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Considerations about Our Mentality Regarding Fa Conferences

September 26, 2011 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner in New York City

(Clearwisdom.net) As the 2011 New York Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference approached, the New York Falun Dafa Association sent out several notices encouraging fellow practitioners to submit experience sharing articles. My understanding is that there were not enough good quality sharing articles. Therefore, I'd like to ask everyone to consider: What kind of mentality should we have when attending the New York Fa Conference?

During the past dozen years, the meaning of the “New York Fa Conference” has changed from the “Fa Conference for practitioners in the greater New York area” to “the Grand Fa Conference in New York City for practitioners from all over the world.” As a practitioner in New York, I feel that I have a responsibility to work with fellow local practitioners to make the conference a great success. We want to provide practitioners an environment where they can improve in their cultivation by attending the conference, so that when they return home, they will do the three things better as well as share what they experienced at the conference with those practitioners who couldn't come, so that they can all be more diligent as well.

Teacher told us in “The Fa Conference” in Essentials for Further Advancement:

“Don’t turn them into a formality or competition; instead, make it a solemn Fa conference that can truly bring about progress in cultivation.”

We should try our best to make this Fa conference a success so that it can help fellow practitioners cultivate and become more diligent by comparing themselves with others and learning how others study the Fa and cultivate. It is also an opportunity for us to tell Teacher about our cultivation.

Making this Fa conference a success is mostly the responsibility of the host practitioners in the greater New York area, but it is also a responsibility shared by all practitioners from around the world who attend the conference.

A Fa conference is the most magnificent gathering of Dafa disciples. It demonstrates how individual Dafa disciples treat the Fa as guidance for cultivation, validate Dafa and save sentient beings in the troubled world. Every Dafa disciple, whether or not he can attend the conference in person, has a responsibility to help this Fa conference run smoothly from start to finish.

There was severe interference at last month's Washington D.C. Fa conference. Practitioners couldn't even enter the meeting hall for a long time. During the lecture, Teacher told us that the field wasn't “that clear.” It was really sad to see that. We should all look within ourselves and ask if we have improved our xinxing when listening to Teacher's words about the importance of Fa study. When we attend the Fa conference, do we really listen to others' sharing? Or do we instead forget about the solemnity and sacredness of the Fa conference that is arranged by Teacher because we are focusing on our own agenda?

The DC Fa conference was a wake-up call. With this in mind, how should we treat the upcoming New York Fa conference? Every Dafa disciple should ask himself seriously: “As a Dafa disciple, what kind of mentality should I have when attending the Fa conference?” Actually, Teacher is beside us every moment. Hosting a Fa conference is part of the cultivation of Dafa disciples in the hosting area. Attending, and even preparing for, the Fa conference is also part of cultivation of the attendees. Thus, we should seriously consider what kind of mentality we should have at the Fa conference and in front of our Teacher, who takes care of us and sentient beings. How else can we demonstrate the righteous thoughts and righteous actions that a Dafa disciple should have?