating, "Even at my level
of Tathagata, I’ve seen neither the ultimate truth of the universe nor what
the ultimate Dharma is." Thus, he asked people later on not to take his
words as the absolute or the unchangeable truth. Otherwise, it would later limit
people at or below the Tathagata level, and they would be unable to make
breakthroughs toward high levels. Later, people could not understand the actual
meaning of this sentence and thought that if taught, Dharma is not Dharma—they
have understood it this way. In fact, Sakyamuni was saying that there are
different Dharma at different levels, and that the Dharma at each level is not
the absolute truth of the universe. Yet the Dharma at a given level assumes a
guiding role at that level. Actually, he was telling such a principle.
In the past, many people, especially those from Zen Buddhism,
held such prejudice and an extremely warped view. How do you practice and
cultivate yourself without being taught and guided? There are many Buddhist
stories in Buddhism. Some people may have read about a person who went to
heaven. Upon arriving in heaven, he discovered that every word in the Diamond
Sutra12 up there was different from that down here, and the meaning
was entirely different. How could this Diamond Sutra be different from
that in the ordinary human world? There are also people who claim: "The
scripture in the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss is totally different from that down
here, and it’s not at all the same thing. Not only are the words different,
but the implications and the meaning are all different, as they’ve
changed." As a matter of fact, this is because the same Fa has different
transformations and forms of manifestation at different levels, and it can play
different guiding roles for practitioners at different levels.
It is known that in Buddhism there is a booklet called A
Tour to the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss. It states that while a monk was
sitting in meditation, his Primordial Spirit13 (yuanshen) went
to the Paradise of Ultimate Bliss and saw its scenery. He spent one day there;
when he returned to the human world, six years had passed. Did he see it? He
did, but what he saw was not its true state. Why? It is because his level was
not high enough, and what he was shown was only the manifestation of the Buddha
Fa at his level. Because a paradise like that is a manifestation of the Fa’s
composition, he could not see its actual situation. This is what it means when I
talk about "No Dharma is definitive."
Zhen-Shan-Ren is the Sole
Criterion to Discern Good and Bad People
In Buddhism people have been discussing what the Buddha Fa
is. There are also people who believe that the Dharma stated in Buddhism is the
Buddha Fa in its entirety. Actually, it is not. The Dharma that Sakyamuni
professed two thousand five hundred years ago was only for everyday people at a
very low level; it was taught to those who just evolved from a primitive society
and still possessed very simple minds. Today is the Dharma-ending Period14 to
which he referred. Now people can no longer practice cultivation with that
Dharma. In the Dharma-ending Period, even monks in temples have difficulty
saving themselves, let alone offering salvation to others. The Dharma Sakyamuni
taught at that time took that situation into consideration, and he did not
articulate fully the Buddha Fa that he understood at his own level. It is also
impossible to keep it unchanged forever.
As society develops, the human mind becomes more
sophisticated, making it no longer easy for people to practice cultivation in
this way. The Dharma in Buddhism cannot summarize the entire Buddha Fa, and it
is only a tiny portion of the Buddha Fa. There are still many other great
cultivation ways in the Buddha School that are being passed down among people.
Throughout history they have been passed down to a single disciple. Different
levels have different Fa, and different dimensions have different Fa, all of
which are the various manifestations of the Buddha Fa in different dimensions
and at different levels. Sakyamuni also mentioned that there were eighty-four
thousand cultivation ways for cultivating Buddhahood. Buddhism, however,
includes only over ten cultivation ways, such as Zen Buddhism, Pure Land,
Tiantai, Huayan, and Tantrism; these cannot represent all of the Buddha Fa.
Sakyamuni himself did not articulate all of his Dharma; he only taught the
portion of it befitting people’s ability of comprehension at that time.
What is the Buddha Fa, then? The most fundamental
characteristic of this universe, Zhen-Shan-Ren, is the highest
manifestation of the Buddha Fa. It is the most fundamental Buddha Fa. The Buddha
Fa manifests different forms at different levels and assumes different guiding
roles at different levels. The lower the level, the more complex. This
characteristic, Zhen-Shan-Ren, is in the microscopic particles of air,
rock, wood, soil, iron and steel, the human body, as well as in all matter. In
ancient times it was said that the Five Elements15 constitute all things
and matter in the universe; they also carry this characteristic, Zhen-Shan-Ren.
A practitioner can only understand the specific manifestation of the Buddha Fa
at the level that his or her cultivation has reached, which is his or her
cultivation Fruit Status16 and level. Broadly speaking, the Fa is very immense.
From the perspective of the very highest level, it is very simple, for the Fa
resembles a pyramid in form. At the highest point, it can be summarized in three
words: Zhen, Shan, Ren. It is extremely complex when manifesting at different
levels. Take a human being as an example. The Tao School considers the human
body a small universe. A person has a physical body, yet a person is not
complete with only a physical body. One must also have human temperament,
personality, character, and Primordial Spirit in order to constitute a complete
and independent person with individuality. The same is true with our universe,
which has the Milky Way, other galaxies, as well as life and water. All things
and matter in this universe are aspects of material existence. At the same time,
however, it also possesses the characteristic Zhen-Shan-Ren. All microscopic
particles of matter embody this characteristic—even the extremely microscopic
particles have this property.
This characteristic, Zhen-Shan-Ren, is the criterion for
measuring good and bad in the universe. What’s good or bad? It is judged by
this. The de17 that we mentioned in the past is also the
same. Certainly, the moral standard in today’s society has already changed and
become distorted. Now, if someone learns from Lei Feng,18 he or she might
be branded mentally ill. But who in the 1950’s or 1960’s would say this
person is mentally ill? The human moral standard is declining tremendously, and
human moral values are deteriorating daily. People only pursue self-interest and
will harm others for a tiny bit of personal gain. They compete and struggle
against each other by resorting to all means. Think about it, everyone: Will
this be allowed to continue? When someone is doing a wrong deed, he will not
believe it if you point out to him that he is doing a wrong deed. That person
indeed will not believe that he is doing something wrong. Some people evaluate
themselves with the declined moral standard. Because the criteria for assessment
have changed, they consider themselves better than others. No matter how the
human moral standard changes, this characteristic of the universe remains
unchanged, and it is the sole criterion that distinguishes good people from bad
people. As a practitioner, one must then conduct oneself by following this
characteristic of the universe rather than the standards of everyday people. If
you want to return to the original, true self and move up in cultivation
practice, you must conduct yourself according to this criterion. As a human
being, you are a good person only if you can follow this universe’s
characteristic of Zhen-Shan-Ren. A person who deviates from this characteristic
is truly a bad person. In the workplace or in society, some people may say that
you are bad, yet you may not necessarily be bad. Some people may say that you
are good, but you may not really be good. As a practitioner, if you assimilate
yourself to this characteristic you are one that has attained the Tao—it’s
just such a simple principle.
