All the Medals We Earn Are the Result of True Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I teach at a vocational high school. Before I began practicing Falun Dafa in 1995, I had been suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis for several years. I tried many Western and Chinese medicines as well as various qigong methods. Nothing worked until I learned Falun Dafa, after which my illness disappeared within two weeks!
Falun Dafa gave me a healthy body and taught me to become a better person. After Jiang Zemin (the former communist party head) launched the persecution of Falun Dafa in 1999, I went to Beijing three times to appeal for the right to practice Dafa. I have been illegally detained multiple times and was sent to a forced labor camp for 15 months. Additionally, the 610 Office ordered my school not to allow me to teach students. Therefore, for a period of time, I was assigned various labor and office work, from taking care of the water boiler to sitting in the Academic Affairs office.
As a Dafa practitioner, I followed the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. No matter what job I was assigned, I considered others first and did not care about personal losses and gains. When I noticed that the boiler room was dirty, for example, I spent an entire day cleaning it. I made friends with everyone, from workers to executive personnel. I told them the truth about Dafa. One by one, many chose to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Story Behind the Medals
In the fall of 2011, the school planned to attend the National Vocational Student Skills Competitions the following year. The school principal asked me to lead and train the competition team.
We trained for eight months. During that period of time, I was doing double work: my regular teaching, plus special training for the students on the competition teams. I stayed at school until late at night almost every day.
While teaching students skills, I also paid close attention to the development of their character. I taught them to be good people by reminding them to be truthful, kind, and tolerant. All students from each year's team were very close to me, and many returned to visit me after they graduated.
In 2012, my students won a silver medal in the final competition round, the first national medal in the school's history.
Another time, during a team training in another city, I went through a bout of major karma elimination in the form of a severe illness. I was extremely dizzy and my whole body ached. Nevertheless, I endured it and continued to go with students to their workshops. Once we returned to school in the evening, before I had a chance to tell other teachers that I needed to go home and rest, two other teachers said they needed to go home immediately.
"It's okay, you can go home,” I told them. “I will be here supervising the students.”
Later, when I was conducting a discussion and review session with the students, I kept reciting in my heart: “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (Zhuan Falun) I was completely fine by the time I returned home that night.
One day, before a major national competition, I fell down the stairs. I was covered in a cold sweat. "You will be fine. You are a cultivator!" I told myself. Despite the fact that my tailbone hurt badly, this did not hold me back.
From 2012 to 2016, my school’s team won two golds, thirteen silvers, and two bronzes. The school management often praised me during school meetings. Everyone knew that I practiced Falun Dafa so through my good work, many colleagues understood that Dafa is truly good. Many thus quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Such a Big Heart
My school invited a professor from a university to guide us in 2012. We went on several business trips together. The teachers from other schools took taxis since their schools paid the expenses. I tried to save money for my school and took the bus. The professor said, "Your school really sent a good person!" I then told her that I was a Falun Dafa practitioner.
One year, the professor asked me to choose one of my two students to participate in a more focused training program. The two students were at a similar skill level. One of them was my relative. I felt the other student was a little more flexible, so I recommended him. The professor asked why I did not recommend my relative. I said because the other student was slightly better. I believe this action gave her an insight into my integrity, which was a result of practicing Falun Dafa.
In 2014 and 2015, the professor asked me to choose a project to be the main focus for the gold medal training. Both times I recommended other teachers' projects. She asked why I did not choose my own project, especially since mine had good potential as well. I told her that they were equally good and that other teachers should have a chance as well.
"You are such a good person!" she exclaimed. "I have been to many schools for training. All of those teachers were fighting for opportunities to get benefits for themselves. I have never met someone like you!"
She continued, "I know that it is because you practice Falun Dafa!"
610 Office Denies My Awards
After our winnings in 2012, the management of my school and the local education bureau selected me for the city's "Excellent Teacher Award." But the city’s 610 Office removed my name from the list of selections. The school principal asked the city officials to change their decision but to no avail. So the very next year, I was again selected for the award. Due to the previous year’s incident, the school principal went a step further and phoned the director of the 610 Office. The 610 director said flatly, "We have an order from the government. All nominations will be denied if there are Falun Dafa issues involved!"
The school principal told me, "Don't be sad. We all know your achievements. Our teachers and the students love you!" He gave me all school-level awards the following years. Over time, the principal came to know the truth and power of Falun Dafa through me. He also happily chose to withdraw from the Chinese Communist Party.
I know that all of my achievements are a direct result of Falun Dafa. Dafa has purified my soul, elevated my character, opened my wisdom, and guided me through my life!