Wisdom from Falun Dafa: How a Failing Student Became an Accomplished Engineer
(Minghui.org) I was of poor health when I was a college student, and I was not the brightest student, either. Out of 60 students in my class, I was always ranked toward the very end.
Then, I came across Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) and started living by its principles. Soon I became much stronger physically and became a better person. At school I improved to become one of the top students in my class.
I became a civil engineer after I graduated. Master Li (the founder of Falun Dafa) opened up my wisdom, and I could achieve great results at my work and greatly contribute to my company. I was then promoted to professorate senior engineer.
Becoming a Dafa Practitioner
I was never a good student and didn’t get accepted into a civil engineering college until my 20s. I was also very weak physically and often got sick, which made it even more difficult to do well in my work. In one year’s final exams, I failed three out of seven courses. I was to be expelled given my grades. At the time there were four other students in the same situation.
I felt helpless and went to talk to some teachers to see whether it was possible to take a look at my exams. I was hoping that maybe there were some mistakes in calculating my scores. But, the teachers refused. I then went to talk to school officials, but they all said they couldn’t help.
Luckily, the father of another such student was a city official and he spoke to the school, hoping that the school would give his child another chance. The school then discussed this again and made the decision that the five of us could pay 1,000 yuan and continue to study.
Even though I was not expelled, I still had trouble keeping up with my classes. Then, I saw a lot of students and professors practicing qigong in the spring of 1996. I was told that it was Falun Gong. I stood there and watched them for a while and felt the movements to be very elegant. So I tried to follow along.
My body felt really good after doing it for several days, so I began to read Falun Gong’s main text, Zhuan Falun. From then on, I continued to do the exercises with everyone and found time to study the teachings. At first, I was a bit afraid that it would take too much time and interfere with my studies. But, that was not the case. After several months of practicing, my health improved dramatically and I no longer got sick. At the same time, my grades improved significantly.
My xinxing (mind nature or character) also improved, and I became a more generous person with improved morals. I had a classmate whose brother was hospitalized and needed care 24 hours a day. My classmate couldn’t do it by himself, so I stayed with him in the hospital for two weeks.
In the past I always tried to cheat during tests but would still end up failing frequently. Master opened up my wisdom after I practiced Dafa. I was able to understand things after a quick glance. There were two other Falun Gong practitioners in my class, and all three of us ranked at the top. I was never bothered by my grades again. My classmates and teachers witnessed the power of Dafa and the changes in me. Quite a few of them also began to practice Dafa.
Persecuted for Practicing Falun Gong
After graduating, I went to work at a bridge component factory that was part of a construction company. The engineers in the factories all had more experience and education than I, but it usually took them two days to complete measurement work for a bridge. But, it would only take me half a day. The other people’s arrangements often had errors but mine never did, so the workers all liked to work with me.
As a Dafa practitioner, I always thought of others before myself. I was meticulous in my work but very easy to work with. So, not long after I joined the factory, I was praised unanimously by the workers.
The former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Jiang Zemin began to persecute Falun Gong on July 20, 1999. I was persecuted even though everyone knew I was a good person. When I went to Beijing to appeal for Falun Gong, I was arrested by police and taken to a detention center. I was insulted, cursed at, and beaten. In order to force me to give up cultivation, I was not given food for the first four days and was left outside at night to be bitten by mosquitoes. I was also forced to perform labor every day, and they threatened to have me fired from my workplace. I was arrested and detained several times, each time from several days to several months. The police also threatened my fiancee, forcing her to break up with me.
During one of my arrests, I was not given enough food, so a factory manager took out several hundred yuan from his own pocket and brought it to me. But the police took that away. The last time I was detained for four months and then released after paying fines.
After I returned to the factory, I saw that the factory director and the CCP secretary had been misled by the Party’s propaganda against Falun Gong and treated practitioners badly. I still worked as hard as before, and the workers sympathized with me.
The director and CCP secretary could not find anything wrong with my work, but my salary was cut by a lot even though they knew I was the one contributing the most to the factory. They even asked me, “Do you know why your salary was cut?” I didn’t say anything but thought in my mind, “Even though it was Jiang Zemin’s policy, aren’t you the ones who are carrying them out? Aren’t you responsible, too?” I knew they were bringing harm to themselves by participating in the persecution.
I didn’t say much at first but then began to clarify the truth about Falun Gong. However, they were deeply poisoned by the lies and did not change.
At the time, an engineer from another province came to our factory to guide our work, so I had the opportunity to work and share my understandings with him. Through our conversations, he was aware of my encounters as well as my capabilities at work. After a little while, he suggested that I consider switching jobs. He said that he could help connect me to a new company. After thinking about it for several days, I accepted his help and ended up at a construction company located in a different province.
