Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Singapore

Li Hongzhi
August 22 & 23, 1998

Hello students! (Applause. Hello Master!)

I know that in the audience there are our Singaporean students, along with many people who抳e traveled a long way from China, from other countries, and from many different regions. The aim of this Fa-conference is to help you raise your levels as quickly as possible by sharing experiences with each other and by finding where you fall short. That抯 the general objective. Yet many students want to see me because they have, by cultivating for a long time, gained an ever-deepening comprehension of the Fa,* they抳e come to understand much through their own experiences, and personally sensed more and more different aspects of cultivation. Many of you didn抰 attend the seminars that I gave in China back in the early days, and many of you have learned and practiced on your own, so you抮e really eager to see me. I do know how you feel. So that抯 why you抳e come. There are still many others who share that thought and who wanted to come. I understand your feelings very well, but I think that it was back in the early years when I personally taught the Fa that talks on the Fa were most important.

Now that the Fa has been brought to the public and the books are widely circulated in society, our students have the books. That is, all of you can study the Fa and cultivate, and the effect is the same as the seminars I gave in person and taught the Fa at in those years梟othing is left out. So what抯 most important now is having a stable environment that will help you improve yourselves in cultivation as quickly as possible. Through studying the Fa and cultivating, you抳e realized and come to know that your Master is truly taking care of you and being responsible for you. Your improvement, then, is systematically arranged梕veryone has a systematic path of cultivation. Your desire to see me might cause your thoughts to begin drifting and render you unable to cultivate with a calm mind, or it might cause you to go all over the place looking for me. That would affect your cultivation process. The Fa has been introduced to the public. But has it occurred to you that your improvement and your cultivation are what抯 most important? If you can抰 improve yourselves, or if you can抰 cultivate, then my teaching the Fa amounts to nothing.

Nothing should interfere with your cultivation, for it is the top priority. I simply want to tell you that during your cultivation you must calm your heart and mind and not let yourself be affected by ordinary human attachments.[1] If you抳e [come here] truly for cultivation, raising your realm, and identifying your shortcomings, or if you抳e come here to see how Singaporean students are doing in their cultivation and to listen to their experiences and insights so as to foster your own improvement梚f that抯 what is on your mind梩hen I抦 delighted. Of course, wanting to see Master isn抰 wrong. It抯 just that you shouldn抰 have strong human emotions. Anyhow, your ordinary human attachments need to be discarded. If they aren抰, you抣l regard me with ordinary human emotions and an ordinary human mind, and you抣l regard the Fa with ordinary human thoughts. That would create a serious obstacle to your improvement. We should be careful with this.

Coming here wasn抰 easy for many of you. Some people are probably quite busy at work but have managed to take time off and rush to Singapore expressly for this. And people have all kinds of circumstances. Since you抮e here now, I think you should calm down and listen to how Singaporean students are cultivating and improving themselves. Students who抳e come from overseas can treat this trip as a journey of learning.

I came to attend this conference to listen to you. Yet we do still have lots of students who are unclear on quite a few things. Since Dafa* is spreading throughout the world, there are bound to be new students and disciples constantly taking up the practice, and they抣l certainly have all sorts of questions. Actually, you can find in the book the answers to all of your questions. But some of our students still can抰 rest assured and always want to ask me questions. So I抦 giving you an opportunity for that. This is a two-day conference. I won抰 speak too much now and will mainly listen to you. Wait until tomorrow afternoon, and then I抣l spend the whole afternoon answering your questions. You can ask more questions at that time about your cultivation, and I抣l answer them for you. I think half a day will be sufficient. There are only two days in total, and our students need to organize the speeches, and there are other activities as well. We should try to make this Fa-conference a complete success. This is the first time Singapore has held a conference of this magnitude, and so many people have come from overseas. Some aspects of the preparation are by no means easy. You all know what to do and will handle things well without me telling you much.

Now I抣l talk to you about the overall situation of our Dafa at present. When I taught the Fa in China, the country was in the period of reform and opening up. I had a feeling: People抯 thinking was changing with the economic development, so I introduced it at that time. Since many people had formed certain notions over a long period of time, they needed a transitional process to understand [the Fa]. It took them some time studying the Fa before they realized what I was imparting. Later on, and more so recently, I found that new students seem to surpass old students when it comes to obtaining the Fa. In other words, they don抰 have the obstacle of understanding it perceptually. They embrace it right away and immediately throw themselves into it without needing a transitional process to understand it棑Am I able to learn this? 揇o I want to learn this? They have none of that, nor 揂re the principles you talk about right? In other words, although these students obtained the Fa later on, I抳e found that they haven抰 been left behind. Through their own efforts they抣l catch up soon.

I think the overall situation of Dafa is that students comprehension of the Fa is ever deepening, that their understanding of the Fa has become more profound, and that they truly know what this Fa is about. It抯 a huge change from the early days when people regarded the Fa with human feelings and human ways of thinking. This has really been a huge change. It抯 totally different from the early days. So in other words, you抮e truly cultivating in the Fa, and not regarding or assessing the Fa with emotions, deep gratitude, or various human notions梩hose things are becoming less and less. It means that our Fa is becoming increasingly purer in ordinary human society.

So what does it mean to 揻ulfill[2] the Fa? Many of our cultivators might not know. Since this Fa is so great梚t can save us, it can allow us to reach different levels and realms through cultivating, and can lead us to Consummation梬hy does it need people to fulfill it? As a matter of fact, you might have thought about something: Ordinary human society, too, is a manifestation of the boundless Dafa of the cosmos at this lowest level, that of ordinary humans. Every form manifest in ordinary human society, too, is given and created by this Fa. So we are, as cultivators, using this environment to do cultivation. Although ordinary human society is bad when viewed from different levels, it too is a level and realm created by the Fa. Then, if in your cultivation you抮e clear on how to break out of this level and how to free yourself from the various behaviors and notions of ordinary human society, you can break through those barriers and rise to a higher level. That抯 what you have to achieve in cultivation.

If you can抰 let go of ordinary human things, though, your cultivation might be seriously hindered. The corruption of moral standards and the decline of humankind抯 moral values have altered everything that the Fa created for living beings at this level. So it抯 really hard for people to know that Truth still exists as a standard in everyday people抯 society. Without that standard, people dare to do anything, they dare to do whatever, and they fear nothing. That in turn brings about the degeneration of society抯 morals and values, which manifests as the many unhealthy phenomena and crimes in everyday people抯 society.

To fulfill the Fa, you must first of all be a good person. When you抮e being a good person, that is an act of fulfilling the Fa. But since you抮e cultivating among everyday people, after all, you need to go still higher than all of these things. So when you can truly understand the Fa, cultivate in the Fa, and be an upright and true cultivator, you are fulfilling the Fa. Which means, you are safeguarding the Fa as well. That抯 because the conduct of each student in everyday people抯 society represents Falun Dafa [in people抯 minds]. Isn抰 that right? If we don抰 conduct ourselves well, we抣l undoubtedly tarnish Dafa抯 image, and it couldn抰 be said that we抮e fulfilling the Fa. Some people have said that we need to safeguard and protect the Fa, and that when other people say something bad about us we should deal with it in such-and-such way. In particular, when some people slander our Dafa or treat us unjustly, many of you often get angry and want to take some measures to retaliate. [You think,] 揟hey treat us badly, so we抣l do the same to them. In that case, we抮e confusing ourselves with everyday people and are no different from them.

Actually, let me tell you this: Safeguarding the Fa doesn抰 mean resorting to violence. Good and evil coexist within a person. We dispel the evil side and use only the good side to safeguard the Fa. When others say something bad about us, we can let them know how good we are, and we can reason with them entirely using the good side. Oftentimes when an everyday person encounters a problem, he tends to adopt a negative approach. So he抣l take some extreme actions or resort to violence. None of that is appropriate for us to do. I often say that if a person is free of any personal notions, isn抰 motivated by self-interest, and is truly looking to benefit others, then when he points out another person抯 shortcoming or tells the other person what抯 right, that person will be moved to tears.

Shan* is really powerful. It抯 only that when a person in everyday people抯 society tells someone about a good thing, he usually attaches his own notions, and even worries it might harm him in some way, and he wants to protect himself. Many things are mixed into what he says, so it doesn抰 sound quite right and is impure, and often even has emotion in it. If what you say truly comes from your kindness and is without any personal agenda, your words will really touch others.

What I抦 talking about here is how we抮e to fulfill the Fa in this everyday people抯 society and how we can prevent the Fa from being undermined. Many of us have explained our motivation to various types of departments of the government in our society. I think that抯 good. If they really listen, there抯 a good chance they抣l join the ranks of the good people. It抯 only worrisome if they don抰 listen. If they really want to understand our Fa, as long as they read the book, learn the Fa, and really try to understand it, they will know what we抮e about. Usually the people who say bad things about us are those who haven抰 tried to understand us and don抰 understand us. Everything about us is open梬e have nothing to hide from people. The path we抳e taken is extremely upright. I抳e often said that exactly because the path we抳e taken is extremely upright, everything that isn抰 upright, that抯 not upright enough, or less than perfect in everyday people抯 society, will consider us an obstacle. Because we抮e so good, perhaps the inadequacies of some things will be exposed, and then they will do some negative things to us. That抯 inevitable. If nobody opposes something upright when it抯 imparted to the public, then I would say there抯 a good chance it抯 wicked. (Applause)

Seen in another light, as our Fa is spread in everyday people抯 society, when we encounter irresponsible attacks from people and certain [governmental] departments that don抰 know what we抮e about, or when they label us arbitrarily or treat us in a really unreasonable way, I think we should also examine ourselves on these issues by asking: 揥hy do these things happen? Is it because we ourselves, our assistance centers, our practice sites, or some of our students, aren抰 conducting ourselves properly? If you can examine yourselves with every thing you come across, then I抎 say you are really remarkable, and nothing can block you on your path to Consummation. Yet when we run into problems, we often look outwards棑Why are you treating me like that?敆and feel that we抳e been treated unfairly, instead of examining ourselves. That抯 the greatest and most fatal obstacle for all living beings. In the past, some people said that it was impossible to succeed in cultivation. How could one succeed in cultivation? [They couldn抰 succeed] because that was the biggest obstacle, and nobody was willing to find faults in himself amidst problems. When a person feels hurt, or when he encounters misfortune, it抯 really difficult for him to still examine himself and see if he抯 done something wrong. If a person can do that, then I抎 say that on this path, on this path of cultivation, and for the eternity of his existence, nothing can stop him. It抯 truly the case. Sometimes we still fail tests even though deep down inside we抮e aware. But after all, since we have the ability to think, and with the principles before us, deep down we know what抯 right and what抯 wrong. We may fail once or twice, but we抣l do well afterwards. The key lies in how you understand yourself, and whether you can correctly examine yourself and find within yourself the cause of the problem.

Before, when many of our students ran into conflicts with people outside our circle, or when people or certain departments of various functions in society treated us unfairly, we didn抰 examine ourselves to find the cause, and instead stressed what was wrong with others. Certain things have indeed been really bad, and they were wantonly trying to harm us. But has it occurred to you that although they were bad and demonic acts, could those things have happened just by chance? Could it be that their negative aspects were utilized to have us see our own negative aspects? I抳e often said that when two people have friction between each other, each one should examine him or herself. Not only should the two people with the friction examine themselves, but also the bystanders who happen to observe the incident should. That抯 when you抣l really improve by leaps and bounds.

You know that our existences are made up of submicroscopic[3] matter from different levels. Some of the matter is considerably submicroscopic. You are, in our cultivation practice, being transformed at an extremely submicroscopic state of being, namely, from the origin of your existence. The transformation continually expands outwards梒ontinually expands towards your surface layer. Once transformation has been completed all the way to the surface, you have reached Consummation. That抯 the approach we take. So before you arrive at the stage where your surface layer can be assimilated by the Fa, you will, in different ways, still have everyday people抯 conduct, thoughts, and ways of doing things, to be sure.

Some of our students have come and asked me: 揟eacher, I抳e been cultivating for so long now, and I feel that my understanding of the Fa is sometimes no longer like that of the average new student. So why is it that bad thoughts still appear in my mind? It抯 a question everyone here in the audience has thought about. Let me tell you: In the course of your cultivation, you are transformed from the very origin of your existence. Ordinary people抯 thoughts will always be there until the transformation reaches your outermost layer. What are the pros and cons? The pro is, you can keep this cultivation environment here among everyday people, and this allows you to continuously and more quickly improve yourself. What抯 the con? It抯 that you can never tell which realm you are at. During certain periods of time when you抮e doing well in cultivation, or understanding the Fa well, and able to recite the book梩hat is, when you抳e reached the standard for that particular realm梉that part of you] is immediately separated from the part of you that hasn抰 been fully cultivated. You抣l suddenly wonder: 揥hy is my understanding of the Fa no longer as good? Why have my thoughts become bad again? You抣l have that feeling.

You cultivate among everyday people. The part of you that抯 fully cultivated is a noble, righteous, godly part. Accordingly, in the society of everyday people, a god can抰 have the same behavior as an ordinary person, that抯 absolutely prohibited. The moment he behaved that way he would fall. To ensure that you can cultivate in ordinary human society and not fall, as soon as a part of you meets the standard, it is separated. The part that抯 fully cultivated will always sit still over there, motionless and free of any thoughts. It doesn抰 get involved in any human activities, and this ensures that you won抰 fall. As you keep cultivating, you will only keep improving. Here I抳e told you about another principle, namely, that you constantly transform yourself in cultivation, starting from submicroscopic levels, and gradually move towards your surface layer. When your surface layer is completely assimilated you achieve Consummation.

