(Li Hongzhi ~ June 7, 2009)
Good afternoon! (Disciples: Good afternoon, Master!)
You've been working hard! (Disciples: Master has been
I am delighted to see you all, as we haven't seen each other
for over a year. (Enthusiastic applause) I have intentionally avoided
lecturing too much, for I am aware that the more thoroughly I talk about
something, the greater the difficulty it will bring your cultivation and the
more trouble the old forces' elements will make. The Fa has been taught, and
Master has told you that as long as you are steadfast in cultivating by this Fa,
everything will be yours. That's definitely the case, so as long as you study it
earnestly, it is the same as my teaching you directly. So having pondered this
matter, I decided that it was better to speak less frequently, leaving you more
opportunities to improve, to arrive at your own insights, and to walk your own
path. When I teach the Fa infrequently though, what worries me most is not the
hardships or ordeals you face, which you know to be plenty hard. They are not
the hardest thing; after all, however trying hardship may be, it's over after
you get through it, and at that point things are clear to you. Rather, to
quietly cultivate in bleak loneliness, unable to see hope, is the hardest of
all. Doing any form of cultivation entails undergoing a trial such as this and a
path with such features. Only if one can persevere and continually forge ahead
does it amount to true diligence. It's easy to talk about, but putting it into
action is tremendously difficult. That is why it's said that always cultivating
as if you were just starting will surely result in achieving your ultimate rank.
You have all seen that in today's society negative things
abound, and they spur on people's attachments and affect their minds and souls,
continually dragging the world's people downwards. It is terrifying. Dafa
disciples are human cultivators, not gods that cultivate, and so as people who
cultivate, they will be interfered with to some extent. If they cannot handle
themselves well, then they are just like ordinary people; and when interfered
with, their behavior will be much like that of ordinary people. Some students
haven't encountered much in the way of ordeals and have gradually become lax.
This means that they have formed attachments to the various temptations of
ordinary society, and been dragged down by its lure. Of course, different people
have different human thoughts as they cultivate and their innate foundations are
different, just as their attitudes toward cultivation are, of course, different.
The most precious thing is to manage to continually progress while in this
grueling setting, under pressure, and unable to see hope. That is the most
precious, and greatest, thing.
I have discovered that many students have, in this period of
time where they couldn't see me, become relatively lax and not so strict with
themselves. Cultivation is truly something solemn. Two earths have come to pass
since the creation of the world, and this eons-old history has all been to await
the final moment that is today. This time is, in reality, but the blink of an
eye or the wave of a hand, as gods see it. But in this dimension of man, it
requires a process that takes time. However long something takes in human
dimension time, it is still but the blink of an eye to the gods. Many years need
to pass in this human place, and as the time drags on, some students are apt to
become less diligent and to slack off a bit. You have to be vigilant about this
problem. I think that you will be fine as long as you pay attention to it from
now on. Seen in another light, the path that you have traveled and all that you
have faced and gone through, as with Dafa's vast spreading, and the deeds of our
cultivators--none of this is possibly by chance. Ordinary people would never
have the chance to experience all that you have gone through. The unfolding of
an event as great as this in the human world could by no means be accidental.
Think about it a little and you will see that it really isn't ordinary. Since
you have made it through so many years, why can't you do well on the final leg
of the journey? Failing to be diligent in cultivation is actually no trivial
thing. The instant you relax, you will be led away by human thinking and take a
backward, or roundabout, route, and you will cooperate poorly with each other as
you validate the Fa and clarify the facts.
Each of our Dafa disciples' projects that clarify the facts
and save people is self-organized voluntarily for the purpose of validating the
Fa, and you have seen what you've achieved. The media entities and networks that
Dafa disciples have put together, and all that you have accomplished, strike
fear into the evil elements. The wicked CCP has mobilized China's entire state
apparatus--not just its propaganda organs--and as a result, all of its foreign
affairs initiatives abroad have stagnated. It all exists solely to persecute
Falun Gong. As Dafa disciples clarify the facts, they are truly going at it one
man against a hundred, or even one against a thousand, and have effectively
exposed this ordeal that the evil created and directed at Dafa disciples. In the
last few decades, the wicked CCP has always put up a facade and feigned peace
and prosperity so as to get the world to recognize the legitimacy of the wicked
Party's rule. Right now, the evil in other dimensions has been badly decimated,
and its ability to control people has waned. So, for Dafa disciples, things
overall have become ever more relaxed and comfortable. But as things get more
comfortable, the pressure lessens; and when the pressure is lessened, it's apt
to lead to a desire for comfort, to wanting a little more ease, to relaxing a
little bit, and to seeking some relief. But the reality is, each Dafa disciple's
life has been tightly wed to, like links in a chain, his cultivation. So when
you relax yourself, it amounts to relaxing in your cultivation.
Some Dafa disciples are working on projects meant to save
people, and they are busy and work hard. I'm aware of all of this. And I know
some Dafa disciples have very little time to rest, and face many challenges. But
whatever the case, isn't today what we have awaited? Whether you made vows in
history or came specifically for this affair, what's before us at this moment,
today, is what Dafa disciples are to do and have long awaited. Though what you
are doing is saving people, you are nonetheless cultivating yourselves as well,
and so what manifests in this human setting won't be fully divine-like. If the
world's people could see your godly appearance and the wonders of what you do,
it would break the spell of delusion that makes this an ordinary, human place.
In that case there would be no such thing as Dafa disciples cultivating or
saving people, and the hardships would disappear. And without those things, your
cultivation would become less sacred. So it is for this reason that you appear
to be ordinary human beings. And there is more than just this. As I just said,
this kind of cultivation setting, where one cannot see what lies ahead and one
is immersed in prolonged loneliness, is the hardest to endure, and it is most
apt to lead a person to slack off. This is the greatest test in cultivation.
Of course, the evil factors in mainland China are still quite
rampant in some locales. Though the majority of the bad factors have been
cleared away, in some locales and in certain scenarios, they can still manage to
control bad people and act out in sinister ways. So, a portion of our students
will really feel a great deal of pressure when setting out to do things. The
same is true outside China; that is, those that are truly at the forefront of
things will feel this pressure. No matter what, though, and regardless of what
kind of setting they are in, all Dafa disciples need to do well.
Yesterday, I discussed with our Dafa disciples from NTDTV a
few of the situations at hand. Another thing at present that you are all aware
of, is that students who haven't been diligent--people that didn't step forward
for a long time and fell far short--have begun to step forward in a steady
stream as the climate has changed. In mainland China, quite a few Dafa disciples
from the most severely persecuted and heavily pressured areas have stepped
forward after long having failed to. There are also some people who have come
here from China, and conflicts have arisen when they tried to work together with
overseas Dafa disciples. This has led to Dafa disciples around the world feeling
that things have gotten more complicated. The main reason for this, however, is
something other than their cultivation state.
The notions that people from mainland China have were formed
under the influence of the wicked CCP's culture. Their concepts, mindsets, way
of life, and day-to-day conduct were all formed under such circumstances. The
people in Western society or those in societies not ruled by the wicked
communist party live in a human way that is natural, with the differences among
peoples just being cultural. In a natural society such as that, people share a
common way of life that values keeping calm, being kind and open-minded, and not
putting up your guard around people. That's normal, and before the wicked Party
came along, Chinese people used to be that way too. But in today's Chinese
society, the wicked CCP constantly uses lies, hatred, and "struggle" to educate
people from birth to adulthood. It unfailingly uses false principles to educate
people, and always does so based on its needs, resulting in people's behavior
becoming more and more in line with what it wants as their daily conduct sinks
further. Some people in mainland China still talk about ancient traditions
though, and a few still have traditional values. The presence of such people was
what led to the Cultural Revolution, and that's why there have been all kinds of
political movements there, to constantly batter and destroy the Chinese people's
traditions. Today's youth have grown up amidst nothing but Party culture and
lies, and the mindsets they have formed amidst those lies, as with their conduct
and how they go about things, are in stark contrast to those of people from
other nations. In other societies, when two people meet in person, they are able
to speak openly about anything, and even if they didn't know each other before,
they are able to speak sincerely and frankly. That's simply impossible for
people in the mainland. So, the students that have come from the mainland do
things and interact with others differently from how people do outside China.
Students from outside China don't understand the students from there, and can't
understand what they say and do, wondering, "How can they do things this way?
Why is this person so odd?" The reality is that Chinese people who were made to
"struggle" against and denounce each other in multiple political campaigns by
the wicked Party have, after having experienced such persecution, sealed
themselves off by force of habit; and that has especially been the case during
the persecution of Dafa disciples. Dafa disciples should be understanding of one
another, however. And conversely, mainlanders, having formed that kind of
mentality in China, can't understand people abroad, and wonder, "How can these
foreigners be so stupid?" Nor can they understand Chinese who have been outside
China for a long time, and ask themselves, "How come they do things this way?"
Indeed, being human beings, everyone should really just act normally. This is an
area in which you need to be understanding of one another and cooperate well.
Because of the different mindset that mainland students have,
the unsuccessful cooperation, their abnormal way of looking at things, their
always being at odds with people, and their closing themselves off, some Dafa
disciples outside of China wonder if the students from the mainland are spies.
In a lot of places, this has stirred things up and caused quite some disruption.
I think that you know what I've said before, namely, that I will save the spies,
too. He may be a spy in this life, but in his previous lives perhaps he was
outstanding. And they all came for this Fa. So, why would we judge him based
solely on this lifetime? Should we no longer save him, in that case? He merely
has a different profession, that's all. Of course, what he does in his line of
work can indeed cause harm and mean that he has committed sins against Dafa. But
I think that the Fa is immense and that this is the Great Law of the cosmos,
after all, so it can resolve anything. As long as you can open up your heart and
be tolerant, I think anything can change. Back when I was disseminating the Fa
in China, there were so many students that were members of the wicked Party and
veteran cadres from the Red Army, there were many party secretaries, many
students from the state and public security bureaus, and many students from the
military--even members from the third or second intelligence directorates of the
military's general staff. It's not that they truly went to the other side during
the persecution, but rather, that they were fearful and became confused in the
face of pressure. The person is a human being, after all, and is capable of
doing anything under pressure. Once he becomes clearheaded, he will certainly
come back. It's just a matter of time.