In practicing Zhen-Shan-Ren, the Tao School emphasizes the
cultivation of Zhen. Therefore, the Tao School believes in the cultivation of
Zhen to nurture one’s nature; one should tell the truth, do things truthfully,
become a truthful person, return to the original, true self, and in the end,
become a true person through cultivation. Nevertheless, it also includes Ren and
Shan, but with an emphasis on the cultivation of Zhen. The Buddha School
emphasizes cultivating Shan of Zhen-Shan-Ren. Because the cultivation of Shan
can generate great, benevolent compassion, and when compassion develops one will
find all beings suffering, the Buddha School thus develops an aspiration to
offer salvation to all beings. It also has Zhen and Ren, but with an emphasis on
the cultivation of Shan. Our Falun Dafa is based upon the highest standard of
the universe, Zhen, Shan, and Ren, all of which we cultivate
simultaneously. The system that we cultivate is enormous.
Qigong is Prehistoric
What is qigong? Many qigong masters speak about this. What I
am saying is different from what they say. Many qigong masters talk about it at
their levels, while I am talking about the understanding of qigong from a higher
level. It is completely different from their understanding. Some qigong masters
claim that qigong has a history of two thousand years in our country. There are
also people who say that qigong has a history of three thousand years. Some
people mention that qigong has a history of five thousand years, which
approximates that of our Chinese civilization. Still others say that, based upon
archaeological excavations, it has a history of seven thousand years, and thus
far exceeds the history of our Chinese civilization. But no matter how they
understand it, qigong would not exist much earlier than the history of human
civilization. According to Darwin’s theory of evolution, humans evolved from
aquatic-plants to aquatic-animals. Then, they moved to live on land and
eventually trees. Again on land, they became apes, and in the end evolved into
modern humans with culture and thought. Based on that calculation, it has not
been over ten thousand years since the actual emergence of human civilization.
Looking further back, there was not even notekeeping through tying knots. Those
people were dressed in tree leaves and ate raw meat. Looking back still further,
they were completely wild or primitive people. They might not have even known
how to use fire.
Yet we have found a problem. A lot of cultural relics in many
places of the world date back far beyond the history of our human civilization.
These ancient remains have quite an advanced level of craftsmanship. In terms of
artistic value, they are at quite an advanced level. Modern humankind is simply
imitating the arts of ancient peoples, and their arts are of great artistic
value. They are, however, relics from over 100 thousand years ago, several
hundred thousand years ago, several million years, or even over 100 million
years ago. Think about it, everyone: Aren’t they making a mockery of today’s
history? It is, in fact, no joke, for humankind has always been improving and
rediscovering itself. This is how society develops. The initial understanding
may not be absolutely correct.
Many people may have heard of "prehistoric
culture," also known as "prehistoric civilization." We will talk
about prehistoric civilization. On this earth, there are continents of Asia,
Europe, South America, North America, Oceania, Africa, and Antarctica.
Geologists call these the continental plates. From the formation of the
continental plates to this day, several tens of millions of years have passed.
Namely, many continents have emerged from the ocean floor, and many continents
have also sunk to the sea bottom. It has been over tens of millions of years
since they stabilized at the present state. Under the water of many oceans,
however, some tall and large ancient architecture has been discovered. These
buildings were crafted very beautifully and are not the cultural heritage of our
modern humankind. Then they must have been built before sinking to the ocean
floor. Who created these civilizations tens of millions of years ago? At that
time, our human race was not even apes. How could we create something of such
great wisdom? Archaeologists around the world have discovered an organism called
trilobite that existed between 600 and 260 million years ago. This kind of
organism disappeared 260 million years ago. An American scientist has discovered
a trilobite fossil with a human footprint on it; the footprint was clearly
printed on the fossil by a person in shoes. Isn’t this mocking historians?
According to Darwin’s theory of evolution, how could there be human beings 260
million years ago?
In the museum of the National University of Peru, there is a
rock engraved with a human figure. Upon investigation, it was determined that
this human figure was engraved thirty thousand years ago. This human figure,
however, is dressed in clothes, hat, and shoes, with a telescope in hand, and he
is observing the celestial body. How could people weave cloth and wear clothes
thirty thousand years ago? More inconceivably, he was observing the celestial
body with a telescope and had a certain amount of astronomical knowledge. We
always think that it was Galileo, a European, who invented the telescope, giving
it a history of only over three hundred years. Yet who invented the telescope
thirty thousand years ago? There are still many unsolved puzzles. For instance,
there are frescoes engraved in many caves of France, South Africa, and the Alps
that appear realistic and lifelike. The figures therein engraved look remarkably
exquisite and are colored with a mineral paint. These people, however, all don
contemporary clothes that look something like Western suits, and they wear tight
pants. Some people hold something like smoking pipes, while others carry walking
sticks and wear hats. How could the apes of several hundred thousand years ago
reach such an advanced artistic level?
To give another example of a more remote age, the Gabon
Republic in Africa has uranium ore. This country is relatively underdeveloped.
It cannot make uranium on its own and exports the ore to developed countries. In
1972, a French manufacturer imported its uranium ore. After lab tests, the
uranium ore was found to have been extracted and utilized. They found this quite
unusual and sent out scientists to study it. Scientists from many other
countries all went there to investigate. In the end, this uranium mine was
verified as a large-scale nuclear reactor with a very rational layout. Even our
modern people cannot possibly create this, so when was it built then? It was
constructed 2 billion years ago and was in operation for 500 thousand years.
Those are simply astronomical figures, and they cannot be explained at all with
Darwin’s theory of evolution. There are many such examples. What today’s
scientific and technological community has discovered is sufficient to change
our present textbooks. Once humankind’s conventional mentalities form a
systematic way of working and thinking, new ideas are very difficult to accept.
When the truth emerges, people do not dare to accept it and instinctively reject
it. Due to the influence of traditional conventions, no one today has
systematically compiled such findings. Thus, human concepts always lag behind
developments. Once you speak of these things, there will be people who call them
superstitious and reject them—despite their already having been discovered.
They are just not yet publicized widely.
Many bold scientists abroad have already publicly recognized
this as prehistoric culture and a civilization prior to this of our humankind.
