(Minghui.org) I am in my 70s and I started to practice Falun Dafa during the Lantern Festival in January 1997. Having practiced for more than 20 years, I have personally experienced how wonderful Falun Dafa is.
A Difficult Beginning
My parents died when I was young. I was sickly and my family felt I was a burden. Because I was dependent on my relatives I developed low self-esteem and an introverted personality. I often looked up at the sky and asked, “What is in heaven? Where did I come from? What is the purpose of life?”
I attended school during the chaotic Cultural Revolution. When I graduated and began working, society was competitive and everyone lied to get ahead. The vicious world made me feel life was too difficult.
I was a doctor and I treated patients every day, but I couldn’t cure my own illnesses. I felt like a fraud. I searched for ways to keep fit and practiced many kinds of qigong (What Master Li (Dafa’s founder) mentioned in Zhuan Falun was true). I tried all kinds of folk remedies and spent lots of money and time, but nothing helped me.
My body became even more messed up and I was even more depressed. I was on the verge of mental collapse and more than once I thought about committing suicide.
On the night before the Lantern Festival in 1997, my illnesses kept me up all night. In the early morning hours, I made a decision: I would walk out of my home while my family was still asleep. If I did not find anything meaningful enough to keep me going in life, I would stop eating, drinking, and sleeping from now on, and perish.
As I walked aimlessly in the darkness, I entered an office compound and heard beautiful music. I walked in the direction of the music and saw a group of people holding their arms in the air (note: Falun Dafa’s second exercise, the Standing Stance). I mimicked them and raised my arms even though I did not know what they were doing.
I felt as if I suddenly fell out of mid-air and found solid ground. My heart found its place and the “fish-out-of-water” feeling was gone. I never felt this grounded before. My whole body was relaxed, my mind was clear, and I never felt more comfortable.
It soon became dawn, and in the morning light I saw a sign, “Brief Introduction of Falun Dafa.” A person came over and asked me if I wanted to practice. I didn’t say yes or no. She invited me to her home and had me watch a video of Master Li teaching the Falun Dafa exercises. She also gave me the book Zhuan Falun.
She told me to read the book and come back if I wanted to practice. I wasn’t sure what Falun Dafa was at the time, but I had the feeling I was holding a treasure.
After I read Zhuan Falun I went to see the coordinator and said, “I agree with everything said in the book, but I just can’t remove my attachments.” At the time a lot was going on in my workplace: people were competing for apartments, and salaries and job titles were being adjusted. One had to fight, pull strings and even lie in order to get anything.
The coordinator gave me a set of videotapes of Master’s lectures and told me to watch them without delay. After watching them, I understood that only by being a good person following Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance can one be healthy physically and mentally. I didn’t understand what cultivation was, but I wanted to practice because I felt Falun Dafa was so good! Master is good!
In over 20 years of Fa study and xinxing cultivation, I completely changed my outlook on life and the world. I was no longer confused. I strove to conduct myself with honesty and practice cultivation solidly. I am bathed in the wonderfulness of being illness-free because of Dafa.
Crossing Mountains and Waters in Cultivation Practice
When I started practicing Falun Dafa, I couldn’t find words to express my happiness. I felt I was a different person. I no longer had low self-esteem because I had Master and had a sense of belonging. I looked up in the sky at the practice site and said with tears in my eyes, “Master, I vow to practice to the end. No matter what hardships or dangers lay ahead, I will cross mountains and waters to follow you home.”
I told everyone I knew about Falun Dafa, especially my patients. I became famous in our system. Everyone knew there was a doctor who practices Falun Dafa and didn’t casually prescribe medication to her patients. I told everyone about Falun Dafa.
My management witnessed my transformation and supported me to lead my coworkers to practice Falun Dafa. They provided me with office space, purchased a TV and VCR, and allowed me to play the video of Master’s lectures to the staff during working hours.
Many people, especially those who were chronically ill, came and watched the videos and learned the practice, and their health improved dramatically. A lot of them persisted in Fa study and kept practicing, and no longer needed to see doctors or take medicine. I made detailed records of their condition before and after.
During the year-end summary assembly in 1998, the authorities at my workplace commended me for introducing Falun Dafa to the staff, which improved their health and saved medical expenses for the institute.
After the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) began to suppress Falun Dafa in July 1999, fewer and fewer of my coworkers practiced. I said to Master in my heart, “Even if all the people in the world stop practicing Falun Dafa, there would be one person left, and that would be me.” I kept Master’s words in mind and was determined to be a genuine practitioner.
Before I began practicing I was like everyone else who used their position to line their own pockets at the expense of the public. Many people said, “If you live on a mountain you live off the mountain; if you live by the water you live off the water. A water-front pavilion gets the moonlight first.”
I used my occupation to provide my friends and family with easy access to medicine. When someone in my family needed medicine I prescribed it for myself and then gave it to them. I used this to show off and prove that I was capable.
After I began practicing Falun Dafa, I immediately corrected my behavior and rejected all my friends’ and relatives’ requests for medicine. Instead, I told them about Falun Dafa’s principles, and six of my siblings began to practice.
