My Cultivation Experiences While Organizing Nine-Day Falun Dafa Workshops
(Minghui.org) I was born and raised within the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) system. I did not believe that Gods or Buddhas existed. I felt that I was quite well-off and had everything I needed. When my family members, schoolmates and university professors, and others around me were persecuted during the Party's various political campaigns, I really couldn't understand what was happening.
After I experienced the June 4, 1989 massacre in Beijing, I decided to flee China. In 1991, I came to Australia. I felt that there was no hope for China and I became increasingly depressed. "What is the meaning of life?" I asked myself.
Fortunate to Find Dafa
In July 2012, I watched an interview on the NTD program “Moments in Life.” It showcased a Falun Dafa practitioner who was also a socially successful person. Her story deeply moved me. I found the Falun Dafa website and Zhuan Falun. In the book Master answered all my questions such as, “Why do people come to this world?”
I read Zhuan Falun and learned the exercises. I felt that my body and mind were at ease. I understood that Master is leading us to high levels and has given us a way to return to heaven! When I discovered how precious Dafa is, I felt grateful to Master and very fortunate to enter the door of cultivation!
I remember hearing about Falun Dafa around 1998. I recall people talking about practicing “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.” Perhaps my enlightenment quality was poor, so I did not begin practicing. Afterwards, I felt regretful. Now that I finally became a practitioner, I promised Master that I would truly cultivate.
As I read the Fa, I understood that one of the three things that Dafa disciples must do is to clarify the truth. I was inspired by how practitioners risked their lives to clarify the truth. From the bottom of my heart I hoped to share the beauty of Dafa with others. I began making phone calls to the police in China who participated in the persecution.
Master Is Looking After Us
Two years ago, fellow practitioners and I began organizing Nine-Day Falun Gong Seminars. I also assisted other practitioners to organize workshops in their areas.
I'm really grateful to Master for giving me this opportunity. In the process, my attachments of arrogance and self-righteousness, which were deeply hidden, were exposed. I did not recognize those thoughts before I began practicing. I also found my fundamental attachment, which was to be a “useful person” and contribute to society. This was related to the “model and hero” concept planted in my mind by the CCP culture.
When other practitioners raised ideas which did not agree with mine, I had to remove the attachment to always wanting to be right. Sometimes it's very difficult to get rid of attachments, it was incredibly difficult for me. That was a process of deeply cultivating and completely giving up my long-held attachments.
“The awakened esteem what is beyond this worldThe devout cultivator sets his heart on ConsummationWhen great is the ordeal, keep steadfastThe will to be diligent never bowed”(“Steadfast”, Hong Yin II)
I gradually realized that those “enormous difficulties” were all caused by my own attachments. I also realized that I should work hard and look within. Everything is an opportunity to cultivate myself. As soon as I notice that I'm unable to understand others or that I lack consideration, I try to immediately remove these thoughts and cultivate myself.
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
A Cultivation Test
I’d like to share an amazing experience through which I felt Master’s compassionate care.
I had a real estate investment project which required a substantial loan. The loan was due for repayment by the end of September. By July, however, some documents had not been approved. I could not sell the property to cover the repayments. The loan broker, who has many years’ experience, had no idea how to resolve the situation. I faced a tremendous financial loss.
If the loan was not repaid it would cause a chain reaction. Our other projects and other investments would be adversely affected. There seemed to be no solution to the problem.
I still continued organizing the Nine-Day seminars and assisted with meditation workshops as usual. I had a single thought: “I cannot delay what I should do for Dafa. Everything is arranged by Master.”
One day near the end of July, I received a letter from the bank. It said that a mistake had been made with our loan. As a result, the conditions of repayment were different now and the loan did not have to be repaid until August 2020. We were also returned a large sum of money which we could use to pay the government social contribution fee related to the project. Our difficulties turned around in a positive direction. Even the experienced broker could not believe it! He went to the bank to double check.
People Are Looking for the Fa
Practitioners helped spread the information about our Nine-Day seminars and meditation workshops through media, flyers, online, as well as by word of mouth. New practitioners experienced many amazing things. Through them we've witnessed Master’s great compassion.
An artist from Chile was visiting her daughter. After she received a flyer about the Nine-Day seminar, she was very excited. There's a practice site near her home in Chile and she always wanted to practice, but was too busy.
After attending all Nine Lectures, she said from the bottom of her heart, “I found what I've been looking for.”
One new practitioner is a Chinese acupuncturist who runs her own clinic and also works part-time in a Western clinic in an affluent area. The daughter of the Chilean artist was looking for an acupuncturist. During her consultation with this acupuncturist, she told her about her mother's experience. The acupuncturist was very curious and decided to come. Almost one year later, her long-term physical discomforts, such as stomach acid and stomach pain disappeared. She went to a hospital for a re-examination. Her gastric mucosal adhesions and other conditions that may have developed into cancer had all disappeared. As a result, she very enthusiastically began introducing Dafa to her patients.
Mr. Zhou from China experienced many difficulties. After he found Dafa he told his friend Ms. Wang. She also began practicing and experienced many positive changes to her body and mind.
Mr. Zhou said from childhood, he always felt that a Buddha was protecting him. After he left China he searched everywhere for a true cultivation practice. He went to Buddhist temples and Christian churches. He said that one day in April, he came across a Falun Dafa truth-clarification site. Practitioners invited him to the Nine-day seminar. He overcame many difficulties to attend the class. Once there, he knew that he had finally found exactly what he was looking for. Afterwards, he immediately told his friends about his experience. His words touched Ms. Wang.
Ms. Wang began by watching Master’s lecture videos at home. She felt heat flow through her body from head to toe. Several weeks later, her long term foot pain disappeared and she could walk to attend the Nine-day class. Her miraculous improvement attracted the interest of her daughter and son-in-law. They both attended the Nine-day lecture class in June.
In July, Ms. Wang attended the Nine-day class for the second time. She also brought two couples and a young man. The story she shared this time was even more touching. She said that she was initially unable to attend the Nine-lecture class held at the end of July because she had to return to China.
A doctor advised her family to prepare for the death of her 92-year-old father who was suffering from terminal cancer. However, a month after she started practicing Falun Dafa, her sister phoned her and told her that her father’s cancer was cured. No one could believe it - even the doctor was shocked. The latest Xrays showed that the cancer cells had disappeared. Chemotherapy had made him very thin and weak, but he regained his appetite and soon put on more than 10 kilograms of weight.
Master said that,
“When one person obtains the Fa, the whole family will benefit.” ( “Teaching the Fa and Answering Questions in Jinan,” Zhuan Falun Fajie).
Now Ms. Wang’s entire family as well as everyone from her company believes “Falun Dafa is great!”
Thank you Master for your great compassion! Thank you fellow practitioners.
(Presented at the 2019 Australia Fa Conference)