Zhang Hongbao in Blast Furnace

A Documentary on How the Outstanding Spiritual Leader

Transformed to a Political Leader

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Jing Ru

In January 2000, Master Zhang Hongbao was forced to leave for the United States for political asylum due to the cruel persecution on Zhong Gong by the Chinese Communist government. However, he was jailed in the Guam prison for 444 days because of the intervention from the Chinese Communists. At that time, I was in charge of a base area office abroad. Master Zhang frequently called me to make job assignments. I was deeply impressed that Mr. Zhang Hongbao was indeed a Master of our generation.

At first, I did not know that Master Zhang was imprisoned, because I could not tell the call was made from the prison. I only heard the noise and foreign language in the background. Each Time, Master Zhang would stress that my report should be short and concise. He often mentioned that he had only “10 minutes.” I could not figure out why he had TEN minutes only!

I did not find out the answer till one day when Master Zhang told me his real situation. I was stunned. Never before did I think about his imprisonment in Guam. Never before did I realize that Master Zhang called me from the jail. What’s worse, he would have been standing in line for two hours before he would make the 10-minute call. After the 10- minute call was over, he would have to line up for another 10-minute turn. By hearing this news, I could not help crying. However, Master Zhang comforted me in the phone by saying that it was a temporary suffering at the bad time. He encouraged me to cheer up and “day break is coming.” (i.e., “We will win the victory eventually).

By this moment, it suddenly dawned on me that the noise and foreign language I heard on the phone were the reprimand from the prison offers and urging words from in-line prisoners behind him. Under such a worse environment, Master Zhang, using the only communication channel in the prison ― telephone, indomitably endured humiliation to conduct the rescuing other Zhong Gong followers. He firmly struggled for the future development of Zhong Gong.

Master Zhang often planned and oral accounted articles to expose the intervention and persecution by the Chinese Communist government. He uncovered the true facts on how the Chinese Communists tried to stop him from seeking political asylum in the United States. His staff members took notes over the phone. I helped to make notes also, from which I could tell Master Zhang was quick-minded, could make accurate judgment with correct word choice, and had very good memory. Within the short 10 minutes, Mater Zhang would oral account his idea and plan. Very often, he could not finish it in 10 minutes, so he would continue in the next 10-minute turn. Sometimes, it would be done the next day. After the notes were made, Master Zhang would ask us to read back to him the notes. He would make necessary corrections, and we made the notes. Master Zhang’s memory was so good that he would remember almost every word he said. He could discover the error or a missing word right away. It would take many “10-minute” phone calls to complete an article from the draft to the final.

Master Zhang was a knowledgeable person. But he could not get newspaper or journals in the prison, nor could he watch TV or listen to radio. In order to obtain important news, he inquired his staff members to collect related information and read it to him on the “10 minute” phone call. Whenever I was reading the news to him on the phone, Master Zhang would listen attentively. He would stop me for repeat when he could not hear a word clearly. Sometimes, when the people in line after him urged him, Master Zhang would politely asked to stop and pleaded them to give him a little more time. After I finished, he would be silent for a while, then he asked, “That’s all?” “Anything else?” From these simple words, I realized that Master Zhang had a great demand and concern for latest information so as to keep up with rapid development of modern times.

When he was put behind the bar, Master Zhang had a hard time and was humiliated physically and psychologically. However, Master Zhang still used this 10-minute phone call to ask about every one’s routine life and health. Once, when he heard about the news that some of the practitioners in the area under my supervision caught a flu, Master Zhang taught them on the 10-minute phone call how to treat the flu. He encouraged everybody to practice more. When he knew that a senior staff member had problem with his neck spine, Master Zhang called in person to teach the staff the Gong Fa to deal with the spine problem. Every month, Master Zhang would spend these10 minutes to call us to pay the staff members on time when the payday was approaching. On each holiday, Master Zhang would make the 10-minute call to send everyone holiday greetings. He also reminded us to cook good food for staff members and urged us to practice more diligently. In addition, Master Zhang would spend the 10 minutes to point out our shortcomings in our work and help us to do a better job with better management. Moreover, Master Zhang also used this 10-minute phone call to arrange curriculum for his students to learn new knowledge and skills so as to improve the students’ quality and prepare for the development in the future.

Master Zhang, by making the precious “10-minute” phone call in the worst correspondence environment in jail, had conducted the most efficient conduction and management of Zhong Gong’s operation. It fully reflected Master Zhang’s outstanding characteristics and super talent. “10 minutes” were short but it will always be fresh in my memory.

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