Yunlin, Taiwan: Learning from Each Other During Group Study and Discussion
(Minghui.org) Practitioners in central Taiwan gathered at an elementary school in Yunlin County on June 9, 2019 to study the Falun Dafa teachings, followed by a group discussion on how to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in their daily life.
These practitioners came from Taichung, Chuanghua, Nantou, Yunlin, and nearby counties. They divided into 20 small groups in the morning for group study and discussion, and a joint session in the afternoon.
Perseverance Brings Results
Tian Wenlian, business director of NTD Television, shared her story of working with a company specialized in bean products, such as soy sauce, tofu, and soy milk. She said, “One of our sales reps could not sign a contract with this company, so I decided to try my luck.”
After doing some research, Tian found that the president of the company was a board member for another of her clients. Determined to work out this deal, she was glad to hear that the president would be on site when she was going to visit, although he rarely came there. Although they were cordial, when Tian followed up with a phone call, he was very cold and hung up after one or two sentences.
When Tian visited the company again, the president also happened to be there. They greeted each other, but as Tian followed up with a phone call, the president once again showed no interest. Tian did not give up and with perseverance she managed to set up an appointment to meet him a third time. After she drove for over two hours for the meeting, she found that the president was not there.
Tian made another appointment. After they finally met each other, the president said there was no more marketing budget since the company had already signed contracts with other entities. Nonetheless, he was curious why Tian was so persistent. He asked, “It makes me feel like you are a key stockholder or a board director.” Tian smiled and said she was just a regular employee.
From the launching and mission of NTD, Tian talked about how innocent Falun Gong practitioners are persecuted in China and what the television station offers to the world. Moved by her sincerity, the president not only signed a contract, but also renewed it several times. Based on the product mix of the company, NTD designed customized advertisement, and for the first time, the company became profitable after 19 years of operation.
“This was possible all because of you,” said the president to Tian, “Thank you for not abandoning me.”
Similar things also happened with other clients, in which Tian’s perseverance turned into contracts and revenues for her clients. “As a practitioner, I have no choice but to do well and fulfill my mission of helping people know the truth,” she remarked.
Witnessing the Power of Dafa
Xie from Yunlin works as a manager in a chemical plant. He told me, “A coworker noticed that poisonous gas was leaking. It was almost the end of the day and he reached out to turn off the valve. Because of the high toxicity, he lost consciousness before shutting it off completely. Fortunately, another coworker was also at the site, who was able to help and turn off the valve. But he panicked after seeing the unconscious person on the ground.”
Upon hearing this, Xie rushed there with the antidote, an oxygen tank, and other emergency supplies. Knowing he was a Falun Gong practitioner, other coworkers at the site were relieved when they saw him.
After the emergency rescue, the coworker, who did not show any sign of life surprisingly regained a heartbeat. When taking him to a hospital, Xie kept calling out “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” all the way to the emergency room. The doctors were able to revive him, but they were surprised. One of the doctors said, “You know, usually there is no hope after inhaling such highly toxic gas.”
When the coworker returned to work one month later, others asked about his recovery. “I could not feel anything on the way to the hospital,” he replied, “but I did hear someone calling ‘Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.’”
Power of Compassion
Lee from Taichung had been working with a highly influential VIP for many years. Because of the hate propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), however, this person held misunderstandings about Falun Dafa, and did not believe Lee.
One day they went to Sun Moon Lake. At the tourist site, they saw one tourist from mainland China tearing up a newspaper handed to him by a practitioner, making it into to ball and tossing it to the ground. The practitioner quietly picked it up, and with a smile told the tourist not to do this since it will harm him in the end.
After witnessing this, the VIP changed his viewpoint of Falun Dafa. “Now I know the CCP is lying and practitioners are indeed nice people who treat humiliation with kindness,” he said. He no longer held misunderstandings about Falun Dafa.
Yizhen from Nantou shared her experience of going to Hong Kong to tell people the facts about Falun Dafa. “Members of the Hong Kong Youth Care Association (YCA) were very obnoxious. On the first day when I arrived there, a practitioner told me that the group of YCA members were new and they were very hostile,” she recalled.
One YCA member slandered Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. While pointing at Yizhen, he said Yizhen was from Taiwan and was paid to talk about Falun Dafa. Furious about the lies, Yizhen replied loudly, “I can swear I am not paid to be here. If you dare, let’s swear whoever gets paid for this will receive retribution.” That person did not say anything and left.
When Yizhen was finishing up and was ready to leave, a YCA member suddenly hit her feet with a baton and immediately ran away. As she was chasing that person and calling out for help, other practitioners told her that the YCA members often did that and there was no use chasing them.
When sitting in meditation that evening, Yizhen remembered Master’s words,
“And what does that look like, in practice? For starters, a practitioner should be able to hold back from retaliating, and patiently endure. Anyone who succumbs to retaliating could hardly be called a practitioner.” (“The Ninth Talk”, Zhuan Falun)
Remembering conflicts with YCA members in 2014 at her last visit, Yizhen knew part of this incident was related to her mentality of fighting. She said, “Practitioners also reminded me to remain calm. We know good is rewarded with good and evil meets evil. As long as we have a pure heart for saving people, we are not afraid of their tactics.”
When Yizhen went to the site feeling confident and holding righteous thoughts, the interference with YCA seemed to weaken. She said, “The site was calm and my heart was pure. I was able to explain what Falun Dafa is all about. I am so thankful for Master Li’s help,” she said.
Improving as One Body
Several practitioners said that they learned a lot from the sharing. One practitioner surnamed Li said she was touched by the stories. “Tian’s determination helps me to remember at all times who we are and what we do. I need more righteous thoughts to awaken people and fulfill my mission.”
Another practitioner Gao from Yulin agreed, “I have realized that there are many areas that I could have done better and should have been more diligent.”