(Li Hongzhi, April 12, 2004, in
Question: Some coordinators aren't able to
listen to different opinions. They've become like the bureaucrats
found among everyday people.
Teacher: Coordinators have to be willing
and able to listen to different opinions. But if you think about
the coordinators, they're cultivators too and they're not perfect.
Some students wonder, "Why don't we pick whoever is smartest
and who's cultivated best in our area to be the coordinator?"
(Audience laughs) It doesn't work that way. And why don't I
come out and do things directly myself? I want to leave you with
the opportunity of Consummating and forging mighty-virtue. If I
were to do everything, or to tell you how to handle each specific
thing and you just followed my direction, sure the coordination
would be good, since [you'd think,] "That's what Master told
us. There are no if's, and's, or but's about it. Let's just follow
Master." But would you have any mighty-virtue then? What
would you have forged? Would you have walked your own path in the
face of challenges or hardship? Only when you find ways to do
things well as you validate the Fa and meet with challenges, and
when your success comes from your own efforts--only that is
The coordinators among Dafa disciples are in
fact just coordinators, points of contact, and people who relay
information. Don't think of them as Master, and don't have such
high expectations that you rely on them as you cultivate and
expect them to handle everything just right. It's not like that.
If the coordinator were really like Master, or able to consider
things from all angles and never be wrong, then a lot of people in
that area couldn't cultivate successfully, since with him thinking
things through so well there'd be nothing left for you to think
about. If he were to do everything just right you wouldn't have a
chance to show your great qualities. You see the idea, right?
Actually, long ago I told the regional
coordinators to manage things loosely, and that, except when it
comes to group efforts, which need coordination, they shouldn't
restrict the path that each Dafa disciple takes as an individual
who's validating the Fa. So other than when it's a case of
something bad for Dafa and the coordinator needs to put a stop to
it, each Dafa disciple has to fully play his role and proactively
do what he should as a Dafa disciple. As you go about validating
the Fa, whatever you think of, see, encounter, or can recognize,
go ahead and do it, and only then are you walking your own path
and forging your own mighty-virtue. Isn't that how it works? (Applause)
With some students, I'm finding that they're
still fixated on the coordinators, thinking, "How come this
coordinator just isn't up to par?" (Master laughs) If
the coordinator were indeed really good and could think of
everything ahead of time, then I think the other students in that
region would really have no way to put their skills and abilities
to work. If a certain region is doing well, then it's definitely
something like this: the coordinators just say that something
needs to be done, and Dafa disciples, of their own initiative,
coordinate with each other and overcome the challenges together,
fully utilizing Dafa disciples' wisdom, to get it done well and in
a more ideal way. Even when the coordinators don't think things
through too well or have even overlooked some things, the Dafa
disciples will perfect it along the way--and that is your
mighty-virtue. Don't get resentful when things are tough, and
don't think that you need to have people see what you're doing.
Master can see everything you do, and so can all gods. When you
have done well that's your own, eternal mighty-virtue.
In your cultivation you can't always look at
others. You need to look at yourselves, and cultivate yourselves.
When there's a problem, examine yourself and try to find the
problem on your part. When you see that something is lacking,
figure out how you can do each thing well, keep your
thinking right along the way, and manifest the righteous thoughts
and righteous actions of a Dafa disciple when faced with
challenges--now that is extraordinary. And as a Dafa
disciple, that is your validating the Fa with righteous
thoughts, and only then are you truly worthy of being a Dafa
Question: Some countries in the Asia-Pacific
region have close ties with the evil, and the disparity in how
we've done saving sentient beings is huge.
Teacher: Just do however much you can, and
do things that are within your ability and where conditions are
ripe. You can hold off in areas where the evil is rampant--that's
okay and not our students' fault. Of course, wherever there are no
Dafa disciples there will be problems saving lives in the future;
since you're Dafa disciples you will think of this. Do things
according to the situation, do however much you can, and when it
comes to the things you can't do, we'll see what we can do later
Question: When we don't have any [preconceived]
notions or preset plans, the effect of validating the Fa is
excellent, and when the opposite is true the effect is poor.
Teacher: Yes, with a lot of things you do,
when you are free of human notions your own attachments won't get
mixed in. If, beyond being responsible to the Fa, you have no
human attachments, none of your own things, and none of your
personal factors mixed in, then you are sure to do that thing
well. Whereas once you've mixed in your own factors, then you
can't do that thing well.
There's something you must pay attention to:
you are validating the Fa, not validating yourselves. A Dafa
disciple's responsibility is to validate the Fa. Validating the Fa
is cultivation, and what you remove in the cultivation process is
none other than the attachment to self; you can't, instead, go and
exacerbate the problem of validating oneself, even if you do it
unwittingly. When you're validating the Fa and cultivating, that
is a process of removing self, and only when you do that are you
really validating yourself. That's because ultimately you have to
let go of all your human things, and only after you've let go of
all your human attachments can you step out from the throngs of
You are a cultivator, so you need to have
mighty-virtue. And where does your mighty-virtue come from?
Doesn't it come from letting go of self and being selfless in this
grueling environment, and being completely responsible to the Fa
as a Dafa disciple? Isn't that, itself, mighty-virtue? And what's
more, you did it in a grueling environment. The more you put you
first or mix in [factors of] self, the less mighty-virtue you
have, and that's why it is less likely that you succeed at things
or do them well. Dafa's things should be the most sacred, and
that's why the less you have of your own notions and involve your
own factors, the better you can handle them and the more likely
you are to succeed.
Question: Can we include photos of Master going
through the exercises in the big poster boards we use to display
the truth about Dafa?
Teacher: I don't think it's a problem if
it's meant to clarify the truth--and haven't you done that
already? (Audience laughs)
Question: (Teacher: I won't read out
loud all of the courteous words before the questions, okay?) The
television media outlet that was created by Dafa disciples needs
manpower, material resources, and money to operate for the long
haul. And fellow cultivators at the TV station often say to me,
since I'm a Taiwanese disciple, "There are 300 to 500
thousand people in Taiwan cultivating Dafa, so when the TV station
needs help we shouldn't always have a hard time finding
people." Master, could Taiwan focus more on the medium of
television to clarify the truth?
Teacher: Those who know the technology or
have the special skills, whether they're from Taiwan or elsewhere,
they are usually welcome, for sure.
Question: When the progress of a translation
gets bogged down, is it due to interference?
Teacher: Usually the specific things Dafa
disciples do are related to their own cultivation, and are, at the
same time, related to their circumstances. With specific things
like this you still need to discuss together and figure out how to
handle them better and walk your own paths. None of the
foreign-language Dafa books were translated by me (Master
laughs, audience laughs), and every Dafa disciple who is
involved shoulders different responsibilities. The translation
work isn't assigned by somebody. It's all done by people actively
discussing [to arrive at their best translation] and coordinating
with each other. So just figure out how to do it better. In
everything you do, you are validating the Fa and cultivating
yourselves, and those are all things you should do.
Question: Should we be selective about
admitting students to a Minghui school? (Audience laughs) Master,
please give us some guidance on this.
Teacher: What I think is, you are running a
school now, so you shouldn't be selective about admission.
Actually, you know, Dafa is about cultivation only--Dafa has
nothing but cultivation. And even though today the path of
cultivation Dafa disciples take is different--in order to clarify
the truth, to save more of the world's people, to keep the
persecution in check, and so on, some students have gotten
together and started up media outlets or done this or that--none
of that is part of Dafa itself. Those are cases of students
walking their own paths validating the Fa, and those are things
created by the students themselves. So that too forges your
mighty-virtue, and it's remarkable .
Since it's not part of Dafa, then it must be
part of ordinary society, and so it should align with ordinary
society. Who you're saving are the lives in ordinary society, so
all the more so you need to come closer to ordinary society and
have your media outlets become something the general public loves
to see and hear. Only that way can you achieve a better effect.
The same is true for Minghui schools. Dafa
itself doesn't have schools, but Dafa disciples are saving
sentient beings and clarifying the truth, are leaving behind the
best things for the people of the future, the beings of the
future, and they are nurturing new, young Dafa disciples. So what
it comes down to is, what you are doing are all good things. Then
since you are doing good things for sentient beings, you can't
make distinctions between who can enter and who can't. Wouldn't it
be better to admit more people from ordinary society? Put
differently, if you want to move toward having a positive
cycle--it's draining to always have Dafa disciples fund it--then
you have to be rooted in society and get into a positive cycle.
That's the way to go.
Question: Can we set up a Minghui class within
the educational system and at an existing school?
Teacher: Just do it according to your
circumstances and however you do it should be fine. There are no
restrictions or set schemes when it comes to doing good things for
sentient beings. Whether it be you setting up a Minghui school or
holding Minghui classes yourself, or maybe you're a teacher and
you teach the students according to Zhen-Shan-Ren in class,
there's no problem with any of that. And of course, setting up a
Minghui school is just a great thing. Now that they've been set
up, I hope you will run them better and better, make them bigger
and bigger, and set up more and more of them. They are, for all
beings, a blessing, and for the evil beings, it clears them away.
Question: There are often people who come to
learn Falun Gong in order to apply for asylum. How should we
handle these things?
Teacher: (Teacher laughs) Actually,
that's really a disgrace for the Chinese government. How come it's
not people from other countries applying for asylum? (Audience
laughs) Why are so many people from China applying for asylum?
Isn't China claiming to be "strong"? Ever heard of a
strong nation having so many people flee it to become asylees?
Sounds like that "strong" bit is bogus.
Looking at it another way, all motives aside,
if people want a chance to remain in the United States or in
another developed country, the easiest way right now is to apply
for asylum using the name of Falun Gong. I've heard there are
seminars in New York City's Chinatown on applying for asylum, and
(audience laughs) they specifically teach in there how to
learn Falun Gong. Of course, they're not really teaching people
Falun Gong. They're telling people how many movements there are,
how many exercises, and what books there are in Falun Gong, along
with what the immigration officer will ask in his test (audience
laughs). That's what they are doing.
Anyway, once somebody applies for asylum in
the name of Falun Gong, he has given his future to Falun Gong.
That's because he is changing his fate using Falun Gong's
name--whether he's aware of it or not. That's putting it in
ordinary human terms. The truth is, everyone came here for Dafa,
and if the whole world came for Dafa, then of course it's no big
deal if they benefit a little from Dafa. So go ahead, then. (Teacher
laughs) As long as the local government doesn't object, we
However, when somebody has gained political
asylum using Falun Gong's name, he is indebted to Falun Gong since
it changed his fate. Then that person absolutely cannot be against
Falun Gong, or he'll be severing his future. There is nothing more
dangerous. So with people like him, it's fine if they come to
learn the practice or do the exercises, but along the way you
should tell them about what's at stake: "Make sure you don't
get involved in persecuting Falun Gong, don't even think about
doing that. This is for your own good. I'm telling you this only
because you want to use Falun Gong; otherwise I wouldn't say
Question: I, a disciple, would like to write in
the form of poetry to assist Master in Fa-rectification. I'd like
to ask Master, how can I improve my creativity and writing skills?
