A Steadfast Teacher Faces Few Tribulations
(Minghui.org) I am a teacher and a class advisor at a secondary school. My work situation provides me with a great opportunity to talk to people about Falun Dafa.
When students skip a class or break a rule, I talk to them one-on-one. I suggest to them that they acted as they did because moral values have declined. I encourage them to not follow the downward slide in morality, and that they should show respect, and that by respecting others they also show respect for themselves.
I then begin to talk about Dafa, which teaches people to be good and to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
I then move on to explain the truth behind the Tiananmen Square self-immolation (a propaganda stunt staged by the Party to turn public opinion against Falun Dafa) and carefully explain how it can be shown to be a sham. They follow my reasoning and I then move on to discuss why they should quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliates.
Some of these students choose to practice Dafa and others will read the Dafa books. Some quit the CCP, while others recite “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Parents Sometimes React with Fear
At the beginning of one semester, I had only one advisory student. I talked to him about Dafa and he quit the CCP. He told his parents, who reported me to the principal.
There was a problem, and I looked inward and found that I had complacency, zealotry, and fear in me. I sent righteous thoughts to eliminate them and to close the loophole they provided. Nothing untoward happened. The principal asked a teacher to remind me to be cautious about my safety.
At the beginning of another semester, a female student told me that, in her eyes, I worked hard and asked me whether I felt tired. I told her that, because I practiced Falun Dafa, I did not feel tired and I should always be thoughtful. She told her parents who then sent me abusive text messages. This needed to be resolved, and I asked Master to strengthen me.
I called the girl's parents and talked to them about Dafa for over an hour. They understood and asked me not to retaliate against their daughter. I replied that my master told me to be a good person and said not to worry about it because I would always treat my students well. After all, I lived by the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Colleagues and School Director Need to Hear the Facts
The CCP secretary at one school asked me to quit Falun Gong in 2000. I talked to him about Falun Gong and that I had benefited from it after I practicing for only two months. I became healthy and full of energy.
He also lived on the campus and knew me quite well, that I was a person who lived by the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He told me that, since I thought it was a good practice, I should just practice it at home.
I changed schools last year and did not talk to the Party secretary about Falun Gong. There was a performance review of those nominated as excellent performers. He voted against me because I was a practitioner and the other directors did not dare to contradict him. The director in charge of my work was not pleased and said he would award me "excellent performance" next year.
This problem arose because I still held onto the attachment to fame. During a lunch with teachers, our secretary sat next to me so he could try to persuade me to give up Falun Gong. I explained how I benefited from practicing Falun Gong both physically and spiritually. I worked hard and achieved top ranking from our recruiting last summer. I was highly praised by colleagues, students and parents. I said that this was because I practice Falun Gong.
When his daughter talked to me later, I said, “Your father is forced to participate in the persecution.” I listed some examples and explained, “What goes around comes around.” Now this secretary smiles and nods whenever we pass each other and he no longer creates problems for me.
No Complaint about Being Assigned the Worst Classes
Our new principal was assigned to his position two years ago. She assigned me to another position instead of teaching. Then she found out that I worked hard at whatever I was asked to do.
She merged two of the worst classes into one and asked me to be the advisor. I showed her that I could deal with any situation, so she reassigned me to my teaching position. But I was given again the worst class. I worked without complaint and dealt with each student patiently.
Whenever there is a chance, I clarify the truth about Falun Gong to each student and try to persuade him or her to quit the CCP. I was awarded “best recruiting teacher,” “excellent teacher,” and “excellent advisor.”
Those who are assigned to work with me change from time to time. I tell them about Falun Gong, and almost everyone knows that I practice Falun Gong. My hard work shows everyone the goodness of Dafa.
One colleague accepted Dafa and has practiced it now for three years. We cooperate with each other, talk to others about Falun Gong, share experiences, and help each other improve.
I have practiced Dafa for 16 years. I have walked the path steadily, strengthened by Master. Thank you, Master, for your merciful care. Thank you, Dafa, for saving my life. There are no words to express my gratitude.