Cultivating While Doing Coordination Work
(Minghui.org) I am the local coordinator in our area and I have realized that to play the lead role, the coordinator must do well in all aspects. Below are my experiences while acting as a coordinator.
I obtained the Fa in 1995. For over ten years I have been the head assistant of our city practice site, and the coordinator. Before the persecution began on July 20, 1999, I had a deep understanding of the Fa and improved my xinxing very quickly. As a result, while doing coordination work, I naturally use the Fa principles to guide me. Since 1997, I have read Zhuan Falun from cover to cover ten times per month. I am able to weigh things in everyday life from a cultivator's perspective. This has laid a solid foundation for my validating the Fa and saving sentient beings.
Two years after I began practicing, I discovered that my husband had an affair. Although it was very painful, I weighed this test with a cultivator’s thought. Perhaps I owe this debt so they hurt me in this way, or perhaps I have a strong attachment to sentimentality, so this is an opportunity to relinquish the attachment. When the uncomfortable thoughts emerged I reminded myself of this. From beginning to end I didn't quarrel with my husband or the woman. The experience was quite painful, but no matter how hard it was I did not consider it with human thoughts. When I met the standard, I became broad-minded. I felt cultivation was truly wonderful. However, when the part that met the standard separated from my body, I became very uncomfortable and began to suffer again. Eventually we divorced, but I have no complaint or hatred. Even now he and his family and I are good friends.
I could not cooperate well with another coordinator for a long time. In the beginning, I wasn't looking within and felt a little bit pained. While thinking about it again, I realized that Master was using this opportunity to expand my capacity by using other’s shortcomings to help me improve. So I started rectifying myself.
Responsibility and Mission
In my understanding, as a cultivator, if we can treat the things we encounter with righteous thoughts then we are in the state of being diligent. What Master wants is our heart for cultivation. As long as we put our minds into cultivation, in fact Master will do everything for us. Just as Master taught us,
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One from Zhuan Falun)
After our local coordinator was persecuted, I began doing the overall coordination work. I started by arranging the coordinators, and regardless of the problems I encountered I did not feel depressed. As long as Dafa needs me to do it, I must succeed in doing it. Actually, in looking back I feel I did little, and that everything was Master’s perfect arrangement.
We later set up Fa-study groups and tried our best not to let any fellow practitioners fall behind. Group Fa-study is the form of cultivation that Master has left us and we should unconditionally harmonize with what Master wants. We also helped to do some Dafa work for the surrounding counties.
Last winter when I went to another city I attended their local group Fa-study. After talking with them I found their cultivation state was incorrect. They don't coordinate as one body, and they don't trust each other. Master taught us,
“In any case, a cultivator must look at things as a cultivator should and with the mind of a cultivator, and absolutely cannot look at things with the mind of an ordinary person. Nothing you encounter is simple, accidental, or an ordinary thing. It must have to do with your cultivation and your improvement. Because you are a cultivator, your life path has been changed, and you have been given a new cultivation path; nothing on your path happens by chance. But it will definitely appear to be by chance, because only in this delusion and in a state where you are the same as ordinary people can you show whether you are cultivating, whether you cultivate well, and whether you are able to pass test after test. That is cultivation, and that is righteous enlightenment!” (“Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles”)
Why had Master allowed me to see these situations? I thought it was not only for my own improvment, but also pointed out my responsibility to help them. Our local practice environment was good. I felt I should share my experience with them so that we can improve together. I shared with fellow practitioners, and we then invited practitioners from other regions to come to our area to join our group Fa study. The diligent cultivation state of our local practitioners greatly encouraged practitioners from other regions. With Master’s protection, they formed a normal Fa-study environment.
There are many factors in our cultivation to help us improve our xinxing. For example, the majority of local practitioners supported helping practitioners from other regions, but some were dissatisfied and thought we were getting involved where we did not belong. I measured it with the Fa. Master taught us,
“Dafa disciples are one body, and I affirm everything they have been doing during Fa-rectification-they are all doing what Dafa disciples should do. Different approaches are in fact the all-encompassing way in which roles are dynamically distributed in the operations of the Fa, and the Fa-power is a reflection of the one body.” (“Master's Comment on a Student's Article” on February 16, 2003)
“So your cultivation states are bound to reflect this in various ways. The cultivation states of Dafa disciples will become increasingly better in the future, as will the state [of disciples] overall. This is certain.” (“Be More Diligent”)
Dafa disciples are one body. We should supplement when practitioners in other regions have shortcomings. I shared with fellow practitioners who had differing views from mine. From their various reactions I was trying to determine whether I had an attachment to validating myself. As soon as incorrect thoughts emerged I immediately eliminated them. Just as Master taught us,
“Actually, in cultivation practice you ascend by improving yourself gradually and unknowingly.” (“Learning the Fa” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
Everything that we have encountered, whether good or bad, is related to our cultivation, and is intended to improve our cultivation. I will continuously rectify and be strict with myself, shoulder my responsibility as a Dafa disciple in the Fa-rectification period, and accomplish my mission. If there is anything incorrect in my understanding, please kindly point it out.