Cultivation and Cooperation
(Minghui.org) Since I started practicing Dafa in 2000, I have been going to the park every morning to do the exercises and spread the practice. As my cultivation progressed, I realized that it was important to clarify the facts about Dafa's persecution to the Chinese people, so I learned how to clarify the facts on the Internet.
In the early days, one QQ account was enough to keep me busy all day chatting with people in China, because I had to deal with all the abuse from Internet users. I knew that they had been deceived by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s lies and were siding with the CCP without knowing the truth.
I wanted to save them. So, besides Fa-study, the exercises, and sending righteous thoughts, I spent all my time sitting in front of the computer chatting with Chinese people, often past midnight. The next morning, I would go to the practice site as usual and did not feel tired, even though I only had two to three hours of sleep every day.
Seeing that so many people still do not understand the truth, I was anxious and wanted to use every minute to save them. Master said,
“Lose no time and save them,hurry up and tell them”(“Hurry Up And Tell Them” in Hong Yin Vol. II, Translation Version A)
I thought to myself, “One person’s power is limited. If only more practitioners could join me!” So I encouraged other practitioners to clarify the truth on the Internet as well.
Helping More Practitioners Clarify the Truth
For a time, every morning after group Fa-study, I would teach everyone how to operate a computer and follow the steps to clarify the truth on the Internet. Gradually, Internet truth-clarification became popular in our area and many practitioners, especially elderly practitioners, joined the effort.
Over a decade has passed. Several elderly practitioners have persisted in clarifying the facts on the Internet to save people. They were busy all day.
In the beginning, it was not easy to get the elderly to use a computer. I had to teach them the basics, such as how to use a mouse. But with their diligence and repeated practice, gradually, operating a computer was not that difficult anymore. They were able to clarify the truth to these precious people and persuade them to withdraw from the three major communist organizations—all from the Internet.
I hoped practitioners could master the skills faster, so I encouraged and shared my experience with them to boost their confidence. At the same time, xinxing tests came one after another, and never stopped. For example, I was asked the same questions over and over again. When I was helping one practitioner solve a problem, another practitioner would call several times for my help.
Sometimes I felt like I couldn't catch my breath, and could hardly maintain my xinxing. I would pause, take a deep breath to ease my tension, and then thought, “Didn’t I come here to assist Master? Isn’t this a great opportunity for me to improve my xinxing?”
Oftentimes, I could calm down after this thought, and things would become easier to handle.
A practitioner had some mobility problems and came on a tricycle. That day, after Fa-study, she followed everyone to the classroom downstairs and wanted to learn how to clarify the truth using a computer. I was a little worried about her condition and her advanced age, so I said, “It's not that easy to learn.” But she insisted.
Her heart of saving people was so touching. There was no reason to reject her, so I tried my best to teach her. She turned out to be a fast learner and quickly got the hang of it.
One day after group study, her daughter told me that her mother had taught her how to clarify the truth on the Internet because she didn’t have time to learn the skill directly from me. She thanked me for teaching her mother how to do it.
I didn’t know that teaching a person could have such an effect. I’m glad I didn’t turn down the mother’s request back then—if I had, I might have hindered her daughter's wish to save people.
It is always comforting to look back on that period of time. Although I was putting in a lot of time and effort every day, I didn’t feel tired, because the number of people that quit the communist organizations because of our efforts was very high.
In recent years, the evil has intensified its interference. Internet blockades and QQ account bans have had a great negative impact on truth-clarification and saving sentient beings. Some practitioners found these setbacks too difficult and have left the project.
No matter how difficult it was, I persisted in truth-clarification on the Internet because I found this platform very comprehensive and thorough, and not subject to time, space, location, climate and other factors.
In order to establish a cultivation environment where practitioners can save people more comprehensively and effectively, the Quitting the CCP Center has set up a weekly schedule for all Taiwan teams to study the Fa and exchange understandings together. This can boost the confidence of the participating practitioners and help us form one body.
In the group, anything big or small, be it truth-clarification, daily life, or personal cultivation, could be brought up to share. We would exchange our understandings on the Fa to solve problems or encourage each other. I felt that the arrangement was very helpful, and I have benefited a lot from it. I cherished the opportunity of this group discussion.
Over time, the number of participants decreased, but a few practitioners stayed. Everyone could open up, improve and advance diligently together.
It has been more than ten years since I was in charge of our area’s truth-clarification efforts on the Internet. I have grown and improved a lot, and have gone through many xinxing tests as well. For example, teaching elderly practitioners was not always easy; it required more time and effort than usual.
Of course, there were interactions and xinxing conflicts with other practitioners, all of which prompted me to look inward. When I dug deeper, I found many shortcomings and attachments. I could then correct myself according to the standards and requirements of the Fa.
