Taipei, Taiwan: Falun Dafa Practitioners Learn from Each Other During Experience Sharing Conference
(Minghui.org) More than 6,500 practitioners participated in the 2020 Falun Dafa Experience-Sharing Conference in Taiwan on December 6. Nineteen of them spoke about how they followed the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance in their daily lives and at work.
The event, which was attended by practitioners from across Taiwan as well as other countries, was held at the National Taiwan University Sports Center.
Following the opening ceremony, the host read a greeting from Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, which was met with warm applause.
Master Li wrote:
“To the Dafa disciples attending the Taiwan Fa conference:
Greetings to you all!
Dafa is about spiritual practice. The goal of practice for a Dafa disciple is spiritual perfection. The human world is now at the end of its latter days, and the degenerate and chaotic things that have come about in these troubled times are affecting society more than ever. Though a battle between good and evil is taking place, you have to ensure that you do not let it negatively affect you, and should do even better at getting the truth out and saving people. And as you work to raise awareness, you must be sure not to think or act too much like an ordinary person. Only by staying clear on what you are doing will you manage to not get caught up in things and do even better.
May your Fa conference be a success!”(“Greetings to the Taiwan Fa Conference”)
Happiest Person in the World
Every day Xiu’e was busy with work and household chores—she was exhausted. Burdened with many ailments, she felt as if she might die at any time. One concerned neighbor recommended she try Falun Dafa.
The second day she did the exercises, she realized the chest pain that had bothered her for years was gone. Other conditions that she’d suffered from for decades also disappeared. Every morning she got up at 3:30 a.m. to do the exercises, then ran her family business.
When she learned about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, Xiue decided to participate in a project to phone people there to help them see through the CCP's (Chinese Communist Party) hate propaganda. She purchased a computer but did not know how to use it or input Chinese characters. Nonetheless, she did not give up and kept learning.
To help clarify people's misunderstandings about Dafa, she wrote down the questions they asked. At first, the people she called often hung up or swore at her. By continuing to read Master's teachings, she understood the urgency and significance of contacting them and she was able to handle all kinds of situations with compassion. She considered saving people her mission and has made phone calls every day no matter how busy she is.
Her husband was initially against her practicing. But noticing the dramatic improvement in her health and temper, he changed his opinion. He also started to practice and now recommends Falun Dafa to others. For Xiu'e, all these positive changes in her life were like miracles. “I truly feel that being able to practice Falun Dafa makes me the luckiest and happiest person in the world,” she said.
An Elementary School Teacher
Rui’e said she’d traveled everywhere looking for the meaning of life. She even climbed Mt. Everest and visited Tibetan temples. Instead of finding answers, she was misled, ending up in a religion that was a financial trap and putting her in debt to the tune of over 10 million NTD ($350,000). To make things worse, she also suffered from severe insomnia and postpartum depression.
During the most difficult days, she heard about Falun Dafa from a restaurant owner. After reading Zhuan Falun, she was thrilled. Master Li answered all her questions. Her life soon changed dramatically, and she found someone to purchase her business.
Impressed by the profoundness of Dafa's principles, Rui’e decided to memorize Zhuan Falun to better align herself with the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. When she was a student, she used to memorize articles, so she was determined to memorize Zhuan Falun. She recites it while driving or doing household chores, and she said she greatly benefits from it.
As a teacher, she knows true teachings can help children. She bought 30 copies of Hong Yin and Hong Yin Vol. II (Master's collections of poems) and put them in her classroom. During the free reading sessions, many students read or recite the poems. Their behavior and grades improved.
In her spare time, Ruie often went to tourist attractions to talk to people from China about Falun Dafa. But not any more due to the pandemic. Now she makes phone calls. Once when she was talking with a young man, the connection was broken just as she was about to explain why a person should separate himself from the CCP.
She dialed the number again and said, “Thank you for answering again!” She continued, “You know, the CCP has committed many crimes. Anyone associated with it might be implicated with the regime. You don’t want this to happen to you, right?” “Of course not,” the young man replied. “Please help me quit the CCP. Thank you very much!”
A Broken Family Reunited
Sun from Taipei talked about her family issues. She was attending the Nine-Day Falun Dafa workshop watching videos of Master's lectures. On the fourth day, she learned that her husband had visited prostitutes. Humiliated and filled with resentment and jealousy, her dream of a stable and happy marriage was shattered.
Sun got angry and accused her husband. But it did not go well, and it only led to more arguments and fights. Out of despair, she decided to file for divorce. Then she recalled a dream in which she called out, “Why will no one save him [her husband]?”
By then, Sun had gained a better understanding of life and cultivation practice. During the long journey of one’s life, with numerous reincarnations, the so-called happiness in one life cycle is brief and insignificant. One’s suffering comes from his or her past karma. A practitioner should go beyond this and take every opportunity to improve her xinxing instead of blaming others.
