Stories of My Cultivation

A Taiwanese Falun Gong Practit

PureInsight | April 5, 2004

[] During the course of my cultivation, I have witnessed more and more manifestations of miracles in Falun Dafa and of Teacher's compassion. Teacher said:

If every one of you can understand the Fa from the depths of your mind, that will truly be the manifestation of the Fa whose power knows no boundary-the reappearance of the mighty Buddha Fa in the human world!

(From "Cautionary Advice" in Essentials for Further Advancement) I have experienced many miracles during my cultivation history. These stories are about some of them.

In terms of the sitting meditation (the 5th Falun Gong exercise), during the first three months after I first obtained the Fa, I was unable to sit in a full lotus position (putting up both legs on top of each other). My legs not used to the position and would slip down naturally each time I put them on top of each other. I was unable to hold them in place with my hands during the exercise because I needed to conjoin the hands (Jieyin) (See Figure 5-1 of Chapter II: Illustrations and Explanations of the Exercise Movements in The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa) My husband had the same problem with keeping both of his legs up as well. So he bought a rope to tie his legs up to keep them in place when practicing the 5th exercise. My husband was more capable of enduring the leg pain than I was. He struggled to complete 30 minutes of practice without any moaning or groaning. After he had finished the 5th exercise, he helped tie up my legs too so that I could try to practice the 5th exercise in a double lotus position as well. It was so painful that my heart almost popped out. After the practice, my two legs had turned black [1]. I must have had a lot of karma to eliminate. I finally made it through the half an hour. When I finished, I burst into tears, because I was in so much pain. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that could do the sitting meditation in a full lotus position for half an hour from then on.

One day, the assistant of our local group practice site brought us to a rural area to promote Falun Dafa. Several of us distributed leaflets of Dafa from one household to another. It was raining that day. We walked on the muddy roads and sometimes were chased by dogs. I carried a heavy bag of the leaflets and walked in this condition for a whole day. My arms and hands were very tired and sore at the end of the day. My feet had become numb and swollen. I was worried about whether I would be able to practice the sitting meditation the next morning in a full lotus position. Surprisingly, I did not feel any pain when I put my legs up. I felt very relaxed and comfortable and I ended up doing the sitting meditation for a full hour.

During the New Year holidays, I was hurrying to finish some Dafa work. I worked from morning until night with little sleep. My two arms felt so sore that I could not raise my arms or carry anything with them. I thought I might not be able to practice the second Falun Gong exercise (Falun Standing Stance), which requires keeping my arms in the air for 30 minutes (See the illustrations for the Falun Standing Stance) However, I was able to raise my arms easily when practicing the Falun Standing Stance with my fellow practitioners at our local group practice site. I felt a kind of relaxation that I had never experienced before. My arms felt light and not tired at all. I felt as if someone was supporting my arms when I was practicing the four wheel-holding positions of the Falun Standing Stance. Now I am always in good physical condition even when I stay up until midnight and get up early the next morning to practice the Falun Gong exercises before going to work. Dafa is truly miraculous. It has brought me an exceptional vitality.

I wondered why I was unable to maintain the full lotus position for three month after obtaining Dafa, but then was suddenly able to do it every day after I tied up my legs. Then I remembered that Teacher said:

Perhaps everyone has heard this statement in Buddhism: "When one's Buddha-nature emerges, it will shake 'the world of ten directions.'" Whoever sees it will come to give a hand and help this person out unconditionally.

(From "Genuinely Guiding People Toward High Levels" In Lecture One of Zhuan Falun)

My understanding is that I had shown my determination in cultivation when I tied up my legs, so Teacher came to help me maintain the full lotus position. When I participated in promoting Falun Dafa and did other Dafa work, I did so out of my wish to help others. Even though it was very difficult, I didn't give up and persisted until the tasks were completed. I believe that Teacher only looks at our determination in cultivation. Because I had upgraded my character to a higher level, I experienced an infinite relaxation when practicing the Falun Gong exercises.

Please feel free to correct any mistakes there might be in my understanding of the Fa. I hope my experiences will provide examples and encouragement to fellow practitioners and those who are interested in learning Falun Dafa.


[1] The founder of Falun Dafa, Mr. Li Hongzhi, said:

The sitting meditation requires putting up both legs on top of each other for a long period of time. The legs will be painful and numb after assuming the posture. As time passes by, one will begin to feel quite uneasy and then become rather restless. Suffering physically and mentally can make both the body and the mind quite uncomfortable. Some people cannot bear the pain in sitting with the legs like that, and they want to give up by putting the legs down. Some people cannot bear it anymore after sitting a little longer. Once the legs are put down, one's practice is in vain. Once the legs are in pain, one will do some warm-ups before resuming the sitting position. We find that this serves no use whatsoever. This is because we have seen that when the legs are painful, the black substance moves to the legs. The black substance is karma that can be eliminated through suffering; it can then be transformed into de. Once the pain is felt, karma begins to be eliminated. The more karma that comes, the more pain the legs feel. Therefore, the pain in the legs does not arise without reason. Usually, one's legs in the sitting meditation will feel the pain intermittently. After a moment of very uncomfortable pain, it is over and there is some relief. Soon the pain starts all over again. It usually happens this way.

(From "Transformation of Karma" in Lecture Four of Zhuan Falun) [The English translation of the Chinese word de is virtue.]

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