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Page 6 - Falun Gong: A Way of Cultivation Practice

Speaking of Zen, I am glad that Mr. Cohen still remembered Bodhidharma's dying words. Then why do people who practice Zen still think that they can achieve enlightenment through this practice when their teacher already told them that he was unable to help them? Zen was based on the Buddha's words: "There is no Dharma that is definitive". However, similar to human societal rules, there is a different law (Fa in Buddhism and Tao in Taoism) in different levels of the universe. How can one understand the realm of Buddha with an ordinary human mentality? During the practice, we Falun Gong practitioners constantly find ourselves discovering new meanings in Mr. Li's teachings. After we advance ourselves to a higher level, we always find that our previous understandings were wrong and there is always a law at that level to guide us. Zen thinks there is no law that can be taught and one must become enlightened on his own. I wonder how they could do it (has anyone in Zen achieved enlightenment?).

What is the emptiness that Buddha referred to? "Free from the attachments is the true state of emptiness". "Non-omission is the true meaning of Emptiness. The universe is originally stored with, formed from, and inhabited by matter, how can it be empty."16 How can an ordinary person attain the state of emptiness? "In the ordinary human society and in conflicts between one and another, you compete and fight for personal interest, all kinds of human sentimentality, desires, and attachments. If you do not give up these things and care less about them, how can you attain the state of tranquility easily?"11 Whenever I encounter conflicts in my life, no matter whether it appeared to be my fault or not, if I follow Mr. Li's teaching to search within myself, I can always find my attachments. Only after I discard them, could I be able to reach tranquility during the sitting meditation. In China, Falun Gong practitioners were asked to sign statements to quit the practice. Even though they could sign it and still practice at home, they refused on behalf of the principle of Truthfulness. They lost their jobs, savings, and even lives (so far, 56 people died and hundreds of thousands were sent to prison). They are facing these losses calmly because they already attained the orthodox law and have achieved the state of ultimate emptiness.

What has Falun Gong made me understand about Medicine? I remember before the time that the microscope was invented, someone purposed microbes transmitted diseases. The scientific society thought this was mad. After we have seen the virus and bacteria, now we all agree that they cause infectious diseases. Then some people purposed that microbes caused peptic ulcers and cancer too. No one believed this until the causative agents were discovered. Now many more diseases are found to be caused by microbes. Despite these, our means to treat them are still limited--microbes are changing with more variety, resistance, and new species. Western Medicine relies on detecting these microbes in order to treat diseases. However the medicine often has side effects. Although more cases can be detected using modern technology, new drugs were constantly developed; only a few of the diseases mortalities can be reduced. Falun Gong made me realize that true causes of diseases exist in a more microscopic level (another dimension), Bacteria and viruses are just a manifestation of these matters. Traditional Chinese Medicine is different than Western Medicine in that the former is directly related to this microscopic disease source in another dimension. Chinese herbal medicines, acupuncture, and energy healing can affect this source by pushing it into a deeper microscopic level but can't eliminate it. Falun Gong can directly eliminate this disease source. However, after the source is removed, there still lies some black Qi (air) that was produced by the source and continues to come out. When the Qi travels to our physical body in this dimension, we will feel like we are experiencing the symptoms again. This is different then getting the disease. As long as one understands this mechanism and regards oneself as a practitioner, the symptom(s) will soon pass and the practitioner's body will be purified. This time the disease has been truly treated and eliminated. If a practitioner takes medicine or uses other means to treat the symptom as a disease, the black Qi will be pushed back into a deeper dimension again and his body can't be purified. This makes it impossible for such an impure body to develop Gong (the high-energy matter) and advance in cultivation.

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