Recalling previous conversations with her husband, she realized she tended to fly off the handle rather easily instead of being considerate. Falun Dafa, on the other hand, teaches one to be truly selfless and compassionate. She decided to change herself and treat her husband well, even better than she did before the incident.
When she was able to do this, their relationship became more harmonious than ever. From this experience, Sun learned that, as long as a practitioner can follow the Fa principles to look within and improve, he or she can overcome tribulations and move forward.
Clarifying the Truth Through the Internet
Liao has been telling people in China the facts about Falun Dafa for over 10 years. The situation changed rapidly, especially because of the extradition bill that was passed in March 2019. Many people in mainland China are eager to read uncensored information from overseas.
“When I send a post to hundreds of people at the same time, I feel like I'm distributing materials at a tourist site where many hands reach out for information,” she said. “I am touched by the feedback and it encourages me to keep doing this.”
One netizen wrote, “If I cannot overcome the internet blockade and read overseas news, I feel like my eyes are covered and my ears are deafened.” Another wrote, “People like you bring us light in the darkness.”
The unfolding situation makes her further sense the urgency. Every day she is busy on the internet sending out information and asking people to quit the CCP organizations. She experienced fatigue, which kept her from moving forward at full speed.
Looking inward, Liao realized she was too attached to the number of people she helped quit the CCP. “The reason we are here is to assimilate ourselves to the Fa and save people. We should not be attached to numbers,” she said. As she focused on studying the Fa, doing the exercises, and sending forth righteous thoughts, she found herself gradually back on track.
Tran from Vietnam has worked in Taiwan for six years. Because she took care of an elderly relative 24/7, she did not get much rest and in the end developed numerous health problems herself. Every day she lived in pain.
One day she remembered a Vietnamese friend recommended a meditation called Falun Dafa. She found the exercise tutorial video on the internet and began to learn the exercises while reading the Vietnamese version of Zhuan Falun every day.
For the next three months, she passed a large amount of dark waste. From Zhuan Falun she understood Master Li was cleansing her body. She discarded all her medicines and decided to cultivate diligently. Soon after, the chronic illnesses that bothered her for years were gone. Her employer arranged for her to have a physical exam in a local hospital. Doctors were surprised to find that her high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney stones were all gone—she was even healthier than before.
Because Master gave the lectures in Chinese, Tran decided to learn Chinese, hoping this would help her understand the Fa better. With the help of other practitioners, she was able to read all of Zhuan Falun in Chinese in two months. Not only that, she was also able to memorize “On Dafa.”
As she continued to study the Fa, Tran noticed her farsightedness was gone. She could see clearly without glasses. Furthermore, she noticed every character in Zhuan Falun appeared in front of her eyes as three-dimensional, with layers and layers of Buddha images, one behind another. At group exercise practice in the morning, she could see colorful Falun and Master's Fashen. She knew Master was encouraging her.
Promoting the Epoch Times
Xiuyuan from Tainan said she liked the Epoch Times the first time she read it. When she heard that the government provides each borough chief with a free newspaper, she thought of giving each of them a copy of the Epoch Times. She decided to start with her own borough chief so that he could recommend it to the others.
But when she actually tried to visit each chief, it was not easy. Sometimes the officer she wanted to meet was not available. When she phoned them, they hung up. Despite these setbacks, Xiuyuan was not discouraged and was determined to reach them. Gradually, the situation improved. Some of the borough chiefs were very supportive and introduced her to other staff members. This experience showed Xiuyuan she should do things with righteous thoughts instead of human notions.
From School Principal to Sales Rep
Weichen worked in education including as a counselor, a dean, and then a principal. After he began practicing Falun Dafa, he tried to guide students with the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. When students made mistakes, he used these opportunities to talk with them and their parents. Through family visits after work, he was able to help students based on their situations.
His hard work was rewarded when his students improved. Upon graduation, many students who initially rejected him became supportive and called him the best teacher they’d ever had. When he talked with students and their parents, he explained how Falun Dafa helped him in his teaching. As a result, students wrote “Falun Dafa is good” in their graduation albums and a local newspaper published an article about him and credited his success to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
After he retired, Weichen started to work with NTD Television. He became a sales rep and makes phone calls and visits businesses to secure their sponsorship. By learning from his colleagues' experiences, he quickly improved his technical skills.
By working with education departments, Weichen was able to introduce NTD Television to campuses. During a Teacher’s Day book fair, he helped government officials and representatives from 20 organizations learn about the persecution of Falun Dafa in China, including forced organ harvesting. Looking back, Weichen knew all these were closely related to his cultivation practice. By constantly improving himself, he is able to contribute and help more people learn the facts.
The conference ended at 4:30. Many practitioners said they learned a lot from listening to other practitioners' experiences. “I see my gaps and the urgency of saving people,” one said. “I will remain diligent on the remaining cultivation path.”