(Minghui.org) I am a Miao ethnicity village woman. I was illiterate and could not understand Mandarin Chinese. I moved to the city for a better life in 1993 and slowly learned some dialects, which helped me communicate with local people.

I started to learn Mandarin after I became a Falun Dafa practitioner in 1998. It took me 10 years to read all the Dafa books and Master's Fa teachings.

Now I can tell people the facts about Falun Dafa in Mandarin.

Becoming a Practitioner

One day in September 1998, I was visiting friends, and was drawn by a photo of Master Li. The more I looked at it, the more I thought Master Li looked like a god or Buddha, and said so.

My friends said that I was predestined to practice Falun Dafa. They then introduced this cultivation practice to me and taught me the five exercises.

I also acquired a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa, that day. From then on, I did the exercises every day.

Not long after I stepped into this cultivation practice, my entire body suddenly started to shake. I itched and it felt as if something was crawling inside me. In addition, my stomach felt as if it were filled with something heavy.

I was worried and rushed to the hospital, but nothing was found to be wrong. I tried herbal remedies to stop the shaking and they did not work. I then thought of Master.

I asked Master to help me stop the shaking and let me sleep. Miraculously, the shaking immediately stopped and soon I realized that I had recovered from my illnesses. Then, I remembered what practitioners had told me – Master had cleansed my body.

Learning to Read Mandarin

I wanted to read the book, but I did not know how. I also did not understand when other people were reading the Fa teachings. Looking at Master's photo inside Zhuan Falun, I cried.

When I held Zhuan Falun one day, I suddenly saw that every word in the book flickered. I felt Master was hinting that I should learn to read the book. I was thus determined to learn Mandarin.

I started to learn characters first from my son and then my husband, until both ofthem became frustrated. I went to school and asked students at the entrance before and after school hours. I also learned from fellow practitioners.

When I asked my son for help again, he taught me Chinese pinyin, and suggested that I could then learn how to read Mandarin by using a dictionary.

Learning Pinyin for me was as hard as learning Mandarin. I was in tears several times. But I was determined to learn Mandarin, so that I could read the Falun Dafa books.

Persisting in Cultivation

I had read all of the Dafa books and Fa teachings by 2008, but I still did not quite understand what I was reading until 2013. It was at that time that I truly understood the meaning of cultivation – a practitioner has to cultivate and look inwards actively, not passively.

My husband was supportive of my cultivation until the onset of the persecution in 1999. He tried to stop me from practicing. When I insisted, he not only tore up the Falun Dafa books, but also viciously beat me many times. He also repeatedly asked for divorce.

My life was difficult after I was divorced in 2010. I moved out and lived alone. I altered clothes for a living and was bullied by people.

It was not easy for me to talk to people about Falun Dafa because of my limited Mandarin knowledge. I was frequently harassed by men once they knew that I lived alone. I felt fearful and stopped talking to people about Falun Dafa.

This harsh life urged me to try to win back my ex-husband, but that failed. I thought of finding another suitable man to marry and started to have attachments of comfort and lust.

My tribulations were a sign that I had to let go of my attachments. To remove them, I corrected my behavior. I asked Master for help. Finally, I was freed from the predicament.

Everyone Needs to Hear the Facts About Dafa

To fulfill my mission of saving sentient beings, I decided to tell people about Falun Dafa. In the beginning, I could not explain the facts clearly. I thus only talked to people that I already knew. I passively followed other practitioners to distribute informational materials.

I was afraid to talk to strangers, but I improved slowly and became more active.

I was arrested in my hometown one day when telling people the facts, helping people quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and giving out Falun Dafa amulets. While in the police car, I told the police to remember that “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”

When I was taken to a detention center, I told the guards that whatever they saw on television was fabricated. I said that they would not be able to take my photo. Indeed, they tried for five days and failed. I was released ten days later.

I was arrested along with another practitioner in 2012. In the police department, we told the officers about the miraculous power of Dafa through our personal experiences. One officer asked if Falun Dafa was really that great. Another officer interrupted and said, “How dare you tell the truth? We don't even dare to.” Then, we were taken to a detention center.

I taught inmates at the detention center the exercises. I also taught them to recite “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” When we were told to read the prison rules, I recited Master's Lunyu instead.

One day when I was sending righteous thoughts, I saw something colorful swirling around. I felt that Master was encouraging me. That night, I dreamed that a door had dropped down from above and knocked open another door for me to walk out. I was released the next day.

On one occasion, I came across several Buddhists. I told them about the persecution of Falun Dafa. I convinced them to renounce the CCP, because I told them that they believe in Buddha and the CCP teaches atheism.

For me, saving sentient beings is most important.