Then, before we Consummate, we抣l always have ordinary human thoughts and behavior during the course of our cultivation. What抯 more, you抣l find that sometimes your thoughts seem to become worse and worse. Why is that? Many bad things have roots and exist not only in the layer of the largest particles, but also in particles of various sizes. So think about it, everyone: During the course of your cultivation, as [your transformation] keeps breaking through towards the surface, bad things in your submicroscopic particles keep getting eliminated. What抯 left, then, will be what抯 at the outermost layer, and what抯 at the outermost layer is the worst. Yet the worst is also the weakest. In other words, as long as you can exercise self-control as you cultivate, you can easily suppress those bad things and get rid of them, including all the notions in your mind.

You probably understand the principle I just discussed: 揙h, so that抯 why people might have bad thoughts the whole time they cultivate. From now on I won抰 worry about them, I抦 not afraid of them anymore. I抣l just let them go however they want to. That抯 unacceptable! Since you抮e a cultivator, if you don抰 exercise self-control at the surface level, it抯 the same as not cultivating. That抯 how these things are related. I just spoke about the state of our students cultivation as a whole, and I addressed some topics along the way.

There抯 another thing. Our Dafa is spread in the society of everyday people. Why do we do it the way we do? As you know, we have a very loose form of administration. We don抰 have any rosters that list a John Smith or Jane Doe, or who you are, how old you are, or where you live. We don抰 do any of that. I抣l look after you provided you cultivate. Because cultivation things don抰 manifest in this dimension of ordinary human society, the forms of things that appear on the surface are only forms, and useless. If you don抰 cultivate, taking down your name only amounts to a number game梚t抯 not cultivation. We抳e thus completely abandoned all formalities of everyday people.

We only look at people抯 hearts and minds. As long as you cultivate, I will look after you. As long as you cultivate, you抮e our student. While you practice our Assistants organize everybody to study the Fa, that抯 all. We don抰 have an administrative organization like those in the society of everyday people, and we don抰 keep money or property. Everyone paid their own way to the conference. I, Li Hongzhi, will not take one cent from you. Any work we do, we do it voluntarily, and to benefit others. Everything of ours is loosely administered.

Why do I do it this way? Actually, I can tell you: The Fa I抦 imparting today is immense梚t can allow you all to reach different realms and levels through cultivation. This is by no means a small thing. A Fa this enormous has been introduced to the public, but if it couldn抰 change people or couldn抰 make people抯 morality elevate again, then it wouldn抰 matter whether it was taught or not. I know that since this Fa is the Truth and the Law of the cosmos, it will definitely have a tremendous impact on cultivators. So, every one of us knows what to do, and there抯 no need for me to tell you specifically how to conduct yourselves.

Back in the days when Buddha Sakyamuni was teaching his Dharma* there were over a hundred precepts. It抯 said that Mahayana Buddhism now has over two hundred precepts. The purpose [of precepts] is to restrict you, and make you meet the standard and act accordingly. We don抰 have any precepts today梬e抮e completely open. We don抰 pay attention to any form, and instead we only look at people抯 hearts and minds. That抯 because our Fa has such mighty power. Also, from another perspective, no form manifest in ordinary human society is worthy of this Dafa. That抯 why we have truly adopted a way suitable for spreading Dafa. What way is it? It is a 揼reat way without form. (Applause) We really have taken a 揼reat way without form, and only that truly fits our Dafa. So that抯 how we have gone about things since I taught the Fa in the early days.

The only thing somebody can see is that people are reading the books and that they do exercises together. But even those are completely voluntary and loose. If you want to come, you抮e welcome. If you don抰 want to come, you can do as you please. I think this approach is quite good, as nothing with a form or shape can change a person抯 heart. If a person doesn抰 want to learn and yet you drag him along, not only won抰 he be able to learn or understand, but he抣l also make irresponsible remarks and play a damaging role from within. We抮e extremely upright, so all crooked things might find us a thorn in their side, since all of their deficiencies and weaknesses are exposed.

Before, there were all sorts of qigong* in the society of everyday people, especially in China. I think that since the introduction of our Dafa to the public, especially in the last few years, many fake qigong practices have disappeared. Why? Because once our righteous Fa was introduced to the public, the crooked, wicked, and the fake were all exposed under the sun (Applause) and naturally, they disappeared. Many people who used to practice other qigong forms have come to learn Dafa, one after another. We haven抰 dragged them over. Those people came to learn because they recognized the Fa and could tell that it was good and an upright path.

Have you thought about this from another perspective? Since a righteous Fa has been imparted to enable people to cultivate to various levels, this involves a question: With which Fa will you cultivate to get up there? This is critical. If this Fa weren抰 upright, naturally you couldn抰 go up by cultivating; if this Fa didn抰 have such mighty virtue, that is, if it weren抰 so immense, you couldn抰 reach that high a level cultivating; if this Fa weren抰 so grand, or weren抰 so good, letting you go to a level that high would equate to messing up the entire cosmos. And even if you were to get up there, you抎 feel inadequate staying there, you抎 see the Great Enlightened Beings up there, with mighty virtue beyond description, and you抎 wonder how you抎 gotten up there and would step down yourself, feeling unworthy of staying there. So as our Dafa encounters ordeals in ordinary human society, we抮e using the ordeals to fulfill our Fa and establish our Fa抯 mighty virtue. Regardless of the forms that manifest to oppose Dafa in ordinary human society, we haven抰 responded to them in kind: We have always used our good (shan) side, and have handled everything well in every respect. We have endured lots and lots of different tests for the Fa. So hasn抰 our Fa established its mighty virtue? The more upright the course it has taken, the greater this Fa is, and since you抮e cultivating in this Fa, the more remarkable you are. Isn抰 that how these things work? Yes, it is. So whenever we encounter a problem, we must look at both its positive and negative side, and look for the causes inside, within ourselves. With everything we come across, we should look inside for the reasons and for our shortcomings.

I抳e often talked about a principle. When some people run into trouble, being in the middle of trouble, they say: 揥hy do they treat me like this? Why aren抰 things going well anymore? Let me tell you: Actually, it抯 not that others are treating you wrongly. The laws of the cosmos are in good order. If something is wrong on your part, you抣l find that everything around you goes against you. Once you find the cause inside yourself and rectify it, you will find that everything goes smoothly again. That抯 usually the case.

Another facet of things is that because we抳e overcome many problems and shortcomings, and because our Fa has developed in an ever more positive way, the situation can only get better. At present, there抯 now quite a large number of people studying the Fa. There are now about 100 million students in China and abroad. That抯 a whole lot of people. Also, our Dafa disciples have an outstanding quality: Once they start to cultivate and understand the Truth, they抣l cultivate all the way to the end. That attribute is extremely precious in cultivation. This [Dafa] is different from every doctrine and every type of cultivation practice throughout history. With so many people studying it and so many people cultivating, this has become a reality in society that has to be acknowledged. With so many people striving to be good, and with our not having any bad things, I think the situation can only get better.

Falun Gong used to be a branch of the China Qigong Science Research Society. We discovered, however, that the Qigong Science Research Society didn抰 conduct any scientific research, nor did it study qigong practices or try to understand qigong itself. It was only making money; it used qigong practices to make money. So in March of 1996 we withdrew from it. (Applause) They attacked us after our withdrawal, but we paid no attention to their attacks and ignored them. Let抯 not get into that now. What I抦 saying is that we should take our own path, a path for true cultivators. We have to be responsible both to society and our cultivating disciples.

Here抯 what I think: We have such a huge number of people梥o many people梐nd they抮e all good people who benefit society. We梚ncluding me, Li Hongzhi梔on抰 have any desire to gain something for ourselves. I chose to live overseas so as not to cause problems for the government. (Applause) I think that with so many people cultivating and trying to be good persons, nobody should push these 100 million people to the opposite side of the government梩hat I can tell you. But there抯 one point: No matter what we do, we must walk righteously on our own path. I didn抰 intend to speak a lot. I only wanted to talk to you about the situation of Dafa, about how we cultivate, and about our understanding of the Fa in the course of cultivation, and along the way discuss things related to cultivation.

I抎 like to take this opportunity to address another thing, then: Many people take photographs without considering the occasion. Let me address the matter of photo taking. Rarely could you see me before, so you抳e always wanted to take a photograph of me or with me, your teacher. If your intention is truly based on cultivation, I don抰 have any objections. But if it抯 born of an ordinary human intention, then I抦 really sad! Also, many of you disregard the situation and location when taking photographs, and have taken many photographs with bad images. That抯 not good for any of us. As you are my disciples, how could you take those photos of your master? After this conference you can go tell the students in other regions to burn all those poorly-taken photographs, (Applause) including their negatives. I抣l give you a chance to take photos, if you really want to. (Applause) That抯 all I抣l say for now. I will answer your questions tomorrow afternoon.

Don抰 write too much on the question slips you pass up, as that makes it a bit of work to read them and it takes up a lot of time. You don抰 need to make opening remarks such as 揟eacher, I missed you so much or 揟eacher, what you said was so great Here抯 my question. Don抰 preface your remarks. Just say, 揗aster, these are my questions and describe the situation. Then I抣l answer them for you. Make the questions simple and easy for me to read so that we don抰 waste time and so that I can go through the questions efficiently. All right, now I抣l listen to our students speeches with you. (Applause

I抣l answer your questions this afternoon. Those who have questions may pass your slips up. All right, now I抣l start to answer your questions. 

Question: Can we pass around in China video and audio recordings of the conference and the speech on Fa?

Teacher: In principle it抯 not a problem. But you people always want to pass things around, and it抯 an attachment you should break. You need to cultivate in an upright and noble manner. Why do you have so much zeal and so many attachments? Can they help you achieve Consummation? You may watch the tapes on your own, but don抰 duplicate them. 

Question: In the scripture,[4] 揇ig Out the Roots, you said, 搘hen I ask you to break away from humanness, you don抰 follow me. Each opportunity will not occur again. If someone loses the opportunity, will it affect his level of attainment?

Teacher: Many aspects of things are involved when you face a serious test; it doesn抰 just assume that one form. Such a thing is the biggest, fundamental test for our students. Whether or not you can break away from humanness is a critical step in determining whether or not you can reach Consummation梚t抯 a step you must take. Our students will come across all kinds of tests. Will you fail to Consummate because you missed the opportunity? There might be another chance, but I think another opportunity is really hard to come by since an opportunity of this sort is only possible when a combination of multiple factors is in place. In other words, what I mean is that no matter how hard you cultivate, the fact remains that at the crucial moment you aren抰 up to it. It抯 not like I抦 just saying you抮e not up to it梚t抯 that you aren抰 up to it. Some people think, 揟eacher, I can make it through any ordeal. Just bring 抏m on, so I can cultivate up sooner. But when the critical moment arrives, you still can抰 make it. Lip service won抰 do; what we have to see is how you conduct yourself during actual cultivation. 

Question: Master, could you tell us more about other laws and truths derived from Zhen-Shan-Ren* at different levels?

Teacher: I can抰. Why not? Because Heaven抯 laws absolutely can抰 be told to humans. You are still humans doing cultivation. The part of you that抯 been fully cultivated is already aware, without having to be told. So it抯 the human part of you that is always curious about things. Even when you enlighten to things at higher levels, you still can抰 tell them to other people. When you tell others through your mouth about the high-level truths you抳e enlightened to, you抣l find that they don抰 sound quite the same and have become very ordinary, mundane truths. That is to say, higher-level laws and truths can only be understood in cultivation, but not expressed in words. 

Question: How do we distinguish demonic interference from tribulations arranged by Teacher?

Teacher: Nothing happens in isolation. A cultivator抯 path of life is altered the day he starts to do cultivation, and nothing accidental will get mixed in. But the tribulations that occur will always seem random, and only that way can you be tested, can it allow you to improve, and can it allow you to recognize your own inadequacies and see where you fall short. Are there real demons, then? Yes, there are. But they don抰 exist in isolation, either. They will leap out since they抮e bad. And it抯 fine if they leap out梬e抣l use their negative aspects to test our students. You might know that a few of our students passed away. Some of them reached Consummation, while some [died to] do harm to us. So I didn抰 make any comments on the matter or offer any explanation. Yet I think those things were a test of life and death for our students. Although they didn抰 happen to you personally, it was almost as if they did. You抮e sure to have felt like that. It抯 a critical test of life and death, then. If a person can抰 abandon his concern for life and death, he absolutely won抰 be able to Consummate.

However, it抯 not that every one of us has to undergo a test of life and death梩hat抯 not the case. Since you抮e building up a foundation through a long period of cultivation, you抣l gradually reach that point. As you have fewer and fewer attachments and are able to let go of more and more things, you抣l find that nothing matters anymore. Then you抮e in fact ready for it. So some tests will emerge at critical moments, just like what happened in Beijing not too long ago, when [you were tested to see] whether you could take this step. Or, when a student suddenly died right there, [you were tested to] see if you could still keep cultivating. Tests of all sorts and of various natures try you out to see whether you can emerge. Those who died might not have been demons, but they抮e not necessarily Buddhas, either. It could be that it was time for that person to Consummate, and we used his death to test you. Or it could be that he was a demon. So we may have used the incident to see whether you抎 still keep up your cultivation and whether you could let go and move beyond梑oth of these things are extremely important. Nothing is coincidental, then, and everything that comes up is directly testing you.

Question: How does a person make use of the side of him that has attained the Fa to defeat the demonic side [of himself]?

Teacher: Even a little righteousness can subdue a hundred evils. Demonic interference occurs because we have inadequacies. When you conduct yourself well, you are winning the battle, and Master will take care of you. You can抰 fight against the demons directly. Not at present, at least. There抯 an article in Essentials for Further Advancement that I wrote not too long ago which was written not for this side of you, but for the side of you that抯 been fully cultivated. At critical moments, that side also needs to do something. Of course, he can抰 be like you and do things like you梩hat抯 absolutely prohibited. A god absolutely cannot do the same things a human does. He抯 only permitted to do so under the circumstance that demons are doing damage. 

Question: Teacher, you said, 揑抦 not within Zhen-Shan-Ren. How can this be explained?