Coordination at a Higher Level
Cultivation is serious and difficult, but no matter how hard it is, we must persevere with it until we succeed in the end. Master said,
“From the day that a Dafa disciple takes up cultivation his whole life is rearranged. In other words, this life of yours is now the life of a cultivator. Nothing is by chance anymore, and nothing will happen just by chance. Everything on your life’s journey is directly related to your improvement and cultivation.” (“Teachings at the Conference in Los Angeles”)
I recall when I first started truth-clarification, the Internet was completely foreign to me. I only knew how to use QQ to clarify the truth, and so I held onto the tool until today.
One day, our district’s Dafa coordinator approached me and asked me to take charge of our Internet efforts on quitting the CCP. I was a bit frightened and felt uneasy.
But I knew that Dafa is so great, and it must be the path Master has arranged for me; it could not have been a coincidence.
I live on this earth to obtain Dafa. Master has endured so much and given so much for all sentient beings, without ever fearing hardship. How could I possibly reject the offer? I can only do my best in this job, because taking this responsibility is how I help Master in Fa-rectification.
Years went by. The fact that I could work with other practitioners every day to save people made me really happy and steadfast. Master said,
“There has been a great deal of groundwork done in advance. All that’s missing is your carrying things out with righteous thoughts.” (“Dafa Disciples Must Study the Fa,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
I also have developed a deeper and clearer understanding of Master’s Fa,
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
In my understanding, as long as we are willing to take action, Master will bestow us with infinite wisdom. I cherish the cultivation path that Master has arranged for me. As long as we can seize every opportunity to cultivate diligently and solidly, every opportunity is a chance for us to improve.
Becoming a District Coordinator
Last year, I took on the role of Dafa coordinator for our district. Knowing it was a new role in my cultivation, I could only ask myself to expand my capacity once again and accept all arrangements. I had to make another effort to cultivate myself well in order to do well at coordination work.
I must improve the quality of my Fa-study proactively in order to improve myself, because only by learning the Fa well can I walk the path Master has arranged. Only then will I be able to help practitioners who need my assistance.
As the district coordinator, I had to deal with a lot of things every day, so it's as if time has sped up. But I cannot compromise on the three things that I’m supposed to do. I found time in the early morning to memorize the Fa and recited it during the day so I could improve the quality of my Fa-study.
Being a coordinator is a great responsibility. I was new, and had a lot to learn from other practitioners. I needed to improve my ability and enthusiasm and broaden my mind in order to provide good assistance to other practitioners.
It was said that very few practitioners were participating in the truth-clarification sites at a tourist spot; only two or three practitioners were there. I shared my understandings with practitioners who had the means to go there, and encouraged them to step out and participate in the truth-clarification efforts.
During that time, mainland Chinese tourists were coming to Taiwan in large groups, and it was a rare opportunity for them to learn the truth and be saved. Because of this, the matter deserved special attention.
Although the project of truth-clarification on the Internet was very demanding, it was also important for me to experience truth-clarification at the tourist spot in order to inspire others to participate. When I arrived there, I indeed saw a large number of tourists from mainland China.
They enjoyed seeing Falun Gong practitioners doing the exercises in a group, and were curious as to why Falun Gong could be practiced freely in Taiwan. They stopped to watch and take pictures so they could share the pictures with their family and friends.
I realized that the tourist spot was a great location to directly clarify the facts to Chinese people and persuade them to quit the communist organizations. I shared my understandings and encouraged other practitioners to participate. More than a dozen practitioners expressed that they were willing to join in.
Early this year, during Taipei’s ten-districts group study, I drew attention to the lack of participation at this tourist spot. I also called upon those practitioners who had the means to take part in this truth-clarification effort. Master said,
“Dafa disciples are no doubt working very hard. And that’s because the historic responsibility entrusted to you and that you shoulder is so great, and your historic mission dictates that you must, at this critical time, shoulder such a historic responsibility. Dafa disciples came about precisely at the last stage of the cosmos’s cycle of formation, stasis, degeneration, and destruction. Which is to say, whether it be living beings or material things, this is when everything has arrived at the last and worst point, with the manifestations of things being the most complicated and with differentiating good from bad or righteous from evil being the hardest. During such a time, it really gets immensely difficult as Dafa disciples set out to shoulder the mission entrusted to them by history. When I say that Dafa disciples are extraordinary, it is because in a period such as this they have come to save sentient beings, help Master rectify the Fa, and fulfill the mission that each is to personally fulfill—and that is what truly makes you extraordinary. No era of history can compare.” (“What is a Dafa Disciple,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. XI)
I understood that, in the process of cultivation, as long as we are willing to undertake and bear hardships, we will improve. This is because when we bear hardship, we're transforming our karma into virtue, and then transforming virtue further into gong.
Only by cultivating ourselves well can we benefit ourselves and others and save more sentient beings. I will continue to advance diligently until I succeed in cultivation.
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