Zhen-Shan-Ren: “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” the three main principles of Falun Dafa

Zhen-Shan-Ren, Zhen-Shan-Ren…
Hear the Truth that sounds like “Zhen,”
Rhythm that can vanquish lies,
Self-deceptions vaporize:

Zhen-Shan-Ren, Zhen-Shan-Ren…
Hear Compassion for all men
That can make our hearts ascend,
Make the Good a splendid trend:

Zhen-Shan-Ren, Zhen-Shan-Ren…
Hear Forbearance in the “Ren”
That resounds in discipline,
And resisting fleshly sin:

Zhen-Shan-Ren, Zhen-Shan-Ren…
Hear from every peak and glen,
Every sea and every shore,
Greatest heights to deepest core:

Zhen-Shan-Ren, Zhen-Shan-Ren…
Wisdom from the prophet’s pen
Noble words from gentlemen
Understood by nine in ten:

Zhen-Shan-Ren, Zhen-Shan-Ren…
Hear again! Again! Again!
Heaven’s gate will open up
Drums and Singing then erupt:

Zhen-Shan-Ren, Zhen-Shan-Ren…


updated December 2018.

waiste drum1



Evan Mantyk is an English teacher and poet living in New York.

Featured Image: “Waist Drum” by Xiaoping Chen. Painting description: In many major cities around the world, people who practice Falun Gong participate in parades to celebrate traditional Chinese culture. The artist has drawn celestial beings playing amidst the clouds, echoing the unified beat from below. (en.falunart.org)

Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.