Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students
Question: Some coordinators aren't able to listen to different opinions. They've become like the bureaucrats found among everyday people.
Teacher: Coordinators have to be willing and able to listen to different opinions. But if you think about the coordinators, they're cultivators too and they're not perfect. Some students wonder, "Why don't we pick whoever is smartest and who's cultivated best in our area to be the coordinator?" (Audience laughs) It doesn't work that way. And why don't I come out and do things directly myself? I want to leave you with the opportunity of Consummating and forging mighty-virtue. If I were to do everything, or to tell you how to handle each specific thing and you just followed my direction, sure the coordination would be good, since [you'd think,] "That's what Master told us. There are no if's, and's, or but's about it. Let's just follow Master." But would you have any mighty-virtue then? What would you have forged? Would you have walked your own path in the face of challenges or hardship? Only when you find ways to do things well as you validate the Fa and meet with challenges, and when your success comes from your own efforts--only that is extraordinary.
The coordinators among Dafa disciples are in fact just coordinators, points of contact, and people who relay information. Don't think of them as Master, and don't have such high expectations that you rely on them as you cultivate and expect them to handle everything just right. It's not like that. If the coordinator were really like Master, or able to consider things from all angles and never be wrong, then a lot of people in that area couldn't cultivate successfully, since with him thinking things through so well there'd be nothing left for you to think about. If he were to do everything just right you wouldn't have a chance to show your great qualities. You see the idea, right?
Actually, long ago I told the regional coordinators to manage things loosely, and that, except when it comes to group efforts, which need coordination, they shouldn't restrict the path that each Dafa disciple takes as an individual who's validating the Fa. So other than when it's a case of something bad for Dafa and the coordinator needs to put a stop to it, each Dafa disciple has to fully play his role and proactively do what he should as a Dafa disciple. As you go about validating the Fa, whatever you think of, see, encounter, or can recognize, go ahead and do it, and only then are you walking your own path and forging your own mighty-virtue. Isn't that how it works? (Applause)
With some students, I'm finding that they're still fixated on the coordinators, thinking, "How come this coordinator just isn't up to par?" (Master laughs) If the coordinator were indeed really good and could think of everything ahead of time, then I think the other students in that region would really have no way to put their skills and abilities to work. If a certain region is doing well, then it's definitely something like this: the coordinators just say that something needs to be done, and Dafa disciples, of their own initiative, coordinate with each other and overcome the challenges together, fully utilizing Dafa disciples' wisdom, to get it done well and in a more ideal way. Even when the coordinators don't think things through too well or have even overlooked some things, the Dafa disciples will perfect it along the way--and that is your mighty-virtue. Don't get resentful when things are tough, and don't think that you need to have people see what you're doing. Master can see everything you do, and so can all gods. When you have done well that's your own, eternal mighty-virtue.
In your cultivation you can't always look at others. You need to look at yourselves, and cultivate yourselves. When there's a problem, examine yourself and try to find the problem on your part. When you see that something is lacking, figure out how you can do each thing well, keep your thinking right along the way, and manifest the righteous thoughts and righteous actions of a Dafa disciple when faced with challenges--now that is extraordinary. And as a Dafa disciple, that is your validating the Fa with righteous thoughts, and only then are you truly worthy of being a Dafa disciple.
Question: Some countries in the Asia-Pacific region have close ties with the evil, and the disparity in how we've done saving sentient beings is huge.
Teacher: Just do however much you can, and do things that are within your ability and where conditions are ripe. You can hold off in areas where the evil is rampant--that's okay and not our students' fault. Of course, wherever there are no Dafa disciples there will be problems saving lives in the future; since you're Dafa disciples you will think of this. Do things according to the situation, do however much you can, and when it comes to the things you can't do, we'll see what we can do later on.
Question: When we don't have any [preconceived] notions or preset plans, the effect of validating the Fa is excellent, and when the opposite is true the effect is poor.
Teacher: Yes, with a lot of things you do, when you are free of human notions your own attachments won't get mixed in. If, beyond being responsible to the Fa, you have no human attachments, none of your own things, and none of your personal factors mixed in, then you are sure to do that thing well. Whereas once you've mixed in your own factors, then you can't do that thing well.
There's something you must pay attention to: you are validating the Fa, not validating yourselves. A Dafa disciple's responsibility is to validate the Fa. Validating the Fa is cultivation, and what you remove in the cultivation process is none other than the attachment to self; you can't, instead, go and exacerbate the problem of validating oneself, even if you do it unwittingly. When you're validating the Fa and cultivating, that is a process of removing self, and only when you do that are you really validating yourself. That's because ultimately you have to let go of all your human things, and only after you've let go of all your human attachments can you step out from the throngs of everyday people.
You are a cultivator, so you need to have mighty-virtue. And where does your mighty-virtue come from? Doesn't it come from letting go of self and being selfless in this grueling environment, and being completely responsible to the Fa as a Dafa disciple? Isn't that, itself, mighty-virtue? And what's more, you did it in a grueling environment. The more you put you first or mix in [factors of] self, the less mighty-virtue you have, and that's why it is less likely that you succeed at things or do them well. Dafa's things should be the most sacred, and that's why the less you have of your own notions and involve your own factors, the better you can handle them and the more likely you are to succeed.
Question: Can we include photos of Master going through the exercises in the big poster boards we use to display the truth about Dafa?
Teacher: I don't think it's a problem if it's meant to clarify the truth--and haven't you done that already? (Audience laughs)
Question:(Teacher: I won't read out loud all of the courteous words before the questions, okay?) The television media outlet that was created by Dafa disciples needs manpower, material resources, and money to operate for the long haul. And fellow cultivators at the TV station often say to me, since I'm a Taiwanese disciple, "There are 300 to 500 thousand people in Taiwan cultivating Dafa, so when the TV station needs help we shouldn't always have a hard time finding people." Master, could Taiwan focus more on the medium of television to clarify the truth?