In other words, there existed more than one period of civilization before our
civilization. Through unearthed relics, we have found products that are not of
only one period of civilization. It is thus believed that after each of the many
times when human civilizations were annihilated, only a small number of people
survived and they lived a primitive life. Then, they gradually multiplied in
number to become the new human race, beginning a new civilization. Later, they
were again exterminated and would then once again produce a new human race. It
just goes through such different periodical changes. Physicists hold that the
motion of matter follows certain laws. The changes of our entire universe also
It is impossible that our planet Earth, in this immense
universe and the Milky Way, has been orbiting very smoothly at all times. It
might have bumped into a certain planet or run into other problems, leading to
great disasters. From the perspective of our supernormal abilities, it was just
arranged that way. I made a careful investigation once and found that humankind
has undergone complete annihilation eighty-one times. With a little remaining
from the previous civilization, only a small number of people would survive and
enter the next period, again living a primitive life. As the human population
increased, civilization would eventually emerge again. Humanity has experienced
such periodical changes eighty-one times, and yet I have not traced them to the
end. Chinese people talk about cosmic timing, favorable earth conditions, and
human harmony. Different cosmic changes and different cosmic timings can bring
about different conditions in ordinary human society. According to physics, the
motion of matter follows certain laws—the same is true with the motion of the
The above reference to prehistoric culture primarily tells
you that qigong was not invented by this humankind of ours, either. It was
inherited through a quite remote age and it was also a type of prehistoric
culture. From Buddhist scriptures we can also find some related statements.
Sakyamuni once said that he succeeded in cultivation practice many hundred
millions of kalpa19 (jie) ago. How many years are
there in one kalpa? One kalpa is a number for hundreds of millions of years.
Such a huge number is simply inconceivable. If true, doesn’t this agree with
the history of humankind and the changes of the entire earth? In addition,
Sakyamuni also mentioned that there were six primitive Buddhas before him,
that he had masters, etc., all of whom succeeded in cultivation practices many
hundred million kalpa ago. If all this is real, are there such cultivation ways
among those true, traditional practices and genuine teachings taught in our
society today? If you ask me, it is certainly so, but they are seldom seen.
Nowadays, sham qigong, phony qigong, and those people possessed by spirits
have all made up something at will to deceive people, and their number exceeds
that of genuine qigong practices by many times. Discerning the genuine and the
sham is difficult. A genuine qigong practice is not easy to distinguish, and
neither is it easy to find.
In fact, not only is qigong passed down from a distant age,
Taiji,20 Hetu, Luoshu,21 the Book of Changes,22 the Eight
Triagrams,23 etc., are all inherited from prehistory. Thus, if we study and
understand them from the perspective of everyday people today, we will not be
able to comprehend them by any means. From an everyday person’s level,
perspective, and frame of mind, one cannot understand real things.
Qigong is Cultivation
Since qigong has such a long history, what’s it for? Let me
tell everyone that since we are of a great cultivation way in the Buddha School,
we of course cultivate Buddhahood. In the Tao School, one of course cultivates
the Tao to attain the Tao. Let me tell everyone that "Buddha" is not a
superstition. It is a word from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. When it
was introduced to China, it was called "Fo Tuo."24 There were also
people who translated it as "Fu Tu."25 As the word was passed around,
our Chinese people left out one character and called it "Fo." What
does it mean in Chinese? It means "an enlightened person," one who has
become enlightened through cultivation practice. What’s superstitious in this?
Think about it, everyone: One can develop supernormal
abilities through cultivation practice. In the world today, six supernormal
abilities are recognized, yet they are not limited to these alone. I would say
that over ten thousand genuine supernormal abilities exist. As a person sits
there, without moving his hands or feet, he is able to do what others cannot do
even with their hands and feet, and he can see the actual truth of each
dimension in the universe. This person can see the truth of the universe and
things that an everyday person cannot. Isn’t he a person who has attained the
Tao through practicing cultivation? Isn’t he a great enlightened person? How
can he be considered the same as an everyday person? Isn’t he an enlightened
person through cultivation practice? Isn’t it correct to call him an
enlightened person? In ancient Indian language he is called a Buddha. Actually,
that is it. This is what qigong is for.
Speaking of qigong, some people might say, "Without an
illness, who would practice qigong?" This implies that qigong is meant for
healing illness. That is a very, very shallow understanding. This is not your
fault because many qigong masters indeed do things such as healing illnesses and
maintaining fitness. They all talk about healing and fitness. Nobody teaches
anything toward high levels. This does not mean that their practices are not
good. Their mission is to teach things at the level of healing and fitness, and
to publicize qigong. There are many people who would like to practice
cultivation toward high levels. They have such thoughts and wishes, but they
have not obtained the right methods for cultivation, thereby causing great
difficulties and many problems. Of course, genuinely teaching a practice at high
levels involves very profound issues. Therefore, we have been responsible to
people and society, and the overall outcome of teaching the practice has been
good. Some of the things are indeed quite profound and, when discussed, may
sound like superstition. Nevertheless, we will try our best to explain them with
Once we talk about certain issues, some people will call them
superstitions. Why is that? Such a person’s criterion is that he will consider
what science has not recognized, what he has not yet experienced, or what he
thinks cannot possibly exist, all to be superstitious and idealistic—this is
his mentality. Is this mentality correct? Should what science has not recognized
or what is beyond its development be labeled as superstitious and idealistic?
Then, isn’t this person himself being superstitious and idealistic? With this
mentality, how can science develop and make progress? Neither will human society
be able to move forward. Everything that our scientific and technological
community has invented was unknown to people in the past. If such things were
all regarded as superstitions, there would, of course, have been no need for
development. Qigong is not something idealistic. There are many people who do
not understand qigong and, thus, always consider qigong idealistic. At present,
with scientific apparatus we have found in a qigong master’s body infrasonic
waves, supersonic waves, electromagnetic waves, infrared, ultraviolet, gamma
rays, neutrons, atoms, trace metal elements, etc. Aren’t these something of
material existence? They are also of matter. Isn’t everything made of matter?
Aren’t other time-spaces also made of matter? How can qigong be labeled
"superstitious?" Since it is used for cultivation of Buddhahood, it is
bound to involve many profound issues, and we will address them all.
Since qigong serves such a purpose, why do we call it qigong?
It is, as a matter of fact, not called "qigong." What’s it called?
It is called "cultivation practice," and it is just cultivation
practice. Of course it has other specific names, but generically speaking it is
called cultivation practice. Then, why is it called qigong? It is known that
qigong has been promoted in society for over twenty years. It first appeared in
the middle of the Great Cultural Revolution.26 Later on it reached its peak of
popularity. Think about it, everyone: The leftist ideology was quite prevalent
at that time. We will not mention what names qigong had in prehistoric
civilizations. During its development, this human civilization underwent a
feudalistic period. Therefore, it usually has names with feudalistic
ingredients. Those practices related to religions usually have names with heavy
religious overtones. For instance, the so-called "The Great Cultivation Way
of Tao," "The Dhyana of Vajra," "The Way of Arhat,"27
"The Great Cultivation Way of Buddha Dharma," "Nine-fold Internal
Alchemy," etc., are all such things. If these names were used during the
Great Cultural Revolution, wouldn’t you be criticized? Though those qigong
masters’ wish to promote qigong was good and they intended to help the general
public heal illnesses, maintain fitness, and improve their physical conditions—how
great that would be—it would not be allowed. People simply did not dare to use
names this way. Therefore, in order to promote qigong, many qigong masters took
out two words from the texts of Dan Jing and Tao Zang,28
and named it "qigong". Some people even concentrate their research in
qigong terminology. There is nothing there to study. In the past, it was just
called cultivation practice. "Qigong" is only a newly-crafted term
that complies with modern people’s mindset.
