A Precious Truth Clarification Class
(Clearwisdom.net) I have taught numerous classes throughout my career, and the most unforgettable was a truth clarification class given to seventh graders in the spring of 2002. Even after ten years, my memory of that class still touches my heart, and reminds me to cherish sentient beings, truly cultivate Falun Dafa, and respect Teacher.
During a supervised study class one Thursday morning, I entered the classroom as usual and was prepared to discuss some general topics with the students. Immediately, their expressions became abnormal, and they seemed absentminded. I felt something very strange about this. I'd never seen this behavior before – the students usually liked listening to me, so why couldn't they focus today?
I stopped talking, and utilizing a teacher's instincts, I observed the students' behavior. I discovered something special hidden inside their desks, and I stepped down from the stage in front of a girl in the first row. She was reading a truth-clarification flier for Falun Dafa. I was surprised and kept walking from the first row to the last. There was either a flier or a brochure in every student's desk, and they were all different. Some students even had special gifts, including erasers, notebooks, rulers, small backpacks, and pencils. All of the gifts were made for truth clarification. I was amazed at the students' reactions, since no one turned them in to me or tore them apart. They were all reading the information from the materials.
Upon reflection, my first feeling was of admiration for the practitioner who'd done this. Even now, I still don't know who it was, but this act really provided a good foundation for me to clarify the truth to the students. I truly appreciated this practitioner and Teacher for setting up this wonderful opportunity to save these pure and innocent children.
I stepped back onto the stage and said, “Students, I see what's hiding in your desks. Don't be afraid -- you can take them out and read them openly. I read similar material several days ago. These Falun Gong practitioners, who cultivate Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, are really good people. Their touching stories should be heard by everyone. Today, we should read the articles and also discuss them. Therefore, I won't talk about anything else this morning. You can keep reading, OK?”
After I finished, a round of applause came from the students. They cheered and said, “Our teacher is really good!” “Long live freedom!” and “Appeal for Falun Gong!”
With the righteous support of the students, I suggested a task, “Please find the most touching story from the materials that you are reading. I will pick some of the stories and read them to all of you. Please be prepared.”
Every student concentrated on reading the materials. From their facial expressions, I could see that their innocent minds were touched, moved, and shocked. They used their young and pure minds to evaluate the facts and events happening in China. Although what they read was just a small part of the truth, they learned that the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Dafa was truly an injustice of the ages. The CCP and Jiang Zemin's regime used each other to persecute Falun Gong against heaven's laws. Falun Gong practitioners' noble virtues touched people throughout the world.
After 15 minutes, some students raised their hands to show me that they'd finished reading. I picked some students who could read clearly, and asked them to share their selected articles with the entire class. The students learned a lot, and I also benefited from listening to them. Since I didn't have a computer, I couldn't read articles from the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net). Therefore, I learned by being a “student” again.
The students read the truth about the “Tiananmen Self-immolation,” a poem praising Falun Dafa, a story about practitioners, a miracle that happened in a school, traditional Chinese culture, an example of karmic retribution, and a real persecution case. The righteous field covered the entire classroom--it was so peaceful and solemn that even the most misbehaved student was listening with his eyes wide open. The scene was really touching. I thought that they were also deeply affected by the stories, and would never forget this class. This event occurred in 2002, when the evil forces and CCP were severely persecuting Falun Gong, so it was very courageous for the whole class to read the truth-clarification stories, and to spread and praise the truth.
After we shared the articles, I looked at my watch and saw that the class would be dismissed shortly. Therefore, I asked the students to discuss the topics openly. Before they began, I explained the facts about Falun Dafa again, “Students, you should always remember 'Falun Dafa is good.' Tell the people around you that they must not be hostile to Falun Dafa, or Falun Gong practitioners. They must avoid persecuting Falun Dafa. Their futures will be determined by their decisions! Go home and tell your families that Falun Dafa is good and not to believe the lies on TV or in the newspapers! This is your homework assignment for today. Can you finish it?”
“Yes!” replied everyone together, with courage and confidence.
The class ended right after we finished our discussion. The students walked out of the classroom in high spirits, and I returned to the office. I heard some birds chirping in a tree – they seemed to be telling me, “Good job, great job.”
Note: About ten years ago, some of our school's classrooms were deemed unsafe. The school rented two houses to use as classrooms, which weren't locked in the evening. Therefore, some practitioners had access to the classrooms, and delivered the truth clarification materials for the students. This situation was created because of the needs of the school, and was also a merciful arrangement by Teacher.