Fulfilling My Vows While Doing Minghui Correspondence Work
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings revered Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I would like to share my experience doing Minghui correspondence work [Minghui is the Chinese version of Clearwisdom].
Getting on the Minghui Website
I rented an apartment in the spring of 2007. I thought, “Wouldn't it be nice if I could make truth-clarification materials in this apartment.” Master saw my wish, and soon afterward, fellow practitioners gave me a computer. While making and printing materials, I gradually learned how to operate the computer. In the fall, a practitioner gave me a wireless card and I was able to get onto the Minghui website.
Ever since, I have read the majority of the content on the website. I found that Minghui is such a rich information resource for us, and we do not fully utilize it.
“Exposing the wicked policemen and bad persons and publicizing their evil deeds is extremely effective at shocking and restraining those irrational, wicked people. At the same time, by clarifying the facts to the people on a local level it most directly exposes, and generates public awareness of, the wicked persecution. It is also a great way to save the people who have been poisoned and deceived by the lies. I hope all Dafa disciples and new students in Mainland China will do this well.” (“Master's Comment on a Student's Article” 2003)
Therefore, I thought about how we could fully utilize this precious resource so we can improve in making more people aware of the truth.
When a fellow practitioner was arrested, I immediately collected the information and exposed it on the website. I made related materials and quickly distributed them.
Posting a piece of news was not difficult. However, editing and making a single-page truth-clarification flyer was quite a challenge for me. Although the quality of the material was not very high, practitioners were still happy to see it, as it was the first piece of material we made. Everybody worked together, and within one night, materials exposing the persecution were spread all over town. The arrested practitioner was released soon afterward.
The coordinator asked me to assume the responsibilities of editing and making local truth-clarifcation materials. I spent two nights making the first edition of our brochure. After the brochure was published, I found that the Minghui editors made significant changes that made the content more detailed and vivid.
In order to do well on this project, the first important step is to collect news about the persecution, especially sudden and emergency incidents, in order to expose the evil immediately. However, under the persecution, collecting this kind of news was not an easy task. Often I felt that Master was helping me. For example, sometimes, I wanted to get to know more information about certain areas. Master immediately brought practitioners from these areas over to me. When I overlooked issues in a certain area, Master would have someone give me hints. When I needed to develop certain operating skills, Master enlightened me and gave me wisdom.
Doing Dafa work well has to be built upon good Fa-study so that we can handle things with righteous thoughts. In the meantime, we need to constantly eliminate the poisonous elements from the Communist Party culture.
Once, a new practitioner was arrested. Prior to obtaining the Fa, he used to have many bad habits. It was Dafa that saved him. Therefore, with a heart of gratitude, he actively participated in rescuing other practitioners. However, he did not study the Fa enough. After he was persecuted, the evil framed him and said that he did not get rid of certain bad habits. I contacted his family to get more information and exposed the evil lies in time. After the news was published, it had a great effect in our local area.
Cultivating Oneself Well, Improving as One Body in Cooperating with One Another
To a certain degree, doing well in the Minghui correspondence work has much to do with local cooperation and improvement as one body. For a period of time, there were several persecution cases. Each time, the local group would coordinate to send forth righteous thoughts and rescue the practitioners. However, the arrested practitioners were still being sent to forced labor camps or being sentenced. We could not understand why the evil was still rampant in our area. I felt it was mainly because we did not pay enough attention to exposing the evil.
We should collect the personal information of everyone that participates in the persecution and send them letters to urge them to stop. We should collect examples of good being rewarded with good and evil being met with retribution. We should send righteous thoughts close to the several evil dens and work with their families to rescue the practitioners.
Based on need, I provided different types of materials. For the sudden persecution cases, I made truth-clarification adhesive posters within the shortest time so that practitioners could quickly put them up. For typical cases, I wrote truth-clarification letters for practitioners to distribute in related companies so that more people could understand the truth.
Master said, “...cultivate themselves well in the course of saving all beings.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Chicago Conference”) Doing Minghui correspondence work is also a process for me to improve in my cultivation. The Minghui website made some significant improvement in typesetting and editing of materials in the winter of 2009. Different areas published the local edition of Minghui Weekly, which greatly relieved the pressure and saved editors' efforts. I understood that Master asked us to do the work in a more detailed and comprehensive way.
However, as things piled up, we often overlooked our personal cultivation. At the end of 2008, several practitioners in our neighboring area were arrested, and the Dafa work they were engaged in came to a standstill. Local practitioners knew some of the arrested practitioners. Thus, we were able to participate in the rescue work along with practitioners from other provinces. This became a great opportunity for our local practitioners to improve.
However, some practitioners (myself included) seemed indifferent and did not recognize that this was an opportunity for us to form a one-body on a broader range. Later, local practitioner A decided to hire a lawyer for the arrested practitioners, and pay the lawyer's fee. However, because he is not highly educated, he did not know how to handle some situations. He reached out to me for help several times, but I kept putting him off with different excuses. I knew I was trying to cover up my attachments. I was trying to avoid hardship, I did not want to travel and I was afraid of getting dizzy riding in a car. Practitioner A still tried to reach out to me to discuss hiring the lawyer. I understood that Master needed me to improve and let go of human attachments.
I started studying the Fa with a calm mind and sent righteous thoughts to eliminate the evil factors. “I am doing the most righteous thing, no evil is qualified to test me. The thought of being afraid of getting dizzy in a car is not from me, it is a postnatally formed human notion and I must eliminate it.” After I had the correct understanding, it was no longer scary to ride in a car. I went with practitioner A to meet with the lawyer. On the day of the trial, the coordinator practitioner sent righteous thoughts outside the courtroom.
Our initial rescue effort was not strong enough and hiring the lawyer was not done in a timely manner. Additionally, we did not cooperate as one body, thus we were not able to get the best results. In the process I saw our shortcomings as a group. I wrote a short article asking that we all treat fellow practitioners' issues as our own, so we can form a broader-based one body.
Thanks to Master's perfect arrangement, immediately afterward, we met with the lawyer, and we finally connected with practitioners in the neighboring areas. We invited them over to share their thoughts and learn techniques. We orgnized an experience sharing on our lessons learned in the process of hiring the lawyer to defend the arrested practitioners. Many practitioners came out to send righteous thoughts during the next court session. I was moved – fellow practitioners really improved.
I will walk well the rest of my cultivation path to fulfill my prehistoric vows.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!