Understandings Shared at a Recent Small Experience Sharing Conference in Changchun
(Clearwisdom.Net) Recently Falun Dafa practitioners from the Changchun area held an experience sharing conference. The experiences and understandings are summarized as follows:
1. Look at things with righteous thoughts
The single thought of a Dafa practitioner can bring earth-shaking changes, depending on the starting point from which we look at a problem. If each of our thoughts stands on the point of Fa-rectification and meets the requirements of the Fa in different levels, it is really like what Teacher said,
"Having gone through so many changes so that the grand wish is fulfilled, the years and months pass by in a single thought"(Hong Yin II, provisional translation).
As an example, a practitioner told a story of "saving sentient beings with one thought." One time a female practitioner was studying the Fa at home, when she saw an elderly woman outside. She had one thought, to let her come in and to tell her the truth about Falun Dafa. As anticipated, the elderly woman came in and said, "I have heart disease. Could I come in to take a rest?" The practitioner warmly gave her a chair to sit in, and then "clarified the truth" to her. The elderly woman thanked the practitioner and stated that she and her husband would recite, "Falun Dafa is good."
2. Unite as a whole body and advance together
Although the Fa-rectification is proceeding rapidly and the environment is becoming better and better, some Dafa materials production sites around the country were destroyed and some coordinators were arrested. During the experience sharing, we summarized several points on this situation:
Problem 1: Every practitioner had his/her own point of view and thought that his/her own method was the best one, so that he/she validated oneself instead of validating Dafa, and didn't harmonize and reinforce each other.
With regards on how to harmonize with each other, I gave an example:
Recently the resident director was planning to force Dafa practitioners to write the five statements (similar to the three statements). Hearing this news, practitioners got together and shared their understandings. Rather than sticking to our own viewpoints, we communicated what we had enlightened to regarding to this situation. Finally all practitioners were an agreement, and we decided that, like Teacher said,
"Every person you come into contact with in society is someone to clarify the truth to" (To All Students at the Nordic Fa Conference).
Since she was coming, we should clarify the truth and save her. If we clarified the truth very well, she wouldn't come anymore.
When the director went to a practitioner's home, the practitioner talked about her changes since practicing Falun Gong, how she followed the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance" to be a good person, and her experience of being arrested and beaten. Finally the practitioner talked about the persecution of Dafa practitioners around the country. For example, female Dafa practitioners were stripped of their clothes and put into the male cells; a 40-year-old male practitioner (whom the director knew) was beaten to death; another 26-year-old college student, who was employed in Guangzhou with an annual salary of 50,000 yuan was arrested and beaten with three of his ribs broken and all his toenails pulled out.
The practitioner broke into tears as she spoke. The director was also moved by the practitioner's compassion, and she stood up with tears in her eyes and went away without saying a word. Afterwards the director said, "We have gotten together and discussed. We have concluded that Falun Gong practitioners are good persons. From family life to educating children, getting along with people and taking care of elders, they are completely different from the descriptions given on TV."
Problem 2: The coordinators did not properly position the relationship between studying the Fa, sending forth righteous thoughts and making Dafa materials.
Through sharing experience with the coordinators, we found that the coordinators tended to place materials production as first priority, instead of studying the Fa and sending forth righteous thoughts. They usually had an excuse, saying that they had no time to study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts. For example, the new students needed to be looked after in doing the exercises and some other things needed to be dealt with, etc.
In this final stage, the coordinators should pay more attention to security issues, and they should look at this issues from the perspective of Dafa and be responsible to oneself and to the Fa. Poor actions are due to an unclear understanding of the Fa principles and by not having a strong sense of "one body," which is not being responsible to fellow practitioners, nor does it meet the standards of the righteous Fa. They should genuinely improve according to the Fa. Wherever Dafa practitioners are, all the myriad things are renewed and all the evils are eliminated.
"Even now some people still can't concentrate when it comes to reading the books. Those of you who do work for Dafa, especially, shouldn't use any pretexts to conceal your not reading the books or studying the Fa. Even if you do work for me, your Master, you still need to study the Fa every day with a calm mind and cultivate yourself solidly. When your mind wanders all over the place as you read, the countless Buddhas, Daos, and Gods in the book see your laughable and pitiable mind, and see the karma in your thoughts controlling you, which is detestable. And yet you cling to delusion and fail to wake up. Some volunteers go long periods of time without reading or studying the Fa. How could they do Dafa work well? You have unwittingly incurred many losses that are hard to recover. Past lessons should have made you more mature. The only way to prevent the old, evil forces from taking advantage of the gaps in your mind is to make good use of your time to study the Fa." ("Towards Consummation" Essentials for Further Advancement)
3. Keep righteous thoughts and righteous actions until the Fa rectifies the human world.
During the Fa-rectification, all practitioners should work together to rescue fellow practitioners, to provide practitioners outside China more and accurate information, to awaken righteous people, to clarify the truth to save sentient beings, and to eliminate the Communist evil specter.
All of these are important and need practitioners to do them together. Practitioners should coordinate with each other on our own initiative, look inward when encountering problems, and do well on the various projects with the boundless power of the Fa and wisdom that Teacher gives us.
In addition, Dafa practitioners should completely eliminate in our minds all the thoughts and habits developed by the evildoing Party's culture, send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all memories related to the Communist evil specter, and destroy in our environments all related articles (quotes, documents, badges etc).
Whatever challenges we encounter are what we should work on. Let's completely remove all obstacles in the Fa-rectification, and greet the day when the Fa rectifies the human world.
February 15, 2005