Clarifying the Truth in Hong Kong
(Clearwisdom.net) In the past, I traveled to Hong Kong frequently, but it was seldom due to my work. A short time ago, I heard that Hong Kong was running short of help from fellow practitioners in Taiwan for two reasons. One was because the Hong Kong government had been repatriating practitioners who constantly stayed in Hong Kong, and the other was that it was difficult for Taiwan practitioners to acquire a visa. Because Hong Kong practitioners severely lacked manpower, I considered going there. And later, after reading some experience-sharing articles, which stated that the current situation in Hong Kong offers opportunities for those who seldom do truth clarification there, I made up my mind to go.
Later however, I started to wonder whether Hong Kong practitioners should instead encourage local fellow practitioners to actively clarify the truth and not rely on Taiwan practitioners. I also thought that Hong Kong practitioners weren't doing enough truth clarification in their own areas. Consequently, I began having second thoughts about going to Hong Kong.
One day when I was studying the Fa, I came across what Teacher said,
"As your Master, I have never kept account of the wrong things you have done in your cultivation; I remember only the good things you have done and your accomplishments." ("Pass the Deadly Test")
I was ashamed of my previous thoughts. Even though fellow practitioners aren't perfect in some respects, why should I let that sway my righteous thoughts? Shouldn't I do my best to make the situation better instead of pointing fingers at others? Furthermore, practitioners' understandings of the Fa are based on their own levels, so how could I force my understanding onto those fellow practitioners? I realized that my negative thinking about fellow practitioners wasn't righteous.
The current situation in Hong Kong is obviously one that is short handed of practitioners. How could I treat myself as an outsider, comment on others' work, tell someone to do this or that, but not take part in truth-clarification activities myself? I knew I should go to Hong Kong, so I talked to a fellow practitioner in charge of media projects, who agreed with me. A few days later I arrived in Hong Kong.
While in Hong Kong, I had a chance to clarify the truth in front of a big jewelry building, where a considerable number of Chinese shopped every day. On the second day after my arrival in Hong Kong, the huge earthquake struck in Sichuan Province. With The Epoch Times in hand, I spoke to the people loudly, "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) doesn't value Chinese people's lives! The CCP knew of the quake beforehand but didn't inform people. This is the cause of these many deaths!" Many people from China were shocked, but a small number didn't believe what was printed in the newspaper, claiming we were exaggerating the facts.
At one tourist site there were plenty of banners and billboards, which presented information on the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre, organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners, and the CCP staged self-immolation which was used to frame Falun Gong. All of this information caught the attention of many mainland Chinese people. For those who didn't believe our media reports, after I explained the facts by using the pictures on the posters, they became receptive to the truth. Almost every one of them eventually read our newspaper. Due to the fact that we didn't print enough copies of the newspaper, I asked them not to throw it away after reading it, but to return it to us. In doing so, each copy of the newspaper was able to serve more readers. At the same time, we were able to successfully persuade quite a few people to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
During my truth clarification in Hong Kong, I found myself becoming more capable of clarifying the truth from the standpoint of the listeners. When they had more time, I chatted with them using such questions as, "Which province did you come from?" "Is this your first time in Hong Kong?" and "What do you think of Hong Kong?" By doing so, I made the conversation easygoing. When the people became relaxed and were willing to talk with me, clarifying the truth to them was easy, and finally they usually readily agreed to do the "three withdrawals."
One more very important thing is that no matter how something turns out, we shouldn't let our minds be swayed even if the listener's attitude is very bad. Always remember to treat him or her with a constant smile and a compassionate heart. The person may finally accept the truth.
May 30, 2008