Teacher: I don抰 want to talk about things of too high a level, and I don抰 want to talk about myself. I disclosed that because some students are always unsure, so I gave you assurance. How should a person understand it? It抯 simple, yet I still can抰 spell it out for you explicitly. The cosmos was created for living beings. Accordingly, it must have a nature, which is Zhen-Shan-Ren. Yet at different levels Zhen-Shan-Ren generates Fa for different levels, creating environments for living beings at different levels that have different requirements. This means that the Fa becomes increasingly complex at lower levels. That抯 how these things work. 

Question: Even the foundation of science is wrong. We抮e science teachers, so how do we take the right approach?

Teacher: Today抯 science has been imposed on humankind by alien beings. No people in any historical period or in any civilization ever had science like this梩he entire society is involved with it, everyone is getting himself wrapped up in it, and every parent wants to see their children go to college. Never before in history has this happened. Gods arrange how human society develops. For example, in ancient China a god was sent down to invent paper-making, and another god was sent down to invent the compass. They did those things for people. The whole society didn抰 need to get involved, nor was a 搒cience like today抯 needed梐 science which everyone gets wrapped up in and which has created distorted types of living beings like we have today. This is something that never ever happened before, yet it has now become the reality of today抯 society. You have to conform to this reality if you抮e to survive. For the time being, you have to do things this way if you抮e to make a living. As [Dafa] students, no matter what profession you抮e in, you should carry on with what you抮e doing. If you抮e a science teacher, then teach science. It抯 not about what you do. What I抦 talking about is a principle. I抦 telling you the whole truth.

I抣l give you an example. While cleaning up the alien beings, I said to them: 揧ou抳e deformed the human race. Your system of things has seriously damaged human society and distorted people抯 thinking. Since they couldn抰 offer any justification, they came back with this argument, 揃ut you抮e making use of us, too. I do travel by car and use other modern tools. 揧et, I said to them, 揺ven if I wanted to travel on horseback these days, there are no settings that would allow me to do so, for you抳e destroyed them all. Isn抰 that true?! So we can only live with it, right? For the time being, go ahead and carry on with what you抳e been doing. The science of the future might be different. I抳e noticed that scientific definitions made in the past are now being gradually overturned, for they simply can抰 explain lots of things. As changes in the celestial body are continually being discovered and as the mysteries of life are continually being revealed, I抎 say that the old science is faltering. 

Question: Human beings are complicated and their minds are scattered. One can only get back to one抯 own original state through cultivation that removes all divergent elements.

Teacher: At birth human beings are very pure and innocent and lack any postnatally acquired notions, for they haven抰 yet come into contact with society. That抯 why I really enjoy watching children梩hey抮e so pure and simple. Even if they抮e a bit naughty it doesn抰 matter: They have nothing, and have no set ways of thinking. In order to make a living and protect his own self-interest, a person gradually forms many notions and intentionally does a lot of bad things in order to benefit himself. As a result, the various notions a person forms later in life will be in opposition to his original nature. In other words, human beings become complicated. That pure, innocent heart and mind of yours become more and more contaminated by various impurities later in life. To go back to your original state, you have to get rid of all the bad things that have been formed after birth梐nd not only bad things of human beings, but also other realms things that prevent you from returning to that state. You must clear all of them out in order to become pure to that extent. Your mind, xinxing,* the material composition of your body, and your very being梐ll of these have to reach that level of purity. 

Question: Tathagata Buddha Sakyamuni has the Saha Paradise, yet he抯 also in the Dafan Paradise. How does one make sense of that?

Teacher: That抯 true. It抯 said in Buddhism that Sakyamuni is in the Saha Paradise, and that is true. As Sakyamuni was coming to Earth from the sixth layer of universes to offer people salvation, the last one of his own paradises [where he sojourned] was the Dafan Paradise. After he came down from the Dafan Paradise to save people, he never went back, and he抯 been in the Three Realms watching his disciples ever since. For over two thousand years he has been watching his disciples all along. Through repeated reincarnations, his disciples have been continually raising their levels and realms, accumulating their mighty virtue, and waiting for the time when the Fa is eventually rectified so that they can assimilate to the Fa and Consummate. The Saha Paradise is [in] the Three Realms, so disciples in the Buddha system have discovered that he抯 been in the Saha Paradise, and they therefore say that Buddha Sakyamuni is in the Saha Paradise. As for the Dafan Paradise, it was the last Buddha-paradise on his way here. In fact, that抯 not the only paradise he has: He has other paradises at higher levels. Don抰 think about heavenly affairs and the things of Buddhas with your human mind, as you will never understand them. You only have human thoughts right now, so I discourage you from inquiring about those things for knowledge梱ou抣l never get anywhere. The reason is, the human part of a person抯 mind is really deficient. 

Question: What are the six paths in the 搒ixfold path of reincarnation?

Teacher: Buddhism has always talked about the paths of asura,* animals, humans, and heavens. Let me tell you that no matter the path, they抮e all reincarnations within the Three Realms among humans, animals, substances, plants, and living beings in other dimensions within the Three Realms. The reincarnations are retributions梕ither rewards or tribulations梩hat came from the causal reasons which resulted from how good or bad a person was in the world. That is, if you do a lot of wicked things, you might reincarnate on the path of animals or even go to hell. If you do a lot of good things, you抣l reincarnate on the path of heavens or you might enjoy ease and comfort, a high-ranking position, or wealth among human beings; the heavens referred to here are the different levels of heavens in the Three Realms, as they抮e within the boundary of the Three Realms and [lives there are] still subject to reincarnation. These are obtained by doing good deeds, and it抯 called 搕he repayment of blessings or 搕he rewards for goodness. 

Question: Some site coordinators have held those positions for a long time yet still hold onto ordinary human notions and have unwittingly influenced the new students at the sites.

Teacher: That抯 a fact, for sure. A very small number of Assistants at some practice sites haven抰 conducted themselves well, and it抯 time we learned a lesson from this problem. Many of the articles I wrote in Essentials for Further Advancement were written for them, yet they don抰 read them. On the other hand, being an Assistant is a tough job, and they have to work on helping others. Where do they usually fall short, though? It抯 that they don抰 integrate their work with their cultivation. And as a result, when they come across problems or obstacles, they can抰 assess the situation with the Fa nor find faults within themselves. [They neglect to ask:] 揌ave I done something wrong that might have caused this lack of cooperation among our students or all these obstacles? Most Assistants aren抰 able to examine themselves this way when it comes to this. It has done a lot of harm to our Fa and has created obstacles to obtaining the Fa for many new students. It抯 time they were jolted out of their stupor.

Some of our Assistants are rude to our students. That抯 absolutely unacceptable in our Dafa. Think about it, everyone: Anyone who studies this Fa is my disciple. You are my disciple, and so is the next person. So why are you so rude to him? We practice kindheartedness梩reating others kindheartedly. I often say this: When a person talks to someone else, if he points out that person抯 shortcomings or tells him something without attaching any of his own notions, the other person will be moved to tears. If you don抰 have any personal agenda, don抰 seek to gain anything, don抰 even want to protect yourself, truly mean well, and are thinking about the other person, then that person will really see your heart梟o matter what kind of person he is. Yet many of us often fail to do our work this way and resort to mandates, which is unacceptable! That抯 not part of our Fa. 

Question: I don抰 understand why certain Dafa cultivators do not assimilate to the Fa and lie.

Teacher: It isn抰 right to tell lies. A cultivator has ordinary human attachments; as long as he hasn抰 reached Consummation, he has ordinary human attachments. I want to tell you about one point, though: Whether he抯 [just] a student or is [also] working for Dafa, it抯 precisely the attachments that haven抰 yet been discarded that play out most梩he attachments he can抰 abandon among everyday people stand out. Why? Because what has been fully cultivated and the attachments that have been abandoned are gone, so they no longer show. Then the attachments that remain are particularly obvious and everyone can see them. But let me tell you that you can抰 say that this person isn抰 good. He抯 already quite good in fact. It抯 just that the attachments he hasn抰 yet discarded are playing a role and affecting both his work and other students, and many people see his behavior. So don抰 assess a situation or judge someone in the same way everyday people do. On the other hand, we shouldn抰 think that we抳e cultivated pretty well and then slack off in eliminating those remaining attachments. That wouldn抰 do. Once we detect a problem, we must look for its causes in ourselves.

I think that from now on all of you disciples of mine should examine yourselves amidst problems, in relationships, or when problems arise in studying the Fa or among our disciples. [Ask yourself:] 揑s there something I抳e done wrong? Every one of you should conduct yourself this way and cultivate your mind (xin). If you spend your energy on external things and look for others shortcomings instead of working hard on your own mind, how can you improve yourself? Others will improve and advance in cultivation after you point out their shortcomings, but you抣l still be here. That抯 why I tell you that whenever any problems occur or whenever you feel uneasy inside, you should look inside yourself for causes. I can guarantee that the problem lies within you. It抯 been said in Buddhism that Buddha is in one抯 mind (xin). People have actually taken this literally, as though there抯 a Buddha in their minds. They don抰 understand. The meaning is actually this: You must cultivate your mind梬ork hard on your own mind梐nd find your own weaknesses and shortcomings and then eradicate them. You will never be able to Consummate if your xinxing doesn抰 meet the criteria. So why not work hard on cultivating your mind? Why not work hard on yourself? Having you expose your weaknesses during frictions with each other is how I enable you to improve most rapidly. And yet as soon as you encounter a problem, you push it aside and point out others shortcomings instead of examining yourselves. How can you cultivate, then? This is precisely the best way for me to have you improve. So you must turn your mindset around. As to our students telling lies, there are indeed some people who exhibit poor xinxing. If you can help people who are like that, then point it out to them. But I think that it抯 still up to them to make real improvements. If they don抰 study the Fa themselves, no problem will be resolved. Put another way, improving themselves is their own business. If they fall behind and don抰 want to improve, it抯 they who won抰 make it in cultivation.  

Question: I抎 like to ask about the connection among the godly side, the human side, and one抯 master soul (zhu yuanshen) and subordinate soul(s) (fu yuanshen).

Teacher: An ordinary person doesn抰 have a godly side, only we true cultivators do, and it has to be people cultivating in this form, that of our Dafa. That抯 because we transform you from the very origin of your existence and we cultivate in a reverse way. It抯 relatively fast this way, because you can cultivate in ordinary human society, conforming as much as possible to the way of everyday people, and, at the same time, you can directly improve your xinxing in this complicated environment. It抯 the quickest way. Accordingly, in our Dafa, the part of your body made up of submicroscopic particles梠r the submicroscopic-particle matter that has attained the Fa and reached the standard梚s already a God side, a Buddha side, or a Dao* side. As for the human side, it抯 the you that you see now. When this surface body of yours is transformed at the final stage of your cultivation, or at the time when you eventually Consummate, your human side will no longer exist. When your human side no longer exists, it is assimilated to your godly side and you Consummate. Along with the way your body changes, you抣l experience a state of Complete Enlightenment and undergo a fundamental change梚t抯 something you can抰 imagine whatsoever. It抯 a scene so great, so magnificent, and so spectacular that it is absolutely beyond your imagination. As for the connection between one抯 soul (yuanshen) and subordinate soul, I抳e discussed this when talking about the structure of the human body. So I won抰 take time for that now. Read the book more. 

Question: Is it true that the moment an evil thought arises, bad karma is produced, and that when a good thought arises, good karma is accumulated?

Teacher: That抯 not how it works. I was just discussing it a moment ago. Karma only manifests in our ordinary human society, that is, in the human world. The positive and the negative coexist in all matter. Where there are Buddhas, there are also demons; where there are human beings, there are ghosts; where there are good people, there are bad people; where there are believers, there are doubters; where there is support, there is opposition. Even when it comes to human beings, there are males and females. Everything exists in opposition to something else, and everything has a yin-yang relationship梩hat is, a relationship of mutual-generation and mutual-inhibition. So when people do wicked deeds they definitely produce bad karma, and their thoughts are evil. In Buddhism they differentiate between good karma and bad karma. I抳e found that even the good karma that people talk about has two sides to it, one positive and one negative. So in my view, it is, strictly speaking, not appropriate [to describe it that way].

We won抰 talk about today抯 Buddhism, for it is Buddhism in the End of Dharma. Let抯 talk about Buddhism during a relatively good period in history. It was a cultivation group then, and everyone safeguarded the cultivation group with kindness. But if someone tried to damage or attack it, they would, like others, take corresponding measures to protect themselves. So it also had a negative side, which was the evil side: If you damage my monastery, I may risk my life fighting you; if you harm our monks or disciples, I抣l retaliate fiercely. That is, even in good deeds, a negative side, or the evil side, always existed. So, strictly speaking, their idea of good karma and bad karma isn抰 comprehensive. They only have the ability to talk about it in a general sense.

In order to articulate how the positive substances and the negative substances precisely play out and how they truly manifest, we call the best part梬hat抯 most meaningful to human beings and most beneficial to cultivators, as it can be directly transformed into gong*梫irtue (de). And in fact, it really is the virtue normally talked about. As for karma, we use the term to refer to all bad karma, the evil side of 揼ood karma, the evil side of things, and all things that belong to the negative side. It抯 more accurate to refer to them this way. As for a person抯 mind-intent, if a bad thought arises in an everyday person抯 mind, if he intends to do something bad but doesn抰 take action, or if no bad outcome occurs, then no karma is produced. If he doesn抰 succeed in doing it, he doesn抰 produce karma; if he does succeed in doing it, he produces karma. And that karma will manifest in his body and in the field around his body. However, when a person has a bad thought, thought-karma is produced in his mind. That抯 why thoughts about bad-mouthing someone, about opposing or doubting, or about wavering in your own cultivation, and so on, arise in the minds of our cultivators and disrupt them.

