My Experience of Clarifying the Truth to Chinese Tourists on Jeju Island, Korea
(Minghui.org) Greetings to our respected Master! Greetings to my fellow practitioners!
I'm a Falun Dafa practitioner from China, and I obtained the Fa in 1996. After I came to Korea, I clarified the truth at the Korean Immigration Services and on the island of Jeju. I've also helped Chinese tourists quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. Cared for by our compassionate Master, I have helped tens of thousands of Chinese people quit the CCP in the past six years. Today, I would like to report my cultivation progress to Master and share my experience in saving sentient beings and helping Chinese tourists quit the Party with my fellow practitioners.
I used to clarify the truth at the Korean Immigration Services to Chinese people who went there for visas and other immigration formalities. As the island of Jeju became more and more popular among Chinese tourists, the need for a practitioner who knew Chinese to clarify the truth there became more and more pressing. I knew that not very many practitioners could go to Jeju because many had families that they couldn't leave behind, so I decided to temporarily move there and help clarify the truth.
Frankly, I didn't want to leave Seoul either because of the language barrier, but there was no other practitioner in Jeju that spoke Chinese. Everything would be so inconvenient; even getting around would be hard since I didn't know Korean, and my child who lived in Seoul could take care of me if I stayed there. Then I thought about the Chinese tourists—who would save them if no practitioner in Jeju spoke Chinese?
Master has told us,
“Many of today's people, especially Chinese people, don't have simple backgrounds. As I have mentioned before, many Chinese people were once kings of different nations throughout the world in different eras who later reincarnated in China.” (“Teaching the Fa in the City of Chicago”)
Master also said in Zhuan Falun,
“In providing salvation to humankind, the Buddha School does not attach any condition or seek returns, and it will help unconditionally.”
Going there to clarify the truth was an opportunity to save precious Chinese people. How could I let my own difficulties and worries get in the way of such an important matter? After careful consideration, I decided to move to Jeju.
I get up at 3:30 a.m. every day to do the exercises and then have a simple breakfast before heading out to the airport. When large numbers of Chinese tourists begin arriving at the airport by 6:40 a.m., my day of truth-clarification officially starts.
From Clarifying the Truth Quietly to Publicly
When I first started clarifying the truth, I did it very covertly. Since my goal was to clarify the truth to the entire tour group, if one person created a disturbance, then the entire group would be influenced and I wouldn't be able to continue. In order to avoid making a scene, I usually waited until a couple of them went to use the bathrooms or a few of them separated from the big group to approach them.
Later I realized that it was not going to work—large numbers of tourists came to the island every day and I was not able to clarify the truth to the majority of them. As a Dafa practitioner, I was there to save sentient beings. I wasn't doing anything wrong, so why was I hesitating? I enlightened that it was my attachment to fear. I decided to clarify the truth to the tourists in an upright and dignified manner. After that, I started to publicly clarify the truth in the airport lobby, to the entire group.
One time, airport security told me to lower my voice since it's cultural etiquette in Korea to speak quietly in public so as not to disturb others. I listened and lowered my voice. Then one day a tourist asked me, “Who is going to hear you if you speak so softly? Speak louder so everybody can hear you.” I enlightened that it was a hint, so I again started to speak up to clarify the truth. Airport security never said anything again after learning the truth about Falun Gong.
Helping a Minister of Education Quit the Party
Among the Chinese tourists, many were high ranking Party officials. When I clarified the facts to them, many told me, “We know about this.” When I asked them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, they were not scared and many readily agreed, “Okay, okay.” It didn't take much effort to get them to quit.
I helped a minister of education quit. I didn't know his position at first. After I helped him quit, someone from his group told me, “Do you know who he is? He is the minister of education.”
One time, I ran into a group of county-level officials and was told that they were from different counties and were in Korea for a conference. I said to them, “You joined the Party to make a living, but to quit the Party is to live. These are two completely different concepts. You have to do a good job at work and you also have to be a good person. If a person wants to have a future, he or she has to comply with the Buddha Fa, quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, and completely separate from it.” In the end, all but one or two members of that group quit.
