Experience Sharing Conference Held in Hualian, Taiwan
(Clearwisdom.net) On October 26, 2008, practitioners in Hualian, Taiwan held a one-day experience-sharing conference. Practitioners watched Master's lecture videos, practiced the exercises and shared their cultivation experiences. Below are some excerpts from the experience sharing.
Practitioner A shared his experience of improving his "xinxing" when encountering conflicts with his colleagues. In "Teaching the Fa in Canada, 2006," Master said,
"From my perspective, being your master, I think your improvement is the most important, but that doesn't mean that as you improve a smooth path is in store for you. Say you went up to the heavens with a lot of karma and were hauling along a huge load of baggage (audience laughs), how could that be permitted? I have to set up certain tests for you and have you let go of those attachments of yours, have you get rid of all that baggage."
From this passage of the Fa, this practitioner realized that he couldn't take along the "baggage" in his cultivation. Each time he felt upset due to conflicts with his colleagues, he understood that it was time for him to let go of his attachments and raise his xinxing.
Practitioner A said that when it comes to clarifying the facts to people in China, practitioners in Taiwan seem to have an advantage over practitioners in other parts of the world because Taiwanese practitioners speak the same language and live in the same time zone. Therefore, he persists in making phone calls to China, clarifying the facts every day, and he successfully persuades people to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. He also frequently reminds himself not to slack off in his cultivation, and to cherish the opportunity to cultivate and do well in clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings.
This practitioner expressed that sending forth righteous thoughts is a powerful tool that Master has bestowed on him. He talked about how he sent forth righteous thoughts prior to making phone calls to police officers and other people who persecute practitioners. The moment he hears the phone ring, he begins sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all evil influences that persecutes Dafa practitioners. Through his efforts in clarifying the facts, he sees his own shortcomings and is determined to do better.
Practitioner C shared how he let go of his fear of making phone calls to China to clarify the facts. At first he didn't know what to say on the phone, but he now makes calls during the day, and directly talks to police station chiefs and 610 Office directors. He tells them about the principle that good and evil will receive their due retribution, and asks them to stop persecuting Falun Gong and to release detained practitioners.
This practitioner has been extremely busy with work and couldn't find time to participate in Fa-validation activities. He had hoped to be able to devote more time to cultivation and truth clarification after his retirement. Now that he has retired, his family members keep having health problems, which make him even busier. He has thus realized that he can't arrange his own cultivation environment. All he can do is to maintain righteous thoughts and actions to eliminate interference, and make good use of time to do the three things well.
Practitioner E recently took a new job that is more demanding than his old one. In order to get enough sleep, he was returning home from the morning exercise site and taking a brief nap before he finished all five sets of exercises. Later he realized that his early departure from the exercise site was a manifestation of his attachment to "self," and he was disrupting the other practitioners. He felt that he should be considerate of others, and now he finishes all five sets of exercises before he returns home. It turns out that he now has more energy at work.
Practitioner F emphasized that practitioners must pay attention to their every thought and every action, and make sure to maintain righteous thoughts and actions at all times.
This practitioner said that being a cultivator is truly a blessing. Recently there have been some changes at his company, and everyone is much busier. His non-practitioner colleagues have become anxious and irritated, which resulted in conflicts with clients and co-workers. This problem has resulted in reduced work efficiency. He however, is able to maintain a calm mind and be considerate of others. This practitioner also has a friend who is depressed over problems with his girlfriend. In contrast, G takes sentimentality lightly and is free of emotional issues.
Practitioner G said that practitioners should cherish the environment in Taiwan, one in which practitioners can freely get together to study the Fa and practice the exercises. In China, it is very difficult to conduct group Fa-study or exercises, due to the persecution. For practitioners in other parts of the world, it isn't easy to get together because the local groups are often very small. He hopes that practitioners in Taiwan who seldom go to Fa-study and group exercise sites, will treasure the opportunity to cultivate and participate in more group activities.
Practitioner H discussed how he let go of his curiosity, show-off mentality, zealotry, and attachment to doing things. He also emphasized the importance of maintaining the security of computers and Internet connections that ares used for Dafa work. He suggested that we should not read, visit, or spread any irrelevant documents, emails or websites, in order to reduce the chance of our computers spreading viruses.