Teacher: Actually, I know that what you
want to ask is how you can enrich your wisdom to good effect
validating the Fa. If you have the foundation that's needed, you
will be able to compose good pieces, for sure, whereas if you're
completely lacking one you'll have a certain amount of trouble at
first. For example, if you want to write Tang-style poems then you
need to first learn about things like what Tang poetry is like,
[or similarly,] what Song verse is like or what Yuan drama and
verse are like, and then you can try to compose something. Since
you're a Dafa disciple, perhaps when you really want to do that,
you will be able to, and well, and you will definitely start off
more quickly and mature faster than others, for sure. There are
several Dafa disciples who write poetry very fast and without much
effort; when they want to compose something they can just compose
it right away. With ordinary people, though, it's a big strain for
them to compose something, and they have to get in the right mood
and think of some approach or other. But with Dafa disciples
things should go quickly, whatever it may be. When you let go of
self even more, your wisdom for validating the Fa will naturally
Question: Recently you mentioned that certain
words in your writings need to be revised. Can we directly paste
the correct words over the old ones, instead of scratching the old
Teacher: Actually it's fine however you do
it, as long as you correct them. The students in Mainland China
don't have the means to do this. I know that in the past, most of
the books printed in Mainland China used newsprint, and it was
pretty thick, so it won't be damaged if you scratch it lightly
with a thin blade. I'm just giving you an idea. You don't have
to do it that way. (Audience laughs)
Question: Out of economic interests, some Asian
governments pretend they don't see the persecution that's
happening in China. Should we put more effort into helping them
see the truth about China's economy?
Teacher: You can do anything as long as it
benefits sentient beings. People think about things differently,
and they have different norms they live by. Some people might not
consider material gain that important, and you will get good
results after they learn the facts. But I know human beings tend
to be tempted by material interests.
So let me talk a little about the people in
this world. Material interests are necessarily the driving force
for lives of the past, who are selfish. The world's people just
live for and are driven by self-interest. And more than anything
self-interest can make a person agonize or feel happy, but even if
somebody fulfills his desires, what he gains isn't something
everlasting for him, or something concrete and real. Besides, no
matter how hard human beings fight for such things, it's not truly
in their hands, since a person's whole life in this world was
determined far in advance, and gods control every step a human
being takes. No matter what a person wants, that doesn't count,
though a person's pursuits can become attachments. The world's
people invariably do things out of self-interest, even though they
can't really achieve what they want. That's how human beings are.
Regardless of whether human beings can obtain something, they will
act on it, and that's human behavior. And it wouldn't work if they
just sat there and waited for good things to drop in their
laps--human beings have to do things. When it's something that
belongs to a person, he has to work to get it; and when it's
something that doesn't belong to him, out of attachments he'll
labor to get it just the same. That's how human beings are. The
truth is, beyond being attached, while human beings live in this
world they are never able to take their fate into their own hands.
There's no way they can get whatever they want. For a person to
get something, it has to be something that's preordained as part
of his life; if it's not preordained for him he will never have
it. I've said before that two things can change a human being's
life. One is cultivation, and the other is for that being to start
declining. Those things can change a person's life. Besides them
there's no other way for a person to change his life.
So then for a human being what's the meaning of
life? It's to experience the feeling you get from being attached
to self-interest and enjoying the course of a human life soaked in
emotion. Think about how pitiful that is, and what kind of feeling
that really is. They're happy when they get something and
miserable when they lose it; when they eat meat they find it
tasty, and when they eat candy they find it sweet... but in the
human world there's also bitter, biting, and painful things, there
are the feelings young people have which come from emotional
attachments, and then there are the feelings people in different
social strata have as they chase after, gain, or lose things over
the course of their lives--even though those gains and losses
aren't something that really come from effort. That's how people
are when they live in this world. People are so pitiable! And yet
people just can't see through this so-called "reality,"
nor do they want to.
Now for gods, if they're going to make all
those feelings human beings have in this world intense, there have
to be some factors involved. For example, they created emotions
and feelings for human beings; they gave them a pair of eyes that
can't see the true picture of the cosmos, and the illusion of
material things; and of course there are a lot of other factors.
Only then could they make people attached to enjoying these
feelings, feelings that gods give man alone, and intensify such
feelings. So to have people experience such intense feelings, it
was also necessary to make people desire that feeling one has when
he gets what he wants. To put it plainly, the lives human beings
lead are really just motivated by self-interest--it's
self-interest that keeps a person going. Out of self-interest two
people will fight; out of self-interest two nations will battle;
and out of self-interest a World War can break out. It's because
humans have this attachment, this desire, of self-interest. And
exactly because these factors exist, it's easy for gods to control
Don't people talk about human rights, freedom
of belief, and whatnot these days? Dafa disciples have seen--as
cultivators all of you can see clearly--that nothing here in the
human world is reliable, and when self-interest is involved those
things are just scrapped. In the West aren't a lot of countries
working for democracy, freedom of belief, and human rights? It
seems like a sign of modernity's progress, but then when they're
enticed by self-interest, how many governments speak out against
those vile gangsters in China who are persecuting Falun Gong
students? What we've seen is, they don't dare to confront the
issue, even though many areas that are always thought of as
markers of "progress"--such as human rights, freedom of
belief, and so on--are being abused. When self-interest is
involved they turn so lifeless and weak, they ignore what they
see, and they don't dare to speak out. All of that talk about
democracy, freedom of belief, and... all those things people hold
in such high esteem and advocate for so strongly instantly become
meaningless when material gain is on the line.
As Dafa disciples, you should be clearer about
this: we can't be attached to anything in this world. We cultivate
while conforming as much as possible to ordinary society, and even
when we're clarifying the truth now via things like human rights
and freedom of belief, that's still to save sentient beings,
that's all. Back when Communism came along, weren't people
fanatical about it for a while, and didn't a lot of people think
it was society making progress? It's not enough for you, a
cultivator, to just be detached from the human things here--you
need to also be sober about them.
I'm not saying you should oppose those things.
That should be clear to a Dafa disciple. What I'm doing is
conveying, telling you, a truth of the Fa. For mankind to reach
this point today, to be able to rationally reduce people's
suffering, there's nothing wrong with that on man's part. But what
can people really accomplish? Actually, being irrational when
self-interest is involved is also something under the control of
gods. And that's why when you clarify the truth to the government
or the business sector, you'll get the feeling that people
definitely make their own practical interests the priority,
business people will definitely be thinking about their own
company's financial status, since for them those things are the
most important. When you go and clarify the truth to them, they
don't want to listen when the thing at hand affects their vital
self-interest. I've seen that, too. But people are different, and
like I just said, there are people who live by different
principles. That's how it is. You can go and do that [form of
truth clarification], but you need to be perfectly clear on
things, and you need to know how mankind is.
Question: As your disciple, I'd like to ask,
why was it arranged in history to have Hong Kong and Macau exist
in Mainland China under the form of "one country, two
systems"? What is the historical origin of these places?
Teacher: In terms of their historical
origin, they are part of China's territory. On this point, you
can't say they're another country's territory. As for "one
country, two systems," since everyone knows that Party is no
good, and they themselves even know everybody thinks that way,
well, while they wanted to take the territories back and have them
ruled by the Party, they also knew that Hong Kong and Macau
wouldn't agree to it, nor would the world, so that resulted in,
"one country, two systems." (Audience laughs)
It's really a shameful thing. How come when other countries had
territory returned they didn't keep two systems? Isn't it because
people don't like that stuff of yours?
Question: Is the real purpose of having
"one country, two systems" to give the Chinese people a
chance to learn the true situation?
Teacher: Of course, nothing happens by
accident, and nothing happens just for one reason. When gods
arrange something they don't think like humans do. When they
arrange something, the issues involved are huge and
all-encompassing. When human beings look at the world, they do so
from amidst one level of particles. For example, this world that
human beings see is between two types of particles--molecules and
planets--and they look at this world from amidst the particles
that are made up of molecules. Gods are different. A god looks at,
within the scope of his abilities, the outcomes of what will
happen with all the particles in the cosmos as they relate to one
thing. They look at things multi-dimensionally and from all
perspectives, and that's why multiple goals are achieved by the
things they arrange.
Also, even with how it is, human beings aren't
even allowed to see everything in this world that's formed by this
level of particles. The reason being, if they let humans see
everything, there would be a lot that science couldn't explain,
and then people would believe in gods even if you didn't let them.
So in order to keep human beings from seeing this world with
perfect clarity, they had to create for human beings a pair of
eyes like this. Since human beings' eyes are made up of molecular
particles, why is it that they still can't see some things that
are made up of molecular particles and within this scope? That's
because they set up a lot of obstacles for man. The real purpose
of the two systems is to meet the design-needs of the world in
this historical period. I've talked about these things before.
Question: I often use the literary form of
poetry to write truth-clarification articles for Dafa websites,
and sometimes, to express the inner meaning of validating the Fa,
I didn't strictly follow the rules and forms of classical poetic
composition. Was it wrong to do that? If it is done to accurately
express inner meaning, it's not necessary to strictly adhere to
the rules and forms of classical poetic composition or stick to
conventions--is this understanding correct?
Teacher: You want to break their rules--is
that what you're saying? Actually, that's precisely modern man's
mentality after his morality has declined--that is, going against
tradition and what's orthodox. I'm not talking about you here. I'm
saying that in terms of the Fa that is where mankind is right now.
The truth is, mankind is spiraling downward and growing ignorant.
Chinese culture is something gods passed down to man, and every
dynasty's culture, including its poetry--be it Tang poetry, Song
verse, or Yuan drama and verse--they're all forms of culture that
different cosmic bodies brought to human beings when they came to
form karmic connections. So, if you want to compose those things
it's best to follow their rules. If you say, "I don't like
rhyming," well, if you don't like rhyming then there are
prose poems nowadays, so you can write prose poems. Those don't
have too much that needs to be followed, and they are in keeping
with modern forms. But actually, I think those poems are too bland
and don't have any deeper meaning. The poems composed with ancient
forms are, on the other hand, something you can savor.
Question: I'd like to send you greetings on
behalf of Chongqing Dafa disciples and to pass along their
thoughts. They asked me to make sure to relay them to you.
Teacher: Thank you all. (Applause)
Master is fully aware. Tell them that Master is fully aware.
Question: Some disciples are taking some wrong
turns after being imprisoned in a labor camp, and other disciples
are quite anxious and worried about their state. How should we
Teacher: If they should be helped, help
them. Lies are easy to expose. What "repentance"?
Where's that "repentance" going to lead? Isn't all that
just deception? Upon returning to society and thinking things over
calmly, everything will become clear. With all those who were
supposedly "transformed," didn't they become clear about
things not long after they got out? How many of them have stayed
foggy-headed this whole time? As for those who couldn't measure up
this whole time, that's because they feel that they did too many
bad things, they know they were wrong, and they're too ashamed to
face [fellow Dafa] students, and now they're attached to that
shame. That's the reason.
Question: Is it okay for our students to spend
money to rent a place for truth-clarification work?
Teacher: Actually, when it comes to
clarifying the truth, Dafa disciples have always used their own
savings and salaries to do things. But you do need to take into
consideration how you live: not only should you consider how you
live, but also how your family lives, and consider others. If you
can't handle your family life or your own life well, that's going
to make it hard for you to clarify the truth. Or from another
perspective, if your life isn't stable and you even have trouble
feeding yourself, then you'll have to divert your attention to
that, and wouldn't your truth-clarification work in fact be
disrupted? So you have to consider your circumstances. I can see
your hearts. Just do what you can.
Question: Could Master talk a little more about
the future of the cosmos and mankind?
Teacher: Talking about the future at this
time has no real meaning for you. Mankind's future will be
wonderful and the people who remain will be blessed. That's
because Dafa was imparted here and so this place is kept, and the
beings who didn't sin against Dafa in this period will be blessed.
Because Dafa was imparted and spread here, it established for the
future beings favorable conditions for them to live here. Maybe
the grains of the future will be in the form of fruit-bearing
trees, with each grain of rice being this big (depicting with
hands something like an American football). Just a little
humor. But, relatively speaking, the amount of labor involved will
be a lot less; the water and air will be clean; those poisonous
things, bugs, mosquitoes, flies, [etc.,] will all be gone; and the
world will truly be wonderful. The old gods can't imagine the
wonderfulness of the new cosmos since they can't see it, and they
don't dare to, and aren't able to, imagine what it is like--it's
built entirely on a different foundation. The beings of the past
were selfish, but the cosmos of the future is not founded upon
selfishness, and everything will be better.