Saving people is just that, saving people, and to pick and
choose would not be merciful. That is particularly true now, when human society
has reached this point and everything is falling apart. The only criterion now
is what a person himself wants. I discussed this just yesterday. I said that
history has never seen an era in which people have become so bad, as they are
today. And that is especially so for the people in mainland China, whose utter
moral collapse has reached an all-time low. If you walk down the street and
observe people's thoughts, very few of them have good things in mind, many think
about bad things every moment, and most of what they do is bad. Society as a
whole is driving these things, and the wicked Party is yanking people down. So
for Dafa disciples, this persecution will allow them to, whatever the case--no
matter how much physical suffering or mental torment it causes them, and no
matter how severe the persecution--eliminate their karma and head towards
Consummation. What awaits Dafa disciples are all the best things. Isn't this the
goal of your cultivation? However, per the old forces' sinister arrangements,
this wicked-Party-perpetrated persecution of the world--and especially of the
Chinese people--that was wrought by the old forces so as to supposedly "help
Dafa disciples achieve Consummation" is unmatched in its severity. By corrupting
people and having them commit sins against Dafa, isn't it pushing the Chinese
people towards destruction? Even though it was the old forces that arranged this
vile persecution, it is nonetheless on account of Dafa disciples that the
Chinese people have endured such disgrace and suffering. So from that
perspective, shouldn't you go and save them? Shouldn't Dafa disciples open their
hearts wide? Aren't even those who carry out the persecution, with the exception
of the head of the evil, themselves targeted by the persecution?
I thus wanted to point out that right now, when many of your
different projects are short-handed, some of the Dafa disciples who have come
out of China still have no place on a project. I'd say that you shouldn't worry
about whether they have been "transformed" or not. As long as the person
has left that evil setting, he will regain his clarity and feel regret. Even
though it was a disgrace, the person needs to be given a chance to come back.
Cultivators must have human thoughts in order to cultivate, after all. Such a
person's sore spots are going to be sensitive when they're hit upon, and
sometimes the person will even defend himself with some kind of argument,
fearing scorn. So, regardless of how he got out of there, he should still be
able to enter this environment of Dafa disciples. You cannot push these people
away. Instead, you should get close to them and show them warmth. No matter what
they think or do, and no matter how different their mindset may be, they will
gradually come to know and appreciate how people in other countries lead their
lives. Broaden your hearts and minds some, for they are your fellow disciples,
Master's Dafa disciples. You need to show tolerance for them. If you really do
feel uncomfortable putting someone like this on a certain project or asking him
to do certain things, then you can inquire with the Dafa disciples in China from
his locale about his specific circumstances. As long as he was a Dafa disciple
originally, then I don't think involving him will present a problem. Dafa can
strengthen even diamond, so could it be that we can't help one such individual
person to improve? No environment can compare to that of Dafa disciples. As long
as your righteous thoughts, as Dafa disciples, get a little stronger and you
collaborate a little better with fewer conflicts, the strength of your efforts
to save people will be greater.
Right now some of your projects require a lot of hard work.
Especially notable are the media projects, which require a relatively large
number of people. For a media entity to really have the effect of saving
sentient beings and really leverage the strengths of a media outlet, you have to
have a firm footing in ordinary society. Having a firm footing in ordinary
society isn't just something to pay lip service to. Rather, it is something you
need to truly act upon. If you want to have a firm footing in ordinary society,
you have to run that entity well. The ultimate goal and starting point for any
company in ordinary society is to do business and make money. Though your
starting point is to save people, you still need to become well established in
society, get into a positive cycle financially, and adhere to society's
management methods as much as possible. If something were not quite right for
human society, it surely wouldn't be adopted widely. So, when everyone uses
certain methods of management, it means that they suit people's needs and that
gods permit such a format in society. In the last century or two, the way
corporations operate has proven to be viable, and you could say it is the result
of what ordinary people have learned through experience. Then why can't we
follow those conventions when we run ours?
Dafa disciples all have in mind the thought, "We will rush to
the front lines, no matter how hard or exhausting it may be or if it means long
nights without sleep--we can, and will, do whatever it takes." But, when it
comes to management, they falter. Didn't you say that you could do whatever it
takes? (Audience laughs) Didn't you all go from not knowing how to do
something to knowing how? Then why is it that you can't do this part well? Only
by running a media entity well can it grow stronger and have more of the desired
effect. Right now how much time is wasted figuring out how to keep it going and
scrounging around for money to sustain it--how hard it has been! If you really
put some thought and effort into this, then I think the outcome will be great.
Whether it's seeking sponsorships or getting ads, all of that behind-the-scenes
work done to get capital for the media companies is the same as that of those
who act as the public face of the company--the mighty virtue is exactly the
same. It couldn't possibly be that someone's mighty virtue is greater just
because he writes articles, acts as an editor, serves as a translator, often
appears in or on that media, or because he has some select assignment. All of
you who participate in that media entity are, as Dafa disciples, the same,
regardless of what task you do.
Yet when you deal with this issue that has long confounded
you, upon seeing the challenges ahead, fully aware of them, you retreat instead
of pushing forward, and don't want to do it. I want to tell you here, as Master,
that I support managing the media companies well. I have told the people
responsible for the media entities that they should put some effort into this.
But there are more people who aren't so clear on this, and you have this
short-term thinking, namely, "When Fa-rectification requires something, we'll do
it. When it's over with, we're done." But that's not how things work. When Dafa
disciples do something, it is never solely for that one thing. With whatever you
do, you need to consider the present as well as the future, and you need to
consider the task itself as well as anything related to it. Right now this
cultural format is being used to save people and validate the Fa, but won't this
format be left to the future? Won't it be given to the people of the future to
Then there is another management issue related to how you run
a media company. You all have this attitude of, "If I want to do something, I'll
do it. But when someone tells me what to do, I don't go for it." How could that
work? You are Dafa disciples. When you work at an ordinary company, you do
whatever your boss tells you to. So how come with a Dafa project, when doing
something for Dafa, you won't listen when someone says something, tells you to
do something, or assigns something for you to do? Just think about it: is that
right? If we want to gain a foothold in society and have that media entity more
effectively play its role, then you have to run it with ordinary means. That's
what I have told the television station, the radio station, the Epoch Times
newspaper, and the other media entities. It was something I said to them. If you
want to use these [media] forms to clarify the facts and save people, then you
need to take that approach. Whatever ordinary people do or however they run a
company, that's how you need to do it. It's merely that your motive is to save
people. That's where the difference lies.
Real-life experience has shown that the human style of
management is quite effective, so why don't you use it? Perhaps that format for
doing things is to be left to the future. But if you're telling me that with
your managerial process nobody listens to anyone, then could that format be
passed on to the future? No, that wouldn't work. If people don't want to listen
whenever you assign something and they just want to do whatever suits their
fancy, and each does things his own way, could that ever work? It's just like
when this fist goes out--it's strong when everyone is clenched together. (Master
makes a fist.) But if you're saying that this one wants to do this, that one
wants to do that, and the next one something else (spreading the five fingers
apart and pointing to each finger), then that's weak, and as soon as it goes
out, it will be repelled, right? You need to have a plan and organize things,
coordinate well, and cooperate with each other.
Some people might think, "Why should I listen to so-and-so? I
think I've cultivated better than him." You mustn't say that. Only someone who
has cultivated well will be content to follow whatever is assigned to him, and
[thinking that way] only proves that you have not cultivated well. I have said
that the media companies you run are not inherently a part of Dafa, and that the
duties which go with your assigned role do not represent your cultivation level.
You are Dafa disciples, and have come together of your own volition for the
purpose of saving sentient beings and validating the Fa. You built up this
project to save people and validate the Fa. That's how these things should be
viewed. Since the company is not a part of Dafa, it should gain a solid footing
in society, and be ordinary. Why shouldn't something ordinary be managed with
ordinary methods? An ordinary person's job doesn't bespeak of how high his level
used to be in the heavens, nor does it represent how high a cultivator's current
realm is or how well he has cultivated. Since you understand this principle, and
know that just because someone manages you it doesn't mean he has cultivated to
a higher place, then should there still be issues of discontentment or jealousy
involved here? It's fine for someone to manage you, since that is for Dafa.
Aren't Dafa disciples supposed to be able to adapt to different circumstances?
When you faced harsh persecution while in jail, when you were beaten and cursed
at by wicked people, and ordered around, did you succumb to discontentment at
that time? Then why is it that in this situation, when involved in something so
sacred, you can't do it??
Today there are a great many Dafa disciples before me, so I
wanted to spell things out. You have done very well with the media entities and
already had a huge effect in saving sentient beings. So this is something that
needs to be done well. Master's wish is that you will get them on a solid
footing in society and make them solid businesses with a positive cycle, thus
allowing them to have an even greater impact and do even more to save sentient
beings. That's what I wanted to say. As for the management of things, you should
have departments, a managerial level, and people who do the hands-on tasks. The
roles are different, but they all have in common the one goal of validating the
Fa. Those who manage things and those who carry out tasks earn the same mighty
virtue. You are supporting the format of that media entity and using it to save
sentient beings, so your impact is the same.
I have a lot to say, but whatever I would bring up would lend
too much emphasis to that topic. I won't say much more. I just wanted to talk in
general terms about things at present. If you have questions that you really
feel a need to ask or that urgently need to be resolved, you can pass them up
shortly on slips of paper, and I will answer them for you. (Applause)
Looking at the essence of the current situation, we can see
that the evil's factors are finished and that the evil specter of the wicked CCP
has been destroyed. It's just that some of its messages still exist--for
example, in some of its books or pictures from the past--along with its evil
factors, though most of those evil factors have been destroyed. The harm being
done to Dafa disciples comes from the mess of utterly base low spirits and
rotten demons that exist in the low-level places that have been impacted by
Fa-rectification. Those things are being directly controlled by evil factors,
and the old bad factors of even higher levels are at work layer after layer. But
in China, that evil specter of the CCP has long been finished. As you know,
there are factors of the evil specter behind the wicked Party. Who before would
have dared to say that the wicked Party was bad? People wouldn't dare say
anything, even behind closed doors in their own homes. People were even afraid
at just the thought of it, and had a sense something was watching them. Yet now,
everyone--from the wicked Party's central authorities down to the common
folk--dares to curse it in public. Whenever they get together, they curse the
wicked CCP. This shows that the evil factors that used to control people are no
more, that they're finished. Then why is its political power still intact?
That's just a gang of thugs who want to oppress and exploit the people, and stay
in power--it's an extremely depraved gang at work, holding onto power. It plays
into the hands of the old cosmos's evil factors, which exploit their bad
thoughts and use them to create pressure for, and sustain that sinister climate
for, the Dafa disciples who have yet to step forward or who haven't cultivated
well. That society is now rotten to the core.
If I were to end this affair right now, too many future lives
would be destroyed. Those people that came down to obtain the Fa, those people
that came on account of obtaining the Fa, would have come in vain. Regardless of
what those lives are now doing, they were, in the beginning, gods. They saw how
terrifying it was here, yet they dared to jump headlong in--they dared to come.
