Memorizing the Fa at Over 80 Years Old
(Minghui.org) People often think that when someone reaches 80 years old, he will move slowly, have many ailments, and suffer impairment of memory, vision, and hearing.
As a Dafa practitioner who is over 80 years old, my body and mind are feeling younger and younger. With Master Li's guidance, I advance diligently in my cultivation, continue to eliminate attachments, and maintain the state of a Dafa practitioner. I’ve truly experienced the importance of having a healthy mind and righteous beliefs.
I would like to share with fellow practitioners my experiences of studying and memorizing the Fa.
I attend a group Fa-study five afternoons a week. We study one to two lectures of Zhuan Falun each day, which guarantees that we read all the way through the book each week.
I use my spare time to study Master’s other Fa lectures. I usually recite Lunyu (On Dafa) and Master’s recent articles after I send forth righteous thoughts in the morning. I also recite some paragraphs of Zhuan Falun. I spend 30 minutes reciting the Fa every day.
As Fa-rectification gets close to the end, the evil keeps fighting to poison people while practitioners still have many attachments to eliminate. Saving sentient beings is urgent since many people still do not understand Falun Dafa.
Studying the Fa and reciting the Fa are very important for practitioners to ensure that we understand the deeper meaning of the Fa, have strong righteous thoughts, do the three things well, and walk steadily on the path of Fa-rectification cultivation.
The Minghui website published an article about how Emperor Kangxi studied during childhood. At four years old, in order to memorize important ancient books, he read them 120 times. This inspired me to try a similar method, and it was very effective. I was also inspired by fellow practitioners’ methods of memorizing the Fa.
Before I study and recite the Fa, I send forth a righteous thought: “Master, please strengthen my righteous thoughts, bestow me wisdom and confidence, and eliminate every interference and notions that prevent me from memorizing the Fa.” This improves my speed and effectiveness. This approach helped me understand the meaning of Master’s teaching:
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Master said in “Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference”:
“Everyone is able to recite Lunyu from memory. And Lunyu has indeed had a big impact in your Fa-rectification cultivation; it has helped to strengthen your righteous thoughts and has played a positive role.”
Master also mentioned many times during other Fa lectures that all of his lectures are to explain Zhuan Falun, and that Lunyu is a summary of Zhuan Falun. Although I do not completely understand the importance of Lunyu, I can feel the seriousness and significance of memorizing it.
I sometimes wonder whether one day Master will ask us to recite Lunyu or a paragraph of Zhuan Falun. If the time comes, it won’t be acceptable for me to reply, “I used to be able to recite it. But I’ve forgotten it now,” or “I can recite it, except I may miss a few words here and there.”
I should recite Lunyu fluently and precisely, and reciting Lunyu is an important part of daily Fa study. It helps me to keep the Fa in my mind, maintain righteous thoughts, leave no space for evil factors and ordinary notions, and have no regrets in my cultivation.
I think that the seven articles Master published since July 2019 represent different aspects of Fa-rectification and cultivation, and are guides to help practitioners righteously walk our paths of cultivation. Master taught us in these articles how to balance doing the three things well and how to cultivate ourselves diligently in all aspects. It is our duty to follow Master’s teaching and do it well.
I understand that Master’s recent article “Stay Rational” is not only for Dafa practitioners, but also offers the greatest compassionate salvation to mankind. The article points out the right approach for human beings facing the pandemic and gives those who committed crimes against Dafa a chance to repent and save themselves.
After practitioners memorize “Stay Rational,” we will clearly know how to walk the path of cultivation well and not deviate from it. This is why I focus on reciting Lunyu and Master’s recent articles every day.