Question: In the near future a lot of people
will come over to obtain the Fa of their own initiative, so should
we expand our practice sites?
Teacher: Of course that's what you should
do, and you've been doing that. (Audience laughs) When
there are too many people for one site to hold, just start a new
practice site. Yes, that's how it should be done.
Question: Some students in Japan don't trust
each other, which makes it hard to carry out a lot of our Fa-validation
work. I feel sad, and really hope that we can improve together as
a group soon.
Teacher: Indeed. Actually, regardless of
the situation, when bad factors have a foothold, that's because
our students have problems. Yesterday a student brought up the
problem of fake writings, and I would ask this: you are a being
forged by Dafa, so how could you be deceived by that fake stuff?
And why don't you evaluate things with the Fa's standards? Then
didn't the evil gain a foothold because of your attachments being
too strong? Actually, some people are still not rational, and
their righteous thoughts aren't strong enough.
Question: In Japan there are more than a
thousand religions being spread, and Japanese people always
describe Falun Gong as a religion.
Teacher: Here's what I think about this.
From now on, when somebody says Falun Gong is a religion, just let
it go. If they want to learn more you can tell them how Falun Gong
is not a religion; and if they don't want to learn more, you don't
need to talk about whether it's a religion. If somebody wants to
call it a religion, so be it, since in society the term
"religion" doesn't have any bad connotations. Dafa
disciples don't take up the form of religion when cultivating,
since you don't observe rituals and don't want those rituals to
interfere with you. What I'm telling you is a basic principle in
the Fa. However much ordinary people can understand it... in fact,
I told you long ago that ordinary people would call us a religion.
I discussed that before when I was teaching the Fa.
Question: In the Japanese edition of Zhuan
Falun should the character "的,"
as in "目的," also
be changed to the character "地"?
Teacher: With Japanese it's a different
story, since its meanings are different from those of the Han
Chinese characters. I think it's better not to touch the Japanese
Question: Isn't it true that the students who
are part of the Falun Dafa Association shouldn't stifle everything
that other students do? (Audience laughs)
Teacher: With the things that students do
to validate the Fa and save all beings by clarifying the truth,
they shouldn't stop them, and whoever does that is wrong. But some
students tend to go to extremes with things, and that can easily
have a negative effect. In that case it is necessary to stop them.
Many of you here are the coordinators in different areas, and you
should remember one thing: except for when overall coordination is
necessary to get something done, let's loosen the reins and let
students temper themselves, and let's give them a chance to create
their own mighty-virtue. You have to give the students
opportunities and let them do things. You must remember
this. Even I, your master, am setting the reins down and letting
our students walk their own paths. When a student has done
something wrong you should point it out to him. And if he truly
has had a bad effect, then you should talk to him with all due
seriousness, and figure out how to correct it and make up for the
bad effect. But don't say he is a demon. It's hard to avoid making
mistakes in cultivation, and of the mistakes, some are going to be
big and some small.
Then as for our students, you should take a
serious look at yourself. You're a Dafa disciple, so you can't be
irresponsible to yourself or to Dafa. You are, after all, a being
forged by Dafa, and your mighty-virtue will shine brightly in the
cosmos of the future. So how could we afford not to walk our paths
well? So, let's not place too much blame on the coordinators. Say
the coordinator became perfect, he finished his cultivation, but
your gaze was always directed outward, instead of going inward
cultivating yourself--then would you still be a cultivator? The
person you are cultivating is you. If there really is
something wrong with the coordinator, then calmly point it out
with good intentions. You are all cultivators, and cultivators
still have human attachments that they haven't yet removed, human
attachments are really vulnerable to getting provoked, and when
they are provoked they're apt to play a negative role. So you
should be kind and resolve things in a kind way, you should be
friendly and cordial, and explain things clearly, out of goodwill.
And then things will work out. But, if a coordinator can't even
listen to different opinions that are offered up with good
intentions, that means he's got problems.
On the other hand, a very small number of
students are like this: on the surface they're kind to others, but
what they say carries a lot of their own factors, even factors
that irk others. But on the surface what they say is plenty
gentle. (Audience laughs) That's being slick and fooling
people, and it's absolutely not the state that a Dafa disciple
If the coordinators in a particular area aren't
cultivating based on the Fa, and/or the Dafa disciples there
aren't studying the Fa diligently, then the kinds of complicated
things we're talking about will appear. But all Dafa disciples and
coordinators should be clear on something: a person's human
attachments that haven't yet been cultivated away will come out,
but that doesn't mean he is no good; and a lot of his
well-cultivated facets won't be displayed, since he's cultivated
away those human attachments, after all. The fact is, when a
cultivator is among ordinary people but no longer has any human
attachments, he really has nothing that can manifest, and of
course when he has truly cultivated to that point he will
Consummate. So as long as somebody has human attachments they'll
show themselves, but that doesn't mean he hasn't cultivated or
that he hasn't cultivated well. It's just that he didn't do so
well with some particular issue or in some area. You should all
pay attention to this.
In other words, it's no big deal if human
attachments come out as we cultivate ourselves. What's key is that
everyone handles himself as a cultivator, and when problems come
along, you look inside. If everyone can do that, the cultivation
state of that area is sure to be great and conflicts are sure to
Question: There are no leaders in cultivation,
and Dafa has no organization. When the members or head of our
Association interact with other groups in society and with
government agencies, is it appropriate to use the titles of Chair
or Member of the Association?
Teacher: I'd say it's appropriate--wasn't
the association created so that you would conform to ordinary
society? Then why not use that approach to clarify the truth in
ordinary society? Of course it's okay, and the government allows
you to register. But you can't have an attachment to showing off,
for you are validating the Fa, not yourselves.
Dafa disciples are true cultivators. If today's
society weren't how it is, I really wouldn't even want you to set
up these [Dafa] Associations, and we'd just have practice sites at
different locations along with some coordinators, and then some
coordinators for the region, that's all. In fact, a coordinator is
someone who gathers people together, and he too is an ordinary
cultivator; he's somebody who serves others and gives more of
Question: A group of cancer patients wants us
to go teach them the practice. Can we do that? [And another
question is,] we don't have the basic skills for singing and
dancing, but if we really put our mind to learning and practicing
them, can we put together a large-scale performance in a short
Teacher: As for this [second] thing, do
what you can in keeping with your circumstances and abilities. But
if you don't have the basics needed to do a large-scale
performance, yet you insist on having one, then the audience is
going to laugh at you. It's fine to entertain people, but if
people are critical and making fun of you, then I think that'll be
counterproductive. So what you do should be subject to
As for cancer patients wanting to learn the
practice, it depends on motivations . When
the world's people want to obtain the Fa, cultivate, or say that
Falun Dafa is great, that is human beings proactively validating
the Fa and proactively choosing their own futures. But if you use
Dafa as some kind of tool for healing, and do that among ordinary
people, then that's actually being disrespectful to Dafa.
You can go to prisons to introduce the
practice, and you can go to hospitals to teach it to patients. We
do that to validate Dafa. Your thinking has to be the same as when
you go elsewhere to teach the practice, and in essence you're
doing it to save sentient beings and have people obtain the Fa and
gain salvation. If you make Dafa into a tool for correcting
people's mistakes or curing people's illnesses, or think of it as
a way to change the ordeals ordinary people have [in store for
them], then that's a problem. Dafa is being spread in human
society for the sole purpose of saving people. You must be clear
on this. Some people say, "Falun Gong is incredibly good at
curing cancer. You should all come practice it," in which
case it definitely won't work, since your thinking is off. Dafa is
not here to heal people. It resolves problems for people for the
purpose of saving them on a fundamental level. If that's the
starting point then the result is going to be good, for sure. But
if you go about it with an attachment to some ordinary thing, then
the effect won't be good.
Cultivation is a solemn thing. Li Hongzhi
absolutely did not come here to lead you to heal people, and even
less so for some human thing, and absolutely not to lead you to
start some religion in society. I came to teach you to cultivate
and out of a sense of responsibility for saving your life.
Question: During Taiwan's presidential
election, some students' human attachments got stirred up. Was it
a test arranged by the old forces? What's the right way for us to
Teacher: Even if the sky were to fall, a
cultivator's righteous thoughts would stay unshaken--that
is cultivation, and that is remarkable. (Applause) A
cultivator is not attached to anything in this world. Dafa
disciples' cultivation takes a different form today. In
cultivation you do your best out in the world to conform to
ordinary society, you have normal jobs in ordinary society, and
you have your families, jobs, and all that--you are closely tied
to society. With the Taiwan election, some students thought a
certain person was pretty good and so they wanted to vote for him,
while others thought a different person was pretty good and wanted
to vote for that one. People have their own, different views, and
there's nothing wrong with that. A person's own actions out in
society don't represent Dafa. But you can't be attached to those
things the way ordinary people are.
Whoever you vote for, I can't, as your Master,
say that you're wrong, nor do I get involved in those things.
That's because the path I ask you to take has you cultivate in
ordinary society. Cultivators can only benefit a society. You
cultivate in ordinary society but you don't steer human society in
one direction or another.
So for each student, it's fine for you to vote
as an individual for whomever you want. It's just that you can't
be too attached. But through the persecution against Dafa
disciples in Mainland China, Dafa disciples have seen through
something, and so some are thinking, "Whoever is close to the
evil that's persecuting us, I won't vote for him." (Applause)
And as your Master I have no objection to that either. (Audience
laughs, applauds) Those are the students' own thoughts, and as
your Master I haven't told you who to vote for. Still less will I
tell you to take any group action, and that's not allowed. (Audience
As far as students discussing certain things
with each other, that's what they do, and do as individuals, with
their fellow cultivators. And when you talk about who you'll vote
for or who somebody else is going to vote for, those are all the
actions of individuals and have nothing to do with Dafa itself or
the Dafa Association. A coordinator in the Dafa Association can,
just the same, support a certain party, and that's his personal
action. I say that because he is cultivating and at the same time
a member of society. Could you ask him to completely do away with
all human things while cultivating? That can only happen when his
cultivation is Consummated. So while he's cultivating in ordinary
society, he will be interacting with society, and he'll vote for
whomever he wants to. He will have his own views, and there's
nothing wrong with that.
Whatever the outcome of the election, it
shouldn't lead to clashes out in society--that'd be awfully
dangerous. As a cultivator you should be stricter with yourself,
and that's why I tell our students that you can't be affected by
human attachments or be impulsive like ordinary people. The reason
is, you carry energy and have abilities, what you do drives very
large factors, and the impact you'd have on society would be huge.
So you can't follow the lead of ordinary people. I did see some
students get affected by ordinary people to the point that they
were angry and emotionally charged, and their righteous thoughts
weren't strong; at that point nobody could see your cultivator's
image. You can't do that. During our April 25th appeal
years back, we were peaceful and perfectly rational. We are good
Question: Now that not many of the old forces'
dark minions and evil beings are left, what's interfering with
students when they don't do well?
Teacher: A lot of the old forces' dark
minions have been eliminated, they're contracting around Mainland
China, and from time to time they come out to do something bad. (Audience
laughs) And what I want to purge are those bad gods who are
outside the Three Realms. They are directing the evil beings, and
some are even doing things themselves. But in any case, when it's
at this point, if a god dares to directly take part in those
things, then even if I don't purge him, those above will. Things
are now changing fast.
Question: What does "Lasting or
momentary--all caused by time" mean?
Teacher: "Lasting" refers to
having gone through long, drawn-out years and everything that
unfolded over that time. The "momentary" part just
refers to a brief segment of time. Whether it be lasting or
momentary, as gods see it, the time-concept's length is the same.
And perhaps a moment of time there will result in long, drawn-out
years for the lives here. And to our eyes what is but a moment,
that moment could be a long, lasting period in another time field.
Meanwhile, what's a long, lasting period in our world is but a
brief moment to certain gigantic gods. It's time that causes all
of this, and it's time that is playing tricks. That's what it
Question: I had a chance to run for city
council, and I got to make friends with many people from different
walks of life, and that laid a good foundation for clarifying the
truth in the future. Because I wasn't familiar with the city
council position, I had to spend some time learning about issues
in the community, participating in community service work, and
learning about how to be a council member. Sometimes I feel pretty
conflicted about it, as I think I should spend the time producing
television programs or on other forms of truth-clarification work.
Teacher: The Fa I teach is about
cultivating in ordinary society. And when you cultivate in
ordinary society, you're going to have all kinds of interactions
with society as a Dafa disciple. The different jobs you have
inherently [mean you will] interact with society. There's no
Actually, a lot of our students have different
jobs and they clarify the truth alongside their work. It's just a
matter of how to plan and use your time well, it's a matter of how
to do better. I'm not against your having certain select jobs. No
matter how big a business you run or how high your position is,
none of that's at odds [with what we're doing]. I want to affirm
that people from any walk of life can cultivate, and I'm truly
setting a precedent [by allowing this]. In history there were very
few cases of rich people or people in high-ranking positions being
saved. But I don't discriminate based on that, I only look at
people's hearts. I'll save everyone. (Applause) Lived
experience has proven that that was right--not only is it doable,
my Dafa disciples have succeeded at cultivation. In the past,
because there was no Great Law, the truths that different gods
validated and enlightened to were not the fundamental truth of the
cosmos. Today the Great Law is being passed on, so anything can be
Question: We have a lot of work and activities
for validating the Fa. I don't have the time to ensure I get
everything done, and every day I have little time for doing the
exercises and studying Fa.
Teacher: Yes, that is a problem. If
you're really busy with certain concrete Dafa work, you can ease
up a bit on the exercises and find time later on to make it up.
That's okay. The reason being, with these exercises, you can do
them more when you have the time, and you can do them less when
you don't. Master has told you about this. When it comes to Fa-study,
though, I think you still need to squeeze in time for study, even
if it means for a little while only. But when you squeeze in time
for study there's a problem that's apt to come up: you can't calm
your mind, and if you can't calm your mind, you're in fact
studying in vain and wasting time. If you're going to study, you
need to set aside everything else that's on your mind, keep your
mind steady, quiet your mind, and truly study. Even if you just
study a few paragraphs [this way], it's better than reading the
entire book with a restless mind. When you study the Fa, you have
to absorb it.
Question: Is it true that all of the ordeals
disciples now go through are caused by the old forces' targeting
Teacher: No, your ordeals are all part of
your cultivation, and the old forces' interference targets the
cultivation of only a small number of you. I'm saying that I don't
acknowledge the old forces' interfering with Dafa disciples,
because the Dafa disciples are my disciples, and nobody else is
worthy of handling them. And even less could we let them succeed
in their plot to use Dafa disciples and impose things on the Dafa
disciples to achieve their goals, ruining my disciples. The reason
they've been able to interfere is, they have seized on your
attachments and shortcomings, and then there's your karma left
over from your past. The persecution also stems from these
factors. The Fa-rectification beyond the Three Realms doesn't have
that direct of a connection with you, but you are here during the
Fa-rectification period and you're here when Master is here, and
you are Dafa Disciples in the Fa-rectification period.
Question: Some students think that if they just
stay home and send righteous thoughts, and use phone calls to
clarify the truth, they count as Fa-rectification disciples and
don't need to come out. Is that okay?
Teacher: If they're not all that busy with
Dafa things, then it's not quite right if they don't come out for
group activities to validate the Fa and clarify the truth, or for
other activities like group Fa-study. Group Fa-study is an
environment I created for you and a form that I've left for you. I
think you should still participate. That's because it has stood
the test of experience, and cultivating that way allows our
students to improve the fastest. When you cultivate on your own,
you miss out on factors that help you improve. And haven't you, as
Dafa disciples, said that you would do as your Master says?
Haven't you said that you should walk straight on the path that a
Dafa disciple should take?
I can see your challenges, so I don't want to
say that you "must do" such and such. I rarely say that,
because I know it's tough for you. Besides, in cultivation you've
got to come to understand things on your own. I spell out the Fa's
principles, but you need to walk the path yourself. If I told you
that you "must do" such and such, but you had an
omission with something, then the omission would in fact be
Master's fault; Master wouldn't have let you come to your own
understanding of that thing or let you handle it yourself, so that
part of you wouldn't be cultivated. That's why I rarely put things
that way. A Dafa disciple should recognize his responsibilities
and what he should do as a Dafa disciple.
Question: I've participated in important
activities to validate the Fa many times, and discovered that when
we try to accomplish something big, there is often a lot of
interference, karma elimination, etc.
Teacher: There's been disruption from day
one, so disruptions come along sometimes, both big and small. The
remnants of the old forces and those bad things just won't quit.
Every time I teach the Fa, they can hear it. Just like you they
hear it, and at the same time as you, but they just insist on
doing those things. Their sins are so great that they can't be
measured in terms of their lives anymore. In the future they will
pay for their sins endlessly, but even so they won't be able to
pay for all of it--that's how huge their sins are. And when it
comes to the old forces' remnants in the Three Realms, and the
variety of degenerate factors in the cosmos, those final old
factors are sacrificing them and making them carry on all the way
to the end. Those things' sins are so huge that their sins could
incinerate them. It's the savagery of those bad factors that has
made them that way.
Question: Is it better to have a simple or
complicated mind? And for what reasons?
Teacher: In the eyes of gods, if a person's
mind is simple and clean, gods consider him a good person. And if
a person's mind is complicated, then gods consider him bad,
because as gods see it, hasn't it become complicated because of
attachments formed in the human world? Isn't being complicated a
result of being attached to the human world? So this is a truth in
Having a simple mind doesn't mean you have
little wisdom, and having a complicated mind doesn't mean you have
wisdom. And that's not at odds with the form of cultivation Dafa
disciples do here in the setting of ordinary people or any of the
things you're doing today to validate the Fa. A Dafa disciple's
wisdom comes from righteous thoughts--divine thoughts--and that
kind of wisdom is different from the concept of a complicated mind
that has formed among ordinary people and in society. That stuff
is all about self-interest, it's selfish, and it's a form of
cunning developed by scheming against other people. A Dafa
disciple's starting point, on the other hand, is validating Dafa,
and there's no seeking something for oneself. So it's
fundamentally different. The latter is great wisdom, while the
former should be called complicated thoughts. And their
manifestations are different, to be sure.
Question: For a long time now, our area has had
a lot of veteran students who haven't come to group Fa-study for
quite some time, and they don't do the exercises with us outdoors,
either. They think that they can, without coming to group Fa-study,
study the Fa well at home just the same, and that at home they can
likewise do a good job with the exercises. They think that going
about things that way doesn't prevent us from improving as a
Teacher: Actually, I'd say that if there
really are people like that, then it's the result of their human
attachments. If you don't believe it, dig into the roots of your
mind and you're sure to find attachments. To put it lightly, you
are lazy. Put more seriously, you're afraid. Of course, some
veteran students are tied up with specific work, and that's
Question: If someone followed that disgraceful
person in Hong Kong at one time, can he still participate in the
media projects we're now doing?
Teacher: It's better not to ask Master a
specific question like this. Some of our students have made
mistakes, but as long as they have corrected them it's fine--who
has never made a mistake? So from the student's perspective, when
other students don't trust you, don't stubbornly go against them.
It's not a bad idea to avoid the issue a little bit, as that way
both sides have less psychological pressure on them.
If people don't let you do those things, you
can just go out on the street to pass out flyers, which saves
sentient beings just the same. Or you can go to the consulate or
embassy to send righteous thoughts or do other things. You can do
any of that, so why do you have to be attached to some one thing?
The more attached you get, the worse the impression you'll give
other students, right? So why insist on it? And won't the old
forces use your being like that to cause commotion? So with
anything you do, if it can stem from your considering Dafa,
then I think things will be different and the situation will
change. I'd suggest that all the students who are being regarded
with suspicion go to the consulates or embassies and out on the
street to pass out information, go to the places that need you
most and directly, face-to-face, clarify the truth to people, and
don't get involved in the inner workings of projects for now. Show
everyone whether you're real, whether you're up to par.
As for those who really are a problem, you
don't need to worry about them. Those people are among Dafa
disciples but not in the Fa, and once the old forces are done with
them their lives will be ended. Actually, I know that some of the
ones with problems do know Dafa is good, but because they fear
that the spy agencies will publicize the shameful things they did
before which harmed people, their fear has led them to keep doing
bad things while begging, all the while, Master's Law Bodies to
make things easier for them. But how could they?
Cultivation is so solemn, especially a Dafa disciple's
cultivation--how great the mighty-virtue! Yet they're begging like
that out of attachment, and on top of that they have a filthy
fear. They won't get any approval, that's not possible. But the
old forces' remnants and rotten demons can see those people's
attachments, and so they impersonate Master and lead you along or
tell you it's okay to do certain things. By doing that they're
trying to persecute you to death.
Question: All Taiwan's Dafa disciples and young
disciples in Taiwan's Minghui schools send their greetings to
Master. (Teacher: Thank you.) (Everyone applauds)
All young disciples in Taiwan's Minghui kindergartens send their
greetings to Master. During the Fa-rectification period, how can
we better use the approach of education to validate Dafa?
Teacher: Actually, what you are doing is
validating Dafa. The students at the Minghui schools have
become young disciples, and that's had an impact on society, it
has impacted schools, and impacted educational circles. So to have
things done in greater depth and with more breadth, that, in fact,
is what I'm hoping you'll do. (Teacher laughs) (Applause)
I said that's what I'm hoping for, but to put it more accurately,
that's what all lives are hoping for. (Teacher laughs) (Applause)
Question: In one area, after some people had
just arrived from China and claimed they were Dafa disciples, some
fellow cultivators immediately helped them apply for asylum. Do we
need to take some time to learn more about them before we help
them to gain refugee status?
Teacher: When it comes to these issues,
students can decide for themselves what to do based on the
circumstances. If the person is a true Dafa disciple, then you
can't refuse to help when he has hardship. Ask him a lot of
questions from the Fa and it'll be clear, won't it?
Question: Some students go to extremes when
they do things and have had a bad effect on Dafa.
Teacher: The beings that gods respect the
least are those who can't find themselves and whose righteous
thoughts are lacking whenever they do things. If somebody can't
find himself, if he doesn't say what he means, if he goes to
extremes when he does things, and if the real him isn't in
control, then tell me, who would I be saving? Which one is you?
Gods have the least respect for beings like that. Even though
those people have joined the ranks of Dafa disciples, they're
actually not part of Dafa. That's truly sad. They have no
Question: Some students who have supernormal
abilities think that, when they send righteous thoughts, the lives
in other dimensions should be saved, and that it's a bit
uncompassionate to eradicate them...
Teacher: If Fa-rectification didn't exist,
or if when this happened it was just the master of some discipline
guiding his disciple, then you couldn't really say it was wrong
for his disciple to have that understanding, though the master
would think you were lacking in proper thoughts. With any
master, if he had a disciple like that, that disciple would get
sent home sooner or later, because if you don't do what your
master tells you, what kind of a disciple are you? Today what's
happening is different. Fa-rectification is unfolding and it goes
well beyond a being's self-cultivation. When a being interferes
with you and with Dafa, that being should be cleared away, and
it's no longer a matter of whether you as an individual are
merciful; rather, it's a matter of whether you are responsible to
You're a Dafa disciple, so don't think that the
goal of saving people is just for you yourself to cultivate to
Consummation. It's not. A Dafa disciple's responsibility is to
validate the Fa. Will you not even validate the Fa? When Dafa is
being damaged, are you indifferent? The Dafa disciples in Mainland
China were killed by persecution from those things--does that have
nothing to do with you? You've gained everything from the Fa,
while Dafa does not need anything from you in return. But since
you're one of the Dafa disciples, if Dafa were gone, could you
possibly exist? Isn't safeguarding Dafa safeguarding yourself?
Actually, I think the problem this student has goes beyond mere
confusion. I didn't finish reading what's on the question slip...
Question: ...invented a set of things that
involves reciting Lunyu a certain number of times and adding
specific mudras, saying it has a powerful effect. (Teacher:
See, didn't I say his problem went beyond mere confusion?)
(Audience laughs) And he quietly went around teaching other
Teacher: That's interference. He's being
used by demons now, only it's not yet that serious. So as for this
student, his level has dropped badly, and compared to the Dafa
disciples who are validating the Fa in an upright way and with
dignity, he comes across as so paltry, (Teacher sighs) and
he's way behind. In reality he can't interfere with other
students, since a lot of students can tell that he's not right,
and only a small minority who have strong attachments are going to
Question: I feel that the old forces arranged
for us some critical junctures and want to keep us down, but as
long as we pass those tests and overcome those ordeals we will be
able to let go of our fundamental attachments and thereby do
Teacher: Yes, if you weren't attached to
anything the old forces would have no excuse and could do nothing
Question: What is Taiwan's role in the Fa-rectification
period, and what will it be after the Fa rectifies the human
Teacher: The Fa rectifying the human world
is a future affair. As for Taiwan's role, I can only tell you that
while [it and the Mainland] have the same ancestors and belong to
the same ethnic group, the attitudes towards Dafa on the two sides
of the Strait are different, and it's a sharp contrast.
Question: How, specifically, will Dafa
disciples know it's the day when the Fa-rectification period ends?
Teacher: Don't be attached. When that day
comes, the history of this old cosmos will end, and Dafa disciples
will Consummate. That instant when you Consummate and become
Unlocked, for a sentient being, that's just a matter of moving
from one second to the next--and it's not even a second--from one
instant to the next, and the dividing line between being human and
divine is crossed. A Dafa disciple's cultivation goes from the
microcosm to the surface, and that's why the part that has been
fully cultivated in the microcosm will not do anything when the
main body isn't controlling it, but it knows everything since it
has finished cultivating, after all. There is a part of you that's
in the highest realm you have cultivated to and in each single
realm below it, all the way down, and you'll know the state of
affairs in all of the realms you are in. So between one second and
the next, one instantly goes from being a human to being a god.
And at that instant you will know everything, and at that instant
you will become an omnipotent, magnificent god.
Question: Is the current political situation in
Taiwan the old forces' design, or was it caused by Dafa disciples'
Teacher: Looks like our students are really
concerned with this. Dafa disciples didn't cause the situation;
those things have nothing to do with our Dafa disciples. They were
all caused by factors that the old forces left behind in the past.
But judging by things at present, the old-force remnants seem like
they can't carry out their wishes anymore.
Question: There is a student who went to
Beijing to make an appeal after the evil began its persecution.
But after that he would only read Zhuan Falun and not the
newer writings. We've shared our thoughts with him many times,
hoping he would snap out of that crooked understanding, but none
of it was effective. May I ask what kind of "heavy
hammer" should be used to wake him up? (Teacher laughs)
Teacher: Talk to him with good intentions
and see what his attachments are. He has a mental obstacle due to
an attachment, and he has fear, and they are what brought about
that state. He believed the evil's lies and propaganda--what else?
But he does know the Fa is good, so he's conflicted, and he can't
let go [of some things]. If he really can't get up to par, then
that's his own issue. But if there's still hope of saving him,
then you should help him.
Question: Recently we've been using the form of
artistic performances to clarify the truth to the community, and
the results have been great. Some groups have invited us to
demonstrate the exercises and teach the practice, with one group
consisting solely of cancer patients. I'd like to ask, how should
we handle it? Also, we're planning to organize a large-scale
performance. Can we charge admission? Can we raise money for other
Teacher: You absolutely cannot raise money
for other groups, and you shouldn't do things that have no
significance for Dafa disciples. For Dafa disciples, validating
the Fa, clarifying the truth, saving sentient beings, and negating
the persecution is the first priority, and nothing should
interfere. If you do things that have no connection to Dafa, what
you get won't be worth the effort.
Some people might be thinking, "If I raise
some money for them, those people might be good toward Falun
Gong." That's not how it works. I've taught the Fa for so
many years now, and I've never thought about using financial
means, some sort of authority, or personal influence to get people
to obtain the Fa. If he doesn't come for the Fa then it's no good.
Question: While the lawsuits are going on, can
our students clarify the truth to the judges? Would that
compromise the integrity of the judicial process?
Teacher: Talking about the persecution
shouldn't be a problem, and it should be fine for students who
aren't part of the lawsuit to clarify the truth. In the human
world people have sealed themselves off with a slew of
restrictions, but if you do things with wisdom, you won't be doing
something bad, and there shouldn't be a problem.
Question: A coordinator who has clarified the
truth at a particular tourist spot in Hong Kong has managed to
rectify that place so well, it's really admirable. Some students
think of her as a god. And some students have said that going
there to clarify the truth for a week is better than cultivating
in Taiwan for a whole year. (Audience laughs) (Teacher:
Now that's extreme.) Because a lot of students go there
out of admiration...
Teacher: Our students--remember this--some
of our students have done well, but she is still cultivating. So
if we do those things, won't it lead students to form new
attachments? And won't it make the students a little too pleased
with themselves? So I think you still need to be careful. Yes,
when a student has cultivated well in some regard, we should learn
from him. But the student is still cultivating and still has human
attachments that haven't been removed yet, so you still need to
use the Fa as your standard.
Question: ...recently the woman has insisted on
changing the way to send righteous thoughts. She altered the order
of the five-minute segments, changing the first five minutes from
purging all the bad thoughts in her own mind to eradicating the
dark minions. And she makes other students follow her formulas.
Teacher: See, here we go. (Audience
laughs) It caused her to form attachments--see what happened
now? You led her to do things her own way. That's why I tell you
that you need to study the Fa a lot and use the Fa as your
standard. Whenever a person cultivates well in some regard, that's
because she has cultivated well in the Fa, not because she is
better than the Fa. So if you follow somebody's example instead of
learning from the Fa... [remember that] before the person has
finished her cultivation she still has flaws, and when she's good
in one regard it doesn't mean she's good in every regard. Now it's
really happened, you've triggered the student's attachment. Be
careful with this type of thing.
Question: Master, would you please talk about
how we can spread to different people the Zhen-Shan-Ren quality of
the cosmos using the media in a subtle and wise way? And what are
beings in the Daoist paradises like?
Teacher: What are you talking about? (Audience
laughs) "...spread to different people... using the media
in a subtle and wise way?" Why does it sound to me like
that's not something a Dafa disciple would say? Maybe this is a
new student. There's no "subtle and wise" way. Dafa
disciples are all doing things according to the Fa; they have
compassion for all beings and are letting sentient beings know
what's wonderful. They're doing this based on what fits their
respective circumstances and based on their own desire to do so.
What are the Daoist paradises like? The Daoist
system, as I've said before, the Daoist system didn't have
paradises in the past. Daoists cultivate solo and in complete
solitude, and even in the heavens they stay in caves. And the Daos
in the heavens wander about, too, and only in a small number of
cases do they have Daoist temples. In recent times, with the
appearance of the Daoist religion some Buddho-Daoist disputes have
come along. That's why the Daoist religion was established, and
the Daoist religion, too, began to have Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
All of these things have been resolved.
Question: When a husband and wife are both Dafa
disciples and they have conflicts and problems that can't be
resolved, can they divorce? (Audience laughs) Does it have
anything to do with cultivation?
Teacher: Actually I'd say you have
omissions in your cultivation, even though some students might say
that you're doing all right. Aren't you overly attached to those
human things? If both of you could let go of self and cultivate
well and not have such a strong sense of self, then could you not
handle those things well, given that both the husband and wife are
As for divorce, I've told you to conform to
ordinary society as much as possible; today, whether it's getting
divorced or getting married, I won't say anything. I discuss
things in terms of Fa's principles. But I'll tell you, those
things won't be allowed in the future. They result from the
current state of modern society. I can't force you to do things a
certain way, but the lives of the future won't be allowed to do
this, nor would they [if they could].
Also, let's talk a little about human beings.
Nowadays people consider emotion really important, yet emotion is
one of the most unreliable things. "When you're nice to me
I'm happy, and when you're no longer nice to me the feeling is
gone." Then how could you count on that thing? Could
emotional ties sustain a marriage? With human beings there's not
just moral obligation involved, but also, between man and wife,
you are indebted to each other. So in terms of the woman, when she
has put her whole life in your hands, the man should realize,
"This woman has entrusted her whole life to me. I have to be
responsible for her." The sense of indebtedness that a
husband and wife have for each other is something people don't
recognize or value today. Of course, the state of society now
isn't like [what I just described], so I don't hold you to that.
As Dafa disciples you should handle yourselves well and try your
best to avoid such things [as divorce].
Of course, just now I only talked about men. I
need to talk a little about women now. (Audience laughs)
Well, I'll go easy. (Audience laughs) As a woman, you in
turn need to be understanding of your man. Women: you all want
your man, your husband, to be a strong, upright and dignified,
manly guy, but in your actions you always keep him down, keeping
him under such tight control that he's like a woman (audience
laughs). So how could he be manly? When the whole society is
in this state, think about it, the society's men have all become
she-men, (audience laughs) and all the women have become
he-women , (audience laughs)--it's
the inversion of yin and yang. Of course, that's how
society is, and I won't insist that you be a certain way. We do
have some female students who are indeed really talented, and
there are some people who are really amazing, (Master laughs)
and sometimes they surpass men in terms of abilities. But all the
same, a lot of times you really need to be considerate of your
men. As a cultivator, you have to be a good person wherever you
are, and you have to be considerate of others--so in the home why
can't you be considerate and understanding of your own husband?
Aren't we to leave the future mankind with the best things? When
both of you are cultivators you should each be considerate of one
another, and with that how could you talk about divorce? Marriage
should be something unbreakable. (Audience laughs) (Teacher
Question: I'd like to ask you to please talk
about how to clarify the truth to businessmen.
Teacher: Human beings are attached to
self-interest. For ordinary people, self-interest is above all
else, and that's just how human beings are. When you tell them
about the truth, they'll understand, "Oh, you're good people
and you're being persecuted. But I still need to go make
money." Because different countries keep investing money over
there at this time when Falun Gong is being persecuted, it has
given the evil the ability and funds to persecute Falun Gong, and
it has made those countries who invested the money dependent on
that market, so they don't dare to expose anything or take a
stance against the persecution. That's just how human beings are,
unless they take up cultivation, so that's as far as we can go to
get the message across to them. As far as businessmen go, you can
leave it at that.
Question: I'd like to ask Master, Shakyamuni
validated and enlightened to "Precept, Concentration,
Wisdom," so while we assimilate to the Fa we must also
validate and enlighten to, within Dafa, our own principles that
assimilate to the Fa, is that correct?