Why Doesn’t Your Gong
Increase with Your Practice?
Why doesn’t your gong increase with your practice? Many
people think this way: "I haven’t received genuine teaching. If a master
teaches me some special skills and a few advanced techniques, my gong will
increase." Nowadays, ninety-five percent of people think this way, and I
find it quite ridiculous. Why is it ridiculous? It is because qigong is not a
technique of everyday people. It is something completely supernormal.
Accordingly, the principles of high levels should be applied to examine it. Let
me tell everyone that the fundamental reason for one’s failing to increase
gong is this: Of the two words "cultivation" and "practice,"
people only pay attention to practice and ignore cultivation. If you search
externally for something, you will not obtain it by any means. With an everyday
person’s body, an everyday person’s hands, and an everyday person’s mind,
do you think that you can transform high-energy matter into gong or increase
gong? How can it be so easy! In my view, it is a joke. That is the same as
pursuing something externally and seeking something externally. You will never
It is not like a skill of everyday people that you can
acquire by paying some money or learning some techniques. It is not like that,
as it is something beyond the level of everyday people. You will thus be
expected to follow supernormal principles. What’s required of you, then? You
must cultivate your inner self and not pursue things externally. So many people
are seeking things externally. They pursue one thing today and another tomorrow.
In addition, they are obsessively attached to seeking supernormal abilities and
carry all kinds of intentions. There are people who even want to become qigong
masters and make a fortune by healing illnesses! To truly practice cultivation,
you must cultivate your mind. This is called xinxing cultivation. For example,
in a conflict among one another, you should care less about various personal
feelings and desires. While competing for personal gain, you want to improve
your gong—how can that be possible? Aren’t you the same as an everyday
person? How can your gong increase? Therefore, only by emphasizing xinxing
cultivation can your gong increase and your level be upgraded.
What is xinxing? It includes de (a type of matter),
tolerance, enlightenment quality, sacrifice, giving up ordinary people’s
different desires and attachments, being able to suffer hardships, and so on. It
encompasses various things. Every aspect of xinxing must be upgraded for you to
make real progress. This is a crucial factor in improving gong potency (gongli).
Some people may think: "The xinxing issue you mentioned
is something ideological and a matter of one’s realm of thoughts. It has
nothing to do with the gong we cultivate." Why isn’t it the same issue?
Throughout history, the issue of whether matter determines mind or vice versa
has been constantly discussed and debated in the world of philosophy. In fact,
let me tell everyone that matter and mind are one thing. In scientific research
of the human body, today’s scientists hold that a thought generated by the
human brain is a substance. If it is something of material existence, isn’t it
something of the human mind as well? Aren’t they the same thing? Just like the
universe that I have described, it does not only have its material existence,
but also, at the same time, it has its characteristic. An everyday person cannot
detect the existence of this characteristic, Zhen-Shan-Ren, in the universe,
because everyday people are all on the same level. When you rise above the level
of everyday people, you will be able to detect it. How do you detect it? All
matter in the universe, including all substances that permeate the universe, are
living beings with thinking minds, and all of them are forms of existence of the
universe’s Fa at different levels. They do not let you ascend. Though you want
to ascend, you cannot. They just do not let you move up. Why don’t they let
you move up? It is because your xinxing has not improved. There are different
criteria for every level. If you want to reach a higher level, you must abandon
your ill thoughts and clean out your filthy things in order to assimilate to the
requirements of the standard at that level. Only by doing so can you ascend.
Once you upgrade your xinxing, your body will undergo a great
change. Upon xinxing improvement, the matter in your body is guaranteed to
transform. What kind of changes will take place? You will give up those bad
things that you are attached to. For example, if a bottle filled with dirty
things is sealed tightly and thrown into water, it will sink all the way to the
bottom. You pour out some of its dirty contents. The more you empty the bottle,
the higher it will float in the water. If it is emptied entirely, it will float
on the surface completely. In the course of our cultivation practice, you must
clean out various bad things in your body so that you can move up. This
characteristic of the universe exactly plays this role. If you do not cultivate
your xinxing or upgrade your moral standard, or if your ill thoughts and bad
substances have not been removed, it will not let you ascend. How can you say
that they aren’t the same thing? Let me tell a joke. If a person, with all
kinds of human sentiment and desire among everyday people, is allowed to ascend
and become a Buddha—think about it—is this possible? He may have a wicked
thought upon finding a Bodhisattva29 so beautiful. This person may start a
conflict with a Buddha because his jealousy has not been eliminated. How can
these things be allowed to take place? What should be done about it, then? You
must eliminate all ill thoughts among everyday people—only then can you move
In other words, you should pay attention to xinxing
cultivation and practice cultivation according to the characteristic of the
universe, Zhen-Shan-Ren. You must completely dispose of the desires of ordinary
people, immoral thoughts, and the intention of wrongdoing. With every bit of
improvement in your state of mind, some bad things will be eliminated from your
body. In the meantime, you should also suffer a little bit and endure some
hardships to reduce your karma. You can then move up a little bit; that is, the
characteristic of the universe will not restrict you as much. Cultivation
depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s
master. The master gives you the gong mechanism that develops your gong, and
this gong mechanism will function. It can transform the substance of de outside
of your body into gong. As you constantly upgrade yourself and move up in
cultivation practice, your gong column (gongzhu) will also continually
make breakthroughs toward high levels. As a practitioner, you must cultivate and
temper yourself in the environment of everyday people and gradually abolish
attachments and various desires. Oftentimes, what our humankind considers good
is usually bad from the perspective of high levels. Thus, what people consider
good for a person is to fulfill more self-interest among everyday people,
thereby living a better life. To the great enlightened beings, this person is
worse off. What’s so bad about this? The more one gains, the more one
infringes upon others. One will get things one does not deserve. This person
will be attached to fame and profit, thus losing de. If you want to increase
gong without emphasizing xinxing cultivation, your gong will not increase at
The community of cultivators holds that one’s Primordial
Spirit does not become extinct. In the past, people might call it superstitious
to discuss the human Primordial Spirit. It is known that research on the human
body in physics has found molecules, protons, electrons, going further down to
quarks, neutrinos, etc. At that point, a microscope can no longer detect them.
