"We Chinese Look Forward to Reading Articles from Western Practitioners"
(Minghui.org) When I saw the recent Minghui editorial “Call for Cultivation Experience Sharing Articles from Western Falun Dafa Practitioners” I was delighted to learn that our fellow practitioners from Western countries will have the opportunity to share their cultivation experiences on Chinese Minghui.
Minghui calls for experience sharing articles from Chinese practitioners in advance of World Falun Dafa Day each year, but this is the first time the call has been made for experience sharing articles from Western practitioners.
I remember a fellow practitioner telling us that the gods in heaven very much treasure each experience sharing conference. In certain dimensions, a conference might come only once in tens of thousands of years.
I hope Western fellow practitioners will treasure the rare opportunity this special occasion holds, and present their experiences in cultivation for the benefit of all.
Living in mainland China, the center of the evil persecution, the information we receive is limited by the Internet blockade and saturated with Party lies. Any cultivation experience from fellow practitioners overseas, even a short episode, is like the refreshing air of freedom, a light in the dark. They bring us hope and inspiration and make a deep impression. The following are a few examples I have seen.
One day over the Chinese New Year, I played the DVD entitled “To People of the Future” at my relative's house. A neighbor happened to be visiting and watched an episode with us. Part of the video recounted Master's lecture in Sweden and how Western practitioners could feel Master's profound compassion. Also, a Canadian fellow practitioner shared his experience in the video. He said that after reading Zhuan Falun, he could feel a powerful energy from the book. Whenever bad thoughts emerged in his mind, he would govern himself in accordance with the principles of Dafa.
The neighbor said, “Look! Foreigners also learn this practice! Falun Gong teaches Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It's great. Any other country would accept it.” I told them, “Before 1999, many foreigners came to China to join cultivation experience sharing conferences, just like the story of Xuanzang in China’s Tang Dynasty who went all the way to another country in search of the Buddha Fa. Falun Dafa is a true Buddha Fa!”
I witnessed on many occasions that Chinese people better realize the greatness of Falun Dafa when they see people from foreign lands practice the exercises, join experience sharing conferences and/or participate in Falun Dafa parades. It helps Chinese people better respect the power of Dafa. Western practitioners have played a valuable role in spreading the Fa around the world.
We all recognize the picture below that shows a group of Western practitioners holding a Falun Dafa banner on Tiananmen Square. There’s a video that captures the moment they unfurled their banner while sending righteous thoughts, and shows how the police immediately surrounded and took them away. This precious moment is part of the historical record of how Western fellow practitioners have traveled their long journey and bravely joined the Fa-rectification. People can see how Dafa practitioners all over the world have come together as one body to work against the persecution.
Western practitioners gathered on Tiananmen Square to peacefully protest the persecution of Falun Gong on November 20, 2001. Immediately after this photo was taken, police rounded them all up, interrogated and deported them.
“Had there been no efforts to resist the persecution by Dafa disciples outside of China, who have powerfully exposed the evil on an international scale, the evil would have persecuted the Dafa disciples in China even more severely and with even less restraint. All of this has brought about great changes, and these things are inseparable from what Dafa disciples outside of China have done.” (Fa Teaching at the 2007 New York Fa Conference from Teaching the Fa at the Conference VIII)
The great undertaking of Western practitioners during the Fa-rectification period has awakened many people’s consciences and helped to restrain the evils of the persecution. Their great courage, compassion, and sense of justice are truly admirable! Practitioners in mainland China sincerely thank you for all you have done!
Chinese people who see the Shen Yun show (on DVD or an NTD broadcast) are not only amazed by the wonderful performance but also impressed with the dignified and graceful host.
I shared a Shen Yun DVD with a former classmate who works in a government office. Talking about what he thought of the show, he made special mention of the Western practitioner host. He even recited the introductory words he spoke in Chinese, “This beautiful lady is Kelly. My name is Jared” My classmate said, “He's filled with righteous energy! I didn't know Shen Yun had such a great host. He has a graceful manner, fluent Chinese, and a gentleman's benevolence. Shen Yun is for the whole world! It's wonderful!”
The above are only a few examples. So many fellow practitioners from so many different ethnic backgrounds have great stories to tell about cultivation and truth clarification efforts. As the editorial calling for experience sharing article states, “All Dafa practitioners follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to improve their character and health while undertaking various efforts to stop the persecution of Falun Dafa by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
No matter what ethnic background we come from, we have all come to practice Dafa. Bathed in Master’s grace and shielded with his protection, we walk together on the same path of cultivation.
Our seemingly ordinary stories of cultivation mark what in truth are the extraordinary steps we have taken in this age. As World Falun Dafa Day approaches, we look forward to reading the experience sharing articles by our Western fellow practitioners!