(Minghui.org) I was arrested for distributing truth-clarifying materials in April 2015, along with another Falun Dafa practitioner. We were taken to a detention center with seven cells. Dafa practitioners should validate the Fa and save sentient beings no matter where we are, so I found chances to talk to the detainees.
I helped them to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and told them to recite the auspicious phrase “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good”. In less than two weeks, everyone in the cell had quit the Party.
I thought about how to clarify the truth to detainees in the other cells. Just a few days later, I was transferred to the 3rd cell where I stayed for more than a month and helped everyone there to quit the Party. It was late May, and it started to get hot. One detainee, a drug addict, said to me, “Only the 1st cell has air-conditioning. You’re in your 50s, you meet the criteria, so you can apply to go there.” This was a good opportunity to change to another cell to reach out to more people, so I requested to be transferred to the 1st cell.
When I was moved, I discovered that the people in this cell changed frequently. So I wouldn’t need to change cells anymore.
Cultivating Relationships With Detainees
A detainee called president Wang was suspected to have cheated people out of 20 million yuan through her business. She had already been held for over a year.
Wang believed in the Buddha, so I talked to her about the degeneration of the Buddhist religion and why it can no longer save mankind; the goodness of Falun Dafa; and my own experiences in cultivation. She agreed with what I said, quit the Party and began to recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” every day.
A young woman was detained for having stolen an electric bicycle. When she first came to the detention center, she always had nightmares. I clarified the truth to her, and she quit the Young Pioneers, one of the Party's youth organizations. I also asked her to recite the auspicious phrase. One day, she exclaimed that she stopped having nightmares. She was released from the detention center about two weeks later.
Another detainee accepted a dowry from her boyfriend but later broke off the engagement. The boyfriend then sued her for keeping the money. I helped her to quit the CCP and asked her to sincerely recite the auspicious phrase. She later said, “Once I recited the words, my whole body felt cold and I was scared. So I didn’t dare to recite it anymore.” I knew she must have had some bad things on her body that needed to be cleared out. After further persuasion, she started to recite the words again.
We were taking our afternoon nap on the 37th day of her detention when she was told to pack up her stuff. She excitedly called me over, “Aunty! I’m leaving!” She was then released.
Seeing people who recited the auspicious phrase “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good,” one-by-one get released boosted president Wang’s belief in the goodness of Dafa.
Every time a new person came in, she told them, “You must quit the CCP and sincerely recite ‘Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’ This the best way to get released quickly!”
Xiaoru, 21, from Tangshan City, worked at a massage parlor where her boss encouraged her to steal money from the customers. She was caught and sentenced to 4.5 months. Xiaoru stayed by my side. I taught her to recite poems from Hong Yin. Every day, she would stand beside me and recite all 48 poems. A few other detainees also learned the poems and recited them along with her.
That summer was especially hot, such that it was difficult to sleep at night. Therefore, we took turns reciting Hong Yin from memory. Sometimes, everyone recited the same poem together.
Xiao Ya, a mother of two, was arrested for selling large quantities of fake goods online. She didn’t like to speak, and the detainees in the cell didn’t talk to her. I helped and comforted her. I convinced her to quit the Young Pioneers and Youth League. She was released on the 30th day of her detention.
The team leader Wen Wen was in charge. Every month, she talked to each person in the cell. Initially, I used the opportunity to clarify the truth to her, but she just gave me a dismissive look.
I disciplined myself strictly with the standards of Dafa: not to fight with others and always think about others first. One morning, the cell’s toilet was blocked and everyone was scared what Wen Wen would do when she found out. So I shoved my arm down the toilet and pulled out what had been blocking it. Everybody was relieved.
Xiaoru told Wen Wen about this. Wen Wen later confided, “What you’ve done is something I couldn’t do. You should continue to be a good person like that.”
The morning I was to be transferred to prison, the practitioner I was brought in with and I shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
Wen Wen came out of her office, stood in the corridor and watched us quietly. She accompanied me as we walked out. I persuaded her to quit the Party and also asked her to tell her family to quit so they all can have a bright future.
As we reached the main hall, she softly said, “You must be obedient and follow instructions there!” I smiled, as I could feel the empathy and care she had for me.
The deputy head of the detention center once served in the army. She was polite and when winter came, she came to ask if my family had sent me warm clothes. I said no, so she told the guard to bring me some.
Two days before I was taken to the prison, she had come looking for me. I took the opportunity to ask if I could talk to her. She initially stood facing me, however, the more she listened, the more she avoided looking into my eyes. I told her why she should quit the CCP, and in the end, she nodded in agreement. She seemed to be crying and likely afraid I would notice.
