A Little Practitioner Involved in Fa-Spreading Activities
(Minghui.org) Greetings esteemed Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
I am a little Falun Dafa practitioner who emigrated from China to Canada. I started practicing Falun Dafa in July 2012.
After I arrived in Canada, I was very interested in reading Falun Dafa information, so my father gave me articles written by practitioners that spoke of Master and Zhuan Falun. I wanted to read Master's books, but my father insisted that I read the articles first.
My father allowed me to go to a boyscout camp. When we were ready to get on the bus for our trip home, I found something on the ground that turned out to be Canadian currency. Without a second thought, I gave the money to the person in charge of the scout camp and asked him to give it to whoever lost it.
When my father heard about my good deed and wanted to reward me, I asked him to let me read Zhuan Falun. In this way, I started to practice Falun Dafa.
One Thought Determines the Outcome
When I was in seventh grade, one of my classmates accidentally hit my eye with a pencil. I was scared at first, but then I thought about what Master said,
“We have said that good or evil comes from a person’s spontaneous thought, and the thought at that moment can bring about different consequences.” (Zhuan Falun)
There was not much pain, and when I looked at my eye in the restroom, it was fine. This incident showed me how Master had protected me. I nonetheless felt scared later on, and wondered what would have happened had I not remembered Master's Fa.
Promoting Shen Yun
My father and I went to Seattle, WA., to distribute Shen Yun fliers during my winter break in December 2012. This was the first time I was involved in Shen Yun promotional activities.
Before we distributed the fliers, we did the Dafa exercises for 45 minutes. On the way to our assigned spot, we recited Lunyu. I was given fliers and then distributed them by myself.
Seattle is a hilly city, which required a lot of climbing during the close to nine hours of distributing fliers. This made me tired, and I fell at times, but got up again. To keep my stomach from complaining, I ate cookies and drank water.
My fellow practitioners praised me for finding the assigned streets. One elderly man said that I did great after I climbed a lot of stairs to his door.
Little Disciple's Truth-Clarifying Platform
When father and I studied the Fa, I read too fast and made quite a few errors. He told me that Fa study is serious. I understood and made an effort to read slower, and soon I was reading almost error-free.
There were only a few practitioners in our area, and I was the only youngster. To establish a good cultivation environment, my father helped me join the little practitioner's Dafa truth-clarifying platform in April 2013.
Making phone calls to China and clarifying the facts about Falun Dafa to Chinese people required training. Practitioners shared their transcripts, which I practiced before starting to make phone calls. I was a little nervous at first, but I gradually felt more comfortable.
After making calls for a few days, and no one agreeing to quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations, I realized that I had to first tell the person the facts about the practice and the persecution.
I then had a problem with invalid numbers. I was just caling the next number at first, but even when I tried calling the invalid numbers a few times they still didn't work. A practitioner told me that I may have to dial quite a few times because of Internet connection problems, and then they worked.
Doing the Exercises
My father does not have time to do the exercises with me, so I found young practitioners online to do the exercises with. We did the standing exercise for 45 minutes the first time, and the sitting meditation for 30 minutes the next day. One of the group said that 30 minutes was too short, so we extended the sitting mediation exercise time to 45 minutes.
I had just started doing the exercises at that time, so it was difficult to sit for that long, and my leg frequently slid down. I remembered that one teacher at the summer Minghui School said that we could tie our legs so we could sit longer. So I tied my legs and was then able to sit until the music stopped. We later extended our exercise time to one hour for the sitting meditation and standing exercises.
Establishing Exercise Sites, Partaking in Various Activities
We held The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren Exhibition in July 2014. Because I was on my summer break, I was involved with setting up the exhibition. I sent forth righteous thoughts while another practitioner made arrangements. I then distributed fliers so people could learn about the exhibition.
Many people attended the exhibition, and I gave each one a paper lotus flower made by fellow practitioners. Practitioners from other cities came to help, and some stayed in our home. We took turns doing the exercises in front of the exhibition place, and studied the Fa after we returned home. We established a very good environment.
After the exhibition was over, we got a permit and established the first exercise site in our town outside the place where we held the exhibition. We went there every Saturday. Over 20 people came to study the exercises that day. I felt that Master was encouraging us.
On our return from the San Francisco 2014 Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference, we decided to get another permit to establish a second exercise site in the center of our town.
My father encouraged me to go with others on out-of-town Fa-spreading activities. So I went to Edmonton to partake in the Canadian National Day parade, and planned to go Calgary for another parade.
It was not easy to memorize the music for the Tianguo Marching Band, so I did not partake in that activity. However, my father found a practitioner from the Divine Land Marching Band who helped me learn to play the drums before the next parade.
In between I went to Edmonton and distributed fliers outside the government building, and attended the group exercises and distributed fliers on National Day in Edmonton.
In Calgary, I took part as a member of the Divine Land Marching Band in the two-hour parade. It was great, especially since we received a lot of applause.
The band agreed to walk in another two-hour parade. I originally did not want to go because of leg pain, but I thought about what Master said, “When it's difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it.” (Zhuan Falun)
After this event, I realized that it is every practitioner's responsibility to tell people about Dafa, send forth righteous thoughts, do the exercises, and study the Fa.
Thank you Master, thank you fellow practitioners.
(Presented at the 2015 New York Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference)