[Selected Submission] An Enterprise Rescued--Chairman of the Board Practices Falun Gong
(Minghui.org) I have been practicing Falun Gong for fifteen years. In this corrupt and materialistic society, Falun Dafa is a pure land. The principles of Falun Dafa are the standards I follow in my behavior and have changed my view of life. I follow the standards of Falun Gong in my work, validate the Fa, and save sentient beings. Due to my efforts, a state-owned enterprise that was close to bankruptcy came back to life. Words can't express my gratitude to Teacher.
I started practicing Falun Gong in 1996. I worked in a state-owned enterprise, and was appointed factory director in 1982. In 1999, I was appointed chairman of the board. I was very dedicated to my work, and received awards from many levels of government, even becoming locally famous. However, I worked day and night, and constantly felt tired. My desire for fame and vanity increased, and I consequently developed a variety of diseases. Concerned about my health, my friends and colleagues helped me to seek medical treatment everywhere. However, my health didn't improve. I made repeated requests to resign from my position. At that time, a friend of mine lent me the book Zhuan Falun. When I first opened the book, I saw Teacher's portrait. When I read the first page, I felt every word strike my brain. The divine side of me realized that I'd finally come across the Buddha Fa. Tears came, and I raised the book high above my head and said from the bottom of my heart, “I've finally found you!” Upon hearing this, my friend told me, “You truly have a predestined relationship with Dafa.” This occurred around the Chinese New Year holiday season. After I finished reading the book, I knew that I'd finally come to Dafa.
My view of life changed dramatically as I studied the Falun Dafa teachings. Through studying the Falun Dafa teachings and practicing the exercises, my xinxing was upgraded and my physical body also improved. I finished watching the video of Teacher's nine lectures and practiced the exercises daily. One week later, I felt so light, and no longer suffered any discomfort. One month later, all of my diseases disappeared, including swelling of the kidneys, gallstones, abnormal enlargement of tissue around the cervical vertebrae, vertigo, rheumatism, and deformed legs. Meanwhile, my attitude toward work also changed. The workers commented, “Our director is different from before. He speaks differently. In the past, he always suffered from diseases and needed constant medical treatment. Now, he is doing so well. It's as if he's completely changed into another person.” My changes had a big impact in my factory and society, because they all knew that I had benefited from practicing Falun Gong. Everyone supported my practice and expressed interest in learning the practice. The magnificence of Dafa manifested in me. I can't express in words my respect and gratitude to Teacher.
Teacher taught us,
“The most fundamental characteristic of this universe, Zhen-Shan-Ren, is the highest manifestation of the Buddha Fa. It is the most fundamental Buddha Fa.” (Zhuan Falun)
I had only one thought – follow the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance,” guide myself with Teacher and the Fa, take my workplace as a cultivation environment, and conform every thought and deed to the standard of the Fa. Whenever conflicts arose at work, I looked inward and put others first. I often reminded myself to be compassionate, tolerant, and patient with my colleagues.
In 1998, we built a 300 square-foot building for manufacturing and residential housing. The building was frame-structured. The cost per square foot was 600 yuan ($95 USD), which was the lowest in the market, yet our quality was the highest. They wanted to give me money several times to thank me, but I refused. Later, they wanted to give me a house and I also refused. I told them, “I practice Falun Gong. Our Teacher requires us to consider others first and be selfless.” They were touched, and one person said to me, “My older sister also practices Falun Gong. I respect this group from the bottom of my heart.” Later, he often mentioned my case to others to make the point that Falun Gong practitioners were truly kind people.
In 2003 and 2007, we built another factory workshop building and residential housing building. Many authorities and developers wanted to work with me. The first thing they brought up was my profit. I told them, “I practice Falun Gong. I can't accept the profit fee. If you want to work with me, you need to offer the lowest market price. I can cooperate only when you can afford the price.” He was very touched. He said, “No wonder your enterprise is running so well. Falun Gong practitioners are truly kind people. I really respect you.” After he passed on my message to his colleagues, they said, “They are truly nice people in this society. Nowadays, which authorities are not greedy and corrupt? Everyone is trying to get money for themselves. Falun Gong practitioners are different. They are not greedy or corrupt.”
