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The Chinese government's use of terrorist tactics against Falun Gong practitioners will be the focus of a panel discussion Wednesday, October 10, 12:30 p.m. in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W.
The event is being sponsored by Friends of Falun Gong, a U.S.-based non-profit organization of individuals who firmly support and advocate for freedom of belief and other human rights.
In its brutal repression of Falun Gong, Jiang Zemin's totalitarian regime presents a textbook case of state-run terrorism. Although Falun Gong is a peaceful, spiritual practice, President Jiang banned the practice July 20th, 1999. What has followed over the last two years is the violent persecution of millions of law abiding Chinese citizens. The government has used every means at its disposal including the media, its vast propaganda machine, security forces, and fellow citizens to persecute Falun Gong practitioners. Violent assault, kidnapping, imprisonment without trial, persecution, brutal torture, incarceration in labor camps, and deaths in detention are among the many manifestations of the regime's campaign of terror against Falun Gong practitioners.
Responsibility for the execution of President Jiang's terrorist campaign has been entrusted to the secretive and deadly "610 Office," which was established on June 10, 1999. Headed by Luo Gan, the 610 Office is directly responsible for tens of thousands of arrests, thousands of mental hospital abuses, and hundreds of killings of Falun Gong practitioners nationwide in the past two years. As of October 8, 2001, the total number of documented deaths is 295, with 29 new deaths reported in the past three weeks alone. Sources within China say that the actual death toll exceeds 1,000.
The panel discussion is being held to mark the resumption of the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue. Panelists include Georgetown University Professor Joseph A. Bosco; Dr. Leila F. Dane, President of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence; Senior State Department Policy Advisor George Lister; James Standish, Deputy Secretary General, International Religious Liberty Association; Harry Wu, Executive Director of the Laogai Research Foundation; Falun Gong Representative Dr. Shiyu Zhou; and James Carpenter, an attorney and former Ohio State University professor of law. The moderator will be Ambassador Mark Palmer, a member of the Friends of Falun Gong Board of Trustees.
Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a self-improvement practice of mind, body, and spirit, based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. It was introduced to the public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. Since then, millions of individuals around the world have taken up the peaceful, meditative practice. Due to its popularity, the Jiang Zemin regime banned the practice in 1999.
[China] Keep on Doing Well in Clarifying the Truth to the Public
Recently, a practitioner was illegally taken to the vice squad. The police searched him and found Dafa truth-clarifying materials. No matter how the police interrogated him, the practitioner did not cooperate with them. The police told him, "Did you know the policy issued from the upper government states to sentence those who distribute or post truth-clarifying Dafa materials to jail or a labor camp? If the material is just for your own reading, we won't detain you."
From this we could see that the vicious forces are extremely fearful of practitioners clarifying the truth to the public. What they fear most is that their crime of persecuting kind-hearted practitioners will be exposed. Therefore, no matter how difficult, how arduous it is and how much interference we encounter, we should go all out to keep clarifying the truth and firmly step forward in our cultivation. Expose the evil to the public and eliminate them with Dafa practitioners' indestructible and righteous thoughts.
[Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province] "6-10 Office" Plots New Methods to Persecute Falun Gong Practitioners
Recently, Shijiazhuang City's "6-10 Office" (an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems) called an emergency meeting to plot further persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. Mayor Li Hongying attended the meeting. The highest official and police department director from every county and district had to be present. They decided to poll all Falun Gong practitioners and force them to declare their opinions. Those who firmly believe in Dafa should be directly sent to a labor camp. They also issued a quota-standard for every city police department and sub-division and ordered them to reach or exceed the requirements.
The police and community offices have begun preparations for such crimes.
[Chongqing City, Sichuan Province] Dafa Radio Program Resounds above Chongqing City.
At 5:30am on October 5th, 2001, over a dozen of speakers simultaneously broadcast the truth of Falun Dafa in various residential areas, accompanied by "Pudu" music. "Falun Dafa Radio Program" provided [an opportunity for] salvation to the public and enlightened kind-hearted people to discern good from evil. A speaker, located in crowded downtown area, broadcast over three hours. The evil could not find it. A practitioner put a cover on it with supernormal ability and sent forth righteous thoughts to not let the evil find it. The radio program seemed like a broadcast from the heavens.
[Chongqing City, Sichuan Province] Truth Comes to Chongqing City During Mid-autumn Festival Time
On October 5, fifty to sixty small banners hung along the main road at the entrance to mountainous Chongqing City. Practitioners also put up a 14-meter-long (approximately 16 yards) banner high above the cliff. The evil forces couldn't take it down.
Around the time of the Mid-autumn Festival, practitioners in Chongqing City sped up their progress, assisting Teacher in the human world. In a few days, in order to save more people, practitioners distributed tens of thousands truth-clarifying materials and VCDs. A family of practitioners distributed over ten thousand copies of Dafa materials in three days, which has scared local police.
[Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province] Illegal Long-Term Prison Sentences for Two Ph.D. Students from Hangzhou University
Yu Hongyu, female, a Ph.D. student from Hangzhou University, was illegally sentenced to 4 years in prison. She managed to escape when the police attempted to arrest her. Her lower back was seriously injured when she fell from the second floor.
Yu Hongyu's husband, who is also a Ph.D. student from Hangzhou University, was illegally sentenced to 5 years in prison.
Ying Yunfang, female, was a Falun Gong assistant. At the beginning of May 2001, she was arrested for the second time and sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison.
