Vietnamese Practitioner: Continue Clarifying the Truth During the Pandemic
(Minghui.org) I teach English at a small English learning center. I’d like to share my cultivation experiences while clarifying the facts to my students and family.
Clarifying the Facts to My Mother
When I first started practicing I happily introduced Falun Dafa to my mother. I gave her a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa’s teachings, to read. After she read one paragraph she asked some questions.
She was practicing a form of Buddhism and asked why Zhuan Falun wasn’t written like a Buddhist sutra. She also had some negative comments about Dafa. I tried very hard to explain what Falun Dafa was. Sometimes she understood and continued reading Zhuan Falun, but other times she disagreed.
Before she finished reading Zhuan Falun I felt that she couldn’t accept Dafa. We had an intense argument about which teaching was better, hers or mine. Since she defended her teaching so adamantly, I decided to take the book back.
I knew something was blocking me, as I couldn’t satisfactorily answer all her questions. I decided to calm down, let it go, and focus on cultivating myself. I’d try to talk to her about Falun Dafa later.
Through Fa study, I realized that I should treat my family members as sentient beings when it came to clarifying the facts. When my attachments to them were mixed in, it was very difficult for them to accept the truth. When I came home I brought a USB flash drive containing truth-clarification videos. I invited my mother to watch them with me, so that she could understand what Falun Dafa is. After she finished watching all the videos she understood that Dafa was wonderful, and stopped trying to interfering with my practicing.
When her opinion about Dafa became positive, I talked to her about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) harmed people. We had plenty of time to talk since we were traveling back home. I pointed out that if all people believed in gods, and remembered that good deeds are rewarded and evil is punished, then they would behave themselves and avoid doing bad things. How wonderful that would be! She listened to me very carefully.
I said that since the CCP promotes atheism, encourages people to pursue materialism, and upholds struggle, today’s society has deteriorated terribly. She said that she understood.
My mother changed her attitude and began to support my practicing Falun Dafa. She even told her grandson (my brother’s child) to practice with me. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to clarify the facts to my brother and his wife. Even though they weren’t against Dafa, they didn’t want their child to practice. I decided to talk to them later.
Clarifying the Facts to My Students
I teach six classes. My colleagues all know that I’m honest, upright, and dedicated, and my supervisor has a good opinion of me. They all know that I practice Dafa. My work environment is very harmonious and pleasant, and I have few conflicts with others.
However, there has been a lot of xinxing conflicts with my students. Whenever they demonstrate negative behavior, it’s a great opportunity for me to see where I fall short. When I change myself, the environment also improves.
I created a peaceful and pleasant learning environment for them and they soon enjoyed coming to school. They liked and trusted me, and this laid a good foundation for me to clarify the facts to them. Since they were in my class I knew they had a predestined relationship with me, so I needed to save them.
As soon as I mentioned China, many students reacted negatively. They didn’t understand why they had that feeling. I explained how wonderful the Chinese five thousand years of civilization was, and that it influenced many countries, including Vietnam. I asked them if they knew why today’s China was so corrupt. I explained that after the CCP took power it destroyed many wonderful, traditional values, and replaced them with worshiping power and money. These days people only pursue self-interest. For example, many products produced in China are of inferior quality, and even fake products are being sold. I pointed out that this also impacted Vietnam, and is why people have so many negative thoughts about China.
I told them how wonderful Dafa is and that it’s being cruelly persecuted by the CCP. I gave the young students small lotus flowers, and asked them to use “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” as a guiding principle in their day-to-day lives. They were very excited to receive the lotus flowers, and treasured them. Some students also cried out loud, “Falun Dafa is wonderful! ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance’ is wonderful!” I was truly moved.
I realized that every time I clarified the facts to someone, that person would leave and a new student would come. And after I finished clarifying the facts to all the students in the class, that class was immediately transferred to another teacher, and then a new class was assigned to me. I realized that I had fulfilled my responsibility towards those students.
By following Master’s Fa principles, I understood that I should use amazing traditional Chinese culture to wake up people’s conscience, and help them tell right from wrong so they can make sound choices for themselves.
Being Unmoved by the Current Situation
The CCP virus (also known as the coronavirus) started spreading in late 2019 and became a pandemic in early 2020. About this Master said:
“Truth be told, pandemics only come when people’s morals and values have turned bad and they have come to have a massive amount of karma.” (“Stay Rational”)
I felt this was an opportunity to explain to my students why there were epidemics throughout history, and why it seemed that this epidemic targeted certain people. I hoped that my students could learn from this and become good people so they would have good futures. When I explained why the epidemic started in Wuhan City, I pointed out that Falun Dafa was persecuted there.
Soon after I finished clarifying the facts to all my classes, the Education Department issued a notice to stay home. Fortunately, I got to clarify the facts to them right before that, otherwise the opportunity would have been gone and never come back.
“Dafa disciples should not allow themselves to get ungrounded by any of this. Stick to the fundamentals, and you will be able to see the upheaval that’s taking place in the proper light.” (“Stay Rational”)
I’ve read Master’s teaching “Stay Rational,” a few times, and when I read the last sentence above, Master’s following words struck me. Master said,
“Supernatural skills are but petty means,The Great Fa must be the basis of everything.”(“Seeking the Righteous Fa,” Hong Yin)
I immediately enlightened that for one to “Stick to the fundamentals...” means to be on the Fa, so that one won’t “...get ungrounded by any of this.”
My take on truth-clarification is that one needs to take into consideration the person being talked to, and their environment. We can use the topics that they’re interested in so that they’ll listen to us.
Moreover, cultivators need to cultivate “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” If people know we are “truthful,” they’ll trust what we say; with “kindness” we can move others; and with “forbearance” we’ll remain calm and not go to extremes. In addition, only by solidly studying the Fa, and using our wisdom to clarify the facts can we save more sentient beings.