In the past, the kickbacks I received from the procurement of medicines exceeded my salary. After I began practicing Falun Dafa I stopped taking kickbacks. As the person in charge, I bargained the price to the lowest, but the supplier still offered kickbacks for fear of losing me as his client. Some doctors wanted the kickbacks, and some even told me bluntly, “We want the kickbacks; it’s our loss if we don’t take it.”
Because the entire society was like this, I had to let the supplier give kickbacks, but I didn’t want them.
The supplier put my share in the bank and gave me the bankbook at the end of the year, but I refused it. He gave me gifts, I refused them too. He asked me why, so I gave him a copy of Zhuan Falun. He offered to donate the money in my name to children who were suffering from burns but had no money for treatment. I told him to leave my name out because it was not my money.
At my workplace employees had to undergo an annual physical checkup, and the hospital selected depended on the kickbacks they offered. After practicing Falun Dafa, I stopped factoring in kickbacks and bargained the medical examination fees to the lowest. The person in charge of the medical examination asked me why I did this, so I told him about Falun Dafa.
He said, “I heard Falun Dafa was good, but I never met anyone who practiced it until today. Falun Dafa really lives up to its reputation.” He wanted to present a banner of recognition to my workplace. I politely declined and told him, “We practice Falun Dafa, not for fame or personal gain. Your knowing Dafa is good is the best gift you can give me.”
Before I practiced Falun Dafa I used my office phone to make long-distance phone calls to my friends and relatives around the country, because I didn’t have to pay for them.
After I began practicing I only used the office phone for official business. I also returned the paper, envelopes, pens, and all kinds of office supplies I took in the past back to the office. It was a great feeling when one’s heart is selfless and one sees the world is wide!
At the end of 1996, my husband’s workplace was finishing the interiors of new apartments before assigning them. My husband was in charge of the infrastructure (and selecting vendors), therefore many construction companies approached us. Some even came to our home offering to renovate it for free.
As I began practicing Dafa at the beginning of 1997, I firmly turned down the offers. Instead, I contacted a construction company on my own and bought all the materials myself, and kept all the invoices as proof. My husband did not agree with me but yielded to my insistence.
Some construction companies bribed my husband with money. At that time my son needed money for college. I returned all the money because I understood the principles of “no loss, no gain.”
My husband and I each had an apartment assigned to us by our respective employers. A policy later stipulated that each family could only keep one apartment. Some people went through a fake divorce in order to keep both apartments.
When my husband mentioned this to me I said, “Think about it, do you want me or the apartment? I will not cooperate with a fake divorce. I believe in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. I must be honest.”
In the end, we returned an apartment. We were among the very few people who did this. The others laughed at us for being stupid. I told myself, “I am a practitioner; I only listen to Master; It is good as long as Master says so.”
Before I practiced Falun Dafa, I did not get along well with my husband or his mother. There were a lot of family conflicts and I refused to interact with my mother-in-law for a long time. My husband and I signed a divorce agreement and we were waiting for our son to go to college to start the divorce procedures.
I began practicing Falun Dafa in early 1997 and learned from the Fa that being husband and wife is predestined. I began treating my husband with compassion and stopped talking about divorce. My family became harmonious and I improved my relationship with my mother-in-law as well.
After the CCP began slandering Falun Dafa, my mother-in-law told everyone, “The government says Falun Dafa is bad, but I think it is good. My daughter-in-law became compassionate and considerate after she practiced Falun Dafa.” During my illegal detention, my mother-in-law told my family not to make things difficult for me and not to put pressure on me.
After I retired, my son got married and had a baby. The family relationship between my daughter-in-law and her mother was complicated and full of conflicts. My son was at a loss.
I thought, “I am a practitioner, a Falun Dafa disciple who assists Master to do Fa-rectification. If I can’t handle this, then who can? Whatever conflicts exist are opportunities for us to cultivate.”
I corrected myself little by little according to Master’s Fa. Over the past more than ten years the family conflicts gradually subsided and we now live in harmony. My son and my husband both admired the way I handled things. I told them, “I could not have done it without Dafa, so if you want to thank me, please thank Master and Dafa!”
My workplace offered a lot of benefits and a good salary. Being a doctor meant I had access to even more benefits. Many people envied my job.
On July 20, 1999, when the CCP began to persecute Falun Dafa, I, like millions of Falun Dafa practitioners, went to the municipal and provincial government, and then to Beijing to speak out for Falun Dafa. I wanted to clear Master’s name and to use various ways to let the public know the true situation.
I was illegally arrested while participating in a group practice in a park and was placed under residential surveillance. Because of the large number of participants, it was designated as a major case and many people were arrested. I was listed as the number one figure. I was prosecuted and waited for sentencing.
I was actually just an ordinary practitioner and did not coordinate the group practice, but somehow I was made the number one figure. I was baffled, but I didn’t argue and was quite glad. During the period of residential surveillance, Master enlightened me many times in my dreams and gave me encouragement.