Qian Liyun, female, was also a Falun Gong assistant. At the beginning of August 2001 she was arrested for the second time and was sentenced to 2 years in prison.
Tang Liandi was fired by her work unit and her whereabouts are unknown.
[Jinzhou City, Liaoning Province] "The Time has Already Come to Receive Retribution in This Life Time. Why are You Still Doing This?"
A practitioner who lived in a village of Jinzhou City received a phone call to go to a fellow practitioner's home in the same village. When she arrived, the fellow practitioner said she didn't call her. Another fellow practitianer was also at her home. Shortly afterwards, the village security director and other people arrived at her home. They claimed that the practitioners were holding an illegal assembly and forcibly took them away. The phone call was actually a trap set by the wicked thugs.
Later on, in order to get credit for the deed, somebody told me that the village security director and the "head" of the village submitted a report about the arrest to higher authorities. Unexpectedly, instead of being complimented, the higher authorities blamed them, "Don't you know what time this is now? It's already time to receive retribution in this lifetime! How come you are still doing this? Let them practice at home. You can handle this by yourselves. Why report to higher authorities?"
As practitioners in China face tremendous pressure to give up their beliefs under the Chinese regime's brutal persecution, there are those who have given in and signed documents renouncing Falun Dafa. However, many of these people deeply regret doing so after they are released from detention and labor camps. "Solemn declarations" are the public statements made by such practitioners, often at great risk to their personal safety, to declare to the world that the documents they signed under duress are null and void and that they will continue to practice Falun Dafa.
Nearly a hundred Falun Dafa practitioners have been detained at the brainwashing school in the village of Xiaobali (located in Fengrun County near the city of Tangshan, Hebei Province). The staff there use various inhuman means including torture with electric batons (cattle prods), beating, kicking, bondage, brutal force-feeding and so on, in attempts to coerce Falun Gong practitioners to give up their cultivation practice. It is well known by the local people, even women and children, that "Bali village" is a place where bad people persecute the good. Villagers living nearby can hear practitioners' blood-curdling screams from the unbearable torture rising from the big courtyard. They hear the yelling and cursing of the evil police as well. Fearing that their evildoings would be exposed, the police recently reinforced the exterior wall and gate. One of them even boasted, "I've got contacts in the underworld. We are brothers. It's no big deal to handle you Falun Gong practitioners!" Day and night, they keep trying to force practitioners to be "brainwashed." How can it be allowed to brainwash those who believe in "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" into such degenerates like them?
The reasons why the ruffians at "Bali Village" so furiously persecute Falun Dafa practitioners inhumanly can be summarized as follows. First, they are supported by Jiang Zemin's regime so that they feel secure that they have strong government backing. Second, they profit from doing so. All the practitioners illegally detained here were kidnapped. The ruffians extorted money from practitioners and their families, using the money to go wining, dining, whoring and gambling, committing all kinds of crimes. Some of the practitioners were later sent to labor camps or prisons. Some could not bear the excruciatingly painful torture and were coerced into writing guarantee letters (not to practice Falun Dafa). Their families paid ransoms to get them home. There are still 12 female practitioners detained at Xiaobali Village. Details of the ransoms extorted from some of the practitioners are presented below:
Shen Dexiang, female, was summoned by her factory director on the morning of October 8, 2000 and sent off to Bali Village. Her share in the factory, worth roughly 4,000 yuan (average monthly salary of a worker in cities of China is about 500 yuan) was seized. All of her pension (she retired in November 2000) was taken as well. She was told that they would ask her family for more when they spent all they had already taken from her.
Zhang Muying, female, went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Dafa on December 16, 2000. She was sent to a detention center at Fengrun County. 5,000 yuan was extorted from her family. On March 24, 2001 another 2,000 yuan and an additional 500 yuan for "room and board" were extorted from her family. Later, when she was sent to Xiaobali, her family was forced to pay a further 1,200 yuan for "room and board." At the end of June this year, her family was once again forced to pay 1,600 yuan. In only a few months, the swindlers had extorted more than 10,000 yuan from her.
Liu Jinying, female, paid 5,000 yuan.
Ma Ruijing, female, paid 4,000 yuan.
Yang Yuping, female, was sent to Xiaobali in October 2000. Paid 5,150 yuan with a further 2,495 yuan taken from her pension.
Zhang Yueqin, female, was sent to Xiaobali in June 2001 and paid 5,000 yuan.
Yan Shuhua, female, was sent to "Bali village" in November, 2001. Paid 2,000 yuan in addition to 500 yuan taken by the police who arrested her in Beijing.
Li Mingyan, female, was arrested and sent to "Bali village" after visiting a fellow practitioner on the night of October 10, 2000. Having no money to pay them, the police would not release her, even though she was being held without facing any charge.
Falun Dafa practitioners are persecuted by Jiang Zemin and his followers simply because of their refusal to give up their practice. Kind-hearted people, please open your eyes! Make a clear distinction between right and wrong!
Twelve practitioners currently face indefinite detention at the brainwashing school of Xiaobali Village. Even under the abominable conditions described above, their determination remains unshakable.
October 1, 2001
(Clearwisdom.net ) I was arrested in January 2000, for validating Dafa in Beijing and was picked up by the police from my hometown and then sent to the Nanmusi Women's Labor Camp for a one-year sentence of forced labor at the end of February 2000. I was released in August 2001, 8 months after my sentence term had expired. There I experienced and witnessed the brutal persecution against Dafa practitioners by guards and other criminals.
