Taiwan: Over 7,500 Practitioners Learn From Each Other at Experience-Sharing Conference
(Minghui.org) The 2017 Taiwan Falun Dafa Experience-Sharing Conference was held at the National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei City on November 26, 2017. Nineteen practitioners talked about how the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance have helped them improve their physical bodies and mind nature.
Some practitioners shared their unique experience of Fa-study and telling others about the practice, while others discussed how they were able to look within to improve themselves during conflicts, and their efforts to stop the persecution in China.
Over 7,500 practitioners attended the event and many said they were very touched and hoped they would do better in their cultivation practice.
Special Excellent Teacher
Ms. Hu, an elementary teacher in Kinmen, received a Special Excellence Award in 2014. During the award ceremony, in front of hundreds of coworkers and officials in the county, she thanked Mr. Li Hongzhi for teaching her Falun Dafa. She said, “I was a shy person since I was young. Had I not begun to practice Falun Dafa in college, I would not have made these achievements.” She said the practice helped her to be considerate of others.
As a teacher, Ms. Hu has tried many ways to apply the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in her daily life. With stories and articles from the Epoch Times, she told students about traditional values and current events, and help improve their moral characters. One student well known for his naughtiness thanked her and said, “Now I know why we all need to cherish virtue. I will be a good student from now on.” Her students also won the first prize in physics three times during the Kinmen Science Exhibition.
Ms. He, 71, is from Taichung. She said, “I have practiced Falun Dafa for 18 years. During these years, Master has helped me along the way.” She then talked about how she overcame tribulations with her firm belief in Master and Falun Dafa.
She had four chronic illnesses since she was young, including headache, asthma, nasal allergy, and measles. When she became pregnant again at 27, she had to carry her young baby while doing physical work. This led to serious consequences. Whenever she encountered winds, she felt extreme pain and her body shook. To make things worse, her husband was sick and passed away when she was 53, which caused her to feel lost in her life.
“During those hardest days in my life, my aunt told me about Falun Dafa,” said Ms. He. As she read the teachings and did the exercises every day, her illnesses disappeared and her memory loss disappeared. She was very grateful that Master gave her a new life.
Xinxing Improvement and Professional Skills
Yingzhen, a student at National Taiwan University of Arts, talked about her high school days at Feitian Academy of the Arts in Yunlin. “I came to know that the academic excellence is closely related to my cultivation practice. Whenever encountering difficulty or a bottleneck in my music skills, I have to check for any loopholes in my xinxing,” she explained.
In her junior year, Yingzhen was elected to help with the school concert. There was much work which required patience and paying attention to details. She said that because of her strong character, she sometimes could not accept criticism. One time, there was some feedback from the audience that made her clear-minded. “Suddenly, I realized that my behavior was very causal, not like that of a practitioner. I also was not doing enough Fa-study,” she added.
Her teacher recommended that she apply for Shen Yun Performing Arts. She tried once, but was not admitted. She looked back and found that her motivation was not pure, as she was thinking about fame. This year, she tried again and passed the first test. During the second test, she heard other students' performance and thought, “My skills are better than theirs. I should be fine.” However, she was the only one who was not admitted.
Yingzhen then realized that she had a strong attachment to competition. “In my understanding, to perform in Shen Yun not only requires good musical skills, it also requires a high xinxing standard,” she said. She decided to cultivate herself more to become a better practitioner while improving her professional skills.
Personal Cultivation and Helping Others
Sichi works at NTD Television and he said that every day is very challenging for him, “To make sure the news is broadcast on time with no mistakes, there was lots of pressure.” Therefore, he often works from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 or 2:00 a.m. Although he works over 15 hours a day, he feels good and is productive.
With such a busy schedule, however, he found himself slacking off in cultivation. Frustration and anger also surfaced from time to time. “This situation lasted until the New York Fa-conference in May 2016. Master's lecture during the conference and other practitioners' sharing helped me realize what problems I had,” he explained.
Returning from the conference, Sichi realized that personal cultivation is critical. So he began to made good use of all his spare time to study the Fa and do the exercises. “Because I had not spent much time doing the exercises, I found it difficult to do the sitting meditation with both legs crossed,” he continued. He decided to do all five sets of exercises every day, and studied the Fa with a calm mind. He found that if he did not make time for Fa-study and exercises, the negative things he encountered at work on a daily basis could lead to interference or tribulations.
This way, Sichi's understanding and physical condition improved significantly. He also did better in sending forth righteous thoughts. One time when sending forth righteous to help another practitioner who was suffering from sickness karma, Sichi felt stronger righteous thoughts than ever. Five minutes later, that practitioner's condition also improved.
Touring Sites in Hong Kong
Ms. Chen from Kaohsiung said she often traveled to Hong Kong to tell Chinese tourists the facts about Falun Dafa and debunk the defamatory propaganda from the Communist Party.
She once met three older couples. “I talked with one husband and he listened attentively,” Ms. Chen said, “Suddenly, his wife came back, hit him, and asked him to walk faster.” Ms. Chen smiled at the three couples and talked about traditional Chinese culture, where women are expected to be gentle and kind. Everyone laughed and the three wives also agreed. Later Ms. Chen told them how the Chinese communists persecuted people including innocent Falun Dafa practitioners. All six tourists renounced their memberships in the Communist Party organizations.
One day, there were many tourists from China, but very few of them accepted materials or talked with practitioners. Ms. Chen observed closely and found they were talking in a dialect from Fujian Province. She change to that dialect and the tourists were willing to speak with her. Ms. Chen said that about 70 touring groups came from Fujian Province that day, and she spent two and a half hours talking with them, helping many of them learn the facts about Falun Dafa.
A large number of Chinese tourists visit Hong Kong every day and practitioners work very hard to clarify the hate propaganda spread by the Communist Party. Ms. Chen said, “I hope that when I look back at these days in the future, I do not have any regrets, since I am doing my best every day.”
During the conference, a video was played showing the large-scale character formation the day before. Students from Feitian Academy of the Arts in Yunlin also gave dancing and musical performances. When the conference concluded at 4:30 p.m., many practitioners said they had learned a lot from the event and hoped they would be more diligent in cultivation practice.