Yet they are far from the origin of life and from the origin of matter. Everyone
knows that it requires a considerable amount of energy collision and a great
amount of heat to enable fusion or nuclear fission to occur. How can the nuclei
in one’s body easily become extinct as one dies? Therefore, we have found that
when a person is dead, only the largest molecular elements in this dimension of
ours have sloughed off, while the bodies in other dimensions are not
degenerated. Think about it, everyone: What does a human body look like under a
microscope? The entire human body is in motion. While you sit there still, the
whole body is nevertheless in motion. Cell molecules are in motion, and the
whole body is loose as if composed of sand. A human body looks just like that
under a microscope, and this is quite different from what is seen with our naked
eyes. This is because this pair of human eyes create a false impression for you
and prevent you from seeing these things. When one’s Celestial Eye30 (tianmu)
is open, it can see things by magnifying them; it is actually a human
instinctual capability that is now called a supernormal ability. If you want to
develop supernormal abilities, you must return to your original, true self and
go back through cultivation.
Let us talk about de. What specific connection does it have?
We will analyze it in detail. As human beings, we have a body in each of
numerous dimensions. When we examine the human body now, the largest elements
are cells, and they comprise the physical human body. If you can enter the space
between cells and molecules or the spaces among molecules, you will experience
being in another dimension. What does that body’s form of existence resemble?
Of course, you cannot use the concepts of this dimension to understand it, and
your body must meet the requirement of that dimension’s form of existence. The
body in another dimension can become big or small to begin with. At that time,
you will find it also a boundless dimension. This refers to a simple form of
other dimensions that exist simultaneously in the same place. Everyone has a
specified body in each of many other dimensions. In a specified dimension there
is a field that surrounds the human body. What kind of field is it? This field
is the de that we have mentioned. De is a white substance and not, as we
believed in the past, something spiritual or ideological—it absolutely has a
kind of material existence. Thus, in the past, elders talked about accumulating
or losing de, and they spoke very sensibly. This de forms a field that surrounds
one’s body. In the past, the Tao School held that a master selects a disciple
instead of a disciple choosing a master. What does it mean? A master would
examine whether this disciple’s body carried a great amount of de. If this
disciple had a lot of de, it would be easy for him to practice cultivation.
Otherwise, he would not be able to make it easily, and he would have much
difficulty developing gong toward high levels.
At the same time, there exists a black kind of substance that
we call "karma" and Buddhism calls "sinful karma." These
black and white substances exist simultaneously. What kind of relationship do
these two substances have? We obtain that de through suffering, enduring
setbacks, and doing good deeds; the black substance is accrued by committing bad
deeds and doing wrong things or bullying people. Nowadays, some people are not
only bent solely on profit, but they even go so far as committing all evils.
They will do all kinds of evil things for money, and they will also commit
murder, pay someone to kill, practice homosexuality, and abuse drugs. They do
all kinds of things. One loses de when one commits wrongdoing. How does a person
lose de? When a person swears at another, he thinks that he has gained the upper
hand and feels good. There is a principle in this universe called "no loss,
no gain." To gain, one has to lose. If you do not want to lose, you will be
forced to lose. Who plays such a role? It is precisely the characteristic of the
universe that assumes this role. Thus, it is impossible if you only wish to gain
things. What will happen then? While swearing at or bullying another person, he
is tossing de at this other person. Since the other person is the party that
feels wronged and has lost something and suffered, he is compensated
accordingly. While one person is here swearing, with this swearing, a piece of
de from his own dimensional field leaves and goes to the other person. The more
he swears at him, the more de he gives him. The same is true with beating up or
bullying others. As one hits or kicks another person, one will give one’s de
away according to how badly one beats up the other person. An everyday person
cannot see this principle at this level. Feeling humiliated, he cannot put up
with it and thinks, "Since you hit me, I’ve got to return the same."
"Wham," he gives that person a punch back and returns de to him.
Neither have gained or lost anything. He might think, "You have hit me
once, so I should hit you twice. Otherwise, I won’t feel avenged." He
will hit him again, and another piece of his de will be given away to the other
Why is this de valued so much? What kind of relationship is
there in the transformation of de? Religions state: "With de, one will gain
something in the next lifetime if not in this life." What will one gain?
With a lot of de, one may become a high-ranking official or make a big fortune.
One can obtain whatever one wants, and this is exchanged with such de. Religions
also mention that if one does not have any de, both one’s body and soul will
become extinct. One’s Primordial Spirit will be exterminated, and upon death
one will be completely dead with nothing left. In our community of cultivators,
however, we hold that de can be directly transformed into gong.
We will address how de is transformed into gong. The
community of cultivators has a saying: "Cultivation depends on one’s own
efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master." Yet
some people talk about "setting up a bodily crucible and furnace to make dan31
using gathered medicinal herbs"32 and mind activities, and they
consider these very important. Let me tell you that they are not at all
important, and it is an attachment if you think too much about them. Aren’t
you attached to a pursuit if you think too much about it? Cultivation depends on
one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.
It is good enough if you have this wish. It is the master who actually does
this, as you are simply unable to do it. With an ordinary person’s body like
yours, how can you transform it into a higher life’s body made of high-energy
matter? It is absolutely impossible and sounds like a joke. A human body’s
transformation process in other dimensions is quite intricate and complex. You
cannot do such things at all.
What does the master give you? He gives you the gong
mechanism that develops your gong. Since de exists outside one’s body, one’s
real gong is generated from de. Both the height of one’s level and the
strength of one’s gong potency are generated from de. The master transforms
your de into gong that grows upward in a spiral form. The gong that truly
determines one’s level grows outside one’s body, and it grows in a spiral
form, eventually forming a gong column after it grows above one’s head. With
just one glance at the height of this person’s gong column, one can discern
the level of his gong. This is one’s level and Fruit Status as mentioned
in Buddhism. While sitting in meditation, some people’s Primordial Spirit can
leave their bodies and reach a certain level. Even if it tries, his Primordial
Spirit cannot ascend any further, and it does not dare to move up. Since it
moves up by sitting on his gong column, it can only reach that level. Because
his gong column is just that high, it cannot move up any further. This is the
issue of Fruit Status mentioned in Buddhism.
There is also a yardstick that measures xinxing level. The
yardstick and gong column do not exist in the same dimension, but they exist
simultaneously. Your xinxing cultivation has already made progress if, for
instance, when someone swears at you among everyday people, you do not say a
word and feel very calm; or when someone throws a fist at you, you do not say a
word and let it go with a smile. Your xinxing level is already very high. So as
a practitioner, what should you obtain? Aren’t you going to obtain gong? When
your xinxing is upgraded, your gong will increase. One’s gong level is as high
as one’s xinxing level, and this is an absolute truth. In the past, whether
people practiced qigong in parks or at home, they did it with much effort and
dedication, and they practiced quite well. Once they stepped out the door, they
would act differently and go their own way, competing and fighting with others
for fame and profit among everyday people. How could they increase gong? It
could not increase at all, and for the same reason neither would their illnesses
be healed. Why can’t some people cure their illnesses after a long period of
practice? Qigong is cultivation practice and something supernormal, as opposed
to everyday people’s physical exercises. One must focus on xinxing in order to
cure illness and increase gong.
