I am a middle-level official. I have been practicing Falun Gong for more than one year. I intended to write about my experience of encountering Dafa a long time ago, but after numerous attempts to write it down, I always felt what I had written was so trivial. I felt I could not express my gratitude and my true feelings toward Falun Gong and Teacher for saving me. However, I still felt it pressing to write my experiences down in order to validate the Fa. Breaking through this mental resistance, I will now tell my story, hoping to exchange experiences with new practitioners and anticipating that veteran practitioners will point out anything improper.

My experience of encountering Falun Dafa was unique. The story began with my intention to go to the home of a bureau chief in a government department to show my appreciation to him after my son successfully received a position in the department. In China it is customary to give gifts to officials in charge, and it is widely believed that gifts pave the way to success. In advance, I made a card listing some precious gifts and found the bureau chief's home address. Then, one day, I went to his home with the gift card. We chatted for a little while after I arrived. My mind was greatly relieved by his warm and honest personality. I said to myself, "It looks like I will solve this problem with the gifts. I did not come here in vain."

I placed the gift card on his table and talked briefly with him about my son and the reason for my visit. Glancing at the the gift card, he said to me straightforwardly, "I am a Falun Gong practitioner who believes in the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. I do everything according to these principles. I do understand the mind of a father, but I cannot accept your gift. I will further explain it to you so that you can rest assured that everything will be fine. I deal with many things like this each day, and I always conduct myself like this. Please do not worry. If I made decisions based on gifts and money, I would be indulging in corruption and violating my own conscience. Please rest assured, I will deal with your matter fairly."

His kindness and honesty was a brand new experience for me, and I respected him from the bottom of my heart.

He then continued, "Do you know that Falun Dafa has spread to more than 80 countries and regions, and that Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, has received more than 2,000 awards around the world? Falun Dafa cultivators come from all social levels, including the average public, intellectual circles, and government officials--even from the presidential level. However, the CCP (Chinese Communist Party), risking everyone's condemnation, persecutes Falun Dafa out of its evil nature of falseness, violence, and struggle. To date, the invincible great wave of quitting the CCP is moving forward rapidly, ringing the death-knell for the CCP. It is pressing for everyone to quit the CCP. Regardless of the reason you are here today, you should take this precious chance to quit. I will give you some VCDs of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and some Falun Dafa materials. You will learn everything once you read and see them. "

Instead of giving him gifts, I was the one who received such a precious gift so unexpectedly. All of a sudden, I felt my mind was clear as if the dust that has covered my heart for a long time was gone. It was like a miracle.

After I came home I carefully read through the materials he had given me and started to seriously consider the problems that had long haunted me. Why is Falun Gong pressured by the CCP while it has spread to more than 80 countries? Why does the CCP hate Falun Gong so extremely? Why is Falun Gong attracting more and more practitioners? Why do the awakened people become so brave and quit the CCP? Why does Falun Gong have so many practitioners from intellectual circles, including engineers, scholars, professors, doctors, and masters? Are they irrational, stupid, or ignorant? What on earth are we waiting for in our short term of life? Why do Falun Gong practitioners remain so steadfast when they suffer from the ruthless persecution? Why are they so immovable after going through so many tribulations? Why do they never stop clarifying the truth about Falun Gong to people even after they pay such a high price?

In contemplation and eagerness I logged onto the Minghui/Clearwisdom website using a software that helps break through the Internet monitoring in China. Appearing in front of my eyes was the bright, new world that I had been longing for. The compassionate Falun Gong Teacher is looking upon us all the time. In the maze, I found my soul and my real expectations. Seeing through the delusion, I started to understand that the true meaning of my life was to meet with Dafa today. In tears of great devotion, I downloaded all of Teacher's articles and books.

Now, after being lost for so long, I have found my way home and my true self. I became one of the lucky ones to devote myself to this cultivation of Falun Dafa; it is unprecedented since the creation of the cosmos. I will cherish the opportunity, cultivate diligently in Dafa, and return to my home with Teacher.

I will tell my story of meeting with Dafa to more people when I clarify the truth of Dafa.