(Minghui.org) I began to practice Falun Dafa, an ancient spiritual and meditation discipline, in 1995. While I was initially attracted by Dafa’s healing power, the spiritual guidance it has provided has been even more precious.
Over my many years of practicing, I have lived by Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance; put others first; and improved my moral standards. I have formed good relationships with many people as they could sense the goodness of Dafa and its practitioners. My student Lin (pseudonym) is one of them.
Lin was one of my students the year I just started practicing. His parents were very grateful to me because of his good grades, and they brought gifts to my house when he was a sophomore in high school.
I did not want the gifts and told them to take them back. His father said, “We’ve always wanted to thank you—this is just a little token of our appreciation.” I said, “I really can’t take these things. Being good to students is what I ought to do. As a Falun Dafa practitioner, Master Li (the founder of the practice) asks us to be a good person who adheres to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, so I definitely can’t accept them.” Since they kept insisting, in the end we exchanged gifts.
From then on, Lin and his family knew that Falun Dafa was good. In the years that followed, his parents would always tell Lin to bring me special items at the Chinese New Year, and I always returned the favor, especially on special occasions, like when Lin started college, got married, and had a baby.
After graduating from college, Lin returned to his old high school where I still taught and worked as a teacher. In 2002, the mother of one of his students was put in a local detention center because she practiced Falun Dafa. When Lin found out about it, he asked a relative who had connections with the police to visit the student’s mother and bring her food and daily necessities. He was very pleased to tell me this, and I was very happy, too. I told him, “You did this when the persecution of Falun Dafa is so severe. You will accumulate great virtue and be blessed!”
In 2008, I was held a detention center for practicing Falun Dafa. By this time, Lin was already a mid-level leader in the school. In order to help me, he went to see his friends who worked in the public security system. He also bought me clothes and often cared for my child.
Lin worked very hard at the school, and in his early 30s, he was promoted to be an assistant principal. In the educational system, many teachers had graduated from famous universities, so it was not easy for a young man from a less prestigious background to become an assistant principal of a big school. I said that it was his reward for seeing through the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) slander of Falun Dafa and treating practitioners well, and he agreed.
Lin’s whole family has quit the CCP and asked for Dafa amulets. One day when his brothers came to see him, I gave them truth-clarification materials about Falun Dafa and told them to remember “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” They seemed pleased and said that they would remember the words.
Lin said to me, “Everyone in my family takes your words very seriously, and we all carry the amulets you gave us. My father has always said about you: ‘You are a highly respected member of our family. Even if we forget everyone else, we will never forget you.’”
Lin not only takes and reads all the Dafa information I offer him, but he also encourages others to read them. Once at the dinner table, I handed out Dafa materials to everyone. Lin and several others were happy to take them, but one colleague was not too sure about it. Lin said, “Take a look at it—it won’t hurt you.” The fellow quickly put it into his bag with a smile because Lin was his boss.
One day when I was clarifying the facts about Falun Dafa to another assistant principal and handing him a flash drive, Lin happened to walk in. This other man seemed a little wary, but Lin said, “I have one, too. Take a look at it. You can’t go wrong by listening to this teacher (referring to me).” The other assistant principal immediately said, “Yes, my son took his college entrance exams this year, and I put an amulet a teacher gave me into his stationery box. It really worked. You know that my son wasn’t doing too well in school, and I was worried that he wouldn’t get into a university. But he made it! What a surprise! It is true that you can’t go wrong by listening to this teacher!”
When conflicts occurred at work or at home and things couldn’t be resolved, they would always come to me. And I would always help them to work things out by encouraging them to have an open mind, to learn to let go, and to take things lightly, so that they would not get easily angry or irritated. They all respected me and were willing to listen to me.
On many occasions, Lin has prevented the authorities from harassing me. He said to me, “As long as I’m in this position, I won’t let them cause you trouble.” He has never implemented any orders from his superiors to monitor Falun Dafa practitioners, let alone made specific arrangements.
Lin now has a happy and healthy family and a successful career. I often complimented him on his ability to take fame and fortune lightly. He said to me, “It is all thanks to your great teaching, and I do take the Dafa principles that you told me to heart!”
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