When you sit in meditation and find that your mind is running wild and bothered by all sorts of things, it抯 precisely because those things are having an effect. I抦 spelling this principle out to you in a precise manner. I抳e found that monks in ancient times basically stayed in temples and didn抰 have contact with complex society, so their minds were relatively simple. Moreover, they often stayed in meditation without coming out of trance, which made their minds very simple and allowed them to be free of thoughts about protecting their self-interest. And that would, in turn, reduce the occurrence of thought-karma and of disruption from it. So they often sat in deep meditation and meditated in seclusion, the real purpose of which was to cultivate in tranquility. Since cultivation depends on oneself and gong depends on one抯 master, the masters from their cultivation way or from the relevant paradise were looking after them and removing their thought-karma in the course of their tranquil cultivation. That抯 something I also do for you. You can抰 do it yourself.  

Question: I抳e been repelling my thought-karma, but sometimes it takes a long time. How can we eliminate it more effectively?

Teacher: 揌ow can we eliminate it more effectively? Your words indicate that you want to find a shortcut, a simpler way. No situation is isolated. You brought about the karma yourself, so in your cultivation you have to suffer to eliminate it. In the midst of suffering, you improve yourself and are tested as to whether you抮e unwavering. If it were removed all at once, you wouldn抰 have much left to cultivate. It抯 absolutely unacceptable if you don抰 concretely and genuinely change yourself. If you couldn抰 reach that standard, when you got to a heavenly paradise and saw those great and majestic Enlightened Beings sitting there, your heart would tremble: 揢h-oh, I haven抰 done enough cultivating, I can抰 stay here. You would know on your own that you couldn抰 stay there. So we have to cultivate firmly and solidly every step of the way. If you don抰 reach the standard, it absolutely isn抰 permitted and you can抰 make it.

What if you can抰 get rid of thought-karma? Let me tell you that a person抯 notions are formed not only in one lifetime, but accumulated life after life. They even exist in extremely deep parts of your body, they抮e not just on the surface. What can you do about them? As you continually cultivate, you are weakening them and getting rid of them. You are already doing that. Then until you Consummate, your thinking will still produce karma and that thing will still exist. So you should find a way to restrain and overcome it梩hat抯 cultivation! You aren抰 cultivating if you let yourself slack off. Thought-karma抯 interference with humans is extremely severe. When a person抯 thought-karma is strong, it can even disturb him to the extent that he can抰 practice anymore. Read the book more梩he Fa is in the book, and everything I can use to help you is in the Fa梥o that your karma can be eliminated. 

Question: If a person can抰 maintain his xinxing when tribulations come, will the next tribulation be bigger than the previous one?

Teacher: That was explained in Zhuan Falun. That is, [some people] can抰 regard themselves as cultivators in their cultivation, they can抰 clear the hurdles that are arranged by the master to facilitate their progress, and they stay at the same level for a long time. Yet cultivation doesn抰 wait for you. If you can抰 pass a tribulation, the next one will come梬e抳e got to have you improve somehow. So if you don抰 pass one tribulation and the next one comes, how will you overcome them with the two of them combined? If you become more deluded, it抯 more likely that you won抰 overcome it. Then yet another tribulation comes, and this one becomes a deadly hurdle that抯 impossible to overcome. Unless you make a fundamental change, it will really be hard to overcome. Moreover, tribulations can accumulate. If you accumulate more of them, how will you overcome them? That抯 why I tell you that you have to regard yourself as a practitioner.

Some people first came to learn our Dafa to cure their illnesses. We don抰 disapprove of that, as a transitional period is needed to understand Dafa. Later on, they realized: 揇afa isn抰 for getting healed, yet with ailments in my body I, as a cultivator, can抰 cultivate and develop gong. What to do, then? They knew: 揙h, I won抰 think about it, then. I won抰 ask Teacher to heal me and I won抰 think about having my health problem fixed. But I know that as long as I cultivate, Teacher will definitely heal me. Part of their minds still think [about their ailment]. Have they changed fundamentally? No. What appears on the surface to be good is phony. If a person can抰 make a fundamental change in himself, he can抰 reach the standard. High-level lives, as Enlightened Beings, see things very clearly, nothing can be hidden from them. This person hasn抰 reached the standard, hasn抰 changed himself fundamentally, and still holds on to that attachment, only it抯 become more concealed. Yet the being looking after his cultivation sees it clearly. Then who抯 he deceiving? He抯 deceiving himself. So a person must let go of the attachment and truly meet the standard for a cultivator. If a person can抰 let go of it, the problem will drag on and on and he抣l always be lingering in that tribulation. It抯 a very serious thing. There have always been students like that.  

Question: Cultivators aren抰 attached to wealth. They only guard their virtue, instead of trying to accumulate virtue. Is Teacher抯 scripture, 揥ealth and Virtue, discussing the minimum requirement for those disciples who aren抰 diligent in their practice?

Teacher: A cultivator isn抰 attached to it. Not being attached to anything doesn抰 mean that you don抰 have anything. Eliminating your desire for wealth and for making a fortune, and eliminating your attachment to money doesn抰 mean that you won抰 have wealth. Cultivators guard their virtue but don抰 accumulate virtue because, as cultivators, the time we have in this life is quite limited to begin with. If you were to go running around trying to do good deeds, how could those intention-filled acts help you to improve your xinxing and truly cultivate? They couldn抰. So you can only Consummate if you hurry up and cultivate and change yourself fundamentally. Besides, many things in ordinary human society have karmic connections, and resentment and gratitude have accumulated over time. Chances are you can only see the surface of affairs and not their karmic connections, so your intervening in things would probably be wrong. If intervening is wrong for an everyday person, so be it, since everyday people only need to conform to the principles at the level of ordinary human society. But you are a cultivator and you are held to a higher standard. If you intervene the wrong way, it抯 by no means a minor thing. You抣l have to bear responsibility for it, and so your gong and your level will fall. And if you keep on doing that, how will you Consummate? That抯 why we say that you shouldn抰 always think about accumulating virtue. You only need to do cultivation, and all of the substances that are needed in your cultivation will be transformed through your enduring hardships, cultivating, and making sacrifices. Any insufficient substances can be made up, so you don抰 need to do those things. Only your heart matters.

In true cultivation only the heart and mind matters. Everything can be done for you so long as your heart is with Buddha and your mind meets the standard for cultivation. As for a person who抯 enshrouded by karma, from what I see, even his bones are black. How could an everyday person change himself fundamentally and reach the realm of a Buddha? No matter how much virtue you accumulated or how many good deeds you did, could you change all of those things that you抳e done lifetime after lifetime? You can抰 change them in the least. Accumulating virtue isn抰 cultivation. That won抰 do it. So you can only make the best use of your time and speed up your cultivation. We only look at your heart and mind. As long as you cultivate, we can transform any problem into a good thing梑ad things can be turned into good things. You have to be responsible for all of the karmic debts you owe, but we can take care of those things for you. Let抯 suppose that in your past lifetimes you killed and harmed many lives, and those have to be paid back by you. Even if you were to pay with your life one lifetime after another, continually reincarnating to pay with your life, you still couldn抰 pay the debt. So how could you possibly cultivate? If, after you reach Consummation and consummate your paradise, all of the lives that you抳e harmed are saved to your paradise to become common beings, won抰 it be a good thing then? And your karmic debts will be settled. But who抯 going to do that for you? Only the person who saves you梚t has to be someone with that ability梒an do that for you; you have to pay back your debt, and that arrangement is considered repayment. If you can抰 cultivate into a Buddha, however, you抣l never manage to pay all those karmic debts of yours. That抯 how these things work. That is, just focus on your cultivation and don抰 be concerned about those things of yours梱our master will take care of everything for you.  

Question: Some students heard and believed some things that harm the Fa, but now they抳e realized their error and regret it. Can they still Consummate?

Teacher: On the road of cultivation, no one can necessarily pass every test really well梕veryone makes mistakes. If you could pass every test well, I抎 say you don抰 need to cultivate, as you can already Consummate. You pass some tests well, and you fail to pass some well, but you regret it and you try to do well next time. You pass a test well, and don抰 pass a test well, tempering yourself in the process. That is cultivation. (Applause) But I抣l tell you, don抰 be happy just yet. You might think: 揙h, so it doesn抰 matter whether I pass the tests well or not. I抣l just go ahead take my time, and that will be cultivation. That抯 unacceptable! You must be diligent. If you slack off and aren抰 diligent, I can see your heart then too, and you aren抰 being responsible for yourself. So you have to regard yourself as a true cultivator and take this seriously. Only then can you raise your level as quickly as possible. 

Question: Would it affect their cultivation if monastic disciples attended the morning and evening sessions?[5]

Teacher: I抣l find the most effective ways to prevent you from being affected. We have many monks and Daoist priests in monasteries and temples, along with people from other religions, studying Dafa. Let me tell you this principle: We aren抰 particularly concerned about any religions or any other forms that people in ordinary society establish. We only regard them as everyday people抯 work. Since Buddhas no longer look after people or save them, aren抰 those only forms used in ordinary human society? So I just regard them as jobs. For that reason we don抰 pay special attention to them. I抳e never said that we have to go to temples to convert monks. We抮e only concerned with people抯 hearts and minds. Regardless of which realm, level, or social class you come from, we only look at your heart and mind. Some people think, 揑f we convince high-ranking officials to learn [Dafa], they抣l bring many people along. That抯 not what I want. The people who抎 come to learn under their command wouldn抰 truly be coming to obtain the Fa. I don抰 want that. So I don抰 care which social class you come from, I only look at your heart and mind. I don抰 care if you belong to a religion, I only look at your heart and mind. You抮e all sentient beings. I will be responsible to whoever can cultivate. If someone doesn抰 cultivate, that抯 fine too.

It was the same with religions in the old days. Buddhas didn抰 recognize religions. Religions were names crafted by ordinary people. Back in the early days, when Sakyamuni established his form of cultivation with a monastic order, he didn抰 call it a religion either. So Buddhas only look at people抯 minds, not at the formalities that people uphold. Upholding them is itself an attachment, it抯 something everyday people can抰 let go of, and it抯 not true cultivation of Buddhahood. In cultivation of Buddhahood, as long as a person cultivates, I抣l be responsible to him regardless of who he is. I consider his heart to be the purest among living beings, a heart truly for cultivation and kindness. I抣l be responsible for him after seeing that heart. As for attending the morning and evening sessions and reading or chanting old scriptures or the Bible, if you抮e a lay Buddhist or an ordinary person, I抎 recommend you stop doing that and concentrate on practicing Dafa, as this is a serious thing. But monks or clergymen can do those things for the time being. I just regard those as your job. No God or Buddha is looking after things anyway. When you reach a certain level, you抣l know for yourself what to do. I抳e opened the most convenient door for you, and I only look at people抯 minds. (Applause

Question: After disciples have Consummated up there, can they still listen to Teacher抯 Fa-teaching?

Teacher: You抮e still using human thoughts to imagine the way gods are. Let me tell you: By then you will have your own disciples listening to you teaching Fa. The history of your cultivation establishes mighty virtue for your future and will become a great and majestic Fa. Outwardly things seem pretty plain, as you抮e cultivating in ordinary human society. But things you抮e not aware of are recorded. Whether or not you can sense them, they抮e all kept on record. So they will all become the mighty virtue you establish. Actually, Buddhas too teach Fa in their paradises. Along with teaching the principles living beings in those realms should follow, they mainly tell the cultivation stories of Buddhas in different heavenly paradises. The stories are so inspiring that even the living beings in the heavenly paradises are moved to tears upon hearing them. That抯 why I抳e said that everyone has to reach the standard in cultivation. 

Question: Someone in my family, a non-practitioner, bought a book that attacks Dafa. I really want to destroy it, but it contains a lot of photographs of Master.

Teacher: It抯 fine to destroy the book. This book of ours, too, takes the form of an ordinary book with black words printed on white paper. Without the presence of my Law Bodies, a book is simply printed material and has no inner meanings behind it. It抯 fine to burn it. That抯 all. Of course, fire can抰 burn the things over on the other side. How could ordinary people抯 fire reach the other side? So it isn抰 a problem. 

Question: Teacher has told us so many principles of the Fa, it makes a person feel that he doesn抰 know where to begin in his cultivation.

Teacher: Maybe you抮e a new student and a bit confused. It抯 actually quite simple. There aren抰 any rules or taboos. As long as you read the book, you抣l know what you should do, and you抣l gradually become more and more aware. When your perceptual understanding gradually elevates to a truly rational understanding of Dafa, you抣l know even better what to do. It抯 not that you have to start cultivation with something specific: 揝hould I cultivate Ren first or Shan first? That抯 not how it works. Maybe you can抰 do everything well. But cultivation can抰 be done overnight, just as a person can抰 immediately get pudgy by overeating. It抯 impossible to turn yourself into a Buddha in one day. You抣l know what to do as long as you read the book.  

Question: I抳e long been worried and upset about failing to move others to tears with my tone, compassion, and reasoning. How should I improve?

Teacher: Don抰 force yourself to do something. You can抰 insist on reaching some state. Everything will actually come naturally. I抳e asked that when you point out other people抯 shortcomings, you try your best to do it that way. What I told you was just that principle, and if you follow that, it will bring good results. It抯 hard for you to truly let go of everything, become free of any intent, and attain Shan of that kind of purity. That抯 because your mind is being constantly purified, and those thoughts of yours that have yet to be purified come out in your speech. All kinds of messages[6] come out, with nothing left out. So, different people will have different reactions to what you say. It抯 bound to be like that. Yet as we keep on cultivating and demanding of ourselves that we act this way, I think we抣l probably handle things better and better. With more kindness and compassion, you抣l have surpassed everyday people. And when you抳e surpassed everyday people, even if what you say isn抰 that pure, it will still have an impact and will touch people. 

Question: A devout Christian heard that Jesus paradise only has Caucasians in it. In which level or paradise will her soul rest in peace when she passes away?

Teacher: Her religious practice will be in vain. She抯 just like an everyday person. Her kindness will only be rewarded with blessings, and she will still reincarnate in the realm of ordinary people. That抯 how it is. 

Question: Is the realm of 揤oid (Xu), as in 揟he Profound Fa Reaches the Void (Xuan Fa Zhi Xu),[7] within Zhen-Shan-Ren?

