I Learned Falun Dafa in Prison
(Clearwisdom.net) My name is Chen Qing, and I am 40 years old. I used to be an accountant, and was jailed in the county's detention center in March 2002 for embezzlement. There were many Falun Gong practitioners detained there. I was moved by their demeanor, by their integrity and kindness. I knew nothing about Falun Dafa before. After getting to know these practitioners, I came to understand that Falun Dafa is the doctrine of the universe. The founder of Falun Dafa, Teacher Li Hongzhi, teaches people to follow the Universe's characteristic "Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance," to be good people, to improve ourselves, and to always think about others before ourselves.
After further contact and conversation with Falun Gong practitioners, I had a solid understanding that the purpose of living is to return to one's original true self. I was moved by Dafa disciples' mentality of no self and no personal interest, their ability to look inside themselves where there is a conflict, and their mental state of always thinking about others first. I was ashamed of what I had done in the past. From that day on, I decided to assimilate myself to Falun Dafa, be a good person according to "Truthfulness, Benevolence, and Forbearance," and eventually to become a person who serves others.
I had to overcome obstacles from the very beginning of cultivation. As a result of a small disagreement, my cellmate swore at me for a few days. I didn't say a word in return. She threw my pajamas into the urine bucket, my quilt out into the yard, and I didn't say a word. I know that a person who is cultivating must not retaliate if someone beats or swears at him. He must behave according to the high standards of "Truthfulness, Benevolence, Forbearance." Teacher requested that we look for problems within ourselves when there is a conflict. I apologized to her. The issue went away.
Teacher said, "One's gong level is as high as one's xinxing level." "Once you upgrade your xinxing, your body will undergo a great change. Upon xinxing improvement, the matter in your body is guaranteed to transform." After overcoming the obstacle, everybody told me that my facial complexion became much better. Habitual constipation, a disease I had suffered for many years, disappeared mysteriously. Dafa is miraculous. I am determined to practice Dafa. I know how lucky I am.
I am free now, released from prison. Though I began to practice rather late, Teacher said, "All practitioners are disciples, no matter when they began the practice." "Besides these things, I am telling you that if a person learns the Fa and the practice by reading my book, watching my videotapes, or listening to my recordings, and if he truly treats himself as a practitioner, he can also get the things that he deserves." I know what I endured is only a small portion, and the benevolent Teacher took the larger portion and endured for me.
The way I began to practice Dafa is different than that of others, therefore I want to put my cultivation experience in writing to rectify the Fa, and to help everybody to improve together. I want to let everybody know that I, a prisoner serving a jail sentence, became a better person after practicing Dafa. I want to let every sentient being know that Falun Dafa is good, and make sure the evil has no place to hide. At the same time I would like to pass my wish to the great benevolent Teacher. I will follow Teacher and cultivate Dafa unwaveringly, move beyond the constraints of human thinking, and finish the great task of helping Teacher to rectify the Fa.