(Clearwisdom.net) I began Falun Dafa cultivation practice in March 1998. I underwent the process of gaining knowledge about Dafa, learning Dafa and finally decided to cultivate Dafa.

Being Introduced to Dafa

On a Sunday morning in February 1998, I met two of my previous patients on the street, each carrying a big shopping bag in their hands. I asked them what they had bought. They said, "This is the exercise mat for meditation. We have begun practicing Falun Gong." One of them said, "I'll talk to you tomorrow after you go to work." Such a random encounter, how could I have known it was my fortunate opportunity to step into Dafa.

The second day, the lady came to my clinic. It had been a long time since she had come to see me. I didn't have many patients that day, so we talked for a very long time and she told me all her personal experiences while practicing Falun Gong, and the miraculous effects Falun Gong has in healing illness and keeping healthy.

Because we were close friends, we talked with each other about everything. I knew her and her family very well. In the past, she often asked me to write prescriptions for her family members under her name, sometimes for gynecological medicines for her daughter and her daughter in-law. She was retired and her own menstrual period had stopped many years prior, however she was the only one in her family that had free medical coverage, and it's very common for people to do such things in China.

When she stood up and was about to leave, I asked her, "Don't you want me to prescribe some medicines for you? How is your daughter?" She said quietly, "Thank you for taking care of me for so many years. However, Master requires each of us to be a good person and follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. If we do things that take advantage of other people, we'll lose our virtue." I was shocked by these words. I had never heard anyone say anything like this before. I stood by the window, watching her walking away, and I was wondering what kind of book it was that had so totally changed a person!

There was another brief story. One day I met one of my regular patients who used to have a bluish face and black lips. Even walking was a challenge for him, and he appeared to be very weak and seemed to have serious illnesses. It had been a long time since I last saw him, however this time when I met him, I was very surprised. I said, "You look pretty good!" He answered, "I have been practicing Falun Gong. You know how I was in the past. I took medicines more regularly than having meals. I went to hospitals several times a year, I had asthma, high levels of blood lipids and had trouble falling asleep at night. I even needed help to walk. After I started the practice however, I have a lot of strength and I no longer have trouble sleeping at night. It seems like your body isn't that strong, why don't you also start practicing Falun Gong?" After that, I always had a nameless feeling. It was something in my heart that I could not put it down. It was the wish to read the Falun Gong book.

I remembered it was a very cold morning when one of my friends brought me the precious book Zhuan Falun and seven other Falun Gong books. Even though it was snowing outside, she still brought the books to me, which really touched me. I walked out with her to the front door when she was leaving. As we left the warm clinic room, the cold wind suddenly made me very chilly. We stood next to the door and talked more, and she told me all about her experiences in cultivation. We stood in the winter wind and talked for another thirty minutes. When I went back into the clinic, the first thing I did was take some cold tablets.

I was surprised when I saw her again later and asked her if she had a cold. She said she didn't even feel cold that day. By comparison I had taken cold tablets for three days in succession after meeting with her. She then said to me sincerely, "Join us in practicing Falun Gong, it's really good." My heart was touched, I truly had the wish to practice Falun Gong. Since I had already started reading Zhuan Falun I knew it was indeed a book that teaches people to become good. In this way, I started practicing Falun Gong.

Beginning to Practice Falun Gong

On a Saturday morning in March 1998, I rode a bicycle to the practice site in a nearby park. I walked into a quiet place surrounded by evergreen trees. I stood there, lost in the beautiful music. So many people were standing there, peacefully doing the exercises. I was deeply attracted by the scene.

I walked to a banner which read, "Introduction to Falun Gong." The female practitioner who was teaching people the exercises was extremely friendly and kind. Even with the senior people who had trouble moving their bodies, she taught them very patiently. I felt a sense of peace and calm while at the practice site. After they finished doing the exercises, I heard a man asking everyone, "Who's lost 100 yuan? I found the money, the owner can come and collect his money." At this time, the practitioners were all beginning to leave. Several practitioners that I knew walked towards me, "Come on, join us in the exercises." I answered unhesitatingly, "Thank you, I will."

The next morning was Sunday. I came to the practice site at five. By the time I got there, there were already a lot of people who had started doing the exercises. I learned the exercises with the assistant female practitioner. The standing exercises were very slow and gentle, they weren't hard to learn.

After the exercises, the man who spoke on the previous day said, "The 100 yuan someone lost yesterday didn't seem to belong to our practitioners. But our assistance center can't take this money, as we don't hold money or anything else. We can't use other people's money for Dafa. I emphasize it here, in the future, don't pick up any money like this. This time, I turned the money in to the park's safety guard."

