10th China Fahui on Minghui.org Draws to a Close: Life Shines Through Cultivation
(Minghui.org) The 15-day-long 10 th China Fahui on Minghui.org came to a close on November 22, 2013. The “virtual experience sharing conference” was a great success.
Over 100 articles were selected from the many submissions to be featured on the pages of the Minghui website for this year's conference. Translations of these articles will continue to appear on the English and other-language versions of Minghui in weeks to come, as they become available.
The articles presented in the conference reflect the tremendous changes Falun Gong practitioners go through in their cultivation: How they reach clarity despite confusion, how they look within amidst conflicts to resolve difficulties fundamentally, how they persist with the principles of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance in the face of the slander and persecution of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and how they improve themselves when helping people understand the facts of the persecution.
The genuine sharing and touching stories of the China Fahui on Minghui.org form another magnificent chapter in the history of Falun Dafa's spread in the world.
Under the circumstance of the brutal persecution in Mainland China, the Minghui website has been hosting an annual experience sharing conference for Mainland Chinese practitioners since 2004. The conference provides them a platform to learn from each other; to advance together in their practice of Falun Dafa.
Participants this year are from all walks of life. They include farmers, scholars, high-ranking officials, and successful businessmen. They joined the practice for different reasons and have different cultivation experience. However, they share one thing in common: they strive to be good people in their social stratum according to the principles of Truth-Compassion-Tolerance. They handle all conflicts and tribulations with compassion and perseverance.
Their lives shine brightly through their paths of cultivation. Some examples follow.
Lifelong Dream of Spiritual Cultivation Came True
An old woman who has been longing for the divine finally found Falun Dafa in 1999 after eight decades of yearning and suffering. (See “My Lifelong Dream of Finding Spiritual Cultivation Came True” )
She didn't join the practice to cure her diseases. But after she took on the practice, her heart disease, arthritis, deformed knees, Meniere's syndrome (deafness and dizziness), edema, hand and leg cramps, cataracts, and other health problems gradually disappeared without her even noticing.
In 2003, when the Falun Gong truth-clarification materials were hard to come by in Mainland China, she established a small scale materials production facility in her home. She was 83 years old at the time. Dafa inspired her wisdom. She quickly learned computer skills, downloading files from the Internet, printing and producing materials, and burning DVDs.
When the printer went wrong, she didn't know how to repair it. She asked Master for help. The machine returned to normal soon. Her material site has been running independently and stably for over 10 years.
She is now 94. She often goes out alone to visit people and tell them the facts of Dafa and purchase supplies for her materials site. Her pace is light and fast. Her mind is sharp. Many people envy her and say that she looks 70 years old maximum.
Her children often say: “Thanks to Falun Dafa, our mom (grandma, great grandma) has such good health!” The family was free from the common chores and anxiety of taking care of a 94-year-old. Her entire family benefits from her cultivation.
59-Year-Old Shows Same Degree of Cellular Health as a Young Man
This business leader is quite famous in his city, not just because of his network and strong capabilities, but also because of the miracles Dafa displays on him.
He had asthma when he was little. His parents almost abandoned him. During his tenure as the Deputy General Manager at a cement factory, his situation worsened as a result of a lot of dust in his working environment.
Within two days of practicing Falun Dafa in 1996, Master helped him cleanse his body. His chronic diseases disappeared. He has been energetic ever since. Seeing his fundamental change, his family, friends, and colleagues witnessed the miracle of Dafa. Over 1,800 employees at the factory started cultivating.
Last year, he visited a subsidiary of an American pharmaceutical company. The researchers there tested his essential cell parameters. The results showed that this 59-year-old man's cell parameters were the same as those of a 28-year-old young man!
In 1997, he took the position of Chairman of the Board and President at an enterprise. This enterprise had over 90 million yuan debt. The debtors didn't care about the fact that he didn't rack up the debt. They came and beat him up. They further claimed that they would cut off his arms and legs.
He maintained his xinxing by adhering to Master's teachings of “... as a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted, but should conduct oneself with a high standard.” (Zhuan Falun)
With compassion and wisdom inspired by Dafa, he was able to sort out all debts and turn the business around.
Exceptional Government Employee
This government employee has worked in a township level agency for 24 years and cultivated Dafa for 18 years. She says: “For the past 18 years, I haven't had any sicknesses. I also haven't spent any money on cosmetics but simply wash my face with water every day. I'm 47 years old, and my age doesn't show. My skin is white and smooth. Even the scars from an earthquake when I was 10 have disappeared.”
