[Selected Submission] Falun Dafa in Changchun (Part I) (Photos)
Part I. Master Spread the Fa in China
1. Master Held Seven Sessions of Fa-lectures in Changchun
May 13, 1992 marked the very first time that Master introduced Falun Dafa to the general public. On that day, the first session of Master’s Fa-lectures began at Changchun No. 5 Middle School.
Master said, “You are here, the first class. It is truly precious. You will not be able to get what I give you in no matter how many years.” (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2010/5/24/117354.html )
Master offered a second session of Fa-lectures at the same school from May 25 to June 3, 1992. The attendees increased from 180 at the first session to about 250 in the second.
Master introduced Falun Dafa to society in the form of Qigong, so the first two sessions attracted mostly Qigong enthusiasts. There were also some lay Buddhists. To help students comprehend the Fa principles, Master personally compiled lecture materials into what was called “Falun Gong” and gave everyone a copy on the first day of each session.
Master made it clear at the beginning that Falun Gong was no ordinary Qigong. Master explained the fundamental characteristics of Qigong:
“From a low-level perspective, qigong can change the condition of the body, achieving the goals of healing and health. From a high-level perspective, qigong refers to the cultivation of a person’s innate body (ben-ti).” (Chapter I, Falun Gong)
“It’s in fact a means expressly for cultivating the human body that we have in China.” (Chapter I, Falun Gong)
“In order for more practitioners to improve, while also meeting the needs of a massive number of dedicated cultivators, I have redesigned and made public this set of cultivation methods that are now suitable for popularization. Despite the modifications, this practice still far exceeds other practices, their teachings, and levels.” (Chapter II, Falun Gong)
So practitioners had to have abundant virtue and focus on improving their xinxing while practicing the exercises. They had to assimilate to the universe’s characteristics of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and let go of their pursuit of fame and various other attachments. Master also told Qigong lovers that failure to experience any increase in their “gong” was, in fact, a result of their not obtaining the righteous Fa and not paying attention to cultivating xinxing.
After the second class, Master rode his bicycle, a worn, old-fashioned one, and circled all of Changchun City, cleaning the entire city and installing energy mechanisms. Master told me, “The whole of Changchun City is installed with energy mechanisms, so you can do the exercises anywhere.” (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2010/5/17/117115.html)
The third session of Fa-lectures was given at the Changchun Aviation Club, located in Shengli Park, from August 26 to September 4, 1992. Around 550 people were in attendance. During this session, in between the lectures, Master also held a special meeting at which He adjusted students’ and their family members’ bodies at no cost. Master said, “As long as I can save people, I’m willing to sacrifice without asking for return.” At least 300 people benefited from Master’s gong-bearing meeting. We saw that Master turned both hands first to the left and then to the right, as if He were turning a giant Falun. Just like that, Master removed everyone’s illnesses and we were all in awe and became really emotional.
Between September 8 and 17, 1992, Master gave the fourth session of the Fa-lectures at the Provincial Government Auditorium. Afterwards, Master travelled to different places in the country to give Fa-lectures. Master returned to Changchun to give the fifth session in mid-June 1993; around 1,000 people attended.
During the first five sessions, Master normally gave the lectures and then asked veteran practitioners to demonstrate the exercises. Master would walk around to correct individual students’ exercise movements. In the meantime, Master purified students’ bodies. Starting with the sixth session, Master began to adjust and cleanse students’ bodies on a large scale.
One practitioner recalled: After the first lecture, Master planned to cleanse our bodies. Master asked practitioners to stand up and relax. He asked us to think about a single disease that each individual had. Master stood on the platform and said, “Relax! Relax!” and then suddenly waved his right hand and said, “Go away.” Master then clapped his hands twice. It seemed that Master had gotten rid of something. When Master waved, I saw a light blue flash on Master's right hand. When I attended Master's night class, I saw the same flash as in the morning. I believed it was real. Later, I heard that someone else also saw the flash on Master's right hand. (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2006/10/16/79004.html)
The last two sessions of the Fa-lectures were held in Jilin University’s Mingfanggong Auditorium.
