Recalling Master Li's Fa-Lectures in Chenzhou, Hunan Province
(Minghui.org) Master Li Hongzhi gave a four-day lecture seminar in Chenzhou, Hunan Province, from July 15 to 19, 1994. Master lectured but did not teach the Falun Dafa exercises. Most of the students were locals from all levels of society.
The seminar was held just before the fourth lecture series in Guangzhou. Due to the tight schedule, Master Li worked hard to finish all the lectures in four days. Even though he was so busy, Master Li took care of the students and had the Beijing Falun Dafa Association send a batch of China Falun Gong books to the students in Chenzhou. He took group photos with the students and visited Suxian Hill with some of us to check out the environment in Chenzhou.
The lecture series in Chenzhou met with some interference. The hosting organization did not do a good job of arranging things, especially the seating. Some people carried patients on stretchers to the auditorium.
From time to time we could hear drilling, which interfered with the lectures. At around 4 p.m. on Sunday, the wind suddenly started to blow with lighting and thunder outside the auditorium. Master Li was teaching, and the blustery weather was distracting. Many turned around to look outside. Master said, “Don't look outside. Listen to me.”
Suddenly all the lights went out, but came back on a moment later. Master Li told a student nearby that the lights would go out again. The lights did indeed go out again but came back on shortly afterward.
Some of us looked for Master to have supper with him in the evening. We saw him standing quietly in the yard outside the dining room with his eyes closed. One student called out to him, but Master didn't respond. Later Master Li joined us for dinner. He said he had just dealt with the interference from the afternoon lecture.
“When I descended to the world, they did not know who I was. Suxian is already a deity, but still has such strong jealousy. He turned into two dragons to interfere with my lecture. The deity making thunder did not know my background. Otherwise, he would not dare to do that to me,” said Master Li to a few of us who took a walk after supper. We began to understand the extent of the interference from the afternoon lecture.
Touring Suxian Hill
One day the lecture was scheduled for the evening. A student suggested to Master, “Suxian Hill, a well-known historic site, is nearby. Can we go there and take a tour?” Master Li agreed. Some of us accompanied Master to visit Suxian Hill.
Even as early as the Tang Dynasty, it was known as the “The 18th most fortunate place in the world.” There are three main attractions there. The first one is a deity-flying rock, from which the legendary Suxian became a deity and flew into the sky from the stone in broad daylight long ago. The second one is a temple on the mountain. The third one is a place near a cliff with a nice view of the valley. Locals call it “deer head turn.”
We had our photos taken with Master in front of the deity-flying rock. A student tried to take photos with his camera, but it did not work. He then used Master Li's camera to take photos, but it stopped working after he took two photos. He couldn't figure out what was wrong and tried to fix the camera. Master Li came over and took his camera back, saying, “Don't take any more photos. He is a deity, but still has such strong jealousy.” Master Li meant Suxian of Suxian Hill.
I saw Master Li point at the claw of a stone lion in front of the entrance when we entered the temple. There was a young monk sitting inside the temple. We saw a banner with the words “Falun Rotates Forever” above the Buddha statue. There was a board with the words “every pray answered” on a stage in front of the statue.
We came upon a meditation room when we began to explore the temple. There were quite a few monks sitting on floor reciting Buddhist scriptures.
Master Li asked us, “Do you know which monk is cultivating the best?” We carefully looked at those who focused on reciting and selected a senior one. Master Li said no. We then pointed at another one reciting the scriptures, but we were wrong again. We kept pointing at different monks but could not choose who was cultivating the best. When Master realized we could not identify the best one, he pointed at a monk who was looking around and blinking his eyes instead of reciting the scripture carefully and said, “That one is the best.” None of us understood why and left the temple.
A monk ran after us and asked to speak with Master. We noticed he was the monk that Master Li had said was the best. Master Li asked us not to come over. He talked with the monk alone for about 15 minutes.
We followed Master up the hill after visiting the temple. He stopped when we were almost at the top. He pointed to a small house on the hill across from the one where we were and asked, “Why is the building beside the house gone?” A local student said, “It was demolished.” Master Li said it was built in the Tang Dynasty. He also told us that he reincarnated three times in Chenzhou over the course of history.
The third attraction is a scenic outlook midway up the mountain. Master Li went ahead and looked at it briefly. He then turned back and asked us to leave soon, which we did. One practitioner recalled that there was a force pushing down on us as we passed by.
Master Li went to Guangzhou to give the fourth lecture series there after finishing the four-day session in Chenzhou.