In her work, she rarely encounters difficulties that she cannot overcome. Her thoughts and actions are almost synchronized – she is very efficient, and without errors. She shares: “Once I reported our township's medical subsidy forms. The forms are very complicated. All other townships had errors in their reports. Mine was perfect. Everyone thought that I was very impressive. I know this is the wisdom from Dafa.”
She displays the dignity of Dafa too. Her local TV station wanted to videotape her while she was in detention and and twist the footage in a propaganda ploy to slander Dafa. She had the strong thought: “The videotaping will go in vain. If it's recorded, it will not be aired. If you have to videotape me, let the machine go out of order!”
Several days later, she heard the policemen talking among one another: “It was weird! We recorded the footage, but the camera won't export or replay it. A camera over a million yuan just goes out of order like that!”
College Instructor Is a Model Daughter-in-law
A college instructor has welcomed and hosted her mother-in-law ever since the father-in-law passed away. The mother-in-law's three sons resented one another because they couldn't reach consensus regarding sharing the responsibilities of taking care of their mom.
The mother-in-law didn't receive much education and was very stubborn. Even her own children couldn't tolerate her.
“In the beginning, I was angry too. But I always got reminders from the Fa. I told myself that I would do better the next time. I corrected myself once and again until one day I didn't have any resentment in my heart any more.” The college instructor shares how she has changed the situation.
When she became selfless and thought from the perspectives of her mother-in-law, her response to the same old woman was completely different. Her heart went out to her mother-in-law.
As for relatives on her husband's side, she resolved the grudges with compassion and maintained family relationships with sincerity and tolerance. Her family members can all sense the peace, warmth, and beauty brought about by Truth-Compassion-Forbearance.
Once the mother-in-law broke her bones. The practitioner worked during the day and took care of her at night. She comforted her mother-in-law, cooked for her, cleaned her body and took care of her bathroom needs. The mother-in-law told her neighbors: “My daughter-in-law is closer to me than my daughter!”
Teacher Who Won Perfect Scores from All Parents
She is the only teacher to whom all parents give perfect scores in the parents' teacher evaluation. Even though her class is already overcrowded, over a month after the beginning of the school year, some parents still request their children to be transferred to her class.
This is because all parents know that she practices Falun Dafa. She guides children to be good people according to Truth-Compassion-Tolerance. The kids in her class are the most polite and disciplined.
She held an open class and all of the school's teachers attended. They later told her: “We have never seen before the nice attitude, tones, and compassion you have toward the kids. This is not only beneficial to students, but also very helpful to us!”
Falun Dafa expounds the essence of cultivation and guides cultivators on their journey of returning to true self without leaving the secular world. However, before more people could understand Dafa, the brutal persecution and blanketing slanders occurred in July 1999.
Falun Gong practitioners realized that the persecution of Truth-Compassion-Forbearance would destroy the moral foundation of the entire Chinese society. They stepped forward to resist the persecution. Regardless of their age and gender, they tried their best to straighten the lies and persistently offered people the precious opportunity of making the righteous choice and finding hope. They have created a lot of miracles in the process.
Recovered from Disability due to Torture
In 2006, due to tortures, she had broken bones near her waist. The bones near her soles were shattered. Her feet and ankles were disfigured. Her left leg was numb. A steel plate was implanted in her waist during the surgery.
When the doctor told her that she would be disabled for the rest of her life, not only didn't she believe his words, she asked to go home on the fourth day after the surgery.
When her family members and other patients didn't understand her and the doctor mocked her, she said to them: “I'm a cultivator. I have my Master's protection. I'm different than you.” She told them that she would recover to her old self.
Within a year, she could do some light labor in the field. Those people who didn't believe her were stunned. Their first reaction was: “Really?! This is truly divine!” Then they found aliases for themselves and quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations.
It is easier said than done. Her endurance was beyond imagination. Her faith of Falun Dafa helped her overcome this tremendous tribulation. She started by studying the Fa and doing the exercises in bed all day long. She persisted even though her body trembled in pain during the second exercise. She gained feelings back in her leg on the seventh day.
When she tried to walk, her feet felt like being stabbed by needles. She did it step by step while asking for Master's help: “Master, please help me. I will validate the miraculousness and magnificence of Dafa with my body!”
Those who know her are all awed by the power of Dafa.