As soon as any Dafa practitioners arrived at the labor camp, the women were deprived of the right to bathe and to sleep. To practice the exercise was especially forbidden. Anyone who went downstairs to practice the exercises would be brutally tortured by the guards and inmates of the camp, forced to wear shackles and handcuffs, hung from a tree while icy water was poured over their bodies, shocked with electric batons, confined in a solitary cell filled with water, forced to stand facing a wall from 6:00 am until midnight (with hands held up above the head), hung in the air from handcuffs or shackled if one failed to keep her hands held up above the head, handcuffed to a tree wearing only underwear in the winter, or exposed under the burning sun in the summer. Over a dozen practitioners including Zhang Wenhong, Zhang Naiqing, Zhang Shiqing, Gao Yan, Fan Ying and other female practitioners were tortured like this for 17 to 18 hours a day.
Later they set up a special unit for Dafa practitioners, and since then the persecution became even more vicious. A special team was set up and thugs were selected to torture practitioners. However, even such brutal torture could not shake practitioners' firm faith in Dafa at all. Seeing the failure of physical abuse, in July 2000 they deployed the "Brainwashing Team" from the Ministry of Justice in Beijing, intent on brainwashing the practitioners. Every practitioner was forced to attend the brainwashing class; otherwise she would be viciously beaten and forced to suffer exposure under the burning sun. Practitioners were forced to wear a sign [with words slandering Dafa written upon itt] hung around the neck, forced to sing, to practice bootcamp style physical drills, and to read materials slandering Dafa. Anyone who did not cooperate was kicked and beaten, shocked with electric batons, or whipped on sensitive body parts such as their inner thigh and legs with bamboo sticks. Even under such brutality, practitioners remained steadfastly determined in Dafa.
The authorities then confined practitioners in tiny cells under solitary confinement, providing only two bowls of water a day for bathing. Practitioners had to eat, drink, and release their bowels in these cells while in solitary confinement, sitting there completely alone and still for 17 to 18 hours each day. It was during the hottest days of the summer and many practitioners suffered the pain and itching from scabies. This is an example of the so-called "helping and educating practitioners" as claimed by the followers of Jiang Zemin.
There are currently more than 500 determined practitioners still detained in the labor camp. In addition, there are over 100 "brainwashed" practitioners who have realized their mistake and have come back to Dafa. They are facing brutal tortures and forced brainwashing from those "brainwashed" people every day. Only a few practitioners were released after their sentence terms expired. We hope all the kind-hearted people will pay attention to their situation and offer them help.
List of the vicious guards:
Head of Nanmusi Women's Labor Camp: Wu
Section chief: Li Ziqiang
Head of Unit 5: Zhang Xiaofang
See also related reports:
1. Sichuan Province's Nanmusi Women's Labor Camp Authorities Force Practitioners to Manufacture Commercial Labor Camp Productshttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/10/8/14537.html
2. Name List of Wicked Persons in Sichuan Provincehttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/8/25/13175.html
3. [Zizhong County, Sichuan Province] List of Names of the Criminal Officials in Nanmusi Female Labor Camphttp://www.clearwisdom.net/emh/articles/2001/7/27/12542.html
October 6, 2001
I am a male, 37-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner. I obtained the Fa in January of 1998. Before obtaining the Fa, I was a disabled person with kidney problems, had trouble speaking and hearing, and could hardly talk. After obtaining the Fa, I have been free from kidney troubles, and I was able to speak and hear well again. I became healthy and happy. Others say that I look almost ten years younger than I should for my age. Since July 20, 1999, I have been to Beijing for Fa-rectification five times. Particularly during my last visit, when I went to Tiananmen Square on September 29, 2001, I gained a great deal of enlightenment regarding truly stepping out of the human boundaries.
In early September, I wanted to go to Beijing and unfurl a banner (I did not do this in my previous four trips to Beijing). I remember that one practitioner said, "The purpose of one's life should be only to assimilate with Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. If I betray it, I would rather request my body and soul to be eliminated totally." This touched me greatly.
On September 28, I took a train to Beijing. During the trip I kept sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate anything that might obstruct my mission. I successfully arrived in Beijing at 4:30 AM on September 29, and I immediately took a bus to Tiananmen Square. At around 5 am, I saw more than fifty plain-clothes policemen and over a hundred uniformed policemen arriving at the Square. After the flag-raising ceremony concluded, I dared not step out. At that moment, I saw my own unstable heart of fear that prevented me from stepping out of my human notions. Feeling depressed, I took a break and sat down on a roadside bench to examine myself.
When I went back to the Square, I saw among the visitors many model workers (identified by the red buttons pinned on their chests). I thought that this was a good time and I should step out to validate the Fa. While I was having this thought, a policeman noticed me and came over, saying that he wanted to search me. He asked me to raise my shirt, but I did not respond to his request. He then ordered me to walk with him to the side. When he turned his body, I took that chance and ran a few steps away and pulled out the banner. Right after I yelled, "Falun Dafa is good," he ran to me and grabbed the banner. I kept shouting, "Falun Dafa is the Righteous Fa!" "Restore the reputation of our Teacher!" I shouted these words again and again. Many model workers approached us, and some showed their sympathy. One young girl had tears running down her face.
Then a police car came. In front of these model workers, the policemen roughly pushed me into the car. No matter what they asked, I did not respond at all. They sent me to the Tiananmen Police Sub-Station. Once we stepped in, there was an old policeman who knew me. Three other policemen grabbed my hair and held my arms, trying to force me to take a picture. I struggled as hard as I could, so they had to give up trying to take my picture. They then threw me into an iron cage.
