[Hong Kong Fa Conference] Treasuring Cultivation Opportunities and Saving Sentient Beings
(Minghui.org) Greetings esteemed Master and fellow practitioners!
Below, I will share my cultivation experience of the last 3 years. I have practiced Falun Dafa for over 20 years, and experienced ups and downs in my cultivation. I have passed tests and let go of attachments. Lately I have a better understanding of the reason why I cultivate. I think that I have to let go of the attachment to self, save sentient beings, and fulfill the vows that I made eons ago. When we truly care for the sentient beings, what attachments can’t we let go of?
Clarifying the Truth at Work
Three years ago, I thought of working full-time to support my family. A desirable job would be one that allows me to have time for working on Dafa projects and do ordinary people’s work at the same time. I found a job in 2016, working as a salesperson in an exclusive store in Osaka. The store was located at the famous shopping street where many Mainland China tourists shopped. This is a good place for me to clarify truth. All human beings are families of Master, so I treated every customer as family of my own. I answered their inquiries thoughtfully; I also seized chances to clarify the truth and helped them quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its youth organizations.
I would start a conversation using different topics, depending on the type of customer, and then clarify the truth. If customers are concerned about sales items, I would say that counterfeits are sold throughout China and make a comparison with what's available in Japan. Then, I talk about the fake news by the CCP that maligns Dafa. Some customers appreciated the high moral standard of Japan and the upholding of traditions, I then told them that the Chinese culture has been destroyed by the CCP, and that the CCP is still persecuting Falun Dafa practitioners who follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I further clarified the truth and helped people quit the CCP. Some customers said that the CCP is too corrupt.
Then I would tell them that the CCP plotted the Tiananmen Massacre, and the self-immolation hoax was to frame Falun Dafa. Some customers were from Dalian, and for them I would talk about Bo Xilai. I told them that the real crime of Bo was to harvest organs from living practitioners. If the customers are from Guangzhou or Shenzhen, I would ask if they have seen the grand Falun Dafa parades in Hong Kong.
Stories when Clarifying the Truth
There was a young couple who were receptive to the facts about Falun Dafa , but when I persuaded them to quit the CCP, the husband didn’t agree. They were queuing up to pay, and it was not a suitable moment for me to keep on talking, so I focused on sending forth righteous thoughts. After they were done with everything, I walked them to the entrance and further clarified the truth. Everyone quit the CCP. Through this I have learned about the power of sending righteous thoughts.
Another couple just visited briefly. Before they left I told them to keep in mind that Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. The husband thanked me. The wife turned around and asked what I just said. I said it one more time and she repeated it -- it was very touching.
There was a customer when I didn’t have time to clarify the truth, and only said Hi and quickly told him to remember Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. The customer hesitated and left. After an hour or two, he returned and asked me to tell him more, so I talked to him at length and helped him quit the CCP.
After two young ladies were done with shopping, I went up and told them to remember that Falun Dafa is good. It seemed that they didn’t hear me clearly, so I asked if they had heard of Falun Dafa. One said she would not respond to Falun Dafa. I said you were mistaken; Falun Dafa is being wronged. She then came to her senses and held my hand with both hands and said Falun Dafa is good. At the precise moment, I knew she was testing the water, if I said that Falun Dafa is good, then she would agree without a doubt.
I found that if I don’t do the exercises or study the Fa well, or don’t maintain my xinxing level at home, the result of truth clarification on the next day wouldn’t be as effective. If I oversleep in the morning, then the products would not sell well, or all the customers would go to the Japanese salespersons, which affects truth clarification. If I didn’t do well, I would feel very sad that Master has brought the people to me, and because of me not doing well, the opportunities to save the sentient beings were wasted.
Fa Study Guarantees Overcoming Drowsiness
Due to working overtime I often arrive at home late and become drowsy during Fa study. To solve this issue, instead of going home after work at around 9 p.m., I study the Fa on the platform at the tram station. I usually finish reading one lecture, and then go home. If I seriously study the Fa, do the exercises and sent righteous thoughts, the truth clarification would go smoothly. Thus, Fa study guarantees saving sentient beings.
Xinxing tests often happen at work. The place I work is a chain store, so there are frequent personnel changes. From time to time, a conflict would take place, and I would try to look inward. But I didn’t pass all the tests smoothly. There was a lady coworker who didn’t agree with my clarifying the truth to customers. Nevertheless, I tried to get along with her. Due to her strong personality, she often had conflicts with fellow Japanese coworkers, and then I would try to comfort her. Later I became her good friend, and she no longer interfered with me when clarifying the truth.
During these three years, I have created a good environment at work and clarified the truth at the same time. My monthly sales rank top 10 among our nation-wide chain stores, and there were many times I attained first place. My achievements at work have earned me respect from my boss and coworkers. I know all these achievements are because of the wisdom of Dafa, I sincerely thank Master for giving me this opportunity to save people. I will continue to be diligent, and let go of the attachment to self. I’m so gratified to see sentient beings learn the truth.
Participating in Hong Kong Parades to Validate the Fa
My whole family are members of the Tian Guo Marching Band, and we have been participating in Hong Kong parades for years. Last year, I didn't missed a single parade. No matter how difficult the parade was, we would always come and perform for the precious Chinese people who were watching us at both sides of the street. Their astonished faces and hoisted mobile phones and cameras made my Hong Kong trip truly meaningful.
During these three years, we tried hard to make ends meet. My daughter has to pay over a million yen in tuition fees every year. After the payment, we hardly have anything left for the tickets to go to Hong Kong. My thanks go to the practitioner who booked the tickets and who gave us a short term loan.
Some members from the Taiwan Tian Guo Marching Band were barred from entering Hong Kong, I realized that band members from the neighboring countries should go to Hong Kong and shoulder the responsibility. I truly treasured each opportunity to be in the parade in Hong Kong. Every day before the parade, I would make sure that I have studied the Fa, did the exercises and sent righteous thoughts. We will always have a parade, no matter if it’s pouring rain or under the blazing sun. Sentient beings have seen the perseverance and peacefulness of Dafa disciples, which contrast sharply with the evil gang’s yelling and abuse through loud speakers. Who is righteous? Who is wicked? It is really easy to tell.
Let us all cherish our cultivation opportunities, treasure every moment in saving sentient beings, so as to express our deep gratitude to Master’s infinite grace.
Master said in “Teaching the Fa in Washington D.C. in 2018”,
“Actually the fundamental meaning of what I have said is to tell everyone: Your lives have come here for this! (All disciples applaud enthusiastically) There’s no alternative, really no alternative! These are Dafa disciples. With everyday people, they may go through the sixfold path of reincarnation and reincarnate in various realms; you no longer can, you are here for this undertaking of Dafa only. So, if you do not do it well, you will leave yourself nothing but regrets. Those veteran Dafa disciples in particular, don’t slack off. You’ve walked till today through years of tremendous hardship, it is not easy at all! Don’t you know how to treasure it? Even I treasure you! Even Gods treasure you! (All disciples applaud enthusiastically) So you should treasure yourselves even more.” (“Teaching the Fa in Wahinton D.C. In 2018”)
In cultivation I still fall short in many aspects, especially when it comes to the attachment to comfort. Let us all remind ourselves to help one another and progress together, for we are one body. Only when we improve together, will more sentient beings will be saved.
(Presented at the 2019 Hong Kong Fa Conference)