Some people believe in setting up a bodily crucible and
furnace to make dan from the gathered medicinal herbs, and they think that this
dan is gong. It is not. This dan only accumulates a portion of energy, and it
does not include all energy. What kind of matter is dan? It is known that we
also have some other things for cultivating life, and that our bodies will
develop supernormal abilities and many other abilities; the majority are locked
up and not allowed to be applied. There are many supernormal abilities—as many
as ten thousand. As soon as one is developed, it is locked up. Why aren’t they
allowed to manifest? The purpose is to not let you apply them casually in
ordinary human society to do things. You are not allowed to casually disturb
ordinary human society, and neither are you allowed to casually display your
abilities in ordinary human society. This is because doing so could disturb the
state of ordinary human society. Many people practice cultivation by way of
enlightening. If you demonstrate all your abilities to them, they will see that
everything is real and all will come to practice cultivation. People who have
committed unpardonable evils will also come to practice cultivation, and this is
not permitted. You are not allowed to show off this way. Also, you may easily
commit wrongdoing since you cannot see the predestined relationship and the true
nature of things. You think that you are doing a good deed, but it may be a
wrong deed. Therefore, you are not allowed to apply them, because once you
commit wrongdoing, your level will be lowered and your cultivation will be in
vain. As a result, many supernormal abilities are locked up. What will happen?
By the time one reaches the state of Unlocking Gong (kaigong) and is
enlightened, this dan will be a bomb that explodes and opens up all supernormal
abilities, all locks in the body, and hundreds of energy passes.
"Bang," everything will be shaken open. This is what the dan is used
for. After a monk is cremated at death, sarira remain. Some people
claim that those are bones and teeth. How come everyday people do not have
sarira? Those are just the exploded dan, and their energy has been released.
They contain in themselves a lot of substances from other dimensions. After all,
they are also something of material existence, but of little use. People now
take them to be something very precious. They contain energy, and are lustrous,
as well as very hard. That is what they are.
There is still another reason for failing to increase gong.
Namely, without knowing the Fa of high levels, one cannot move up in cultivation
practice. What does it mean? As I just mentioned, some people have practiced
many qigong exercises. Let me tell you that no matter how many more you study,
it is still useless. You remain only an elementary school pupil—an elementary
school pupil in cultivation practice. They are all principles at a low level.
Such low-level principles cannot play any role in guiding your cultivation
practice toward high levels. If you study elementary school textbooks in
college, you will remain an elementary school pupil. No matter how many you
study, it will be useless. Instead, you will be worse off. Different levels have
different Fa, and Fa assumes different guiding roles at different levels. Thus,
low-level principles cannot guide your cultivation practice toward high levels.
What we will talk about later are all principles for cultivation practice at
high levels. I am incorporating things from different levels in the teaching.
They will thus always play a guiding role in your future cultivation practice. I
have several books, audiotapes, and videotapes. You will find that after
watching and listening to them once, they still guide you as you watch and
listen again after a while. You are also constantly improving yourselves, and
they continually guide you—this is the Fa. The above are the two reasons for
not being able to increase gong. Without knowing the Fa at high levels, one
cannot practice cultivation. Without cultivating one’s inner self and one’s
xinxing, one cannot increase gong. These are the two reasons.
Characteristics of Falun
Our Falun Dafa is one of the eighty-four thousand cultivation
ways in the Buddha School. During the historical period of this human
civilization, it has never been made public. In a prehistoric period, however,
it was once widely used to provide salvation to humankind. In this final period
of Last Havoc,33 I am making it public again. Therefore, it is extremely
precious. I have talked about the form of directly transforming de into gong.
Gong is not, in fact, obtained through practice. It is acquired through
cultivation. Many people attempt to increase their gong and only pay attention
to how to practice, without caring for how to do cultivation. Actually, gong is
completely acquired through xinxing cultivation. Why, then, do we also teach the
exercises here? First, let me talk about why a monk does not practice any
exercises. He basically just sits in trance, chants the scriptures, cultivates
xinxing, and his gong then increases. He increases the gong that upgrades his
level. Since Sakyamuni taught people to give up everything in the world—including
their bodies, so physical exercises became unnecessary. The Tao School does not
offer salvation to all beings. What it faces are not all kinds of people with
different mentalities and levels, some of whom are more selfish and others less
selfish. It selects its disciples. If three disciples are selected, only one of
them receives the real teaching. It has to make sure that this disciple is very
virtuous, very good, and will not go awry. It thus emphasizes teaching technical
things to cultivate life and to cultivate something like supernatural powers,
skills, etc. This requires some physical exercises.
Falun Dafa is also a cultivation practice of mind and body,
and it requires exercises. On the one hand, the exercises are used to strengthen
supernormal abilities. What is "strengthening?" It is the
reinforcement of your supernormal abilities by your powerful gong potency, thus
making them progressively stronger. On the other hand, many living beings need
to be developed in your body. In high-level cultivation practice, the Tao School
requires the birth of the Immortal Infant (yuanying), while the
Buddha School requires the Vajra’s indestructible body. Furthermore, many
supernatural abilities must be developed. These things need to be developed
through the physical exercises, and they are what our exercises cultivate. A
complete cultivation practice of mind and body requires both cultivation and
practice. I think that everyone now understands how gong comes into being. The
gong that really determines your level of achievement is not at all developed
through practice, but via cultivation. By upgrading your xinxing and
assimilating to the characteristic of the universe in your cultivation among
everyday people, the characteristic of the universe will no longer restrict you;
you are then allowed to move up. Your de will then begin transforming into gong.
As your xinxing standard improves, so grows your gong. It is just such a
Ours is a genuine cultivation practice of both mind and body.
The gong that we cultivate is stored in every cell of the body, and the gong of
high-energy matter is even stored in the original minuscule particles of matter
at an extremely microscopic level. As your gong potency becomes greater, the
density and power of gong will also increase. Such high-energy matter has
intelligence. Because it is stored in each cell of the human body all the way to
the origin of life, it will gradually become the same form as the cells in your
body, assuming the same molecular combinations and form of nuclei. Its essence
has changed, however, for this body is no longer composed of original physical
cells. Won’t you be beyond the Five Elements? Of course, your cultivation
practice is not over yet, and you still need to practice cultivation among
everyday people. Therefore, on the surface you still appear to be an ordinary
person. The only difference is that you look younger than those of your age.
