Young Practitioner: Experiencing the Preciousness of Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org)When I traveled to Taiwan with my parents in 2015, my mother told me that an amulet saved her life when she had a heart attack in the afternoon. The amulet read, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
It turned out that my mother felt uncomfortable in the afternoon, only to find out she forgot to bring her heart disease medication with her that day. She was afraid she may not survive. Luckily, she brought the amulet my grandmother gave her, so she had been reciting, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She felt fine after half an hour.
I did not know my mother had heart disease. I was shocked when I learned that I almost lost my mother. I worried about her and was also grateful to Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong.
The amulet awakened my memory of my childhood, and I started to practice Falun Dafa.
My Childhood Memory of Falun Dafa
My grandparents started to practice Falun Dafa in 1996. They set up a Fa-study group at my home. At that time, I was young, so I could not do the meditation and could not sit down and listen to Master Li’s (the founder) lectures. However, I liked to see Master’s photo and the Falun’s image. I usually fell asleep while I looked at the word “Falun Dafa” on Master’s picture.
I first read Zhuan Falun when I was at the university. My grandaunt was in the same city, so I visited her every weekend. She told me the truth of Falun Gong and helped me quit the youth organization of the CCP, and she read Zhuan Falun with me.
However, this did not last very long. As a Falun Dafa practitioner, my grandaunt had to relocate because of being harassed by the local police.
Without my grandaunt’s urging, I stopped studying the Fa. I became attached to the fame and self-interest of ordinary society.
The word “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good” awakened my deep memory, and also made me return to cultivate in Dafa after 20 years.
Letting Go of Self Interest at Work
I am an accountant. I had strong attachments to self-interest before I practiced Falun Dafa. I was very strict with my team members and put pressure on them when my boss gave my team new tasks. I also fought with other colleagues. I was even proud of my capabilities and strong will.
After I began cultivation, I let go of my attachments to self-interest, jealousy, and competition.
When we were working on a critical project, my right-hand person suddenly applied to move to other teams and told my boss she did not want to work with me anymore. I was angry after I heard this. Her resignation affected my team’s performance. I did not understand why she wanted to leave after I promoted her and gave her a raise.
To minimize the negative influence of her leaving on other team members, I chatted with other team members but received only negative feedback.
For a long time, I resented my team members. I did not understand why they did not cherish the opportunity to learn new things and sharpen their skills. I did not think I was wrong. I felt that although I requested them to work overtime, I also paid them overtime pay. I thought I did it for their sake, because they may have more opportunities to be promoted by working long hours.
One day, a voice asked me, “Did you ask them to work long hours for the sake of themselves? Not for yourself?”
“When someone is doing a wrong deed, he will not believe it if you point out to him that he is doing a wrong deed. That person indeed will not believe that he is doing something wrong. Some people evaluate themselves with the declined moral standard. Because the criteria for assessment have changed, they consider themselves better than others.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
I calmed down and looked within. I realized the reason I put high pressure on my team was that I wanted to be a manager. I wanted to build my team and earn credits. All I wanted was to prove my leadership and managerial skills.
“ I have said that our school of practice directly targets one’s mind. It does not make you actually lose anything in terms of material benefits. Instead, you are to temper your xinxing amidst the material benefits of everyday people. What is truly upgraded is your xinxing. If you can give up the attachment, you are able to abandon everything; when you are asked to give up material benefits, you will certainly be able to do it. If you cannot let the attachment go, you will not be able to discard anything. Therefore, the real purpose of cultivation is to cultivate your heart.” (Lecture Six, Zhuan Falun)
I realized that as a practitioner, I should follow the principles of the Fa. It was wrong to be attached to self-interests and pursue fame. I should take them lightly.
Afterward, I sincerely apologized to everyone on my team for putting a high amount of pressure on them and setting unrealistic expectations. I asked them to stay on my team. I said I would help them have a life-work balance, and be healthy and happy while doing a good job.
Gradually I learned to look within at work. I can consider the company and other people first. After I did so, I was able to solve the problems quickly. I did better at work. My boss promoted me and gave me a raise every year. I soon became a manager and had a bigger team.
I know all this was because I became a better person after I practiced Falun Gong. The promotion was given by Master and Dafa to help me validate the preciousness of Dafa.
Colleagues Witnessed the Changes in Me
Dafa changed me. My colleagues witnessed my changes. Some understood the truth about Falun Dafa, and some benefited after reciting “Falun Dafa is Good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
My seat was close to the office of the director of the Asian branch. She is a catholic. One day, she saw a bookmark saying, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” on my desk. She said, “These three words are wonderful. I wanted to behave according to it, but I don’t think I can do well on forbearance because I have a bad temper.” I told her, “You will make it. Take this bookmark, and put it on your monitor, so it can remind you of it every day. You will be able to control your temper gradually.” She accepted the bookmark.
When she left the company, she told me that she would take the bookmark with her, because the three words were very important to her.
I left the company in 2019. I could not go to China to say goodbye to my colleagues, so I called them, and passed on my experiences and documentations. I also suggested what skillsets they should develop further.
Unexpectedly, my colleagues in China came to Hong Kong in small groups to say goodbye to me. I knew they came to listen to the truth of Falun Dafa.
A colleague said, “What you told me was different from what I learned from the media in China. I had a negative attitude toward Falun Dafa, but I believed what you said. I saw your changes after you practiced Falun Dafa. Can I read Zhuan Falun?”
Since then, this colleague has been insisting on studying the Fa. She wanted to have a daughter. She was pregnant when she read Zhuan Falun for the second time. It was a girl. She said it was the gift of Gods after she showed respect toward Dafa.
Another colleague quit the CCP and its youth organizations after she knew the truth of Falun Gong. She also watched the Shen Yun performance in Japan. One day she told me her grandmother died, and she was sad.
I told her, “Do you remember the last program of the show you watched in Japan? Do you remember the girl who was persecuted and lost her vision? She remained compassionate, and god gave her eyesight back to her. Do you remember the words on the banner she unfolded? Read it.”
A few days later, she told me, “I finally understood why the girl was so firm in her belief. It was the happiest thing to have a belief. I read the words on the banner again and again for a day and a night. I could not tell if I was asleep or awake, but I saw my grandmother. I saw her standing on a golden paddy field, and a lotus flower descended from heaven. There was a Bodhisattva on each petal of the lotus flower. My grandmother stepped on the lotus flower and flew into the sky with them. I believed it must be true.
When the CCP virus broke out, some of my friends and family members who quit the CCP could see the nature of the evil CCP. They started to read Zhuan Falun. They remained calm and positive in the chaos. They also spread the truth to the people around them.
I knew I had been waiting for the Fa for hundreds of millions of years of reincarnations. Dafa has given each disciple various opportunities and capabilities in order to let the sentient beings witness the wonderfulness of the Fa and be saved.
My path of cultivation was not smooth. Sometimes it took me a long time to let go of an attachment. In the Dafa projects, sometimes I did not cooperate with the coordinators. The reason behind this was because I did not believe in the Fa and Master Li 100 percent. I did not eliminate the attachment to self and did not have righteous thoughts about saving people.
When I saw how the hope arose from the heart of ordinary people after they witnessed the preciousness of Dafa, I suddenly felt that my attachments were like the water vapor under the sun. I knew they could disappear immediately in the sunshine.
I have experienced the preciousness of the Fa. I also know cultivation is serious. We are now at this final stage of the Fa-rectification period. No matter how long we will continue to cultivate, be it 1 day, 1 month, 1 year, 10 years, or 20 years, I will be diligent on my cultivation path. I will let more people know that Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”