Teacher: Everything falls within the principles of the cosmos Fa. In the past, the Dao system talked more about the Void. First, it抯 actually a manifestation of the way one realm is. When Heaven and Earth were created, it was referred to as the Great Void (Tai Xu). In the eyes of different gods, the creation of Heaven and Earth doesn抰 manifest at the same level. The process of renewing different paradises and different universes in the cosmos is referred to as 搕he creation of Heaven and Earth as well. The Dao system regards it as the highest realm. Secondly, in your cultivation state, this 搗oid means that you need to forsake your human side. Human beings view humans as the most real. When the master soul has let go of everything, the human side is void. For people who cultivate their subordinate souls, it抯 said that their knowing soul (shishen) dies and their soul (yuanshen) is born. In the past they called the subordinate soul 搕he soul. 

Question: The part of us that抯 been fully cultivated will be separated. Then under what circumstances will we lose that part?

Teacher: As soon as that part of you has reached the standard in cultivation, it immediately moves over at a fast speed. The speed at the part that constitutes your existence at the submicroscopic level is faster than a rocket梚t moves at a tremendous speed. But usually when it comes to the human part梩he body that抯 formed by substances in the Three Realms梩he process slows down immediately, as if brakes were applied. It抯 really hard to take even just one step forward. That抯 because it抯 really just so hard for human beings to let go of their attachments. We normally experience a feeling when a separation takes place. What feeling do we have? Here are some examples. Some people may have learned the Fa by heart before but then they suddenly forget it. Some might feel that they were doing pretty well in cultivation, that they were in a pretty good state, and that they were seeing things clearly. But all of a sudden things change for the worse. Some people have asked, 揌ave I fallen? No, that抯 not the case. It抯 just that at that instant the part that has reached the standard gets separated. So what remains is the part that hasn抰 been completely cultivated, and you抣l thus feel that you aren抰 doing well. That抯 how it works in Dafa cultivation. 

Question: Why is it so difficult to obtain the video and audio tapes of Teacher抯 overseas Fa-lectures?

Teacher: Why is it you抮e so attached? You抮e very much attached. The book Zhuan Falun contains everything. Actually, all of the things I抳e spoken about are contained in Zhuan Falun. It抯 only that I抳e spoken more specifically to students in various regions with regard to their situations. Don抰 be attached to those things, calm down, and cultivate steadily. Zhuan Falun is the main book, while other things are supplementary reading. As for Essentials for Further Advancement, that抯 a book our Assistants and coordinators should keep in mind at all times and read regularly. 

Question: Our gong that抯 developed through cultivation is stored in every cell of our bodies, right down to the elements of the particles of the original matter at the extreme submicroscopic level. So is this gong抯 substance even finer than the particles of the original matter?

Teacher: How submicroscopic your gong抯 level is, and how high your cultivation level is, these go hand in hand. The level you attain through cultivation is your Attainment Status. What you obtain at your Attainment Status is what you get. Those who抳e cultivated to a level higher than you will certainly have a higher level of gong and Attainment Status. Their gong will be more submicroscopic and more powerful than yours, for sure. Everything comes from your Attainment Status, everything comes from your mighty virtue, and everything is evidence of your lifelong cultivation.  

Question: Which came into being first, the cosmos or Buddha Fa?

Teacher: Buddha Fa is the laws that Buddhas enlighten to from the Great Fa of the cosmos. Without the cosmos, where would Buddha or Buddha Fa come from? You will never know the ultimate structure of the cosmos. No matter how high the level you reach through cultivation, you will never know it. So stop pursuing knowledge. 

Question: When a person is about to Consummate, eighty percent of his gong and his xinxing yardstick will be taken down to enrich his own small universe. At that time, how is his xinxing measured? Is it only twenty percent of the original level?

Teacher: Everything that抯 consummated testifies to one抯 xinxing. The gong column before reaching Consummation isn抰 considered a person抯 true Attainment Status; it mainly represents a person抯 xinxing level. After someone reaches Consummation, the level of his xinxing will be the level of the Attainment Status he reaches. If the level is Bodhisattva, he抣l be a Bodhisattva; if the level is Arhat, he抣l be an Arhat; if the level is Buddha, he抣l be a Buddha. That抯 his level. All of what will have been consummated by him is the measure of his mighty virtue, and his Attainment Status is a testimony of everything he has. Almost every cultivation system works this way. As long as you are a living being in this cosmos, you shouldn抰 worry about this since a person must necessarily cultivate this way. How could someone go up to the heavens and then have nothing up there? 

Question: Someone said that according to you, it抯 too slow to finish Zhuan Falun in a day and a half?

Teacher: I抳e never said that! I抎 say that抯 too fast. (Applause) I told you to make the best use of your time to read the book, but that person immediately went to the other extreme. He reads, reads, reads, reads, reading with all his might, not even knowing what words he抯 reading. Then what are you reading? Aren抰 you supposed to be studying the Fa? What happened to the 搒tudying part of 搒tudying the Fa? If you don抰 even know what you抮e reading, how can you cultivate? You have to know what抯 before your eyes! You should know the surface meaning of the words you抮e reading. If you don抰, how could it count as studying the Fa? What would be the use of reading the book then? You might as well take the book, flip through it, and tell yourself you抮e done. Right? Do you see what I抦 saying? 

Question: When we do the first four exercises, should we keep our hands conjoined at the end of each exercise, or separate the hands and then conjoin them again?

Teacher: The hands are conjoined once in between exercises. Don抰 release your hands梛ust continue on to the next exercise. 

Question: The scripture "Expounding on the Fa is hard to understand.

Teacher: That抯 how it抯 supposed to be, because I meant to have you all understand it gradually. Besides, it wasn抰 written directly for the part of you that hasn抰 been fully cultivated. But no matter the depth of your understanding, you won抰 be wrong. It抯 just that your levels of understanding are different. However much you can understand is fine. If I could make it perfectly clear to you, I wouldn抰 have written it that way. So just take your time studying it and gradually you will understand it. You aren抰 the only ones who find it hard to understand梕veryone else, the world over, finds it hard to understand. 

Question: Is there any difference in a person抯 understanding of the truths of the Fa before and after his Enlightenment?

Teacher: There抯 no difference in terms of Zhen-Shan-Ren. But that抯 a general truth. After a person reaches Enlightenment, he suddenly becomes aware of many details of the truths of the Fa, the truths at his level, and the truths at every level below him. The Fa that I抳e shown you was written in a general manner. You have to wait until you Consummate to see the actual truths of the Fa. 

Question: Do the gods who were protected so that they could remain know that there抯 a Fa in the cosmos? Why didn抰 they know it in the past?

Teacher: The lives in the cosmos aren抰 allowed to know the true manifestation of the cosmos抯 Fa. At no level of the cosmos did lives know there was a Fa in the cosmos. The Fa that I抳e revealed to you is expressed in human language, but it抯 still not the same as the specific expression of the Fa抯 true manifestation. Even after you抳e reached Consummation later on, you still won抰 be able to see the Fa抯 form of existence; many of the cosmos抯 profound wonders can抰 be known by lives in the cosmos. Yet all of the scenes in this immense cosmos will be sufficient to make your life interesting. At that time, you won抰 stop marveling at the scenes of ordinary human society when you open your eyes and see them, not to mention the grand sight梐t that high a level梠f the sentient beings, of everything there is, and of the structure of the cosmos. That sight is simply beyond description. Yet certain things, like the fundamentals of the cosmos, still can抰 be known by sentient beings, for they don抰 have enough mighty virtue梥omething delimited by the level you reach cultivating. 

Question: One shouldn抰 intentionally try to lose or gain, and one should follow the course of nature梠nly this way can one meet the requirements of higher principles of the Fa. Is this understanding correct?

Teacher: It抯 correct in principle. Yet when you can do that, that抯 because your xinxing has reached that state. But what抯 required of a cultivator is something beyond ordinary human self-control. In cultivation, some people always want to adopt certain approaches. I tell you to cultivate this way, but they insist on coming up with something different, such as not eating and drinking, practicing bigu fasting. Or they become slovenly dressed all day long, with men not looking like men and women not looking like women, not caring about their appearances and acting carelessly. Whenever they think about cultivation, they think of the cultivation forms in the past; as soon as they think about cultivation, they think of Zhang Sanfeng,* who went around in shabby clothes. It shouldn抰 be like this. What I抳e taught you is to cultivate while conforming as much as possible to the way of everyday people抯 society. If every one of you dresses sloppily in everyday people抯 society, it will disrupt principles of the Fa at the level of everyday people抯 society. I have never behaved that way in front of you. You know, I always dress neatly whenever I give a Fa-speech. I抦 showing you by example. You should pay attention to these things. 

Question: With Master抯 infinite wisdom, can the cosmos law of 揻ormation, stasis, degeneration be further perfected in the cosmos?

Teacher: This question involves something at a very high level. The characteristic of our Falun is that it can automatically repair everything that falls short of the standard. In other words, it抯 continually perfecting everything. The purpose of Fa-rectification is to make things more wonderful. 

Question: Can we go to sleep right after doing the meditation?

Teacher: Sure, that抯 not a problem. You can go to sleep if you want to. You can get up in the middle of the night to do the meditation, and when you go to sleep right afterwards, you抣l sleep really well.  

Question: If a person who appeared to be truly practicing Falun Dafa suddenly died from a car accident, could he be viewed as a demon?

Teacher: I抦 not going to talk about that specific incident. I won抰 answer your question directly. Birth, aging, sickness, and death are just the way of things in human society. During the present time period, you can抰 tell from the surface whether a person is a cultivator, or whether a person can reach Consummation. I just said that people抯 minds are constantly tested when faced with critical matters. When someone dies while practicing, you are tested to see what you抣l do. Perhaps that person Consummated, or maybe he was a demon. Nothing happens in isolation. All of these things are used to test students minds to see if they can still come through at crucial times. There are people who抳e made sacrifices for this. They reached the realm of Consummation and created an opportunity like that for other students. There are such cases, but in principle I disapprove of those. Then again, there are ones that have come to do damage. They interfere with you precisely that way, striking you at a critical moment. Nonetheless, we make use of them to test people抯 minds. We make use of them to test people抯 minds at crucial moments and to see whether you can all still cultivate. Cultivation is extremely serious. 

Question: What抯 the concept of 揋ods, as in 揃uddhas, Daos, and Gods?

Teacher: You know that in the Buddha抯 Eight Forms of Heavenly Law-Guardians, there are many gods. Those are gods known in Buddhism. Yet the gods in the cosmos aren抰 limited to just those. There are different heavenly gods in different realms. They抮e directly in charge of the living beings in the cosmos and they exist at every different level. Buddhas are a special type of god. They became gods by cultivating compassion and Shan, they抮e Buddhas. As for Daos, they cultivate Zhen, taking the Zhen of Zhen-Shan-Ren to be fundamental. So they don抰 offer salvation to all sentient beings after they succeed in cultivation. But they hold that Zhen is everything, that抯 their Dao, the great Dao of Zhen. And in fact, they抮e gods too. 揋ods also includes the types of gods I just mentioned who oversee all the affairs of the living beings in the cosmos, as well as those such as Buddhas and Daos. And what抯 more, there are lots of different higher beings, all kinds of them. I refer to them in a general way as Buddhas, Daos, and Gods. 

Question: When the time for cultivation comes to an end, if some people haven抰 yet reached Enlightenment and the Unlocking of Gong, will eighty percent of their cultivated gong be taken down as well?

Teacher: That doesn抰 hold for those who don抰 reach Consummation through cultivation. If a person fails to cultivate to Consummation, the matter of consummating his paradise doesn抰 exist梚t doesn抰 apply to him. There are just a few possibilities for those who don抰 Consummate. The first is, if they抳e truly abandoned their major attachments, then they may go to a level just below their original place. Or, if they want to continue their cultivation, it抯 possible they will bring with them everything they have that抯 been sealed and kept for them, reincarnating into the world again to continue their cultivation. In yet another situation, if the person doesn抰 want to cultivate anymore, what he抯 attained in his cultivation will be converted into blessings and virtue; it will likely become rewards like wealth, fortune, fame, and rank, which he can enjoy in his next life. 

Question: Molecules are made of atoms. Atoms are within molecules. How is it that the overall structure of atoms is bigger than that of molecules?

Teacher: Molecules are not independent particles, they exist in groups. In modern scientific terms, they exist in groups. That is, within their own realm of existence, they are spread everywhere in that void. Actually, this 揺verywhere has a limit and a boundary. In other words, the volume of the scope in which atoms exist far exceeds the volume of the scope in which molecules exist and spread. 揂toms are within molecules is what抯 perceived with the current scientific and technological means. But that抯 actually not the right idea. 

Question: The Zhen-Shan-Ren Buddha Fa is the Fa of this large universe. Is it also the Fa of other large universes?

Teacher: Yes, it is. Actually, you will never know how enormous this universe is, how far your concept of it can reach, or how broad the boundary of the universe you talked about is. Nor is the capacity of your mind large enough. So you can merely talk about it. Everything is constructed by Zhen-Shan-Ren. 

Question: How does Zhen-Shan-Ren generate the laws of other universes?

Teacher: Other universes have the same laws. Within the same realm, no matter how far away a universe may be, like any other universe, it conforms to the Zhen-Shan-Ren law of this cosmic body. They all conform to the same level of laws. No matter how immense you imagine the universe to be, it is still but a particle within its realm. So a particle must meet the standard of that realm to exist in that realm. And that standard is a manifestation of the specific Fa of that level. 

Question: Does boundless mighty virtue come from bearing hardships, or is it something a person originally has?

Teacher: Some originates in that person抯 realm. Those beings are just at a realm that high and they抮e just beings at that high a level. The same is true with human beings: If you抮e born among human beings, your children will be born and grow up as human beings, and they definitely won抰 be other animals. Many cultivated, Great Enlightened Beings in the cosmos are extraordinary, and among them are ones who抳e elevated themselves through cultivation. 

