An Abbess Introduced Me to Dafa at a Taoist Temple
(Minghui.org) I obtained Dafa in 2012 at a Taoist temple.
I am a quiet and reserved person. Although my father was a scholar of ancient Chinese literature and had an extensive library, I had no interest in reading or studying as I grew up.
After I started working, I could sit at my desk for hours without speaking a word to coworkers. I was not inclined to participate in company organized activities and had very few friends. I did not like to go to the movies or watch TV. My only interest was visiting Buddhist and Taoist temples and had considered becoming a monk.
I once visited a famous Taoist temple and told the head monk that I intended to join. He agreed to officially take me in three days later, but I lost interest and never did join.
Obtaining Dafa in a Temple
I visited a Taoist temple in 2010 and happened to see the abbess, who had an extraordinary appearance and demeanor that seemed to be not of this world. I did not speak with her, as she was very busy at the time. I revisited the temple in 2011 but did not make up my mind what to do next.
I visited her temple a third time in July 2012. The abbess was busy as usual and told me to come back in three days. I went back and she presented me with a copy of Zhuan Falun, a DVD disc for The Great Way of Spiritual Perfection, and videotapes of Master's Fa Lectures in Guangzhou.
As I read Zhuan Falun at home, tears ran down my cheeks. When I watched the video of the Fa Lectures in Guangzhou and Master making the greater hand signs, tears again could not be held back.
The next year I visited a practitioner who happened to be hosting the World Falun Dafa Day celebration at home. The moment I walked in, I could not help crying. I knew that my knowing side in other dimensions saw what Master had done for me and was deeply grateful.
I was not able to express my exact feelings in words, but I simply could not let go of Dafa from then on. I was determined to become a Falun Dafa practitioner.
A few days later, Master started to purify my body. One day I vomited and defecated a large amount of blood. I paid no attention and went about my day as usual. My body felt like it was on fire in my dream that night. Since the start of my practice, many of the cultivation states as mentioned in Zhuan Falun have happened to me.
“When some people received the energy, they would one night suddenly feel very warm during sleep and could hardly use their bedcovers. After they got up the next morning, they would get an electric shock wherever they put their hands.” (Zhuan Falun)
When I held on to the handles on buses, my hands had the sensation of electric shocks. When I did the sitting meditation, I saw a large beautiful eye that looked just like my own when I was much younger, and saw myself sitting in a dimension without any surroundings.
In the following six months, I did the exercises at home at 9:50 every night and later switched to 3:50 in the morning. After the six AM sending of righteous thoughts, I would read Zhuan Falun and other Dafa books.
No matter how late I got home at night, I would watch a lecture from the Fa Lecture videos; otherwise I would not feel at ease. Ever since I was able to sit with both legs crossed, I kept sitting that way while holding the book Zhuan Falun with both hands and read it out loud.
Advancing Diligently Through Truth Clarification
After extensive Fa study, I had become more enlightened. I realized that only through Fa study could one overcome fear and step out to join truth clarification activities.
A year later, I started to distribute truth-clarification DVDs in the streets with other practitioners without much thought or any fear. Since Master asked us to do it, I would do it. I was able to hand out dozens of discs every day.
Some recipients asked me whether I feared being arrested. I would ask: What was there to fear? I was not doing anything wrong. I emphasized that the discs had information that was not easily available in Mainland China.
I came to a big city in 2014. As I did not know any practitioners there, I just played Pudu and Jishi music in the street, hoping a practitioner would hear and approach me. A month passed by with no response. I returned to the city in 2015 and got in touch with local practitioners through Master's arrangement.
The practitioners provided materials for me to hand out. In this large city, I did not have a good idea of how many surveillance cameras there were or the amount of police monitoring. I just distributed materials on busy streets, handing out more than 100 copies every day to pedestrians, taxi drivers, and private vehicles.
One day I went out with several dozen brochures. Initially I had little luck. Then I noticed many luxury cars lined up along the street. They were waiting to park their cars and attend a major show in a nearby theater.
I approached a driver and handed him a copy of the latest Minghui Weekly magazine and a DVD. He politely asked what they cost. I told him they were free and a gift for him. After he accepted them, an interesting thing happened. Each vehicle behind him had their driver side windows rolled down and the drivers were all willing to take my materials.
Later that day when I had only a few materials left, I saw two young men with tattoos on their arms loitering. I did not plan to approach them, but they accidentally bumped into me while passing by. I thought that maybe this had happened for a reason. I gave them each a copy. To my surprise, they both sat down immediately and started reading carefully. I realized I should not judge a person by their appearance.
I had not paid attention to the policemen and surveillance cameras while distributing materials in the streets. Sometimes I noticed them only after I was done. As I had no fear, things went well.
Later, some practitioners kindly reminded me about this, but it did not concern me. I came to understand that nothing could stop me from doing the things that Master told us to do.
Master cares for and protects practitioners when our hearts are focused on saving people. One day a young man grabbed my arm and wanted to report me to the police after I handed him some truth-clarification material. Then he seemed to have difficulty finding his phone to call the police. At the same time, a gray-haired elderly lady approached us. She asked the young man for the material to look over and started chatting with him. I escaped without further problems. I knew Master had resolved it for me.
“If a Dafa disciple's heart is unsteady, it will cause changes in his or her surroundings. When you have fear, for instance, you will find that the sentient beings around you are not quite right. When you change such that your presence is refreshing and uplifting to people, and your mind becomes broad and full of optimism, you will find the things around you to be correspondingly different. When clarifying the truth, when validating the Fa, and when encountering challenges as you do things, adjust yourself and look at things with righteous thoughts. It might just prove to be effective.” (Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference, Teaching the Fa at the Conference IX)
One night in my dream I saw many gods and Buddhas surrounding me with their palms in the upright position. Master was also nearby. I knew it was encouragement from Master telling me that the seemingly dangerous situations posed no real danger to me and, as a disciple, I must firmly believe in Master and Dafa.
Under Master's protection, I have established a material production center at my home this year, producing 300 to 500 copies of Minghui Weekly, which people love reading and cherish, a week. I can sometimes provide them to other practitioners. I am so grateful for Master's help and guidance in the whole process.
Abbess of the Taoist Temple
I later learned that the Abbess, who introduced me to Dafa, started practicing Dafa herself before the Chinese government launched the persecution of practitioners. She grew up as a Taoist in the temple. Being the abbess is merely her job, which she uses to save more people.
Due to her respected stature in the local community, people more readily accept her truth clarification. Once I was with her walking down the street. Several Tibetan monks saw her in her Taoist dress and paid respect to her. She approached and talked to them about Dafa, gave them Dafa amulets, and told them to remember “Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” The monks were all grateful and happy to hear what she had to say.
The local religious society, which is under government control, is aware of her practice of Dafa and has approached her about it. She has always calmly clarified the truth to them and conducted herself as a Dafa disciple is supposed to.