My Cultivation Experience When Clarifying the Truth at Tourist Sites
(Minghui.org) When I first started to clarify the truth at tourist sites, I was not well versed in telling people about Falun Dafa. Therefore, I started to read the truth clarification boards, informational materials, and then related websites. After that, I watched fellow practitioners clarify the truth. It did not look to be difficult.
Clarifying the Truth
However, when I finally wanted to start talking to people, my attachment of fear was very strong. I called on my courage, and asked a fellow practitioner to give me a few opening lines. I was ready to speak, or so I thought. I was too nervous, and forgot all the lines that the practitioner had put down on paper for me.
In the end, I only said a few sentences, such as Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good, quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to maintain your safety, do you want me to help you think of a nickname to quit the CCP? Did you join the CCP or any of its youth organizations?
As I talked to a guy, I gave him a nickname when his bus arrived. He ignored the nickname that I gave him and said, “My name is Wang XX.” Initially, I could not react in time and gave him a nickname again. Thus, he repeated once more, “My name is Wang XX. I am a member of the CCP.”
As he was already queuing up to board the bus, I suddenly understood him and asked nervously, “Are you saying that you want to use your real name to quit the CCP?” He replied, “Yes!” He was shouting out his name aloud as he queued and boarded the bus. I stood at the same spot, emotionally moved. This must be an encouragement from Master. The first person that I tried to persuade to quit the CCP was actually so courageous to shout his real name to quit the CCP.
“Falun Gong’s profound teachings are impossible for ordinary people to understand, and they cannot be told at high levels. If you want to introduce Dafa in a direct manner, your informational materials should explain the most simple and plain points, such as what Falun Gong is. Talk about Falun Gong at a simple and basic level, such as how to conduct yourself and how effective the exercises are. No matter how many years you spend clarifying the facts, that is the most fundamental content that you always need to explain. Many people don’t comprehend what Falun Gong is about due to their lack of basic knowledge, and so this will always be something that you need to explain. None of the higher and more profound parts of Falun Gong cultivation should be explained to ordinary people, for such things would only have a negative effect on people since ordinary human beings can’t grasp them. ” ( “Fa Teaching Given at the Fa Conference Marking the Tenth Anniversary of the Minghui Website’s Founding,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X)
I understood the fundamental points for truth clarification from studying Master’s lectures. Therefore, truth clarification became a more and more fluent process, as I go to the tourist sites every day, and put an effort in creating nicknames. Sometimes, it will take me more than an hour to come up with nicknames. At that time, I was improving very quickly from persuading more than 10 people to quit in a month to more than 30, to more than 70, until being able to persuade more than 300 people to quit the CCP within a month’s time for 3 consecutive months.
After I finished clarifying the truth, my entire body would be filled with positive energy. As I ride home, I recite Lun Yu, the introduction of the book Zhuan Falun.
Master also encouraged me. Once, when I was about to leave work close to midnight, I saw that the cars in the parking lot in front of my office were not of the shape of the cars from this dimension. They looked like what Master have said,
“The whole body would seem loosely comprised, with molecules moving all about that are small and round, like grains of sand.” (The Second Talk, The Inner Eye, Zhuan Falun)
When I looked at the table in front of me, it also looked just as Master said – molecules moving all about. When I looked at the other tables, they also looked the same. I was a little shocked. Then, when I tried to take a closer look, everything went back to normal. I know that this is Master’s encouragement to let me see the shapes from the other dimension to improve my confidence in cultivation.
Test at the Tourist Site
Everywhere can be our place for cultivation. Of course, the tourist site is no exception. Not long after I began my truth clarification at the tourist site, I faced all sorts of tests. Scoldings from tourists and tour guides, threats from the tour guides, and so on.
A tour guide showed me the photos on his cell phone, showing the scenes when he claimed that our practitioners were causing disturbance to his tourists, and he went to the police and the police came to issue summons. He told me not to disturb his tourists or else he would call the police, and he asked me if I was scared. I said, “I did not disturb your tourists. They have the right to know about the truth and I am just telling them the truth that they did not know about. Whether they are willing to listen is up to them. How does this constitute as a disturbance?” He did not speak after that. I think this is a test of my attachment of fear.