I was deeply shocked by these words. One hundred yuan wasn't a small amount of money back in 1998. In such a world full of greed and material desires, things like this could only happen here, among this group of honest people. This is really a different place, it is indeed a pure land, too pure to believe.

I asked several people around me, "Have you seen Master before?" One said, "No, I haven't. Maybe the director of our assistant center has." I was wondering, how great Master was to have such high-level disciples who hadn't even seen Him. This group of people really want to be good people from the bottom of their hearts.

After returning home from the practice site, I was thinking about everything I saw today, as well as the long talk between my former patient who used to get medicines for her family members under her name, my friend who brought me the books despite the heavy snow, and also the practitioner who patiently taught me the exercises today.

I don't know how else to express how deeply moved I was, other than saying that my entire view of the world had been changed by these people, and I was deeply touched on many levels. This process from knowing about Falun Gong to truly learning it and finally coming into it was a turning point in my life.

Afterward, I frequently went to the practice site surrounded by evergreen trees. The practitioners kept the area clean, and every time I went there, there was never any litter on the ground and the atmosphere was peaceful and serene.

At our practice site, we used a small cassette player with a very good audio sound. I asked the male assistant practitioner, "Does our assistance center have more cassette players like this, I also want to buy one." The practitioner laughed and said to me, "Actually this is mine. When we study the Fa or do the exercises, everything is prepared by ourselves voluntarily. After we finish the exercises today, I want to discuss with everyone about going to the countryside tomorrow morning to spread the Fa. The villagers may not know about such a good practice. We can teach them the exercises, and another practitioner offered several copies of Zhuan Falun to give to the villagers. Since it's a little far from here, we need to bring some food for ourselves. If you are free tomorrow, would you like to come with us?" I immediately agreed and said, "OK, I'll go with you." It was my first time hearing about going to the countryside to spread the Fa, and of course I wanted to go.

That day was Sunday. I noticed that almost all the practitioners from our practice site went there. One practitioner put a small triangle yellow flag with Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance written on it on my bike basket, as well as everyone else's bike. It was really beautiful that all of our bike baskets were decorated with yellow, red, green or purple small flags.

The weather was very nice, and clouds were floating on the blue sky. When we were riding our bikes along the country path I noticed many small yellow flowers blossoming on both sides of the path. It's incredible how peaceful, beautiful and comfortable everything was. We stopped at a big tree in a village, and one practitioner went to set up the banner reading "Introduction to Falun Gong." Some practitioners did the exercises with the music, while others were teaching people the movements. We were quickly surrounded by many people who wished to learn about Falun Gong.

After that, we regularly went to the countryside to spread the Fa. Not only practitioners from our practice site, but also practitioners from other practice sites in the same city went out to spread the Fa. At the time, our practitioners were spreading the Fa everywhere, no matter whether it was out in a field in the farming areas, under a big tree, or at a corner of the marketplace. Some of us didn't even know how many times they went out to teach people the movements.

When I first started the practice, Master purified my body as is written in Zhuan Falun. It was exactly as described in the book, I had diarrhea one day. Everyone else in my family was just fine, except for me, and I used the toilet a dozen times that day. But what was strange was that my abdomen didn't feel painful nor did I feel weak, and I could also eat as usual. It couldn't be explained from the perspective of medical science.

My supervisor asked me to take several days off to take a rest, but I said, "Do I look like I am sick?" Some of my coworkers were concerned and said to me, "You don't want to be dehydrated, you should drink some glucose and salt water." I answered, "Thank you, I'm fine. Falun Gong is indeed very special. First of all my abdomen doesn't hurt, and secondly I can eat normally, and the most important thing is that I feel energetic." They all agreed with me that it is indeed very magical.

Thus, I didn't take a single day off, and everything returned to normal on the eighth day. The most unexpected thing however, was that afterward I never suffered again from the diseases of pharyngitis, nasal sinusitis, colitis or hemorrhoids, which had caused me a great deal of suffering in the past.

There was one thing that was even more magical. My eyesight was not very good, I had astigmatism, hyperemiaopia and also vitreous opacity. From the time I was thirty years old, no matter what I looked at, my vision became blurred, I got a headache, and my eyes were uncomfortable. None of these three diseases could be cured by treatments or medicines. Nonetheless, after I started the practice, my eyes became more and more bright, and my vision was getting clearer and better. In the end, I stopped wearing my glasses and I can even read the small characters in the newspapers or the small drug bottles very clearly, even more clearly than when I wore my glasses.

People who have known me for years were surprised to see the changes in me. In writing about and sharing my personal experiences, I wish to tell everyone that "Falun Dafa is good."