Learning the Fa and Searching Inward Form a Foundation for Validating the Fa
In the last two years, evil forces in our local area were greatly discouraged because of Master's support and the cooperation among local practitioners. The authorities announced that they would send Falun Gong practitioners to brainwashing centers, but nothing actually happened. The determined practitioners were not interfered with at all.
Both my husband and I are practitioners. He is usually in charge of domestic Dafa work and I am in charge of the Dafa work outside of home. We work well together. In the beginning, there were a lot of conflicts between us and most of the time, I was the one to blame. After I searched inward, the root causes of my problems could always be found. My husband was always calm and never blamed me. Now, when a conflict occurs between us, we both search inward and find a compromise in less than three sentences.
– By the author
I was very happy to see the information about the latest Minghui Fa Conference. This is a special type of Fa conference that Master wants to be held for all practitioners in China. Therefore, I definitely would not miss the chance to attend it.
I would like to share our experiences with all fellow practitioners.
1. Studying the Fa Well is the Foundation of All Dafa Work
Both my husband and I started to practice Falun Gong in 1998. Before cultivation, my husband was “a follower of the Tao, although not cultivating it.” Therefore, his cultivation path was relatively smooth. I was a person who would fight for everything. Therefore, I stumbled very often under Master's protection.
I was persecuted in a jail for six years. After my release in 2008, I searched deeply inward for the root causes of so much persecution. There were two major reasons: First, I did not study the Fa well. Second, I did not firmly cultivate myself. I treated Dafa as everyday people's work and I was a hero among them. After figuring out the reason, I realized that the only way to correct the problem was to sincerely and calmly study the Fa. Therefore, I started to learn and memorize the Fa like a new practitioner. Initially, the interference was serious. Whenever I was memorizing the Fa, thoughts surfaced without end. Therefore, I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Master for support to eliminate them. Whenever an idea came up during Fa study, I would always get rid of it immediately. Gradually, I could study the Fa with a calm mind.
I spent five months memorizing Zhuan Falun and finished reading all the other lectures. In the past six months, I have not talked much with fellow practitioners. However, I read articles from the Minghui website (Chinese version of Clearwisdom) daily. In the beginning, I did not know how to use the Internet. A fellow practitioner always brought a computer to my home and let me read the Minghui articles. All the sharing articles were so touching and moving that I felt I was falling behind. I found that the progress of Fa rectification was so fast that I was way behind. Therefore, in addition to clarifying the truth to relatives and friends, I spent all my time at home studying and memorizing the Fa. I always felt enlightened so much when I read Master's teachings that tears filled my eyes. At the same time, I continuously eliminated all thoughts that surfaced during Fa study and exercise practice. Gradually, I could study the Fa and practice the exercises with a calm mind. Now, if I have five minutes, I will memorize a paragraph from Zhuan Falun.
Fa study should not go to extremes. Because I was very busy several weeks ago, I could not arrange any time to memorize the Fa at home after returning from group study. I felt kind of lost and searched inward. I found that if I memorized the Fa just for the sake of memorizing the Fa, I actually disrespected the Fa. I realized that there was no difference between reading and memorizing the Fa. The key is to assimilate the Fa into my mind. Whether I study the Fa by myself or at group study, I always sit in the full lotus position and hold the precious book with both hands. No matter how long it lasts, I always maintain the same position and my legs do not hurt at all. I understand that all gods kneel down when they are listening the Fa. Do their legs hurt? Of course not. If we actively assimilate to the Fa, miracles will naturally happen!
2. Raising My Cultivation Level While Working as a Coordinator on Dafa Projects
Practitioners in our local area were seriously persecuted. The local coordinator was arrested and many practitioners were jailed. The group study was not well established and we were short of truth-clarifying materials. Master chose me as a Dafa disciple. Besides being appreciative, I have to be responsible for validating the Fa and fulfilling my prehistoric vows, so two other practitioners and I setup a local Fa study location and provided all the local practitioners with a place to learn the Fa together.
Through constant Fa study, all the local practitioners developed a deep understanding of the Fa, and more and more practitioners attended the group study. However, we didn't have enough support at the material site. We could not produce enough materials, even when another practitioner and I worked overtime everyday. Later, the practitioner found a job and went to work. I became the only person producing materials. The workload was so heavy that I could not even take a rest. However, Dafa was extraordinary and I could still memorize one lecture of Zhuan Falun everyday.
It is also very difficult and arduous to deliver the materials. Some practitioners wanted to pick them up at certain locations, while others wanted them delivered to their homes. Sometimes, no one showed up when I arrived. I had to deliver the materials again or wait until someone came. Distributing truth-clarifying materials also required a lot effort. For several months, I only slept 3 to 4 hours a night and carried my backpack every day to distribute the materials. It was exhausting. However, Master put a thought in my mind, “Cultivation is not smooth sailing or pure enjoyment.” Yes, it's really nothing to be a little exhausted while fulfilling my vows. With the Fa and Master, all my worries and exhaustion were nothing compared to the happiness of obtaining the Fa.