Helping a Party Secretary Quit the Communist Party
One time, I tried to clarify the truth to a young man and ask him to quit the Party. I said, “Young man, do you know that quitting the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations can ensure your safety?” He was furious and said many bad things. I looked at him and smiled, “Son, I'm almost 70 years old. I am standing in front of you, not begging for food or water. My only wish is that you survive when catastrophe comes. Whether or not you want to quit is up to you. You don't need to get so worked up. I'm sure you know that there are so many natural disasters nowadays.”
He smiled as I said all this. I told him that quitting the Party is the only way to have a future. He eventually agreed to quit and then pointed to the man nearby and said, “He's a Party secretary. Help him quit.”
I walked toward the Party secretary and smiled, “A prime minister is a being and so is a beggar. All lives are equal in time of natural disaster.” Without my having to explain further, the Party secretary gladly quit the Party. More than 10 people nearby followed his example.
Helping 610 Office Officials Quit the Party
One time, a person waved at me and signaled for me I come over. I thought to myself, “I don't care who you are and what your intentions are. You waved at me and that means you are predestined.” After helping a few people near me to quit the Party, I went over to him. One person said, “These two people are both Party members. Please help them quit.” As soon as he said that, he turned around and left. When I helped the two people quit the Party, I mentioned that many 610 Office officials had quit.
One of the two people pointed at the guy who had just walked away and said, “He is the head of the 610 Office.” After the person returned, I told him, “It doesn't matter what your job is, you have to treat Dafa practitioners kindly. If you do, you will receive blessings. Did you know that many 610 Office officials have quit the Party? It doesn't matter what you have done, everybody still has a chance before it's all over. You have to treat Dafa practitioners kindly and make up for your mistakes.”
As I said all this, he started to turn red. All three of them eventually quit the Party.
One day, a person said to me, “I'm in charge of arresting Falun Gong practitioners. I will report to my superiors what you are doing here and extradite you back to China.” I smiled and said, “You have to have a talk with the president of Korea before you arrest me. This is Korea and I am a permanent resident here. You have to get the president's permission first.” He said, “Oh, I guess not.”
I then clarified the truth in detail to him, from what Falun Gong is to what the CCP really is, to what kind of people Dafa practitioners are to why we help people quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. At last I said, “As soon as you go back to China, you have to start treating Dafa practitioners kindly. If you continue to persecute Falun Gong practitioners, even your ancestors will receive karmic retribution. Did you know that? You don't want to betray your conscience for money, no matter what.”
He sounded very weak and said, “The CCP tells me to do it, so I do it.” I said, “There are all kinds of ways to make money. Why do you have to make money like that? When you get back, you have to immediately release all Dafa practitioners and maybe you'll be able to make up for what you have done. Otherwise, you will have a very bad ending and your wife and kids and even your ancestors will be implicated.”
As soon as he heard that, he said, “I get it. I get it.” He agreed to quit the Party before he left and said, “Thank you!”
A Little Girl Presses Her Hands Together
Master has told us that all sentient beings are from high levels, and I've deeply realized this in the process of clarifying the truth. I once saw a thin, dark-skinned little girl with her mother. I asked her, “Sweetie, have you joined the Young Pioneers and worn a red scarf?” She said, “Grandma, I have. I have worn the red scarf.” I said, “You should quit the organization and recite 'Falun Dafa is good' often. That way you will be saved when catastrophe comes.” She pressed her hands together, bowed to me, and said, “Okay! Okay! Thank you! Thank you!”
When I tried to clarify the truth to a boy right next to her, he kept playing with his cell phone and didn't pay attention. The little girl hit him and said, “Hurry up and quit the Young Pioneers!” He suddenly woke up and readily quit after hearing the truth.
Sometimes the teachers in charge of the groups of kids tried to keep me from clarifying the truth. I explained to them what the CCP is and why quitting the CCP and its affiliated organizations is important. Many children quietly nodded after hearing the truth, and they were all willing to quit the Young Pioneers and the Youth League. Once, an older kid said, “My uncle is in charge of persecuting Falun Gong!” I told him, “When you get back, tell your uncle not to persecute Falun Gong and to treat the practitioners kindly so he will receive blessings. If he continues to persecute Falun Gong, it will be very bad for his entire family and even his ancestors.” He said, “Sure. I'll let my uncle know as soon as I get home.”
