Practicing Cultivation and Saving Sentient Beings in a Corporate Leadership Position
(Clearwisdom.net) Greetings to our Esteemed Master! Greetings to my fellow practitioners!
I was excited when I saw the notice calling for papers for the Internet experience sharing conference, because I had not submitted any articles for the past conferences. Last year, I hesitated for a long time but decided not to write anything because I felt I had nothing to say about my cultivation. This year, I’d like to share with you about my sixteen years of cultivation practice.
1. Obtaining the Fa
I am a mid-level manager in a large, state-owned corporation. Master came to teach the Fa in our area in the spring of 1994. Afterward I saw an ever-increasing number of people going to the Senior Activity Center to practice the exercises both morning and night. I sometimes watched them out of curiosity.
When I went to the practice site, as soon as I entered the energy field and heard the soothing music, I felt very comfortable and peaceful, and my heart felt very pleasant and warm. In early 1995, I was transferred to another workplace where the work was less demanding, so I often went to the practice site in the evenings. I later borrowed a copy of Zhuan Falun to read, and found that everything Master taught was new to me and interesting. In April, a friend invited me to watch the video of Master’s nine-day lecture in Jinan at the practice site. While watching the video, I felt indescribably happy, and found that what Master was saying made more and more sense. Just as Master said in Zhuan Falun,
“Once they learn our Falun Dafa, they will understand at once many questions in life that they have wished to understand but could not answer. Perhaps along with their minds being elevated, they will become very excited—this is for sure. I know that a genuine practitioner will know its weight and cherish it.”
I made copies of Master’s lecture in Jinan and the Guangzhou videos, and watched them over and over again at home. The more I watched them, the more profound and immeasurable I felt they were, and the harder it was for me to put them aside. Because I was in upper management at my workplace and inevitably had many dinner parties to go to, I had trouble following the requirements of not drinking alcohol. I thought, “How will I be able to get along with my superiors if I don’t propose toasts to them?”
I once said to other practitioners, “If only this practice allowed drinking alcohol.” Through Fa-study and exchanging understandings with fellow practitioners, I realized that I was not taking cultivation practice seriously. Therefore, on June 20, 1995, I treated everyone in management from my workplace to a dinner party at a hotel and declared, “I want to practice Falun Gong, and I will quit drinking alcohol starting tomorrow.” And I quit drinking. It wasn’t easy to pass this test. For example, at first I felt very uneasy at dinner parties with customers when I offered them wine but drank water myself. Sometimes the customers were upset and jeered at me. Some poured water into my collar. However, seeing my determination, Master allowed me to pass the test very quickly. Later on, regardless of what kind of drinking occasion it was, someone always defended me, “He practices Falun Gong, so he doesn’t drink.” Looking back at that period of time, my xinxing was constantly improving, as if I were riding a rocket.
2. Genuine Cultivation
Ever since I obtained the Fa, besides studying the teachings and practicing the exercises, I often joined fellow practitioners on weekends and evenings for experience sharing and spreading the Fa activities. My area is relatively remote, and many materials had to be brought 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the city. I then took on the task of transferring materials.
As I kept practicing, my cheeks became rosy, my skin became soft, and I was energetic and happy every day. I reduced the number of dinner parties paid for with public funds, and put an end to dinner parties held for me. I put the money saved into the employee benefits account, and many of my employees said, “Our benefits are greater than any of our associate organizations.” Witnessing the changes in me, they all praised Dafa. Many of them started practicing Falun Dafa themselves, one after another, and eventually 20 percent of the employees in my workplace were practitioners. My workplace was recognized as a "Model Organization" every year, and I was rated as number one in the employee evaluations every year.