One practitioner recalled, “In the sixth session of the Fa lecture and exercise classes (June 27-July 4, 1993), the Fa Master taught was a little higher level. When talking about the celestial eye, Master mentioned the issue of other dimensions. In other dimensions that exist at the same time and same place as this one, everything has its own form of existence. Master saw that we could not comprehend what he was saying, so he picked up the cup on the table and put it on his right hand. He asked everyone to watch closely, whether their celestial eye was open or not. Master used the thumb and index finger of his left hand to slowly pull another small cup from the original cup. The small cup looked exactly the same as the original one but was ¼ of the size. Master asked, "Did you all see it clearly'" Everyone answered with excitement, "Yes we did." Then Master slowly put the small cup back into the original cup. We could clearly see the small cup gradually merge into the original cup. Master let us see something that truly existed in another dimension, which cannot be explained by scientific means. Hence Master said,
“People ask how big the universe is. Let me tell you that this universe also has its boundary. Even at the level of Tathagata, however, one will regard it as boundless and infinitely immense. Yet the human body’s inside is as big as this universe, from molecules to microscopic particles at the microscopic level. This may sound very inconceivable. When a human being or a life is created, his unique life elements and essential quality are already composed at the extremely microscopic level. Thus, in studying this subject, our modern science lags far behind. In comparison with those lives of higher wisdom on the planets throughout the entire universe, our human race’s scientific level is quite low. We cannot even reach other dimensions that exist simultaneously in the same place, while flying saucers from other planets can travel directly in other dimensions. The concept of that time-space is completely different. Thus, they can come and go at will and at a speed so fast that the human mind cannot accept it.” (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun)
Master gave the seventh session of the Fa-lectures in the Mingfanggong Auditorium between April 29 and May 8, 1994. In addition to Jilin practitioners, more than 700 people came from other provinces, including Qinghai, Inner Mongolia, Shandong, Beijing, and Heilongjiang. In order to satisfy everyone, Master offered one class during the day and another at night every day, thus enabling more than 3,000 people to hear the lectures.
The revised edition of China Falun Gong was published in December 1993. Later on Master recorded a series of audio lectures based on His teachings at various places and then asked students to transcribe his teachings from the tapes. After Master’s finalized them, the lectures became the heavenly book Zhuan Falun.
Not long after Zhuan Falun was published on January 4, 1995, China Falun Gong stopped publication and the name of the book was changed to Falun Gong.
During the seventh session, something amazing happened. Next to Jilin University was Cihang Temple, whose nun-in-residence was called Jingkong. She was in her 80s and suffered from symptoms of a stroke. One student that lodged at the temple told Jingkong that she had come to Changchun to learn Falun Gong and demonstrated the meditation exercise. Jingkong said immediately, “The real Buddha is here! My Master is here! Please take me to see Master Li Hongzhi tomorrow. I must go!” The next day she went along to the auditorium where Master led her to an office and offered her water to drink and a chair to sit in. Yet the whole time Master just smiled without saying a word. When the class began, Jingkong sat close to Master and listened to the last lecture of the session. After the lecture was over, she said happily, “I now understand everything, and I have let go of all my attachments.” She told people that Master removed her illnesses and let her know she could expect to reach consummation in two years.
When Jingkong returned to the temple, all the nuns were surprised to see how energetic she was. She didn’t know how to do meditation in the past, but after the lecture she often crossed her legs to meditate. Exactly two years later, in 1996, she passed away during her meditation. Colorful sarira were found after her body was cremated.
Altogether, Master gave seven sessions of the Fa-lectures in Changchun from May 13, 1992 to May 8, 1994. In Changchun alone, more than 7,000 people were fortunate enough to hear Master teach the Fa personally. Just like Master said in Zhuan Falun,
“I think that those who can listen to my lectures in person, I would say, honestly... you will realize in the future that this period of time is extremely precious.”
Witnessing what Master taught and did for us, we began to understand what Master said in Zhuan Falun,
“In offering salvation to people, there is no condition or consideration for cost, reward, or fame. They are thus far more noble than the heroes of everyday people. They do it completely out of their benevolent compassion.”