Certainly, the bad things in your body, including illnesses, must be removed
first, but we do not treat illness here. We are purifying your body, and the
term is not "healing illness," either. We just call it "purifying
the body," and we clean out the bodies of true practitioners. Some people
come here just to have illnesses healed. As to seriously ill patients, we do not
let them attend the classes since they cannot give up the attachment to having
illnesses cured or the idea of being ill. If one has a serious illness and feels
very uncomfortable, can one let go of it? This person is unable to practice
cultivation. We have stressed from time to time that we do not admit patients
with serious illnesses. This is cultivation practice here, which is too far from
what they think about. They can find other qigong masters to do those things. Of
course, many practitioners have illnesses. Because you are true practitioners,
we will take care of these things for you.
After a period of cultivation practice, our Falun Dafa
practitioners look quite different in appearance. Their skin becomes delicate
and reddish-white. For the elderly, wrinkles become fewer or even extremely few,
which is a common phenomenon. I am not talking here about something
inconceivable, as many of our veteran practitioners sitting here know this
situation. In addition, elderly women will regain their menstrual period since a
cultivation practice of mind and body requires menses to cultivate the body. One’s
period will come, but the menstrual flow will not be much. At present, that
little bit will suffice. This is also a common phenomenon. Otherwise, how can
they cultivate their bodies without it? The same is true for men: The elderly
and the young will all feel that the entire body is light. As for true
practitioners, they will experience this transformation.
This practice of ours cultivates something very immense, as
opposed to the many practices that imitate animals in their exercises. This
practice cultivates something simply quite enormous. All of the principles that
Sakyamuni and Lao Zi34 discussed in their time were confined to principles
within our Milky Way. What does our Falun Dafa cultivate? Our cultivation
practice is based upon the principles of the universe’s evolution, and it is
guided by the standard of the universe’s highest characteristic,
Zhen-Shan-Ren. We cultivate something so enormous that it equates to cultivating
Our Falun Dafa has another extremely unique, most distinctive
feature that is unlike any other practice. At present, all qigong practices
popular in society take the path of cultivating dan or practicing dan. In qigong
practices that cultivate dan, it is very difficult for one to achieve the state
of Unlocking Gong and enlightenment while among ordinary people. Our
Falun Dafa does not cultivate dan. Our practice cultivates a Falun in the lower
abdomen. I personally install it for practitioners in the class. While I am
teaching Falun Dafa, we install it for everyone in succession. Some people can
feel it while others cannot; the majority of people can feel it. This is because
people have different physical conditions. We cultivate Falun instead of dan.
Falun is a miniature of the universe that possesses all of the universe’s
capabilities, and it can operate and rotate automatically. It will forever
rotate in your lower abdominal area. Once it is installed in your body, year-in
and year-out it will not stop and will forever rotate like this. While rotating
clockwise, it can automatically absorb energy from the universe. Additionally,
it can itself transform energy to supply the energy required for transforming
every part of your body. Also, it emits energy while rotating counter-clockwise,
releasing undesirable elements that will disperse around your body. When it
emits energy, the energy can be released to quite a distance, and then it will
bring in new energy again. The emitted energy can benefit the people around you.
The Buddha School teaches self-salvation and salvation of all sentient beings.
One does not only cultivate oneself, but also offers salvation to all sentient
beings. Others can benefit as well, and you can unintentionally rectify other
people’s bodies, heal their illnesses, and so on. Of course, the energy is not
lost. When Falun rotates clockwise, it can collect the energy back since it
Some people may wonder, "Why does this Falun rotate
continuously?" There are also people who ask me, "Why can it rotate?
What’s the reason?" It is easy to understand that dan can form when
energy accumulates, but it is inconceivable that Falun rotates. Let me give you
an example. The universe is in motion, and all of the universe’s Milky Ways
and galaxies are also in motion. The nine planets orbit the sun, and Earth also
rotates by itself. Think about it, everyone: Who’s pushing them? Who has given
them the force? You cannot understand it with an ordinary person’s mentality,
as it is just this rotating mechanism. The same is also true with our Falun, for
it just rotates. By increasing the exercise time, it has solved for everyday
persons the problem of practicing cultivation amidst normal living conditions.
How is it increased? Since it rotates continuously, it constantly absorbs and
transforms energy from the universe. When you go to work, it is cultivating you.
Of course, in addition to Falun, we will also install in your body many energy
systems and mechanisms that will, together with Falun, rotate and transform you
automatically. Therefore, this gong transforms people all automatically. Thus,
it becomes that "the gong cultivates practitioners," which is also
called "the Fa cultivates practitioners." The gong cultivates you when
you are not practicing, just as it also cultivates you when you are practicing.
While having a meal, sleeping, or working, you are always being transformed by
the gong. What are you exercising for? You exercise to strengthen the Falun and
reinforce all of these energy mechanisms and systems that I have provided. When
one practices cultivation at high levels, it should be completely in the state
of wuwei,35 and the exercise movements also follow the mechanisms. There
is not any guidance of mind, and neither should one use any breathing methods,
We practice without any concern for time or location. Some
people have asked, "What’s the best time to practice? Midnight, dawn, or
noontime?" We do not have any requirement for the exercise time. When you
do not practice at midnight, the gong cultivates you. When you do not practice
at dawn, the gong also cultivates you. When you are asleep, the gong cultivates
you as well. When you are walking, the gong still cultivates you. The gong also
cultivates you when you are at work. Doesn’t it greatly reduce your practice
time? Many of you have the heart to truly attain the Tao, which, of course, is
the purpose of cultivation practice. The ultimate goal of cultivation practice
is to attain the Tao and complete cultivation. Yet some people have limited time
left in their lives. Their years for living are numbered and may not be enough
for cultivation. Our Falun Dafa can solve this problem and shorten the course of
practice. Meanwhile, it is also a cultivation practice of mind and body. When
you continually practice cultivation, you will constantly prolong your life.
With consistent practice, your life will be constantly prolonged. Those elderly
people with good inborn quality will have sufficient time for practice. There is
a criterion, however, that the life prolonged beyond your predestined time to
live is completely reserved for your practice. If your mind goes wrong a little
bit, your life will be in danger because your lifetime should have long been
over. You will have such a restriction until you reach Beyond-Triple-World-Fa
cultivation. After that, one will be in another state.