We established a good reputation in our local area. All the residents knew that we offered the highest quality building at the lowest price. This had a big impact in our society. Later, when we had difficulty and needed money, the developer voluntarily lent me over 100,000 yuan ($15,730 USD) for six months. They never charged us interest. Our financial staff was really touched. My assistant director often told everyone, “Our chairman of the board is our asset. No matter where we go, as soon as we mention his name, everyone respects him and is willing to help. We are proud to work in this enterprise.”
When my daughter got married in 2002, her in-laws bought a house for them, but they were short by 50,000 yuan ($7,865 USD). I borrowed 20,000 yuan from a friend. When I returned the money, he said, “You don't need to pay me back. It is my gift to your daughter. You have been the director of the enterprise for several decades and never accepted bribes. Sometimes, we talked about you among ourselves. You are so silly. Other businesses declared bankruptcy, but their directors are richer than you. They have several houses and own luxury cars. After the reform of state-owned enterprises, your business is the only one that is still running well, yet you personally don't gain anything. Sometimes we really feel that this is unfair to you.”
My business is not a big one. We have over three hundred employees. However, it is very difficult to manage. A state-owned enterprise is difficult to sustain, since it faces pressure from all aspects of society. Many departments gave us a hard time. One simple procedure can last for a long time. Extortion is a common phenomenon. Sometimes, I know that they're participating in outrageous deeds, but I'm a practitioner and cannot get angry. I need to talk to them with compassion so that they can understand our situation. My former classmates and colleagues feel that this is unfair to me. They said, “All the state-owned enterprises are closed. Why do you need to suffer? You can't change the way society runs. Just quit and find another good position.” Sometimes, my heart is moved. However, I returned and heard my workers say, “Our surrounding state-owned enterprises are all closed. We are the only one that has survived. We benefit from Falun Gong. You practice Falun Gong, and we all benefit from it.” After hearing this, I understood my responsibility. I can't forget that I'm a practitioner and shoulder the responsibilities of validating Dafa and saving sentient beings. I need to provide them employment opportunities and be a qualified leader.
I am also in charge of the business finances. During the past ten years, I never took one extra penny from work. Although my reputation is recognized by my colleagues, I knew that I still fell behind compared to Teacher's requirement,
“...you should consider others first, so as to attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism.” (“Non-Omission in Buddha-Nature” from Essentials for Further Advancement)
My understanding is that we need to meet this standard in daily life, not just the standard for our own consummation.
In my work environment, I've come across many people and contacted many departments. Wherever I went, people cared about me deeply. They were puzzled as to what empowered us – a small state-owned enterprise – to be able to survive, especially when all the existing government policies were not advantageous for state-owned enterprises. In addition, we received awards for our financial contribution to the local government. This was truly miraculous. Everyone knew that I practiced Falun Gong. I told them, “If I didn't practice Falun Gong, I would never have such power. The Fa gives me wisdom. Our compassionate Teacher gives me the capabilities.” They replied, “I now realize that all Falun Gong practitioners are good people. They play an important role in upgrading morality in human society. In the past, we thought that Falun Gong was involved in politics. After learning the truth, we know that the Jiang Zemin regime is truly vicious because it persecutes Falun Gong.” I came across many such cases. However, some people were poisoned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda. They often needed me to repeatedly clarify the truth to them. I knew deep in my heart, that learning the truth was the only way for them to be saved. Therefore, I didn't feel unbalanced, no matter how much I sacrificed.
Since I practiced Falun Gong, my xinxing (moral character) improved. Meanwhile, my business got better and better. We provided the highest quality product. All of my customers knew that I practiced Falun Gong. and they respected and trusted me. I also won many awards from various levels of the government. My enterprise was awarded the Financial Contribution Award each year. I also received individual awards. Many media interviewed me. When introducing my enterprise and myself, I emphasized that all achievements were due to practicing Falun Gong. They told me, “Your story is very moving. However, we have a rule in our news department. We cannot report positive events about Falun Gong. We are very sorry about this.” Although they couldn't submit this report, they knew in their hearts that Falun Dafa was good.
I am only one of the millions of Falun Gong practitioners. I have witnessed the magnificence of Falun Dafa, which is beneficial to the nation and society. Nowadays, the global economy is poor and human morality is declining. I hope that all people with predestined relationships can learn Falun Gong and choose a bright future.
Heshi! Thank you Teacher for your compassionate salvation.