Clarifying the Truth to Chinese Tourists Helped Me Raise My Level
(Minghui.org) There are two major tourist destinations in Norway that Chinese groups typically visit. One is the city hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is issued, and the other is Frogner Park. I was going to these locations to explain the facts about Falun Gong to Chinese tourists, but could not stick with it. I thought that there were too few tourists to make it worthwhile.
“As I mentioned at the last Fa conference, [our group as a whole] must not let up with our truth-clarification at tourist spots. Especially with tourists coming out of mainland China, you really must focus your truth-clarification on them. Practitioners everywhere are taking action, and doing well.” (“Fa Teaching on World Falun Dafa Day”)
I realized there were gaps between myself and the practitioners who cultivate diligently. So I resumed clarifying the truth to Chinese tourists on May 27, 2014.
Removing Human Notions
Because I spent hours making calls to China on the phone platform, I thought I would have no problem talking to Chinese tourists face-to-face. On one occasion, a tour group had just finished eating and were resting outside their hotel. The tour guide was telling them, “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is giving Norway a hard time because Norway granted the Nobel Peace prize to a Chinese person that the CCP does not like.” I joined in the discussion.
One tourist said, “We aren't interested to listening to you, go away!” The other tourists agreed with her. Their reaction troubled me, so I started sending forth righteous thoughts, "Eliminate all the evil and communist elements interfering with the tourists—let them hear the truth." Soon, two people came over to listen to me, but they did not quit the CCP.
I felt depressed and went home dejected. I wondered how this could happen. I started searching within, and found I had an attachment to competitiveness. Talking to Chinese at tourist spots is very different from talking on the telephone. When talking on the phone, you can't see the other person’s face, so it is easy not to be disturbed, whatever their reaction.
Talking to people at tourist spots is quite different. While talking to one person, others may surround you and give their opinions. The situation is harder to control. Some tourists appear very unfriendly. This is probably why my feelings were hurt, and why my attachment to competitiveness flared up. That is also why I started arguing with them. As a result, once the first tourist refused to quit the CCP, the others were influenced. This occurred several times, and I was full of regret each time.
One practitioner told me that I should read theNine Commentariesand Dissolving Party Culture before I go to tourist spots. I read the Nine Commentaries three times and started listening to the recording of Dissolving Party Culture. I realized that my competitiveness originated from Party culture, as did my feelings of suspicion and wariness around Chinese tourists.
I was afraid they would abuse me, and that fear was exposed while I was clarifying the truth to them.
I once saw an elderly practitioner asking a middle-aged man to quit the CCP. She talked for a long time, but the man did not agree to quit. I walked over to help, but the man started to verbally abuse me. I did not return his insults, but my mind was not tranquil.
On another day, a male tourist abused me in front of other Chinese tourists. My heart was moved a bit, but that feeling affected me less than before.
I began studying the Fa well, and memorizing the Fa in the morning. This helped me a great deal. Other practitioners joined me, and our overall environment kept improving.
Cultivating My Mind
I realized that if I went along with the attachment to competitiveness, it would mean I was following the old force's arrangements. But when I controlled my behavior, I could feel Master’s arrangement.
When I subsequently met a group, several tourists asked questions but did not listen to my answers. Before, I would always raise my voice to make my point, but this time I realized that this would be competitive, so I controlled myself. One tourist came over and said loudly, “Falun Gong is treated unjustly, and practitioners are all good. Persecuting Falun Gong is wrong.” His words were like a clap of thunder, and the tourists immediately went quiet. One lady asked him if he also practiced Falun Gong. The old man said, “I do not practice Falun Gong, but I do know the truth.”
He sat down on a bench and began reading the special Epoch Times that had been prepared for Chinese tourists. Some of the other tourists also took the Epoch Times and then got on the bus. The old man was still sitting there reading his newspaper. I said, “Your group is on bus. Why are you still here?” He said smiling, “That is not my group. I got left by my group. I called my tour guide, and he told me to sit here and wait.”
I realized that this was Master’s arrangement. The man told me he had worked as a government official, but had left his position when he was in his fifties. He did not want to be the same as the other officials. He said he had already quit the CCP. I noticed that he was indeed different from those who had not quit.
Party Secretary Quits the CCP
Norway's Frogner Park is the one location that Chinese tourists have to visit, so I waited at the park's rear gate to talk to them. One man who came with a tour group was accompanied by a young woman. The man looked like a boss and the young woman appeared to be his secretary. When they walked over to read my board, I told him that he looked like a boss. He said, “Yes. I was a Party secretary for a long time.” I began to tell him the facts about Falun Gong.
He stepped back immediately and asked, “Where did you come from?” I smiled at him. He kept saying, “It’s no use keeping quiet. I'll take your picture and find your information.” He held his camera up as he spoke. I kept smiling and said, “I don’t think you'll do such a thing because you look like a good person.”
A group of Chinese tourists surrounded us. I began telling them the history of the CCP, how it persecuted Falun Gong, and why Chinese people should quit the Party. I looked at the man and said, “If you're the first to quit the CCP, you'll have good luck.”
The man sat on a bench and listened to me, but he refused to quit. I reminded him of the saying among many high-level CCP officials, “Efforts to end corruption will end the CCP, and if its officials do not work to eliminate corruption, they will lose power, too.”
I also reminded him of how the Soviet Union's collapse was announced by their party leader before it actually occurred. “Some day the leader of the CCP may say the same thing,” I said.
The man and the young woman then decided to quit using the aliases I suggested for them.
The Tour Guide was Touched
As I was handing out newspapers at Frogner Park's front gate, a tour group came and I began talking with them. Their guide shouted at me, “Stop talking to my guests!” He led his tourists past me.
One lady slowly walked over to me. She had a problem with her leg and the group left her behind.
I realized that Master had arranged this. I calmed her down and started to talk to her. She said she had to find her group, before I could convince her to quit the CCP. She walked around but did not find her group, and got worried. I suddenly had an idea. Their group was probably at the back gate. I told her I could take her to the back gate.
As we walked there, I kept talking to her and telling the facts. Finally, she agreed to quit. When we arrived, one person told her that they had been waiting for her for over thirty minutes. The tour guide asked her, “Where have you been? I could not find you after searching the park twice.” I explained her situation to the guide. He recognized me, and then thanked me. Others in the group also thanked me and got on the bus.
I held the board with “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” up high. The tourists waved at me from the bus. I hoped that next time, the tour guide would not stop Falun Gong practitioners from talking to his clients.
Chinese Tourist: “Falun Dafa Is Good!”
I sometimes practiced the sitting meditation when there were no Chinese tourists in the park. I sat next to my display board. Twice, I heard a loud voice say, “Falun Dafa is good” while I was doing the sitting meditation. I was delighted, and felt that sentient beings were being awakened.
For more than three months I helped Chinese tourists quit the CCP, and I talked to them about Falun Gong at tourist spots. My attachments of competitiveness, fear, and other Party culture elements were eliminated, and I learned to be more compassionate.
Clarifying the truth at tourist spots has helped me to study the Fa well and to have strong righteous thoughts in helping save more people. I found the ability to cultivate more like I did when I first began my cultivation.