I didn't used to believe in the existence of gods because I had been brainwashed by the atheist education that the Chinese Communist Party forced people to receive as I grew up in Mainland China. I didn’t believe that gods and buddhas really exist at all. I even felt that all people who believed in religions were stupid and ignorant. I believed that modern science was the only genuine and real source of knowledge.
In 1989, I went to McGill University in Montreal, Canada as a visiting scholar. I came across some Chinese student who went to church every weekend. I asked them, “Do you really believe that gods and buddhas exist?” They told me, “If you believe they exist, they do. If you don’t believe they exist, they don’t.” From their answer, I reached the mistaken conclusion that when people believe and feel that gods exist, it is a delusion derived from wishful thinking. But after I began to practice Falun Gong, its boundless and broad principles answered all the questions that I couldn’t answer all my life. The indescribably wonderful and extraordinary personal experiences I have had and the actual benefits that I have received both physically and spiritually are things that no human being is able to obtain through his own efforts.
As examples of the miraculous power of Falun Gong, I’d like to give the experiences of several Falun Gong practitioners I know. The brother of one of my students suffered from an acute case of cyanobacteria poisoning and was on the verge of death. He visited numerous hospitals in China but nobody could help him. Thirty days after he began to practice Falun Gong, he became a completely healthy person. When the Chinese regime first began to persecute Falun Gong, his employer detained him for a week and tried to force him to say that he didn’t get his health back through practicing Falun Gong. He said, “How can I go against my conscience and lie like that?” A friend of mine named Ma Guilin suffered from leukemia. He received chemotherapy and radiotherapy but neither treatment worked. He lost all his hair and became so skinny that it seemed his body had left nothing except skin and bones. The color of his skin became almost completely black. He didn’t dare to look at himself in the mirror. After he began to practice Falun Gong and tried to be a good person according to the principles of Falun Gong, he completely recovered a month later.
Several women from rural areas of China were illiterate because their families were too poor to send them to school when they were young. After they began to practice Falun Gong, they really wanted to read Falun Gong books but couldn’t do it. They really wished they could read the books and suddenly, overnight, they were able to read the thick Zhuan Falun book from beginning to end because of their sincere wish to study the Fa (universal law, the teachings in Falun Gong).
Too many miracles have happened to Falun Gong practitioners. Because Falun Gong explained the meaning of life and the Fa principles of the universe so clearly, many young people who have committed criminal offences and criminals who have been sentenced to life sentences in prison wanted to make up for their past mistakes and be good people after they read the Falun Gong books and listen to the principles of the Fa.
The Buddha Fa has boundless power, and I have truly experienced that gods and buddhas are right in front of us. I made the sculpture in the image of the buddha whom I worship from the bottom of my heart.
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