Why was that? Because they had hope in the Fa-rectification and Dafa, and they
came out of a deep faith. No matter how they are behaving now, we need to look
at how things were initially and look at their history--at how that life once
was--and do our utmost to save them. This is the Great Law of the cosmos, after
all, and for the countless sentient beings, it's an opportunity that is hard to
come by. It is here just this once, and if they can remain, they will remain; if
they cannot, then they will disappear forever. So I feel that we need to keep
doing this and keep saving them. If the people who had obtained the Fa today
were not you but others, and you were the ones in that circumstance and counted
among the ordinary people, think about it: wouldn't you be deserving of pity?
And as for the Chinese people, who suffer the most severe persecution, they are
persecuted to that extent only on account of the old forces' trying to interfere
with you. So there is even more reason for you to save them. At present, it is a
given that you need to do well the three things and cultivate yourselves well.
Have strong righteous thoughts. When you cultivate yourself well, your righteous
thoughts will of course be strong. So for all of you, saving sentient beings is
your responsibility and your historic mission, and it is something at once both
monumental and grueling.
You know that it's not hard for us to save a person; the
difficulty lies in the evil's interference and pressure. When a person manages
to understand the truth and be saved, it means that, speaking on a fundamental
level, all of the lives in the cosmic system behind him that he represents are
saved in conjunction. It means that immeasurable numbers of sentient beings and
immense systems--so many lives--are saved. It is a factor that major which makes
it hard for the person to have a chance to hear the truth and understand what is
before him. It takes the form of various evil factors interfering with our
clarifying the facts, but in essence it's due to the presence of that major
factor behind it all. I just said that the responsibility Dafa disciples have is
monumental and that this historic mission is not something just anyone could
take on--only Dafa disciples are worthy. It's magnificent, truly magnificent.
I want to mention something in passing. It is something I
haven't talked to you about before. I spoke about something at the meeting
yesterday, and I need to repeat it today. Otherwise it will circulate
inaccurately. In the past, as a part of Fa-rectification, gods at every level
addressed the matter of determining what would happen with humankind after Fa-rectification,
and gods at a certain level arranged for there to be a great Final Judgment.
This can be found in the Western tradition, which tells of mankind facing a
grand judgment. But it would not be limited to mankind: all beings of the whole
Three Realms would face it. Even deceased people would be brought back to life
and face judgment. This judgment would be the final conclusion to all that had
come to pass since the creation of the world, and encompass the beginning of and
spreading of Dafa as well as mark the end of saving sentient beings, and in
particular, it would encompass all of what beings during the final Fa-rectification
period had done--all of it would be displayed in full view. When I have spoken
about "sentient beings," I have used the term in a broad, comprehensive sense
that includes everything in the cosmos. Regardless of whether man's science
calls something organic or inorganic, the truth is that everything is alive. The
lives of the multitude of dimensions, all sentient beings, came for this Dafa;
and the living environments that all the sentient beings were provided with were
themselves created for this Dafa. Then I would say that in the end, all of them
would have to face the Judgment. I didn't mention this before while teaching the
Fa, for the arrangements made at that specific level no longer count; ultimately
it will be I who decides what is done. The Final Judgment that they arranged was
not limited to the judging of those who would play oppositional or negative
roles, or those who would do bad things. Rather, those that had played positive
roles would also have to face the Judgment. What would they face? Here's an
example. While you might have played a positive role during Fa-rectification,
there would remain the question: did you fulfill your responsibilities to the
utmost degree? Another example is, those who came here to be Dafa disciples:
what was the vow that you made? did you honor that vow? what did the Lord
Creator require of you? did you do as the Lord Creator required? If you did not
honor your original vow or do as the Lord Creator required, then you would not
have completed what you were supposed to do and would have in effect deceived
the Lord. Since you would have thus brought losses to your local area's
situation at that time, to the progress of Fa-rectification, and to the sentient
beings that were thus not saved, and you would have thus brought damage or ruin
to different levels of the cosmos, you would be held accountable. I talked about
this yesterday, and I needed to repeat it for you today lest it be passed around
inaccurately. I didn't talk about this before and hadn't wanted to get into
this, for I know that you have all been through so much. But ultimately, no
matter how you are made to stand and face Fa-rectification and yourself, if you
have failed to do well, you will truly be considered responsible.
Next, you can pass up your slips and I will answer your questions. (Applause)
Disciple: I would like to ask Master to talk about
the function and significance of Shen Yun's performances at this point in the
history of Fa-rectification.
Master: By now you've all seen that at
each of Shen Yun Performing Arts's performances there are hundreds in attendance
at a minimum, and most typically there are over a thousand, or even two or three
thousand, with the number ranging upwards of over five thousand at times,
depending on the size of the venue. As many as that may be, after watching the
performance over ninety percent who attend have a change of attitude toward Dafa,
and they become clear about what that evil Party is; the people become
completely positive. Effecting change in that many people all at once like that
would be really hard to achieve simply by clarifying the truth. Just think about
how many Dafa disciples it would take, all clarifying the truth in sync, to
achieve that? Of course, that's not to say that our media haven't had a large
impact. Rather, it's that right now nothing but a Shen Yun performance can have
an impact as big and instantaneous as I've described.
Everyone's experience while taking in a Shen Yun performance is different.
Chinese audience members understand it on a rational level. The pure
goodness and beauty of what unfolds on stage is just stunning both in terms
of the visual effect and the feelings it evokes, especially so because it is
built completely upon [China's] divinely inspired cultural heritage, has not
a hint of Party culture, and is something truly human and part of the human
heritage. So when the performance shows the great compassion and fortitude
of Dafa disciples, and after it lays bare the lies of the wicked CCP, it is
truly stirring indeed to the Chinese in attendance. Westerners and persons
of other ethnicities also find the experience to be really powerful, with
some even actually seeing, as they watch, mesmerized, divine beings on the
stage. Nowhere else but at a Shen Yun performance have they ever seen
performers of such high caliber or with that kind of positivity on stage.
After watching, many say things like, "It was heavenly," "God was with
them," "This gives us hope for the future," or "Shen Yun is reviving the
arts." Many who make such remarks are people of prominence, and not the type
to speak frivolously. And some of them are so moved that they are wiping
tears away as they speak. All of this indicates that the performances really
do accomplish what I've described. So we know that Shen Yun's performances
really can have the effect of saving people. Then as Dafa disciples, when we
consider that but one Shen Yun tour can manage to save hundreds of thousands
of people, is there anything not to like about it?
Okay, that's all for this question.
Disciple: Disciples from all countries abroad who
have come to the New York Fa conference give their regards to Master.
Master: Thank you all! (Warm
Disciple: Could Shen Yun travel to India to perform?
Also, there are many people in India, especially school students, who are
rapidly gaining the Fa and starting the exercises. But, owing to a shortage of
Dafa materials, we can't ensure that they are diligent about exercises or
understanding the Fa after they learn it. How should we help these new
practitioners? Another thing is, may we produce an English edition of the Epoch
Times in India at this time?
Master: It's fine for Shen Yun to perform
there. You can start an English edition of The Epoch Times
if conditions permit. There aren't any restrictions in place for this media
entity. If conditions suffice, one day it will appear in mainland China.
Newer students need to study the Fa more; there is no way
around it. If we look at the cultivation state of Dafa disciples as a whole, we
find evidence from the path walked thus far that tells just how important Fa-study
is. A human being is like a container. If he is filled with Fa, he will--this
being the Fa of the cosmos--naturally have righteous thoughts and play a
positive role. That's for sure. So there is only one way, and it is to study the
Fa more. Don't turn doing the exercises into a formality and stop at that.
Rather, you should guide everyone to study the Fa more. The best thing is to
organize students to study the Fa together in different settings, and this would
be especially good in India, given the large number of school students.
Disciple: When we're promoting Shen Yun and, as of
the last day or two before a performance, there are a lot of tickets left,
fellow cultivators are often of two opinions. One is that we should lower the
ticket prices, since we shouldn't have empty seats. The other is that we
shouldn't lower the prices, since we need to establish the Shen Yun brand.
Master: Since this has come up, here's
what I would like to say. You know how there are a number of famous brands out
there that are known internationally, well, often these well-known brands are
not hit hard in times of economic recession. Generally speaking, they aren't
affected much when the economy is bad. The reason is, typically what a bad
economy affects is the lower rungs of society; the upper rungs have savings, and
so they aren't hit very hard. Looked at from another perspective, it is most
definitely the case that in human society the upper class is endowed with a
greater amount of blessing, and such people's inborn quality is better. While
this isn't a hard and fast rule, it does hold true for the vast majority of
people, since if they didn't have blessings allotted to them they wouldn't be
entitled to what they have--unlike what the twisted logic of the wicked CCP
says. We don't try to distinguish the rich from the poor, for we try to save all
the sentient beings before us regardless of which class they belong to. So, it's
not acceptable if we don't take care of the upper echelon of society.
A second matter is the ticket. The effect of a Shen Yun
performance now counts it as the top show in the world--the best. (Applause.)
And I don't just mean at present. I examined the quality of various shows during
different eras of history, and ours is still the best. I'm referring to the
theatrical effect of the performance, and this includes the artistic form as
well as the artistic technique that's demonstrated. Ordinary people's
performances can't compare, to be honest. What we have here is an assemblage of
cultivators, and their starting point is a desire to save sentient beings; and
what fills the stage but divine beings, who give assistance. Could ordinary
people's performances possibly achieve that? They can't.
So as for the value of the ticket, we know that the people in
Western society have social classes; the fact remains, however unhappy some
people might be about it, that social classes really do exist. People from
different social classes go to different stores and establishments. There's no
question about it. This is something that Chinese people, having lived under the
wicked Party, do not understand. If you ask someone from the upper class to go
and partake in something lower class, he most certainly won't. Image is
something everyone cares about, and, given that everyone wants to look good,
there are many people who want to make their way into society's upper tier. So,
if you find a good venue for our performances, people from both the upper and
lower classes will be happy to go. But if, on the other hand, the location is a
poorer neighborhood or it's a venue that puts on low-end shows, neither upper
nor middle class people will have anything to do with it. Whatever one may think
about this, that's the reality of society. If we want to save people, then when
we try to save them we have to be attentive to their circumstances. Don't take
this for granted.
Here's my take on Shen Yun ticket sales. You're all talking
about what to do when you still have tickets left over prior to opening night.