“Nothing is that simple, be it something seemingly minor, what thoughts someone has, or the wide array of people and things that you run into when you are clarifying the truth. But, it’s only acceptable when you go about things with compassion in your heart. Don’t be bothered when people have a certain attitude or misunderstandings. When you act just to save the person, to save sentient beings, then I think the impact of that can change everything.” (“Fa Teaching Given in Manhattan,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. X)
Although there are many tests, I am able to pass the tests from tourists and tour guides from mainland China, but not when they come from fellow practitioners. I felt that I was already treating it very seriously and doing my best to clarify the truth, but a practitioner said that I should not be coming here to clarify the truth every day. I should be spending time somewhere else and let other practitioners clarify the truth here.
I thought, “This location is most convenient for me. It is nearest to my house and the time matches my working hours. Furthermore, the area to clarify the truth is so big here, there is no restriction for truth clarifying areas, so why can’t I clarify the truth here?” I did not argue with that practitioner, nor did I explain. I just felt unjust and tears covered my face. I thought that practitioner will console me when he saw me crying, but I did not expect that practitioner to say, “You did not shed these tears for the sentient beings that you were not able to save, but are shedding them for yourself, right?” I started to cry harder and could no longer clarify the truth. Thus, I went home.
At first, I thought that I at least managed to tolerate and did not argue with that practitioner.
“Forbearance is the key to improving one’s xinxing. To endure with anger, grievance, or tears is the forbearance of an everyday person who is attached to his concerns. To endure completely without anger or grievance is the forbearance of a cultivator.” ( “What is Forbearance (Ren)?,” Essentials for Further Advancement)
Looks like I still did not attain the true tolerance yet.
There was once a student from mainland China, studying in one of Kaohsiung’s universities, who came to the tourist site. He spent a long time in front of the truth clarifying boards to read the boards in detail. Normally, if we see them reading the boards, we will let them read until they are almost done before we start to talk to them.
He said that he studied in China and he always felt that he could not understand China’s history in full, thus he came to Taiwan to study in the hope of finding the complete history of China, but he still did not seem to find it. However, he was astonished when he read our boards. I told him the truth about Falun Gong being persecuted in China, gave him the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and The Ultimate Goal of Communism and helped him quit the CCP. He was very happy and went off with the books.
This year, just before Chinese New Year, there was an 11 day holiday, so I could go to Hong Kong to clarify the truth. This has always been my wish, as I often hear from other practitioners that there are many Chinese tourists in Hong Kong, and there are not enough practitioners to clarify the truth. As there was no practitioners who could go with me, I went by myself.
On the night just before I collected my tickets, I met with an accident on my way to the tourist site. The ambulance came and as I did not have righteous thoughts at that time, I went to the hospital, had an x-ray and the doctor told me that my collarbone had a fracture, and I needed an operation. I realized that this is not correct and I insisted that I did not want the operation. Seeing that no persuasions could change my mind, the doctor made me wear a strap to keep the bone in place before I left the hospital to go home.
The practitioner who is coordinating the Hong Kong truth clarification matters sent me a message saying that I am the one to decide whether to go to Hong Kong, not the evil beings. He asked me to send forth righteous thoughts more to get rid of all interference.
I said, “Yes, I am the one who calls the shots. I will go and collect my air tickets tomorrow and go to Hong Kong as per the original plan.”
That night, when I reached home, my shoulder and the surrounding area were all swollen but I took off the strap with the thought that a practitioner does not need that. First up, I could not do the three gestures for sending forth righteous thoughts. Then, I could not lie down, so I just sat and leaned against the wall to send forth righteous thoughts. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts until my hands were able to do the three gestures and I could lie down to sleep. I experienced the power of sending forth righteous thoughts.
“When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide”(“The Master-Disciple Bond,” Hong Yin Vol. II)
Initially, I could not complete the 5 sets of exercises, but I managed to do so on the 6th day. Although the exercise movements were not so accurate, I was able to take the plane to Hong Kong to clarify the truth on the 13th day.
Assisting Master in the Fa-rectification and saving sentient beings is the purpose of my life. My own understanding is that we can only do well in these if we can send forth righteous thoughts and learn the Fa. Although, I do not know about the content of the contract that I have signed with Master, I think we just try our best to do whatever we can do. For me this means to persist in saving sentient beings at the tourist site and spread the truth to the whole world.