Advancing in the Cultivation of Falun Dafa
1. Fortunate to Obtain Falun Dafa and Return to My True Self
In 1996, I was fortunate to take up the cultivation practice of Falun Dafa
and soon all my illnesses disappeared. No words could convey my happiness.
Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance purified me and changed my life. I keep Teacher's words in my mind, and search within according to Teacher's words:
"Let each and every thing
be measured against the Fa.
Only then, with that,
is it actually cultivation."
(Hong Yin "Solid Cultivation")
I regarded my family, my workplace, and society as my practice environment. I treasured this opportunity and harmonized with them. Through my words and conduct I tried to convey Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to everyone I came into contact with. I think that this allowed me to validate Dafa and cultivate myself.
I spent almost all my weekends, except for mandatory overtime, on validating Dafa. I set up practice sites, listened to the Fa, watched the Fa lectures, taught the exercises, and distributed informational materials. I visited many villages. I wanted everyone to know the truth and greatness of Dafa. Holding the introduction of Falun Dafa in my hands, I explained the true situation to my leaders, coworkers, friends, relatives, and passersby. Regardless of the weather--cold or hot, day or night, wind or rain--I never felt tired or worried about any hardship when validating Dafa. I never stopped. Happiness has always been my companion.
Seeing how I changed and the miracles I experienced, many coworkers and friends began to practice Falun Dafa. Some leaders even provided us with places to practice and for group study. Cultivation during that time laid a good foundation for the people around me--they acknowledge Dafa positively.
When I was illegally arrested, I told the police how widespread Dafa was and how it teaches practitioners to be good people of high morals by following the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They did not believe me at first and said they would investigate the matter. They truly checked into it twice and told me, "Your leaders and coworkers all said you were nice and kind. None of them lashed out at you when you were down." What they said was indeed true. All those who had listened to the truth of Falun Dafa reacted well during this investigation.
Once their true natures know the greatness of Dafa, people will not commit crimes against it. The police couldn't understand it. Later I encouraged them to renounce their Chinese Communist Party (CCP) affiliations. What's more, at least seven police officers began to read Zhuan Falun. Dafa has not only returned me to my true nature but also brought happiness to those who have listened. This laid a good foundation for these people to understand Dafa positively.
2. Assisting Teacher in This World
In 2001, I was arrested and detained in a forced labor camp for three years. After I returned home, I again read Zhuan Falun and all of Teacher's recent lectures and articles. The lectures helped me understand who I am, where I came from, and where I will go. I also understood that my future happiness is to be incredibly great and the responsibilities I am supposed to take on are huge and extraordinary. The moment I enlightened to these Fa truths, my entire body shuddered. An unprecedented sense of duty and responsibility suddenly struck me. I declared, "I'll firmly follow Teacher to validate the Fa and assist Teacher to verify the Fa in this human world."
3. Helping Practitioners That Lag Behind to Form One Body
At the onset of 2004, the fifth year of the persecution, I found that many practitioners had not publicly declared their "solemn declaration." They hadn't declared publicly that whatever he or she had done or said under duress or due to deception that was against Falun Dafa was null and void. Some of them knew nothing about making solemn declarations and others did not dare to publish this statement. I told them the importance of the solemn declaration and shared with them my own cultivation experience and understanding of the Fa. I made a special point to speak with the practitioners who hadn't read Teacher's articles written after July 20, 1999 (when the persecution began). Gradually they realized the significance of the solemn declaration and finally all of them wrote solemn declarations and sent them to the Clearwisdom website. In the process of writing the solemn declarations, we broke through the barriers among practitioners, upgraded ourselves, and formed a unified body to study the Fa and share our experiences together.
Another problem we ran into was that we did not have access to Teacher's new lectures and the "Minghui Weekly". Many practitioners had not read Teacher's recent lectures and articles. Whenever one of Teacher's articles was received, it was circulated among many practitioners. The Minghui Weekly was not available to many. When by chance we received one, no one dared to read it. The accounts of persecution frightened them. We had no resource for the materials that clarified the facts of Falun Dafa and the persecution.