Snow Does Not Stop a 90-Year-Old
A 90-year-old woman once wanted to end her life because of all her sufferings. A stroke was the last straw. She was paralyzed, and her children had to take care of her. Then, she encountered Falun Dafa. The joy of practicing Dafa made her feel that if all her past sufferings were there so she could eventually connect with Falun Dafa, then they were all worthwhile. (See " I'm 90 Years Old But It Doesn't Slow Me Down from Saving People ")
Even though she is 90 years old, she uses all means to inform people the facts of the persecution and the beauty of Dafa. Severe weather doesn't stop her from going outdoors. “The deep snow in the freezing winter doesn't stop me. I wrap rope around my feet so I won't slip.” She says that she doesn't think too much about her age. She just think of the dire danger of those who are deceived by lies and hate Dafa: “Master is compassionate. He asks us to tell people the facts.”
Self-Taught Technical Expert
A 60-year-old woman learned how to install double operational systems in a computer. She was a computer illiterate. Within a year, she became a technical expert who could even help others to solve their problems.
She commented: “With Dafa's help, my being has become bigger and taller. Dafa helped me climb the peak of technology. Now I have the wisdom and courage to look down at all mountain-tall technical problems with a smile.” (See “ How I Became a Technical Expert ”)
In 2012, she started learning to install operational systems. She encountered problems every step of the way, but she didn't give up. She repeated the process many times. Finally, she made her first successful installation three days later. Afterwards, she made many more practices until she successfully installed operational systems for fellow practitioners three months later.
She was inspired by others who taught her. The practitioner who taught her the skills shared her own story: this practitioner's teacher was a young man. Before she could master the skills, he and his mother were both arrested and killed in the persecution within half a month of the arrest. This practitioner wasn't scared. She wiped her tears and joined the computer training class in the ordinary society and became the technical support for others.
In the 14 years of persecution, Falun Gong practitioners clear lies, inform people the facts, and offer people the precious opportunity of Dafa cultivation. More and more people understand and acknowledge Falun Dafa, renounce the CCP, and have chosen a good future.
The Choice of a Policeman
Upon learning the truth, a policeman who has participated in persecuting Falun Gong practitioners, admire them from the bottom of his heart: He says: “I always wanted to do something for them to support them. One day, a thought came to my mind: why not support them by practicing Falun Gong!” In 2010, he joined the practice. As he elevates in his cultivation, he starts to know what he has truly gained.
Last year, because he distributed Nine Commentaries on Communist Party and other materials, his managers forced him to abandon cultivation. He firmly refused:
“I was a famous gambler and alcoholic in the past. I also had messy extramarital relationships. I did most of the bad deeds Chinese policemen do. I often fought with my colleagues. I used to work only about half out of a year. After I started practicing Falun Gong, I stopped drinking and gambling. I have become polite and worked hard. Even my wife's 13-year-long mental problem was gone within two months of my practice. My family has benefited tremendously! I believe in Falun Gong! In the past, you didn't mind all the bad deeds I did. Now I become a good person, you want to kick me out? Is this because the CCP doesn't allow people to be good?”
His agency submitted its recommendation of his termination. However, a few days later, the announcement came – he was promoted. Everyone said that he had connections in the upper echelon. He responded with pride: “Yes, I have my magnificent Master!”
New Life for a Hopeless Case
This practitioner used to be the shame of his family. He is the youngest of six siblings and often involved in group fights. He had to move to another town with his wife and start a business from scratch. Even when he was in difficulties, he still spent 10 to 20 thousand yuan each year on “entertainment.”
In 2008, he saw a golden Buddha flew to him and asked him to read Zhuan Falun with his wife. Since then, he has abandoned all his bad habits. His business runs well. The couple has bought their own house and car. His siblings cannot believe their eyes and cannot figure out what has brought about such change on him. He tells his family and friends the beauty of Dafa and his personal experience. He helped his family members choose a good future.
Now his brother and sister-in-law both practice Falun Dafa. Their businesses are getting better and better. The entire family is very happy.
Everyone in his big family is thankful to the founder of Falun Gong.
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2,500 years ago, disciples asked Shakyamuni if it was possible to cultivate to the Tathagata level without leaving the secular world. Shakyamuni responded that when the Holy King Who Turns the Wheel came to the world, he would impart a cultivation method that did not require one to be isolated from the world.
Falun Dafa now flourishes around the world. Tens of millions of people are elevating and cultivating in their work and life environments. They are practicing and validating the divine path paved by Truth-Compassion-Forbearance, the key principles of Falun Dafa.