Displaying the Power of Dafa While Incarcerated
(Minghui.org) I was given the book Zhuan Falun in April 2008. My impression of Falun Dafa had been shaped by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) propaganda, but feeling curious, I wanted to know what Falun Dafa was really all about, so I took the book home.
I closed the door to my room, as I was afraid of being seen, and opened Zhuan Falun. I had not finished reading Lunyu, when every cell of my body was touched. Words can't express how I felt. I just wanted to continue reading, as tears filled my eyes. I wiped them away and continued reading. I read until midnight that night, but I didn't feel tired at all. I still feel excited today when I thinking back about this.
I later read Master's lectures given in different regions. I read them in this mood too, and tears often filled my eyes. I learned a lot of divine principles that people who don't cultivate could never know. I also understood the meaning of life.
I then read or listened to the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, Disintegrating Party Culture, Days with Master, as well as songs and music created by Dafa disciples.
I felt that every one of my cells was immersed in Dafa. I was so joyful. My decades of suffering from chronic bronchitis had ended, and my body was light. I felt that I was the luckiest life in the universe. I looked up at the sky and said to Master, “Master, I will be a qualified Dafa disciple! You will be proud of me!”
I devoted myself to doing the three things that a Dafa disciple should do.
Persecuted for My Belief
I was held in a detention center in 2012. I knew that I should do the three things well and demonstrate the goodness of Dafa, no matter where I was.
I was kind to everyone around me. I told them the facts about Falun Dafa and sang songs composed by Dafa disciples. I also copied Master's poems from Hong Yin and taught them to others. I did the exercises and sent forth righteous thoughts every day as usual. Someone would often wake me up to send forth righteous thoughts at midnight.
One morning, the head of the cell said, “Let's shout together: ‘Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!’”
Everyone agreed, and more than 20 people shouted together. I knew that this relatively relaxed environment in the detention center must have been created by practitioners with righteous thoughts. I felt that I must cherish every day there and save more people.
Detention Center Director Begs Me to Save Her
The director of the detention center came to my cell one day and said, “Please save me. I was put on the list of perpetrators on the Falun Dafa website. You know that I did not persecute you, and I provided you with many things. I know that you Falun Dafa practitioners are all good people.”
I smiled at her and replied, “You don't have to be afraid. I can testify that you are kind to practitioners. As long as you sincerely recite 'Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good' our Master will protect you.”
She expressed relief and left. I heard later that this director was later transferred to another job and left the detention center.
Guards Seek Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance
Two female guards came over to me one day. One of them said, “Can you can help us deal with a person using the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance? We have used all kinds of punishment on her, including restraining her in handcuffs and shackles, but nothing has worked. She still hits others and makes trouble.”
I thought that this was an excellent opportunity to show them the miraculous power of the Fa. I promised them that I would do my best.
The inmate was a young woman in her twenties. She suffered from depression, and her emotions fluctuated a lot – she couldn't control them.
After she was brought to my cell, I first asked her about her family and taught her to recite “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” I also let her sleep next to me at night, so I could chat with her. She gradually became well-behaved and got along with others.
Half a year passed, and she had not shown any of her previous aggression towards others. When she knew that I was going to be taken to prison, she was very sad and cried.
I told her that if she recited the words I taught her, her illnesses would be suppressed. She smiled with confidence. The leaders of the detention center had also been paying close attention to the positive changes in her, and they all recognized the power of Dafa.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor's Illness Healed
A woman in her 40s staggered into our cell with her hands on the wall to support her. She said she was a traditional Chinese medicine doctor with generations of experience. She told us that she suffered from many illnesses that she couldn't cure herself, although she could heal others.
When a female guard had a toothache, this Chinese medicine doctor used two colored light bulbs as acupuncture needles to help her. The guard's pain went away in a few minutes. She could see other dimensions and had the supernormal ability of precognition. She told me that she had a deep relationship with me and saw my body shinning during meditation.
I knew that Master had brought this person to me. I needed to help her. I wrote down Master's poems and gave them to her. She recited them while she was working. She asked to sleep next to me and said that I had energy that could regulate her body. It was not too long before she could walk normally. I knew that it was all done by Master.