Teacher: Those who know the technology or have the special skills, whether they're from Taiwan or elsewhere, they are usually welcome, for sure.
Question: When the progress of a translation gets bogged down, is it due to interference?
Teacher: Usually the specific things Dafa disciples do are related to their own cultivation, and are, at the same time, related to their circumstances. With specific things like this you still need to discuss together and figure out how to handle them better and walk your own paths. None of the foreign-language Dafa books were translated by me (Master laughs, audience laughs), and every Dafa disciple who is involved shoulders different responsibilities. The translation work isn't assigned by somebody. It's all done by people actively discussing [to arrive at their best translation] and coordinating with each other. So just figure out how to do it better. In everything you do, you are validating the Fa and cultivating yourselves, and those are all things you should do.
Question: Should we be selective about admitting students to a Minghui school? (Audience laughs) Master, please give us some guidance on this.
Teacher: What I think is, you are running a school now, so you shouldn't be selective about admission. Actually, you know, Dafa is about cultivation only--Dafa has nothing but cultivation. And even though today the path of cultivation Dafa disciples take is different--in order to clarify the truth, to save more of the world's people, to keep the persecution in check, and so on, some students have gotten together and started up media outlets or done this or that--none of that is part of Dafa itself. Those are cases of students walking their own paths validating the Fa, and those are things created by the students themselves. So that too forges your mighty-virtue, and it's remarkable .
Since it's not part of Dafa, then it must be part of ordinary society, and so it should align with ordinary society. Who you're saving are the lives in ordinary society, so all the more so you need to come closer to ordinary society and have your media outlets become something the general public loves to see and hear. Only that way can you achieve a better effect.
The same is true for Minghui schools. Dafa itself doesn't have schools, but Dafa disciples are saving sentient beings and clarifying the truth, are leaving behind the best things for the people of the future, the beings of the future, and they are nurturing new, young Dafa disciples. So what it comes down to is, what you are doing are all good things. Then since you are doing good things for sentient beings, you can't make distinctions between who can enter and who can't. Wouldn't it be better to admit more people from ordinary society? Put differently, if you want to move toward having a positive cycle--it's draining to always have Dafa disciples fund it--then you have to be rooted in society and get into a positive cycle. That's the way to go.
Question: Can we set up a Minghui class within the educational system and at an existing school?
Teacher: Just do it according to your circumstances and however you do it should be fine. There are no restrictions or set schemes when it comes to doing good things for sentient beings. Whether it be you setting up a Minghui school or holding Minghui classes yourself, or maybe you're a teacher and you teach the students according to Zhen-Shan-Ren in class, there's no problem with any of that. And of course, setting up a Minghui school is just a great thing. Now that they've been set up, I hope you will run them better and better, make them bigger and bigger, and set up more and more of them. They are, for all beings, a blessing, and for the evil beings, it clears them away.
Question: There are often people who come to learn Falun Gong in order to apply for asylum. How should we handle these things?
Teacher: (Teacher laughs) Actually, that's really a disgrace for the Chinese government. How come it's not people from other countries applying for asylum? (Audience laughs) Why are so many people from China applying for asylum? Isn't China claiming to be "strong"? Ever heard of a strong nation having so many people flee it to become asylees? Sounds like that "strong" bit is bogus.
Looking at it another way, all motives aside, if people want a chance to remain in the United States or in another developed country, the easiest way right now is to apply for asylum using the name of Falun Gong. I've heard there are seminars in New York City's Chinatown on applying for asylum, and (audience laughs) they specifically teach in there how to learn Falun Gong. Of course, they're not really teaching people Falun Gong. They're telling people how many movements there are, how many exercises, and what books there are in Falun Gong, along with what the immigration officer will ask in his test (audience laughs). That's what they are doing.
Anyway, once somebody applies for asylum in the name of Falun Gong, he has given his future to Falun Gong. That's because he is changing his fate using Falun Gong's name--whether he's aware of it or not. That's putting it in ordinary human terms. The truth is, everyone came here for Dafa, and if the whole world came for Dafa, then of course it's no big deal if they benefit a little from Dafa. So go ahead, then. (Teacher laughs) As long as the local government doesn't object, we won't either.
However, when somebody has gained political asylum using Falun Gong's name, he is indebted to Falun Gong since it changed his fate. Then that person absolutely cannot be against Falun Gong, or he'll be severing his future. There is nothing more dangerous. So with people like him, it's fine if they come to learn the practice or do the exercises, but along the way you should tell them about what's at stake: "Make sure you don't get involved in persecuting Falun Gong, don't even think about doing that. This is for your own good. I'm telling you this only because you want to use Falun Gong; otherwise I wouldn't say anything."
Question: I, a disciple, would like to write in the form of poetry to assist Master in Fa-rectification. I'd like to ask Master, how can I improve my creativity and writing skills?
Teacher: Actually, I know that what you want to ask is how you can enrich your wisdom to good effect validating the Fa. If you have the foundation that's needed, you will be able to compose good pieces, for sure, whereas if you're completely lacking one you'll have a certain amount of trouble at first. For example, if you want to write Tang-style poems then you need to first learn about things like what Tang poetry is like, [or similarly,] what Song verse is like or what Yuan drama and verse are like, and then you can try to compose something. Since you're a Dafa disciple, perhaps when you really want to do that, you will be able to, and well, and you will definitely start off more quickly and mature faster than others, for sure. There are several Dafa disciples who write poetry very fast and without much effort; when they want to compose something they can just compose it right away. With ordinary people, though, it's a big strain for them to compose something, and they have to get in the right mood and think of some approach or other. But with Dafa disciples things should go quickly, whatever it may be. When you let go of self even more, your wisdom for validating the Fa will naturally come forth.
