Encountering Falun Dafa at the Age of Sixty-Eight
(Minghui.org) I am a retired teacher who started practicing Falun Dafa three years ago. After studying Dafa's teachings and learning the truth behind the meaning of life, I gave up practicing Tai Chi and listening to nutritional lectures, both of which I had been following for many years. I also stopped attending my Chinese painting classes. Obtaining the Fa in my later years has fueled my determination to make up for lost time.
Learning about Dafa in a Shoe Store
While browsing in a small shoe store one day, I overheard a voice saying, “Falun Dafa saved my life.” Intrigued, I turned around and saw an elderly lady talking about Falun Dafa to a shop assistant. I eavesdropped on their conversation and learned the truth behind the persecution of Falun Dafa. This information was so different from how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had portrayed it in news reports that I started doubting what I was hearing.
While I was in contemplation, the lady walked out of the store. I quickly ran outside and caught up with her asking, “Please give me a detailed explanation of Falun Dafa.”
Through her, I learned that Falun Dafa is a Buddhist cultivation way that follows the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and that the order to persecute Falun Dafa practitioners was given by Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese leader, alone.
The practitioner gave me some CDs and other materials about Falun Dafa, which I read as soon as I got home.
I found the answers for many of my lifelong questions. Having previous exposure to Western religion, I knew about the future great “battle between good and evil.” After reading the informational materials, I realized that it was the CCP that caused the deaths of many Chinese people and was now persecuting kind-hearted Falun Dafa practitioners to the point of harvesting their organs for profit.
Realizing that I had been deceived by the CCP's propaganda for so many years, I felt anger and regret. Having resolved my misunderstandings about Falun Dafa, I knew this was the opportunity I had long been waiting for. I was determined to cultivate and return to my true origin! In this way, I became a Falun Dafa practitioner at the age of sixty-eight.
Master Saved My Life
My husband passed away from illness in July 1995. At that time, my son and daughter were college students. After my husband’s death, I was diagnosed with diabetes and an enlarged liver due to a hepatitis B infection. I had to inject myself with insulin and take an imported drug called entecavir every day.
Not long after, I suffered severe depression and began entertaining thoughts of suicide. Worried, my son told me, “Mom, what will happen to us if you are gone?” His words pulled me to my senses and I decided to live on for the sake of my children.
My health continued to worsen, increasing the burden on our finances. In 2013 alone, my hospitalization and medical expenses cost more than 60,000 yuan. I began to pray for a miracle practice that could eradicate my illness and restore my health; Falun Dafa fit the bill!
With Master’s help, I stopped taking the insulin and anti-virus liver medication. My illnesses disappeared and I made a complete recovery. I regained my normal weight, my appetite and my ability to sleep soundly. Dafa cultivation also improved my energy and stamina. Now, I am able to walk long distances or climb stairs with little to no effort.
Because of Falun Dafa, I live a happy, content and fulfilling life. Having witnessed my amazing changes, my relatives and friends have become convinced of the goodness and power of Falun Dafa.
Saved from a Nasty Fall
I have experienced several miracles over the past three years of cultivation practice. A few months into the practice, I was going downstairs to throw away three large empty boxes when I slipped and lost my balance. Just as I was teetering on the brink of falling down the stairs, I suddenly found myself standing firmly at the foot of the staircase, with no recollection of how I got there. After the shock had worn off, I realized that I had Master to thank for protecting me.
The Importance of Righteous Thoughts While Suing Jiang Zemin
In 2015, Dafa practitioners in China began writing petitions to the government to expose Jiang Zemin’s crimes against Falun Dafa.
I mailed my criminal complaints against Jiang on August 20, 2015, only to receive a text message the following morning stating, “Your letter has been accepted by the 610 Office.” I had a burst of indignation on realizing that the 610 Office had intercepted my letter.
