On The Importance of Group Practice: What I Realized While Being Filmed For Television (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) With tens of thousands of practitioners, Falun Gong is getting more and more popular in Taiwan. The miraculous benefits that it brings to a person's physical and mental health continue to attract new practitioners. A large TV station recently made a special edition on Falun Gong to air on its health talk program.
The TV station recorded our large scale group practice in front of Chiang Kai Shek Memorial on the early morning of June 12, 2004. Knowing that it was such a good opportunity to introduce more people to Falun Gong and to clarify the facts, many practitioners went to the group practice on that day.
We were aware that the TV station had spent considerable effort preparing for the show. They even studied the book The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa. The TV director wanted to show perfection, and taped us doing the first exercise movement ten times. The practitioner who coordinated with the TV crew told us that we needed to pay more attention to make sure that our movements were all in unison. At first I believed that more film takes were no big deal to do, but after five or six takes I thought to myself, "We cannot be perfect. This is just how we do it." I even thought that I needed to go and tell the director about this fact. Then during the next take I suddenly thought, "Perhaps this is the way Teacher is telling us that we should do the exercises in better unison during our daily practice."
Teacher said in Falun Buddha Fa Lecture at the Assistants' Fa Conference in Changchun, "You'll see that the more synchronized your movements are, the bigger the field, the stronger the power becomes, and your hands will float along. " (provisional translation subject to improvement) I saw that some practitioners did not follow Teacher's directions for the exercises. Some were slightly faster and some were a little slower. I found that I too would be out of sync sometimes, usually when I was absent-minded or feeling sleepy. In reality this indicates that we did not follow Teacher's requirement of us, as stated in The Great Consummation Way of Falun Dafa: "You cannot be in a trance or lose yourself when practicing the Great Consummation Way. Your Main Consciousness should govern you at all times as you do the exercises."
During this last phase of the Fa-rectification period, everyone is spending large amounts of efforts on spreading the truth about Falun Gong, leading some people to ignore the exercises. I want to use this instance to remind everyone that we need to go outside to practice. If practitioners all come to the outside to do exercises and show the world our peaceful side, the lies against us will naturally be exposed. This is another way of spreading the truth about Falun Dafa.