Let me first address this in cultivation terms. How sales go in a given locale
is, in reality, a true, tangible sign of how well practitioners have cultivated
and cooperated there. (Applause.) I'm not just saying this
because I think Shen Yun is so important. Rather, it truly is a reflection of
your cultivation. The assistants in some areas are narrow-minded. They will only
team up with the people they "believe in," and if there are other people that
they can't stand, they don't let them participate and even drive them away. In
some areas there are students who interact with each other with strong human
attachments and neglect to make cooperation the top priority. The fights between
people there are endless, with the result being that it compromises our
validating of the Fa as well as our selling of tickets. In some places, people
try to grab practitioners to join their side, each group goes its own way, and
they don't work together in the least. In some areas there have indeed been
people who harbor bad intentions and that stir up trouble. And in yet other
cases, people have been preoccupied with the thought that spies might find out
about their plans, and so they cover and hide what they're doing to the point
that practitioners don't have any clue about what's going on--in which case, how
are they supposed to cooperate together? (Applause.) They go
about things stealthily, as if they were doing something unspeakable. But isn't
this something you should do with confidence and poise? Again and again I've
said: don't let appearances, or evil factors, deceive your eyes, for this phase
of history is given to Dafa disciples for validating the Fa; if you can walk
this path well, nothing will block you, for it is all a matter of whether you
walk it righteously. If your mind is that narrow, how will you achieve what's
needed? You won't be able to. Of course, arranging a performance by Shen Yun is
something that the practitioners in each area have done voluntarily. It's
something you do because you want to. If you don't want to, it's not as if
Master would insist on it. It's something that is done by Dafa disciples of
their own accord, solely to validate the Fa. There is something very real that
I've observed, however. Namely, the change that a Shen Yun performance brings
about locally is enormous. So many people become clear about Dafa in one fell
swoop, and they change for the better. That would be awfully hard for you to
achieve under normal circumstances. And, moreover, some local people seek out
Dafa as a result of the Shen Yun performance and start to cultivate. That is
even something we've seen often.
Then as for the question of the ticket's worth, consider that
this is the best artistry performed on any stage in the world, that divine
beings are performing, and that a person's health problems are resolved when he
watches the performance. And consider that when someone watches the show, the
stress in his life from the economic crisis nowadays, no matter how great, will
be completely dissolved and relieved; the person's troubles might truly
disappear afterwards, he will feel as if he's seen the light at the end of the
tunnel (laughter), and he will seem to have changed as a
person, if not his finances too. (Applause.) This happens
because, having made the right choice at the show, people will have their karma
dissolved for them, and it will be transformed into blessings. And the health
problems of many people disappear after they see the performance. Then what
would you say: how much is that worth? Many audience members have said, just
speaking about the quality of the performance at the most superficial level,
that one ticket is worth $500--$500 U.S. dollars, that is. (Applause.)
Be it in Europe, America, or other places, many audience members have said that
it is worth $500.
Of course, when you have leftover tickets, there is another
reason involved as well; it's not just because of poor cooperation on the part
of Dafa disciples. Namely, in many places people don't know Shen Yun. However
well Shen Yun might perform, the several hundred thousand who see the
performance amount to just a tiny figure when there are over 7 billion people on
this earth. Also, in Western society the performances and ballet companies have
histories that go back a century, and parents take their kids to see them
starting right from their youth. They watch the same performance over and over
again right into old age. People thus know even the details of a ballet company,
such as what caliber it is, who is performing in a production, how a given
artist is doing, and so on. So, when that ballet company comes to town, all an
advertisement has to do is tell which company it is and what dates it's
performing on, and that's it. They can keep it simple and things work out,
people come. But in our case, no matter how well we do our ads, you still think
it's not good enough, and you even think that it will work only if you pack
everything about the show into the ad. Yet that's not possible. And besides,
even if the ad is done supremely well, it doesn't necessarily mean people will
come. The year before last, in the New York metro area more than 10 million
people--just about every person--had seen the ads for Shen Yun five times. So it
was done to that extent, yet those people still didn't come. And why was that?
What people were thinking was, "I know you're in town, but I don't know whether
I would like what you perform and I don't know how the quality is." Their not
being sure suggests that we still lack the level of brand recognition that's
needed. Thus, it's not a question of our ads, and it's not simply that we
haven't put in enough effort. Rather, there is an element of people not knowing
Then there's another reason. Consider what kind of stuff
people in the U.S., or whatever country it may be, are exposed to when song and
dance performances from China come. It's one big hodgepodge. For example,
contained in their dance movements are techniques from ballet, classical Chinese
dance, and "modern," or contemporary, dance, in addition to all sorts of random,
irregular stuff that is mixed in. Then do you think they'll go for this in
Western society, where they are used to formal, clearly-defined art forms?
Mainland Chinese don't get this. Filled up with wicked CCP culture and trapped
in its confines, the Chinese people--including choreographers, directors, and
performers--haven't the slightest clue about these things or about the
psychology of normal people. But the wicked Party's evil specter is clear on all
this, and it has all along sought to harm the Chinese people and destroy their
culture. So it has directed Chinese people to do such things. That's why the
things that they perform are such a mess and so lacking in creativity. Thus, you
don't see anybody outside of China praising it, and this has created a definite
obstacle for Shen Yun's performances. The moment people hear "Chinese show,"
they have a bad impression.
But that said, I have observed that the quality of absolute
beauty that permeates a Shen Yun performance really can have the effect of
saving sentient beings and stirring the soul. The impact of this will only grow
greater and greater as Shen Yun keeps performing in the time ahead. Truth be
told, the extent to which Shen Yun's performances have moved and impacted
society is already something that no other show can match. It's really sizable.
And what's more, this is achieved by the combined effect of Shen Yun's own
strength plus that of the local Dafa disciples who are organizing the event.
After people see the performance they will speak from their heart about it
publicly, spreading the word person to person, mouth to mouth. Soon there will
be a sense of excitement brewing, and we will quickly be on the radar. At that
point you will just need to write a few words and you're all set--"Shen Yun is
returning!" You won't need to do much publicity. (Applause.)
So, what are you to do when you have tickets left? You didn't
do well, and so tickets remain. My stance is that we shouldn't lower the prices.
(Enthusiastic applause.) Some people might be wondering,
"But since we're saving people, wouldn't it be nice to bring in even just one
more person? Isn't it the more, the better?" That's not how it is. It's not how
you imagine it. Some Chinese people still don't understand how things work
outside of China. If you really do lower the prices, if you really take that
approach, the long-term effect is extremely bad. To illustrate, there was once a
person who had bought one of the most expensive seats. He overheard the person
next to him saying that his ticket was bought at a discount, and this infuriated
him--to the point that he tracked down the theater's manager to chew him out. In
another episode, our practitioners invited the audience members in the third
mezzanine to come down to the orchestra level. Little did they realize that
those sitting there, in the best seats, wouldn't stand for it. People got up and
sought out the manager to get a refund, saying things like, "What are you
thinking, bringing people who bought cheap seats over here?" They were really
upset, and felt humiliated. The issue isn't whether their mentality was right or
not; let's not criticize them. The point is, if we want to save people, we are
only going to be effective if we do it in a way that takes account of society's
realities. Another thing is, anytime a new brand is established it has to go
through a challenging period of time, and ensuring that the price reflects the
quality of the product is how you build credibility in Western society. By
contrast, in mainland China nowadays, when people do business they want to make
a quick deal, and they want to move their goods as soon as they arrive. They
figure that a buck made is still a buck, and they pay no attention to prestige,
credibility, or branding. And what's the end result? They end up with nothing.
We can't go about things that way. We need to ensure our quality and the
reputation we have in society, and doing so will be to our benefit down the road
as we save more sentient beings. So I don't think the issue is one of whether or
not to cut prices. Rather, it's a question of whether you can devote your
attention to cooperating well. With that, you will sell a lot more tickets.
Disciple: Recently I have discovered that what makes
it hard to remove attachments is in fact that my resolve to cultivate is
inadequate and my will is not firm, and thus, as we head toward the end, the
problem is especially apparent.
you realize it, that's a good start, for you have begun to improve. If we are
able to recognize our shortcomings, then we can quickly catch up. At present,
some people still aren't aware of them, and aren't willing to face up to their
cultivation situation or see their shortcomings. Then could you call that
Disciple: Some coordinators
in Japan are forceful in their manner of handling things, and don't listen to
other people's opinions. This has led to a group of disciples
opposing them, and many disciples have become quite disheartened as a result. I
think that we shouldn't give up hope in the Association or get stuck arguing
over who is superficially right or wrong. By discussing together in terms of the
Fa's principles, we should be able to ultimately resolve any problem. We should
try to, starting with a pure and correct intent within us, be tolerant of
cultivation one mustn't look outward. If people don't listen to your idea, will
you then form a negative attitude? Who are you cultivating for? You know how
intensely those evil factors in mainland China make wicked policemen persecute
Dafa disciples, right? Yet despite such persecution, none of them became
negative or sank into despair. Yet over such a little thing you're getting
deflated? (Applause) You should proactively clarify the
truth and walk your own path. Don't waste your energy being preoccupied with the
It is true that some newer
students who haven't studied the Fa in depth have been affected, so I need to
shift direction and say a few things to the coordinators. When you're doing
things, think about how Master handles them, and learn from it a bit. Only when
you can manage to have the great breadth of mind befitting a cultivator will you
be able to guide more people and save people. With some things, everyone needs
to listen to the directives of the Dafa Association and act in a unified manner.
With other things, the Association needs to loosen its grip and allow everyone
to act on their own. However, when people can't reach consensus, the Association
will have to decide on the course of action for everyone; once a decision is
made, that's how it will be done, and you need to cooperate. (Applause)
We can't allow differing opinions to affect what needs to be done. Of course, if
you can truly come to an understanding and improve together, that's terrific,
and how it should be. But when time is tight, as is often the case, and we can't
afford to wait until everyone is on the same page before taking action, then it
is sometimes necessary for everyone simply to follow an executive decision by
the Association. Do you understand? (Enthusiastic applause)
Disciple: My father is a veteran practitioner and
lives outside China, but he doesn't have the courage to step forward. I don't
know what I should do.
Then he's not making the grade. (Laughs) For one thing, it
would be best if he could realize for himself what to do, since this is
cultivation after all. Another thing you can do is to serve as a catalyst for
him and help him along. The evil won't suddenly tell him one day, "We're not
going to persecute you anymore." If a person wants to cultivate, he should just
go ahead. What's actually at work is fear. Everyone talks about "setting aside
all thought of life and death," but when the pressure increases a little they
can't come through. Don't be a "lesser man who hears the Dao."
Disciple: Please allow yourself to sit.
Many of the question slips are asking me to sit, but I think I'll stand. (Everyone
laughs, applauds) It's been a long time since we last saw each other,
and I want to have a good view of you, just as you want to have a good view of
me. (Warm applause)
Disciple: I have a child who saw Shen Yun perform
last year and was very moved. He even shed tears. He saw Shen Yun again this
year, and from the first note, before the curtain had even opened, he began to
weep. He said that it was the same scene appearing before his eyes again, and
that it was how Heaven looked. The child has a predestined connection to Dafa,
and believes in it, and in Master, very much. But sometimes he has doubts. Is
have addressed this in my Fa teachings. If you study the Fa a bit more you'll
all be clear on this, actually. Human beings naturally have both a good and a
bad side, and all material things and creatures in the Three Realms are
constructed of both good and bad factors, either of which can have an effect.
