Enduring Difficulties and Overcoming the Seemingly Impossible in the Process
Greetings great benevolent Master!Greetings fellow practitioners!
1. Obtaining the Fa in Japan
During my freshman year in college, I was helping an upperclassman move when I got into a serious car accident. After that, my health declined and I couldn’t find a cure through Western or Chinese medicine. Praying to gods and practicing qigong didn’t have any effect either. My body would ache for no reason, and both my body and mind suffered greatly. After I graduated from Taiwan University, I obtained a national scholarship from Japan, and I was accepted to the University of Tokyo.
I began my grad school years studying abroad in Japan. It was when I reached the most hopeless point in my life, that I met a Dafa disciple from Henan Province of Mainland China who was also studying at the University of Tokyo. She introduced Dafa to me and the first time I did the exercises, I felt Master lifting away the heavy burden from my chest that has left me out of breath for years. I could finally eat and sleep properly. In my heart, I was deeply grateful to Master for saving me.
After I graduated from the University of Tokyo, I followed my husband to the United States. Since I'd obtained the Fa in Japan, I made a wish to spread the goodness of Dafa to the kind Japanese people. So after I completed my truth clarification work in the U.S. I returned to Japan to introduce Dafa and clarify the truth there.
2. A Precious Gift for Distinguished Japanese Guests
In October of 2011, the president of the company I worked at tried very hard to get a meeting with a member of the Japanese House of Representatives as well as the Japanese prime minister. I was asked to take part in the meeting, and I was seated next to the prime minister. The company executives who attended the meeting that evening had all prepared high end gifts for him. I prepared a gift as well: a copy of the Japanese edition of the book, Falun Gong, as well as a letter detailing the many aspects of Dafa, such as the goodness of Dafa, and how it has spread across the world, how it is persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and the international support Dafa has received. The letter also encouraged Japan to take a righteous stance and not pander to the evil-doing CCP. I told the prime minister, “I care very much about your health. I know your stomach is not good. This gift will help you regain your health and will bring you a prosperous future.” He wanted to open the gift right away, but I told him to take time to read it, and get to know things clearly, as it is important to his future and the future of Japan. He thanked me and said he would carefully read it when he went back. The next year, he was re-elected as prime minister. I think he is able to be in that position because he understood the truth and made the right choice in his heart.
I’ve always thought about how to do better and how to more efficiently spread the goodness of Dafa and clarify the truth about the persecution in China to the Japanese mainstream society.
After the major earthquake in eastern Japan in 2011, the Taiwanese people donated 25 billion Yen toward relief efforts, which deeply touched the hearts of the Japanese people. Many businesses in Japan expressed goodwill and looked for business collaborations with Taiwanese government agencies and businesses. At that time I was elected as the director of a Taiwanese and Japanese business association. I felt it was Master’s arrangement for me to save people, because all of the directors were company owners except me.
In the second half of 2012, every month, Japanese local governments would organize business delegations to make visits. Given my job, I was able to attended many meetings and I met a large number of Japanese officials and business executives. I started carefully thinking about how to clarify the truth to them. The persecution of Dafa cannot be explained in a simple two or three sentences, and I didn’t think it would be persuasive or effective enough to just hand them some truth-clarification materials.
3. Publishing the Japanese Version of “State Organs,” Being Steadfast in Righteous Thoughts and Charging Ahead Courageously
I couldn’t think of a good way until I attended the 2013 New York Fa Conference, and I heard Master say,
“Think about live organ harvesting, for example. Back in ancient Rome even at the height of the persecution of Christians, there was nothing so evil. About the cruelest thing they did was to put people to death. The worst evil perpetrated on this planet is that which Dafa disciples have been subjected to, or have been up against, in the persecution.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2013 Greater New York Fa Conference”)
Master’s words seemed to tell me to expose the live organ harvesting atrocities and use that as an entry point to clarify the truth in Japan. I suddenly understood and got my direction. I thanked Master for giving me such a clear hint. When I returned to Taiwan, I asked fellow practitioners to make a Japanese language version of a live organ harvesting film, but I felt that wasn’t enough. So I purchased the English and Chinese versions of “Bloody Harvest,” and “State Organs.” After reading through them, I decided to translate “State Organs” into Japanese and publish it.
Very quickly, several Japanese practitioners were able to complete the translation. I asked a medical professor working in Japan to help copy edit the medical terms used in the book, and he also introduced me to many well respected medical professionals in Japan. I flew to Japan and met with these individuals one by one. With the help of a righteous Japanese publishing house, in October, 2013, the book was published in Japan. After it was published, these doctors and professionals wielded their influence and sent the books to their friends and libraries.
