(Minghui.org) Solid cultivation is a requirement for every Dafa practitioner. Looking back, I realized that I am far from meeting this standard. I have been focused on going through the motions – reading the Fa teachings, exercising, and doing things related to Dafa, but, strictly speaking, I have not cultivated as truly or as solidly as I should have.
Why do I say that? Master told us:
“Improving cultivators’ character is the essence of cultivation.” ("Appendix I What is Expected of Falun Dafa Assistance Centers" from The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection)
Instead of meeting the requirement of Dafa, I became more and more lax with myself, only doing things without putting thought into them.
At one time I was able to enlighten to certain understandings of the Fa and tried to live according to those understandings in my life. But now, even if I read and understand the Fa clearly, I don't remember to use the Fa to guide and regulate my actions. I have not been cultivating solidly.
For example, the basic requirement for a cultivator is:
“...as a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted” (Zhuan Falun)
I am way off on this matter. Even when others have different ideas and opinions from me, I have a tendency to argue, much less remain calm when others insult or punch me. I understand that I need to be considerate of others when conflicts surface, but if the only focus is me and my own thoughts, how could I possibly have the capacity to accommodate and appreciate others?
Master also set the standard for us:
“From now on, whatever you do, you should consider others first, so as to attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism.” ("Non-Omission in Buddha-Nature" from Essentials for Further Advancement)
How many times have I considered others, or looked within myself first during a conflict? Maybe a handful of times. Because I haven't been cultivating truly and solidly, my cultivation state wasn't good and I became discouraged in my cultivation.
I was so fortunate to obtain this precious Fa, so how can I not cherish it? I know that I won't have any more chances after this.
I have to seize every moment from now on. I will start cultivating solidly and measuring up to the Fa. I cannot afford to slack off anymore. I cannot always ask Master for another chance. I need to improve and actively assimilate to the Fa.