Finding My Attachments Related to the Shen Yun Show's Cancellation in Hong Kong
(Clearwisdom.net) When I heard that the Hong Kong government officials caved in to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) pressure and refused to issue entry visas for six technical experts affiliated with the Shen Yun Performing Arts, forcing the show's cancellation, I was outraged. I denounced the CCP, but I also realized that my heart was affected by this incident.
The CCP is wicked, malicious and means to destroy sentient beings. Its very nature determines all these wicked things. Regardless, "that's their last flurry of activity before they perish." ("Fa Teaching at the 2008 New York Conference") Since the incident happened at a critical moment of offering sentient beings salvation, can it be accidental? Master said, "Everything that happens today in the ordinary society is the result of Dafa disciples' thoughts." ("Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Philadelphia, U.S.A.")
As a Dafa disciple, do I have attachments that contributed to this incident? Certainly, yes!
First was my complacency. I was greatly delighted to learn that Shen Yun would perform in Hong Kong. I believed it must have a great impact since Hong Kong is so close to the mainland. Moreover, since Shen Yun would come to Hong Kong, the next step must be the performance landing on the mainland. My attachment to time was hidden in this thought. I thought that once Shen Yun enters the mainland, the wicked Party will collapse and Fa-rectification will come to an end. I had detected and eliminated my attachment to time many times before, but I had not yet uprooted it.
Another attachment was my reliance on Shen Yun. How does this manifest? Shen Yun is able to offer a large number of sentient beings salvation very quickly. Several thousand people are saved with one show. When we clarify the truth, we sometimes make a great effort to save only one person. Master said,
"If the CCP, while in its death throes, still tries to use different tactics to tamper with the salvation of sentient beings, then we have other ways to deal with it--the Buddha Fa is boundless! " ("Teaching the Fa at the 2005 Manhattan International Fa Conference")
I understood that the "other ways" referred to using Shen Yun Performing Arts to offer people salvation. A limited number of Dafa disciples in Mainland China have stepped forward to clarify the truth to people, especially in large cities. Should Shen Yun enter the Mainland to perform in large cities, how many sentient beings could be saved? I thought, just speaking with people in limited time makes us rely on Shen Yun, (actually, I meant we had to rely on Master) which could save people on a large scale.
We have made efforts to speak to people for so many years, but I felt I was not able to be as diligent as when I first began cultivation. Sometimes I was diligent, and sometimes I slacked off. Sometimes I was anxious, but some other times I was lax and even felt helpless: how many more years had to pass to help people learn the facts? My attachment to seeking comfort made me slack off. I did not have a sense of urgency and further developed a reliance on Shen Yun. Actually, as far as I am concerned it didn't matter that much if only I had the attachment of reliance; but since many Dafa disciples had this attachment, the evil saw it. To have the CCP remain a little longer (with an excuse of testing Dafa disciples), wouldn't the evil interfere with Shen Yun performances, then?
Furthermore, I did not wholeheartedly send righteous thoughts for Shen Yun to clear away the interference. I wonder if we as a whole might have lacked sufficient righteous thoughts, so the evil took advantage of our gaps?
I feel sorry for my cultivation state. I could not detect my attachments before this incident happened. I could only discover some attachments after it happened. Such a passive approach to finding and eliminating my attachments is an indication of immaturity in cultivation. This seems to be mainly due to my lack of Fa study, studying the Fa only half-heartedly, and still being unclear about Fa principles. Thus I could not act righteously.
I should do well the three things that Dafa disciples are supposed to do, let go of my attachments, and usher in Shen Yun Performing Arts' arrival in China soon. I think it is also a matter of our cooperation as a whole.