Question: Recently you mentioned that certain words in your writings need to be revised. Can we directly paste the correct words over the old ones, instead of scratching the old ones off?
Teacher: Actually it's fine however you do it, as long as you correct them. The students in Mainland China don't have the means to do this. I know that in the past, most of the books printed in Mainland China used newsprint, and it was pretty thick, so it won't be damaged if you scratch it lightly with a thin blade. I'm just giving you an idea. You don't have to do it that way. (Audience laughs)
Question: Out of economic interests, some Asian governments pretend they don't see the persecution that's happening in China. Should we put more effort into helping them see the truth about China's economy?
Teacher: You can do anything as long as it benefits sentient beings. People think about things differently, and they have different norms they live by. Some people might not consider material gain that important, and you will get good results after they learn the facts. But I know human beings tend to be tempted by material interests.
So let me talk a little about the people in this world. Material interests are necessarily the driving force for lives of the past, who are selfish. The world's people just live for and are driven by self-interest. And more than anything self-interest can make a person feel happy or agonize, but even if somebody fulfills his desires, what he gains isn't something everlasting for him, or something concrete and real. Besides, no matter how hard human beings fight for such things, it's not truly in their hands, since a person's whole life in this world was determined far in advance, and gods control every step a human being takes. No matter what a person wants, that doesn't count, though a person's pursuits can become attachments. The world's people invariably do things out of self-interest, even though they can't really achieve what they want. That's how human beings are. Regardless of whether human beings can obtain something, they will act on it, and that's human behavior. And it wouldn't work if they just sat there and waited for good things to drop in their laps--human beings have to do things. When it's something that belongs to a person, he has to work to get it; and when it's something that doesn't belong to him, out of attachments he'll labor to get it just the same. That's how human beings are. The truth is, beyond being attached, while human beings live in this world they are never able to take their fate into their own hands. There's no way they can get whatever they want. For a person to get something, it has to be something that's preordained as part of his life; if it's not preordained for him he will never have it. I've said before that two things can change a human being's life. One is cultivation, and the other is for that being to start declining. Those things can change a person's life. Besides them there's no other way for a person to change his life.
So then for a human being what's the meaning of life? It's to experience the feeling you get from being attached to self-interest and enjoying the course of a human life soaked in emotion. Think about how pitiful that is, and what kind of feeling that really is. They're happy when they get something and miserable when they lose it; when they eat meat they find it tasty, and when they eat candy they find it sweet... but in the human world there's also bitter, biting, and painful things, there are the feelings young people have which come from emotional attachments, and then there are the feelings people in different social strata have as they chase after, gain, or lose things over the course of their lives--even though those gains and losses aren't something that really come from effort. That's how people are when they live in this world. People are so pitiable! And yet people just can't see through this so-called "reality," nor do they want to.
Now for gods, if they're going to make all those feelings human beings have in this world intense, there have to be some factors involved. For example, they created emotions and feelings for human beings; they gave them a pair of eyes that can't see the true picture of the cosmos, and the illusion of material things; and of course there are a lot of other factors. Only then could they make people attached to enjoying these feelings, feelings that gods give man alone, and intensify such feelings. So to have people experience such intense feelings, it was also necessary to make people desire that feeling one has when he gets what he wants. To put it plainly, the lives human beings lead are really just motivated by self-interest--it's self-interest that keeps a person going. Out of self-interest two people will fight; out of self-interest two nations will battle; and out of self-interest a World War can break out. It's because humans have this attachment, this desire, of self-interest. And exactly because these factors exist, it's easy for gods to control things.
Don't people talk about human rights, freedom of belief, and whatnot these days? Dafa disciples have seen--as cultivators all of you can see clearly--that nothing here in the human world is reliable, and when self-interest is involved those things are just scrapped. In the West aren't a lot of countries working for democracy, freedom of belief, and human rights? It seems like a sign of modernity's progress, but then when they're enticed by self-interest, how many governments speak out against those vile gangsters in China who are persecuting Falun Gong students? What we've seen is, they don't dare to confront the issue, even though many areas that are always thought of as markers of "progress"--such as human rights, freedom of belief, and so on--are being abused. When self-interest is involved they turn so lifeless and weak, they ignore what they see, and they don't dare to speak out. All of that talk about democracy, freedom of belief, and... all those things people hold in such high esteem and advocate for so strongly instantly become meaningless when material gain is on the line.
As Dafa disciples, you should be clearer about this: we can't be attached to anything in this world. We cultivate while conforming as much as possible to ordinary society, and even when we're clarifying the truth now via things like human rights and freedom of belief, that's still to save sentient beings, that's all. Back when Communism came along, weren't people fanatical about it for a while, and didn't a lot of people think it was society making progress? It's not enough for you, a cultivator, to just be detached from the human things here--you need to also be sober about them.
I'm not saying you should oppose those things. That should be clear to a Dafa disciple. What I'm doing is conveying, telling you, a truth of the Fa. For mankind to reach this point day, to be able to rationally reduce people's suffering, there's nothing wrong with that on man's part. But what can people really accomplish? Actually, being irrational when self-interest is involved is also something under the control of gods. And that's why when you clarify the truth to the government or the business sector, you'll get the feeling that people definitely make their own practical interests the priority, business people will definitely be thinking about their own company's financial status, since for them those things are the most important. When you go and clarify the truth to them, they don't want to listen when the thing at hand affects their vital self-interest. I've seen that, too. But people are different, and like I just said, there are people who live by different principles. That's how it is. You can go and do that [form of truth clarification], but you need to be perfectly clear on things, and you need to know how mankind is.
