Explaining the Facts about Falun Gong to Lawyers in China
(Clearwisdom.net) Recently, lawyer Li Zhuang was arrested in Chongqing City and found guilty for representing an organized crime figure in a well-publicized case. That incident shocked the legal community. Most of the lawyers I talked to about Falun Gong complained that the communists do not adhere to existing laws. In the past, they did this more covertly. Now, they are quite open about it and it seems that they don't care any more. The aforementioned incident happened when practitioners were talking to lawyers about Falun Gong and requested that they defend them in court.
We all know that everything happens for a reason. I believe that the old forces are still up to their old tricks. They saw that not many lawyers defended practitioners over the past ten years. But now practitioners are clarifying the truth to lawyers, and some lawyers are defending practitioners after learning the truth. So they prosecute one lawyer for defending Falun Gong as a deterrent to others. This is a test for lawyers to see if they still step forward. It's also a test for practitioners. They can't stop clarifying the facts about Falun Gong to lawyers.
Recently I consulted some lawyers about having been illegally sentenced ten years ago. Some didn't even want to listen to me once they heard it was about Falun Gong. Some knew that Falun Gong is good and that practitioners were wronged, but refused as it could cost them their license. One said, I sympathize with you, but I don't want you to spend money in vain, as nothing positive will come from an appeal. Yet, one said that the case had merit and that he would appeal on my behalf and even charge me a decent price.
I felt happy for this lawyer. Teacher said,
"On the surface, we're seeking support for Dafa from the world's people. This is the thinking of the worldly human side, manifest in this human place. Yet it's reversed on the other side. Whoever supports Dafa or advocates for Dafa is establishing for himself his being's existence in the future and is laying a foundation for obtaining the Fa in the future." ("Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference" in Guiding the Voyage)
As a practitioner, I should not be affected by any changes in ordinary society, nor should I be influenced by the old forces' arrangements. I decided that I would use every chance to talk to people about Falun Gong. Although I'm very adept in writing my appeal and I believe that I could do a better job than a lawyer, I continue to talk to them about the case. My intent is for them to position themselves, which is also a way of saving them.
Li Zhuang's sentencing served as a wakeup call to many lawyers. They realized that the persecution of Falun Gong is even more brutal and illegal. Everything was done in secret. One lawyer said after I talked to him. "I have never met a practitioner. I have received some faxes and phone messages about quitting the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but I just ignored them. I didn't know whether Falun Gong was good or bad. I thought it was political and wanted to fight for power. Now, I realize that it is some kind of qigong that one practices to stay healthy. At least you look very healthy to me. You almost died in prison because of the communists. Now, I also know the truth about the Tiananmen self-immolation incident. So you are really just fighting for your basic human rights granted to you as a citizen of China. If you are political, you would have rebelled and would not have wanted a lawyer. If I can be of any help, I will represent you."
Based on my experience, if helping the well-educated understand the facts about Falun Gong, and that includes police officers, we have to start with the basics. They have all been brainwashed by the communists. If we begin to talk about cultivation and the Buddha law, we might scare them off. Just tell them that we are practicing to improve our health and be a better person. The health benefits are tremendous, which is different from what they had learned through the CCP's propaganda. If they are interested in learning more, I introduce Dafa books to them.
I would also like to suggest to those who have not stepped forward to begin to tell people about Falun Gong. I want them to know that our environment is created by us through truth clarification. To those who have committed crimes against us, they are also victims and they might have been related to Teacher in a prior life. We should also treat them with compassion and wisdom and tell them the facts. Then, our environment will become better.
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Jan 11, 2010