Embarking on a Journey to Diligently Cultivate Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I started practicing Falun Dafa at the end of 1998. I would like to report a summary of my journey of cultivation to our compassionate Master and fellow practitioners.
I loved to visit temples when I was very young. I would walk around the sacred grounds with hobbled steps filled with immense joy, touching the Buddha statues and smelling the incense.
Whenever I cried or fussed, and refused to be comforted, my family would take me to one of the neighborhood temples, and I would then calm down.
When I was three years old, an unprecedented catastrophe befell the land of China. Everywhere, temples were destroyed and Buddha statues were smashed.
When I started elementary school, I was submerged in an atheistic education and was being pushed further and further away from the things that were divine.
During my growing up years, I would often sit alone, looking up at the sky with an indescribable melancholy and indefinable longing.
As I advanced in age, and even after marriage and children, the vague longings in my heart did not subside but steadily increased.
My life changed unexpectedly in 1998.
That spring, my husband’s hospitalization brought on disruptions to our calm and comfortable life. I was getting rather weary with the need to run around from home to work and to the hospital.
A colleague one day introduced me to Zhuan Falun, but I was overwhelmed by the mundane world and all its unending chores, so it took me a good six months before I succeeded to read through the book.
Toward the end of that year, my husband was hospitalized for a second time. A patient in his room told him that practicing Falun Dafa is good for health and fitness.
As I had been in poor health since childhood, suffering from congenital heart disease, hypertension, chronic pharyngitis, bronchitis, gastroenteritis, dizziness, psychosis, and a whole slew of other physical problems, my husband decided to let me first try the Falun Dafa exercises. If that proved miraculous, then he would try it himself.
The first time I went to the practice site, the sky was filled with fluttering snow. I didn’t know if it was because the road was slippery or if it was a test of my resolve, but not far from home, my bicycle had a flat tire. I got off and pushed my bicycle the rest of the way.
With the extensive Fa study, my xinxing was able to elevate by leaps and bounds, and my physical body also took a dramatic turn. Many of my old diseases disappeared. Even more amazing was that my mind became more peaceful and my facial features became softer. Maybe that’s what is meant by the appearance stemming from the mind.
I felt truly integrated into the ranks of practitioners in the Fa-rectification period. I knew I was embarking on a journey of purification where “The Buddha-light illuminates everywhere and rectifies all abnormalities.” (Lecture Three in Zhuan Falun)
Introducing Dafa at Business Social Gatherings
I realized from studying the Fa the varied environments Dafa disciples are in today, including acquiring knowledge, family, job, status, income, etc., which are all different means to save sentient beings and opportunities stemming from Master’s merciful compassion.
I’m in sales and my time is usually less discretionary, but I do come into contact with a considerable diversity of people, so clarifying the truth face to face has become my main method of talking to people about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
Due to business development needs, I organize social gatherings for my customers every so often. These social gatherings are to bring about customer awareness to certain products. However, I don’t just follow the convention of merely introducing the products, I intersperse within my topics life’s common problems, current events, and even traditional culture. I also extend my discussion to naturally touch on the facts about Falun Dafa and the truth behind its persecution.
I’ve found this to be very effective in my truth clarification and saving people.
At one of these gatherings, my talk on the recent phenomenon of fraudulence being prevalent in the community received a resounding echo from the customers.
I said to them, “We are all honest people who abhor fraudulence. If a person is not honest, what he damages is his own reputation. If a product is sold with dishonesty, what it ruins is a business or even an enterprise. If the media lacks integrity, it destroys the whole society. In China, the media is a one-voice monopoly.”
I paused, and continued in a slightly heavier tone: “More than a dozen years ago, the government broadcasted news and videos of the Tiananmen Square Self-immolation incident, and a stunning number of people believed the lies. I went on to explain how it was prooved to be a hoax.
At these customer interactive exchange gatherings, I would often volunteer to sing an acappella song from the Falun Dafa repertoire. They seem to really like it and sometimes would ask for an encore.
I invariably would end my presentation with telling them, “Perhaps you have casually received a flyer, a phone call, or a CD. They could bring you great blessings. Please cherish this opportunity and remember the words of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to choose for yourselves a better future!”
I would then sing another acappella song “Coming for You”, filling the room with words in songs created by Dafa disciples. I would thank Master for this opportunity.
Helping a Devoted Christian Renounce the CCP
I was once helping a customer do product analysis in my office. When we were on the subject of product quality, I took the opportunity to talk about integrity and other related issues pertaining to the sales staff.
I announced to the customer with pride, “I’m a Dafa disciple who practices the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
The customer stared at me for a long moment, and finally said, “No wonder I come from far away to do business with you. It has to be God’s guidance.” It turned out that she was a devout Christian.