Question: As your disciple, I'd like to ask, why was it arranged in history to have Hong Kong and Macau exist in Mainland China under the form of "one country, two systems"? What is the historical origin of these places?
Teacher: In terms of their historical origin, they are part of China's territory. On this point, you can't say they're another country's territory. As for "one country, two systems," since everyone knows that Party is no good, and they themselves even know everybody thinks that way, well, while they wanted to take the territories back and have them ruled by the Party, they also knew that Hong Kong and Macau wouldn't agree to it, nor would the world, so that resulted in, "one country, two systems." (Audience laughs) It's really a shameful thing. How come when other countries had territory returned they didn't keep two systems? Isn't it because people don't like that stuff of yours?
Question: Is the real purpose of having "one country, two systems" to give the Chinese people a chance to learn the true situation?
Teacher: Of course, nothing happens by accident, and nothing happens just for one reason. When gods arrange something they don't think like humans do. When they arrange something, the issues involved are huge and all encompassing. When human beings look at the world, they do so from amidst one level of particles. For example, this world that human beings see is between two types of particles--molecules and planets--and they look at this world from amidst the particles that are made up of molecules. Gods are different. A god looks at, within the scope of his abilities, the outcomes of what will happen with all the particles in the cosmos as they relate to one thing. They look at things multi-dimensionally and from all perspectives, and that's why multiple goals are achieved by the things they arrange.
Also, even with how it is, human beings aren't even allowed to see everything in this world that's formed by this level of particles. The reason being, if they let humans see everything, there would be a lot that science couldn't explain, and then people would believe in gods even if you didn't let them. So in order to keep human beings from seeing this world with perfect clarity, they had to create for human beings a pair of eyes like this. Since human beings' eyes are made up of molecular particles, why is it that they still can't see some things that are made up of molecular particles and within this scope? That's because they set up a lot of obstacles for man. The real purpose of the two systems is to meet the design-needs of the world in this historical period. I've talked about these things before.
Question: I often use the literary form of poetry to write truth-clarification articles for Dafa websites, and sometimes, to express the inner meaning of validating the Fa, I didn't strictly follow the rules and forms of classical poetic composition. Was it wrong to do that? If it is done to accurately express inner meaning, it's not necessary to strictly adhere to the rules and forms of classical poetic composition or stick to conventions--is this understanding correct?
Teacher: You want to break their rules--is that what you're saying? Actually, that's precisely modern man's mentality after his morality has declined--that is, going against tradition and what's orthodox. I'm not talking about you here. I'm saying that in terms of the Fa that is where mankind is right now. The truth is, mankind is spiraling downward and growing ignorant. Chinese culture is something gods passed down to man, and every dynasty's culture, including its poetry--be it Tang poetry, Song verse, or Yuan drama and verse--they're all forms of culture that different cosmic bodies brought to human beings when they came to form karmic connections. So, if you want to compose those things it's best to follow their rules. If you say, "I don't like rhyming," well, if you don't like rhyming then there are prose poems nowadays, so you can write prose poems. Those don't have too much that needs to be followed, and they are in keeping with modern forms. But actually, I think those poems are too bland and don't have any deeper meaning. The poems composed with ancient forms are, on the other hand, something you can savor.
Question: I'd like to send you greetings on behalf of Chongqing Dafa disciples and to pass along their thoughts. They asked me to make sure to relay them to you.
Teacher: Thank you all. (Applause) Master is fully aware. Tell them that Master is fully aware.
Question: Some disciples are taking some wrong turns after being imprisoned in a labor camp, and other disciples are quite anxious and worried about their state. How should we help them?
Teacher: If they should be helped, help them. Lies are easy to expose. What "repentance"? Where's that "repentance" going to lead? Isn't all that just deception? Upon returning to society and thinking things over calmly, everything will become clear. With all those who were supposedly "transformed," didn't they become clear about things not long after they got out? How many of them have stayed foggy-headed this whole time? As for those who couldn't measure up this whole time, that's because they feel that they did too many bad things, they know they were wrong, and they're too ashamed to face [fellow Dafa] students, and now they're attached to that shame. That's the reason.
Question: Is it okay for our students to spend money to rent a place for truth-clarification work?
Teacher: Actually, when it comes to clarifying the truth, Dafa disciples have always used their own savings and salaries to do things. But you do need to take into consideration how you live: not only should you consider how you live, but also how your family lives, and consider others. If you can't handle your family life or your own life well, that's going to make it hard for you to clarify the truth. Or from another perspective, if your life isn't stable and you even have trouble feeding yourself, then you'll have to divert your attention to that, and wouldn't your truth-clarification work in fact be disrupted? So you have to consider your circumstances. I can see your hearts. Just do what you can.
Question: Could Master talk a little more about the future of the cosmos and mankind?
Teacher: Talking about the future at this time has no real meaning for you. Mankind's future will be wonderful and the people who remain will be blessed. That's because Dafa was imparted here and so this place is kept, and the beings who didn't sin against Dafa in this period will be blessed. Because Dafa was imparted and spread here, it established for the future beings favorable conditions for them to live here. Maybe the grains of the future will be in the form of fruit-bearing trees, with each grain of rice being this big (depicting with hands something like an American football). Just a little humor. But, relatively speaking, the amount of labor involved will be a lot less; the water and air will be clean; those poisonous and harmful things, like bugs, mosquitoes, flies, they'll all be gone; and the world will truly be wonderful. The old gods can't imagine the wonderfulness of the new cosmos since they can't see it, and they don't dare to, and aren't able to, imagine what it is like--it's built entirely on a different foundation. The beings of the past were selfish, but the cosmos of the future is not founded upon selfishness, and everything will be better.