Later they transferred me to the Resident Administrative Office in Beijing, where I was handcuffed to a chair and guarded by two men. I thought that because they persecuted me for practicing Falun Dafa, they were also persecuting Dafa itself. It would be an insult to Dafa if I allowed the evil to continue persecuting us. They are not worthy of testing Dafa! So I wished for Master to open my handcuffs. When this did not work, I did not look inward, but instead I tried to force the handcuffs off by jamming them against the chair. This did not succeed, but instead it caused the handcuffs to become tighter. Then I asked them to open the handcuffs and let me go to the restroom. After they handcuffed me to the chair again, I tried once more to break out of the handcuffs and still failed. Finally I realized that everything happened for a reason. Could it be this way because I had a pursuing and unstable heart? After realizing this, I calmed down. I told myself not to care too much and to take a good rest.
Not long after that, the person watching me took off his uniform and went inside to take a shower. That was a good opportunity, and I found the key in the pocket of his uniform. I easily unlocked my handcuffs and left. Outside the office, there were many policemen and police cars, but I was not moved by that and walked by them in an easy manner. Getting out to the main road, I took a taxi to the train station and took a train back home.
My safe return encouraged many fellow practitioners in my hometown.
Oct. 7, 2001
1. A practitioner had prepared some materials to distribute outside. Her husband and son volunteered, "You wait for us at home, we'll distribute them for you." Then they took the materials and quickly went downstairs. In a short while they safely returned. This undertaking showed their understanding and care for the practitioner.
2. A practitioner heard from an acquaintance that did not practice Falun Gong that last Wednesday (September 26), a practitioner promoted Dafa to the common people in the most crowded and central park in the city. It lasted for more than two hours. In the beginning, there were only five to six listeners. Gradually there were more and more people; at the end there were about fifty to sixty. At the scene it was pleasant and solemn; some people were moved to tears. After promoting the Fa, this practitioner safely left, even though a police station was right across the street.
(Clearwisdom.net) A fifty-five year old female Dafa practitioner was taken by the police, to a police station after being discovered making truth clarifying literature. This practitioner remained very calm and felt no regret or hatred. She repeatedly explained the truth about Dafa to the policemen who were watching her, attempting to awaken their conscience.
Later, they allowed to let her have a rest, but the mosquitoes and the cold fall weather kept the policemen awake. At around two or three o'clock in the morning, the policemen were still unable to fall asleep. When she noticed this, she said to them, "Look at me, just sitting here like this, without even moving my hands or feet. No mosquitoes are biting me and I don't feel cold. You may bring some chairs over here and come to sit around me." At first none of the policemen believed her; only one went over to try. [When he came close to her] he found that he didn't feel cold any more -- what a miracle! Then the other three joined him, and, as a result, they didn't feel cold any more, either, and the mosquitoes stopped biting them.
After that night, all four of the policemen were completely convinced, from deep in their hearts. They said it was a miracle! During the following days, more practitioners were taken to this station. Because the police there all knew that Dafa practitioners are good people, they provided as much help as they could. Under their arrangement, all of the practitioners there were sent back home.
October 8, 2001
A Case of Retribution at Lianshan Police Bureau in Huludao City
Policeman, Zhang Junsheng, a director of the Department of Politics and Security at the Lianshan Police Bureau in Huludao City, played an active role in persecuting Falun Dafa and its practitioners. He recently received retribution. He has been unable to go to work due to having a constant headache and medical treatment has been unsuccessful. We hereby warn those people who are doing wrong deeds towards Falun Dafa: wake up now and stop persecuting Falun Dafa and its practitioners.
People Enlightening along an Evil Path and Damaging Dafa Receive Heavenly Retribution in Jinan City
Zhu Zhi from Wangguan Village in Jinan City, Shandong province was enlightened along an evil path. Zhu not only handed in all the Falun Dafa books and materials to the evil forces, but also defamed Falun Dafa and in doing so misled some practitioners who had not studied Falun Dafa deeply. Now Zhu Zhi has received retribution and has died from heart disease. We advice those people who enlightened along an evil path to wake up and stop their wrong doings.
October 7, 2001
In Fushun city, Liaoning province, two children were deceived by the media's false reports about Falun Gong and did not believe there could be retribution. On September 24, 2001, they tore down Dafa materials that were posted nearby. One of them brought a torn down flyer home. His mother, often ignorantly speaking negatively about Dafa, did not pay much attention to the incident. At night, the boy started to get nauseous, and he vomited until the next morning. He could not eat anything. The boy thought it was due to the food that he had eaten the previous night.
His mother started to think: the weather was not too hot or too cold; the rice was not spoiled and everyone was fine after eating it. Why was he not well after eating it? She started to realize that it might be a form of retribution (for pulling down the Dafa flyers). A Falun Dafa practitioner told her that it was, and indicated that she should teach the boy not to tear down the posted Dafa flyers. Now she is thinking differently than she was before, and no one has heard her speaking against Falun Dafa since.
(Clearwisdom Net) Millions and millions of years ago, we made a vow to the King of Buddhas that when the evil persecutes Dafa, we will validate and safeguard the Fa. If we do not, we shall wish for the extinction of our body and soul. The thoughts of gods are steadfast, pure, and righteous.
Every one of us was arranged to have duties and tasks during the Fa rectification period, revealing our respective righteous enlightenment towards the different levels of the Fa. Everyone was different. Then, we came to the human world one after another.
