A Phd Student’s Understandings of Studying the Teachings
(Minghui.org) Master Li Hongzhi said,
“Dafa is boundless. The Buddha Fa is boundless. It all depends on the cultivation of your mind.” (“Teaching the Fa and Answering Questions in Changchun,” Zhuan Falun Fajie - The Law of Zhuan Falun Explained)
When I first started practicing, I had new understandings of the Fa every time I read the teachings. I was able to identify one of my attachments every day and eliminate it. I studied the teachings eagerly. I was like a lost child who had suddenly found the way home! All I thought about was how to do better, so that I could improve more quickly.
I became busier as I joined more projects to help others learn about the persecution. Even though I studied the Fa every day, it became more difficult to calm down, and I didn't study as long as I used to. Master said,
“As long as you study, any problem can be solved. As long as you cultivate and as long as you're able to understand the Fa from the Fa, there's nothing you can't achieve.” (“Fa-Lecture at the Conference in Florida, U.S.A.,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. II)
The difficulties I often encountered in my everyday life and in Dafa projects, as well as xinxing conflicts, gradually disappeared while I studied the Fa. When I calmed down, I could understand a new level of a Fa principle, and see where I needed to improve. As long as I can let go of my attachments, Master continually opens my wisdom and guides me to find solutions. I understand better why Master emphasized “Fa study” as the first of the three things that Dafa disciples should do.
Beginning to Mature
My cultivation eventually became more mature. I understood the importance of Fa study through reading articles written by fellow practitioners that were published on the Minghui website. But I couldn’t directly feel or understand new Fa principles right away. I was at a loss to describe with words the changes I felt after Fa study. It felt as natural as breathing, with my heart getting lighter, and my mind becoming more clear.
A small change sometimes made a big difference. For instance, once during Fa study we discussed respecting Master and Dafa when we read the teachings.
“Meditation and good posture were part of one’s education...” (The Seventh Talk, Zhuan Falun)
Dafa is so precious. I realized that I should be even more respectful than the ancient scholars were when I read Master's teachings. I began sitting in the lotus position and I held the Dafa books with both hands. When I got tired, and began to slouch, I quickly straightened my back. After reading like this for a while, I suddenly felt a tranquil state that I hadn’t experienced before, even when I meditated.
It was just as Master Li said,
“...experience a very pleasant sensation as you sit there, much like sitting inside an eggshell...” (The Eighth Talk, Zhuan Falun)
This made me realize that my attitude towards Fa study and other things in cultivation are closely related to whether I'm proactively assimilating to the Fa.
I was later inspired by fellow practitioners to recite the Fa. I recited one or two paragraphs each day, and I finally recited the section as a whole. After a year, I was able to recite the entire book of Zhuan Falun.
The most obvious improvement when I recited the Fa was that the words in the book often appeared in my mind when I encountered a problem. If I went through the words in my mind over and over, I was able to reject any thought karma and interference. I could then calm down enough to solve the problem.
When I began to recite the last section of the last lecture, I felt it was tremendously difficult. Each time I was able to recite a sentence, I felt like a universe was put in my body. I could feel my capacity being enlarged.
“I’ve often said that I have incorporated into this Fa everything that can allow you to cultivate and advance, and everything that you can attain through cultivation. Although you are in different realms, none of you can truly understand the weight of my words.” (Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Switzerland)
I feel that Master has done so much for us in places we can’t experience or see.
I recently realized, while promoting Shen Yun, that I still had some attachments that I hadn’t let go, so I started to recite the Fa for the second time. This time I recited section by section. I was once repeatedly reciting a section of the Fa when I was buying groceries. When I got home and started meditating, I clearly saw the title of the section I recited that day in my mind. I instantly felt very happy and felt, “I have everything!” I experienced the same happiness again as I typed this paragraph.
As practitioners, our knowing side clearly knows that Dafa is everything for us. It does not matter if we can experience it or not. We should trust that what Master gives us is the best and pay as much attention as we can to Fa study.