From Buddhism and Taoism to Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) My divorce dropped me at a crossroads. Seven years of marriage had ended, and I had lost the right to raise my child. Back to being single again, I suddenly had to support myself.
With practically no work experience, I met with rejection in the job market. I thought about how great it would be to find a spiritual home and leave the worries of the secular world behind!
Life took me on an unexpected journey until it delivered me to my destination. Over the course of about a year, I came in close contact with Buddhism, Taoism in the Wudang Mountains, and finally I became a Falun Dafa practitioner.
I learned about a job at a company promoting Buddhist culture. I cut my long hair short, packed a small amount of luggage, and flew to a Buddhist landmark to seize the opportunity.
I realized after several months that the place was a far cry from the Buddhist holy land that I had expected. My boss, who had hundreds of thousands of followers online, often spoke about saving sentient beings from suffering. He is a widely respected mentor. However, his private life seemed a mess to me. He maintained love affairs with quite a few female lay Buddhists.
Citing family matters, I took an extended leave and returned home. As I prepared for the next chapter in my life, I wondered where my path would lead.
A friend suggested Taoism to me and recommended I go to meet an 86-year-old Taoist in the Wudang Mountains. The Wudang Mountains are in the northwestern part of Hubei Province and are one of the most sacred destinations for Taoism.
I went there and met the elderly man at the Taoist Institute where he resided. He was very kind and as joyful and innocent as a child. He had devoted his life to studying the Book of Changes and alchemy. He can talk to flowers, stones, and the sun. He often tilted his head on his way to practice his exercises. He told me that he was listening to his masters in the heavens.
We were outside of the institute one day when he told me he would take me as his student. He asked me what I wanted to learn from him. I didn't know. I wondered about the meaning of life, but I hadn't thought about what I should learn. I merely wanted to find a kind environment and a safe place to live. I didn't know about cultivation.
A fight occurred in the courtyard of the institute several days later. His disciple and the daughter of another Taoist master engaged in a fight. The elderly Taoist tried to intervene, but his disciple scratched his face. His face bled heavily. I was shocked.
Even though the old Taoist was very kind, the woman who took care of him was unfriendly to me. She often reprimanded me for no reason. I realized that I didn't belong at the institute. I left and returned to the secular world.
I got to know an auntie. Her knowledge and refreshing perspectives attracted me deeply. I found her different from most people I knew. She was very warmhearted and cared about me. On her recommendation, I started practicing Falun Dafa in September 2016.
As I came to know more Falun Dafa practitioners, I realized that this group was full of people just like that auntie: kind and selfless.
Within 10 days of practicing, my skin turned white and smooth. My menstrual period became regular. The constipation problem that had troubled me for more than a decade disappeared after four months.
More importantly, I was happy again. The sorrow and mild depression that had enveloped me for about eight years were gone! I bathed in a peaceful joy and felt almost reborn. People who knew me also noticed the difference in my personality: I used to be an arrogant person, as I was a typical spoiled only daughter. I learned to be considerate and tolerant!
During the short period that I have cultivated, I have measured myself according to the Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I have experienced miracles of Falun Dafa in the changes the practice has brought to me. I can sense that Master Li (the founder) protects and guides us at all times and I can feel his presence.
For example, I visited my hometown during the Chinese New Year holidays. I met up with a former classmate to tell her about the persecution of Falun Dafa and that Falun Dafa was good and was slandered by the Chinese Communist Party. On my way home, a car splashed mud and snow on my new clothes. I went straight to bed when I got home, as I felt exhausted. I planned to clean my new clothes the next morning. However, when I took the clothes out to clean the next morning, I couldn't find any stains!
I was doing the Falun Dafa meditation in my living room one morning, and I sat on my couch across from the TV set. As I finished the meditation, I saw a strong silver light from my chest that reached the TV screen. The light was as bright as that of a torch!
I once read Zhuan Falun before going to sleep. As I was about to turn off the lamp on my nightstand, I saw a golden light emit from the Falun on my book cover onto my blanket...
I am thankful for being a Falun Dafa practitioner.