When it is goodness that dominates the person's actions, then he is good; when
it is evilness that dominates the person's actions, then he is not good. If
goodness abounds as a person cultivates, then he will be in a corresponding
state; if goodness is lacking, his foolish ignorance will show. It's just a
question of which quality is in effect. Cultivation is all about cultivating
away the things that are not good, or negative, and it means cultivating your
positive side to the point of completion. And that is when good fruits will
follow. You shouldn't be thinking, "Wow, this child is just outstanding. He
should be just like a god, and always righteous." It's not like that. People are
people. If someone can see gods, he is still a human being; it's merely that his
human state is different.
Disciple: My mother cultivated for over ten years,
but passed away not long ago. When she was cultivating, she provided a great
deal of assistance to me in life. But I failed to help her break through the
test of life and death.
You shouldn't have too many thoughts about this. If you think too much, it will
become an attachment. Just put your heart into cultivating. Only when you have
cultivated well will you be able to help sentient beings. The Dafa disciples
that have passed away all have good returns awaiting them. There's no need to
Disciple: Why is it that articles submitted to the
Minghui website from mainland China all seem to have certain elements of Party
culture in them?
Many articles that come from the mainland do indeed speak the way they do in the
Party culture. Their authors don't know any different, as that's how they were
educated in that environment. But after you have edited the articles, you can
still use the true things that are present in them. Don't let it affect
Disciple: How are we to make sense of the thinking
and behavior of students who come from the mainland?
Try to put yourself in their shoes and understand them a bit. They are
cultivators too, and in essence, the same as everyone else. They are doing the
three things as well, and they too are my disciples. That's grounds enough to
try to work with them. They will gradually become aware of the issue themselves.
You need to be clear on this. Don't push them away just because of this.
Disciple: Should we steer our little disciples to
learn dance, artistic gymnastics, and music?
know you all adore the kids of Fei Tian Academy, and consider them very
fortunate--performing so well on stage as they do. You want your kids to attend
Fei Tian and later become part of Shen Yun, right? Well, there won't be that
many people who can join Shen Yun. Also, the requirements that have to be met to
enter Fei Tian are high, for Fei Tian prepares students to join Shen Yun. Shen
Yun is a world-class company, and its requirements are only getting higher. The
child's physical attributes have to meet the standard for professional
recruitment, and students of dance have to be tall and thin, have a slender
frame and long legs, be very flexible, and have a good vertical leap. The boys,
too, have to meet these conditions, and so those who are plump or have too large
a frame, or aren't tall enough, are not suitable. Music students need to have
good musicianship and a good sense of rhythm, with the difference being that
Shen Yun requires that they be skilled before coming in. Dafa disciples have a
lot of projects going, and if you work on something else, that's good too. But
those who really do have the necessary traits won't miss their chance, even if
you don't say anything. If you don't have the necessary traits, though, don't
try too hard to force it.
Disciple: Each time
we have a group activity, because there are very few fellow practitioners who
are capable of sharing the load with creating materials and doing promotional
work, oftentimes I'm the only one and must scramble to get things done. This
situation has created a huge array of problems for my ordinary work and my
family. (Master: Indeed.) It's thus hard
for me to squeeze in Fa-study or cultivation.
Actually, all of our Dafa disciples face this kind of challenge, since each has
family that they have to take care of, and each still needs to cultivate as well
as to validate the Fa. It's like that for everyone. Balance things well. Of
course, there are often certain special situations where others don't have the
skills that are needed, and there's just one person. In that case, do your best
to find others to learn those skills.
Disciple: I don't know what my vow is. Some
practitioners tell me to do this, and others that, but I can't do it all. How
can I know for sure what my path and my vow really are?
have never said to anyone that he should do this or she should do that. Manpower
is needed on each and every front. If you feel that you're especially skilled in
a certain regard, or there is something you especially like to do, then go and
solidly, resolutely, do a good job with that thing. As long as that effort can
save sentient beings, and you have a part to play in it, then go and do it, and
that's that. It's not as if when you wrote your vow you spelled out that you
would specifically come down to be a reporter or a performer. (Everyone
Disciple: Could I ask Master to talk a little about
the environment of Fa-rectification at this time?
The environments in mainland China and outside the mainland are different. The
problems that the rest of the world faces, and its environments, are just what
they are. Dafa disciples should cultivate in keeping with the circumstances they
are in, and, similarly, validate the Fa and save sentient beings in keeping with
them. Right now, the evil in some areas of mainland China is really crazed, and
in such circumstances a person needs to do his utmost to keep safety in mind.
Clarifying the truth and personal cultivation are integrated. If someone's state
of mind is not right, or if his righteous thoughts are not strong enough, then
problems will follow, for your own cultivation is what's fundamental. Remember
too that the rotten demons and evil entities of low levels that directly
persecute Dafa disciples don't want sentient beings to be saved.
Disciple: There are many projects that need Dafa
disciples' participation, and there are many disciples who have yet to
appreciate the future prospects of Dafa disciples' media.
Yes, I know. This is especially the case with the English Epoch Times
and other, non-Chinese-language editions of the paper or of the other media.
We're really short of hands, and this often results in many things being hard to
do. So I would ask: has the coordination of our projects as a whole really
achieved what it should? are there still shortcomings that exist? If you can
truly handle this well, they will really begin to achieve the effect they
should, and it will change the environment around us; it could even be that the
effect of the media will become such that more people in society want to read or
watch them, learn the truth, and even seek out Dafa. If you can really achieve
that, then you will have sufficient manpower, as there will
constantly be new people coming, with some being very capable persons. If you
haven't managed to make that stride forward, then you should examine things and
ask whether it results from some form of inadequacy and that is why you have
such difficulty. If you really manage to do well, the situation will
change--change for the better. That really is the case. Of course, what I
described isn't the sole reason for your situation. There are evil factors
making trouble for you as well, after all. They hold that only when you
cultivate in hardship, amidst ordeals, and under trying circumstances will you
gain mighty virtue. And thus, they interfere. That's how the situation is right
Disciple: When we are doing group study, should we
be reading aloud the parts of Master's Fa teachings such as the signature, the
date, and the parenthetical remarks such as "applause" or "Master laughs"?
No, you don't need to. You don't need to read the signatures, dates, commas, or
parenthetical parts. (Laughing) (Everyone Laughs)
Just read the Fa--the Fa content--and it will be fine. There's a phenomenon
among mainland students, namely, while studying the Fa some people think that
they shouldn't read Master's full name aloud whenever they come upon it, and
that, instead, they should just say "Master" or "respected Master." Reading the
Fa is reading the Fa, so you shouldn't change it.
Disciple: The mainland Chinese Dafa disciples who
live in Korea send their regards to Master!
Disciple: How should the management in our media go
about listening to the ideas and opinions of its staff? And in particular, how
so when the students' ideas and opinions diverge from their own? The
coordinators of the Sydney branch of the Epoch Times would prefer to look in
other countries, to the periphery, to recruit new people, and seem not to value
the students who have been working inside the company all along.
That's true. We often do that. That is, when people don't cooperate well they
just go and look for other people, and they keep doing that again and again as
things continue not to work out and, in the end, the Epoch Times just becomes
one big practice site. (Everyone laughs)
But having touched on this, I
want to say a few words about how some students fix their attention on the
management. If the setting were your normal workplace, would you dare to fix
your attention on your superiors? Could you do that? You couldn't. Then how
come, while validating the Fa and cultivating yourselves, you are focusing your
attention on external things? What's more, Master has told you that cultivation
is about cultivating yourself; you have to cultivate inward,
to look inside yourself. If you can all manage to do this, there will be no
problem that can't be resolved, and this is the greatest way to work together
and is a magic tool given by the Fa. So how come you don't do it? Those who
manage things are responsible for this, and so are those who should
cooperate--each is responsible. But has it occurred to you that we're always
talking about how others "don't cooperate well," with some people always talking
about how the management has this and that problem? In every case, that is
looking outward, cultivating outward, and dwelling on what others are doing. Why
don't we instead look for our own faults, and try to truly do well? If you can
truly do things correctly, how will others view you? Then when you, as the
coordinator, are anxious about getting something done, why don't you reflect for
a moment on what you might have done inadequately that has led students not to
want to do what you tell them? So you must remember, it is cultivation--exactly
Disciple: There are some veteran students in the
mainland who believe that things like the so-called "Unabridged Fa" and "Lecture
Ten" are real.
That's all stuff concocted by those despicable secret agents. There is no such
thing as this supposed "Unabridged Fa," nor is there any "Lecture Ten" or any
other rotten demonic stuff like that. What will they cook up next, a "Foot Fa"?
(Laughs) That stuff is just concocted by the evil specter
using the brains of secret agents, and it is used to confuse those among us who
they think aren't diligent, who like to hear gossipy things, who like to hear
something new just for novelty's sake, or who like to show off. It's meant to
confuse such people. But they cannot confuse even one person who cultivates
Disciple: Is it the case that when a person inside
China sees the Shen Yun DVD he can be saved just as someone would outside of
China who sees the performance in a theater?
long as someone can see the evil for what it is, become clear that Dafa is good
and that Dafa disciples are good people, then that will suffice. But that said,
watching the DVD will never have the same effect as seeing the performance in a
theater. Some people have asked whether we could play a recording of the
performance on a big screen, in effect allowing more people to see it, as if
they were watching Shen Yun live. No, you cannot. You most definitely don't want
to do something like that outside China, for it will ruin people's chances of
being saved. Were you to do that, it would mean that those who have the
predestined fortune to see Shen Yun live on stage would not be stunned by it in
the way they normally would, or worse still, if it seemed as though the
performance was going to be the same [as the DVD], they wouldn't even come. So
you don't want to use that approach. When seeing the live stage performance,
there are divine beings directly on the scene, whereas while watching the DVD
there isn't anything like that power, and moreover, the surroundings in which
the person watches the video might interfere with him or her. With mainland
China it's different, however, for people can't see Shen Yun there. If they can
manage to see the DVD, it can have a certain impact. But outside of China we
don't want to use that approach.
Disciple: The core players in our media often leave
to work on other projects, making it impossible to ensure the quality of our
work. How can we better deal with this?
