Parents and Children Cultivating Together: Treat Family Members Like Sentient Beings
(Clearwisdom.net) I noticed a problem in a recent experience sharing with young practitioners of my age, and I would like to share my concerns.
Some young practitioners said that their parents, also practitioners, often required their children to cultivate or do Dafa work according to the parents' understanding of the Fa. The young practitioners felt so frustrated that they even thought about running away from home. The parents are often regarded as diligent cultivators among local practitioners.
It is problematic when Falun Dafa practitioners annoy their own family. Why? I believe it may be parents' attachment to their children that causes them to require their children to cultivate "their way." They may worry that their children are not keeping up with the Fa-rectification process and might not achieve consummation. This clearly shows the parents' heart of fear and sentimentality.
When we talk to non-practitioners about Falun Dafa and the persecution, we must start with information appropriate for their level of understanding. I am suggesting that this approach applies not only to talking with non-practitioners, but also when talking to fellow practitioners. Practitioners at different cultivation levels have different understandings of the magnificence of Dafa. Parent practitioners wanting their child practitioners to improve fast actually end up slowing them down. This is caused by parents' own limited understanding of the Fa and the attachments to their children.
On the other hand, young practitioners need to look within, too. The conflicts can be turned into great opportunities to learn from older practitioners and upgrade their xinxing. I hope that every practitioner will cultivate diligently by taking the Fa as Master.