Learning Falun Dafa Amidst the Persecution
(Minghui.org) I began Falun Dafa cultivation practice in 2015. As a child, I had a relatively pure mind and did not view the world as being complicated. After growing up, I was often hurt because I remained naive and pure-hearted. I gradually no longer trusted people.
I met several people who studied Buddhism and became interested in that cultivation practice. I then found that some of them did not truly follow the Buddhist teachings. So I gave up studying Buddhism.
Finding a Cultivation Way
A team leader at my workplace was a very kind Falun Dafa practitioner. She continuously clarified the truth about Dafa to me. I let go of the bad thoughts I had developed over time, and my views about Dafa changed.
She gave me a DVD on which I saw an Udumbara flower, a flower said to bloom only once every 3,000 years to herald the return of the sacred law-wheel king to save people. I asked myself, wasn't that what I was looking for?
Then she gave me a copy of the book Zhuan Falun. The spiritual principles talked about in this book deeply touched my heart. I realized that this time I had found the “Pure Land” I was searching for!
This was the beginning of my cultivation in Falun Dafa. Not long after, my illnesses, including cervical spondylosis, lower back weakness, and skin allergies, disappeared.
Family Changes Attitude Towards Dafa
I hoped that my family would also step into this cultivation practice. I introduced Falun Dafa to my mother, husband, and younger brother. Although it was persecuted and slandered by the communist regime, I did not expect that my own family would oppose Dafa and forbid me from practicing it.
I thought that this was because they had not read Zhuan Falun and thus did not understand how good the practice was, so I talked to them a lot about Dafa's principles. They thought I was really lost, and my mother said sternly, “If you practice Falun Dafa, don't come to my home, and I won't go to your home.”
My husband also quarreled with me. Sometimes, I could not remain calm and argued with him. Then, he threatened to tear up Zhuan Falun. I immediately got upset, as I studied the Fa every day and treasured this book. I cautioned, “If you tear up the book, I will divorce you!” My words surprised him, and from then on, he no longer spoke out against Dafa.
After studying the Fa more and more, my xinxing improved. My family members saw the changes in me and realized that Dafa was good. My younger brother and I used to quarrel often. Now, when my brother loses his temper, I think of the Dafa teaching, “I’ll tell you a truth: the whole process of cultivation is a process of constantly getting rid of human attachments.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
I treated him compassionately and did not respond in kind.
My family members now talk to me about anything that bothers them and they like to be around me. I also use the wisdom I gained from practicing Dafa to share with my family.
My sister-in-law said to my mother, “I didn't expect that my elder sister would have such a good temper after she learned Dafa!” My mother replied, “Well, Dafa is good!”
Eliminating the Attachment of Fear
My attachment to fear was strong, and I did not dare clarify the truth about Dafa in public. However, through Fa-study I realized that practitioners work together to make sure that the public understands the truth about Dafa and the persecution.
I was offered a new job selling clothes in a mall. One time, a coworker gave me some free clothes. As a Dafa practitioner, I follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and could not accept the clothes. She did not appreciate my honesty and said with a sarcastic tone, “Yeah, you are a noble person!”
My attachment of fear then surfaced. I thought I should tell her about Dafa, but fear stopped me. I talked to another practitioner who advised that I should strengthen my righteous thoughts and level with my coworker – “I have a faith that asks me not to accept anything I did not pay for.”
The coworker later again brought me some leftover clothes, and I leveled with her. She asked what faith I practiced and I said the Buddha Fa. She questioned me further and I said that it was Falun Dafa. She rebutted, “Falun Dafa opposes the Communist Party! I don't want to have anything to do with it.”
My coworker began to resent me, and said that I should practice Buddhism and Christianity! I told her that people who practice Buddhism are after money. I then told her about how I was before, and how I changed after practicing Falun Dafa, and suggested that she quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). She refused. I realized that I had to do better when clarifying the truth. She finally came around and agreed to quit the CCP.
This coworker told other colleagues that I practiced Falun Dafa and many people heard about it. My attachment of fear then surfaced again. I knew that all my attachments needed to be eliminated.
Master said, “The Fa can break all attachments, the Fa can destroy all evil, the Fa can shatter all lies, and the Fa can strengthen righteous thoughts.” (“Drive Out Interference” from Essentials for Further Advancement II)
I repeated one of Master's poems often,
“Should you have fear,it will seize upon youIf thoughts are righteous,evil will collapseThe cultivator’s mindis loaded with FaSend righteous thoughts,and rotten demons explodeGods walk the earth,validating the Fa”(“What's to Fear?” from Hong Yin Vol. II)
My fear attachment was eliminated little by little through Fa study.
Another coworker wanted to know why I believed in Falun Dafa. I told her how I benefited from practicing Dafa. She said that when she and her family heard about the “Tiananmen Square Self-Immolation” incident, they knew that it was not true. But she later threatened to report me to the police. I became afraid, but then realized that there was nothing to fear, and learned to deal with the situation calmly using righteous thoughts.
I told her that it would not be good for her to report me. So she went on to talk about Christianity, which her family practiced. I told her how the Roman Empire encountered plagues and was eliminated over time for persecuting Christians. I concluded, “The Buddha is merciful and does not want human morality to continue to be corrupted, so that's why he spreads the Fa as a human in the world.”
She was shocked and asked if my Master was a Buddha. I said, “A Buddha will not manifest as a Buddha in the human world. It is up to you to believe or not believe!”