Clarifying the Truth in My Class at An Australian University
(Clearwisdom.net) I am a university student, studying to become a primary school teacher. My major is Chinese and my teacher is a young woman from China who only came to Australia at the beginning of the semester. She doesn't speak English very well, and most of my classmates give her a hard time and laugh at her when she makes mistakes. I always try my best to make her feel welcome. I do my work well and answer questions when no one else will. My teacher is always happy to see me. I usually wear a Falun Dafa badge to class, so I assumed that she knew that I practice Falun Dafa. I didn't say anything more to her because I felt that the best way to clarify the truth was through my actions.
About three weeks ago, one of the students in my class found out that I had been arrested in Tiananmen Square and he began to ask questions. My teacher overheard that I had visited Beijing and she asked if I would go back this year. I suddenly realized that she didn't know that I am a Falun Gong practitioner. I knew how precious this opportunity was to clarify the truth, so I calmed my mind and explained that I couldn't return to China because I practice Falun Gong.
She looked so shocked and I think she wondered if she had misheard me. She said, "Falun Gong? No, not Falun Gong?" I said, "Yes. Falun Gong." I spoke very gently and didn't say very much. I just told her that Falun Gong is very good and that what she had seen on television were lies. I knew that she was confused, so I only said a few simple words from my heart.
I didn't see her again for two weeks, and the end of semester was near. I wanted to offer her a DVD, or a pamphlet or even a Dafa book, so that she could understand the truth.
In the second last week of classes, my lecturer, who is the head of the Chinese department, announced that our end of semester assessment was a one-minute oral presentation. Usually we are only allowed to use the words from our vocabulary list, but for this presentation we could use any words that we wanted to. I assumed that he would be assessing me and I knew straight away that this was an opportunity to clarify the truth in a very deep way.
A fellow practitioner helped me with my speech at the very last minute, because I had been too busy to do it until then. I had some fear that I would not be able to remember the words, but I realized that this was not a righteous thought because what I was doing was righteous and benevolent. The only reason for why I am at the university is to clarify the truth and spread Dafa. My presentation was at 2.10 p.m. (12:10 Beijing time) so I was able to send forth righteous thoughts with Dafa disciples around the world beforehand. I focused on eliminating all selfish elements in my mind and sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate any evil elements that might try to interfere with me. At 2.10 p.m. my name was called and I went into the classroom. Straight away I understood why I had to make this speech. The lady from China was sitting at the desk. She smiled, but she seemed a little surprised to see me. I sat down in front of her and began my presentation.
I said in Chinese: "Hello Teacher. My name is Kate. I am a university student. I am also a Falun Dafa practitioner. I like to read Zhuan Falun very much. Falun Dafa teaches truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. In China there are 100 million Falun Dafa practitioners. In 1999, the Chinese government banned Falun Gong and began to persecute and kill Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Dafa teaches people to be good and to have a healthy body. It is not involved in politics. Falun Dafa Hao. Falun Dafa is the righteous law. Thank you Teacher for giving me this opportunity to tell you the facts."
I felt very still and my mind was calm. I smiled and looked right into her eyes the whole time. I spoke so gently that the words felt like feathers, especially when I said that Falun Dafa teaches Zhen-Shan-Ren (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance). After I had finished, my teacher asked me how long I had practiced Falun Dafa. I replied, "Two years". She asked me who my teacher was, and I answered, "Li Hongzhi." She asked me how many practitioners there are in Melbourne, and I answered, "Probably 100." When she asked me if they were Chinese or Australian, I replied, "Both."
I expected the standard questions and answers from our vocabulary list to begin, but my teacher just smiled at me. She said, "Very good. You are finished."
That night I watched Lecture 7 and I realized a most beautiful thing. I am beginning to understand Master in his own language. As I listen, my soul is filled with joy. Not long ago, I was worried that because I had chosen to study full time at university, I did not have enough time to contribute to Fa-rectification. Now I realize that Master has arranged this most precious opportunity for me to clarify the truth in a deeper more refined way. I validate Dafa just by being a practitioner in society and the opportunities to spread Dafa are all around me. One of my lecturers is so enthusiastic to learn the exercises that he has arranged a classroom for next semester. Sentient beings have been waiting for so long for this great Fa. My heart is awakening and I am beginning to catch a glimpse of the majesty of Dafa.
I am truly fortunate to be a Dafa Disciple.
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