How I Started Practicing Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) Greetings revered Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
When I was a child I was very interested in fairy tales, heroes and legends. Many people don’t believe in supernatural phenomenon, but I did. I started to pursue spiritual advancement when I was in my 20’s. I contemplated questions like: “Who am I?” “Where am I from and where am I going?”
Experiencing the Mighty Power of Compassion
My human thoughts led me to pursue supernatural capabilities and to learn them faster and better. I attended many lectures, read many books and watched videos. Then I met a Falun Dafa practitioner. He patiently listened to me. His words and actions deeply touched my heart. In one moment, all my notions collapsed into rubble.
Looking back, I realized that I experienced the power of compassion that day. He told me about Falun Dafa and about the persecution in China. I could sense that Falun Dafa was a very good spiritual practice.
“Compassion is an enormous energy, the energy of righteous gods. The more compassion that is present, the greater this energy becomes, and it can disintegrate anything that is bad.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference,” Collected Fa Teachings, Vol. IX)
I Begin to Practice Falun Dafa
I learned the Falun Dafa exercises and practiced them every day for a month. I felt that Dafa was very good, but I still wanted to pursue supernatural capabilities so I continued to attend all kinds of lectures.
A year later I met that Falun Dafa practitioner again and we chatted. I asked, “Are there any writings of Falun Dafa that I can read?” He told me about Zhuan Falun.
As soon as I opened the book and looked at Master Li's photo, I felt intense compassion, calm and peace.
Zhuan Falun is different from any of the books I read before. I started reading it with the attachment of pursuit. But, I soon realized that pursuit was an attachment.
Part of me resisted what Master said, but I could clearly see that it is the truth. The more my human side resisted, the more I wanted to learn the truth in the book. My wish to genuinely cultivate was growing. When I made up my mind to become a Falun Dafa practitioner, I could feel all the pores in my body open.
“In order to cure illness or eliminate tribulations and karma, these people must practice cultivation and return to their original, true selves. This is how all the different cultivation schools view it. One should return to one’s original, true self; this is the real purpose of being human. Therefore, once a person wants to practice cultivation, his or her Buddha-nature is considered to have come forth. Such a thought is most precious, for this person wants to return to his or her original, true self and transcend the ordinary human level.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
“Perhaps everyone has heard this statement in Buddhism: "When one’s Buddha-nature emerges, it will shake ‘the world of ten directions.’"” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Understanding the Importance of Studying the Fa
At first, I studied the Fa every day. I did not know about the old forces but after a while I stopped practicing the exercises or studying the Fa.
It seemed like I was always busy and tired. It became more and more difficult to find any time to read the Fa or practice the exercises. I began to forget things and miss appointments. I felt fatigued, dizzy and had no energy.
I didn’t know how dangerous it was to fall into the old forces' arrangements. When I began to study the Fa again and more, and sent forth righteous thoughts, the interference was cleared away.
Dafa Is Amazing
I'm a personal trainer. Our boss invited a sports expert from Russia to give us a seminar. Afterward, the boss asked the expert to examine and adjust the physical state of the trainers. But I was not comfortable letting him do that to me.
He was good at his job. He demonstrated a few methods to keep fit and healthy. He diagnosed every trainer and almost everyone had this or that problem.
When it was my turn, I let him examine me. I sent forth righteous thoughts in my heart and asked Master to strengthen me. I was the only person he couldn’t find any issues with. He said I had no energy blockages. More amazingly, I passed the muscle test without any issue, too.
Falun Dafa truly is amazing!
Saving People at Any Place and Any Time
When I first began practicing, I thought practitioners only had to practice the exercises and raise their xinxing. I soon realized that we have important responsibilities.
I participated in an event to tell people about Falun Dafa. When I tried to give a brochure to a middle-aged man, he was upset and said, “Don’t bother me with this.” I wasn't sure what to say so I strengthened my righteous thoughts and remained calm.
As he talked, I listened. I felt that he was suffering. He used to be a Buddhist monk but had been persecuted. He had on reflective sunglasses so I couldn’t see his entire face. He said, “You prove to me why Falun Dafa is good.”
I calmly explained, but he was not totally convinced. So I asked if he could remove his sunglasses. When we looked into each other’s eyes, he began to cry and told me his story.
When I mentioned Zhuan Falun he said he wanted to read it. So I gave him my book.
I wanted to write my first experience sharing article, so the following Sunday I went to a nearby lake and sat on the beach. A young woman sat on the lawn about 10 meters away. Our eyes met from time to time. I focused on my article and didn’t think about anything else. When she was getting ready to leave I had the sudden thought, “Give her a Dafa flier.”
I was not prepared to clarify the truth to her. My mind was still on my article. I stood up and started to chat with her. When I told her about Falun Dafa, she said, “What a coincidence! I was just telling my friend that I'd like to learn to meditate.” I gave her a flier and a handmade paper lotus flower. She happily thanked me.
After these experiences I began to carry a few fliers with me. A week later I was going home on a train. While transferring to another train, I noticed a young woman sitting on the floor who looked very sad. I had already walked past her but I suddenly had a thought to give her a flier. I took a flier from my bag and walked back. After we talked she said she felt better and thanked me, “This is what I was looking for! Thank you!”
These experiences encouraged me to cultivate well and save more people. There are so many predestined people waiting to hear about Dafa. I learned to pay attention to the people around me, talk to them and not be restricted by time or place.
I'll conclude by sharing Master’s teaching with you.
“What I just talked about is who has come to listen to the Fa. If people like this have come to listen to the Fa, then think about it, doesn't every Dafa disciple represent a different gigantic cosmic body? If that's the case, doesn't whether a Dafa disciple cultivates well or poorly determine whether those gigantic cosmic bodies' beings get saved or not? I can tell you, this is definitely the case.” (Touring North America to Teach the Fa)
“The reason is, that gigantic cosmic body is below you, it's almost like your body, because that's how gigantic you are. There are countless sentient beings and countless cosmic firmaments inside there. Your cultivation determines whether those gigantic groups of beings are good or bad, and whether they can be kept or not!” (Touring North America to Teach the Fa)
Thank you compassionate Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!
(Presented at the 2020 Swiss Fa Conference)