Clarifying the Facts about Falun Gong to Chinese Visitors at Tourist Sites
(Minghui.org) Greetings esteemed Master and fellow practitioners.
I am a Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioner from Switzerland. I would like to share with fellow practitioners about raising my xinxing at tourist sites.
After the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published in November 2004, I distributed this book outside the Chinese Consulate. My intent was to clarify the truth about Dafa. Then, beginning in 2005, I went to tourist sites to distribute the Nine Commentaries and to clarify the truth to Chinese tourists.
“Cultivation is the cornerstone of what we do, and saving people is our responsibility. Both of these things need to be done well.” (“Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”)
Cultivate While Saving People
I went to tourist sites daily, regardless of weather and season, and told Chinese tourists about Falun Gong and the persecution for over a decade. I met a lot of people and encountered different kinds of reactions. Some were friendly, sarcastic, or rude, while others were indifferent. I kept my temper in check and let go of my ego.
There was not a single moment when I did not persevere in studying the Fa. This helped me correct myself, and elevate my xinxing. In the process, I gained understanding about how and why one cultivates. I treasured each person I encountered. I looked inside and improved my character, and it consequently became easier to talk to people about Dafa.
Many quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations. From ten people in the first year to thousands later. About 14,000 people quit the CCP in 2015.
Chinese People Send Greetings to Master
On one occasion, over 30 tourists from Northeastern China arrived at the same time. I welcomed them with a smile, and wanted to share informational materials with them. One man launched a verbal attack against Dafa and Master. I immediately sent forth righteous thoughts, asked him to calm down, and warned him about karmic retribution. He stopped his abusive behavior, lowered his head, and left, and all the others looked at me.
“My Master straightened the backs of countless hunchbacks,” I said. “Paraplegics could walk again. Even patients with terminal illnesses became healthy after practicing Dafa.”
Everyone listened and not even one left. Some people said that I should keep talking. I could see from their facial expression that they respected Master.
I continued, “My Master taught Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to people in over 100 countries. Countless people have benefited, and all say that Falun Dafa is great. But the CCP persecutes this cultivation practice and imprisons practitioners. Many are even tortured or killed for their vital organs. Whatever people do, the Heavens are watching. There will be karmic retribution.”
I then said, “I am sure none of you still believe in the Party. How about I give an alias to each of you, so you can quit the CCP for your own safety?” All 30 people agreed to quit the Party.
Two ladies approached me and said, “When you see Master Li next time, please extend our regards.”
Over the years, many people asked me to send their regards to Master. They all said, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
Today, I want to fulfill their wish and extend the greetings from these people to Master.
The process of raising awareness about Falun Gong is also the process of cultivating kindness and compassion. There are always people who refuse to quit the CCP. Generally, this does not bother me, but when I run into a rude person, I might feel indignant. I realized that is not the attribute of a practitioner. I thought, “As a practitioner, how can I complain? They don't know the truth. Am I compassionate? Am I kind? Isn't this an opportunity to improve myself?”
“Shan isn't something pretended, nor is it a state that's just maintained on the surface. Shan truly comes from within and can only be attained and embodied through cultivation.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2004 Western U.S. Fa Conference”)
Master's words inspired my kind thoughts, and reinforced my will to make people aware of Dafa and the persecution.
I approached about eight people in July 2014, and one man was smoking on one side. I asked him to take a look at some Falun Gong information materials, but he was not interested, and not happy to see me.
“It is not your fault that you don't want to see me,” I said. “It’s because I have not told you the truth. If you knew the truth, you would not be unhappy.
Everyone listened to what I had to say, “Do you recall the trampling incident in Shanghai last year? A lot of young people died. And the cruise ship that capsized on the Yangzi River in June? 444 people died. So many people died within half-a-year.”
I continued, “Why? When people have no virtue, calamity befalls them. The CCP members are not just corrupt and unethical, but also greedy. Many are active in the persecution of Falun Gong. They are involved in organ harvesting from living practitioners for economic profit. Whatever people do, the Heavens will know it.”
I then told them about quitting the CCP, and everyone agreed to withdraw except the unhappy man. Although I tried to convince him, he left. But I hope that he will quit at the next tourist site.
Believing the Truth About the Persecution
On another occasion, over 30 people were waiting for the tour bus. I approached them to clarify the truth. A lady tried to stop me, but her companion said, “Let's listen to what she has to say.” Everyone became quiet and waited to hear me out.
Immediately, I talked about the Self-immolation hoax at Tiananmen Square. One person said that it was definitely staged, while another person shared that the CCTV China television broadcast the same footage every half hour during prime time. A third person said, “The more they played it, the less real it was. Why don't they play it anymore? They are obviously afraid.” People started to nod and whisper.
I then talked about the CCP's organ harvesting from living practitioners and called it an unprecedented crime. One lady asked if that was real. After I gave her two examples, she said, “This is too cruel. I am shocked, but I believe you.”
They all wanted to read the informational materials while I talked about quitting the CCP. Before they got on the tour bus, they had all quit the CCP.
A lady stayed behind to wait for her tour bus. I asked her if she had any questions about what I said. Suddenly she spat in my face. I did not get angry, but asked her why she was so angry. She threatened to hit me if I kept talking, so I warned her that I could call the police and she would be in trouble.”
Another man nearby said, “She’s really angry. Why don’t you leave her alone?” So I told her, “You are lucky that I am a nice person. Otherwise you might be in trouble.”