Teacher: Yes, but I haven't finished
summarizing those things that you are to validate and enlighten
to, so you don't know what they are yet--you won't know until you
are Enlightened, for our cultivation method is different. Don't go
and create something just to be different. If you go off and
invent some new term tomorrow, and claim "This is what I'm
cultivating," then you'll have gone astray.
Question: Dafa disciples from Australia, Japan,
Malaysia, (Master: I think I will read these.) Australia,
Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau, Korea, Taiwan, New
Zealand, the Dafa disciples illegally detained in Beijing's
Women's Forced Labor Camp, Liuzhou in Guangxi province, Meizhou in
Guangdong province, Shenzhen, Yangzhou in Jiangsu province,
Sydney, Japan's Minghui schools, Ningbo in Zhejiang province,
Zhuhai, Hangzhou, Qingdao in Shandong province, Haiyang, Shanghai,
Yanbian, Wuhan, Shanxi, the city of Jilin in Jilin province, the
city of Shuangcheng in Heilongjiang province, Weihai, Fanyu in
Guangzhou province, Xi-an, Beijing, and the city of Jiangmen in
Guangdong province send their highest regards to magnificent,
Teacher: Thank you all. (Applause) I
know. And that's especially so for those students in Mainland
China, I know what they're feeling, I know their longing for
Master, and in fact I feel the same way toward them. The evil will
be eliminated; dark clouds cannot eclipse the sky.
Question: When I called Beijing to clarify the
truth, a fellow cultivator answered the phone. I told them, "Dafa
disciples around the world are thinking of you. Please firmly
believe in Master and Dafa. It's hard to endure, but you can
endure it. It's hard to do, but you can do it." The
practitioner asked me to send his regards to Master when I see
you. Everyone misses you.
Teacher: I thank you all. (Applause)
Question: I'd like to relay greetings to Master
from public security officers in Guangdong province. Currently
there are (Teacher: I'll skip the part that tells the
number of them here) who see the persecution for what it is.
Teacher: The situation of clarifying the
truth and saving beings is changing faster for Mainland China Dafa
disciples than internationally, and that's because there are,
after all, a great number of Dafa disciples there; almost 100
million Dafa disciples are exerting a gigantic influence negating
the persecution. Clarifying the truth all around the world and
saving the beings outside Mainland China has helped people
everywhere to become aware of the truth and condemn the
persecution, and it has cleared away evil. It is the result of Fa-rectification
and the concerted efforts of Dafa disciples all over the world.
But for the persecution in Mainland China to stop before Fa-rectification
arrives, the Dafa disciples in Mainland China would still have to
play the main role. As for the current persecution, many members
of the general public in China are annoyed with it, and it's not
just the general public, at higher strata of society too and even
in the upper echelon of the government, many people have stepped
forward to talk directly about the facts of the persecution
against Falun Gong. Soon the people will stand up and condemn this
Question: In recent writings you have mentioned
greater responsibilities awaiting us in the future. Did that refer
to our descending to the mortal world after Consummation to save
our sentient beings?
Teacher: What you're doing right now is
saving sentient beings. You can't go up and then come back. (Audience
laughs) Who'd want to come back? You are here and think that
this place is pretty good, but that's because your eyes can't see
the reality of things here. Once you arrive up there and take a
look back, you'll find it just filthy here in this human world,
and you wouldn't want to come back even if you were asked to. And
that's why I say those beings who dared to come here and obtain
the Fa are all worth cherishing. But the persecution by the old
forces has caused sentient beings to sin against Dafa, and the
actions of human beings during this persecution have truly ruined
a lot of people, and ruined a lot of lives.
Question: How should handicapped disciples
handle sending righteous thoughts? I ask because my right hand is
Teacher: Then you can use your left hand.
It doesn't matter, because it's even fine not to use any mudra when
you send righteous thoughts. I asked you to use mudras to
help you have a stronger sense that you are sending righteous
thoughts, to give you a greater sense of command, that's all.
Question: In Taiwan, how can we encourage
fellow cultivators to change from being passive to proactive
validating Dafa, and to treasure the final lot of time in Fa-rectification?
Teacher: Now about this, actually, I'm the
least worried about the students in Taiwan. Because of the
government's attitude toward Dafa there, that doesn't worry me
much. And because with the Fa available, the students there have
done very well. Sometimes I feel like what they're doing is
similar to what took place back when I was in China. (Applause)
As for a very small number of people not doing well in certain
regions, it's a manifestation of the process of a student's
gaining a better understanding and the process of new students
maturing, and all of that will gradually get better. The
disruptions they encounter in their personal cultivation aren't
the same as persecution in Mainland China, but there will of
course often be tests for the individuals. So as cultivators you
have to understand it correctly. You can't be afraid of ordeals
and tests. Would you be cultivating if you spent all your days in
total comfort and happiness?
Question: When we study the Fa with Chinese
students, we read a paragraph in Chinese and then a paragraph in
Japanese. Some Chinese students think that studying the Fa this
way is too slow and it's not as effective as reading as one
Teacher: I think either way is fine, it's
okay to have the Japanese-speaking students reading together and
the Chinese-speaking students reading together. Whatever is easier
for you. There's no absolute rule. Just do whatever helps people
Question: I'm pretty young. When I see
attachments in some fellow cultivators who are older than me, I
don't dare to bring them up. Is this fear--an attachment?
Teacher: Don't be afraid. When you see
something that's wrong you can speak up about it. Even very, very
young disciples can talk about what they see.
Question: I know a student who made a huge
mistake several years ago and really had a negative impact on Dafa.
Now he's in a really tough situation. Should I help him?
Teacher: If the person did bad things and
stopped practicing, then you can't call him a student. Right now
you're all busy clarifying the truth, so you can judge for
yourself whether it's worth it to spend a lot of time helping him.
Whether the person can still be saved, and what the trade-offs are
of doing something like that given what you have right now, those
are things you should decide based on circumstances.
Question: Taiwan is where Chinese-language
newspapers are read most outside of Mainland China. Master, would
you please give us some guidance on the future of publishing a
daily newspaper in Taiwan.
Teacher: I'll still say the same thing:
make the decision yourselves based on our students' circumstances
and abilities. Don't ask Master to affirm something. Once Master
says something, you'll say, "Master said it," and
disregard whether it's feasible, whether there are challenges, and
whether conditions are ripe, and you'll disregard everything and
insist on doing it. That's why I say that you have to plan things
subject to your circumstances.
Question: How should we understand "I
brush off the enshrouding dust, and all their realities are
Teacher: "Brush off the enshrouding
dust"... from the dawn of time in the cosmos up through the
present, a measureless amount of time has passed. There are always
cosmic bodies disintegrating, just like metabolism. They
disintegrate and then re-form, and form and then disintegrate
again. Because of this, mankind's science actually believes that a
big explosion is what brought about the universe. The cosmos's
dust has been falling downward, and bad elements are continually
going downward. From top to bottom, no level is as pure as it was
back then. And the Three Realms, in particular, has gotten worse
and worse; it has been enshrouded with dust for so long, and the
dust is getting ever thicker. When the moon was sent up before, it
wasn't as big as it is today; now the thickness of its outer
surface has increased by dozens of kilometers. So as for, "I
brush off the enshrouding dust, and all their realities are
seen," sentient beings have been covered by some external
factors, and many bad elements have made even the beings
themselves impure, and mankind, specifically, has been controlled
by outside evil during the persecution of Dafa. So after these
things are cleansed we will take another look and see how those
beings are. That's what it means. (Applause)
Question: Overall planning and coordinating are
both present with any issue. Why is it that you encourage
coordination but not overall planning?
Teacher: You just need to get together and
discuss how to do things. Fa-rectification has its own
progression. Actually, what you're doing are just the three
things; the premise has already been set. With the three things
being the focal point, you figure out how to do them well and at
the same time cultivate yourselves well and save sentient
beings--the hardest part is saving sentient beings. Doing things
well is actually a matter of coordination. When I say
coordination, I'm talking about cooperating and working well
together. Validating the Fa is also cultivation, and if you all
look within you will be able to cooperate well. Dafa is cultivation,
and there's nothing else. Dafa disciples are doing things to
clarify the truth to, for one, save all beings, and secondly, to
restrain the persecution, to expose the persecution, and oppose
it. We have no other objectives. So as for the activities that
Dafa disciples organize and truth-clarification via the form of
media, you get together to plan things out, and those are things
our students do as individuals.
Question: Are the factors outside the cosmos
the same thing as lifeless, still water?
Teacher: The lifeless water that I talked
about is only a form at a certain level of the cosmos. The cosmos
is so complex that it can't be described with man's language. At a
certain point there's not even water, it's no longer water. The
cosmos is incredibly immense, and in each enormous realm there is
a fundamental reason behind the creation of that cosmos, but none
of them is the most fundamental reason. But to the beings
in a given realm, when they see all of that they think it is the
fundamental reason. That is a very common phenomenon.
Question: Can coordinators in the Dafa
Association place themselves above the students? The students
aren't able to raise criticism, and the main coordinator is
forming factions and cliques.
Teacher: I think that if a coordinator does
in fact have that problem, then he really needs to pay attention
to it. Why do the students think of you, a coordinator, like that?
Maybe it is the case that we have a lot of problems? You
should really think it over now. Coordinators, well actually, when
I say coordinators, or the people with positions of
responsibility, it's just a name. What are they
"responsible" for? Could you be responsible for Dafa?
Could you really handle that? Actually you're just liaisons,
people who serve others, and you have no power or authority.
Coordinate everyone well, and that's the best function you can
serve helping Master at the human surface level.
It doesn't seem appropriate to say that the
coordinators are rounding up cohorts to form a clique. Aren't all
the coordinators actually taking care of and overseeing all the
students? Maybe sometimes he seems closer to those around him, and
it's apt to give other students that impression. If certain
students have issues with the coordinator and make known the
coordinator's shortcomings among some students, then the problem
doesn't just involve the coordinator. You're cultivating, so why
aren't you looking inside? You're stirring up antagonism among
students toward the coordinator, you're leading a group of people
to go against the coordinator, and that is being irresponsible to
both yourself and Dafa. I look at both sides.
So as for the coordinator, you do need to do
well; and as for the students, you can't always focus on the
coordinator. You are a Dafa disciple, and each person is
cultivating himself, but what are you doing? Are you only
helping the coordinator to cultivate? Don't you cultivate
yourself? Isn't that the problem? But as for the coordinator, do
you truly have a serious problem? If you can't help Master lead
the students in your area well, then don't you have problems
yourself? Do you know what I think? I can't leave behind any of
the Dafa disciples. Every person is family to me, so how can you
treat different members of my family differently? I'll definitely
support you, the coordinators, when it comes to Dafa work, and
guiding the local students well is really a great contribution.
There's a saying ordinary people have: "Don't utilize a
questionable person; if you utilize someone don't question
him." That's what ordinary people say. Dafa is forging you,
but as our Dafa disciples you should remove all your attachments,
including the attachment to being a coordinator or a leader.
Everyone is a cultivator. It's only that you are someone who gives
more for others. So coordinators, that's what I require of you as
Doing Dafa work is also cultivating, and none
of the work methods in ordinary society have anything to do with
how you go about being a coordinator in Dafa. In other words, this
form or way of work didn't exist before, where someone both has
responsibility and is an ordinary cultivator. You are exploring
your own paths, and each Dafa coordinator is tempering himself. At
the beginning maybe he didn't do too well, but gradually he should
mature. And during that process he'll certainly have shortcomings
and make mistakes, and that is the process of being tempered.
That's how I look at it as your Master. I can't replace him with
somebody else before he has been tempered to maturity and start
tempering the new person from scratch, because in that process
there would be a lot of mistakes and students would have a lot of
complaints, and that could even impair Dafa's overall state and
disrupt Dafa disciples' validating of Fa as one body.