Question: In the near future a lot of people will come over to obtain the Fa of their own initiative, so should we expand our practice sites?
Teacher: Of course that's what you should do, and you've been doing that. (Audience laughs) When there are too many people for one site to hold, just start a new practice site. Yes, that's how it should be done.
Question: Some students in Japan don't trust each other, which makes it hard to carry out a lot of our Fa-validation work. I feel sad, and really hope that we can improve together as a group soon.
Teacher: Indeed. Actually, regardless of the situation, when bad factors have a foothold, that's because our students have problems. Yesterday a student brought up the problem of fake writings, and I would ask this: you are a being forged by Dafa, so how could you be deceived by that fake stuff? And why don't you evaluate things with the Fa's standards? Then didn't the evil gain a foothold because of your attachments being too strong? Actually, some people are still not rational, and their righteous thoughts aren't strong enough.
Question: In Japan there are more than a thousand religions being spread, and Japanese people always describe Falun Gong as a religion.
Teacher: Here's what I think about this. From now on, when somebody says Falun Gong is a religion, just let it go. If they want to learn more you can tell them how Falun Gong is not a religion; and if they don't want to learn more, you don't need to talk about whether it's a religion. If somebody wants to call it a religion, so be it, since in society the term "religion" doesn't have any bad connotations. Dafa disciples don't take up the form of religion when cultivating, since you don't observe rituals and don't want those rituals to interfere with you. What I'm telling you is a basic principle in the Fa. However much ordinary people can understand it... in fact, I told you long ago that ordinary people would call us a religion. I discussed that before when I was teaching the Fa.
Question: In the Japanese edition of Zhuan Falun should the character "的," as in "目的," also be changed to the character "地"?
Teacher: With Japanese it's a different story, since its meanings are different from those of the Han Chinese characters. I think it's better not to touch the Japanese version.
Question: Isn't it true that the students who are part of the Falun Dafa Association shouldn't stifle everything that other students do? (Audience laughs)
Teacher: With the things that students do to validate the Fa and save all beings by clarifying the truth, they shouldn't stop them, and whoever does that is wrong. But some students tend to go to extremes with things, and that can easily have a negative effect. In that case it is necessary to stop them. Many of you here are the coordinators in different areas, and you should remember one thing: except for when overall coordination is necessary to get something done, let's loosen the reins and let students temper themselves, and let's give them a chance to create their own mighty-virtue. You have to give the students opportunities and let them do things. You must remember this. Even I, your master, am setting the reins down and letting our students walk their own paths. When a student has done something wrong you should point it out to him. And if he truly has had a bad effect, then you should talk to him with all due seriousness, and figure out how to correct it and make up for the bad effect. But don't say he is a demon. It's hard to avoid making mistakes in cultivation, and of the mistakes, some are going to be big and some small.
Then as for our students, you should take a serious look at yourself. You're a Dafa disciple, so you can't be irresponsible to yourself or to Dafa. You are, after all, a being forged by Dafa, and your mighty-virtue will shine brightly in the cosmos of the future. So how could we afford not to walk our paths well? So, let's not place too much blame on the coordinators. Say the coordinator became perfect, he finished his cultivation, but your gaze was always directed outward, instead of going inward cultivating yourself--then would you still be a cultivator? The person you are cultivating is you. If there really is something wrong with the coordinator, then calmly point it out with good intentions. You are all cultivators, and cultivators still have human attachments that they haven't yet removed, human attachments are really vulnerable to getting provoked, and when they are provoked they're apt to play a negative role. So you should be kind and resolve things in a kind way, you should be friendly and cordial, and explain things clearly, out of goodwill. And then things will work out. But, if a coordinator can't even listen to different opinions that are offered up with good intentions, that means he's got problems.
On the other hand, a very small number of students are like this: on the surface they're kind to others, but what they say carries a lot of their own factors, even factors that irk others. But on the surface what they say is plenty gentle. (Audience laughs) That's being slick and fooling people, and it's absolutely not the state that a Dafa disciple should have.
If the coordinators in a particular area aren't cultivating based on the Fa, and/or the Dafa disciples there aren't studying the Fa diligently, then the kinds of complicated things we're talking about will appear. But all Dafa disciples and coordinators should be clear on something: a person's human attachments that haven't yet been cultivated away will come out, but that doesn't mean he is no good; and a lot of his well-cultivated facets won't be displayed, since he's cultivated away those human attachments, after all. The fact is, when a cultivator is among ordinary people but no longer has any human attachments, he really has nothing that can manifest, and of course when he has truly cultivated to that point he will Consummate. So as long as somebody has human attachments they'll show themselves, but that doesn't mean he hasn't cultivated or that he hasn't cultivated well. It's just that he didn't do so well with some particular issue or in some area. You should all pay attention to this.
In other words, it's no big deal if human attachments come out as we cultivate ourselves. What's key is that everyone handles himself as a cultivator, and when problems come along, you look inside. If everyone can do that, the cultivation state of that area is sure to be great and conflicts are sure to be few.
Question: There are no leaders in cultivation, and Dafa has no organization. When the members or head of our Association interact with other groups in society and with government agencies, is it appropriate to use the titles of Chair or Member of the Association?
