Cultivating a True Teaching Has Always Been My Lifelong Wish
(Minghui.org) I'm eighty-four years old and started practicing Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) in 1995. I have many childhood memories of going to temples with my grandmother to burn incense and make offerings to Buddha.
In 1972, I visited Tiantai Mountain, which is located near the city of Taizhou, Zhejiang, China. It took me nine hours to climb its peak, in order to worship Buddha.
I stayed at the mountain from Chinese New Year's Day, right up to the end of May, every year from 1972 to 1995. After my husband passed away in 1992, I decided to become a nun and moved my bedding and daily necessities to a temple. At the time, I felt that life was very bitter and hard.
I often asked myself: “What is the purpose of human existence? Who am I? What should I be doing in my life?” I felt very confused and exhausted, as there was no one who could answer my questions.
Learning Falun Dafa
In 1995, I met a couple who were practicing Falun Dafa. They briefly explained the cultivation system to me then handed me a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa. I finished reading the book within two days and immediately stepped on the path of cultivation. I was absolutely certain that I had obtained a true teaching, one which would enable me to return to my true self. Since that day, my life has been bathed in Buddha’s grace!
I stopped visiting temples and instead started wholeheartedly cultivating Falun Dafa. I also began to notice positive improvements in the character standards of the local practitioners. “Falun Dafa has truly created a pure land on earth!” I thought.
In April 1996, I along with fellow practitioners from other counties, held our first nine-day Falun Dafa video lecture workshop in a local sanatorium—which was attended by 49 people. Attendance at our second workshop dramatically increased to more than 300 people. Shortly after, numerous Falun Dafa practice sites appeared in our local area. Several warmhearted practitioners volunteered to take on the role of coordinators.
Melodious Falun Dafa exercise music could be heard in the morning and evenings along streets, in parks, and in central squares. A fellow practitioner whose celestial eye had opened saw a huge red dome covering each practice site.
In less than a year of practicing Dafa, my body started to feel very comfortable and light. As soon as Master Li (the founder) began cleansing my body, many stubborn diseases disappeared. I also learned that the human spirit is immortal and that human beings did not evolve from monkeys or apes!
When I began seeing huge improvements in my mind and heart nature, I understood that Falun Dafa is a true Buddhist cultivation system, not some ordinary qigong. Thus, I devoted myself to learning the Fa, doing the exercises, and promoting the practice. Within three years, several thousand people in our local area started on the path of cultivation!
Cultivating Amidst the Persecution
In July 1999, the then-president of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Jiang Zemin, launched the persecution against Falun Dafa. Practitioners everywhere were being arrested, beaten, and forced to stop practicing.
Shortly after, I went to Beijing to appeal for our right to practice Falun Dafa. I also wanted people to know the truth about Falun Dafa and to clear Master’s name. However, I was later arrested by the police and taken home by the local 610 Office, where I was detained for 29 days. The police ransacked my house and confiscated all of my Dafa books, as well as over 2,000 yuan ($300 USD)—which I had in my pocket.
In March 2001, I was taken to a brainwashing class and forced to watch TV programs that slandered Falun Dafa. In September 2007, I was arrested while distributing Falun Dafa truth-clarification materials. My home was ransacked by the police, who later detained me for seven days. Several officers managed to extort 30,000 yuan from my family.
With Master'’s protection, I made it through each tribulation. I paid close attention to studying and memorizing the Fa and overcame many difficulties. After reading Zhuan Falun over and over again, I was finally able to memorize the book.
I once copied the books from Hong Yin I to Hong Yin V, and memorized about one-third of them. I'm currently copying and memorizing The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol. III. I've already hand-copied Zhuan Falun three times, and I will continue to do so in the future. Time is very precious to me, which is why I cherish it and sleep only four hours a night.
Telling People the Facts about Falun Dafa
Both my family and friends enjoy many blessings for their heartfelt support of Dafa, such as happiness and good health. They understand that Falun Dafa is good and often recite, “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
One day, I heard that a relative from a rural area was forced into poverty after spending almost all of his money on medical expenses. I helped him out financially, gave him some Dafa-related pamphlets, then told him to recite “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Shortly after, his health greatly improved and he wound up practicing Falun Dafa!
I once clarified the truth to a 50-year-old lady, then gave her a brochure which instructed her to recite: “Falun Dafa is good. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” She later told me that she had four stubborn lumps on her buttocks, which miraculously disappeared after reciting the two phrases for some time. This strengthened her confidence in reciting the phrases, so when I later advised her to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations, she immediately agreed.
Since 2020, I've been riding my bicycle from village to village with other practitioners, telling people the truth about Falun Dafa. When I went by myself, I always felt Master’s great compassion when people thanked me for my truth-clarification efforts.
All sentient beings are waiting for Dafa disciples to save them! It's exactly this sense of responsibility that inspires me to go out and spread the truth about Falun Dafa.
Although I'm eighty-four years old, I look like I'm only in my 60s! This is one of the many blessings that I've obtained from Dafa. I still have a lot of attachments, including the attachment of fear. Would gods be afraid of ordinary people who are to be saved? The only reason people are able to interfere with me, is because they don’t understand the truth about Falun Dafa. As practitioners, we should tell people the facts, no matter who they are!
I feel it's incumbent upon me to learn how to defend Dafa practitioners' legal right of belief. If I could do that, I'd be able to state what law and statute the evildoers were breaking when they choose to interfere with what we want to do.
I also need to cultivate compassion. The power of compassion can change everything so that people who don't know the truth can be saved.
I will remain perennially steadfast on this sacred path of cultivation, doing the three things well! I want to express my sincere gratitude to both Master Li and all of my fellow practitioners!