By Jennifer Zeng
"A glimpse not only of the real face of the chinese language executive yet of the chance holiness poses to the robust. . . . an invaluable counterbalance to the reckless enthusiasm of our leaders and media for the chinese language miracle. . . . will be necessary reading."-Sydney Morning Herald
Zheng (Jennifer) Zeng used to be a graduate in technology from Beijing college. She used to be a spouse, a mom, and a Communist celebration member. yet simply because she a religious perform referred to as Falun Gong, her lifestyles in China used to be shattered. Adhering to the practice's uncomplicated tenets of fact, Compassion, and Forbearance, she was once surprised that the social gathering might institute a crack down, arrest her and insist that she recant. After two times being held at a penitentiary and refusing, she was once sentenced with out trial to reeducation via pressured hard work. Her "enlightenment"-in half undertaken via fellow prisoners incarcerated for prostitution, pornography and drug addiction-took the shape of beatings, torture with electrical prods, hunger, sleep deprivation, and compelled exertions. She was once pressured to knit for days at a time, her fingers bleeding, to supply items reduced in size on the market within the US marketplace. Many Falun Gong practitioners died less than the tough stipulations. Zheng Zeng was once lucky.
Thousands of others stay disadvantaged by way of an oppressive chinese language executive in their freedom of speech and meeting and the liberty to think as they decide upon. this is often the testomony to her ordeal and theirs.
Jennifer Zeng was once born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1966. She now lives in Australia.
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The identify sounded vaguely ordinary; i'll have noticeable books within the bookstalls or humans may also have advised it to me, however it hadn’t rather registered. So while my sister stated she might ship me a few Falun Gong books I didn’t say no. I had as soon as been very a fan of qigong and used to be truly nonetheless training one shape for the sake of my overall healthiness. I opened the package deal and located 4 books: Zhuan Falun; Zhuan Falun:Volume II; necessities for additional development; and Explaining the content material of Falun Dafa3. My sister urged I begin with Zhuan Falun; I took her recommendation. i used to be a type of humans defined in Zhuan Falun who had learnt many sorts of qigong, who had a stack of certificate to turn out it, and who felt they knew all there has been to grasp approximately it. i presumed I’d take a look at the ebook besides. i began studying the 1st few pages: the writer, Li Hongzhi, started to describe the origins of human lifestyles and that i used to be instantly captivated. Over the following weeks I learn all 4 books via two times, muttering to myself the entire whereas, ‘Good heavens! So that’s it! ’ It’s no exaggeration to claim that those 4 books shook me greater than the entire different books I had ever learn prepare. I felt like a blind individual unexpectedly given the reward of sight, as though a paper window have been pierced and the never-ending landscape of nature’s mysteries printed to me. i assumed my head may burst. I had the answer to all these questions I had agonised over for thus a long time, and all these issues I had by no means understood have been unexpectedly transparent to me. Zhuan Falun defined very in actual fact, for instance, the mystical and qigong mechanisms that had puzzled my professors at Beida and i had felt have been so inexplicable—the 3rd eye, distant imaginative and prescient, telekinesis, psychological telepathy and the therapeutic energy of qigong. It additionally clarified the connection among topic and realization, a subject matter that philosophers and scientists had lengthy wrestled with. one other factor I had by no means been capable of determine used to be how Shakyamuni attained very best realizing after sitting underneath the bodhi tree for forty nine days: if I sat for forty nine days, may perhaps I reach ideal figuring out, too? simply what was once ideally suited realizing? used to be it anything that simply Shakyamuni had, or used to be it whatever that we usual mortals may perhaps reach if we used yes tools? What did Daoists suggest once they pointed out how ‘the wide awake soul dies, the real soul is born’? Have we had past incarnations and is there an afterlife? do we vanquish disorder, senility, lack of knowledge and dying? Is there a common final fact? what's the final fact? and so forth etc. I had stumbled on the answer to some of these questions. I additionally came upon that i used to be watching upon the total of humanity and human background with new eyes, as though from a good height—the heritage of human civilisation, of faith, of social structures. Take faith, for example. Like such a lot of those who had grown up lower than Marxist dialectical materialism, i thought that gods have been synthetic constructs, that individuals who knew little approximately technology had imagined those idols into life for the aim of supplying religious sustenance.