Question: I抳e given away books, audiotapes, and videotapes to many people. Yet some of them no longer practice. Should I take back those books and tapes?

Teacher: It抯 all right to take them back if those people really don抰 practice anymore. If it isn抰 convenient to take them back, perhaps someone with a predestined relationship will come across them at the person抯 home and take them. You can take back those that are convenient to take back. Handle the situation as you see fit.  

Question: How should 搕he more submicroscopic matter that undermines mankind in the article 揂 Dialogue with Time be understood?

Teacher: However you understand it is fine, and you won抰 understand it incorrectly. Let me put it to you this way: At a certain point in this vast cosmic body, there are no longer any living beings with form. Only formless living beings exist there. They permeate the whole cosmic body, so I just call them matter. Yet they are gods. They can form into any shape, but they don抰 like to assume a shape. They just exist in that manner. So if the universe has degenerated, all matter梬hich has both a positive and a negative side梙as degenerated as well. The positive side has degenerated, not to mention the negative side.  

Question: 揑t抯 your responsibility to cultivate your mind, sever your desires, and be clearheaded, wise, and not deluded. Does 搚our responsibility refer to a person抯 own responsibility?

Teacher: That抯 correct. Cultivation is up to you, isn抰 it? That抯 what it means. You yourself have to cultivate. 揅ultivate your mind, sever your desires means that you should cultivate your xinxing and sever your worldly pursuits梡ursuits for obtaining this, pursuits for obtaining that, and the desire to obtain everything. If you don抰 do the cultivation yourself, who抣l do it for you? If I did the cultivation for you, it couldn抰 be counted as your cultivation, right? 揃e clearheaded, wise, and not deluded means that when you抳e gotten rid of all of those things through cultivation, you will see higher principles in the Fa and attain a higher level, eventually reaching the state of Consummation. You抣l no longer be affected by low-level things or be driven by ordinary human attachments. Don抰 all of these things have to be done by you? That抯 what it means. 

Question: Are gods that are in the Three Realms composed of atoms?

Teacher: The living beings of any realm must meet that realm抯 standard. Yet some gods in the Three Realms surpass the levels of the realms they抮e in. When I said that their bodies were composed of atoms, I certainly didn抰 mean the atoms that we see, which are the exteriors of the atoms. This cosmos is really wondrous. 

Question: When investigating a case and trying to get evidence, if we adopt a stern manner towards a suspect who refuses to tell the truth, will this contradict our practice of Zhen-Shan-Ren?

Teacher: When that person doesn抰 tell the truth, it抯 your job to make him tell the truth. You can speak in a stern manner, but you shouldn抰 become angry. You shouldn抰 be abusive, and you should never use violence. There抯 a certain disparity between how we [Chinese people] handle cases and how other countries do. In other countries evidence is important, whereas Chinese people sometimes make people talk even when they have no evidence. Anyway, handle it properly. That is, handle it well, with a practitioner抯 standard. 

Question: Why is it that people who are likely to obtain the Fa are those who aren抰 so successful in life?

Teacher: What makes you think that抯 the case? Many of our disciples who抳e obtained the Fa are successful businesspeople, and many have a high social status. Young and well-educated people account for the great majority of our Dafa disciples. There are many high-ranking officials and senior executives with high social status. Many in the audience now are successful businesspeople, and they抳e cultivated very well. There are many doctors, and there are also lawyers. No small number of people among us who抳e obtained the Fa are from financial sectors, have senior government positions, or are from the industrial and commercial sectors. I can tell you one thing, though: When it comes to cultivation, we treat everyone the same. Our Dafa won抰 wait for someone because he enjoys fame and prestige. It will never happen that way. 

Question: What抯 the meaning, intention, and history behind the monastic robe Master was wearing?

Teacher: I can tell you that when Sakyamuni was in this world, his disciples wore this type of clothing. It was the climate that led monks in the Han region [of China] to begin wearing local style clothes, that is, the style of laypeople. As a matter of fact, the clothing style that monks now wear was that of laypeople in the Tang and Song dynasties. The only difference is the color. People in the past liked wearing bright clothes. Later on, monks found that to be an attachment, so they began wearing grayish and muddy-colored clothes. Yet the Buddha system抯 true disciples and the Buddhas in the heavenly paradises wear the same type of clothes as the ones I was wearing, only the material is different. Also, they go barefoot and leave one shoulder exposed. Since we cultivate Buddhahood, of course we like the clothes of the Buddha system. That抯 all. If you asked a Daoist cultivator to wear clothes like that, he definitely wouldn抰 wear them, right? 

Question: My mother is eighty-four years old. She lives by herself and seldom goes out. Every day, apart from taking her meals, she studies the Fa and does the exercises whenever she has time. So she doesn抰 have many opportunities to improve her xinxing.

Teacher: Older people do cultivation in their own circumstances. She might not have any hardships now, but while she sits there she抣l be made to recall things that made her angry some eight or ten years ago. It抯 certain she抣l be made to recall those things, which is intended to see whether her mind will remain unmoved or whether she抣l still get angry over them. Some people sit there and get mad as heck. That is, she won抰 miss out on anything, I抣l somehow make it possible for her to cultivate. Some of our students, young or old, have had experiences like that, in which they抮e made to recall irritating incidents, and it抯 to see if they still get angry over them. They抣l be made to recall all of their bygones to see, in one way or another, how they handle them. 

Question: Six days ago, I dreamed of Master being with us as we studied the Fa and answering our questions. Master, you were wearing the same clothes as you did yesterday morning when you met with a small group of people.

Teacher: Then you saw things before they happened. Actually, I抦 concealing all of these things for you to prevent you from focusing on them or paying too much attention to them, and to have you sense less, so that you cultivate more quickly. Otherwise, you抎 ask questions of this sort every day. You would have so many questions: 揥hy is this? What抯 that about? There are an incredible number of wonders in this universe梩here are so many of them. 

Question: Does a person抯 strong willpower and ability to endure come with him at birth?

Teacher: They don抰 come with a person at birth. Let抯 talk about human beings and take our superficial, human body as an example. If a person has tempered himself through many tribulations in the society of everyday people, he might care less about things. Or, if he抯 been through a lot, his will becomes strong and he cares less about things. A person can also become stronger through doing cultivation. When one抯 realm is raised, one抯 ability to endure increases. 

Question: During the cultivation process, can we completely cultivate away each and every kind of bad thing we have?

Teacher: You have to. Some of our students think: 揟eacher, we抮e so bad in ordinary human society. When we抳e cultivated up to the realm of a Buddha, will we really forget everything about when we were living as humans? [You think that way] since you are thinking about what Buddhas are like while you live among ordinary human beings. All of your human thoughts will change, and that includes the structure of your thoughts and the way you think. When you抮e free of the constraints of emotion at this level, and the constraints of other kinds of matter in this ordinary human realm, you will disassociate from this environment and cease to be the way you are. When you抳e cultivated up there, this little superficial human form of yours will only remain as a memory, whereas your thoughts will have elevated to the realm of a Buddha, God, or Dao, and they will be the best part of you. You won抰 want to touch this most superficial human part [of you]梱ou won抰 even want to recall the memory of it.  

Question: When the new cosmos is constructed, will demons still exist at various levels?

Teacher: There抯 one thing I can tell you: If there were only positive and no negative things, no living being would find life interesting. If you could succeed easily in everything you did, get whatever you wanted, and have no difficulty getting anything done, you wouldn抰 appreciate or value anything. You wouldn抰 have that feeling of happiness one gets from overcoming things, nor the joy of triumph. You wouldn抰 value or cherish anything in that case, and you抎 find life meaningless. People vie and compete in ordinary human society and find it interesting. They think that it will be interesting to look back at it at the end of their lives. That抯 how humans are. Yet there will be negative elements at different levels, to be sure. They aren抰 brought forth by cultivation, but arranged by the Fa. 

Question: What should I do when, while in a tranquil state, I see things that I don抰 like to see?

Teacher: If you see them, let it be. Though you don抰 want to see them, you have seen them. Don抰 pay attention to them. They can抰 harm you or touch you. Just let them be and don抰 worry about them. That抯 especially so when you start from the level of everyday people. When your Third Eye (tianmu) can see things, what you see will surely be low-level things that are really bad, and you抣l be scared. But as long as you read the book a lot, learn more of the Fa, and speed up your cultivation, you will quickly break through that level. What you see then will no longer be those things, but good things.  

Question: When someone in my family performs the exercises of another qigong, I feel particularly unwell doing the [Falun Gong] exercises at the group practice site. Are the things I see sometimes in some way prophetic?

Teacher: When you see things, just let it be. Don抰 regard them as anything important. Even if you can see some things that are about to happen, I think you should ignore them. Maintain your xinxing and cultivate. As to others interfering with your cultivation or someone in your family practicing another qigong, normally those things don抰 affect us. If you feel that those things are disturbing you, it could be that they抮e testing you to see how your mind reacts. Since we抮e practicing a righteous way, a great way, nothing can interfere with you. If our own minds aren抰 solid, it抯 a problem with our xinxing, and unusual situations will appear. 

Question: I抳e been practicing Falun Gong for a few months now and find it really good. But earlier I converted to a certain religion and am now in a dilemma. Teacher, please advise me.

Teacher: Cultivation is a person抯 own business. You choose whichever cultivation way you prefer. If you want to cultivate in a religion, then you can do so. If you want to cultivate in Dafa, then you can cultivate in Dafa. You have to take this step yourself. Since I, too, see that you抮e in a dilemma, I need to see how you take this step. What you learn is up to you. Yet I have explained many principles clearly. In the Three Realms, no righteous gods are looking after human beings, and no righteous gods are saving people. That抯 what I can tell you all. 

Question: I feel that I don抰 have enough time, so I often cut my sleep time short. Does this count as an attachment?

Teacher: No, it doesn抰. If you want to find some time in the evening to do the exercises because your time is really tight and you抮e busy during the day, I抎 say that抯 excellent. The condition of your body won抰 deteriorate any because of your doing the exercises, nor will you suffer from lack of sleep. Those things won抰 happen. On the contrary, you will sleep more soundly after doing the exercises, and you will feel more energetic. It抯 bound to be that way. 

Question: Christians and Catholics believe that there抯 only one god up there: Jesus. How can we help them to believe that there抯 more than one god?

Teacher: That抯 up to them. I抳e explained the principles. Actually, it抯 written in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that Jesus isn抰 the only god. At a minimum, there was Yahweh before Jesus. Many other heavenly gods were mentioned in both the New and Old Testaments. In ancient Greece many gods taught Fa here among mankind. It抯 up to people themselves how they understand these things. Actually, Buddhism has likewise taught that Sakyamuni isn抰 the only Buddha. Of course, Sakyamuni mentioned Buddha Amitabha and the six primeval Buddhas. He said that Tathagatas are as countless as the grains of sand in the Ganges river, etc., and that there抯 an uncountable number of Great Bodhisattvas. Yet some monks insist that Sakyamuni is the only Buddha. How can they be so narrow-minded as to think that Sakyamuni is the only Buddha? We can ask them to read the Fa so that they抣l know what it is. It抯 up to them whether they learn it. If they insist on sticking to their own understanding, then let them be. We only advise people to be good, and will never drag anyone here. You need to remember this.  

Question: Since a person抯 gong assumes his image, why can a fake Buddha created by people抯 worship take gong away from a person?

Teacher: He can抰 take away a person抯 gong. He can only take qi from an everyday person. That抯 how it is. He can抰 take away any energy. So why would he take something from a person? It抯 because he抯 created by everyday people抯 worship, and his realm of thought is thus at the same level as everyday people. Why do humans steal? Because they have that mentality. 

Question: Upon Consummation, can those disciples who go to other paradises bring with them the Falun in their belly?

Teacher: You only need to concentrate on cultivating. You don抰 know what you抮e about. Just practice diligently and make constant progress. You should be concerned about how to reach Consummation, as that is your top priority. To cultivate and return as quickly as possible is the most important thing for you. Don抰 think about other things. I, your master, will definitely give you the best. (Applause) For whom is the new universe and everything of the future created? Aren抰 they created for all lives? Isn抰 that right? Parents always want to give their children the best. They especially want to give them a better future. They all have that intention. (Applause

Question: Since Consummation takes place in an instant, how will one know Master抯 instructions?

Teacher: You will be contacted when you抮e about to Consummate. Many things will be told to you directly. It抯 not like what抯 said by some people who claim to have Consummated. All of those who claim to have Consummated haven抰. 

Question: When spreading the Fa to Westerners, how should we handle questions related to religion?

Teacher: Show them the books, just have them read the books. I抳e explained things related to religion very clearly in the books. When asked, just answer according to what抯 in the books梔o it that way and there won抰 be a problem. 

Question: I suffer great pain when sitting in meditation. Is it a good thing, or is it because I have so much karma that I should suffer retribution like this?

Teacher: No, that抯 not the case. Nobody is free from pain when they meditate. Some of us used to do aerobics, were dancers, or could sit in the lotus position to begin with. Those people could do the lotus position with ease. But let me tell you, at that time you didn抰 cultivate. You抣l feel pain soon after you start to cultivate. You definitely won抰 miss out on the exercise-induced karma elimination just because you can sit in the lotus position. If you cultivate, you need to have help improving yourself.  

Question: When I rest my hands over my tummy while lying in bed, I can feel myself extending outwards like surging waves. I抦 concerned whether this indicates that I抦 practicing the wrong way.

Teacher: That抯 because you can feel your body being transformed from the submicroscopic level towards the surface. It抯 like what I said earlier: We抮e transforming you from the submicroscopic level towards the surface. So some sensitive people feel it. What you抳e felt is just a little bit. There抯 a lot more that you can抰 sense. Some of the sensations can be quite painful. 

Question: I had many ordeals when I was young. Now that I抳e obtained the Fa, do those ordeals help with my cultivation?