Master is benevolent! To enable us to fulfill our oath in this life, he arranged the path of our many past lives so that we would encounter this chance today and laid down steadfast cultivation foundations for our complete return back home. Do you remember the many life and death trials we overcame in the past?
Today the evil is truly here to persecute Dafa! In order to impede Master's Fa rectification, the old forces painstakingly created today's extreme evil situation. Their aim is to stop all sentient beings from obtaining the Fa, causing Master's work to be in vain. To meet this objective, they imbued humans with evil thoughts over the past thousand years and influenced them to commit monstrous karmic crimes. Especially after July 20th, almost every ordinary human has, to a certain extent, committed sins in damaging Dafa, pushing humanity to the brink of total destruction.
They are not only persecuting Dafa but sentient beings as well. They not only force practitioners to write the so-called promise statements to drop their levels and insult Dafa but also persecute those everyday people who still hold righteous thoughts by taking advantage of their existing karma. These people are made to feel resentment towards Dafa, thus totally destroying their future.
At this dangerous turning point in history and during this special historic period, Dafa disciples stood up one after another and fulfilled their ancient vows. Some disciples lost their lives to validate the Fa. Some disciples are clarifying the truth and offering salvation to sentient beings even when they have lost everything they own. This period of time did not come easily. We, in the course of history, have lost our lives, shed blood and suffered all kinds of humiliation in order to live during this period. But compared to what Master has endured, our encounters are not worth mentioning.
If we cannot steadfastly hold our righteous belief in the Fa and Master, the matter which constitutes the foundation of our life would degenerate and split apart and at that time, we truly can no longer live in this universe. If we cannot fully break through the arrangement of old forces and clearly recognize their sinister intentions, we would be betraying Master and our own vows. In verifying the Fa and clarifying the truth, even if we have a little bit of selfishness, the evil will exist in this little space and continue to degenerate and persecute the sentient beings. Even if we hold back just a little when sending forth righteous thoughts, this would be a reason for the continual existence of evil.
Fellow practitioners, let us continue with our efforts! For all the righteous elements within the cosmos and for a wonderful future, let us carry out this grand, historic duty bestowed upon us by Master. Only this will ensure the day in the future when we stand before Master who gave us life and say without any regret, "Master, we have fulfilled our vows."
Sharing experiences with a fellow practitioner, we uncovered some problems which should not be overlooked in our truth-clarifying work. First, with respect to the flyers we hand out to others, many focus on exposing evil, while very few focus on spreading Falun Dafa. Some practitioners don't respect the flyers. They stress the importance of the quantity of flyers distributed, without paying attention to their quality and impact. The content of the flyers has not been carefully thought through. Second, regarding the relationship between Fa-study and clarifying the truth, quite a few practitioners neglect to study the Fa and practice the exercises and simply engage in truth-clarifying activities (distributing flyers, posting Dafa literature and so on). Third, when facing conflicts, some practitioners can't look inward but act willfully despite having received other's advice, which has caused unnecessary damage to Falun Dafa.
In light of these issues, we share the following suggestions with you. Kindly point out any errors in our thinking.
Our understanding is that flyers are to be used to introduce people to the practice of Falun Dafa at the same time as clarifying the truth and exposing the evil. Master asks us to "clarify the truth thoroughly." ('Dafa is Indestructible') As we understand, clarifying the truth of Falun Dafa is very important, namely, what is Falun Dafa? Why is it good? What significance does Dafa have for the cosmos and mankind? Why must we cherish Dafa? Doing so will help dispel the incorrect notions people have developed as a result of the deceitful propaganda of Jiang's regime and assist people in establishing righteous thoughts toward Dafa. At the same time, we must also reveal the truth about the persecution of Falun Dafa and it's practitioners, telling people about the ruthless suppression by Jiang's regime, awakening the conscience of the public so that they may come out in support of the righteous.
In addition, we should also help people realize that Dafa practitioners are not just good people in an ordinary sense. They are carrying out a sacred mission of salvation. They are true great cultivators and future enlightened beings. We must eliminate the despicable influence of the evil slander.
We don't have any organization or receive any financial aid. Funding for Dafa materials comes from practitioners' own income. I've heard that some practitioners have paid for materials with years of their savings. Some have even sold their homes. We should treasure the selfless contributions of our fellow practitioners, treasure every flyer and strive for the maximum effect from every piece.
When distributing flyers, some practitioners determine in advance how many they must give out each day, as if they are giving assignments. We don't agree with this approach. We should distribute flyers, but we should also be clear that the importance of distributing flyers is not in the distribution itself. The purpose is to help members of the public come to understand Dafa, to expose the persecution and to tell the principle that good is rewarded with good and evil with evil. A fellow practitioner once told me that he took an entire afternoon to chat with three people, yet he was able to change their attitude towards Dafa. This could hardly be achieved by simply handing out three flyers.
Practitioners have experience with many ways to spread the Fa and clarify the truth. Conversation, mail, email, telephone calls, etc. Master says, "As long as something is good for Dafa, you should take the initiative to do it, take the initiative to work on it." ('To all students at the Nordic Fa Conference') Flyers are certainly not the only way to clarify the truth. Anything we can make use of is a good tool to spread the Fa and clarify the truth.
We think that to be responsible to Dafa, those who produce flyers should carefully consider their content. Those who distribute flyers should also carefully check the content of flyers before handing them out and make sure everything in them is appropriate to be handed out to the general public. We must be responsible with their contents.
