TOKYO, Japan—Divine Performing Arts (DPA) 2009 World Tour, bringing humanity’s true, rightful cultural heritage, staged its first two shows in Japan on Feb. 11 at the Hitomi Memorial Auditorium of the Tokyo Showa Woman’s University, a theater where the Japanese imperial family often watches public shows.
The profundity of ancient Chinese culture conveyed by DPA—worship of Heaven, belief in gods, emphasis on virtues and deeds of compassion—led the audience to contemplate the relationships between heavenly and secular beings.
After watching the DPA show, Mr. Chai said that he finally found an answer to his ever-present questions. In Japan many temples are inherited property from generation to generation. Mr. Chai turned out to be one of these heirs. Although he was born into a Buddhist family, paradoxically, his religious origin actually kept him from understanding Buddhism. To clear up his doubts, he read some Buddhist books, but was unable to grasp their content, and failed to get the truth he was looking for. He explained his problem saying, “Now Buddhism in Japan has fallen into formalities where only rituals are practiced.”
After watching the DPA show, he was enlightened. He said, “Some programs of the show offered answers to the problems that have troubled me. I realized that not only heavenly beings belong to the heavens, but also that we humans, secular beings bear relations to the heavens; gods descend from the heavens to the secular world, born as humans.”
Pausing to think, he then said, “Oh, in that case, even if a life comes to an end, this being still has an existence of life in a faraway place. Through watching the show, I have come to this understanding. The man who practiced Falun Gong was persecuted to death. While watching the dance Heaven Awaits Us Despite Persecution, I kept on shedding tears. A good person like him ascends to Heaven after death. I realize what real religious belief is. To me, this has been a revelation.”
Of all the programs, Mulan Joins the Battle and The Monkey King Triumphs are his favorites, “Because these are from the heritage of Chinese traditions and are very good.”
The Monkey King Triumphs storyline reflects the melding of the magical, moral, and mundane. Mulan Joins the Battle is how a daughter exemplifies two Confucian ideals: devotion to parents and to country.
Mr. Chai also is a human rights activist who has kept track of cases of persecuted human rights defenders in China, and has helped them to expose China’s human rights violations. He said that his future human rights defense activities would include writing some articles to expose the persecution of Falun Gong. The articles will be posted on the Internet in hopes of helping Falun Gong practitioners who are still being persecuted by Chinese Communist Party.
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