Teacher: Some of them might be helpful. Since it抯 not easy for anyone to obtain the Fa, if a person is predestined to obtain the Fa, maybe he抯 endured hardships for this in many, many past lives. So don抰 think that it was easy for you to obtain the Fa today. Yet some people have endured hardships across many lifetimes just to obtain this Fa, and when the time comes to really obtain the Fa, they don抰 go for it. That抯 such a pity! They came just for this don抰 you think it抯 a shame? 

Question: When I first started learning the Fa and encountered danger in my dreams, I always remembered to call out Master抯 name. Yet recently I often forget to do that, and instead fight with them. Why is that?

Teacher: This situation is rare, very rare. But, there are truly exceptional cases. It will pass after a while. If you ignore it, it won抰 matter. Anyway, things will be fine after a while. If you call out for your master every time you run into a problem, isn抰 that another attachment? Besides, you should look inside yourself for the cause of things that happen in your dreams. They抮e a reflection of your being in a certain state. This situation often occurs in Dao system cultivation ways. It抯 particularly common in the types of systems where people practice both internal and external cultivation; that is, they do internal cultivation and martial arts. 

Question: If a person who used to suffer from depression and had mental problems truly practices cultivation, can he reach Consummation?

Teacher: He can reach Consummation if he truly cultivates. But a person in this situation shouldn抰 do the exercises in public, both for his own sake and for the sake of the Fa. If he can抰 handle himself properly and causes damage to the Fa, he has done wrong. So it抯 best that he do the exercises at home. As long as you cultivate, I抣l look after you wherever you do the exercises. But this only applies to people who are able to cultivate. That is, they must have a conscious mind and be able to overcome obstacles. 

Question: Looking back at the early half of my life, I have regret and I blame myself. As a Falun disciple, how should I handle this problem?

Teacher: Don抰 worry about anything條et bygones be bygones. I only look at your heart for cultivation. Your Master will take care of the rest. If you keep thinking about things that happened before, it will become yet another obstacle and attachment. So don抰 be concerned about them anymore. Just change yourself fundamentally from the inside out, and you抣l be a new person. That抯 what you should do. (Applause

Question: Sometimes when I read Zhuan Falun I feel that my face is only a shell and that my inner face is doing the reading. Why is that?

Teacher: It抯 because your soul and the submicroscopic part of your body are dominating more. It抯 a good thing. 

Question: How should we understand 搙inxing and 搑ealm? What抯 the relationship between the two?

Teacher: Whatever level you抳e reached in cultivation is the height of your xinxing and also your realm. Whatever thoughts and ideas are generated in that realm of mind will correspond to xinxing at that level. But that抯 not entirely the case when we do cultivation among everyday people. We抮e being transformed progressively from the submicroscopic level outward toward the surface. So while our human part still assumes a human appearance at the surface, we抣l have an ordinary human抯 mindset until we eventually Consummate, at which time everything will change. Nevertheless, we have to be strict with ourselves in our cultivation, and our xinxing must surpass that of an everyday person. 

Question: If I do the Holding the Wheel exercise for two and a half hours in the morning and the meditation for two and a half hours at night, am I doing the exercises too much?

Teacher: I don抰 oppose it if you have time to do the exercises more. Performing the exercises is a good thing. But if you take time away from reading, then I抎 say it抯 not right. That抯 because reading and studying Fa is priority number one, it ensures that you can be fundamentally and truly transformed, and it is the fundamental reason why you can go higher. Performing the exercises is a supplementary means to reaching Consummation. You shouldn抰 make doing the exercises your first priority and treat reading as secondary. You can抰 do that, absolutely not. And if you can抰 reach that realm, how is your practice going to get you anywhere? Although [the mechanisms] are automatic, you won抰 progress no matter how hard you try. When your xinxing reaches that level and you come to understand the Fa抯 principles by reading the book, your gong will shoot up instantly. That抯 why we haven抰 placed too much emphasis on increasing the duration of the exercises. But doing the exercises is still necessary.  

Question: Master, you said that the subordinate soul of a person practicing in a certain system left the person抯 body to practice and then the subordinate soul was killed and reincarnated again. Was the master soul or the subordinate soul cultivating with that body?

Teacher: Let me tell you: I often say that you can easily see through this dimension of humankind, but it would be difficult for you to find out how many dimensions there are. [The subordinate soul] finished all of those things in the time-field of another dimension. Within the time-field of another dimension there are still other dimensions time-fields. It was there that he completed everything. And of course it was the subordinate soul cultivating!  

Question: Our translation group has translated your scriptures into English for some Western students to read.

Teacher: If you抎 like to make public any translated materials, or publish and circulate them among other students, they must be reviewed by the Main Association for a decision. That抯 because a lot of issues can affect our Dafa as a whole and it involves things of great importance. So those materials must be reviewed by them. This is especially the case for the recordings of my Fa-lectures, as many things don抰 have general application after I talk about them. If they抮e to be published, I have to edit and organize them into book-like form for everyone to read. That way they can help students to cultivate and improve themselves. So nobody is allowed to [distribute things on their own]. I抳e made that clear. Though we intend to do good things for Dafa in everything we do, we still need to consider their effect on Dafa as a whole. So we should treat this matter seriously.  

Question: In the article 揗elt Into the Fa, Master said that we shouldn抰 spend a lot of time on discussions. Some people have interpreted this as meaning one shouldn抰 participate in group reading.

Teacher: You should do group reading and Fa-study in addition to your own reading and Fa-study. Both are necessary. Don抰 go from one extreme to another.  

Question: I feel that some scriptures are more difficult to memorize than others. Is this just a false impression?

Teacher: Some of the things I抳e written are indeed not so easy to understand, for sure. They were written that way for a reason. To whatever degree you can understand them is fine. However you understand them, you won抰 go astray. The difference lies only in the depth of understanding. 

Question: In order to memorize the scriptures, I抳e made a practice of writing them down from memory. What should I do with these written texts?

Teacher: When doing this sort of thing, one should maintain a cultivator抯 state of mind and be respectful of Teacher and the Fa. In this scenario you can burn them. The fire of ordinary human beings could never reach gods. So just burn them if they抮e no longer useful. You can do it that way since this is a special time in history. But Dafa books absolutely shouldn抰 be burned. 

Question: Is it an attachment for a veteran disciple to always want to see Master? Is it yet another attachment if he can抰 hold back his tears and becomes speechless when he sees Master?

Teacher: Your desire to see me shouldn抰 have any attachments in it. But I think that the reason most of you want to see me is that you抳e practiced Dafa cultivation, and the Fa taught by your master has saved you. That抯 why you want to see me. As to why you become speechless once you see me, it抯 due to the changes in you and the transformation of your body. You can抰 see the changes at the surface. But the part of you that抯 been cultivated well, your soul, and your non-deluded part can see them. They perk up as soon as they see me. Even when they perk up just a little bit, your human part becomes really weak. The surface you doesn抰 know why that part of you cries. That other part of you sees everything that I抳e done for you, which you can抰 repay with any words or means. (Applause) Your crying is a reflection of your heartfelt gratitude that can抰 be expressed. 

Question: I can endure the great pain from sitting in the lotus position. But other parts of my body jerk violently every now and then, which prevents me from entering into concentration when meditating.

Teacher: There will always be a period of pain when sitting in the lotus position. And that抯 especially so when some of you had never sat in that position before, and the material structure of your body at the surface isn抰 used to it, plus your karma is being dissolved, all of which makes it extremely painful. Even when you are able to sit in the lotus position for half an hour, you抣l still feel a great deal of pain beyond the half-hour mark. Along with the pain comes uneasiness and anxiety. So although the monks who cultivated in the past seemed to only sit in meditation, they were improving their xinxing at the same time. It抯 just that their way of improving xinxing wasn抰 as direct as ours. So they progressed slowly, their cultivation was slow. When you feel uneasy and anxious, your karma is trying to make you take down your legs. If you抮e resolute, have strong willpower, and don抰 take your legs down, your mind is improving in the process. That抯 another way to improve yourself through hardship. Sometimes a person might feel an excruciating pain, become nauseous, or feel like vomiting. The reactions are strong at times. 

Question: Some students think that we抮e already in the final, sprinting stage, and need to use all of our available time to study the Fa.

Teacher: I抳e never said anything about a 揻inal, sprinting stage. If someone wants to spend all of his time studying the Fa and to resign from his job to stay at home, I抎 say he is harming the Fa. Whoever spreads those ideas, whoever does that, is being irresponsible to both the Fa and himself. Who taught you to do things like resigning from work or even not working anymore? Wouldn抰 you be harming the Fa? I抳e said that humans, too, are fulfilling the Fa. Of course, some people wonder, 揌ow can humans fulfill the Fa? Think about it, everyone. The Fa can save you, and that抯 certain. So how can humans fulfill the Fa? At this level, the level of ordinary human society, if all of you were to behave badly, like everyday people, people would say, 揕ook at how those Falun Gong practitioners behave. If all of us do well, are able to hold ourselves to the standard for practitioners, and are upright and noble disciples doing cultivation梩hink about it梡eople will think, 揙h, they抮e Falun Gong practitioners. They抮e so good. If you can be trusted wherever you go and be a good person wherever you are, people will say that Falun Gong is really good and that this Dafa is really good. Then aren抰 you fulfilling Dafa in this form among everyday people? Doesn抰 that make sense? So if our own behavior doesn抰 conform to Dafa, not only can抰 we fulfill the Fa, but we are also tarnishing and harming the Fa. The Fa can save you, yet you harm it梙ow are you positioning these things? How are you evaluated? Cultivation is serious. How can a person who is enveloped by karma cultivate to Consummation if he doesn抰 take it seriously? Is there anything in this world greater or more serious than this? 

Question: Some learned people aren抰 comfortable with reading Zhuan Falun. They抮e not used to the book抯 style, which is different from that of academic texts. Does this have anything to do with an individual抯 predestined relationship or karma?

Teacher: That抯 an obstacle to obtaining the Fa for learned people who are like that, so they have to overcome it. They抮e obstructed by their preconceived notions. Some people might disagree if I call the concepts formed in modern literature a new style of bagu.* But they抳e really fixed the meanings of words and phrases by giving them definitions, so the words and phrases lose their deeper inner meanings. That抯 the case for today抯 vernacular, a plain and simple language. With its fixed definitions, it can only express the most superficial meanings and is far from adequate for expressing the Fa. Some people say that Teacher抯 books don抰 conform to modern grammar. I fully agree. Indeed they aren抰 in keeping with modern grammar. But have you thought about this: The Fa has created living conditions and environments for beings at different levels, including the human languages and their writing systems. In other words, the culture humankind has today was created by the Fa. That being the case, how could the Dafa of the cosmos be restricted by the grammatical standards of a human language? We抮e merely utilizing human language and grammar to express the Fa. As for how to utilize it, that抯 up to us. I use it whatever way allows me to express the deeper meanings of the Fa. So I抳e completely broken the binds of modern grammar, and haven抰 followed its rules or norms. The same is true when I teach the Fa桰 don抰 follow standardized language. Only this way can I express the Fa clearly. That抯 how it is. The Fa梩he cosmos抯 Fa that is so immense梒an抰 be confined to the grammar of human language. I抦 merely utilizing human language. As to how I use it, I mold it however I want. As long as the Fa can be expressed, I mold it in whatever way allows for clear expression. And the Fa is creating new language and culture for the future humankind. Everything will be returned to its optimum state. So it抯 only natural that, at the moment, people aren抰 used to [how I use language].  

Question: My leg was injured before, but I抳e managed to sit in the lotus position. Yet of late I can抰 sit like that no matter how hard I try. What抯 the reason?

Teacher: Actually, you should ask yourself what the reason is. Is it because you aren抰 being diligent with Fa-study? Or have you done something wrong but refuse to mend your ways, or haven抰 recognized the problem? If you handle things really well today and what you抳e done meets the standard of the Fa, for sure you抣l be able to extend your lotus-position sitting to twenty minutes if before you could only manage ten minutes. Many of our students have experienced that. Things aren抰 absolute. The scenario [you described] could also occur if you need to eliminate a lot of karma during this time. 

Question: I抳e received some messages. How can I discern whether they came from an Enlightened Being or from my own thoughts?

Teacher: Don抰 pay attention to any messages you receive. If you do, you抣l form an attachment to them. Then they will try to disturb you, send you messages one way after another, and interfere with you. It抯 good that you have that ability and that it hasn抰 been locked. But you need to handle yourself well. Don抰 pay attention to whatever messages you receive. If you hear them or you see them, just let them be and don抰 pay attention to them. Just hold tight to Dafa cultivation. The principles have been written out in words梬hy would you still care about some messages? You will fall if you抮e deceived by a false message. It抯 that easy. So be on guard about this. 

Question: If a being who was created in a high-level dimension falls down but cultivates back up again, is he different from how he originally was?

Teacher: The beings at high levels don抰 fall as easily as humans imagine. How could it be that simple? But that situation does exist. As for cultivating back up, that抯 even harder梚t抯 by no means as simple as the few words you抳e written. Do you know how you managed to obtain the Fa? You had to reincarnate on Earth, you had to be born in the right period of time when the person who would save you was born, you needed an opportunity to come across the Great Enlightened Being who抯 saving people, and you had to manage to hear this Fa. It didn抰 come easily at all. And once you have truly obtained the Fa, you still have to manage to persist in cultivation. In the old days, some of Sakyamuni抯 disciples had doubts about the Dharma he taught. Some would listen to his teachings and then decide that day to take up the robe, but then when they got bored at night they抎 cast off their robes and run off. That happened every now and then. Many years after the Buddha left the world, people increasingly realized that it was the truth, and began to treasure it. There抯 no difference if one can truly cultivate back up again. 

Question: Please explain the specific inner meaning of 揳n exceptional person can reach Consummation by way of enlightening and 揥hen the truth is revealed.