The city I moved to was planning to build five bridges that year, and my company was contracted for one of them. I was assigned to lead the task.
My manager repeatedly told me to really pay attention to this work. “We absolutely cannot make any mistakes,” he said. “After the five bridges are finished, there will be comparisons and appraisals, and the city officials will be involved in that.”
From the five companies’ personnel line-ups, my company was at a disadvantage. Because the engineers responsible for the other four bridges all had a Ph.D. or Master’s degree with a lot of experience, but I only had a bachelor’s degree and was doing bridge construction work for the first time. I was looking up information and doing research day and night to come up with construction plans. For the critical parts I would personally go there to make measurements.
On the day the bridge pier was completed, I went to the top of the 12-meter-tall pier to take measurements. Just as I was doing careful observations, my body suddenly took an involuntary step forward. I quickly looked back and saw a sliding cart pass right behind me. If I hadn’t taken that step, the cart would have pushed me off the pier. I immediately realized that Master had just saved my life. I would have fallen 12 meters onto concretes blocks at the bottom and probably have died. It was so dangerous, and I thanked Master again and again.
After the five bridges were finished, my company’s work was ranked number one, and we were the first to complete the construction. The city officials were very surprised. They said that my degree and experiences were far behind the leads for the other four bridges. Moreover, our bridge was a relatively large one, spanning over 100 meters, and it was very difficult to build. It seemed our tools and machinery were also not as good as those of the other companies. How come our bridge had the best quality? They could not understand.
Of course they would not be able to understand. I’m a Falun Dafa practitioner, and Master opened up my wisdom. Whenever I encountered technical difficulties or conflicts, I would always have solutions in my mind.
My company got a contract to build a tunnel for a subway. At different times there were three or four construction teams simultaneously working on different sections. I was leading one of the teams. During the process, the other teams often had accidents or conflicts with the client, but mine did not. We were able to smoothly finish each of our tasks, often several months faster than the other teams.
When we finished one task a year before the deadline, we were awarded 5,000,000 yuan on top of the original price. Meanwhile, the other teams either generated very small income for their company or ended up losing money due to delays. As a result, my company and my name gained a great reputation in the field. Many business owners came to our company when they had work, and some specifically said that they would only trust me. This earned my company many projects.
From Chief Project Supervision Engineer to Professorate Senior Engineer
I was promoted to chief project supervision engineer. Every project had to be signed off by me in order to receive payment. Thus, I had a lot more responsibility and had to make fair judgments and decisions regarding engineering quality and responsibilities of different parties involved, such that both sides were convinced and satisfied.
As a supervision engineer I had to be completely fair and always make decisions that could be justified. So I diligently studied to improve my professional knowledge. I frequently took training and tests, and my grades were always good. When provincial and city-level officials came to our company to inspect professional qualifications, many of my co-workers were not able to answer their questions well. But no matter what they asked, I was able to give them a satisfactory answer. They privately told our company’s management, “He answers everything really well. He is really a great talent.”
As I became better known, many other companies invited me to go and give talks to their engineers. My company supported it, so I gave presentations frequently. Then, we received suggestions from them to put the content in a book so that they could study it better. My company agreed and decided to have me and several of my co-workers write a book. I first looked at the latest technologies from both China and overseas, and along with my own experience, we laid out the chapters in the book. We then divided up the writing by chapter and then had me revise and finalize the book. The book was published and well-received by readers. I received many awards from the company and was named professorate senior engineer by the provincial government.
Being Strict with Myself and Tolerant with Others
Master Li Hongzhi asks his practitioners to use the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to guide themselves, treat others with kindness, and always think of others first. I follow Master’s teachings carefully. Because of my position as chief supervision engineer, many people try to bribe me with gifts and money. As a practitioner, I would always politely refuse them. When it wasn’t possible to do so, I would find ways to return it in other forms.
Whenever we were rewarded, I would always divide the earnings equally with my co-workers. There are also many subordinate units under me. When they received an award, I would never take a portion. Whenever they had an issue, I would try my best to resolve them. As a result, all the workers and engineers like to work with me, and I try my best to make fair decisions.
From a college student who had trouble passing my courses to an accomplished engineer with a good reputation in the field, I knew that everything of mine came from Falun Dafa and Master’s teachings and guidance. Dafa has given me wisdom, and Master has protected me and taught me to be a capable person with great character.
Dafa gives practitioners great health. Dafa makes practitioners become better people. Dafa opens up practitioners’ wisdom and helps them make contributions in their fields. It has been validated again and again that Falun Dafa is great!