How to better coordinate local activities: First of all, a coordinator should never put him or herself above other practitioners. He or she should look more at their positive qualities and see their shortcomings as a mirror to continuously improve his or her own capacities.
I was touched by several things while performing coordination work:
Once, another practitioner suddenly stopped supporting a material site and wanted us to move out of her rental house immediately. It was right before the Chinese New Year, and I could not find another place to store all the equipment. I was so worried that the notion of complaint surfaced. I was unhappy that she had not told me earlier and thought that she was intentionally making trouble for me. When I asked Master for help, another practitioner moved all the equipment to another location, and my problem was solved. I felt thankful for Master and that practitioner.
This incident touched me greatly. I searched inward and found my shortcomings. First, I was always high-handed and did not care about the other practitioner's opinion. A lot of times, I acted like the leader of the local practitioners and gave them orders quoting Master's Fa. After we started the material site at her rental house, I did not talk to her about the meaning of the site even once, such that she was interfered with by the attachment to fear. Secondly, I had a strong mind to validate myself. I did not listen to others, and I always looked outward and found other people's faults. After finding all these shortcomings, I immediately got rid of them by sending forth righteous thoughts. I sent an apology to my fellow practitioner about my ignorance. Amazingly, she suddenly became another person, and was not bothered by fear anymore. She even offered suggestions on how we could improve on doing the three things, including taking truth-clarifying materials to farm villages. I was greatly touched! I brought enough materials and we went to the farm villages together.
It was more than 40 degrees Celsius in July and August last year. In order to deliver the materials, some practitioners carried heavy backpacks on buses or walked long distances to nearby cites. Some of their faces and arms were burned by the sun and their skin peeled. Others had blisters on their feet. In the wintertime, frostbite covered their faces, hands, and feet. It was very itchy and painful, and sometimes the affected areas would split apart and bleed. However, no one complained about the pain. They all felt happy about doing the work. They always said that Master was doing the real work and had suffered a lot for sentient beings. Such small discomfort was nothing! With such good fellow practitioners, how can I not fully support them? Whenever they returned home, they always brought many names of those who had committed to quitting the CCP and/or its affiliated associations. Earlier this year, these five practitioners persuaded more than 200 people to resign from the CCP in only one week. Currently, they are attending another group in order to help more practitioners step forward and save more sentient beings.
Establishing small-scale material production sites "like flowers blossoming everywhere" was a request from Master. However, our local material site always had problems. Two practitioners were in charge of the site. Problems often occurred, including the machine being out of order, or the printing quality not being good. Neither of them wanted to actively solve the problem, and I always complained in my mind that they did not focus enough or were not independent enough. Gradually, my words reflected by attitude, and even a brand new machine would not work. Then I thought about searching inward. I was shocked when I found that all the problems were coming from me. I was not compassionate, patient, or polite to my fellow practitioners. I tried to force my ideas on others. I thought that I was smarter than other practitioners. After finding all these shortcomings, I send forth righteous thoughts to eliminate them immediately. I would not complain to my fellow practitioners anymore. I had to communicate with them and help them with their problems. I should thank them for their cooperation from the bottom of my heart. They had never complained about their workload or delayed any work.
A miracle happened again. The new machine started to work, and both practitioners gradually learned how to do their jobs independently. Since then more material sites have been established in our local area. Sometimes I asked them if they needed any help. They would always answer, “We are fine. We don't need any help!” Whenever I heard those words, tears filled my eyes. Master said in “Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference,”
“You both cultivate the same Fa, and you both have the same predestination. So if there’s something you simply can’t get over, then have a heart-to-heart discussion with the other person and really be willing to acknowledge any shortcomings of yours that he may point out. Won’t the problem be resolved, then?”
Once, practitioners A and B had an argument. Sometimes that I felt A's words made sense. Other times I felt B made more sense. Then they stopped arguing and stared at me. I sensed that it was my problem and started to search inward. I thought quietly, “Why do I always observe the surface, instead of finding the root cause? I was also attached to competition and had the mindset of validating myself. Their argument made me find my own problems, and I have to take the chance to get rid of them.” Master said in “Be More Diligent,”
“If you can manage to quietly complete what you notice is lacking, quietly do well what you should do, and quietly do something well when you find it to have been done less than ideally, then the multitude of gods will have tremendous admiration for you and exclaim that this person is simply extraordinary.”
Right after I found my shortcomings and before I could say a word, their argument was resolved.