After that, our conversation turned to beliefs. I described briefly my experience practicing Falun Dafa, and how it has spread to all corners of the world.
The customer asked a frank question, “Since Falun Gong is a cultivation practice, why does it participate in politics, and advise people to renounce the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and withdraw from its affiliated organizations?”
I asked her, “Do you believe in Jesus?” She replied yes. I laughed, “So you are stepping on two boats. You want things both ways. You believe in Jesus as your God and you believe in the Communist Party that professes atheism.”
After a while, she finally and suddenly understood, “You’re right! I had been with the Youth League and the Young Pioneers. Please help me withdraw from both quickly. And make sure you use my real name.”
Helping to Save a Young Man from Leg Amputation
A colleague I’m very friendly with suddenly called me one Saturday, sobbing, to tell me his son was in the hospital after a car accident and the doctor was recommending amputation.
Her son was riding his motorcycle when a car traveling the same direction hit him, knocked him to the ground, and a bus couldn’t stop quickly enough and ran over his legs.
When she looked at her son lying on the hospital bed in deep pain and sorrow, she suddenly remembered I had talked to her about Falun Dafa, so she called me to solicit my help.
When I used to talk to her about Falun Dafa, she wouldn’t believe, but indeed had said to me half-jokingly, “You are so outstanding, why are you are so superstitious?”
In the hospital, after I inquired about her son’s situation, I said to mother and son, “Falun Dafa has miraculous powers, are you willing to try it?”The mother and son replied in unison, “Yes!”
I then gave them each a Dafa amulet and taught them to recite in sincerity: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
After they understood the truth, the whole family renounced the Party and withdrew from all its affiliated organizations.
My colleague’s son called in great excitement that Sunday night to tell me, “A miracle has indeed happened! My doctor said there’s no need for amputation. The necrosis in my leg muscles has suddenly reversed, showing a red blood survival phenomenon. Even the doctor thinks that it is incredible.”
A few days later, when I went to the hospital to visit her son, my colleague grabbed me and kept thanking me, “Thank you, thank you, Falun Dafa is really amazing!”
I said, “It’s Dafa’s Master who saved your son, so you should thank him!” They thanked Master and said they would definitely tell their personal experiences to more people, so that others can benefit too!”
Clarifying the Truth to My Unit Leader
My unit’s Party leader came to my office one day with several people to seek my cooperation to work on a project on a poll to evaluate new Party members.
When she explained the purpose of her visit, I told her rather snappily, “Sorry, I don’t have time.”
Because our relationship had always been cordial and we got along well, she simply sat down with the posture of no cooperation, no going away.
Our stalemate lasted for a bit. All of a sudden, I felt compassion toward her, so I said, “Since you’re here to seek my opinion, I’ll tell you. I don’t recommend anybody to join in and be a Party member.”
She asked why, and I told her in a calm voice, “Because it is persecuting good people who practice Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It’s gone so far as to harvest organs from living Falun Dafa practitioners for huge profits.”
I told her of my personal story of how I was blessed with physical and mental health from practicing Falun Dafa, and how I was persecuted because I refused to renounce my belief.
The Party leader looked at me in silence while I was talking, her eyes showing a trace of sympathy. After I finished, she got up and said: “I know you’re busy. We’ll leave you alone. Let’s have tea together when you’re free.”
Two days later, I sent over to her a copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, a truth clarification USB, and a Shen Yun DVD.
Leaving Behind the Self to Enter the Suing of Jiang Movement
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I realized that the Fa-rectification process has come to an important stage of suing Jiang Zemin, and that Dafa disciples should follow the historical trend to play a leading role and join in the prosecution of Jiang Zemin who instigated the persecution of Falun Gong.
In mid-May, the Minghui website published news about Falun Gong practitioners from Hubei Province joining in to sue Jiang.
I applauded their righteous thoughts and righteous actions, which also showed my lack of diligence and put me greatly to shame.
“Without human action happening under cosmic changes, such conditions would not have been brought to ordinary human society, and neither would they be called cosmic changes.” (Lecture Seven from Zhuan Falun)
Because I must take my unit’s mid-May business qualification exam, I decided to write my criminal complaints after the exam was over.
Two days before the exam, a practitioner brought to me several handwritten suing Jiang criminal complaints and asked me to forward these documents to the Minghui website.
I dropped everything at hand, typed all night, and uploaded the complaints to the Minghui website. At the same time, I wrote accompanying related stories as a timely follow-up. When these complaints were published, fellow practitioners were positively impacted.
I went to the local post office on May 21 to send off my criminal complaint against Jiang Zemin. In the post office, I sensed a powerful energy field all around me. I felt so righteous and pure.