Teacher: An exceptional person can reach Consummation by way of enlightening. Let me tell you this: Pretty much all of you sitting here depend on your enlightening. I don抰 show you the truth because I抦 concerned that you might then form an attachment. So that抯 how it抯 done. If you can persist, carry on with your cultivation, and keep cultivating diligently and improving yourselves, then I抎 say you抮e truly amazing. Everyone will admire you when you抳e finally cultivated up to there in the future. It抯 called 搑eaching Consummation by way of enlightening. A person抯 cultivation will progress slowly if he sees everything displayed, including supernatural powers. And, if everything were really displayed, your cultivation wouldn抰 count. If I were to disclose even a bit of the maze, those who抳e come from very high levels couldn抰 return. So no matter which level you came from, we have to do it this way. It will be hard to cultivate after the truth is revealed, as the requirements for people will be very high, the cultivation form will be strict, and people won抰 progress as fast. 

Question: Is breaking an egg considered killing?

Teacher: A person should cultivate nobly. I actually explained this principle to you quite clearly earlier on. You抮e living a human life. Maybe you don抰 eat meat, but maybe your family does. You are cultivating, but your family members might not be. We can cultivate while conforming to everyday people to the greatest extent. Focus on the main things and cultivate nobly, and you will handle these things with ease. It抯 just like if a person could become a Buddha through vegetarianism梩hat抯 a joke. [By not eating meat] a person is only abandoning one attachment. That is, he isn抰 attached to meat or a meat diet, which is only one attachment. But there are so many attachments that a person has to abandon. How could someone become a Buddha by giving up just one attachment? That抯 totally impossible. So we have, to allow you to cultivate normally among everyday people, in this regard opened the most convenient door. If you want to eat eggs you can do so while you抮e able to. But that doesn抰 apply to cultivating monks, nuns, and hermits. 

Question: How can we more quickly get rid of the well-hidden attachments deep inside us?

Teacher: I抣l point them out to you. My only concern is that you won抰 abandon them at the time. I抣l definitely point them out to you. All of your attachments will be exposed for you. Even if I don抰 point them out to you myself, I抣l have others do so. It could happen when you have a problem, during which an attachment of yours is struck. I抦 only concerned that instead of thinking of those attachments, you抣l look outside yourself for the cause. I will definitely point them out to you, you can count on it. 

Question: As your disciple, I抦 ready to go with you at any time. Will I be aware when the magnificent moment of Consummation arrives?

Teacher: Those who should Consummate won抰 be left out. Just concentrate on cultivating and don抰 worry about anything else. I told you the story about the Arhat, right? A person can抰 Consummate if he抯 afraid or overjoyed. So if you want to Consummate at an even higher realm through cultivation, the requirements are even higher. Discard all of your attachments. If you have impure thoughts come forth at that moment, you will be pulled back and you really won抰 manage to Consummate.  

Question: Teacher has explained the Fa more and more explicitly. We don抰 need to enlighten to things anymore. Can this count as cultivation?

Teacher: Although you抮e sitting here and listening to what I抳e been saying, each of you definitely has a different understanding relative to your different levels. (Applause) It抯 just as I said: Although what I抳e told you are truths of levels so high, I抦 still only telling you their surface meaning. You aren抰 allowed to know the real things. Even if you knew about them, it would still be hard for you to cultivate. I抳e only talked about the principles, I haven抰 displayed the truth to you. So you抮e still in the maze. There are both people who believe and people who doubt. 

Question: Is it good for us to have group reading of Zhuan Falun three times a week without spending time on discussion?

Teacher: That抯 fine. What do you need so much time for to talk about? Read the book from cover to cover and use all of your time to study the Fa. (Applause) Of course, it抯 also necessary to find some time to discuss your experiences and understanding. You can share thoughts after doing your daily exercises. 

Question: What difference does one抯 education level make in one抯 comprehension ability?

Teacher: It makes somewhat of a difference. If you抮e illiterate then you can抰 read the book. If you don抰 know all the words you will have a hard time reading the book. Modern people are shaped by modern science, so I have no choice but to incorporate modern science and modern culture when I explain things. If you don抰 understand the meaning of the terms, it will make a difference, and it will be harder for you to study [the Fa]. But you won抰 miss anything as long as your heart is in it. 

Question: Romantic love has been troubling me. Whenever I have an argument with my boyfriend, I immediately feel like breaking up with him. Then I feel that I抦 trying to avoid the problem. If we get back together, will that be an attachment to romantic love?

Teacher: Those are two separate things. Let me tell you this: Until you dissociate yourself from ordinary human society, until you Consummate, you will always have emotion. It抯 one way to ensure that you can cultivate in ordinary human society. And since you have emotions, your heart is going to be affected by them. What you can do is try your best to suppress them, and try your best to maintain yourself like a practitioner should, and not act like an everyday person who does whatever he feels like. At the very least you should be a good person, and this differentiates you from an everyday person. Then if you want to find a boyfriend or girlfriend and get married, of course you won抰 be affected. That抯 how those things are related. We抳e said that we should cultivate while conforming to the way of ordinary human society as much as possible. If you just don抰 want a boyfriend or girlfriend, and don抰 want to get married in this life, then that抯 a personal choice. If you don抰 want to get married, then don抰. We won抰 force you to. In other words, that抯 how these things work. But as disciples, you must exercise self-control and act properly. 

Question: When my friends ask about personal things, can I lie?

Teacher: If you don抰 want to tell them, then don抰. Try not to say anything about them. All humans talk about is that stuff. Just handle it in a way that allows you to cultivate while conforming to the way of everyday people as much as possible and, at the same time, to meet the standard for a practitioner. 

Question: Can one lie to avoid unnecessary trouble under the condition that nobody is harmed?

Teacher: Things are pretty complicated in the human world. And the problems created under different, complicated circumstances are extremely complex. But I can say to you, a cultivator does not lie. If you have to tell a lie to prevent a thing like murder or arson, then, well, it can抰 be said you were wrong. So as for how to strike the right balance, I don抰 think that抯 hard for a practitioner. Actually, there are lots of things we don抰 have to talk about if we don抰 want to. 

Question: I抳e now done cultivation for a year, but still can抰 sit in the lotus position. The longer I can抰 do it, the more anxious I get.

Teacher: Don抰 worry. If you really can抰 sit in the lotus position, we won抰 forbid you to Consummate just because of that. But, being a cultivator, you should sit in the lotus position. Let me tell you梐nd this isn抰 a joke梚f a cultivator has cultivated pretty well but can抰 sit in the lotus position, the Bodhisattvas above cover their mouths and laugh at him. It抯 true. But don抰 be anxious. It will come gradually. I抳e never said that time is running out. 

Question: Why is it that when I do the exercises or study the Fa my lower back gets hot?

Teacher: During the course of cultivation, a person will experience all kinds of different states, tens of thousands of them, and all kinds of situations will come up. Could you still cultivate if you were to ask me about each and every one of them? Would you still be a cultivator? So don抰 be concerned about those things, just let things unfold naturally. A cultivator is bothered by neither heat nor cold. And wind can抰 make you sick. 

Question: Is it predestined whether a husband and wife will have a good relationship?

Teacher: It抯 not something predestined, but it could be the result of karmic retribution or one抯 karma. In most cases marriage is the result of a predestined connection formed in the previous life. That holds for the majority of cases, but it抯 not set in stone. 

Question: Can a Dafa practitioner worship Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara?

Teacher: Read the book. I won抰 answer your question. Many students have asked: 揟eacher, why don抰 you come to our country? Why don抰 you come to our region? It抯 not that I won抰 go. I抦 waiting for your understanding of Fa to reach a certain level and for you to become more mature. Then I抣l go. You will benefit more then. (Applause) If I went somewhere and you asked me what Falun Gong is, my trip would have been in vain, right? It抯 just like this question. Our time is tight. If instead of reading the book you want to ask me here about whether you can worship Avalokitesvara, then it抯 fruitless for me to teach you the Fa. Isn抰 that the truth? 

Question: Teacher once said, 揑 am not within the Fa. How should we understand that?

Teacher: Why is it hard to understand? Can抰 I be outside the cosmos? (Loud applause

Question: I was watching the stars one morning at about three o抍lock. I saw them come towards me from far off in the sky until they were a few dozen yards away. I got nervous and then they disappeared.

Teacher: Viewed from another dimension, no object in this universe is fixed, and all objects forms of existence are not how they are here. Also, the structure of that dimension抯 time field is totally different from that of our dimension. So you can抰 explain it with any of this dimension抯 concepts. It抯 good that you saw what you did. 

Question: Some students made copies of Zhuan Falun (Volume II), printed them on their own, and circulated them at practice sites.

Teacher: We stopped printing Zhuan Falun (Volume II) because some of its contents touched a sore spot in Buddhism. So we抳e tried our best not to get into that. Anyway, we stopped printing it. It抯 fine if you抳e managed to get a copy for your own reading. But you can抰 print copies and pass them around or distribute them to others. 

Question: I used to burn incense while playing the Chinese zither. Can I still do that?

Teacher: You can, as that抯 not part of cultivation. Burning incense while playing the Chinese zither is, like music, chess, calligraphy, or painting, a kind of cultured hobby from the ancient Chinese. I don抰 object to it. Yet as you raise your level in cultivation, you will gradually find that your ordinary human interests become weaker and weaker. But don抰 force anything on yourself at the moment. 

Question: Some people think that less discussion and more Fa-study means reading Zhuan Falun and the other books aloud over and over again. I think that抯 a limited understanding.

Teacher: Actually, you should simply read the Fa more. It抯 fine to take a break when you抮e fatigued from reading and then talk about what you抳e learned. But I抣l tell you, you shouldn抰 comment on whether the Fa is good or not. And don抰 waste so much time talking about yourselves. You should read the Fa a lot, read the book more. Isn抰 that right? A person is like a container, and he is what he contains. If he contains Fa, he has assimilated to the Fa; if he抯 filled with dirt, he is dirt. 

Question: The fifth exercise takes a long time to complete. How should we keep track of the time?

Teacher: There抯 no set requirement. Do it according to your ability, there isn抰 any specific requirement. If you do all five exercises in a row it does take a long time. So if you can抰 do that yet, you can stop halfway through, rest a little, and then continue. But you need to hold yourself to a high standard and try your best to persist. 

Question: The time for cultivation is tight. How should we properly allocate time for doing the exercises and studying the Fa?

Teacher: There抯 no specific ratio. [When I say that] the time for studying the Fa is tight, it抯 meant to encourage you to be diligent and keep making progress. I抳e never said anything about what will happen later. Just go study and cultivate. As to allocating time for exercises and Fa-study, it抯 sufficient if you study the Fa a lot and do the exercises in the morning or the evening. Some people get up in the middle of the night to do the tranquil exercise, and that抯 fine, too.  

Question: Since doing the exercises at home or in groups achieves the same results, is it still necessary for us to drive an hour and a half to take part in weekly group exercises?

Teacher: Doing the exercises at home or outside has the same results. But unlike doing the exercises outside, when you do them at home you lack an external factor that compels you to do the exercises. For example, when everyone is sitting in the lotus position and you feel a lot of pain, you might see that nobody is taking their legs down, and so you抎 be embarrassed to take yours down. That compels you then to extend the length of the exercise. [At a practice site,] everyone speaks and conducts himself according to Dafa, like a disciple. That environment of ours is most precious. No other environment in the world is so pure like ours. You can抰 get that at home. And people tend to be more lax at home. Sometimes they might do the exercises more, other times less; sometimes they might be diligent and make steady progress, other times they aren抰 diligent. They might be somewhat lax. If you can truly discipline yourself about cultivating, then the results are the same. But, since you do still have ordinary human thoughts and it抯 impossible for you to discipline yourself that well, I tell you to come out and do the exercises together.

Also, we抳e always talked about introducing the Fa to others so that more people can obtain the Fa. Has it occurred to you that the sight of a lot of us doing the exercises together is the best way to introduce the Fa to others? Why don抰 you go support it and fulfill it? Of course, for those of you who live far away and find it inconvenient to come, you can do the exercises at home. When there are more people later on, you can set up a practice site near your home. Then that would be more convenient. 

I抳e answered all of the questions for you. Some people asked me to do the large mudras. (Applause) Your loud applause seems to be saying you want me to do them, right? All right. I抣l perform a set of large mudras for you.

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Glossary (provided by the translators)                  

asura                           An ancient Indian term for 搈alevolent spirits

bagu                            a specific style of writing that is particularly restricted

Dafa                             揟he Great Law, or 揟he Great Way; short for the practice抯 full name, Falun Dafa, 揟he Great Way of the Law Wheel

Dao                             1. Also known as 揟ao, a Daoist term for 搕he Way of nature and the universe; 2. An Enlightened being who has attained this Dao

Dharma                        Sanskrit word for 揊a, used in the context of Buddhism

Fa                                揕aw or 揥ay

gong                            cultivation energy

qigong                         A general name for certain Chinese practices that cultivate the human body. Qigong has been immensely popular in China in recent decades.

Zhang Sanfeng              Daoist immortal, known as the creator of taiji (or 揟ai-Chi)

xinxing                        搈ind-nature  (lit.), 揷haracter, or 搕hought

Shan                            揼ood, 搆ind, 揷ompassion, 揵enevolence (as in the Shan of Zhen, Shan, Ren)

Zhen-Shan-Ren            Zhen true, real, truth; Shan good, kind, compassion, benevolence; Ren to endure, tolerate, forbear

[1] Translator抯 note: The Chinese term here, xin, could also be translated as 搕houghts, 揻eelings, 揾eart, 搈ind, or 搃ntentions.

[2] Translator抯 note: The Chinese term here, yuanrong, has been translated as 揾armonize in some other lectures.

[3] Translator抯 note: The Chinese term here, weiguan, has been translated as 搈icrocosmic in some other lectures.

[4] Translator抯 note: 揝cripture, as used in this context, refers to any of the various writings of Master Li.

[5] Translator抯 note: This is a reference to certain religious observances practiced in temples or monasteries.

[6] Translator抯 note: The Chinese term used here, xinxi, can refer to certain types of intangible energy, influences, or information that are transmittable.

[7] Translator抯 note: This is part of the four-line formula said in conjunction with the fourth exercise.