Teacher: I'd say it's appropriate--wasn't the association created so that you would conform to ordinary society? Then why not use that approach to clarify the truth in ordinary society? Of course it's okay, and the government allows you to register. But you can't have an attachment to showing off, for you are validating the Fa, not yourselves.
Dafa disciples are true cultivators. If today's society weren't how it is, I really wouldn't even want you to set up these [Dafa] Associations, and we'd just have practice sites at different locations along with some coordinators, and then some coordinators for the region, that's all. In fact, a coordinator is someone who gathers people together, and he too is an ordinary cultivator; he's somebody who serves others and gives more of himself.
Question: A group of cancer patients wants us to go teach them the practice. Can we do that? [And another question is,] we don't have the basic skills for singing and dancing, but if we really put our mind to learning and practicing them, can we put together a large-scale performance in a short time?
Teacher: As for this [second] thing, do what you can in keeping with your circumstances and abilities. But if you don't have the basics needed to do a large-scale performance, yet you insist on having one, then the audience is going to laugh at you. It's fine to entertain people, but if people are critical and making fun of you, then I think that'll be counterproductive. So what you do should be subject to circumstances.
As for cancer patients wanting to learn the practice, it depends on motivations . When the world's people want to obtain the Fa, cultivate, or say that Falun Dafa is great, that is human beings proactively validating the Fa and proactively choosing their own futures. But if you use Dafa as some kind of tool for healing, and do that among ordinary people, then that's actually being disrespectful to Dafa.
You can go to prisons to introduce the practice, and you can go to hospitals to teach it to patients. We do that to validate Dafa. Your thinking has to be the same as when you go elsewhere to teach the practice, and in essence you're doing it to save sentient beings and have people obtain the Fa and gain salvation. If you make Dafa into a tool for correcting people's mistakes or curing people's illnesses, or think of it as a way to change the ordeals ordinary people have [in store for them], then that's a problem. Dafa is being spread in human society for the sole purpose of saving people. You must be clear on this. Some people say, "Falun Gong is incredibly good at curing cancer. You should all come practice it," in which case it definitely won't work, since your thinking is off. Dafa is not here to heal people. It resolves problems for people for the purpose of saving them on a fundamental level. If that's the starting point then the result is going to be good, for sure. But if you go about it with an attachment to some ordinary thing, then the effect won't be good.
Cultivation is a solemn thing. Li Hongzhi absolutely did not come here to lead you to heal people, and even less so for some human thing, and absolutely not to lead you to start some religion in society. I came to teach you to cultivate and out of a sense of responsibility for saving your life.
Question: During Taiwan's presidential election, some students' human attachments got stirred up. Was it a test arranged by the old forces? What's the right way for us to handle this?
Teacher: Even if the sky were to fall, a cultivator's righteous thoughts would stay unshaken--that is cultivation, and that is remarkable. (Applause) A cultivator is not attached to anything in this world. Dafa disciples' cultivation takes a different form today. In cultivation you do your best out in the world to conform to ordinary society, you have normal jobs in ordinary society, and you have your families, jobs, and all that--you are closely tied to society. With the Taiwan election, some students thought a certain person was pretty good and so they wanted to vote for him, while others thought a different person was pretty good and wanted to vote for that one. People have their own, different views, and there's nothing wrong with that. A person's own actions out in society don't represent Dafa. But you can't be attached to those things the way ordinary people are.
Whoever you vote for, I can't, as your Master, say that you're wrong, nor do I get involved in those things. That's because the path I ask you to take has you cultivate in ordinary society. Cultivators can only benefit a society. You cultivate in ordinary society but you don't steer human society in one direction or another.
So for each student, it's fine for you to vote as an individual for whomever you want. It's just that you can't be too attached. But through the persecution against Dafa disciples in Mainland China, Dafa disciples have seen through something, and so some are thinking, "Whoever is close to the evil that's persecuting us, I won't vote for him." (Applause) And as your Master I have no objection to that either. (Audience laughs, applauds) Those are the students' own thoughts, and as your Master I haven't told you who to vote for. Still less will I tell you to take any group action, and that's not allowed. (Audience laughs)
As far as students discussing certain things with each other goes, that's what they do, and do as individuals, with their fellow cultivators. And when you talk about who you'll vote for or who somebody else is going to vote for, those are all the actions of individuals and have nothing to do with Dafa itself or the Dafa Association. A coordinator in the Dafa Association can, just the same, support a certain party, and that's his personal action. I say that because he is cultivating and at the same time a member of society. Could you ask him to completely do away with all human things while cultivating? That can only happen when his cultivation is Consummated. So while he's cultivating in ordinary society, he will be interacting with society, and he'll vote for whoever he wants to. He will have his own views, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Whatever the outcome of the election, it shouldn't lead to clashes out in society--that'd be awfully dangerous. As a cultivator you should be stricter with yourself, and that's why I tell our students that you can't be affected by human attachments or be impulsive like ordinary people. The reason is, you carry energy and have abilities, what you do drives very large factors, and the impact you'd have on society would be huge. So you can't follow the lead of ordinary people. I did see some students get affected by ordinary people to the point that they were angry and emotionally charged, and their righteous thoughts weren't strong; at that point nobody could see your cultivator's image. You can't do that. During our April 25th appeal years back, we were peaceful and perfectly rational. We are good for society.
Question: Now that not many of the old forces' dark minions and evil beings are left, what's interfering with students when they don't do well?
Teacher: A lot of the old forces' dark minions have been eliminated, they're contracting around Mainland China, and from time to time they come out to do something bad. (Audience laughs) And what I want to purge are those bad gods who are outside the Three Realms. They are directing the evil beings, and some are even doing things themselves. But in any case, when it's at this point, if a god dares to directly take part in those things, then even if I don't purge him, those above will. Things are now changing fast.