We do not require facing certain directions for practice or
require certain ways to end the practice. Because Falun rotates constantly, it
cannot be stopped. If there is a phone call or someone knocks at the door, you
may go ahead and take care of it right away without having to finish the
practice. When you stop to do something, Falun will immediately rotate clockwise
and take back the emitted energy from around your body. For those who
intentionally hold qi and pour it into their heads, it will still be lost, no
matter how you hold it. Falun is something with intelligence, and knows itself
to do these things. We do not require directions, either, because the whole
universe is in motion. The Milky Way is in motion, and the nine planets are
orbiting the sun. Earth is also self-rotating. We practice according to this
great principle of the universe. Where is east, south, west, or north? There is
none. Practicing in any direction is practicing to all directions, and
practicing in any direction is the same as practicing to the east, south, west,
and north simultaneously. Our Falun Dafa will protect practitioners from
deviating. How does it protect you? If you are a true practitioner, our Falun
will safeguard you. I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or
she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this
universe. What I have said may sound quite inconceivable. You will understand it
later as you study further. There are also other things that are too profound
for me to make known. We will systematically expound the Fa of high levels, from
the simple to the profound. It will not work if your own xinxing is not
righteous. If you pursue something, you may get into trouble. I have found that
many veteran practitioners’ Falun have become deformed. Why? You have
intermingled other things with your practice, and you have accepted other people’s
things. Why didn’t Falun protect you, then? If it is given to you, it is
yours, and it is dictated by your mind. It is a principle of this universe that
nobody should interfere with what you pursue. If you do not want to practice
cultivation, no one can force you—that would be the same as doing a wrong
deed. Who can force you to change your heart? You must discipline yourself on
your own. Taking the best of every school is accepting things from everyone. If
you practice one qigong practice today and another tomorrow to cure your
illness, is your illness cured? No. You can only postpone it. Practicing
cultivation at high levels requires one to focus on one school and stay with it.
If you follow a practice, you must give your heart to it until completely
enlightened in that school. Only then can you practice cultivation in another
school, and that will be a different system. Because a system of genuine
teachings is passed down from a very remote age, it will have gone through quite
a complex process of transformation. Some people go by how they feel in
practicing something. What does your feeling account for? It is nothing. The
actual transformation process takes place in other dimensions and is extremely
complex and intricate. There cannot be one bit of error. It is just like a
precision instrument that will be out of order as soon as you add a foreign part
to it. Your body in each dimension is changing; this is extraordinarily subtle
and cannot go wrong for even a bit. I have already told you that cultivation
depends on one’s own efforts, while transformation of gong is done by one’s
master. If you casually take other people’s things and add them to your
practice, the foreign messages will interfere with the things in this school of
practice, and you will go awry. In addition, this will be reflected in ordinary
human society and bring about problems of ordinary people. This is caused by
your pursuit, and others cannot intervene. It is an issue of your enlightenment
quality. Concurrently, what you add will mess up your gong, and you can no
longer practice cultivation. This problem will take place. I am not saying that
everyone has to study Falun Dafa. If you do not study Falun Dafa and have
received true teachings from other qigong practices, I will approve of it as
well. Let me tell you, however, that to truly practice cultivation toward high
levels, one must be single-minded with one practice. There is one thing that I
must also point out: At present, no other person is truly teaching people toward
high levels like me. In the future you will realize what I have done for you.
Thus, I hope that you do not have very poor enlightenment quality. A lot of
people want to practice cultivation toward high levels. This is now provided
right before you, and you may still be unaware of it. You have been everywhere
looking for a teacher and spent a fortune, yet you have found nothing. Today, it
is offered to you at your doorstep, and maybe you have not realized it! This is
an issue of whether you can become enlightened to it and whether you can be
1 qigong (chee-gong)—a form of traditional Chinese exercise
which cultivates qi or "vital energy."
2 Dafa (dah-fah)—"Great law," or "Great Way";
3 xinxing (shin-shing)—mind or heart nature; moral character.
4 "the world of ten directions"—a Buddhist conception of
5 qi (chee)—In Chinese culture, it is believed to be
"vital energy"; compared to gong, it is a lower form of energy.
6 In-Triple-World-Fa—Buddhism holds that one must go through samsara
(the cycle of reincarnation) if one has not reached Beyond-Triple-World-Fa
cultivation or the Three Realms.
7 gong—1. cultivation energy; 2. a practice that cultivates
8 Sakyamuni—the historical Buddha, Guatama Siddhartha.
9 Dharma—Buddha Sakyamuni’s teachings.
10 "digging into a bull’s horn"—a Chinese expression for going
down a dead end.
11 Tathagata—an enlightened being with Fruit Status in the Buddha School
who is above the levels of Bodhisattva and Arhat.
12Diamond Sutra—an ancient scripture in Buddhism.
13 Primordial Spirit—this is sub-divided into the Main Spirit (zhu
yuanshen) and the Assistant Spirit (fu yuanshen). In traditional
Chinese thought, it is believed that many spirits exist in the body, governing
certain functions and processes (e.g., many believed that a spirit resides in
the liver and governs it’s functions).
14 Dharma-ending Period—According to Buddha Sakyamuni, the Dharma-ending
Period would begin five hundred years after he passed away, and his Dharma could
no longer save people thereafter.
15 Five Elements—metal, wood, water, fire, and earth.
16 Fruit Status—one’s level of attainment in the Buddha School, e.g.
Arhat, Bodhisattva, Tathagata, etc.
17 de (duh)—"virtue," "merit"; a precious white
18 Lei Feng (lay fung)—Chinese moral exemplar in the 1960’s.
19 kalpa—a period lasting for two billion years; here the term is
used as a number.
20 Taiji (tie-jee)—the symbol of the Tao School, popularly known in the
West as the "yin-yang symbol."
21 Hetu (huh-too), Luoshu (luoa-shew)—prehistoric diagrams that appeared in
ancient China and are thought to disclose the change of the course of nature
22 Book of Changes—an ancient Chinese book of divination dating from
the Zhou dynasty (1100 B.C.-221 B.C.).
23 Eight Triagrams—from the Book of Changes, a prehistoric diagram
thought to disclose the changes of the course of nature.
24 Fo Tuo—classical Chinese term for "Buddha."
25 Fu Tu—classical Chinese term for "Buddha."
26 Great Cultural Revolution—a communist political movement that denounced
traditional values and culture (1966-1976).
27 Arhat—enlightened being with Fruit Status in the Buddha School and one
who is beyond the "Three Realms."
28 Dan Jing (dahn jing), Tao Zang (daow zang)—classic Chinese
texts of cultivation practice.
29 Bodhisattva—enlightened being with Fruit Status in the Buddha School,
and one who is higher than an Arhat but lower than a Tathagata.
30 Celestial Eye—also known as the "third eye."
31 dan (dahn)—energy cluster in a cultivator’s body, collected
from other dimensions.
32 "setting up a bodily crucible and furnace to make dan using gathered
medicinal herbs"—Taoist metaphor for internal alchemy.
33 Last Havoc—The community of cultivators holds that the universe has
three phases of evolution (The Beginning Havoc, The Middle Havoc, The Last
Havoc), and that now is the The Last Havoc’s final period.
34 Lao Zi (laow-dzz)—founder of the Tao School and author of the Dao De
Jing (Tao Te Ching), thought to have lived and taught in China around
the 5th or 4th century B.C.
35 wuwei (woo-way)—"non-action,"
"inaction"; "without intention."