II. Relationship between Fa-study and Clarifying the truth
Recently a fellow practitioner told me that some practitioners have been simply engaging in truth-clarifying work, seldom studying the Fa or practicing the exercises. An aged practitioner who just came out of a brainwashing class told me that he doesn't know why he doesn't study the Fa. He just doesn't want to read the book. For a long time he hasn't studied the Fa or practiced the exercises. His mind is controlled by thought karma, yet he has not considered how to extricate it. How can this be the action of a Dafa disciple?
Master says: "As a Dafa disciple, in order to do Fa-rectification things well and to consummate everything of yours well, you need to study the Fa a lot. No matter how busy you are, you cannot skip Fa-study. This is what can best ensure your reaching Consummation." ('Persons in Charge of the European Fa Conference and All Attendees') Master again says: "Pay attention: No matter how busy you are, you cannot neglect Fa study. This is what fundamentally assures your moving towards Consummation and doing Dafa work well." ('To all students at the Nordic Fa Conference') Master also says: "Under any circumstance, in any period, and no matter how busy you are with your work, you can't stray from your Fa-study, as this is what fundamentally ensures that you'll continue to improve and reach Consummation. You can't do Dafa work without studying the Fa, or it would be an everyday person doing Dafa work. It has to be Dafa disciples who do Dafa work--this is something required of all of you."('Lecture on the Fa at the Washington, D.C. International Conference')
Master has repeatedly emphasized the importance of Fa-study. As disciples, we should listen to what Master says!
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September 30, 2001.
[Translated by Raphael Farrugia, a news editor for Net TV station in Malta]
The face to face meeting between Wenyi Wang and President Jiang Zemin during his official visit to Malta has made people in Malta very curious about the Falun Gong movement and what it is all about, and why the Chinese authorities are against it so much. Report by Joe Azzopardi.
Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is an ancient form of qigong, a practice based on the doctrines of the Tao and Buddha schools. It has the power to transform the mind and body with simple exercises.
Like Tai Chi, qigong is an integral part of the life of Asian people, and one can see thousands of people practising these exercises early in the morning in China. In fact, within a few years after Falun Gong was introduced, it had become the most popular qigong in Chinese history.
The most important reason behind this is because the main teachings behind Falun Gong, places its emphasis on the value of human morality. This is unlike other forms of qigong, which only teach the physical exercise. This aspect is also recognised and respected by many entities and governments worldwide.
The "Fa" refers to the Laws of the Universe, and "Lun" means Wheel, and therefore Falun was translated as "The Law Wheel." Gong is a form of energy, which is gained by individuals who practise the cultivation of the mind and body. The effectiveness on health and its deeper principles have made Falun Gong very popular worldwide.
From the time when it was made public in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi, Falun Gong has attracted millions of people from all walks of life, from more than 40 countries. The fact that most universities in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe have Falun Gong participant groups shows how much this practice has flourished.
Mr. Li Hongzhi introduced Falun Gong in China in 1992. He taught the practice publicly for two years, during which the number of followers had grown drastically. Typically because of the Chinese culture, he is known as Master, or Teacher. [..]
Falun Gong exercises are very simple and consist primarily of five sets of basic exercises that include
meditation. According to the Falun Gong practitioners, one can benefit quite a lot from the practice, and this varies from a healthy mind, a healthy life to stress relief. Falun Gong is based on the universal principle: Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, and these help the participants to become a better person in whatever they do.
Even though Falun Gong has no political agenda, the Chinese Government has regarded its followers as a threat, [...] to its communist ideology.
In July 1999, the Chinese Government publicly banned Falun Gong officially, and President Jiang Zemin started the persecution against, circa, 70 million Chinese people who practise Falun Gong. From then on, thousands (50,000 as quoted by Wenyi Wang) of followers had been arrested, were expelled from their workplaces, schools and universities and sent to labour camps without trials. Others had been sent to mental hospitals, and more than 260 Falun Gong members have been killed while in police custody. This has been done even after Li Hongzhi stated that they are not in any way against the Chinese Government, neither in the present time and nor in the future. "They can treat us wrongly, but we shall never treat anyone wrongly".
In December 2000, European Parliament members passed a resolution appealing to the Chinese Government to stop the persecution against Falun Gong members, release all those members held in prisons, release all charges brought against Mr. Li Hongzhi, and start dialogue with Falun Gong members to reach a peaceful solution for this crisis.
[..] The number of practitioners who are persecuted grows. The death toll of those in police custody also keeps growing. While the Chinese Government admits that there have been deaths, they say that the cause is either suicide or illness [standard accusations used by the authorities to cover up their crimes- editor ].
CHINESE GOVERNMENT ALARMED
Practitioners believe that with practising Falun Gong, both mind and body can benefit. And there are those who regard it as the jewel of traditional Chinese culture.
The truth is that the intolerance that the Chinese Government is showing against this movement is wrong and everyone in the world should oppose the persecution. In today's world everyone has the right to practice any religion one wants.
ACCORDING TO FALUN GONG
Source:"Compassion", an official Falun Dafa review, number 2, 2001-09-30
Rome, September 25, 2001 (ADN Kronos) [excerpt]
It was not possible for the Falun Gong movement to deliver a letter to the Chinese ambassador in Rome. So reported secretary Sergio d'Elia in the programme: "Nobody touches Cain" from ADN Kronos (a radio station). He added that more than 200 people participated in today's parade from Tinit'a die Monti to the Chinese embassy. "Having arrived in front of the embassy, we let them know via a loudspeaker that we wished to deliver a letter," reports Elia, "but the one who answered us had been ordered to refuse the letter. We were not even allowed to hand it to the concierge."
