Cultivation Of Character

  Though Falun Dafa has physical exercises, they are supplementary to the cultivation of one's character. In general, this is done by studying Zhuan Falun, the core ext containing the teachings of Falun Dafa, and by living according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. The effort to elevate one's character separates Falun Dafa from most other qigong practices popularized n China over the past several decades, as other practices focus primarily on physical exercise.

  As a practitioner cultivates character, he or she treats everything that happens in daily life as a test and an opportunity to improve. For example, if someone yells at you, you would see it as an opportunity to put Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance into practice. Rather than getting upset and responding in kind, perhaps you would understand that it would be best to just let it go, or calmly and kindly explain the situation that brought about the conflict. There are no formulas providing specific ways to act in every situation, but by reading Zhuan Falun, practitioners gain heir own understanding of how to cultivate character, and how to take these tribulations that all of us meet in our lives as opportunities to improve.

  Practitioners find that as they cultivate, they are frequently gaining new understandings of how to live according to Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. Perhaps in the beginning of cultivation, if someone yelled automatically absorbs a great amount of energy from the at a practitioner he would respond one way, but after cultivating for a while and gaining a better understanding of the principles, he may treat it quite differently.

  The relationship between mental and physical health is extremely important. By cultivating character, practitioners are directly and positively affecting their physical health. This is thought to be one reason why the practice of Falun Dafa has such outstanding results.