Resisting the Persecution and Standing Up for Dafa in a Brainwashing Center
(Minghui.org) I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1998. Over the past two decades, I've been illegally arrested by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) three times. In December 2018 I was reported to the police after I talked to someone about the persecution. I was arrested and detained for 15 days and then transferred to a brainwashing center.
Resisting the Persecution in the Brainwashing Center
At the brainwashing center, I was told not to do the Falun Dafa exercises, not to send forth righteous thoughts, and not to hold a hunger strike. I was to attend “classes” every day and write down my experiences. I thought, “What you say doesn't count. I only listen to what Master Li says.”
“No matter what the situation, do not cooperate with the evil’s demands, orders, or what it instigates. If everyone does this the environment won’t be this way.” (“Dafa Disciples' Righteous Thoughts are Powerful” in Essentials for Further Advancement II)
That day, I started a hunger strike, did the exercises, sent forth righteous thoughts, and recited the Fa teachings all night. The guard said, “We have policies here. The first two days, we go easy on you. Starting the third day, we'll start enforcing those policies.”
I'd heard that the most severe persecution was carried out in brainwashing centers. Diligent practitioners were sent there to be “transformed.” But I didn't know how intense the situation would get.
In a dream, Master seemed to be telling me, “Let go of life and death or you will not find a way home.” When I woke up, I thought of something Master said:
“If he is able to let go of life and death, he is a god; if he isn’t able to let go of life and death, he is human.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference in Australia”)
I knew that Master was by my side, always looking after me and protecting me. This strengthened my righteous thoughts.
At eight a.m., the CCP secretary, a doctor, and someone who specialized in brainwashing showed up to talk to me. I was not flustered. I just thought about something Master said: “...just by staying unmoved you would be able to handle all situations...” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2014 San Francisco Fa Conference”) I waited to see what tricks they were going to play.
The leader in charge of “transformation” said, “I'm going to hold a class in your room today.” She had a table placed next to my bed, turned on a CD player, and started playing a recording. I didn't get up and I didn't listen. She grabbed my quilt and dragged me up.
Calmly but firmly I said, “I am not listening to your evil things. Although you have locked me in here, none of you can change me. No one can 'transform' me. I have practiced Dafa for 20 years. You've just taken certain parts out of context from Zhuan Falun. It's ridiculous. Turn off that machine or I will throw it on the floor.”
They quickly turned off the CD player. That evening, I did the exercises as usual, sent forth righteous thoughts, and recited the Fa. When the guard tried to stop me, I ignored her. She called in two other guards. I said, “Don't touch me.” They didn’t dare to do anything and left.
On the fourth day, they told me to go to the third-floor lobby to attend a “class.” I didn't go, so they called in a few big men who dragged me from the bed to the third floor. Instead of listening to the lecture, I shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” They wanted to stop me from shouting but didn't dare touch me, so they sprayed water in my face.
On the fifth day, they moved the CD player to my room and pointed it at me. I said, “Turn it off.” When they didn't, I decided to turn it off myself. They were afraid that I would throw the player on the floor, so they moved it out into the hallway. I ordered them to close my door, and they did. I could no longer hear the player.
Protected by Master I Left the Brainwashing Center
The person in charge of “transformation” later asked me, “Why don't you cooperate with us? We have been holding brainwashing classes for so many years. No one dares to behave like you. Didn't your Master ask you to follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and be kind to others?”
I said, “Yes. But I am resisting the persecution you have imposed on me. I am upholding Dafa, validating Dafa, and stopping you from committing crimes. I can't allow you to persecute me.” She left.
“So as a cultivator, what is truly remarkable is when you can be steadfast and have righteous thoughts so firm that nothing can sway you. Be solid and firm like diamond, or granite, and then nothing can affect you--evil will be afraid at the mere sight of you.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. VII)
Under Master's protection, and with the help of fellow practitioners' righteous thoughts, I returned home safely. I resumed clarifying the truth to save people.