3. Driving Out Interference and Cultivating Steadfastly
When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, most of the practitioners in my area were taken to brainwashing centers. One day, a TV program defaming Dafa was scheduled to air over the regime's mouthpiece, CCTV, at 7:00 p.m. A notice was issued to all workplaces ordering every employee to watch the program in groups. When everyone arrived to watch, the coordinator reminded us to watch the program closely. Within thirty seconds after the program started, the screen suddenly went black, and no TV signals were received across the entire region. The next day, I heard that no workplace in our region was able to watch the program, and the reason was said to be a broken cable. At the time the incident caused quite a stir.
My superiors talked to me several times, urging me to write a so-called “split statement” to “break away” from Falun Gong. I told them about Falun Gong, as well as the many positive changes I experienced after I started practicing. Seeing that I would not write the statement, the Party secretary had someone else write it on my behalf as an “understanding.” I told them, “That doesn’t count.” Perhaps Master saw my steadfastness in cultivation, and prevented my superiors from talking to me about it any further. One of my superiors told me in private, “If you know it’s good, then go ahead and practice at home.” Knowing that fellow practitioners were being kept in brainwashing centers, detention centers, and labor camps, my heart was extremely heavy. Later on, a fellow practitioner was able to access the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom.net), so we often read Minghui articles, which strengthened my determination to practice cultivation even more.
4. Doing a Good Job Running a Materials Production Site
As the persecution continued, the Minghui website was occasionally blocked, and we consequently were short of truth-clarification materials. I managed to contact out of town practitioners, and obtained Dafa materials and the web address for Minghui. I took advantage of my stable environment and printed some materials for my fellow practitioners. Sometimes I made some materials such as “Falun Dafa is Good” for practitioners to post. This was the beginning of my small materials production site.
At the time, we openly held Fa-study in my office. All the employees at my workplace knew I practiced Falun Gong, and know about all the positive changes that I had experienced and the benefits my practicing had brought them. Therefore I experienced very little interference. Many small materials sites were established in my area, and I bought them some equipment. These sites ensured the materials supply for not only our area and our surrounding areas, but also for practitioners located out of town.
5. Clarifying the Facts and Saving Sentient Beings
I have taken every opportunity to clarify the facts since the persecution started. In 2005 I started giving people the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, and persuading them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Later I handed out copies of the Nine Commentaries CDs and Shen Yun CDs. I took every opportunity to clarify the facts to the people I had business dealings with, and persuaded them to do the “three withdrawals.” On business trips, I clarified the facts to taxi drivers, sales people in department stores, and waiters in restaurants. I always carry Dafa materials with me regardless of whether I am on a business trip or on vacation. One time, I took copies of the Nine Commentaries to a remote western city and left them in the hotel.
Once during the Chinese New Year, I went to my country home for the holidays and brought many banners with me. At night, my relatives and I hung them all over the streets in the county seat. We also posted truth-clarification materials on the gates of the police department, and placed a copy of the Nine Commentaries on the windowsill of the county Party committee’s reception office. The incident shocked the entire county seat.
When the Shen Yun DVD is available every year, we make over 10,000 copies, and practitioners give them away, mostly face-to-face. Many people look forward to it every year, and before the Chinese New Year, they begin asking us, “Has the Shen Yun CD arrived? Shen Yun is so wonderful, please be sure to save a copy for me.” In the process of copying Shen Yun CDs and distributing them, we have gone through various xinxing tests and experienced interference.
Looking back over my cultivation path, I realize that as long as I keep up with Fa-study, my righteous thoughts are strong and I can do the three things well. Master has done so much for practitioners, and I would not have been able to do anything without Master’s merciful protection. I can't express my gratitude to our great esteemed Master enough, even if I was to exhaust all the human languages! We can only advance diligently, and even more diligently!
This is my first time joining the Internet Experience Sharing Conference. I have so much to say, but I only wrote briefly about my experiences. Everything practitioners have accomplished is a reflection of Master’s grace and efforts. Through the writing process, I have also discovered my many human attachments and shortcomings. At the last moment of Fa-rectification, I will bear in mind Master’s words and do the three things well.
Thank you Esteemed Master! Thank you my fellow practitioners!