Right, when someone who has done quite well suddenly leaves for some other
project, it instantly creates a manpower shortage. With some students, the
moment something isn't agreeable to them they just disregard how [leaving] will
affect others, they don't consider how it will impact that task that was being
done to validate the Fa, and they just do whatever they please. I have observed
this in some students, and the gods are not exactly impressed, either. At the
same time, though, it is true that other projects are in need of people. If you
have the spare time to help them, well, many Dafa disciples are simultaneously
shouldering multiple duties, so there shouldn't be a problem in principle. But
no matter how much we discuss this matter, it all boils down to a problem of
coordination and cultivation.
Disciple: Could Master please talk about the Nine
Master: New Tang Dynasty Television has
held the nine competitions for the past two years. It has made them quite
dramatic and appealing, and they've become a sensation. The nine competitions
are all about traditional culture--divinely-bestowed culture, the true cultural
heritage of man. It is something that was being lost. In terms of the long-run,
the competitions will serve to pass on such things to the future and its people.
And as for the present, the obvious way in which this format is helpful is that
it raises NTDTV's profile and increases the station's viewership, while, more
fundamentally, it has the even greater impact of clarifying the truth and saving
sentient beings. Once the competitions are over, though, let's stop there and
not keep hyping them up. And if you keep putting on such events, and are doing
so internationally, then you are promoting ordinary people's things since most
of what they involve are ordinary things, after all. The competitions are to
help promote the TV station, enrich its programming, and further its
name-recognition. And the other idea behind the competitions is that people are
competing on the basis of things from traditional culture--something beneficial
for the people of the future and that helps people to reclaim their traditions.
Disciple: This year's vocal competition only
includes the bel canto style, and not Chinese folk singing. Is that because folk
singing is not being affirmed or kept?
Master: I've mentioned before that there
are many vocal styles in this world. Each ethnicity corresponds to the culture
of a different cosmic body. Perhaps a certain vocal style is a distinguishing
trait of the particular culture in a particular cosmic body's system. So we
don't disapprove of any specific vocal style, other than things that have an
adverse effect on society, the bad things. I won't affirm those things. Since
there are so many possible choices, and we can't possibly use everything, we
thus have to take some things into consideration and use things selectively. As
for the question of what the future human society will be left with, that's a
future matter. Whatever is good will be kept. This year, Chinese folk singing is
not included, only bel canto is. That style can be used by just about any
Disciple: I would like to ask whether organizations
such as the Falun Dafa Information Center should also be run like an ordinary
Master: I can't talk about things that
specifically. If I were to now say how the Information Center should be run, you
would turn around and say, "Master said that the Information Center
must be run in such-and-such way," and that "Since Master said that,
nobody should think of doing otherwise." So I can't address the question
specifically. What I can say is, if you are able to do so and have the right
conditions for it, then you may. But if you lack the ability to do so or
conditions aren't ripe, then you still have to take it slow. I think, though,
that for the media companies such as the Epoch Times and NTDTV, it is
Disciple: A Changchun Dafa disciple asked me to
raise a question with Master on his behalf. He said he is observing that
although many fellow cultivators are really active in validating the Fa, for
long stretches of time they aren't able to study the Fa or do the exercises
well. He feels this is a serious problem. I was in the same predicament for a
while. The effect is that when we work on our projects to validate the Fa,
things are not sacred, and it is hard to achieve the impact that we wish for.
And conflicts among fellow practitioners also result from failing to study the
Fa well, causing them not to do well looking inward or cooperating with one
Master: Yes, indeed. I feel the same way.
I hope that the Dafa disciples in all regions of mainland China--not just those
in Changchun--will manage to do all three things well at the same time. Only by
doing so are you truly accomplishing what you should, and only then are you
advancing diligently as Dafa disciples.
Disciple: There is a lot of interference in
Southeast Asia. Is it because Dafa disciples' efforts to clarify the truth have
Master: Although this part of history is
meant for Dafa disciples to validate the Fa, the environment is complicated and
there are evil factors at work; hence the challenges. But as long as you do
well, have ample righteous thoughts, and coordinate things well, the situation
will change. If you are unable to do that, are fearful, or have too many human
attachments, then you are apt not to do well. And when you don't do well, evil
factors act more wildly, negative factors gain the upper hand, and all that you
see will be interference and ordeals. My Dafa disciples... you are distributed
over a large expanse (gesturing), and you are each now
responsible for your respective area of this world. Changes in your thinking can
lead to changes in your surrounding environment. How the people in your region
are is a result of the extent to which you have clarified the truth to them. The
environment is shaped by your human attachments. When the environment is bad, it
is because you made it that way. Of course, if you now say, "Then I will act
like a god," and you start to be irrational, then it will be another case of
self-wrought interference. You must be rational, go about things with confidence
and poise, and know well what you should do.
Disciple: Russian disciples send their greetings to
Master: Thank you. (Applause)
Disciple: We have tried hard to clarify the truth,
but the situation has not turned around much. What can we do to have Shen Yun
perform in Russia?
Master: Yes, there are political factors
that have led to big challenges. Don't be anxious. If our Dafa disciples have
truly done well but things still aren't good there, then let's give it a little
time and see. The evil factors of the old forces can see that the wicked CCP is
done for, and if there were a country on its northern border that dealt with it
in the manner that the U.S. does, then the evil would be in no mood to persecute
Dafa disciples. So, there are special circumstances where it might not be that
Dafa disciples haven't done well, but rather, that the larger situation involves
something like this. So given that, let's wait and see. No matter what, Dafa
disciples should still do the things they are supposed to do in terms of
clarifying the truth and saving people.
Disciple: We have come across situations such as the
following when selling ads: some of our clients listened to us clarify the truth
and learned about Dafa, and decided to advertise, but after a while they stopped
advertising with us when they felt the effect was minimal. Was this because we
disciples didn't do well, or was it that the client left after having done what
he was supposed to do for Dafa?
Master: A person doesn't necessarily
change after you clarify the truth to him. When you clarify the truth, you have
to clear up the person's wrong ideas and help him to see that the CCP's
intentions are evil. If your truth-clarification is inadequate and the effect of
the ads is minimal, then of course the client won't want to stay on. But if a
contract has been signed, then it needs to be honored. If there is a breach of
contract that results in any loss, then whoever caused the loss has to be held
accountable. If there is no economic consequence and it's just a matter of
whether they want to continue, then handle it on a case by case basis. There is
no such thing as a client being supposed to do this or that for Dafa. You are
saving sentient beings, period. It's not that the sentient beings should do
certain things for you. As for whether you've done well or not, Master really
doesn't need to comment on such things. You will know the answer if you try to
figure out what isn't quite right.
Disciple: How can we do better with clarifying the
truth to the two hundred thousand Chinese people in Brazil?
Master: You are Dafa disciples, so just
do your best. Clarifying the truth is your responsibility. If you're asking how
you could possibly talk to all those people that you want to save, then I'd say
just do your best--do as much as you can. When Dafa disciples do well with what
they are supposed to, things change.
Disciple: There are a lot of new students who would
like to join certain projects, but who don't speak up since they are afraid that
the veteran students might criticize them. And then there are veteran students
who seem to equate participating in activities with cultivation, and they push
new students to go everywhere to participate.
Master: Then there's a problem with the
veteran students. New students are new students, after all, and isn't our focus
on saving sentient beings? New students have just joined in, and they really do
need your help. What's most important is that you guide them to study the Fa a
Another thing is, let's stop participating in the community
events that take a large number of people and where you can't directly clarify
the truth (for example, the parades and activities in areas where there aren't
many Chinese residents). They don't have much of a substantial impact and are
not that effective.
Disciple: If ordinary people book Shen Yun and it is
not Dafa disciples taking the lead and driving ticket sales, will the audience
be saved just the same?
Master: Yes, it will be. Whoever watches
the show will be saved, and it's the same regardless of who does that work.
Disciple: Some students go back to the mainland
almost every year. Can they take on important projects?
Master: I think it's best that they
don't. One day they might be taken away by the evil Party's wicked police, and
once they are gripped with fear, they might say anything. (Laughs,
Disciple: When will Shen Yun be able to perform in
Master: That's exactly what I
am thinking! (Applause) But let me assure you, they will go,
for sure! (Enthusiastic applause, cheers)
Disciple: Many disciples know that doing work is not
cultivation, but they still value highly the accomplishments of our media. How
should we, speaking in terms of personal cultivation, maintain a pure state of
mind and at the same time be effective in what Dafa disciples are to do?
Master: Keep your righteous thoughts
strong, and realize that you are doing that work to save people. The starting
point of what you do, as a cultivator, is sacred. If your approach isn't right
as you go about things, it will bring about interference to, and cast a shadow
over, both what you are working on and your cultivation.
Disciple: Is the current economic crisis caused by
the significant decline of mankind's morality, and especially that of those in
Master: Let's not worry about the
condition of the world economy. Who holds power or what happens somewhere on
some day has nothing to do with our cultivation. We focus on saving people,
period. The normal arrangements for human society are most definitely based on
people's allotted blessings and amount of karma.
Disciple: Dafa disciples in Donggang city, Liaoning
province; Xinjiang province; Gaomi city, Shandong province; Lanzhou city, Gansu
province; Qingdao city; Yuyuantan park, Beijing; Shanxi province; Yangpu
district, Shanghai; Shanghai; Changping district, Beijing; Weifang city,
Shandong province; Chongqing city; Shenzhen city; Hulu Island, Liaoning
province; Shenyang city; Chengde city, Hebei province; Kunming city, Yunnan
province; Shijiazhuang city, Hebei province; Yantai city, Shandong province;
Jinan city; Heilongjiang province; Lianyungang city, Jiangsu province; Zhejiang
University; Guan county, Shandong province; Hefei city, Anhui province; Jiangmen
city; Guiyang city, Guizhou province; Xi'an city; Bureau of Health of Guangzhou
municipality; Chaoyang city, Liaoning province; Wuxue city; Huanggang city,
Hubei province; Xishui county; Macheng city; Fushun city; Datong city, Shanxi
province; Hebi city, Henan province; Weihai city, Shandong province; Qiqiha'er
city; Fuyang city; Tianjin city; Jinchang city, Gansu province; Changchun city;
Handan city, Hebei province; Chaoshan city; Xuzhou city; and Tai'an city send
their greetings to Master.
Master: Thank you all. (Warm
Disciple: Greetings to our compassionate,
magnificent, and venerable Master from Dafa disciples at the Minghui Schools.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is providing funds for Chinese language
education to organizations outside of China that have been infiltrated by the
CCP. Meanwhile, organizations such as ours that provide normal Chinese language
education are not receiving such funding. Some students think we should use this
opportunity to clarify the truth to the government and expose the evil. But some
think that since this is not direct persecution, we shouldn't get involved.
Master: While we are persecuted, you can
tell the world about the things that the wicked CCP has done abroad, but don't
get overly preoccupied with this. Saving sentient beings is first and foremost.
