I Made My Own Schedule While I Was Illegally Detained
(Minghui.org) I was kidnapped again and put in a detention center. I was worried. I regretted not having done well in my cultivation. I felt helpless and I asked Master to protect me. In my mind, I kept reciting the Fa that I'd memorized and I sent forth righteous thoughts.
“This is something I often say: once you take up Dafa, whatever it is you encounter--good or bad--it is a good thing (applause), for it came about only because you cultivate in Dafa.”(Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005)
I calmed down and adjusted my thoughts. I reminded myself that I was a practitioner and I should follow the path arranged by Master.
It was terrible in the detention center. The small cell was packed with more than 40 people. It was dirty, smelly, and overcrowded. The guards and the head of the cell bullied and insulted us.
I reminded myself of who I was. I kept in mind, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. Falun Dafa is righteous.” I also thought, “Master is great. Dafa disciples are great. I am also a Dafa disciple, so I am also great. I did not violate the law. I was arrested and detained by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). It was the Party who violated the law and committed a crime. I am not a criminal.” My righteous thoughts grew strong.
“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,” Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I decided to create my own cultivation environment. Practitioners must play the leading role wherever we are. I would not obey the rules and I would not wear the uniform. I did not memorize the cell rules and I refused to do the work they assigned. I did not follow their schedule.
I slept on two cushions on the floor. The other people in the cell slept on the beds. It was packed. People often fought for one centimeter of space.
When a newcomer came, she sat opposite me, and I knew that I should clarify the truth to her.
I felt sorry for the others in the cell because they were all anxious and sad and helpless. Some of the inmates wept every day. They were very young, about the same age as my children. I took care of them in various ways. I gave them food and clothes and encouraged them to be optimistic.
They all said I was a good person and trustworthy. When I clarified the truth to them, I told them all the bad things the CCP has done. Almost all of them quit the CCP and its youth organizations. I also told them to remember and sincerely say, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” All of them did.
I told myself that, no matter where I was, I should do what a practitioner should do: Study the Fa, do the exercises, send forth righteous thoughts, and clarify the truth.
I got up at about 5 a.m. and did the meditation exercise. I sent forth righteous thoughts at 6 and then did the standing exercises.
It was quiet after breakfast, because that was the time the guards checked with the head officials. I then shouted out into the corridor, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! Falun Dafa is righteous! Stop persecuting Falun Dafa! Immediately release all practitioners!” My voice overwhelmed all the other 40 voices in the cell. Afterwards, I recited On Dafa.
In the morning, I memorized Master’s recent articles until lunchtime. After lunch, I shouted again, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good! Falun Dafa is righteous! Stop persecuting Falun Dafa! Immediately release all practitioners!”
After that, I clarified the truth to the women in my cell.
During the afternoon break, I did the fifth exercise while the other people took naps. I then memorized the Fa in the afternoon until supper time. After the meal, which was usually before 5 p.m., I clarified the truth again.
After sending forth righteous thoughts at 6 p.m., I shouted for the third time and then recited “On Dafa.”
Then I led the people in my cell to repeat, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!” Sometimes one person said it with me, sometimes several people joined in. Almost everyone who said it sincerely with me went home early. Then I taught them to recite Hong Yin. Soon, everyone could recite a few poems.
I did the exercises again at 9:30 p.m. and went to bed after sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight.
This was my schedule in the detention center. I was detained for about a year, and I followed the same schedule every day. The environment was harsh, but I did not feel stressed. Master protected me every day. Under Master’s protection, I saved the people in my cell.