Also present was Marco Panella, who tried to deliver the letter personally. "Panella asked to be received. But he was told that he would not even be allowed to deliver the letter through a courier service. When he tried to deliver the letter himself he was rebuffed by a woman who told him she had received instructions to refuse a letter from Falun Gong."
Some thoughts about the Walk
During the time that I spent with the Riga practitioners, the language barrier between us became smaller and smaller. At this point of my SOS RescueWalk in Europe, I decided to go to the Falun Dafa conference in Moscow. Practitioners from Latvia took 18-hour bus or train journeys to get there since they could not afford the airfare. In Moscow, there were also practitioners from foreign countries as well as from Russia or countries from the former Soviet Union. I stayed with practitioners from Riga. As the conference progressed and many practitioners from Sweden and some from Russian talked, the overall understanding of the practitioners also began to rise. I felt that my heart and those of the Riga practitioners were opening up more and more. By the end of the 18-hour train journey home, it was hard for us to separate. We met to study the Fa [read the principles of Falun Gong], but instead of joining in we stood in the hall and continued our experience sharing. By 4am as my bus was leaving, practitioners did an incredible amount of work preparing materials, disks, flyers, etc. They were ready to continue clarifying the truth to the government and made calls for me on the way, for example, to Minsk in Belarus.
The Riga practitioners will go to Ukraine and other places that need help. Practitioners here have decided to have monthly meetings in many different countries of the former Soviet Union and to go everywhere to help each other. We also need to help and come to other places and also help with materials. Traveling to different locations is for the time being also hard for them. Forty-five Taiwanese practitioners, when they were leaving, gave their sweatshirts to the local practitioners. It was a very nice gesture.
September 27, 2001
We held a "Journey of Rectifying the Fa" photo exhibition during Berlin's Cultural Day.
Brightly coloured Falun Dafa flags were flapping conspicuously in the air. Many people stopped in their tracks to watch our exercise demonstration. There were also many Germans who have already heard about Falun Dafa from our fellow practitioners when they were crossing the bridge opposite the Chinese Embassy and they came to find out more. (It seems that the efforts of our fellow practitioners to clarify the truth to pedestrians on the bridge have not been in vain.)
There was once a group of mischievous high school students passing by our tent. Two boys inquired if they could take a photograph with our practitioners who were meditating so that they can keep the photograph as a memento. After gaining our permission, they sat down beside our practitioners. Our practitioners came out of their state of Ding [tranquil yet conscious state of mind] and taught them the meditation position. [It is called the lotus position whereby one is required to sit with legs crossed such that both feet are resting on the thighs.] One boy could actually do the full-lotus position. [in contrast with the half-lotus position whereby the legs are half-crossed and only one foot is resting on the thigh.] Although the boy kept grimacing due to the pain in his legs as he sat in the meditation position, he still happily smiled to have his photo taken. After getting a copy of our Dafa truth-clarifying newspapers, they left joyously.
A group of girls swarmed towards us to learn the exercises. The seven to eight young girls' faces looked really sincere and serious about learning.
There were also some Chinese people passing by our tent. Most of the Chinese living overseas are willing to accept our truth-clarifying materials and chat with our practitioners. The Chinese tourists, however, kept far away from us and were expressionless and silent.
One morning, a group of seven to eight people passed by our tent. We handed out the truth-clarifying booklets but they mumbled under their breath, "Falun Gong! Who dares to accept the booklets? I will get myself into trouble when I return to China. "
A few days later, the sky suddenly darkened and the downpour was very heavy. A group of people who were caught in the rain ran towards our tent to seek shelter. We smiled, knowing in our hearts that Master had arranged for us to offer salvation to them.
They started to take a serious look at our photographs. We approached them once again to clarify the truth. Someone brought up the incident of self-immolation [This incident happened in January this year and was staged by the Chinese government in an attempt to defame Falun Gong.]. I flipped opened the booklet to clarify the truth to them. I also clarified the truth about other rumours such as Falun Gong practitioners are forbidden take medication, that 1,400 people had been reported to have died from practising Falun Gong, that Falun Gong is extorting money from its practitioners, that Master Li owns an extravagant house in China, etc. [For clarification on these rumours, please refer to Master Li's article "A brief statement of mine" on July 22, 1999 or any of our truth-clarifying brochures that can be downloaded at www.faluninfo.net.]
One gentleman was hesitant but his female companion told him softly, "Take a look! It's okay! " The gentleman finally accepted the booklet that I handed out to him. I was happy for them as they had the predestined relationship to find out the truth about Falun Dafa.
The rain suddenly stopped and the sun was even shining. We immediately made full use of the time to practise the exercises and distribute the Dafa truth-clarifying newspapers. There are still many people waiting for us to let them know the truth about Falun Dafa!
Oct. 11, 2001
Paul Lin, a political commentator based in New York wrote an article in Taipei Times, saying, "Following the Sept. 11 attacks, apart from trying every possible means to distance itself from the terrorists, Beijing has also adopted anti-terrorist slogans, slapping the label of 'terrorist' on all the targets it intends to attack. This is another example of the [...] Party's hypocritical trickery."
"The clearest indication of this was when the [Party] established an 'anti-terrorist, anti-splittist and anti-extremist' task force. Grouping 'splittism' and 'extremism' together with terrorism is just a means for the [Party] to suppress (as 'terrorists') dissidents and others unwilling to accept the [Party]'s authoritarian rule. Beijing further intends to use this method to avoid criticism by the West, and to manipulate Western nations' perceptions of the CCP's suppression of dissidents. The CCP's mixing together of these three 'isms' shows that anti-terrorism is mainly internally, and not externally, directed. It shows moreover that Beijing's anti-terrorism is bogus, and is actually a means of dealing with dissidents."
