Introduction In the early 1990’s, Mr. Li Hongzhi (respectfully referred to as “Master” or “Teacher” by His students) embarked on the auspicious goal of imparting the great teachings of Falun Dafa to the world. Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, is a practice of what the Chinese call “self-cultivation.” Falun Dafa students perform slow-moving, graceful exercises and, more importantly, apply the principles of Truth, Compassion, and Forbearance to their daily lives.
Starting in 1992, Master Li traveled all over China for more than two years, giving over fifty series of lectures on the practice in cities throughout the country. The classes were the most inexpensive of their type in the country, but what students received was priceless—they gained a true cultivation practice that went far beyond the realm of just keeping healthy and fit. Master Li participated in the 1992 and 1993 Oriental Health Expos in Beijing, earning several awards. Students quickly found that during the course of the lecture series, their bodies were being purified, reaching a state of optimum health. This initial benefit led many to seriously look into the practice, accounting for its extremely rapid growth. By 1998, over 100 million people had embraced the practice in China alone. Currently, Falun Dafa is practiced in over 60 countries around the world.
In the course of Master Li’s selfless effort to spread the practice, many could see that He was no ordinary qigong master—He genuinely exemplified the greatness of the practice. Master Li was truly guiding people to higher realms of awareness. Because of this, millions completely regained their health and attained deeper understandings of what it means to be human and how to upgrade themselves to live virtuous and dignified lives, filled with compassion for all. Practitioners nobly facing the unprecedented brutality of persecution in China over the past five years have demonstrated these improvements in character. The greatness of Falun Dafa and its practitioners has been recognized around the world: Master Li Hongzhi and Falun Dafa have received over 1,400 recognitions and awards, and Master Li has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize.
This book is a compilation of recollections of the early years when Falun Dafa was first taught in China. In these essays, students of the practice recall the lectures, their interactions in various situations with Master Li, and some of their personal experiences with Falun Dafa. All of the narratives in this book are true, personal accounts, and they will serve as a record of that precious period of history—history that is increasingly being recognized for the great impact it is having on the world.
Table of Content
1)When Teacher Taught the Fa in Chengdu 1
2)Traveling with Master Before and After Falun Gong Was Introduced to the Public 3
3)Witnessing the Miracles and Magnificence of Teachers Lectures in Guizhou 11
4)When Teacher Taught the Fa at the Assistants' Fa Conference in Changchun in 1998 17
5)Recollections of Teacher's Lectures in Guangzhou 20
6)Teacher Cures a French Child from Thousands of Miles Away 21
By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Chengdu, Sichuan Province
I was fortunate enough to attend Teacher's Fa lectures in Chengdu, Sichuan Province in May 1994. When I think about it now, that was the most precious and happiest time of my life. I would like to write about my experiences, and share them with everyone.
Teacher was neatly and plainly dressed, and looked very compassionate. I had previously attended many qigong masters' lectures but had never heard them teach any Fa at all. They only sent out "gong," had you receive some of their messages, and some taught a few qigong exercise movements. Others drew something on a piece of paper and told you to save it. Teacher taught in a totally different manner from all those qigong masters. He taught the class without any books or lecture notes. In every lecture, I saw Him simply take out a small piece of paper from His coat pocket and then begin to lecture. There were 800 people in the class, yet no one chatted. It was very quiet in the lecture hall. Teacher was also very humorous while teaching the Fa principles. Sometimes His words made everyone laugh. I don't know why, but I felt a sense of comfort while listening to Teacher. It was a beautiful and enjoyable experience. Even recalling it now, I still sense that feeling.
I attended the class with the intention of being healed. However, after a few lectures, my view of life and my opinion about virtue changed. I understood many truths and knew how to handle myself in various situations, how to become a good person, even how to become a better and better person. Subsequently, I naturally strived to become a true cultivator, and then all my illnesses were healed.
I had suffered from all kinds of illnesses since 1970. I had tried every big hospital in Chengdu and spent a lot of money, without seeing any results. Sometimes I felt so bad that I could barely endure. In 1994, when Teacher held a class in Chengdu, my friend asked me to attend the class. I initially refused because I had made up my mind to no longer practice qigong. My friend urged me to check it out. I finally went to the class for lack of any real excuses for not going. However, as soon as I saw Teacher's photo on the cover page of the book China Falun Gong, I couldn't help saying, "Yes, I want to learn this. He is a true Master."
I felt that Teacher was so wonderful because he knew everything on our minds. One day after class, someone came to ask Teacher to treat his illness. Teacher said, "I don't treat illnesses. You can go to a hospital for treatment." That man said, "My family called me from Beijing and told me to come here to find you. They say that you can treat any illness and that patients are healed right away." I cut in and told him, "Do not mention treating illnesses." Then Teacher said, "Some don't say it [about wanting to get healed], but they still think about it." I was astonished. How could Teacher know what I was thinking?
Another day after class, I told some people, "This is a Buddhist school qigong. I will take you to a temple to convert you to Buddhism someday." They agreed to go to a temple. The next day, Teacher said in his lecture:
"As soon as some lay Buddhists hear that we're practicing Buddhist qigong, they drag our students to temples to convert them to Buddhism." (Zhuan Falun)
Then Teacher told us the principle of "no second discipline." I realized then that what I had said was wrong. We all felt that Teacher was amazing. He knew everything we were thinking!
One woman who attended the class with me was about to write some notes in the book Falun Gong. Before she wrote anything, Teacher said:
"Some folks just go and start marking up this book of mine." (Zhuan Falun)
The woman was so startled that she couldn't hold up her pen. She said, "This Teacher is so amazing."
Teacher even knew what we said at home. My friend came to convince me to attend the class, and I finally went to the class. During the lecture Teacher said that some people in the class had been dragged to the class. I felt that he was probably talking about me. Even so, Teacher still took care of me.
In the class, Teacher told us to hold out our hands, left hand for males and right hand for females. He told us to flatten our hands and feel the palm. I immediately felt something was turning on my palm. When Teacher talked about installing Law Wheels, I felt something turning in my abdomen. At that point, I let go of all my previous notions for good. We cannot judge Teacher with our notions. Teacher is not an ordinary person. He is so profound, so righteous, and so merciful.
We should pay the utmost respect to our great Teacher by walking well the path arranged by Teacher, making up for any losses we might have brought to Dafa, and making the best use of time to accomplish our missions. Trust us, Teacher, we will do our best!