Cultivating in an Environment Created by Group Fa-Study
(Clearwisdom.net) Most practitioners in China have lost the environment for group Fa-study and group exercises since the persecution started on July 20, 1999. Among the fellow practitioners from our original practice site, some had firm belief in Teacher and the Fa and made it through; and others were confused by the sudden persecution and became relaxed about cultivation, or even gave up the practice due to fear. Some practitioners were very sad to see that and had concerns about fellow practitioners. After repeated discussion and sharing, we finally broke away from our own attachments and re-established group Fa-study in 2004.
At the beginning, there were only three to five people. But we all had the same feeling: The desire to have this group Fa-study environment. Whether it was severe winter cold or intense summer heat, we continued the group Fa-study and raised our levels. Slowly we realized that it is not enough just to raise our own levels. We needed to ask those practitioners who were cultivating at home to come out. We wanted to bring back those practitioners who had given up. Thus, some practitioners took great pains to talk to these people and gave them new articles and lectures by Teacher, even in the face of scolding from their families and misunderstandings from fellow practitioners. As a result, more and more people joined group Fa-study. We now have several multiples of the original number of practitioners in our group study.
We often share our understandings and cherish this environment. We refuse to acknowledge the old force arrangements; we won't leave any loophole for evil to take advantage of. Whenever there is a problem, we immediately study the Fa relevant to the issue. For a period of time, we seemed always to have conflicts because we did not have a clear understanding of the Fa. We deeply discussed issues from several perspectives. We observed that we had always pushed the problems to others and looked for shortcomings in others. Later, we repeatedly studied "Teaching the Fa at the Fa Conference at U.S. Capital" (2006) and watched the video "Fa-Teaching Given to the Australian Practitioners." We all had a better understanding of the Fa. We started to look within ourselves when we had conflicts. And the environment became harmonious again. Everyone is able to put effort into doing the three things. Even those practitioners who are illiterate started clarifying the truth and advising people to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. They were saving the world's people while at the same time cultivating themselves.
Everyone continued to get rid of human attachments while doing the three things. When people did not understand what we do, sometimes they spoke unkind words; their facial expressions and attitudes can make one feel very uncomfortable. We all felt the difficulty of saving people. Recently, we studied "Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference" and we all felt that our xinxing improved as a result. We all remember Teacher's words, "But don't let those cases affect your clarifying the facts or how you go about it, and don't let it alter your correct way of doing things." We are all doing our best at doing what we ought to do. That is all due to the cultivation environment created by our group Fa-study.
However, there are still some local practitioners who have not come out. Some are interfered with by illness. These people really do not wish to be apart from Dafa, but most of them have a strong attachment to fear, some are waiting for "conditions to improve" before coming out. We are so worried about them. It was not easy to obtain the righteous Fa. Did we not come here to help Teacher rectify the Fa and fulfill our historical missions at the last moment in history? If the evil is dissolved, what use do we have? Therefore, we truly wish those who are still waiting, watching, and hoping to step out now and come into this group Fa-study environment. When you truly come into this environment, you will be able to quickly get rid of your attachments; you will be able to improve quickly; you won't miss this opportunity that does not come again in millions of years; and you won't regret for the rest of your life.