My Experiences While in a Detention Center
(Minghui.org) I was reported to the police when I was distributing truth-clarification leaflets in 2017. I was detained in the county detention center for more than ten days. Then I was sent to the city detention center and held there for a year.
In that year I met people of different ages and from different backgrounds and social levels. Some stayed for several days while others stayed for nearly a year.
Due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s lies and slander about Falun Dafa, some of them had misunderstandings about practitioners. I didn’t take it to heart but followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I treated everyone kindly. Gradually they began talking to me. They soon respected and admired me.
Falun Dafa awakened their kind natures. I’d like to share some of their stories.
“Falun Dafa Is So Good!”
It was 11 p.m. when I arrived at the detention center. The inmates were already in bed. One person asked why I was there. I told her that I practice Falun Dafa. I lay down with my clothes on but couldn’t go to sleep.
The next morning no one talked to me. It seemed that they were avoiding me. I made my bed and started to clean the room. I also helped others make their beds. I let others get meals first. I was usually the last one to get food. I always helped them and I comforted those who had a hard time. I used every opportunity to let them know about Falun Dafa and how the CCP is persecuting it.
After a few days the inmates started to chat with me. They told me that the night I arrived they were worried that I might kill them so they couldn’t sleep. They didn’t know that Falun Dafa practitioners were so kind. One woman in her 30s said that her husband was a truck driver and she would tell him to say, “Falun Dafa is good” after she was released.
“I'll Practice Falun Dafa after I'm Released”
Almost all our necessities had to be pre-ordered and the waiting time was not certain. Inmates often couldn't get what they needed in time. The cell I was in was a transitional cell where inmates stayed temporarily before they were transferred to other cells. I let them use my toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, etc.
Every Friday morning each inmate got one egg. Because some eggs were broken, the inmates tried to be the first and get a good egg. I was always the last one to get an egg. Some people told me to get a good one. I shook my head. They started fights over the eggs. Then the guard on duty gave each person one egg. The inmates who were first had the opportunity to select a good one. When it was my turn, I always took the broken one. The person on duty praised Falun Dafa.
She was actually the deputy director of a local famous hospital. She was incarcerated because of corruption. She was smart and capable. One day I told her about Falun Dafa. She said, “I've been observing you since you came in. You are different from other people. You are always calm and peaceful. You never get upset or agitated. You look soft and weak but you are powerful inside. Nothing can move you.”
She told me that she had withdrawn from the CCP and knew the true nature of the CCP. After she was released she said she would no longer seek fame and personal interests.
I recited “On Dafa” (Lunyu) for her. One night before I went to sleep, she asked me to demonstrate the meditation exercise. After I finished, she said, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! I'll practice Falun Dafa after I'm released!”
She thought she would be sentenced to five years in prison. But she was scheduled for a second trial. I told her to recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” in her heart before the trial. She agreed. She was sentenced to probation.
“You are blessed because you have kind thoughts toward Falun Dafa,” I said. “Please find a Falun Dafa practitioner if you really want to practice. Also please tell your family members the facts about Falun Dafa and tell them to remember, ‘Falun Dafa is good!’”
My Suitcase Was Full of Goodies
Sometimes the inmates became uneasy, restless and couldn’t eat or sleep. I tried to comfort them by telling them about Dafa's principles. I told them that people should elevate their moral standards and be kind so that they accrue less karma. That way, they will have fewer tribulations and hardships.
I told them how wonderful Falun Dafa is, how the CCP made up lies about Falun Dafa, and how evil the persecution is. I told them to repeat, “Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” in their hearts and they would be blessed.
One girl who was my daughter's age was imprisoned because she got into fights. I looked after her and told her the principles of how to be a good person. She said, “Your daughter is so lucky to have such a good mother.”
Another woman was detained for fraud. Influenced by the Party propaganda, she was not kind to me and didn’t speak to me. But as time went on, her attitude changed.
One elderly woman had mental problems and was detained for killing someone. Everyone ignored her. One day she dropped her spoon in the toilet. She was given a used spoon. She didn’t want it. I gave her a new one that I had just bought. She said, “You practitioners are indeed different from other people. You are so good. I will find a Falun Dafa practitioner to be my daughter’s tutor after I'm released.”
I was in this transitional cell for 40 days before I was transferred to another cell. Many inmates didn’t want me to go and hugged me. Some even cried. They said that I should try to get released early as good people will be rewarded. They put apples, bananas, and other goodies in my suitcase. These items are expensive in the detention center.
Sentence Reduced During Second Trial
There was a young practitioner in the new cell. We reminded each other to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Because of the poor food, many inmates were unwell. They admired us because we were healthy. We told them the facts about Falun Dafa and asked them to repeat, “Falun Dafa is good” in their hearts and they would be blessed.
One woman asked me where she could find practitioners after she was released. Another one had back problems and had trouble moving. I told her to repeat, “Falun Dafa is good” in her heart. Two days later she told me her back felt much better.
One drug addict suffered from a head injury and had mumps. Sometimes she wept because of the pain. But after she recited, “Falun Dafa is good” her pain stopped. Sometimes she studied the Fa with us and told other inmates how she benefited from Falun Dafa. She thought she would be sentenced to three years but in the end she was released in a year. After I was released, we studied the Fa together.
The person on duty in our cell was a finance manager in a Taiwan company. She had already been detained for three and a half years. After being incarcerated with several practitioners her opinion about Falun Dafa became positive. After seeing how determined I was in my belief, she wanted to know more about Falun Dafa. She liked to chat with me. I told her how Dafa is practiced around the world, and why practitioners were persecuted. I told her how I began practicing. She also looked after me and gave me food and clothes.
When I showed her the defense plea I wrote she said, “It is well written, bold and assured. What's wrong with practicing Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance?” She read some of Master Li’s (the founder) articles with me.
She had practiced Buddhism. One night she dreamed that she escaped from a disaster. She saw Buddhist books and Falun Dafa books. At first she picked up the Buddhist books, and then she put them down and picked up the Falun Dafa books. I told her that it was a hint for her to practice Falun Dafa.
During her first trial she was sentenced to fourteen years. She appealed and was sentenced to four years. I picked her up when she was released and gave her truth-clarification leaflets, videos, and software to break through the Internet censorship. I also told her how to get onto the Minghui website.
Even though I was detained, I didn’t feel sad. I have the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to guide me. Falun Dafa teaches me to consider others first and treat them with kindness under any circumstances. When I can be truly altruistic and always consider others first, people feel my compassion and benevolence and like to be with me. They no longer believe the CCP's lies. Their kind thoughts about Falun Dafa will ensure them a good future.