A Desperado Changes His Ways
(Minghui.org) I had a bad temper before I started practicing Falun Dafa. I got angry easily and was afraid of no one. At home and work, no one dared to mess with me.
I was a section chief at work. When some employees from other sections didn’t do their work well, were troublesome, or did not follow the arrangements of the management, their managers would talk to me and ask me to take them into my section.
Considering management’s situations, I usually agreed to take them. I then got them under control, assigned work to them, and made them listen and follow my assignments. Everyone knew that I was a dominant and demanding person. They thus obeyed me.
Trapped in Personal Interests and Gambling
I was once trapped in gambling and could not get rid of the addiction. I hung around with gamblers all the time. I stayed and ate in the casinos. I neither went home or to work. I also carried a one-foot-long knife with me all the time. I would fight anyone who interfered with me. I was like a desperado, willing to risk my life for stupidity.
My family thus suffered a lot of anxieties, and they constantly looked for me.
My wife, mother, friends, and work unit were all concerned about me if I kept going on this way. In my mind I understood their concerns were for my own good, but they were not able to change me.
Reading Zhuan Falun
My wife started cultivating Falun Dafa in 1996. All her illnesses disappeared soon after. Looking at the miraculous effects, I was really happy for her. She tried to persuade me to cultivate Dafa many times, but I did not pay attention.
One day I came back from gambling out of town in 1997. I was home alone and I saw the book Zhuan Falun on the bed. My wife had always asked me to read it. I wondered why and picked up the book.
I became interested as soon as I started reading. I felt that my mind was suddenly opened and becoming bright. “This is the Buddha’s law,” I thought. The book gave me the will to understand why we came to this world and to understand the meaning of life. Since then, I made my determination to learn and cultivate Falun Dafa.
Dafa's compassion changes people to be kind, and the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance purifies Dafa practitioners’ hearts. This was certainly the case for me as well.
Cultivating Tolerance and Forbearance
"As a practitioner, the first thing you should be able to do is to not fight back when you are beaten or sworn at—you must be tolerant." (Zhuan Falun)
Because I told a coworker about the principle of endurance and that I practiced Falun Dafa, one day he suddenly jumped behind me and kicked me hard in my lower back as I was walking past him. I heard a cracking sound and felt a sharp pain. However, I did not say anything and let it go with a smile.
His explanation was that he wanted to see whether I could endure. Indeed, if I had not started cultivation practice, he would not have dared to do that to me.
I was clear in my mind that everything happens for a reason. Since I had started cultivating, I must conduct myself according to Falun Dafa and should not let the bad thoughts control me. I must eliminate my demon nature and strengthen my Buddha nature by following the Dafa teachings.
Before I started cultivation, my wife dared not speak too much at home and would not argue with me. She knew that she would get beaten if I was annoyed. I had never considered her feelings, and she could only follow my words and be obedient.
Yet Dafa purifies the mind, changes people to be kind, and improves people’s morality. Soon thereafter, my dominant, irritable, and arrogant temper was changed for the better, and my family benefited.
Discarding Personal Interests and Being Truthful
I lost my job due to a buyout. My friend then introduced me to another job in a mining company. The general manager assigned me to do inspection work for ensuring quality.
This was a lucrative position and one could earn a lot of extra income, as high as several times that of one’s ordinary wages. However, I am a Dafa practitioner and I did not pursue this kind of money.
I kept a calm mentality, treated everyone with the same standard, and maintained all the surface facilities in good order. The boss was really pleased with my job, and he awarded me with 10,000 yuan before I reached my one year anniversary at the job.
Later, the company expanded and I was assigned to be the head of the section in charge of the quality inspection, pricing, and expense control for the company’s nine engineering areas.
Because I was in charge with real power, all the heads of the engineering areas tried to bribe me with money. I did not give in to their offers; I complied with the company’s standards and kept with the highest standards of my cultivation in Falun Dafa.
Conducting Myself with the Standards of Falun Dafa
Over time, all the people learned about my character. Even the boss recognized that Falun Dafa is good, as did all the employees. When they saw me, some employees greeted me with “Falun Dafa is good!”
All of my achievements happened because I cultivate in Falun Dafa. I have no way to repay Master. I hope that all the people in the world can learn about and benefit from Falun Dafa!