I stayed in the detention center for 11 months and helped 71 people quit the CCP and its youth organizations. I thank Master for bringing all these people with predestined relationships to me. I only had the wish to save people, and Master helped me to fulfill my mission.
Life in Prison
I was sentenced to 3.5 years and was in prison for more than two of them. The environment there was more terrifying than the detention center. The inmates lived in fear, and everyone treated one another like an enemy. I tried all means to look for people to talk to.
The inmate assigned to monitor me often had nightmares and said she was often possessed by some spirits. Once she was possessed, her blood pressure would shoot up. I clarified the truth to her, helped her to quit the CCP, and asked her to sincerely recite, “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She did, and her blood pressure stabilized and her complexion became rosy. She said she would look for me to practice Falun Dafa after she got released.
A young woman, Ling Ling, slept in the bunk above me. She graduated from the military academy and was very talented. We recited Tang Dynasty poems together. I would often tell her stories about reincarnation, and my miraculous experiences with practicing Dafa. She always loved to listen.
Ling Ling became a member of the CCP when she was in the academy, and her father was a regiment-level officer in the army. I told her about the Party's live organ harvesting atrocities targeting Dafa practitioners and asked her to quit the Party a few times, but she declined.
Ling Ling asked me why I was imprisoned, so I told her, “I came for you because you once urged me to find you and wake you up after I obtain the Fa.” I wrote down On Dafa and poems from Hong Yin for her, which she eagerly read. When I was about to leave the prison, I asked her to quit the CCP again and she agreed. She also told me her husband’s name and work department so I could find her after her release. She wanted to read Zhuan Falun.
Yan, a North-easterner, was told to sit next to me when we were doing hard labor. As her quota was high, I gave her some of the products I completed, and she was very grateful. Once, when she was retrieving something from under the table, she saw that my legs were in the full lotus position and quietly asked, “I had a dream a few days ago that you people who practice Falun Dafa were all wearing yellow robes, just like Buddhas. Are you all real Buddhas?” Is the person I saw in my dream you?”
“Do not persecute Falun Dafa practitioners. The guards asked you to monitor practitioners but you had better not do it.” I then told her why its important to quit the CCP. She had only joined the Young Pioneers. I could see she was afraid, so I said, “If you agree to quit, just nod your head.” She looked at me, smiled, and nodded her head. After two months, her application to reduce her sentence was approved.
Self-Reflection and Lessons Learned
During my time in the prison, I kept reflecting on the problems I had in my cultivation. From obtaining the Fa in 2009 to being persecuted in 2015, I searched painstakingly to find my shortcomings. I found many attachments such as jealousy, resentment, showing off, and lust, but I always felt that I didn’t find the fundamental problem.
After returning home, I felt lost and dejected. Master saw that I really wanted to cultivate, so he arranged a practitioner to come and help me. One day, we were exchanging cultivation experiences when she said, “Your main consciousness is not strong, you should memorize the segment ‘The Importance of a Strong Mind’ (The Sixth Talk in Zhuan Falun).”
After memorizing this Fa, I understood why I wasn’t able to understand Zhuan Falun despite reading the book for so many years. It was thought karma that prevented me from understanding the Fa. In the past, whenever I studied this passage, I always thought it wasn't relevant to me, as I had never thought poorly of Master or Dafa.
I also harbored doubts about Dafa. The more I doubted, the more I replenished the thought karma’s energy so that it had more power to hinder my progress. The more I nourished it, the thicker its shell became. This shell encased me such that I wasn’t able to assimilate to Dafa.
After becoming aware of this thought karma, whenever doubts pop up, I am able to differentiate them from my true self and I will say, “This is not me. Do not come and disturb my studying the Fa. The true me is assimilated to Dafa.” Just by thinking this, the disturbance quickly disappears. I now feel I understand the Fa on a deeper level, and that I finally know what it means to cultivate.
After breaking free from this shell, its like I’ve entered a new realm. I’m able to differentiate which are my thoughts and which are related to thought karma. Whenever stubborn thoughts start to appear, I’m able to catch hold of them. As for those wandering bad thoughts, I’m also able to disintegrate them with a single righteous thought.
It took me seven months to recite Zhuan Falun from memory the first time. Master revealed many Fa principles to me during that time. I'm finally able to better understand this heavenly book. The more I study the Fa, the more I love to read it. In the past, when I didn’t understand the book, I always forced myself to read it. I now continually cleanse myself and let my every cell be immersed in the warm energy of Dafa.
I thank Master for bestowing me with the great mission to assist Him in saving sentient beings during the Fa rectification. I will cherish this opportunity, live up to my mission, and fulfill my vows!
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