These problems had to be resolved. First of all, we had to have the Minghui Weekly because it was essential for practitioners to share and upgrade their xinxing. It was also a guide that Teacher offered us to catch up with the progress of Fa-rectification. Therefore, we had to have this publication and let each and every practitioner read it. I went to another city and brought back many copies of the Minghui Weekly. Every practitioner changed and improved with time. By meeting with each other, we could share some experiences. And at times we could also share the understandings we had attained when reading the Minghui Weekly. Finally we could look within and find where we fell short. The Minghui Weekly broadened our minds and eased our cultivation path, enriched our ability to validate the Fa, and enabled us to form one body.
Many practitioners shared something they experienced in common from reading the Weekly. The initial attachment of fear at reading the "persecution" articles was eliminated rapidly by the righteous thoughts and conduct encountered in reading "Practitioners Exchange Insights and Experiences." The more one reads experience-sharing articles, the fewer one's human attachments and the stronger one's righteous thoughts. The Minghui Weekly is so helpful that practitioners realized that reading it is absolutely part of cultivation.
At that time, however, we didn't have a reliable source for the Minghui Weekly or for other informational materials. We searched around and longed to solve the problem as soon as possible. Soon our wish came true. We found a person among us who could help. We coordinated and helped each other in terms of human resources, equipment, and funds. Soon we had all the materials we needed. Many practitioners could read Teacher's lectures and articles at the same time. Different kinds of truth clarification materials, such as the Nine Commentaries, "Minghui Weekly," various brochures, and discs could reach practitioners in a timely manner. We had enough materials for our truth-clarification efforts.
During the past five years, our materials production site has been compromised twice to varying degrees. However, it has always operated smoothly, regardless of the wicked environment and constant adjustments to new situations. As the Fa-rectification advances, our materials sites have become family-based and are more stable. I am determined to look within when I stumble and experience setbacks. I have realized how important it is to be part of the entire body and harmonize with other practitioners. I have learned to be tolerant.
4. Following Teacher Closely -- Doing the Three Things Well
I exposed the persecution through my personal experiences after I was released from the forced labor camp. I told everyone I met about the tortures I suffered. I told people about the evil nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and about the crimes its minions committed in the forced labor camp. I spoke of the deceptive propaganda concerning the "April 25" appeal and the staged self-immolation on Tiananmen Square. I went out of town to tell people the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution after I clarified the facts to the local residents. I told all of my family members and friends the truth about the persecution. I took truth-clarification materials everywhere I went. At the same time I sent articles exposing the persecution to the Clearwisdom website.
After the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were published and people started to denounce the CCP, I immediately took up this new round of truth clarification. I wanted people to read the Nine Commentaries and quit the CCP as soon as possible, and to remove the CCP culture, atheism and all the lies from their thoughts. I wanted to stimulate their righteous thoughts and help them choose a bright future. After several years, almost all my relatives have quit the CCP and believe that Falun Dafa is good. Now I'm helping my relatives' relatives denounce the CCP. Many of my classmates, old friends, old neighbors, and the people from the town I live in have also denounced the CCP. During the past five years, many people have witnessed Dafa practitioners' sincerity and honesty and have come to understand the greatness of Falun Dafa and the evil committed by the CCP. They finally quit the CCP.
We practitioners have been following the progress of Dafa and every step that Teacher arranged for us. We distribute fliers, discs, Minghui Weekly, and other truth-clarification materials. We have talked about the organ harvesting in Sujiatun; the Divine Performing Arts shows; the farce orchestrated by the CCP in Flushing, New York; the interference of the NTDTV broadcasts; the disaster of the Wenchuan earthquake; the disaster that the Olympic Games brought to the Chinese people; and the inside stories of the toxic Sanlu milk powder. We have not been interfered with. We have not experienced any harassment, visits by CCP officials, or CCP investigations. Our materials production site has not stopped making truth-clarification materials and we have continued to tell the truth of Falun Dafa to everyone.
Thank you, Teacher, for your encouragement! Thank you, Teacher, for your benevolent reminders! Thank you, Teacher. for your compassionate protection! Also thanks to the Clearwisdom editors for providing this opportunity for us to share!