Question: What does "Lasting or momentary--all caused by time" mean?
Teacher: "Lasting" refers to having gone through long, drawn-out years and everything that unfolded over that time. The "momentary" part just refers to a brief segment of time. Whether it be lasting or momentary, as gods see it, the time-concept's length is the same. And perhaps a moment of time there will result in long, drawn-out years for the lives here. And to our eyes what is but a moment, that moment could be a long, lasting period in another time field. Meanwhile, what's a long, lasting period in our world is but a brief moment to certain gigantic gods. It's time that causes all of this, and it's time that is playing tricks. That's what it means.
Question: I had a chance to run for city council, and I got to make friends with many people from different walks of life, and that laid a good foundation for clarifying the truth in the future. Because I wasn't familiar with the city council position, I had to spend some time learning about issues in the community, participating in community service work, and learning about how to be a council member. Sometimes I feel pretty conflicted about it, as I think I should spend the time producing television programs or on other forms of truth-clarification work.
Teacher: The Fa I teach is about cultivating in ordinary society. And when you cultivate in ordinary society, you're going to have all kinds of interactions with society as a Dafa disciple. The different jobs you have inherently [mean you will] interact with society. There's no conflict there.
Actually, a lot of our students have different jobs and they clarify the truth alongside their work. It's just a matter of how to plan and use your time well, it's a matter of how to do better. I'm not against your having certain select jobs. No matter how big a business you run or how high your position is, none of that's at odds [with what we're doing]. I want to affirm that people from any walk of life can cultivate, and I'm truly setting a precedent [by allowing this]. In history there were very few cases of rich people or people in high-ranking positions being saved. But I don't discriminate based on that, I only look at people's hearts. I'll save everyone. (Applause) Lived experience has proven that that was right--not only is it doable, my Dafa disciples have succeeded at cultivation. In the past, because there was no Great Law, the truths that different gods validated and enlightened to were not the fundamental truth of the cosmos. Today the Great Law is being passed on, so anything can be done.
Question: We have a lot of work and activities for validating the Fa. I don't have the time to ensure I get everything done, and every day I have little time for doing the exercises and studying Fa.
Teacher: Yes, that is a problem. If you're really busy with certain concrete Dafa work, you can ease up a bit on the exercises and find time later on to make it up. That's okay. The reason being, with these exercises, you can do them more when you have the time, and you can do them less when you don't. Master has told you about this. When it comes to Fa-study, though, I think you still need to squeeze in time for study, even if it means for a little while only. But when you squeeze in time for study there's a problem that's apt to come up: you can't calm your mind, and if you can't calm your mind, you're in fact studying in vain and wasting time. If you're going to study, you need to set aside everything else that's on your mind, keep your mind steady, quiet your mind, and truly study. Even if you just study a few paragraphs [this way], it's better than reading the entire book with a restless mind. When you study the Fa, you have to absorb it.
Question: Is it true that all of the ordeals disciples now go through are caused by the old forces' targeting the Fa-rectification?
Teacher: No, your ordeals are all part of your cultivation, and the old forces' interference targets the cultivation of only a small number of you. I'm saying that I don't acknowledge the old forces' interfering with Dafa disciples, because the Dafa disciples are my disciples, and nobody else is worthy of handling them. And even less could we let them succeed in their plot to use Dafa disciples and impose things on the Dafa disciples to achieve their goals, ruining my disciples. The reason they've been able to interfere is, they have seized on your attachments and shortcomings, and then there's your karma left over from your past. The persecution also stems from these factors. The Fa-rectification beyond the Three Realms doesn't have that direct of a connection with you, but you are here during the Fa-rectification period and you're here when Master is here, and you are Dafa Disciples in the Fa-rectification period.
Question: Some students think that if they just stay home and send righteous thoughts, and use phone calls to clarify the truth, they count as Fa-rectification disciples and don't need to come out. Is that okay?
Teacher: If they're not all that busy with Dafa things, then it's not quite right if they don't come out for group activities to validate the Fa and clarify the truth, or for other activities like group Fa-study. Group Fa-study is an environment I created for you and a form that I've left for you. I think you should still participate. That's because it has stood the test of experience, and cultivating that way allows our students to improve the fastest. When you cultivate on your own, you miss out on factors that help you improve. And haven't you, as Dafa disciples, said that you would do as your Master says? Haven't you said that you should walk straight on the path that a Dafa disciple should take?
I can see your challenges, so I don't want to say that you "must do" such and such. I rarely say that, because I know it's tough for you. Besides, in cultivation you've got to come to understand things on your own. I spell out the Fa's principles, but you need to walk the path yourself. If I told you that you "must do" such and such, but you had an omission with something, then the omission would in fact be Master's fault; Master wouldn't have let you come to your own understanding of that thing or let you handle it yourself, so that part of you wouldn't be cultivated. That's why I rarely put things that way. A Dafa disciple should recognize his responsibilities and what he should do as a Dafa disciple.
Question: I've participated in important activities to validate the Fa many times, and discovered that when we try to accomplish something big, there is often a lot of interference, karma elimination, etc.
Teacher: There's been disruption from day one, so disruptions come along sometimes, both big and small. The remnants of the old forces and those bad things just won't quit. Every time I teach the Fa, they can hear it. Just like you they hear it, and at the same time as you, but they just insist on doing those things. Their sins are so great that they can't be measured in terms of their lives anymore. In the future they will pay for their sins endlessly, but even so they won't be able to pay for all of it--that's how huge their sins are. And when it comes to the old forces' remnants in the Three Realms, and the variety of degenerate factors in the cosmos, those final old factors are sacrificing them and making them carry on all the way to the end. Those things' sins are so huge that their sins could incinerate them. It's the savagery of those bad factors that has made them that way.