Once after group study, a practitioner asked me why I always looked happy and never mentioned that my practice did not go so well. Yes! Master was using her mouth to talk to me. My practice had not gone well recently. I searched inward and found the attachment to zealotry. I was still feeling happy about persuading two people to resign from the CCP on the way to group Fa study! I needed to get rid of it.
Fellow practitioners did a lot of work clarifying the truth and exposing the evil. For example, they wrote letters to their bosses and to Party secretaries of the the CCP organizations. They took turns writing letters and making phone calls, especially to family members of those responsible for persecuting Falun Gong. The results were effective. Truth-clarifying stickers were placed all over the city, even inside police stations. They often exposed the whereabouts of the responsible for carrying out the persectuion and sent articles about karmic retribution to them and their organizations. This effectively deterred the evil forces, and the environment in our area greatly improved.
For example, Practitioner A was arrested and jailed in a brainwashing center. Practitioner B refused to acknowledge the whole arrangement. All the local practitioners send forth righteous thoughts together and exposed the evil behavior on the Internet resulting in the authorities receiving calls from all over the world. With the cooperation of all the practitioners, Practitioner B was released and the brainwashing center was shut down.
3. Balance the Family and Follow Our Own Path of Fa-rectification
Both my husband and I are practitioners. He takes care of everything at home, and I am in charge of everything outside. We have clear responsibilities and we worked together seamlessly. At the beginning there were some conflicts, most of them because of my probl,ems. Once I looked inside, the problem was solved. He was never the first to get angry. Gradually with more and more Fa study, nowadays we do not argue for more than three sentences before looking inside. He is almost 70 years old, but he does not even pant after carrying nearly 100 pounds up several stories. He has always gone to group exercise starting at 3:50 a.m., while sometimes I overslept.
Our two sons and their wives all support Falun Dafa. They take care of their two daughters. Our older granddaughter is currently in high school. She believes in Dafa and tells her classmates that Falun Dafa is good. The younger granddaughter is still in kindergarten. She always wants to watch Shen Yun when she visits us. When they have financial difficulties, we support them a little bit. They have chosen a good future for themselves. This is the result of our balancing the relationships well. This is truly good for them.
My sister started to practice Falun Dafa in 1994. After the persecution started, she gave up the practice. Last year she came back to practice Falun Dafa. Her whole family supports Dafa, and they also benefit from it. My brother-in-law fell from a two-story-high crane while he was at work. But he was not even injured. Another day a 100 kg bucket of oil fell from a crane and hit his toe. His leather work shoes were damaged and his toe was slightly injured. He recovered in two days. One day my niece held her two-year-old daughter while crossing a street. A jeep ran over her feet. Her shoes were damaged, but her feet were fine. She also fell once while holding her daughter. She fell several steps away, yet her daughter stood on the ground and was not injured at all. The child could not walk, but she stood there and did not move or cry.
This child is well behaved. On Master's birthday, she sang the happy birthday song right after she woke up. Her grandpa said, “It's nobody's birthday today.” She ignored him and continued to sing. I told them, “Today is the birthday of our Master.” Now she listens to Master's lectures with her grandma and memorizes Hong Yin. Her whole family always tell people that Falun Dafa is good. Most of their friends and relatives know the facts about Falun Gong and have been saved.
Coordination keeps me very busy. Sometimes unexpected things happen. Wehave figured out our own path to validate the Fa and do the three things in our daily life following Master's instructions. I cannot have a fixed schedule to regularly go out to clarify the truth. Whenever I walk, take the bus, wait for a bus, or attend parties, I clarify the truth and distribute flyers or DVDs. I will just describe a couple of examples here:
During the Chinese New Year break this year, while I was on a bus, I met three female junior college students (one a minority), a young man who was a worker, and the owner of the bus. After I got on board, I sent forth righteous thoughts and asked Master to strengthen my energy to save these people. I chatted with them for a while, and then we started to talk about the corruption of the CCP, how people can barely maintain their daily lives, cannot afford education, cannot afford medial treatment, cannot afford housing. Many families go bankrupt when they tried to send a student to college. More than 80 million Chinese people were killed by the CCP after they took over China. We talked about the Tiananmen Massacre, the persecution of Falun Gong, the staged immolation, and truth of what happened on April 25, 1999. They readily agreed with me. I mentioned that Falun Gong was now practiced in more than 100 countries and is legal in Taiwan and Hong Kong. I told them why people need to quit the CCP. Finally they all quit the Youth League and Young Pioneers with their real names. I gave an amulet(1) to each of them. They thanked me I told them to thank our Master, as our Master allowed us to save people. They said that was good, and they thanked Master.