When a coordinator has a problem, students
should point it out to him, and even put it to him in serious
terms. As for the student, you should put Dafa first, instead of
always putting your own opinions first and pointing out how others
are wrong. If a particular coordinator in the Dafa Association
really is holding students back from doing things, then he has a
serious problem, as it amounts to interfering with each Dafa
disciple's walking of his own path validating the Fa. If the
person truly is like that, then we need to think about whether the
person is suitable; it won't work if he goes on like that. But if
it's otherwise, or if some students have in fact botched things,
and they aren't willing to listen to the coordinator's advice and
turn it around and claim he's interfering with the students'
validating of Fa, then that's no good. In that scenario why can't
the Dafa disciples look at things from the standpoint of Dafa? I
want each person to be tempered to maturity.
Looking at it from another angle, your
conflicts are in fact tests that you need to pass in the process
of improving. You are all improving yourselves, and each person
should look inward at himself. On the coordinator's part, when
those problems come up, we can't say you're not responsible--you
do have to bear responsibility for it. When you haven't done well
leading such a large group of students the responsibility is
major, and you should realize this. As your Master, I can't leave
behind a single disciple, and I'll tell you that as a coordinator,
you can't leave behind a single one of my disciples. (Applause)
When a student is on good terms with you, you do things with him,
and when someone doesn't listen to you, you exclude him? You can't
be like that, and as your Master I don't want that kind of
coordinator. You need to coordinate in a way that allows people to
work together, and you need to continually improve based on Fa and
form an upright environment, so that Dafa disciples can do well
the things of validating Fa, like clarifying the truth, saving
sentient beings, and restraining the persecution.
Question: In the past four years, some Falun
Gong students from Mainland China have spent a lot of money to
come to Korea to work. Their immigration status is illegal, and
their monthly income is seven to ten thousand yuan. They aren't
able to recognize the responsibility a Dafa disciple has during
the Fa-rectification period, and have come here just to make money
and send money home. They even say it was arranged by Master. I'd
like to ask how we can convince these students to return to China
to validate the Fa?
Teacher: When a Dafa disciple sees that the
situation in China is grim, that still more Dafa disciples are
being persecuted, and that many of the world's people are being
poisoned, if a Dafa disciple doesn't do the things a Dafa disciple
does, then is he still a Dafa disciple? It's okay to leave China
to do Dafa things, but if somebody doesn't do Dafa things, how
could he still be worthy of being a Dafa disciple? Whether they're
in Mainland China or abroad, they should still be Dafa disciples.
Once they become the same as ordinary people they are
ordinary people. So in terms of these students, you have to
explain to them clearly that if they want to remain there they
need to do what a Dafa disciple should do.
Question: Recently, the differences of opinion
and misunderstandings among fellow cultivators have been pretty
big. I'd like to ask Master, is this because the further we go in
the latter stages of cultivation, the bigger the differences among
fellow cultivators' levels? Or is it the old forces interfering?
Teacher: It's true that the differences
among students' levels are getting bigger, but the old forces'
interfering has never stopped, either. So whenever there are
personal factors in a student's opinion, it's going to be
exploited. This phenomenon doesn't occur that much anymore.
Actually, I've talked about this kind of thing many times. The
cultivating students are a collective entity, and all kinds of
not-yet-removed thoughts will manifest. If you don't want to look
inward and cultivate yourselves, then a complicated situation will
take shape. So when these problems come up in some area, it's for
sure there is a problem with that area's Fa-study. All of those
involved are [partially] responsible and haven't cultivated
themselves well, or at least in terms of that one issue.
Question: How are we different from a religion?
Teacher: Dafa is formless! The path I'm
taking you down today is the purest. We've cast aside every thing
with form, and look only at the heart. Cultivation is the
cornerstone of a being's elevation, whereas anything that's about
external form is going to stir up attachments. Look at how many
religious people there are today who don't uphold Buddhas, Daos,
or Gods but instead religion's forms. What they believe in is not
gods, but the form of religion and the cause of building up
religions--there's a world of difference. Believing in gods and
believing in religions--they're poles apart. Religions evoke
people's attachments to the forms themselves, and they've severely
affected people's righteous faith in gods. There are factors in
the forms that affect a cultivator's improvement.
Question: Sometimes when I meet with ordeals I
don't know if it's a result of my own karma or the old forces'
Teacher: Regardless of whether it's the old
forces' arrangements or karma, we should first of all examine
ourselves. I ask you to cleanse yourselves first even when you
send righteous thoughts. Look at yourself first, and if you
discover that you have a problem, take care of it. With that the
old forces won't be able to do anything; when they can't find
anything to hold against you they will back off. Of course, at the
current time even if the old forces want to back off that doesn't
cut it--clear them away entirely. After you cleanse yourself when
you sit to send righteous thoughts, clear them away. (Applause)
Question: After reading "Waist Drum
Troupe" in Hongyin II, I came to understand that the waist
drum formation has the effect of eliminating evil and rectifying
Teacher: Yes, the sounds of your drumming
carry Zhen-Shan-Ren in them, and in those sounds Dafa disciples'
Question: The young disciples in Taiwan have
formed a Western-style drum troupe. I think they should form a
waist drum troupe. (Audience laughs)
Teacher: Don't let forms limit you.
Everything Dafa disciples do validating the Fa has power.
Actually, the waist drum troupe was just an idea the New York
students came up with. We often participate in ordinary community
parades, and we wanted to show the world's people the ordinary
side of a Dafa disciple's life. Every time they were in a parade
they had Tang Dynasty costumes, celestial maidens, and so on, so
they wondered, "Can we come up with something else?" And
thus the idea of a waist drum troupe came about. We can use a
variety of forms, so if you have an idea and think it's doable,
that's okay, too.
Question: No matter the circumstances, we will
all be steadfast in Dafa, and will always follow Master, each step
of the way, to complete our mission of validating the Fa.
Teacher: Yes, as Dafa disciples, all of you
here might have that thought, and that's why there have been huge
changes in the situation of validating the Fa in this world,
that's why the evil has shrunk today, and that's why we can save
sentient beings. (Applause)
Question: I think some students in Australia
aren't following the Fa but following people and just going along
with the crowd, and they're disrupting the Fa-rectification and
our effort to save the world's people. And there are some students
who like to monopolize things and when they're not able to
accomplish something they won't openly tell everyone. They don't
discuss things with everyone and don't do things transparently.
Other people think they're doing grand and amazing things, when in
fact they didn't accomplish anything substantial, and they won't
tell everyone that they have wasted precious time. They squeeze
out those students who actually do things.
Teacher: I know about Australia's
situation. Some students' human attachments are still quite
strong. Master is looking to see when you can all step out of
Question: If an ordinary people's organization
doesn't let us participate in a parade under Dafa's name, can we
use another name or should we just not participate at all?
Teacher: If that's the case of course we
can't participate. Are Dafa disciples joining them for fun? Dafa
disciples came to save sentient beings, so [we join parades] to
show Dafa to the world's people and let them know that Dafa is
here. If they won't let us do that, then of course we won't
participate. But not participating isn't a solution--why won't
they let us [use Dafa's name]? You should go talk to them, and you
can clarify the truth. If they have an underlying political
motive, then we can also resolve it via legal means; no matter how
long it takes, it needs to be resolved on a fundamental level.
Question: With regard to the media run by Dafa
disciples, in most Asian regions they haven't developed as fast as
in North America. How can we do these kinds of work better?
Teacher: Just do things according to the
resources you have available and your current setting and
situation. Master doesn't force you to do anything and can't
direct you that specifically. With validating the Fa, you are
walking your own paths, and I can't sit here and say that you have
to achieve certain things, for each situation is different. Do
things based on your situation locally.
Question: Over the past two years only a small
number of students have been coming to the practice site to do the
exercises. Is it true that the students overseas can all do the
exercises at home?
Teacher: Of course not. Actually, I know
that the biggest reason is that our students have taken on a lot
of concrete work to clarify the truth, and because they're so busy
they have less time to come out and do the exercises. If that's
the case it is normal. But if it's not, then it's abnormal. Find
out more from those students who aren't coming out.
Question: Japanese disciples have been
interfered with during their recent activities. What should we do?
Teacher: Japan... well, wherever a problem
comes along, that's where you should go to clarify the truth. The
Japanese spirit is to not give up until something is achieved.
Dafa is good for people on all accounts, and wherever we go to
clarify the truth, we are actually spreading the seeds of Goodness
(Shan), clearing away the bad factors there, and bringing
blessings to the lives there. People have a side that's aware.
With a lot of things, when everyone cooperates with each other
they'll go better. I hope that you can focus less attention and
energy on who has done well and who hasn't, who's good and who's
bad, or how this or that person is--focus all of your attention
and spend all of your energy on validating the Fa. (Applause)
When all of you can cooperate with each other and do well in the
things to validate the Fa, that's when you establish your
mighty-virtue. When you are commenting on who's good and who's
bad, gods won't even look you straight on.
Of course, some people do have problems and
should be criticized. We should resolve the problem out of a sense
of responsibility for the Fa and do so with goodwill, making the
Fa the first priority, and should absolutely avoid using an
ordinary human's approach.
Question: I'm a disciple from Korea. Some
fellow cultivators want to know whether it's appropriate for some
of the fellow cultivators who run a media outlet to be getting
Teacher: Here's what I told people at the
start: I said that Dafa disciples did a good job setting up media
outlets, and that you need to reach the society, get into a
positive cycle, become financially independent, become just like
regular media outlets where you're able to pay salaries and to
meet their living needs so that they can work for it
full-time--which would of course be great--and become mainstream
media outlets. But until you reach that point and have funds for
salaries, paying salaries with money contributed by our students
is absolutely not allowed. While others are putting out for Dafa,
could you be getting something for it? As a Dafa disciple you
should just pitch in what you can--be it money, effort, or
whatnot. If you can truly operate [like other media outlets] in
society, and become profitable and pay salaries, then even if it's
not a lot, everybody can get a share, and when there's more money
you can share more. If you then have more profits and can reach
the level of the going salary, then your Master will be happy for
you. So, the condition is that before you reach that point you
can't pay salaries using contributions from our students.
Question: The newspaper project has taken up
more than fifty people. How can we plan [our resources] better?
This has affected other projects.
Teacher: You need to coordinate these
things well. The newspaper is in its early stages, so it does need
help from a lot of people, but try not to waste human resources.
Fifty-some people is too much, because you have to consider the
fact that each person needs to walk his own path and do other
things. At the beginning stage of running a newspaper things might
be pretty hard, and it takes some people, but don't have too many
involved. You should coordinate these things well, because
clarifying the truth in other settings is important, too.
Clarifying the truth directly and clarifying
the truth via the media complement each other. You can't rely on
just one way of clarifying the truth. As you've seen, right now
there are a variety of ways, you have come up with a lot of
approaches: the Internet, television, radio, distributing VCD's,
telephone calls, letters, faxes, distributing literature, directly
clarifying the truth in person, and the students in China do
postering, and of course there are projects being done that jar
the evil in different ways. You're using multiple forms together.
Question: The assistants and coordinators of
various places in Korea have changed too frequently, and there's
no principle being followed in appointing or removing someone. A
lot of disciples who are proactively doing Fa-rectification
cultivation and who are walking at the forefront were removed and
replaced. Some people have already been appointed and removed
twice. Some of those who were recently appointed only obtained the
Fa a few months ago, and they're busy handling human affairs all
day long. Master, would you please tell me if there is a general
standard for the Dafa Association's appointments and removals? Is
it appropriate for the Association Chair to just make the decision
as he pleases?