Question: Is it better to have a simple or complicated mind? And for what reasons?
Teacher: In the eyes of gods, if a person's mind is simple and clean, gods consider him a good person. And if a person's mind is complicated, then gods consider him bad, because as gods see it, hasn't it become complicated because of attachments formed in the human world? Isn't being complicated a result of being attached to the human world? So this is a truth in cultivation.
Having a simple mind doesn't mean you have little wisdom, and having a complicated mind doesn't mean you have wisdom. And that's not at odds with the form of cultivation Dafa disciples do here in the setting of ordinary people or any of the things you're doing today to validate the Fa. A Dafa disciple's wisdom comes from righteous thoughts--divine thoughts--and that kind of wisdom is different from the concept of a complicated mind that has formed among ordinary people and in society. That stuff is all about self-interest, it's selfish, and it's a form of cunning developed by scheming against other people. A Dafa disciple's starting point, on the other hand, is validating Dafa, and there's no seeking something for oneself. So it's fundamentally different. The latter is great wisdom, while the former should be called complicated thoughts. And their manifestations are different, to be sure.
Question: For a long time now, our area has had a lot of veteran students who haven't come to group Fa-study for quite some time, and they don't do the exercises with us outdoors, either. They think that they can, without coming to group Fa-study, study the Fa well at home just the same, and that at home they can likewise do a good job with the exercises. They think that going about things that way doesn't prevent us from improving as a whole.
Teacher: Actually, I'd say that if there really are people like that, then it's the result of their human attachments. If you don't believe it, dig into the roots of your mind and you're sure to find attachments. To put it lightly, you are lazy. Put more seriously, you're afraid. Of course, some veteran students are tied up with specific work, and that's different.
Question: If someone followed that disgraceful person in Hong Kong at one time, can he still participate in the media projects we're now doing?
Teacher: It's better not to ask Master a specific question like this. Some of our students have made mistakes, but as long as they have corrected them it's fine--who has never made a mistake? So from the student's perspective, when other students don't trust you, don't stubbornly go against them. It's not a bad idea to avoid the issue a little bit, as that way both sides have less psychological pressure on them.
If people don't let you do those things, you can just go out on the street to pass out flyers, which saves sentient beings just the same. Or you can go to the consulate or embassy to send righteous thoughts or do other things. You can do any of that, so why do you have to be attached to some one thing? The more attached you get, the worse the impression you'll give other students, right? So why insist on it? And won't the old forces use your being like that to cause commotion? So with anything you do, if it can stem from your considering Dafa, then I think things will be different and the situation will change. I'd suggest that all the students who are being regarded with suspicion go to the consulates or embassies and out on the street to pass out information, go to the places that need you most and directly, face-to-face, clarify the truth to people, and don't get involved in the inner workings of projects for now. Show everyone whether you're real, whether you're up to par.
As for those who really are a problem, you don't need to worry about them. Those people are among Dafa disciples but not in the Fa, and once the old forces are done with them their lives will be ended. Actually, I know that some of the ones with problems do know Dafa is good, but because they fear that the spy agencies will publicize the shameful things they did before which harmed people, their fear has led them to keep doing bad things while begging, all the while, Master's Law Bodies to make things easier for them. But how could they? Cultivation is so solemn, especially a Dafa disciple's cultivation--how great the mighty-virtue! Yet they're begging like that out of attachment, and on top of that they have a filthy fear. They won't get any approval, that's not possible. But the old forces' remnants and rotten demons can see those people's attachments, and so they impersonate Master and lead you along or tell you it's okay to do certain things. By doing that they're trying to persecute you to death.
Question: All Taiwan's Dafa disciples and young disciples in Taiwan's Minghui schools send their greetings to Master.(Teacher: Thank you.) (Everyone applauds) All young disciples in Taiwan's Minghui kindergartens send their greetings to Master. During the Fa-rectification period, how can we better use the approach of education to validate Dafa?
Teacher: Actually, what you are doing is validating Dafa. The students at the Minghui schools have become young disciples, and that's had an impact on society, it has impacted schools, and impacted educational circles. So to have things done in greater depth and with more breadth, that, in fact, is what I'm hoping you'll do. (Teacher laughs) (Applause) I said that's what I'm hoping for, but to put it more accurately, that's what all lives are hoping for. (Teacher laughs) (Applause)
Question: In one area, after some people had just arrived from China and claimed they were Dafa disciples, some fellow cultivators immediately helped them apply for asylum. Do we need to take some time to learn more about them before we help them to gain refugee status?
Teacher: When it comes to these issues, students can decide for themselves what to do based on the circumstances. If the person is a true Dafa disciple, then you can't refuse to help when he has hardship. Ask him a lot of questions from the Fa and it'll be clear, won't it?
Question: Some students go to extremes when they do things and have had a bad effect on Dafa.
Teacher: The beings that gods respect the least are those who can't find themselves and whose righteous thoughts are lacking whenever they do things. If somebody can't find himself, if he doesn't say what he means, if he goes to extremes when he does things, and if the real him isn't in control, then tell me, who would I be saving? Which one is you? Gods have the least respect for beings like that. Even though those people have joined the ranks of Dafa disciples, they're actually not part of Dafa. That's truly sad. They have no righteous thoughts.
Question: Some students who have supernormal abilities think that, when they send righteous thoughts, the lives in other dimensions should be saved, and that it's a bit uncompassionate to eradicate them...
Teacher: If Fa-rectification didn't exist, or if when this happened it was jus