Just try to save more and more people. You can expose those evil elements as
circumstances permit. Actually, sometimes I've thought: now that the wicked CCP
is almost finished, who should be given all those things that it racked its
brain to get through deceit and fraud? It hasn't yet been decided where those
things will end up.
Disciple: Master, could you offer a few words to
the Dafa disciples imprisoned in the mainland? How should they conduct
themselves and strengthen their righteous thoughts while imprisoned?
Master: Those are dark dens where the evil is
entrenched during its final days. Each Dafa disciple's circumstances are
different, but under no circumstance should you lose your righteous thoughts,
and you mustn't forget for even a moment that you are a Dafa disciple. If you
put the Fa first, you will manage to have righteous thoughts and be able to
withstand the evil; you will know what to do in the face of the evil. That said,
things are complicated, and people's cultivation states are different. Some
might indeed lose their lives, and some will be severely persecuted. Each
person's situation is different; each person's past history, along with that
which the old forces might have arranged for a Dafa disciple if he was deceived,
have made things awfully complicated. But whatever the case, if you can manage
to keep Dafa in your heart, you will make it through. And even if the person
does lose his life, he will return to his rightful position, for sure. Even
though some people get confused temporarily, they will ultimately make it
Disciple: There is a practice site in our area and
most of the participants are African-American. Some of them have been coming for
over eight years, but they only do the exercises and have read the book only
once or twice. The same is true with the newcomers. How should we help them?
Master: Just help them to study the Fa, and do
a good job of explaining to them how important Fa-study is.
Disciple: Should the European Choir continue to try
to raise awareness and save the world's people by using the format of a choir?
Master: I sometimes wonder whether your singing
can really have an effect like Shen Yun, can it really save people? That would
be hard to do. If the choir can't achieve a real effect in terms of saving
sentient beings, then it's not that meaningful. The reason I say that is because
when you rehearse or sing together, it consumes human resources. If you can,
however, really play a big part in saving sentient beings, then you should do it
as long as some people are indeed saved, even if you can't guarantee a large
number. But by all means don't become attached to the choir itself.
Disciple: The Toronto branch of Tianti Books, Inc.
has been open for business for almost a year now, and the number of people
coming to the store to learn the truth and study the Fa has gradually increased.
But the store's business operations are still not quite ideal. Should the store
be run like the media companies, and work on marketing and advertising?
Master: You're coming to me with even this
question? (People laugh) Just manage your business operations; there's
nothing wrong with doing that. When you don't do well, the evil will interfere
and there will be difficulties. That's how things are right now. If you want to
do something, then do it well.
Disciple: Last week some malicious thugs in
Flushing tried to snatch video cameras from our students' hands, right in front
of a federal investigator from the U.S. Department of Justice. We plan to sue
those thugs. The American police only charged them with "attempted robbery."
Master: Well, it was attempted robbery,
as they didn't succeed in taking anything. (Laughs) It's only natural
that the police would say that. They couldn't say those things were stolen when
they were not. If the thugs did indeed take something, then you can sue them.
Disciple: We would like to tell the federal
government that for a long time now these violent thugs have targeted us, tried
to provoke us, and threatened us for our faith.
Master: It's not just an issue of faith. It is
that the wicked CCP is behind these things. Actually, people know already even
without your telling them--even the police know it. I've been thinking about
something, though. Our students who are in Flushing, the ones on the front
lines, have a good starting point--to stand up to the evil. That is really good,
and I do affirm that. But, do you perhaps rush into things a bit? Calmly think
things over, and broaden your mind a little. If you can really regard everyone
as a sentient being that we want to save, and then you try to save them, see if
things change. It's definitely no coincidence that the evil emerged in Flushing
and has made people do bad things. It must have come about to target our
students' omissions. Don't blindly go battling against their human sides. Your
goal is not to defeat them, but to save them. Do things with compassion and a
calm mind, and then see how it goes.
Disciple: When reporters who are responsible for
reporting on Shen Yun work under tight deadlines and with a heavy workload, it's
hard to share resources among our media and reporters. It's difficult to do. As
a result, there have been a number of problems where reporters contend with one
another to get the few allotted press passes.
Master: Indeed. It's not so much that the
problem is people contending for allotted press passes. There have been times
where there weren't that many people in the audience, but there were still
reporters everywhere and it was quite intimidating for people. It's a
performance they're going to. Haven't you ever thought about how the
theatergoers look at you? And some students like to show off. They'll be
carrying their camera around, "click, click, click," taking photos non-stop,
left and right. That has annoyed people. This isn't just about your character
and how you conduct yourself; rather, it is a matter of cultivation. You didn't
make saving sentient beings first and foremost. Reporting on the performances is
a good thing; your intention is to help promote the event. But when there are
too many reporters, it might really have the opposite effect. And the theater
management won't be able to stand it, either. So it's really not an option to
have no limit in place on the number of press passes.
Disciple: All of the Dafa disciples in the Beijing
aerospace industry, and all Dafa disciples at Ganjiakou, Zhanlan Road, and Outer
Fucheng Gate, Beijing; the Shuangxiu practice site in the Haidian district,
Beijing; Changsha city, Hunan province; Guangzhou city; East Lake Scenic Area, Wuhan
city; Hongshan district; China Academy of Sciences; China Academy of Social
Sciences; Zhuhai city; Hongdu Park, Nanchang city; Leiyang city, Hunan province;
Chenzhou city; Hengnan county; Xining city; Liuzhou city, Guangxi province;
Harbin city; Dongguang county, Hebei province; Fucheng county; Chengdu city;
Benxi city, Liaoning province; District 204, Shenyang city; Changqing district;
Ningbo city, Zhejiang province; Dongfang city, Hainan province; Xinyang city,
Henan province; Jiangmen city, Guangdong province; Dongbei University of Finance
and Economics in Dalian city; and Jiangsu province send their greetings to
Master: Thank you all. (Applause)
Disciple: While promoting Shen Yun ticket sales
(Master: My goodness--this is not a conference on Shen Yun. Why is everyone
asking about it?), I realized that the purpose of Shen Yun's performances is
to save people, and that, as Dafa disciples working on this, factors of our
cultivation are involved. Thus, clarifying the facts should be the main thing we
do. But some fellow practitioners think that advertising in mainstream media is
the main task.
Master: Selling tickets is just that, selling
tickets, and you only need to clarify the truth when problems come up. It's at
the performance that people are saved. There is nothing wrong with advertising
in normal media, large or small. As for how to do the advertising, do things
based on your local circumstances. Some say that passing out flyers is all it
takes; some say focusing on selling tickets at certain locations does the job;
and some believe that advertising is necessary. However you do it is fine. In
some areas they didn't advertise much, but the students worked well together and
sold all the tickets at just a few stores. What I'm saying is, do it based on
the specific circumstances of your locale.
Disciple: Those of us who do media work need to
study the Fa as a group, but we're scattered throughout the world. Would it be
appropriate for us to study the Fa together over the Internet?
Master: You can give it a try. But I'm
thinking, wherever Dafa disciples may be--in whatever remote corner of the world
they may be doing media work--they should not become disconnected from the local
Dafa Association. And it's best for you not to disassociate yourself from the
local group, either. You should all study the Fa with the Dafa disciples in your
Disciple: When the evil Party's regime has
collapsed, will the people of mainland China still have an opportunity, under
those more favorable circumstances, to come to understand Dafa and be saved?
What do we need to do to achieve that?
Master: When the evil really does
collapse, and it is the time of Fa rectifying the human world, there will be a
different state of things specific to the Fa's rectification of the human world,
different from that at present--completely different. Don't think about those
affairs, for right now we need to do things according to the present situation
and save people accordingly.
Disciple: How are we to distinguish hints from
Master and interference from the old forces?
Master: Master and certain righteous gods
will give you hints, for sure. But often they will be meant to, for your sake,
remove your attachments or help you avoid danger, and they will be for your
cultivation. The interference from the evil factors, by contrast, often takes
the form of false hints that go along with your attachments, your being
overjoyed by something, your likes, or any of your other attachments. Afterwards
you will feel extra happy and be even more attached, and take a wrong turn, all
the while thinking that it was Master leading you along. That's usually what
happens. So how are you to distinguish the two, then? Some people say that they
cultivate by the spirit messages that they receive in dreams. I would say that's
nonsense. (Laughter) Being attached to dreamtime hints is
not cultivation, but rather, going dangerously off course. Disciples of Dafa
cultivate by following the book of Dafa, and they take the Fa as their standard.
Whether you're off in dreamland or in whatever setting it may be, you have to
use the Fa as your standard for measuring right and wrong, and only then will
you not fall prey to interference. I have never given you some kind of
cultivation method whereby you don't have to cultivate but instead just do
whatever my law bodies tell you. I don't recognize that as cultivation. It's not
possible for each and every student to be by my side, and I have thus taught you
to "take the Fa as Master." Having the book of Fa, you should know how to
Disciple: After Master taught the Fa to the
Australian students, their situation improved in some regards. However, before
long, things lapsed. There have been communication problems between Chinese and
Western students, and when problems come up many students say, "We should study
the Fa more," or "Let's set aside our attachments," but people don't really look
Master: Human attachments will always be
present. If it were as simple as Master teaching the Fa to them one time and
then all those attachments being gone, then I'd be happy to teach them the Fa
every day. But actually, the Fa is already with us--it's just a question of
living by it. Cultivation is a process, and one has to allow time to eliminate
[attachments]. But that said, you should always keep an eye on the clock. You
have to seize the day--you really must. You're saying that the Dafa Association
is lapsing into old ways and becoming closed again, but is it really like that?
I'll look into it. But whatever the situation, as Dafa disciples who are
cultivating themselves, you should do well yourselves regardless of whether the
Association does well or not. Master has never pinned all of his hopes, or all
of Australia's hopes, on the shoulders of any one person or the Association. I
have pinned them on each and every Dafa disciple and your ability to cultivate
well. You are the hope of salvation for the beings in your region, you are
disciples of Dafa who are validating the Fa, and you are helping Master do
Fa-rectification. It's not just the Association that is helping Master do
Fa-rectification, nor just the assistants. If attachments lead you to fix your
gaze on the Association, that's not right. If the Association really does have
problems, I will straighten them out, but I wouldn't be doing it in response to
Disciple: Will we witness the grand Final Judgment?
Master: You shouldn't get attached to
whatever it is Master talks about. (Audience laughs) Don't
pay that any mind. Do a good job with what you should be doing.
Disciple: Some students are very proactive about
work on Dafa projects, and they are cultivating their xinxing. But, they aren't
up for doing the exercises, and they don't take sending righteous thoughts very
seriously. Can students such as this achieve consummation?
