Assimilating to the Fa while Distributing Shen Yun Performing Arts DVDs at Universities
(Clearwisdom.net) I would like to share my experiences in distributing Shen Yun Performing Arts DVDs face to face at universities. Please kindly point out anything improper.
Since I recently graduated from a university, I'm quite familiar with university campuses and life. I feel relatively relaxed in that environment and frequently go to universities to save sentient beings.
My job involves contacting university labs and research institutions. There are dozens of colleges and universities in my city. I planned to go to one college or university each day to distribute Shen Yun DVDs. Since I'm self-employed, my schedule is flexible. I listen to Master's lectures while traveling to and from my clients, and send forth righteous thoughts while riding on the bus. After finishing my work-related business, I immediately begin distributing the DVDs on campus. Sometimes, if I'm too busy and have no time to do it during the day, I will do it in the evening. While sending forth righteous thoughts on the hour before and after distributing the DVDs, I will add one thought: that is, to let more predestined people learn the truth. During this process, I've had the following understandings:
1. Overcoming fear and improving xinxing
My experience distributing materials is not the same every time. It is not a simple mechanically-repeated task. One may encounter different situations which require one to improve xinxing and to correct oneself. We should not miss any such opportunities to improve, as even just a small step is improvement.
The first time I went to L University, I saw a former teacher and wanted to give him a DVD. Somehow he walked away and I tried to catch up with him. However, it seemed the more I tried to catch up, the faster he walked. I realized I must break through my fear of distributing DVDs face to face. Even if he refused to take the DVD, I still wanted to clarify the truth to him, so I sped up to reach him. After briefly introducing the DVD, he gladly accepted it and thank me repeatedly. My first DVD was given out in such a way that it seemed to be not so difficult. Just as Master said,
“Why don't you give it a try when you return home. When you are overcoming a real hardship or tribulation, you try it. When it is difficult to endure, try to endure it. When it looks impossible and is said to be impossible, give it a try and see if it is possible. If you can actually do it, you will indeed find: "After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead!"” (Zhuan Falun)
Once I went to W University and saw five or six older female teachers exercising. I wanted to give them the DVDs, but became a little afraid. I calmed down and thought I should try anyway even if they refused me. I adjusted my mindset and talked about the beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts to them. Four or five of them accepted the DVDs. When I realized they had been waiting to hear the truth, I was really happy for them.
I also had a similar breakthrough in my personal cultivation after stopping drinking alcohol. Once during a gathering with my classmates, I overcame my fear and told them that I no longer drink alcohol since I practice Falun Gong. My classmates suddenly all understood and stopped trying to make me drink. Later when I went out to have a meal with my clients, I felt I risked losing their business, but I told them I do not drink because I practice Falun Gong. However, there was no any impact whatsoever in our business relationship after my clients knew the truth.
2. Always rectifying oneself according to the Fa
One must be calm when encountering unexpected situations while doing the three things. I always look inward to see whether there are any thoughts I need to rectify. Things change once one rectifies oneself. For example, once when I went to L University to distribute DVDs, I had a doubt whether people would watch it. As I tried to hand out the DVDs, some people said they didn't have DVD players or they were not interested. I remembered Master said,
"Under trying circumstances of any type, you must all keep steady in thought. Just by staying unaffected you will be able to handle all situations." (“Teaching the Fa at the Conference in the Midwest-U.S.”)
I adjusted my mind. Then when I gave the DVDs to two ladies, they gladly accepted and thanked me repeatedly.
Once a young man asked me, "It seems it is related to Falun Gong, isn't it?" I calmed down and told him, "It's not important who the artists are. This is a beautiful high level performance of classical Chinese culture. The classical stories of five millennium of China's history are showcased in the performances, including Falun Gong. These are extremely high level performances and you will enjoy watching them. You will not be disappointed after watching this DVD!" He nodded and agreed with me.
3. Sentient beings are anxious to know the truth
Dafa practitioners should be even more proactive about saving sentient beings and should not feel shy or disappointed after doing the three things because of some people's attitude. More people will be saved if our starting point is compassion.
Once I went to Y University, and I only distributed one DVD after walking around the entire campus. I decided to make another round and try again, since it was not easy for me to go there. After walking a short distance, I suddenly encountered a crowd of people who had just come from a concert. After I offered one DVD, the other people hurriedly asked for one too and I immediately handed out more than 10 DVDs, all that I had brought. I regretted not bringing more with me.
I realize there are people who cannot be saved, even if our minds are in the right state. We should not be affected and continue saving other sentient beings. Once, a middle-aged woman at a bus stop looked at me disdainfully when I tried to give her a DVD. I was not moved and calmly introduced the DVD to an elderly woman sitting beside her. The other woman gladly accepted it.
As long as we can rectify our minds, get rid of the mentality of fear and apply the wisdom Master and Dafa have bestowed on us, with reason and a clear head, we can do well in doing the three things to assist Master in Fa rectification, no matter how trying the circumstances.