After calming down, I began to look within. Why did I encounter this setback? Besides being a tactic by the old forces to scare me away, I knew that this was also a test of my faith in Dafa.
Reading fellow practitioner’s experience sharing articles on Minghui.org further strengthened my righteous thoughts. I resolved that if the opportunity arose, I would not fall prey to the old forces’ arrangement and would clarify the facts about Dafa clearly to the police.
With my worries resolved, I carried on with my usual routine of studying the Fa, distributing truth-clarification materials and clarifying the facts to people. With strong righteous thoughts and Master’s protection, the evil did not dare disturb me.
My Son Obtains the Fa
My son is a decent, kind and responsible person, who was a class representative in high school and later a student council member at a university.
He suffered a setback in his marriage in 2015, which left him extremely troubled. I visited him and said, “Son, take this copy of Zhuan Falun and read it. This is a heavenly book which can resolve your worries.” My son agreed and spent an entire Saturday reading it from cover to cover.
Afterwards he told me, “This truly is a heavenly book. Within it, I found answers to many questions I harbored for years.”
I taught him the five sets of exercises the following day, and he picked up the movements quickly. His determination to cultivate was further strengthened after reading experience sharing articles on Minghui.org. In this way, my son also became a Dafa practitioner.
In the final stage of Fa-rectification, both of us are hungry to learn the law of the universe, communicate with other practitioners, keep up with the progress of Master's Fa-rectification, and cultivate ourselves well to save more people.
My son tells people that he meets on business trips about Falun Dafa, and lives according to the principles of Dafa.
Before my son became a practitioner, his uncle asked to borrow 200,000 yuan from him even though he had yet to return the 100,000 yuan he had previously borrowed. This issue fractured their relationship.
After my son started to cultivate, his uncle was forced to ask for his help. My son willingly assisted, eliciting a question from his surprised uncle, “What triggered your change of heart?” My son told him that practicing Falun Dafa had changed him.
My son later told me that his uncle had also started reading Zhuan Falun.
With Master's arrangement, my son was soon transferred to a new work environment, which allowed him to devote more time to cultivate.
Letting Go of the Attachment to My Daughter’s Welfare
My daughter is a primary school teacher. After encountering a setback at work, she tried to escape reality through following a religion. She decided to go with several members of her church on a long-term expedition to an isolated region in southern China, where they would care for leprosy patients and encourage them to convert to Christianity.
Voicing her determination to dedicate the rest of her life in service of the religion she believed in, my daughter donated all her savings to the cause, handed in her resignation and immediately left her teaching job.
Despite her extreme actions, my daughter has a good reputation among her work colleagues as a decent, kind and helpful person. As such, her unit leader consulted a lawyer and told us that she could have her job back as long as she returned to work within a month.
However, without knowing where she had gone and without the means to contact her, we were at a loss. My worry grew as the days went by.
A fellow practitioners advised me, “Let go of your attachment and cultivate your heart. Master will solve the problem for you.”
My son also told me, “We should place our trust in Master. Perhaps this is to test our attachment to human emotions.”
Through my study of the Fa, I realized that this tribulation was rooted in my strong attachment to my daughter’s welfare. With this understanding, my mind became less troubled. I turned my attention to Dafa, in an effort to let go of my concerns regarding my daughter’s whereabouts. I memorized Zhuan Falun, worked on removing the teachings of the CCP's atheist education instilled in me since childhood, distributed Dafa informational materials and clarified the facts to those I met.
A miracle occurred soon after I managed to let go of this attachment. My daughter suddenly appeared at my doorstep one night, carrying her backpack and suitcase. She hugged me and said, “I had the sudden urge to return home to see you.”
I looked at the calendar and found there were six days left to the deadline given by her unit leader to keep her job. With tears of joy, I gratefully thanked Master.
My daughter resumed her teaching post, resolved her issues at work and even managed to obtain reimbursement of her salary. Her good fortune prompted the school principal to exclaim, “God truly loves her!”