One day I attended a banquet. There was a journalist at my table. She had worked for one year after graduating from college. I chatted with her and said that it was not easy to be a journalist since they were not allowed to speak the truth in China. She totally agreed with me. I also asked about her family, life, and work. She asked me if I had gone to college and if I was nearly 50 years old. I told her that I was almost 60. She said she could not tell my age, and it was rare that people my age could communicate with her generation. I told her that I was a cultivator. She asked if I cultivated Buddhism. I said, “Yes, I practice Falun Dafa—Truth-Compassion-Forbearance.” She was shocked and said, “Impossible! Isn't it an evil cult?” I asked her, “Do you believe everything the Communist Party says?” She demurred. Then I told her that Falun Dafa is now practiced in more than 100 countries. I told her about the 4.25 incident and that the CCP has been harvesting and selling Falun Gong practitioners' organs. She then said, “The CCP is truly awful.” I told her about the Tiananmen Massacre and the rock with the characters that say, “The CCP Will End.” Then I told her that only quitting the CCP could bring her safety. She said, “Sure, I only joined the Youth League and the Young Pioneers. My name is XXX, please help me quit. Thank you!” Then I gave her a DVD of Shen Yun performing arts and an amulet and told her how to help her friends and families quit the CCP. I also told her how to find the Minghui site on Internet.
Another time I wanted to clarify the truth to an retired supervisor of mine, since he could influence others. However, I did not know where he lived, so I asked Master to help me. The next morning, I met him and successfully clarified the truth to him. He was happy to agree and used his real name to quit the CCP. Another life was saved. Thank you, Master, for your help. Why are practitioners' righteous thoughts so powerful? Because Master is taking care of us. There is nothing to fear! No matter how tiring it is, seeing sentient beings saved one by one, is more delightful than tasting honey.
4. Play with Firecrackers and Clarify the Truth
A while ago, some overseas media reported the death of Jiang Zemin. On Clearwisdom, practitioners suggested that we buy firecrackers and celebrate. After sharing with other local practitioners, we realized that it was a great opportunity to clarify the truth. We formed groups and went to nearby towns to set up firecrackers and clarify the truth. We only spent two hours in each city, but by playing with firecrackers, we clarified truth to many people, Many people said, “Jiang did not do anything good. He should have died a long time ago.” We helped many people quit the CCP in each town. It was very effective.
Once, two practitioners in their 60s and 70s came with me to nearby towns to set off firecrackers and clarify the truth. It happened to be a festival day and there were many people around. We sent forth righteous thoughts and clarified the truth. The two practitioners also made a breakthrough and clarified the truth face to face. They also helped several people quit the CCP.
I met a physician on a bus. I talked to him about prophets and life, the persecution of students during the Tiananmen Square Massacre. I said, “The Communist Party said it was a ghost from the west. How can ghosts be good? We are Chinese descendants, how could we be descendants of ghosts?” He looked at me in surprise and asked, “Lady, which college did you graduate from?” I told him that I only went to school for six years but that I currently practice Falun Dafa. I clarified the truth to him more, and he agreed with me. He told me that he had graduated from a famous university and had come to this rural town to work. I told him why he should quit the CCP, and he agreed happily.
Then I sat next to a girl who looked like a college student. After we started a conversation, I found that she was indeed a sophomore. I told her about the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the corruption of the CCP, that the CCP had killed 80 million Chinese after it took over China, that students could hardly find jobs, ut abothe rise of prices and the difficulties of ordinary Chinese people, people who are persecuted for believing in Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, about the stages immolation, etc. She nodded and agreed. When I asked her to quit the CCP, she told me her real name. I told her to remember: “Falun Dafa is good and Truth-Compassion- Forbearance is good.” I said it would bring her safety.
“And mankind’s state is changing as well. People’s perception of Dafa is changing too, almost as if people’s minds are gradually clearing up. The change is like ice thawing. ” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2010 New York Fa Conference”)
After we arrived at a town, we bought firecrackers and told people as we walked why we were setting them off: “People all over China are lighting firecrackers, it will bring us prosperity. Ordinary people all say that Jiang never did anything good and he should have died a long time ago.” Many people were at the festival. We walked and sent forth righteous thoughts and clarified the truth. Within two hours we helped more than 20 people quit the CCP.
After Master published “Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa” and “What is a Dafa Disciple,” our success rate in getting people to quit the CCP quickly increased. Some practitioners doubled their numbers. Those who had never come forward before also gradually came out to clarify the truth face to face. Practitioners all said that it was a great opportunity.
Thank you, Master, for giving us this great opportunity to build up our mighty virtue. I have so much to say, but I can only summarize it in one sentence: Master please do not worry, we will follow your instructions to cultivate just like when we first started, and we will be more and more diligent.
Please compassionately correct me if there is anything not in line with the Fa.
Thank you, Master. Thank you, fellow practitioners!
Note: (1) Amulets – In China, practitioners sometimes "clarify the truth" by giving people something small to wear or cherish, bearing a few words reminding them of the goodness of Dafa.