2. Miracles Abounded during Master’s Fa-lectures
During the seven sessions, Master showed people many extraordinary things. Attendees of the first two sessions were mostly Qigong lovers, and Master adjusted many of their bodies right there. Two students had severe hunchbacks that Master straightened. They immediately looked much taller. Everyone who saw this was amazed.
During the third lecture series, a patient who had been paralyzed after being hit by a bag of rice attended the lectures. She was given many treatments, but none had been successful. Her family members brought her in on a stretcher. Several other patients from that hospital came also to the lecture. Before the lecture began, Master cleaned her body himself. He patted her front and back before asking her to sit up, and she then sat up. Master then asked her to stand up, and she did. Master then asked her to walk around the lecture platform, and she indeed walked around! Her family members and other patients were all filled with gratitude. All of her family members began to practice Falun Gong after that.
During the fourth lecture series, Master asked several practitioners to stand on the podium. One of them had a big tumor in her belly. When Master cleaned up her body, blood and pus run down her pants -- the tumor was destroyed and the bulge on her belly disappeared. So many practitioners have witnessed the miracles. (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2006/5/15/73296.html)
During the seventh lecture series, on May 6, 1994, a sixty-seven-year-old senior engineer named Li Fengming who had suffered a stroke for four years wanted to take a picture with Master after the lecture. He was sitting on a chair and holding his walking stick. Master told him to discard the walking stick and the chair. He slowly stood up and threw away the walking stick, put his left foot forward, then the right foot, and finally walked around the square outside the front entrance. Everyone there was filled with awe and said, "Miraculous!" Later on, the old man's wife wrote Master a letter, indicating that she will practice Falun Gong diligently to repay Master's great help.
On another day, a man in his railway uniform rushed in. He was in his 50s. He ran forward with his palms pressed together and then ran backward. He ran immediately to where Master stood and kowtowed repeatedly to Master. He kept shedding tears and said he had suffered from a stroke. He was very excited, and he smashed his walking cane against the concrete as he moved around the garden in the auditorium. He said that he wanted to say goodbye to the cane forever. Faced with this situation, Master was so calm and peaceful. (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2006/12/7/80626.html)
Master said in Zhuan Falun:
“Another case took place in Changchun. A building was under construction near a practitioner’s home. Nowadays, buildings are built very high, and the scaffolding is made of iron poles that are two inches in diameter and four meters long. After this practitioner walked a short distance from home, an iron pole fell vertically from the high-rise building all the way to his head. The people on the street were all astonished. He said, “Who patted me?” He thought that someone had patted his head. At that very moment, he turned his head and saw a big Falun rotating above his head. That iron pole had slid down along his head and stuck into the ground without falling down. If it indeed stuck into a person’s body—think about it, everyone—it would penetrate the body as if skewering candied hawthorn fruits, as it was so heavy. It was very dangerous!”
The practitioner Master mentioned above recalled: My home was near a construction site. One day when I passed there, a metal pipe suddenly dropped from high above onto my head. It punched my head, then stuck standing in the ground next to me. My head had a small depression, but no bleeding or pain. I said, "Who patted me?" When I turned around, I saw a white Falun turning and ascending! This practice is too good, I truly believe that.(http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2010/5/14/116969.html)
Master also said in Zhuan Falun:
“The last time we held a class at Jilin University, a practitioner pushed his bike as he was going through the main entrance of Jilin University. As soon as he walked into the middle of the road, all of a sudden two cars sandwiched him. The cars almost hit him, but he was not scared at all. Normally, we are not frightened at all upon running into these things. At that very second, the cars stopped and nothing happened.”