A guard was curious and asked the doctor how she had recovered so quickly. She said that she was learning the Falun Dafa exercises from me and that she could receive my energy and it felt very good.
The guard asked me to emit energy to cure her illness. I told her that I didn’t know how to emit energy and that if she wanted to learn Falun Dafa, she could learn at home.
Master asks Dafa disciples to establish our mighty virtue in the process of helping to save sentient beings. I cherish this environment. I need to cultivate myself well in return for Master's salvation.
Validating Dafa in Prison
After I was taken to prison, I did not dare slack off in cultivation. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts and looking inward. I examined my every thought and made sure that they were in line with Dafa, so the old forces couldn't take advantage of my loopholes. I considered imprisonment not a bad thing, as I could eliminate karma through suffering, and I could quickly rid myself of my many attachments triggered by concern for fame, personal interest, and sentimentality, and improve my xinxing in this harsh environment. I could also help save people in the prison.
This was an excellent opportunity to improve in cultivation, but how could I make good use of this evil environment?
In this complex and closed environment, my words and deeds must convey the truth of Falun Dafa. If I could do well, I would be validating Dafa, that is, helping to save sentient beings, letting all sentient beings understand the truth of Falun Dafa, and helping them choose a bright future for themselves.
I was healthy, optimistic, understanding, and helpful to those in the prison. Master brought the people to me, and I told them the truth about Dafa. Six people started to practice Falun Dafa as a result. The following are two examples.
Ying (alias) had had a stroke and had no feeling in her legs. Two people needed to support her when she walked. She didn't even dare to drink water, because she was afraid of the difficulty of getting to the toilet.
Ying was assigned to my lower bunk. I took the initiative to take care of her and told her about Dafa. She was six years younger than me, and we were like sisters. She was illiterate, so I taught her how to recite the Fa. She learned to recite “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Master often gave her hints in her dreams and encouraged her. She was able to see magical scenes in other dimensions. We practiced the exercises together, and after two months, feeling came back to her legs and she could walk normally. She didn’t need medication anymore, and was happy every day. She said that she had never been so happy in her life.
Ying had suffered from various illnesses for more than 50 years and had attempted to commit suicide several times. She firmly believed in Master and Dafa.
This incident had a significant impact within the prison. People knew that Falun Dafa had saved Ying.
There was another young woman in her thirties, a college graduate. She was smart and kind, but very competitive. She was a Buddhist and could recite some Buddhist scriptures. She was put in our prison cell. I was very concerned about her, thinking that she had a foundation of faith, so it would be great if she could cultivate in Dafa.
This young woman was involved in a conflict one day and was swearing at and beating someone. Her temper was extremely bad. I stopped her and said, “A person of true belief should cultivate herself. How can you beat someone and swear at them? Our Falun Dafa practitioners look inward in any situation and cultivate ourselves.”
She seemed to be moved. We later exchanged ideas about how to cultivate. I wrote down all of Master's scriptures that I could recite, and she was so eager to learn and recite the Fa. When we had the chance, we would share our cultivation experiences. We were immersed in the joy of Dafa cultivation and totally forgot that we were in prison.
One day she cried and held me. “Auntie, you saved me,” she said. “I didn't know what cultivation was. I just wanted to ask for Buddha's blessings. I recited the Buddhist scriptures every day but didn't know how to cultivate myself. I must study Dafa well and become a real cultivator.”
“It is Master who is saving you,” I replied. “Master brought you to me. Your Master is Li Hongzhi. Later, you have to listen to Master's words and do the three things well.”
She said she understood and would tell others about Dafa.
Although I have since left the prison, I believe she will do well because she has already benefited from Dafa, both physically and mentally.
Over the past few months, my most apparent feeling is that mainland China is a big, invisible prison. Everyone is being monitored everywhere. Is this a human society? The Chinese Communist Party will be eliminated soon. Saving all beings is a matter of urgency. After intensive Fa study, I am a Dafa disciple full of righteous thoughts. I must seize this last chance to save more sentient beings and honor my vows.