Young Practitioner: I Will Steadfastly Walk My Path of Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I’m from an ordinary family in the countryside. My father started to practice Falun Dafa in 1998 because he had rhinitis. Soon we all started practicing, but we only did the exercises and never read Zhuan Falun.
My parents operated a chicken farm, but the business was not that good. We drifted away from Dafa, and we all felt tired and exhausted. The family often got into conflicts.
Reconnecting with Dafa
My father was diagnosed with high blood pressure and other ailments in 2005. He had severe headaches and could no longer do heavy work. My mother felt that it was not high blood pressure, but something inherited from his family and incurable.
A Dafa practitioner suggested that he take up cultivation in Dafa again. My father’s health problem disappeared within days after he started doing the Dafa exercises again. My mother and I also came back to Dafa cultivation. We had wasted seven long years.
My family went through a complete change. My mother, who had been bad-tempered in the past, became gentle and kind. I had been a sickly child but became healthy. We all learned to look within ourselves for shortcomings when conflicts occurred. My mother also took the initiative to resolve all the old issues she had with my grandma.
Tempering Myself in Tribulations
My parents were illegally arrested, in 2008 and our home ransacked when I was a senior in high school. I have since learned to be strong and independent and became even more clearheaded about what is right and what is wrong.
What happened to my family became widely known in our local area. People had different reactions. Some people tried to keep away from me, some looked down on me, while others showed sympathy.
I didn’t take notice of any of this and just behaved normally. I kept telling myself that my parents were Dafa disciples. They didn’t do anything wrong in trying to save people.
At school, I studied even harder and never felt envious when my classmates went to see movies, traveled, or had birthday parties. I knew in my heart we are Dafa disciples.
My uncle and my cousin do not practice cultivation. They often said to me, “Just study well and learn skills. Don’t be like your parents. Don’t listen to them…”
I knew how much our family has benefited from Dafa and that there is no way I would be swayed by what my uncle and cousin said. “Don’t worry,” I told them. “I know what I’m doing.”
After my parents were released, they continued to practice Falun Dafa and clarified the facts about Dafa to our relatives and neighbors, who all came to understand the persecution.
In February 2014, my parents were arrested again, and my home was again ransacked. My mother was later released, but my father was still detained.
We looked within to check if there was anything we did not do well. We decided that we must go and demand his immediate release.
Letting Go of Fear
In the early days after the persecution started, I just endured passively what happened to us. I was attached to fear. I tried to avoid persecution and thought cultivation was so hard and tiring.
Later, I realized that I had failed to regard Dafa as the most important thing and that we should resist the persecution in a dignified manner.
I called the head of the local Domestic Security Division, but he refused to listen to me and hung up the phone.
My older sister, brother-in-law, and I went to the police station to talk to him. At first, we were told he was not in. However, when we saw him, he threatened me and drove away.
I felt a bit uneasy for a while. Then, I thought, “We didn't do anything wrong. I have Master and Dafa, and I will continue on my cultivation path.”
Taking Legal Action Against the Persecution
We went to the detention center to demand my father's release without success. We then hired a lawyer for him. Through our communication with the lawyer, we understood even more that the false accusations against practitioners were completely unlawful.
Policemen in the Domestic Security Division were very nervous that we had hired a lawyer for my father. They each told the lawyer quietly, “Whatever you do, just don't file a lawsuit against me.”
When the lawyer went to file the lawsuit with the procuratorate office and the court, the prosecutor and the judge were shocked as well, because this was the first case of its kind in our area.
When the lawyer went to the detention center, the detention center tried to make things as difficult for him as possible, yet nothing stopped us from taking legal action against the unlawful detention of my father.
In court, the four attorneys representing my father entered a strong defense, and both the prosecutor and the judge were speechless.
Many practitioners sent righteous thoughts outside the courtroom. Throughout the hearing, the judge, the prosecutor, and the judicial police in the courtroom all listened to the facts about Falun Gong.
In June 2016, my whole family formally filed criminal complaints against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin with the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Supreme People's Court.
Keeping a Good Image of a Dafa Practitioner at Work
With a deepened understanding of Fa principles, I have naturally learned to communicate with people with respect and kindness.
Our company manager has high academic qualifications and is quite successful in the architecture field. It was quite a challenge to clarify the facts to her.
I started by talking about the health benefits of Falun Gong. She said she knew that many doctors, scholars, government officials, and military officers practiced Falun Gong.
She was shocked to hear about the cruel torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners for their organs and asked me a lot of questions. We discussed this for over an hour. During our conversation, I showed her respect while clarifying the facts. She was very happy and said she wanted to talk to me a bit more when she had time.
Helping to Resolve an Issue by Following the Fa Principles
Our company needed to move to another building. The commercial property agency we used told us not to bother with a general cleaning of the building we were leaving. However, they later deducted 1700 yuan with the excuse that we did not do a general cleaning and that the tap did not work properly. My colleagues tried to reason with them, but they were driven out of the agency office.
Our manager was furious and decided to go and reason with them herself. She also wanted me to go with her. She told me to make trouble for them if they continued to be unreasonable.
I thought her suggestion was rather ridiculous. I'm a Dafa practitioner and I felt I should conduct myself according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I suggested that we should not act this way because it would damage the image of our company. If we disrupted their business and they got angry, our chances of getting back our deposit would be even slimmer.
She thought about it and asked me if I had any ideas. I told her that there might be something we did not do well, or they would not have deducted our deposit. We could explain the situation and offer some compensation if there was indeed something we didn't do well. In any case, we should behave in a reasonable manner.
The manager agreed and said, “All right. Just make sure I don't lose my temper.”
We went to the commercial property agency and found that they were indeed unreasonable and our manager was shaking with anger.
She wanted to send them a notice from her lawyer and asked for my opinion. I remembered Master's kindness when he was teaching us the Fa and said to the manager, “I don't think money is the issue. It's just that you can't swallow the insult. Your anger will only damage your health. It's not worth it, is it? If we get out of the bull's horn and look at the matter from a different perspective, we may feel differently.”
Later, the manager of the property agency took up the matter himself. His manner was kind and peaceful. He also explained their difficulties. Although he still deducted our money, our manager was happy to accept it. She said to me later, “You've played a great role.”
I know in my heart that I would not have been able to handle the situation this way without the guidance of the Fa and Master's painstaking salvation.
I will follow Master's teachings and continue to walk my path steadfastly.