2013 to 2016 was a period in which Japan and Taiwan had the most frequent political and business interactions, and it was also one of the friendliest periods of Japan-Taiwan relations. The situation was unprecedented. I felt that this was Master’s arrangement for large numbers of sentient beings to be saved. Therefore, I tried to grasp every opportunity to deliver the truth-clarifying books to these sentient beings.
One time, I attended a welcome meeting held by the heads of Taiwan’s five government branches. I gifted the Japanese version of “State Organs” to the distinguished Japanese guests. After the banquet, the head of the Taiwanese government branch asked me why I didn’t give him a book. I asked, “Do high ranking officials such as yourself read books?” He replied, “How can government officials not read books, are we illiterate?” I quickly gave a book to him. He told me, “You should sign your name before you give the book to an official.” Then, he even taught me where to place the signature to make it look nice, and told me that I should sign books before gifting them.
After this happened, I realized how Master is so compassionate, guiding me step by step on the path of Fa-rectification. How could I be so self absorbed and always have attachments and notions in the process of saving people? I felt so ashamed.
There was another meeting where many important members of the Japanese business and political communities were invited to give speeches. During the intermission, my righteous thoughts wavered for a moment and questioned whether I should give the organ harvesting books to the speakers, as it was unrelated to the theme of the meeting. But then, I realized that the opportunity should not be wasted and it might not come again. So I went ahead. Unexpectedly, the speaker said, “I’ve been researching issues related to China and I’ve been interested in this book. I work under the prime minister as a science and technology staff member. The Chinese Communist Party is wrong for perpetrating live organ harvesting. I will tell the prime minister about this, thank you.”
Every time I use human thinking in saving people and nearly lose the opportunity, Master always hints to me in various ways that “This chance is the only one, [past or future].” (“Grasped Or Missed In one Thought” from Hong Yin III) It’s true, these high level people won’t always come to Taiwan, and even in Japan it was not easy to meet them in person. If they’ve made it to Taiwan in person, then why should I hesitate? If I put the matter of saving sentient beings first, then I could prevent many losses.
Master said, “Everything Dafa disciples are doing at present is creating the future, and right now everything in the Three Realms exists for Dafa.” ( “What Are Supernormal Abilities” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
4. Promoting Shen Yun to Japanese Mainstream Society
Having many years of experience clarifying the truth to the business community, I knew that relying on past projects to save large numbers of people in mainstream society would have a limited effect. Master uses Shen Yun performances to save sentient beings and infuses in it Master’s mighty divine powers, so I had deep faith that Shen Yun would wield great power in saving people in mainstream society.
“That’s because Fa-rectification is unceasingly forging ahead, step by step, and when it arrives at one cosmic plane it is time for that level of people; when it reaches a certain heavenly kingdom above, or a certain layer of cosmic body, it is time for that group of people to come see [the show], and next time around [when Shen Yun performs], that seat will belong to someone else.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference XI)
Therefore, every year I would find many different company owners and recommend that they see Shen Yun.
In 2014, I joined a global association, hoping to use this platform to further promote Shen Yun. With this thought, that year I spent much time and effort visiting many company owners and executives in Tokyo, looking for individuals in mainstream society in Tokyo, introducing them to 2015 Shen Yun performances so that they could go see it.
One time I attended a meeting held by a very large-scale association in Japan. I was shocked to find that the people at the dinner were all the CEOs of Japan’s biggest media outlets. One member told me that the heads of hundreds of large businesses in Japan were part of this association, and it was one of the most influential associations in the country. I thought, this is a great opportunity to save high-level people. I said to Master in my heart, “Please endow your disciple with all necessary abilities, I hope to open up Shen Yun promotions in this situation.”
I took to heart Master’s words:
“I have said that we are now to focus on higher-end society, and only by making ourselves part of the cultural mainstream can we unlock society at large.” ( “Be More Diligent” from Teaching the Fa at the Conference X)
Master also said, “Many things appear to be random, but none of them are.” (“Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Houston”)
After going back to Taiwan, I started making a plan and preparing for my goal. Even though I didn’t know whether or not I would succeed, I thought “Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” I knew that I must keep steadfast righteous thoughts. Company owners are part of mainstream society so this direction was correct. I must let them know that Shen Yun is coming to Japan to save them.
In the process of promoting Shen Yun, I often saw miracles created by Master. For example, once while promoting Shen Yun, I met a very influential executive of a television station. I showed him the Shen Yun promo clip. This executive said, “I am in media, and yet I only heard of Shen Yun today for the first time, though it has been coming to Japan for 10 years. I’m thinking, Shen Yun shouldn’t only receive success in Japan this year. Every year hereafter it should have successful performances in Japan.” He helped come up with a plan to promote Shen Yun.