One time, there was a group of children at the airport and some of them were wearing the red scarves. I was very eager to save them. After I helped more than 10 kids to quit the Young Pioneers, the three teachers who led the group tried to interfere. I had a firm belief and knew I had to eliminate the evil behind them. I said to them in a trembling voice, “All the kids who were killed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake died because of the CCP. If they had quit the Party and its affiliated organizations, they would have been saved at the time of the disaster. Please do good deeds and save the kids in your group. I thank you on behalf of their parents.” I bowed to the teachers as I said this, and they turned around and left. One by one, I helped almost all of the kids to quit the Party. After the group left, I regretted so much that I didn't get to clarify the truth to the teachers and save them.
Facing Evil with Righteous Thoughts and Clarifying the Truth with Compassion
When I ran into people who were not as friendly, I clarified the truth as usual. I normally started by saying, “Hi. I'm sorry I don't know how to address you. I'm 70 years old. I wanted to ask whether you've quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations?” After hearing this, some get worked up right away and some even start to curse.
When I run into people like that, I always say, “I'm 70 years old and I'm not begging for food or water. My only wish is that you survive when great catastrophe comes and that you have a bright future.” With just a few sentences, the compassion coming from my heart clears the evil field and I am able to clarify the truth easily. They often say at the end, “Thank you! Thank you.” There have been so many such examples.
Chinese tourists usually come to Jeju in groups. Depending on the circumstances, I clarify the truth differently. If one group refuses to quit the Party, I follow them around and try to clarify the truth. I talk about how the CCP targeted the landowners and capitalists and started movements such as the Four Cleanups Movement, the Three-antis Campaign, the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square Massacre, and, most recently, the persecution of Falun Gong. I tell them that, since the CCP took power, they have killed so many people, persecuted dissidents, and even harmed the people with poisonous food. I also talk about why so many children died during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. I told them that those children died not of a natural disaster but a man-made one.
The Chinese tourists usually listen carefully and nod in agreement. Once, as I explained all this, from the tour guide to the tourists, everybody applauded me. The tour guide shouted, “Excellent! Excellent!” This is usually when I start to help each tourist to quit the Party, and in most cases, most of the Chinese tourists will agree to quit.
One time, I clarified the truth to a group of young men and told them why they should quit the Party. One of them said, “Grandma, you don't have to tell us. We all know that the CCP is evil. Eighty percent of the Chinese people are on your side. We support you!” Many people not only readily quit the Party, but also commented, “I hate the CCP the most. Give me a gun and I'll take it [the CCP] out!” There were many people like this.
In the past six years, I have clarified the truth at the Korea Immigration Services and in Jeju and helped tens of thousands of people to quit the Party or its affiliated organizations. Once, I helped 420 people to quit the Party in one day and 6,000 in 20 days.
The Exercise Music Plays Miraculously
To clarify the truth to more people, I have to get to the airport by the first flight and stay until the last flight of the day, and I truly feel tired after a long day at the airport. For a couple years, another practitioner gave me rides home and dropped me off usually at midnight. I quickly ate a simple meal before sending forth righteous thoughts and slept for an hour or two. I usually get up around 3 a.m. to do the exercises.
One time, I was really, really tired. There were still 10 minutes before time to do the exercises. I asked Master, “Master, please let me sleep for 10 more minutes.” After 10 minutes, the exercise music started playing miraculously. I heard Master's voice accompanying the music and I suddenly woke up. I deeply experienced that Master is caring for me all the time.
I have enlightened that it is Master who has arranged everything and doing the work when I clarify the truth. As soon as I feel that I am not being effective in clarifying the truth, I immediately start looking inward and ask myself, “Which thought of mine was not right? My understanding on which issue was wrong? Have I said something that's not aligned with the Fa?” I then ask Master for help so I can save more sentient beings. The results show right away when I clarify the truth. I realized that I am only clarifying the truth to people in this dimension, and Master is doing the real work.
Through regularly clarifying the truth in the past few years, I deeply realized the importance of studying the Fa and cultivating one's mind, since I know that my righteous thoughts, wisdom, and my compassion toward sentient beings all come from the Fa and from truly cultivating. During down times at the airport, I squeeze in time to study the Fa every day. Only through studying the Fa can I have righteous thoughts and truly look inward when encountering problems and conflicts. When I study the Fa with a clear mind, I often feel that I have become part of the Fa. I also feel that my body has become very immense and my energy field is very large.