The practitioner mentioned above said, “That was me in that story. It was Class Seven in Changchun in May 1994, the day class. After the class ended, I was the last one to leave Mingfang Palace. I was at the front gate of Jilin University and saw Master standing at the gate. I was pushing my bicycle in the middle of crossing the Jiefang Avenue fast car lane when two cars coming from the west and the east sandwiched me in the middle. They almost hit me, but they both stopped suddenly. I was not scared and walked to the slow car lane and looked behind me. Master was standing on the east side of the crosswalk, and he was still looking at me. At the time, I did not understand the situation until after reading the newly published Zhuan Falun in 1995. That incident was intended to take my life away, but Master protected me and I repaid a life debt, too.” (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2010/5/17/117115.html)
Another practitioner also experienced the extraordinary power of Dafa, My husband and I planned to install a steel security door on that day. We went to my sister's home to get the door. He drove a man-powered tricycle and I sat on the tricycle. On our way back home, we had to go down a long hill. There was a big trailer filled with small stones running in front of us. "Bang!" I felt something very heavy fall on my body. I was knocked down instantly on the security door with my side against the door, but I could still move my head. I looked around and saw that a light bulb as big as a soup pot had shattered in front of my eyes. When I looked again, I realized that a concrete power pole that had been knocked down by the big trailer had landed on me.
The steel security door was bent out of shape when it fell on the above author. In order to still use it, the author’s husband hammered the door flat, but the section that landed on the author’s hip was not repairable and the bulge is still visible today. This picture was taken 18 years after the accident.
My husband was so scared that his face turned pale, thinking that I surely must have been killed. Realizing that he was so scared that he couldn't move, I shouted, "Hurry up! Find more people to pull me out!" When I called out, he knew that I was still alive and hurried to ask help from others.
Eight or nine young men from the trailer that had hit the pole came to help my husband. However, they couldn't lift the pole. Another several people who were just walking by joined in. With great effort they managed to move the pole away. I then stood up. My clothes were dirty. Though I was heavily hit, I did not feel any pain, and neither did I have a scratch or bleed anywhere.
An old couple was just walking by at that time and they were shocked. The old lady said, "Young lady, you should be celebrating that you're alive. Did you get a concussion?" Her husband said at once, "You shouldn't speak that way." Then the old lady said, "Oh, sorry; I'm sorry. I mean, are you really okay?" I felt my head and couldn't find anything, not even so much as a glass shard. I then said, "I'm really fine. I practice Falun Gong."
The trailer's driver was scared to death and hastily asked, "Let's go to a hospital." I replied, "I'm all right." But he was still worried and tried to convince me, "You should at least have an examination." I replied, "Everything is fine. You may leave now. I practice Falun Gong." A gentleman who was just driving by stopped and showed his press card and told me that he was a journalist and wanted to interview me. I said, "I practice Falun Gong. I'm alright."
When we returned home, we found that the shape of my body was imprinted on the steel security door. It is because I practice Falun Dafa that Master looked after me and saved my life.
More amazingly, the incident happened at around 2:00 p.m. on that day in Changchun City. Local practitioners who attended Master's Fa-lectures in Guangzhou came back and shared that during the class on that day, Master gave an example about a practitioner who was knocked down by a power pole onto a security door. As I listened further, I found that the time that Master gave that example was around 6:00 p.m. on the same day, and that the details were exactly the same as what I had experienced. I had not mentioned this to anyone, but Master knew it at once.
This made me realize more profoundly that Master is with us at every moment, looking after us and protecting us. (http://en.minghui.org/html/articles/2010/5/23/117324.html)
3. Master Explained the Fa for Falun Dafa Assistants in Changchun
On September 18, 1994, Master explained the Fa for more than 100 assistants in Changchun at an auditorium on the seventh floor of Jilin University’s Science Hall. This time the teaching and Q & A lasted five hours and thirty minutes.
“You should thoroughly understand the Fa, you should truly grasp it. You should read the book a lot and listen to the tapes a lot.”
“I’d advise you to just go study this Fa, and as long as you study it thoroughly there’s no question or problem that can’t be resolved.”
“could we take the lead in my hometown in organizing group study of the Fa at set times?—we can’t just do group practice. You can read and discuss together chapter by chapter, section by section. Fix the study time the way you do with group practice. I think this will be more beneficial; it can address specific issues, and this will allow us to follow the Fa when we run into actual problems later on. We’ll get the ball rolling, and it will lead the way for assistance centers around the country. Then other regions around the country can follow suit. This will be really beneficial to improving our understanding. That’s my suggestion.”
