A Young Practitioner's Seven-Year Journey of Cultivation
(Minghui.org) I am a young practitioner living in one of China's big cities. I obtained the Fa in 2012. Time flies. Dafa has been guiding my life for seven years.
I was born in the 1990s. Like most young people my age, I was subjected to brainwashing at school by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) lies and was forced to slander Falun Dafa. I was in college when I obtained the Fa. I was very excited, feeling that I finally found what I had been eager to obtain over many lifetimes—cultivation.
Following the Dafa Principles
As a young and new practitioner, I was eager to read the Fa every day. Walking on campus or waiting in line in the dining hall, I spent all the time reading the Fa, as long as I didn't have class. I was thirsty for the Fa, because the Fa answered all the questions I had about life, and guided my cultivation on the path that leads to Buddhahood. To me, nothing in the world is more important than cultivating in Dafa.
I had three roommates in college. One of them was a social outcast and paid no attention to personal hygiene. When I first obtained the Fa, I thought that I should not look at him that way, so I started to hang out with him, eating and studying together. Sometimes he was mean to me, and sometimes he asked me to pay for his meal. I didn’t let it bother me.
My other roommates laughed at me, believing that I was looking for trouble. I was not moved and just followed the Dafa principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Nothing is a coincidence for a practitioner—every test comes for me to improve my xinxing.
Refusing CCP Requirements
After college, I was offered a good job with a stable income at a state-run company. On the first day at work, the leaders took me to dinner. Several leaders asked me to drink in turns (Editor's note: in China, people often force each other to drink at dinner, and will believe that they lost face if rejected.) I told them that I don't drink because of my belief. I was firm, and I had no fear. With Master's help, I passed the test.
Shortly after, the company was going to hold a party. I sent forth righteous thoughts for a long time before the party. My thought was simple and solid: I will absolutely not drink tonight. Amazingly, the organizers prepared all kinds of soft drinks, but no alcohol. This never happened in the history of the company. The leaders drink alcohol at every business meal. From my heart I thanked Master for helping me pass another test.
My job was to write all kinds of documents for the company. The leader of my department often asked me to write propaganda pieces to promote the evil party's policies. The contents were full of lies and exaggerations. I always did the bare minimum. Once the leader asked me to memorize the so-called “core values of socialism” in 30 minutes, and they would take a propaganda video of me. In the video I was supposed to recite it, praise it, and talk about my understanding of it based on my own experience. The video was going to be played in many places. But, I refused to do it, which made the leader mad.
Choosing a Righteous Path
Later I said to myself: “Since this job requires me to do so many bad things, why should I keep it?” I talked about quitting with my parents. They were strongly against the idea. As everyday people, they could not understand my reasoning. But, I eventually quit the job, and left the environment that was deeply influenced by the CCP indoctrination.
Before moving to another city. I was a little worried about not being able to find practitioners, and not finding a job. However, Master arranged for me to run into a practitioner, who tried to clarify the truth about Dafa the day I arrived in the new city. I also found a better job one month later. My salary was twice as much as before. I realized that as long as I choose the righteous path, and my motives are righteous, Master would arrange everything for me.
There were many practitioners. We set up a Fa-study group, and did the three things together. When I have time, I make truth-clarifying phone calls. One night, I was on the way to mail some truth-clarifying materials, somebody approached me and handed me a calling card. Surprisingly, I had lost this card months ago, and could not find it, although I searched high and low. Moreover, it was dark, and we were at the door of a large shopping mall with heavy traffic. How could that girl see the card on the ground? It must be Master who sent the card back to me.
Following the Fa Standards
In my daily work, I always followed the Fa standard of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Sometimes, the supervisor assigns me extra work.
“Since studying Falun Dafa, these workers have been coming to work early and going home late. They work very diligently and will do any assignment the boss gives. They also no longer compete for personal gain.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
Thus, I never reject any additional assignment. When conflicts arise, sometimes I cannot help arguing with people. But I often stop when recalling Master's words:
“Upon running into this conflict, we should, first of all, keep a cool head, and we should not behave the same as that person. Of course, we can explain the matter kindly, and it is not a problem if we clarify the issue. But you should not become too attached to it.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
I also try to take every opportunity to clarify the truth to colleagues. Some of them have changed their attitude towards Dafa.
Looking back on my cultivation path, I do have regrets over the things that I haven't done well. I know that I haven't done well in many things. I must hurry up and follow the process of the Fa-rectification, rigorously discipline myself with the Fa, get rid of any attachment, and do the three things well.