Falun Dafa Teaches Me to Think of Others First
(Minghui.org) I have been practicing Falun Dafa for 11 years. The joy and gratitude I felt when I first attained Dafa are still vivid to me. When I first read Master Li’s (the founder) book Zhuan Falun, I was shocked by his infinite wisdom and compassion.
Master Li explains the profound Buddha principles in plain language, so that anyone, who is not mentally lost, can understand it and how to cultivate and improve. At the same time, Master Li also purifies the bodies of those who are genuine cultivators so that they are able to cultivate.
I know that this was why I came to this world. I will cherish the opportunity to do this and to cultivate well. Thank you Master Li for your compassion and protection.
“I also want to tell you that your nature in the past was actually based on egotism and selfishness. From now on, whatever you do, you should consider others first, so as to attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism. So from now on, whatever you do or whatever you say, you must consider others—or even future generations—along with Dafa’s eternal stability.” (“Non-Omission in Buddha-Nature,” Essentials for Further Advancement)
I would like to share a few examples of the principles of “Selflessness and Altruism” and “To be entirely for others.”
'Being Selfless” in the Family Environment
Both my husband and I are dedicated to our jobs that keep us pretty busy. Sometimes we have conflicts about doing housework.
I had a strong personality before I began cultivating. Although I did most of the housework, I always felt uneasy about it, which made the family environment unharmonious. Since I became a Dafa adherent, I followed Master’s teaching of “selflessness and altruism” in all that I did.
I started looking at things from my husband's perspective. He is a man who is usually not good at housework by nature. He is the youngest child in his family and didn't have to do housework when growing up. At least he started to help me to mop the floor. I am the wife and mother in the family. Moreover, I am a practitioner. I should not complain to him about housework. Gradually, I no longer complained about the housework. We now peacefully talk about any issues and the family has become very harmonious.
When chatting with a girlfriend recently, she said, “I really admire your selfless contribution to the family. Although some people also do what you have done, I have never seen anyone without any complaints or regrets like you.”
I told her, it’s my Master who taught me to be a selfless person.
“Putting the Needs of Others First” in the Work Environment
After five years of waiting, I was assigned an apartment in September 2009. At that time, I had practiced Dafa for over six months. I thought about whether or not to accept the offer. My family conditions were much better than those who were really in need of a place to live. My husband and I both had stable jobs and incomes. We could gradually afford to purchase a commercial apartment although we had to save money and reduce our cost of living to do it. I discussed my intention to let someone else have the apartment with my husband who is a very kind and reasonable person. He supported my decision to not accept the apartment. Others said that we were stupid and were throwing away hundreds of thousands of yuan. But we were at ease because we had put the needs of others ahead of our own.
“Thinking of Others” During Conflicts
My job is helping customers on the front desk, which requires someone to be present all year round. There are only two people doing this job. If either of us takes time off, the other has to work hard and cannot even take a break. Therefore, I usually don’t take leave unless I have to.
One day, my son, who was a student at a university in Beijing, was really upset. His bank card and ID had been stolen during the daytime, and that evening he discovered that his laptop had been stolen. I had to take leave to help him out and to comfort him.
The director knew that I often worked overtime without compensation. Taking leave would affect my bonus. He decided to consider my leave as compensation for the overtime. However, my colleague was jealous that I was being compensated for overtime. She complained to the director that she had to work very hard, even after the director agreed to assign someone to help her. I apologized to her and explained the emergency of the matter. I told the director that I could use my vacation days instead of considering the days off as overtime compensation. However, he insisted on following his decision.
Shortly after I came back from Beijing, my colleague took leave to accompany her father to Shanghai for medical treatment. I told her that I could take care of the work while she was gone. In case the director was still upset with her reaction to my leave, I called him, without telling my colleague, and explained what was happening. I told him that if he couldn’t find anyone to help me during her leave, I could handle it alone.
Later, the director said to me, “You are very kind. I still feel uneasy when I think about what happened before.”
I told him: “My Master teaches us to be selfless and altruistic and to always consider the needs of others. Do not be angry with her. Sorry, it’s me that caused a conflict between the two of you.” The director knew that I practiced Dafa and just smiled.
Participating in the Fa-rectification to Awaken Sentient Beings
Like thousands of Dafa disciples, I am not afraid of the persecution of Dafa practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and will risk my life in taking on the mission of saving sentient beings.
In the second year of becoming a cultivator, in order to let all sentient beings understand the truth, I set up a truth-clarifying materials site at my home. Spending 3,000 yuan, all I had saved at that time, I bought a computer and a printer with the help of fellow practitioners. I started to prepare informational materials, distribute them, and talk to people about the goodness of Dafa and the lies of the persecution.
I hope that sentient beings can learn the truth and withdraw membership from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Especially now, with the CCP virus raging all over the world, I hope people will wake up and know that Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Benevolence-Forbearance is good and thereby choose a beautiful future for themselves.