The management at my workplace visited me many times and pressured me to give up practicing Falun Dafa. They said, because of me, the workplace didn’t get its award and the employees’ salaries were affected. If I did not stop practicing Falun Dafa, I would be fired and stripped of my CCP membership.
I did not waver because I remembered Master’s words,
“Be resolute cultivating Dafa, the mind unstirred.”
(“True Character Is Revealed,” Hong Yin II)
My employer pulled all kinds of strings to bail me out. The case was dropped and I was the first to be released. The police officers handling the case said, “You are such a big shot! So many people were working to bail you out. When you’re released, the case will not stand, and others have all benefited from you.” I understood it was Master who protected me.
After my release, I was transferred from my original unit, demoted, and stripped of my Party membership. My coworkers felt sorry for me, but I didn’t care. As long as I could practice Falun Dafa I was fine because I had Master and Dafa. In the new unit, the work environment was relaxed. Although the salary was much less, I had more time to study the Fa and do Dafa work.
I was later illegally arrested for distributing truth-clarification materials - someone reported me. I managed to bring a copy of Zhuan Falun with me to the detention center. I refused to eat or drink because I was not a criminal. I focused on reading the Fa.
After seven days of a hunger strike, the guards decided to force-feed me. But they had to give up because they could not find a doctor. I was released that night and soon went back to work.
At the end of 2000 and on the eve of Chinese New Year, I was subjected to two years of forced labor. During the medical checkup upon entering the labor camp, the doctor said I had high blood pressure.
I thought, “Master has purified our bodies. Where does the illness come from? Our practice keeps us healthy, and if I think I’m sick the labor camp might not accept me. Won’t the police think that Falun Dafa’s health benefit is a lie?”
I wanted to validate Dafa and said, “I am a doctor. All my illnesses were cured after I began practicing Falun Dafa. My blood pressure is not high, it’s your blood pressure monitor that is faulty.” The doctor looked at me in disbelief, and I was accepted to the labor camp.
During my nearly two years in the labor camp, the prison guards intended to invite some experienced individuals from the notorious Masanjia Forced Labor Camp to transform me.
I asked the guards, “Where do you want to transform me to? I am a good person who follows the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Is there anything better than Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance? You’re not transforming me to be a bad person, are you?” From then on, the prison guards stopped mentioning transforming me.
The guards wanted me to write things down to criticize Falun Dafa, but I took the opportunity to write about how I began practicing and how wonderful I felt.
The second time they had me write, I wrote a “Self-examination” to look inside for my own shortcomings. However, the prison guards thought it was well written and posted it on the bulletin board for everyone to see. Some people feel their days in the labor camps are like years, but I felt I could cultivate anywhere.
In 2008, eight police officers ransacked my home and took away my equipment and supplies for making truth-clarification materials as well as my Dafa books. They put me in detention again.
During the interrogation, the police referred to practitioners as heroic women, and their supervisor showed the nine handwritten copies of Zhuan Falun they ransacked from my house to the young officers, “If you can treat your work as conscientiously as Falun Dafa practitioners do, won’t you do well?”
The police officer who interrogated me gave me suggestions on how to answer the questions to my advantage, and when it was necessary to remain silent. At first, the authorities sentenced me to two years in prison, but I refused to sign. They changed and said they’d sentence me to two years in a labor camp, and I refused to sign again.
At this time, my heart started having problems which kept me up all night. I felt my heart would stop beating at any moment. I said to Master, “I am not afraid of death, but I cannot discredit Dafa with my death!” A miracle lies in one thought. The next day I was released unconditionally. I regained my freedom and resumed validating Dafa and doing truth-clarification.
I have been practicing Falun Dafa for more than 20 years and have never been sick. Since the first day I read Zhuan Falun, I have never seen a doctor or taken a single pill. I never had to claim a penny from the 4000 yuan (USD$600) quota each employee was entitled to at the end of each year.
More than 20 years have passed. When I meet former coworkers they always mention their poor health or how complicated their family conflicts are. They ask me what my secret is to such a rosy complexion. I always tell them about Dafa and clarify the truth to them.
Now I try to attend every class reunion, coworker reunion, and friend get-together. I prepare truth-clarification USB drives and use the opportunity to clarify the truth and introduce Falun Dafa to them. I contact former classmates, coworkers, and friends, and no matter where they live, I pay them a visit and clarify the truth.
My former co-workers said I was foolish to give up such a good job and workplace to practice Falun Dafa. They said, “If you retired from your previous workplace, your pension would have been twice as much as it is now, plus a lot of benefits such as a housing unit which would be worth several million yuan.”
In my heart I repeated Master’s words, “‘Material wealth does not come with birth, and neither will it go with you after death.’ (Lecture Nine, Zhuan Falun) Even though you take home a lot of money, you take medicine today and are hospitalized tomorrow, eventually giving all your money to the hospital. I am the wealthiest person for having Master and Dafa and no worries. There are no hurdles I cannot overcome with Dafa in my heart.”
We are Fa-rectification period Dafa practitioners, and we shoulder a special mission to assist Master to do Fa-rectification and save sentient beings. Let’s use our words and actions to validate the beauty of Dafa and let more sentient beings be saved.
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