Teacher: Now about this, I think I'll give
a suggestion to our coordinators in Korea: so that our students
may cultivate well, and in order for all students to mature in
their cultivation, don't make all those changes, as it actually
dampens students' enthusiasm. Another thing is, if you're
constantly switching people like that, you are replacing students
before they have matured through the tempering [effect] of Dafa
work, and then the next one who's assigned is again replaced
before he matures. Dafa work is different from any kind of human
work. You are finding your way through uncharted waters. Figure
out how Dafa disciples' assistants and coordinators in different
regions should do their work and temper themselves to maturity,
and help them to mature. No mundane bureaucrat's or leader's ways
suit Dafa cultivation, so we have to find our own way and allow
everyone to be tempered.
Of course, if the coordinators are really
thinking in the interest of the students and doing so based on the
Fa, and trying to help that person remove his attachment to being
a leader, I won't oppose it. But if that's not the case then you
shouldn't do it the way you are. On the coordinator's part, if
you're thinking, "I'll appoint whoever listens to me, and if
someone doesn't we'll have him removed," then that's being
irresponsible to Dafa, and that approach isn't fit for Dafa work.
A coordinator should often exchange thoughts with students, see
himself as one of the students, and have a "let's do things
well together" attitude. When students come to know you well
the Dafa work will get done faster and better.
This isn't criticism. I'm just suggesting that
you discuss things with others. So as for our students, you should
help our coordinators out more. And as for our coordinators, you
should really increase the communication with our students--more
students and a wider range of students. Make sure you don't pose
as some kind of leader. That's not criticism. I'm just teaching
you a little know-how. (Applause)
So as for Korea's Dafa disciples, a lot of
times you've actually done a great job, and a lot of Dafa
disciples there have cultivated well. Whenever I see you do well,
and, in particular, whenever you cooperate with each other as a
whole and have a great impact, the multitude of gods praise you.
And you've played an important role clarifying the truth and
opposing the persecution. Capitalize on your strengths and put to
use the righteous thoughts of Dafa disciples, and do even better.
Your doing well in and of itself scares the evil. Master hopes
that the coordinators will lead all of the students well, and
hopes that the Dafa disciples will mature more fully.
Question: I want to wholly and completely
assimilate to Dafa, solidly and diligently advance with purity,
put forth my best effort with the three things, and not let down
Master, who has mercifully and laboriously saved us.
Teacher: If all of you have this
understanding, we'll manage to do our tasks well. You mentioned
how Master has mercifully and laboriously saved you, but if you
ask me, I'd say you are the amazing ones, having come to where you
are today. (Applause)
Just yesterday I talked about something: Do you
know what kind of students I was faced with at the beginning?
Whether it was in Mainland China or other regions, there were a
lot of students who, the first time they entered the lecture hall,
I'd look out at the audience and see them with all kinds of
worldviews that they'd formed among ordinary people, and hardly
any of them truly had their own thoughts or could look at things
with clear minds. Many people were wavering, and even when they
said that Dafa was great it wasn't from the heart. Add onto that
all those notions they had, and some people had learned all kinds
of qigong--so many it became addictive. Could those people
cultivate into gods? As you can imagine, they were miles away. But
making it to where you are today, for you to accomplish that much
today, that's truly magnificent.
Of course, as your Master, what kind of people
do I have the highest regard for? Actually, gods see it the same
way: someone whose thinking is clear--and I'm not referring to
people who are cunning or clever in a trivial way, that's not what
I mean, [I'm talking about] someone who has his own righteous
thoughts, has his own thinking, who thinks with his mind, and
isn't influenced by any foreign messages. His head isn't foggy,
and he's not [like some people], where when others say something
is good, they say it's good, and if others say something is bad,
they say it's bad, as if they have no identity. But today, what I
see is that you're all rational and calm, and you do things on an
even keel. The truth is, you're no longer one of the ordinary
human beings, and you couldn't even go back anymore, you really
can't. (Applause) The difference between you and ordinary
people has grown downright large.
Question: Do the old forces know about the law
of mutual-generation and mutual-inhibition?
Teacher: Of course they do. Aren't the old
forces an expression of godhood?
Question: Master, you talked about how a lot of
gods wanted to reincarnate as humans but that there weren't enough
human skins, so a lot of plants and animals are them. Since
animals can't obtain the Fa, is it true that they can only
assimilate to the Fa?
Teacher: Yes, that's true, but the premise
is that their attitude toward Dafa has to be positive. Back when I
was spreading the Fa, to ensure that in the future cosmos this Fa
would never fail or wither, I had to walk a straight path, and so
I set the rule that animals could not obtain the Fa. Long ago it
was also the case that animals weren't allowed to obtain the Fa.
And then over the ages, gradually everything began to deviate, and
animals were allowed to cultivate, and gradually more and more
animals cultivated. So back when I was spreading the Fa and I laid
down that animals were not to cultivate in Dafa, whoa, my
goodness, all the many realms raised a ruckus. But still, rules
are rules. If an animal wants to obtain the Fa, you can
reincarnate as a human and I will give you the chance. In any
case, today you've arrived at this world, and in Fa-rectification,
regardless of whether you're an animal, plant, or any kind of
thing, I just look at your attitude toward Dafa. For those who are
positive toward Dafa, I can resolve everything. The most common
scenario is that I have it return to wherever it came from after
it assimilates. I can resolve the issue. Animals aren't allowed to
directly cultivate in Dafa, as that would be disrespectful to Dafa.
Question: In this final stage of Fa-rectification,
we have a fellow cultivator whose family member (also a fellow
cultivator) is going through karma elimination so severely that he
requires IV's. As a result, they can't smoothly do work to
validate the Fa, and they are affecting each other. I'd like to
ask revered Master, does this stem from their own problem or
Teacher: For cultivators, nothing is by
chance. Usually it's related to the cultivator's process of
improving. If it's a new student or somebody who is not diligent,
then that situation will come along when he doesn't pass a test
well. But if severe interference like that happens while Dafa
disciples are validating the Fa, then it must be dark minions or
rotten demons persecuting us. Send righteous thoughts to eliminate
them. New students or students who aren't diligent enough, you
should watch and examine yourselves more with respect to this.
Question: Recently, a coalition for freedom of
speech and human rights hosted a symposium in Tokyo on the current
state of human rights in China and the global effort to bring
Jiang to justice. Someone from the Japanese Falun Gong Association
gave a speech at the conference, and other speakers included those
from the global rescue effort and the Global Coalition to Bring
Jiang to Justice. Some fellow cultivators feel that this course of
action wasn't quite proper.
Teacher: You can't look at it that way. We
should recognize the fact that ordinary people came to support us,
and so hadn't we better attend? That'd be like the world's people
wanting to validate Fa but us not affirming it. We're restraining
the persecution and exposing it, and when ordinary people are
involved that doesn't mean we're getting involved in politics.
When I was spreading the Fa, I didn't look at the organization,
and I didn't look at forms, I only looked at people's hearts. It
doesn't matter what organization it is, as long as it's not the
criminal underworld or one of those horribly base or corrupt ones,
if it approaches us to support Dafa, we should give people a
chance to validate the Fa--didn't we come here to save all beings?
Even if it's individuals from those really bad groups I just
mentioned who have the heart to come validate Dafa, then you
should still give them a chance to, right?
But there's one thing to keep in mind: Dafa
disciples absolutely can't go and participate in some [political]
thing ordinary people put together--insofar as it has nothing to
do with our Falun Gong, you can't participate in it. But if people
are organizing something to support Falun Gong, then it wouldn't
be right if we didn't go.
Question: In Zhuan Falun the dot on the
Taiji is either blue, red, or black, but what's printed on some
materials is white. Is that wrong?
Teacher: Actually, you know, the colors in
the cosmos's dimensions--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo,
and violet--they change. The Taiji is a symbol that reflects the
Daoist view of the cosmos, and so we can only say it is a symbol
that represents the Daoist system. For example, the black-red and
indigo-red types that I've talked about have the form of the
Daoist system. With regard to the Taiji's opening, I investigated
it further, and it should be transparent, white, that is--the
openings of both types of Taiji are white. Actually, it's only an
emblem in its manifest form.
Question: My child calls himself a Dafa
disciple, and he likes the Fa, tells others about the Fa, and
clarifies the truth. But he won't take it upon himself to study
the Fa or do the exercises. If I require him to, is that
Teacher: If the child is very young you
can't force him. When a child is very young he follows what adults
do. When he's older and can study the Fa by reading the books on
his own, then he will be cultivating on his own.
Question: I feel that there are still some
fellow cultivators in Singapore who often think about Dafa with
human notions. (Teacher: Yes) How can we resolve
Teacher: Yes, with anything Dafa disciples
do, they should do it based on the Fa and think about things in
terms of the Fa. There are indeed some students whose human
attachments are too strong, and there are some that have done bad
things behind people's backs. I'm watching all that.
Question: When I cleanse myself before thinking
of the word "Mie" to eliminate the evil, can I think of
the word "Chu"?
Teacher: Just do as I tell you to. No
matter what you come up with, what I ask you to do is definitely
the most powerful. (Applause) Some students' righteous
thoughts are always lacking, and whenever they get big-headed they
come up with something different. That's when you'll be used by
demons, and you will go astray and have problems. Those who have
gone wrong didn't go wrong overnight. They slowly began like that.
Question: All of Hong Kong's students send
their regards to Master. How should Dafa disciples handle
activities organized by ordinary people that have political or
Teacher: What ordinary people do has
nothing to do with us. But when ordinary people support us by
opposing the persecution of Falun Gong, or when they oppose
China's suppression of human rights, you can't say that it has
nothing to do with Falun Gong. In Hong Kong, at this time, when
ordinary people invite us to be a part of things that are related
to us, and if it's peaceful and rational, then we can participate.
I'm only saying that Hong Kong can participate. If it has
nothing to do with us and isn't related at all, then we can't
participate. You need to be clear about this.
Last time when they were opposing Article 23,
for example, when there was that grand and dynamic event, didn't
they do it for Falun Gong? (Teacher laughs) And after that
took place, democracy activists, people from various community
groups, people in political circles, and many people from
mainstream society began carefully looking into Falun Gong. And
that's why I think Hong Kong's general public has a clear
understanding of Falun Gong now. Of course, as the saying goes,
"an announcement posted everywhere still can't make the
illiterate aware," so there are still some that are left out
for sure, there are still people who don't know the truth for
sure, and that's why you need to keep doing things to clarify the
Question: How can Hong Kong play a better role
using media to validate the Fa?
Teacher: The newspaper needs to gradually
get into a positive cycle in society and become a mainstream media
outlet. The media outlet run by Dafa disciples will definitely
become mainstream media. (Applause) Not only will it become
mainstream media, but in the future it will be the world's biggest
media outlet. (Applause) In fact, the framework for the
newspaper you run is already the largest. Take a media outlet in
any country, and it only covers the countries in that region. No
matter how big the country is, it's still only a national media
outlet, even though the newspapers can be distributed in other
countries. And none of them have that much influence.
In the past, some Chinese-language newspapers
did have a wide distribution, but a lot of them were bought off
later on, and now they've lost their sense of justice and don't
dare to report the truth. If someone wants to see truthful reports
he has to read the media that you run.
1. Translator's note:
The question is in reference to changes Teacher recently suggested
to the Chinese text. The Japanese script uses many characters that
originated from Chinese.
2. Translator's note:
This term has been translated elsewhere as "hand
gestures" or "hand positions."
3. Translator's note:
This is a similar word that means "get rid of,"
"eliminate," or "remove."
Editor's note: The translation is subject to
further improvement so as to be closer to the original text.
Latest Update: June 21, 2004.