The next day, I received confirmation receipts from both the Supreme Procuratorate and the Supreme Court and sent it to the Minghui website.
Because of the suing Jiang project, I didn’t spend time studying during the last couple of days before the exam. On the day of the exam, when I opened the test paper in the exam room, my heart sank. What was I to do with so many unfamiliar questions? I silently asked for Master’s help. I ended up relying on my gut feeling and guessing a lot of the answers.
When the result came out, I passed. I was overjoyed, and instantly realized it was Master who made it happen.
Telling My Boss about Suing Jiang
One day early this August, I went to my boss’ office to submit a report of my work.
I told her before leaving about my suing Jiang and how I had been arrested three times and detained twice only because I practiced Falun Dafa and refused to give up my belief. I also told her about the crimes Jiang committed.
She was stunned, because, before she came to my department, she had only heard that I practice Falun Dafa.
When she learned that I had sent my criminal complaint against Jiang to the Supreme Procuratorate and the Supreme Court and have received confirmation receipts, she cast approving eyes my way.
After I helped her renounce the CCP and withdraw from its affiliated organizations, she said to me jokingly, “Thank you. You’ve provided me with a security cover.”
Helping Practitioners to Sue Jiang
Some practitioners can put aside their own self to follow Master’s Fa-rectification course, suing Jiang Zemin, and honoring their pledge to save sentient beings. Others have misgivings, fearing suing Jiang would bring on their own persecution again, or they think suing him does not involve them.
1. The story of practitioner Chen
I got wind that practitioner Chen had been persecuted very severely, so her practice has been sometimes diligent and sometimes sluggish. She was worried if she joined in to sue Jiang, that she would be met with further persecution and thus would bring trouble to her family.
I paid her a visit at her home and said to her, “As Dafa disciples, we sue Jiang to overcome our attachment to fear, and to save people with great compassion and forbearance. The understanding side of sentient beings will be grateful, so how can there be further persecution?”
She said, “I know it’s what Dafa disciples should do, but my mother has heart problems. I’m afraid she won’t understand, and my participation will make her condition worse.”
Directing my attention to practitioner Chen’s concerns, I sought out our local coordinator for assistance. With Chen’s consent, the three of us met at a teahouse near her home.
At our meeting, coordinator Yuan first shared his cultivation experiences, and then began to talk about the difference in expectation between self cultivation and cultivation during the Fa-rectification period, about the responsibilities of the latter, about suing Jiang being the manifestation of Master’s compassion toward all sentient beings, and that family members are also our targets to be saved.
After several hours of exchanges, practitioner Chen finally understood that all her worries have stemmed from her own attachments to fear and seeking comfort, as well as from her inability to let go of human affection and worldly affairs.
I immediately provided her a copy of all related sue Jiang articles and templates, plus a copy each of my criminal complaints against Jiang. Then, I urged her to get on board promptly.
A few days later, Chen submitted her criminal complaints to the Supreme Procuratorate and the Supreme Court’s websites. She also forwarded a copy of her complaints to the Minghui website to be filed.
2. The story of practitioner Wang
There were many veteran practitioners who had started practicing Falun Dafa before the July 20, 1999 persecution, but had not joined in to sue Jiang.
Practitioner Chen said to me, “I ran into practitioner Wang who had been with our Fa study group. When I brought up the topic of suing Jiang, he changed the course of our conversation. What should I do?”
I told her, “I’ll see what I can do.”
I paid a visit to Wang in his store. I brought up the movement to sue Jiang.I told him in a serious manner, “Dafa disciples have gone through so many ups and downs through these past years, and now we have reached the final stage of Fa-rectification. We mustn’t slacken our efforts.”
After a lapse of silence, he suddenly spoke up, “Now, good people do not receive good rewards. I try to treat people with compassion. I sell genuine goods with fair prices, yet people will still resort to occasional pilfering.”
I responded gently, “As a businessman, you are indeed good by virtue of your compassion, but my understanding of goodness and compassion is different. When I was illegally detained, I bore no grudge but used the time I was locked up to persuade the 610 Office staff and my persecutors to renounce and withdraw from the Party and all its affiliated organizations.
I denied the persecution forced on me by my unit and my unit leaders and compassionately tried my best to help them stop their participation in persecuting Falun Dafa and choose for themselves a bright future. I joined the movement to sue Jiang. I spread Dafa and clarified the truth to save the sentient beings who have been coerced to believe in the Party’s lies and bear hatred toward Dafa and practitioners. My definition of compassion is to truly help save lives.”
Wang nodded. I smiled and he smiled back. I walked out of his store with conviction that this practitioner will be making a decision to take a solid step forward, join the movement to sue Jiang, and honor his prehistoric vow.