A month later, this television station produced a short video introducing Shen Yun and broadcast it on one of Kansai’s most popular television programs. They did not ask for a penny, which is really a miracle by ordinary people’s standards, because other people would have needed to pull many strings and spend large amounts of money to promote something directly on this program. And I had only met this VIP three times.
This year, this television station was able to resist pressure from the CCP and continued to help promote and introduce Shen Yun. The Shen Yun promotion coordinator in Osaka told me that we had to pay for advertisements in the past, and even then some medias would refuse to display Shen Yun ads because of the CCP’s interference. This television station helping to advertise Shen Yun was a priceless situation. A high level exec at a large media company told me: The broadcast of that program had a deep and positive impact on the Japanese media community, because information amongst high level people is intercommunicated.
The process of promoting Shen Yun is also a process of eliminating attachments. Last September I went to visit this VIP again. During our chat, he suddenly said that he had arranged for me to introduce Shen Yun at a meeting two days later. I didn’t say anything, as I felt both happy and worried. I didn’t like speaking in front of a large group of people. That day, a company owner in the media community told me that this special arrangement was very good, and that Shen Yun would be even more well known in high level Japanese society. The staff at the secretariat also helped me hand out Shen Yun flyers to the various company owners. After the presentation, the VIP who invited me told me that the information in my presentation should be improved for next time. I thought, so there’s a next time? It seems like I could not avoid the things I was afraid of. While I was promoting Shen Yun’s 2017 performances in Kyoto, a few other executives asked me to introduce Shen Yun at their associations. Although I am not satisfied with my ability with the Japanese language, these executives gave me positive feedback and said they could understand me completely.
Throughout the process of promoting Shen Yun, I continued to receive help from different sentient beings. One time, an elderly gentlemen who was the former manager of a business greeted me and asked me if I needed any help. He gave me suggestions on how to improve my presentation. After receiving his guidance and making corrections, my script more clearly described the relationship between Shen Yun and ancient China as well as modern China in very eloquent terms. This gentlemen also told me that Kyoto has preserved thousands of years of traditional Japanese culture and is the place in Japan that is most closed off to foreign things. He said that one must persevere in order to open up the mainstream society of Kyoto.
I put my entire effort into promoting Shen Yun’s 2016 performances in Japan, and I worked on it every day. I contacted thousands of company owners. Throughout the whole process, I have also thought of giving up, but when I thought of Master’s Fa, I knew that my vigor to save people could only continue to increase, and so I grit my teeth and continued to the end. Many company owners said their family and friends went to the show, and the tickets nearly sold out that year.
After completing the 2016 Shen Yun promotions in Japan and Taiwan, I clearly felt that that my xinxing had to be elevated very quickly, so I resumed group exercises in the morning and increased Fa study. One cannot be lax in cultivation. If I relaxed my personal cultivation and lowered my standard, it would be impossible for me to have sufficient righteous thoughts to save people. This is a very arduous path; I must overcome difficulties, be steadfast in my faith in Dafa, and with Master’s support, I can continue to move forward. Only after I keep up with my exercises and Fa study can I fulfill my promise to Master, and continue to work hard to complete my task of promoting and selling tickets for Shen Yun’s 2017 performance in Kyoto.
Looking back on my 19 years of cultivation, I’ve always been on the front line of clarifying the truth so I truly understand the need to interact with sentient beings. However, when interacting with ordinary people in this big dye vat of a society, it is very important to cultivate oneself well. Most of the people I come into contact with are society’s elite and high level individuals. Because I do not have prominent status in society myself, sometimes I feel a bit unsure of myself and cannot treat myself as a cultivator. Sometimes attachments to fear, loss and gain, fame and fortune, etc., emerge. I continuously study the Fa and do the exercises to boost my main consciousness, correct any thoughts that deviate from the Fa, and balance my relationships with all people. Righteous thoughts comes from the Fa, and I hope that I can become more and more diligent, and cultivate great compassion and righteous enlightenment, save more sentient beings who have yet to be saved, and walk well the cultivation path that Master arranged for me.
Finally I’d like to thank our great benevolent Master for everything you’ve done for your disciples. I also want to thank my family members who have been fully cooperative throughout the 18 years that I’ve been on the path of cultivation and Fa-rectification, and to my fellow practitioners who have given me great support.
Thank you, Master!Thank you, everyone!
(Presented at the 2017 New York Falun Dafa Exerience Sharing Conference)