(“Explaining the Fa for Falun Dafa Assistants in Changchun,” Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa)
Master also made it clear that cultivation of Dafa and improvement of xinxing had [and still has] a positive impact on society. After this Fa teaching, local assistants regularly organized students to study and memorize the Fa together. As a result they were able to experience progress by leaps and bounds in their understanding and comprehension of the Fa in a relatively short time. Little by little they started to put xinxing improvement as the first priority in their cultivation.
In August 1995, Explaining the Content of Falun Dafa was distributed by the Changchun Publishing Company. This book includes the Fa lecture and Q & A that Master gave in Changchun, Beijing, and Guangzhou when he met with the assistants.
On January 4, 1995, a ceremony was held at the Beijing Police University Auditorium to celebrate the publication of Zhuan Falun and to summarize the Fa teaching activities. Master announced the conclusion of His Fa-teaching in China. After the ceremony, Master travelled to different countries to teach the Fa and didn’t get to return to Changchun for a long time. But Master kept every disciple in mind, paying particular attention to the growth and development of assistants and assistance centers. While abroad, Master wrote numerous articles to correct deviations He observed in our cultivation. These articles included “How to Provide Assistance,” “It is not a Job, but Cultivation Practice,” “Further Elimination of Attachments,” “Cultivation and Work,” “Immutable,” “Cultivation Practice and Taking Responsibility,” “The Fa Conference,” “A Person in Charge is Also a Cultivator,” and “Another Comment on Evaluation Criteria.”
Every time Master returned to Changchun, no matter how briefly He stayed, He would meet with local assistants. One practitioner had trouble getting along with his spouse. Master specifically mentioned him and asked local assistants to help him improve.
I remember once after Master’s return from abroad He met with some assistants at Culture Plaza. It was drizzling at that time, but as soon as Master arrived, the rain stopped. Surrounded by students, Master gave a short lecture and answered questions. Even though Master didn’t talk for long, it seemed all the complaints, conflicts, and imbalanced mentality practitioners had among themselves were all resolved. Everyone clearly felt Master’s compassion, demeanor, and energy.
“I often say that if all a person wants is the well-being of others and if this is without the slightest personal motivation or personal understanding, what he says will move the listener to tears. I have not only taught you Dafa, but have also left you my demeanor. While working, your tone of voice, your kindheartedness, and your reasoning can change a person’s heart, whereas commands never could!” (“Clearheadedness,” Essentials for Further Advancement)
The above-mentioned meeting was held in the summer of 1997, and on August 3 that year Master published article “Take the Middle Way.”
On July 26, 1998, Master came back to Changchun again and explained the Fa for assistants in the Xianggelila Hotel. In order for people sitting in the back to see Him, Master sat in stacked up chairs and taught the Fa for five hours straight. This was the last time that Master gave Fa-lectures in China. One year later the horrible persecution swept the Land of the Divine, and a battle between good and evil began to unfold.
“In our cultivation, if we can do well defending Dafa in different situations when society and various people create all kinds of troubles for us, isn’t that safeguarding the Fa?”
“As for bad people or those who do bad things, if they’re savable, we can try to persuade them and maybe they’ll be saved. If they’re bent on doing things their own way and continue doing such things—doing them hysterically—then we’ll deal with them when the time comes. It’s also possible they are being used for the time being to test our students. Once our cultivation ends, they’ll have to pay for everything they’ve done, for sure.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Assistants’ Fa Conference in Changchun”)
In retrospect, Master already told practitioners what to do even before the persecution began. It was just that we were unable to comprehend the meaning back then.
Master has systematically and in an orderly way taught us the law of the universe. Master has left us the indestructible form of Falun Dafa cultivation, which is to be followed for generations to come and will exist forever.
In January 1999, Master’s book Hong Yin was published by Qinghai People’s Press. The book is a collection of 72 poems Master wrote between December 1976 and November 1998. We received the book after the April 25th Peaceful Appeal. Master’s new teachings provided great guidance for our cultivation and in the changing environment.
(To be continued)
From the Call for Submissions to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of Falun Dafa's Introduction