Master: If that's the case, maybe he
hasn't put much heart into cultivation, but if he decides to give it some more
attention things will work out. But that said, there are indeed some people who
don't study the Fa and just do the work. You need to do all of the three things.
If you only do work and don't study, then it is a case of an ordinary person
doing Dafa work. And an ordinary person who does Dafa work cannot achieve
consummation; he can only build up merit. Building up merit, or blessings, means
that the person will have blessings when reborn, but that is all, and he won't
achieve consummation. Then wouldn't you say all of your efforts were for
nothing? Is it acceptable when a cultivator doesn't cultivate? When you go to
clarify the truth, only when your mind has stored up ample Fa will you be able
to save people. That is when your words will have the power to move them.
Disciple: When I was clarifying the truth I
encountered ordinary people who said that they knew such-and-such Dafa disciple
and how he's not even as good as your average non-practitioner, and though his
words sound really good, his conduct is really poor.
Master: I've heard such things too. If
what you do is not befitting a Dafa disciple, then you are playing the role that
the old forces would like to see, and it is dangerous. But that said, I hope
that those of you who happen to hear people say such words will think about how
it might relate to you. Do you understand what I just said?
Disciple: I'm a twelve-year-old little disciple. I
missed the chance to enroll in Fei Tian Academy of the Arts because my father
opposed it. Will I have another opportunity?
Master: Since you are not yet an adult,
the law stipulates that your parents have custody over you. If your parents
don't approve, then it won't work out. If you have the natural talent and
physical attributes required, there will always be an opportunity. If you don't,
then try not to be attached.
Disciple: When Western practitioners are learning
Chinese, should they study the simplified or the traditional characters?
Master: It doesn't matter much whether
it's simplified or traditional characters. It's fine to study the simplified,
just as it's fine to study the traditional--neither is a problem. I say this
because those who study the simplified characters can still read the traditional
ones, and vice versa. Human affairs are to be dealt with in the future. What
we're concerned with at present is the matter of saving sentient beings. It
should be noted, though, that many simplified characters were produced by the
wicked CCP, and their connotations aren't good. But with so many people--over a
billion--using the simplified ones, this will have to be something that's
addressed at a later time.
Disciple: When it's said that "the evil is
finished," does that mean that the wicked Party is about to disintegrate?
Master: The factors of the wicked Party
are no more. It's as I said, those people who are propping up that system are
really just trying to maintain their power.
Disciple: Many secret agents have come to my area.
How should we deal with them?
Master: There are U.S. security or
intelligence personnel, or secret police, following each secret agent and
keeping an eye on him or her. A secret agent who is produced by the wicked CCP's
culture is himself someone who was duped by the culture of the wicked Party, and
for that reason he is in danger. When we save sentient beings, we give everyone
a chance. But there are some people who are always wrangling and starting
trouble among us, and you may think they are secret agents though they are not
really so; but, the deeds they do are actually worse than what real secret
agents do. Yet such a person thinks he is doing something good, and gives no
thought to what it is about him that causes our students not to accept him.
Disciple: Many Chinese citizens have wished Master
well over the hotline to quit the CCP. Their words of gratitude towards Master
are very moving. I would like to hereby pass them on to Master.
Master: Please pass on my thanks to them
if you have the opportunity. (Applause)
Disciple: The attitude of Western governments
toward the wicked Party has grown increasingly soft. Disciples feel that their
strength to save them is insufficient, and that the students involved are too
Master: Pay no regard to such things, as
it is just the old forces playing a balancing game. They won't allow one side to
overpower the other right now. They believe that the evil is no longer
sufficient to test Dafa disciples, and so they try to even things out. All the
same, things overall are changing, the situation as a whole is
changing--changing for the better.
Disciple: The past two days at U.N. Plaza, I saw a
couple of asylum seekers, one of whom was wearing a yellow [Dafa] T-shirt. When
I asked about it, he said that one of our students loaned it to him.
Master: Which student loaned it to him?
The clothes you wear represent Dafa disciples. If you casually loan it to an
ordinary person, and that person does things not befitting the Fa or that
shouldn't be done, then are you saving sentient beings or ruining them? We
always have some people that don't live up to expectations. (Laughs.)
If everyone could manage to do well, the ordeals that you face today wouldn't be
as they are.
Disciple: Dafa disciples have altered the lyrics to
certain songs from the wicked Party and sing them. Of course, the lyrics now
oppose the sinister CCP, but the melodies remain the same and I find them
unsettling to hear.
Master: My view is that Dafa disciples
shouldn't be singing that stuff. It's fine for the general public to sing it.
Disciple: When clarifying the truth to the mainland,
[we encounter people] with two different types of attitudes: one type agrees to
the idea of the "three withdrawals" but doesn't identify with Dafa; the other
type identifies with Dafa but isn't willing to do the three withdrawals. When
the weeding out takes place, what will be their fate?
Master: This means that they have not
changed fundamentally from before; it's that the truth hasn't been spelled out
adequately to them. As for what their fate will be, the line is drawn right
here, through this. Whichever side of it he stands on, that's the side he
belongs to, and there is no ambiguity. It's possible the person will say he
agrees with this or that, when in fact, in his heart he hasn't changed in the
least. Perhaps he's just saying nice things to be polite to you, but he hasn't
in fact changed and is only being polite.
Disciple: In New York, many people have begun
interacting with Dafa in the interest of gaining political asylum. Many fellow
cultivators are disgusted by their behavior, and want to turn them away.
Master: What I'm thinking is, though it
wasn't a good motive that led those asylum seekers to interact with Dafa
disciples, what we're doing after all is trying to save people. If you can treat
them with compassion, perhaps they will forever remember your words and deeds.
These might have an impact on the person, and perhaps it is like planting the
seeds of his future affinity with Dafa. If we don't treat them well, however,
perhaps that affinity will be lost. But whatever the case, we should know that
what we're doing is saving people.
Disciple: When I encounter degenerate art during my
ordinary work, is it possible for me to, if I maintain righteous thoughts,
correct those warped factors similar to how Shen Yun does it?
Master: If you go and try to correct
ordinary people's modern art, do you think they will listen to you? And besides,
we don't have the time to tackle those things right now. What you are to do is
save people, so for now you don't need to pay attention to those things. At
present you can just ignore those things one and all. When the Fa rectifies the
human world, the Fa will naturally have its means of rectifying things here.
Disciple: There are a large number of industrial
and commercial enterprises, and a large migrant community, in the Pearl River
delta area of Guangdong, and some of the coastal cities there are sizable, and
the population is dense. But disciples haven't done enough there.
Master: The specific conditions of each
area in China vary, and you have no option but to do things in keeping with
local circumstances. At the same time, it's important to be attentive to safety.
Whatever part of China it may be, the Dafa disciples there understand what their
responsibility is, namely, to cultivate themselves well and save sentient
beings. And that is what should be done. The more people that can be saved, the
better, for that is the responsibility that you shoulder.
Disciple: With the TV work we do, certain skills
have yet to reach a professional level. Would it be all right for us to
collaborate with ordinary people in that case?
Master: If you want to hire ordinary
people for a certain project, that shouldn't be a problem. However, it's best
you not jointly start a company or collaborate on some project or other. If the
person is interfered with, it will spell trouble. There have been too many
instances of this. You are a Dafa disciple, and what you do is sacred whereas
what he does is human; little could the two be wed. If you run your own company
and you wish to hire the person and have him simply be your employee, that's
fine, since he will do whatever you say. But if instead you collaborate with
him, that often leads to problems. It's easy for the person to be interfered
Disciple: Some veteran students who obtained the Fa
many years ago have left Dafa after being trapped by some hang-ups in their
minds and by attachments. We have no way to untie those knots, and feel sorry
and anxious for them. How can we help them?
Master: Handle it a bit carefully. Try to
see what the person's fundamental issue really is. If it's really that the
person is holding onto the wicked CCP, or on a fundamental level doesn't want to
cultivate and was just joining in the fun back then, then leave it be. But
whatever the case, as Dafa disciples you are to try to save sentient beings
regardless of what their situation is, and that is what you should go and do.
When you see someone to save, go do it. And if you cannot manage to, then it's
not your fault.
Disciple: There are many projects that I could get involved in. With the
exception of Shen Yun, I'm not sure how to discern which are related to my
Master: It's not something you can tell,
and if you think too much about it, it's an attachment. Just go and do what Dafa
disciples should do, and what you do will be right.
I think I'd rather not take up any more of your time. It
wasn't easy for you to make the trip, and you should carry on with the
experience sharing conference. I hope that through this conference you will all
improve by seeing how others have done well and what approaches they've taken,
and bring the good things back home with you. If you can truly get something out
of this conference, it will benefit your cultivation and thus you won't have
come in vain. The expenditures associated with each conference are not small. In
total, according to our estimate, the cost of flights this time alone might have
reached into the millions. The costs were really sizable. So don't let this
become a formality, and don't just come to join the crowd. Nor should you just
come out of curiosity, wanting to hear what Master has to say. Master has told
you that you should walk well the last leg of the journey and fulfill your
mission. And that is what I will always tell you.
In conclusion, I hope that you won't lessen your resolve.
Haven't you caught glimpses of dawn's light? The evil is finished, and the
closer it gets to the end, the more invigorated you should be. Fulfill what you
are supposed to as Dafa disciples, and save more sentient beings. Therein lies
mighty virtue. Behind each being you save lies a massive group of lives. What a
magnificent thing that is.
Many of you might have passed up slips that were brought up
by the conference staff, while many still want to ask more things. But whether
you ask or not, in our book of Fa you can find the answer. Read it more. You
cultivate in a state of delusion, and cannot see what the book of Fa is truly
like. When you truly do manage to see it, words will be inadequate, simply
powerless, to describe it. I have told you before that behind each word lie
Buddhas, Daos, and Gods, tier after tier. Nor can you grasp what it meant when
Master said that everything has been compressed into the book of Fa, for at this
time you cannot, with your human thoughts, fathom that sentence. Everything can
be gained there; it all depends on how much you put your heart into it and what
your state of mind is. Everything can be gained through the book of Fa. But
cultivation is a serious matter, and you can't be the least bit sloppy with it.
If you bring with you any of a variety of impure thoughts when you study the Fa,
the book, you will see nothing and gain nothing. Many Dafa disciples have
remarked that when a person is persecuted for a long time it is as if he doesn't
improve any by reading the Fa. Actually, the problem is that at those times your
brain is preoccupied with persecution, and you cannot quiet your mind.
Cultivation is serious. You have to be able to ensure a pure and sincere state
when you study, and cultivate, and only then will you make improvements and get
I'll end on a familiar note. I hope that you will all handle
the final leg of the journey well and be worthy of the title "Dafa disciple."
Thank you all. (Long, enthusiastic applause)
Last update: July 14, 2009