Mr. Lin said, "In fact, the CCP is the true terrorist group" from what it did in its 80-year history. Also, "currently, the CCP is still engaged in the wanton killing of innocent people. This includes the suppression of Falun Gong, the kidnapping of dissidents and their use as bargaining chips to blackmail Western nations. All of this constitutes 'state terrorism.'"
Mr. Lin said, "The purpose behind the CCP's current display of hypocrisy is to shift the focus of anti-terrorism."
Tuesday, October 9, 2001
Thirteen days and 221 miles after they set out from Detroit, the walkers were exactly where they wanted to be.
Leg-weary, foot-sore and beaming smiles, they assembled on the front lawn of Muskegon City Hall to send a message to the world about justice.
A half-dozen participants in the Walk Across Michigan to Support Justice were in Muskegon Monday to raise public awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. More than 20 people took part in the walk; because of the demands of jobs and other responsibilities, they completed the walk in shifts. Muskegon was the walk's end point
"It was pretty tough, actually," said Jenny Chang, an Internet consultant from Franklin, Mich., just outside Detroit. "But the pain we endured was nothing compared to the suffering practitioners of Falun Gong are experiencing in China."
Their walk across Michigan was part of the SOS! Global RescueWalk, an international demonstration taking place in numerous states and in such countries as Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The message was in the journey.
Its purpose, walkers said, was to symbolize the courage and forbearance demonstrated by Falun Gong practitioners experiencing state persecution in China.
Human rights groups in the United States and elsewhere have rallied around Falun Gong practitioners, claiming that the crackdown by the Chinese government has left at least 283 practitioners dead because of torture by police.
More than 100,000 others have been arrested, with 20,000 sent to labor camps without trial and about 500 handed long-term prison sentences, Chang said.
Chinese practitioners often face torture by police, she said, including being hanged from the ceiling with their feet barely touching the floor and being left naked outside in the extreme cold.
Oct 11, 2001
I was having lunch with two women the government of the People's Republic of China has described as members of an "[Chinese government's slanderous words]" who do not live a "normal life."
They are practitioners of Falun Gong, who are, as the new House minority Whip Nancy Pelosi has often said, persecuted in mainland China. They have now become a local item since Rose Pak, in her persistent striving to become the Dragon Lady of Chinatown, denounced them before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday [...].
The Falun Gong practitioners melded right in with the Double Play crowd, scarfing down plates of pasta with scampi and veal scaloppini. They seemed pretty normal to me.
I asked them about Ms. Pak's categorization at the Board of Supervisors of Falun Gong health practitioners as [some people] who would not go to doctors even when ill and by extension were some sort of a civic menace. Would Rose Pak dare speak such ill of Christian Scientists?
"If I am sick, I go to the doctor," said Lisa Wendl, a Falun Gong practitioner who was rather healthily cleaning her plate. "Daily exercise and meditation keeps me well, but it is ridiculous to say I would not go to a doctor if I needed to."
She is a loan officer on the Peninsula and seemed perfectly normal to me, nothing like the weirdos Rose Pak screeched about at the Board of Sups hearing on Supervisor Chris Daly's resolution to send the Chinese Consul General in San Francisco a message expressing disdain for his government's abuses of Falun Gong practitioners.
That -- executions, incarcerations in insane asylums, and the sorry litany of atrocities -- is in mainland China, a matter deplored by many politicians such as Nancy Pelosi -- but ducked and put off for another vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, who were evidently responding to intense pressure from the PRC Consulate. The questions that Ms. Pak's histrionic antics at City Hall have raised is what is going on here against the Falun Gong?
Quite a bit, including some sort of a mau-mauing of any beneficial gathering of the Falun Gong, and intense political pressure, from the Chinese Consulate, against any civic proclamation (such as Daly's) addressing the situation.
Among the anti-Falun Gong demonstrators with Ms. Pak's crowd at City Hall yesterday were two men charged by the SFPD with beating up a Falun Gong practitioner doing his stuff in Portsmouth Square last year. The cops dropped the case, one might ask why, but it is now the subject of civil litigation.
John Downing, the attorney for the Falun Gong man beat upon by an anti-Falun Gong crowd in the square, said that the first place the men went for help after they were arrested was the Rose Pak's Chinese Chamber of Commerce. "We see a pattern here, which we will pursue in court, of using people in San Francisco to go against the Falun Gong members who are only practicing their religion as guaranteed by the United States government.
"There may be a case for a conspiracy charge here," Downing said. "We are considering amending our complaint for assault and battery."
The SFPD report was extensive and was clear that the Falun Gong guy was beat up for doing his thing. Yet the cops dropped the charges. The San Francisco Human Rights Commission sent Police of Chief Fred Lau, a Rose Pak political protege, a carefully worded letter asking the cops to be attuned to violations of the rights of members.
"You wonder why, in a city like San Francisco, it would be a problem to pass a resolution defending the rights of Falun Gong practitioners," said attorney Downing.
Rose Pak is leading a delegation headed by Mayor Willie Brown to China later this month and perhaps might wish to look like a gentle warrior to the powers that be there to cushion her arrival with gold feathers.
But before China's issue becomes San Francisco's issue, she might lighten up the rhetoric and the political mau-mauing against the Falun Gong. Or else go straight to the other side of the table and register herself as a lobbyist for the PRC.