As I left, I thought to myself, “Where did I go wrong? It was such a great day. So many people quit the CCP and believed what I told them. I thought that saving people is difficult. I then realized that nothing a practitioner encounters is by coincidence.
Master said in Zhuan Falun,
“And Han Xin was an ordinary person, after all—we cultivators should be a lot better than him.”
“When you’re going through an awful tribulation, or maybe a critical juncture, give it a try. When it’s hard to endure, try to endure it. When it seems impossible to do, or just hard to do, give it a try and see just what you can do. And when you can really do it, just like that worn and weary traveler, you’ll see, ‘the shade of willows, the blooms of flowers, a place to rest my head!’”
Master’s teaching awakened my heart of tolerance and I could forbear. My indignation subsided, and I felt light and happy.
Finding Lost Dafa Book and Information Materials
Many tourists arrived on May 13, 2015. I was ready to go home after quite a number of people had quit the CCP. Then, I spotted about five people I had not seen before, so I approached them. They were very interested in what I had to say, and accepted my materials and agreed to quit the CCP.
I returned to the location where I parked my cart. However, it was no longer there. I wondered what wrong I had done that this happened. There were two Zhuan Falun books in the cart, one of which I read on the train, and the other I promised to a tour guide. If I had lost them, that would be a huge loophole. I thought that I had done nothing wrong and that this was interference.
Righteous thoughts were needed to retrieve the cart. I asked Master to help me, and was certain that I would not go home unless I found the cart. I went all over the tourist location.
I suddenly felt that I would find the cart. And the cart was where I had left it. I held Zhuan Falun in my hands and thanked Master, while tears covered my cheeks.
Dafa is Extraordinary
My computer could not connect to the Internet on August 19, 2015. The service provider dispatched a technician to check the cable line at my home. I had to remove items that blocked access to the cable and place them on a shelf. To save time, I climbed on a chair, lost my balance and fell to the ground. I could not get up. My first thought was, “I am a Dafa disciple, nothing will happen. Master, please help.”
I then clenched my teeth to stand up, and immediately did the first exercise. After three repetitions, sweat was running down my back. I wanted to rest on the bed, but I could not move. I lay on the ground and looked inside.
“I am too impatient and trying to take shortcuts,” I thought. “The evil exploited this loophole to persecute me.” I yelled loudly that I don’t acknowledge the persecution, and sent righteous thoughts. Master was helping me, as the energy field around me was strong, and I could feel the spinning of a Falun.
While still laying on the ground, I listened to Master’s lecture and recited Lunyu (On Dafa). I thought about a practitioner whose femur was broken when she was beaten while in a prison. By doing the exercises and studying the Fa, she quickly recovered, even though her bone was not set correctly. I am a Dafa disciple. I can do the same. With a lot of effort, I got up from the floor, but could barely walk. I recited Master's poem:
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide”(“The Master-Disciple Bond” from Hong Yin II)
With Master and the Fa, I am afraid of nothing.
I persisted in studying the Fa and doing the exercises. On the third day, I could do house chores, and on the fourth day, I could do the sitting meditation, although I had to sit on a cushion until the sixth day.
My daughter, who’s not a practitioner, came home. When she learned that I had fallen, she wanted to take me to the hospital.
“I never thought about going to the hospital,” I said. “I am on the path to godhood. God will look after me. Don’t worry.” Seeing how confident I was, she said that she would ask the divinity. As I got better, she conceded that I recovered much quicker than if I had gone to a hospital.
I wanted to go back to the tourist sites, deliver the The Epoch Times to the Chinese grocery stores, and attend the group exercises. It had been more than ten days that I could not do any of what I had agreed to do. I asked Master to help me. Master told me in a dream, “Tourist sites and Chinese groceries need the newspaper. Nobody is delivering them.”
I realized that it was up to me. On the 14th day of my fall, I left my house. I was in a good mood and suddenly my back felt good. Although I felt some pain getting on and off the train, it was bearable. My original plan was to just drop off the materials for other practitioners. But when I saw the many tourists, I did not go home, and forgot about my pain. Within one hour, 77 people quit the CCP.
I recited Master’s poem on the way home,
“A Great Enlightened One fears no hardshipHaving forged an adamantine willFree of attachment to living or dyingHe walks the path of Fa-rectificationconfident and poised.”(“Righteous Thoughts and Righteous Actions,” Hong Yin II)
I thanked Master for his compassion, and resumed my daily routine, which was clarifying the truth at tourist sites.
My daughter was amazed by my recovery and said that Dafa is extraordinary.
Empowered by Dafa
After a decade of going to tourist sites, the number of practitioners gradually dwindled. However, I thought that even if I was the only person left, I would persist in going to the tourist sites and talking to the Chinese people.
With that one thought, I kept going for over ten years, regardless of the weather. Yes, there were many tribulations. Some people called the police to threaten me, others cursed at me, and some tried to take my information materials or stole my cart.
This did not put even a dent in my resolve to save people. I was protected by Master, empowered by Dafa, and supported by fellow practitioners. I held no fear. Today, I know that saving people is my mission. I am fulfilling my vow. I will continue to strive to do better.
Before ending my experience sharing, I will read a poem:
Follow Master Home,Predestined relationship with Master was forged in previous lives,Into this world we follow Master to spread Dafa,Facing evil winds and frightening waves, we have no fear,Save lives everywhere, we board the Fa vessel.
(Presented at the 2016 New York Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference)