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“Falun Dafa focuses on cultivating the mind” – Published “Faith Matters” article

Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) is an advanced practice of Buddha school self-cultivation, founded by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the practice’s master.

It is a discipline in which “assimilation to the highest qualities of the universe — Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) — is the foundation of practice.

Practice is guided by these supreme qualities and based on the very laws which underlie the development of the cosmos.

Master Li’s teachings are set forth in a number of texts, among which are “Falun Gong,” “Zhuan Falun,” “The Great Perfection Way of Falun Dafa,” “Essentials for Further Advancement” and “Hong Yin (The Grand Verses).” These and other works have been translated into 38 languages, and are published and distributed worldwide.

The focus of Falun Dafa practice is the mind, with the cultivation of one’s mind and thoughts, or “Xinxing,” being singled out as the key to increasing Gong energy (Spiritual Energy.) The height of a person’s Gong is directly proportionate to that of his Xinxing. The concept of “Xinxing” encompasses the transformation of virtue (a white form of matter) and karma (a black form of matter). It also includes forbearance, discernment, and abandonment — that is, forsaking ordinary human desires and attachments, and managing to endure the most trying of ordeals. Much is encompassed by the concept.

Falun Dafa also includes the cultivation of the body, which is accomplished by performing specific exercises.

One purpose of the exercises is to strengthen the practitioner’s supernatural abilities and energy mechanisms by means of his or her powerful Gong force.

Another purpose is to develop many living entities in the practitioner’s body. In advanced practice, the Immortal Infant will come into being and many abilities will be developed.

The exercises of Falun Dafa are necessary for the transformation and cultivation of such things.

A comprehensive mind-body cultivation system such as this requires both self-cultivation and physical exercises, with cultivation taking priority over exercises. A person’s Gong simply will not increase if he or she merely does exercises while failing to cultivate Xinxing. The exercises are thus a supplemental means to achieving spiritual perfection.

Falun Dafa practice begins at a high plane right from the outset, thus providing the most expedient, fast, ideal and precious means of practice for those with a predestined connection or who have been practicing for years using other means but failed to develop Gong.

When a practitioner’s Xinxing and the strength of his Gong reach a certain height, he or she can attain an imperishable, adamantine body while still in the secular world.

A person can also achieve the “unlocking of Gong,” enlightenment, and ascension of the whole person to higher planes. Those with great determination should study this upright teaching, strive to achieve their ultimate rank, elevate their Xinxing, and forsake their attachments.

Only then is spiritual perfection possible.

(Excerpt taken from https://en.falundafa. org/introduction.html) Nick Janicki has been a practitioner of Falun Dafa for 18 years.

The concept of “Xinxing” encompasses the transformation of virtue (a white form of matter) and karma (a black form of matter).

Faith Matters

Nick Janicki Guest columnist

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