Overcoming Tribulations and Ascending in Levels Together
One time, another practitioner and I had a conflict. She said to me, “Let's skip a day and not go clarify the truth so we can exchange our thoughts and understandings instead.” I said, “We don't have a conflict. Everything is in the Fa and everything will eventually be solved in the Fa. Let's not take a day off from saving sentient beings since time is so limited. I don't want to sit at home and exchange understandings. If you want to do that, we can talk at the end of the day. If you feel upset, you don't have to come today. But I have to go.”
That day, every single person I asked agreed to quit the Party. In just a short time, I helped more than 100 people to quit.
The most difficult xinxing test I have ever encountered was when I first moved to Jeju. Local practitioners helped rent a place with two bedrooms for myself and another local practitioner to share. At the beginning, he dropped me off at the airport in the mornings and picked me up at night. We cooperated well. Later on, we started to have conflicts due to reasons that were not clear to me. This practitioner is very short-tempered and also, because of the language barrier, we were not able to communicate. The misunderstanding between us got bigger and bigger. More than once, he asked me to move back to Seoul.
I thought to myself at the time that I was the only practitioner there who knew Chinese. If I left, what was going to happen to the Chinese tourists that arrived there every day? Who would clarify the truth to them? I could leave, but that would make Master really sad. I didn't want Master to be unhappy and didn't want the sentient beings to lose their opportunities to be saved. In extremely difficult situations, practitioners in China have done such a good job. How was it that I couldn't even pass such a small xinxing test? I will overcome it!
Due to the language barrier, we were not able to communicate. Seeing that I was not going to leave, the practitioner wrote notes to me in simple Chinese and asked me to go back to Seoul. One time I cooked and brought food to him and, in Korean, asked him to eat. He not only refused to eat, he got very angry.
I had never felt so wronged in my entire life. I couldn't stand it anymore and thought, “Master, I just want to go home with you. If not, I would not stay here.”
Toward the end, he didn't even let me use the bathroom to take a shower. I spent all day at the airport to clarify the truth and often was very sweaty. What was I to do if I couldn't take a shower? I talked to other practitioners and told them that I didn't want to stay in Jeju anymore and that I could clarify the truth anywhere.
Actually, other than being short-tempered, this practitioner is very diligent in every other respect. He never cooked when it was just himself. He often boiled a batch of potatoes and ate them with only salt, or just ate instant noodles or very simple meals. He spent most of his time clarifying the truth. After he dropped me off at night, usually around 11 p.m. or midnight, he often headed out to distribute newspapers. There's a school in Jeju that has about 170 students. After this practitioner clarified the truth to the administrators of the school, they changed the curriculum and let students do the Falun Gong exercises as part of their physical education.
With the help of other practitioners, we finally solved our problem and cooperated with each other. I clarify the truth at the airport, while he goes out to distribute newspapers. When he's done, he helps me and sends righteous thoughts.
This practitioner's temper also improved and now he always smiles. Though he cannot clarify the truth to the Chinese tourists due to the language barrier, he can distribute more than 7,000 copies of the newspaper in just five days. When we cooperate well, the results show. With his help, I've helped about 10,000 people quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations in the past 40 days.
I want to sincerely thank my fellow practitioners for their help. Without their help and cooperation, I, an elderly lady who doesn't speak Korean, would not even be able to go anywhere, let alone save sentient beings.
In fact, what I've done is far from enough. Every day, thousands of Chinese tourists come to Jeju, yet I can only clarify the truth to two or three hundred people. I have been very sad and very anxious about this, because so many precious Chinese tourists won't hear the truth and I'm not sure whether they'll have a chance to be saved. My only wish is to do my best and save more sentient beings.
I only finished the second grade, and I've never liked to speak in public or in front of a crowd. Yet, as a Dafa practitioner whose responsibility is to help Master in Fa-rectification, and in order to save sentient beings, I am willing to speak as long as I need to. I also have a lot to say. I feel that when there are a lot of tourists, I can't even slow down because it would affect saving sentient beings.
As I kept clarifying the truth to people from all walks of life, I started to like doing it more and more. Especially when people learn the truth and want to quit the Party, I feel so happy for them from the bottom of my heart because they have been saved.
These are some of my experiences in cultivating and clarifying the truth. I ask my fellow practitioners to kindly point out anything that's inappropriate.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!
(Presented at 2013 US Western International Fa Conference)