PureInsight | December 16, 2009
Experience Sharing from the 2009 Seattle Fa Conference
Greeting, fellow practitioners!
When looking back at my 13 years of cultivation, every step was taken care of by benevolent Master. I feel thankful for Buddha's infinite grace! On the path of cultivation, I have enlightened that it is very important to handle every single thought and idea well. If every single thought and idea can be melted into the Fa, there won't be a test that we can't pass. With righteous thoughts and righteous actions we can save more sentient beings. Continuously getting rid of attachments and human thoughts, rectifying every single thought and idea is true cultivation. In order to achieve that, one must study Fa more and well, remind himself/herself that he/she is a Dafa practitioner, and use the Fa to guide everything. However, sometimes I did it well and sometimes I didn't. I would like to share my experiences with fellow practitioners at this Fa conference so as to cultivate diligently together.
1. "When disciples have ample righteous thoughts, Master has the power to turn back the tide" ("The Master-Disciple Bond," Hong Yin II)
Master said: "Even if the sky were to fall, a cultivator's righteous thoughts would stay unshaken—that is cultivation" ("Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students"). On July 1, two years ago, members of the Celestial Marching Band planned to attend a parade in Vancouver. Just a couple of days before the parade I had an accident. That day, my husband and I went shopping. Because we carried so much stuff, the kind-hearted bus driver let us use the lift inside the bus, which was designed for the handicapped people. So we pushed the shopping cart on the lift. When the driver turned on the switch to bring up the lift, suddenly I remembered that the lift couldn't hold the weight of two people. So I quickly stepped back. However, one of the stairs had already changed from the horizontal position to the vertical position. I lost my balance and fell to the ground from 1 meter high. All my weight landed on my tailbone and my left hand. Right at the moment when I lost my balance, I remembered Master. So I said to myself: "Master, please help me." After I fell down, it hurt so much that I rolled over on the ground. Some people helped me to stand up. Then I found my left wrist was so swollen that I couldn't put on my watch. My tailbone hurt like it was broken. I could hardly walk. I could stand up if I squatted; I couldn't squat if I stood up. It took me a while to get on the bus. I felt so much pain that I couldn't hold back my tears. When I got off the bus, the driver handed me an "accident report" form (perhaps he realized he had some responsibility). I didn't fill out the form and said to him: "I am a Falun Dafa practitioner and I am fine." I gave him a Falun Dafa flyer. He was moved and said: "Thank you! I will read it carefully." I was very happy for him. After I got back home, I couldn't sit or sleep well. However, I still persisted in studying the Fa, doing the exercises, sending forth righteous thoughts and looking within. I realized that the Celestial Marching Band was so powerful in assisting Master to rectify the Fa. The evil was scared. One more member meant one more power to disintegrate the evil. Thus, the evil made every effort to interfere. On the other hand, I myself had strong human notions: I thought it was too difficult to learn saxophone well, and the instrument was very expensive, so if I couldn't learn it well, wouldn't that be a waste of money? I didn't have faith and, meanwhile, I was afraid of the hardship. The old forces took advantage of my loophole. When I realized my shortcomings, I immediately rectified my thoughts. I said to myself: "I am a disciple of the Lord of Buddhas. I don't acknowledge the arrangement of the old forces. The old forces are not worthy of testing me. I only follow Master's arrangement. In order to fulfill my pre-historic vow, I could even give up my physical body. You, old forces, what could you do to me?" Because of this thought, my pain was relieved very soon, and I attended the parade successfully. If this accident happened to an ordinary person, he/she would have had a bone fracture for sure. The old saying goes, "it takes one hundred days to recover from a fracture." Very likely, he/she could easily reinjure it. It only took me 10 days to recover fully. I knew this was because our compassionate and benevolent Master took the karma for me. I held my hands in “heshi” to Master: "There is no way I can pay back Master's infinite grace. What I can do is to cultivate more diligently." I realized that on the path of cultivation, as long as you have faith in Master and Dafa and keep looking within, then there won't be such a test that you could not pass. Any tribulation will be disintegrated in front of our solid and firm righteous thoughts.
2. Save sentient beings with compassion, harmonize the group with righteous thoughts
Master said: "If you don't take action to save sentient beings, you will not have fulfilled your responsibility as a Dafa disciple and your cultivation will amount to nothing, for your becoming a Dafa disciple was not for the sake of your own Consummation. This means that you shoulder a monumental mission." ("Fa Teaching at the 2009 Washington DC International Fa Conference")
Throughout all these years assisting Master to rectify the Fa, clarifying the truth and saving sentient beings have already become part of the routine life of every cultivator. While doing the projects such as Quit the CCP and selling Shen Yun tickets, I deeply learned that cultivating myself well is the key to saving sentient beings.
Master said: "If your righteous thoughts are amply strong, you will manage to do well the things that Dafa disciples are supposed to do" ("To the Midwestern US Fa Conference"). "If you are to do well at the task of saving sentient beings, you first must cultivate yourselves well" ("To the Brazil Fa Conference"). When I studied the Fa well and had ample righteous thoughts, I got double the results by doing half the work in saving sentient beings and I could really save the people. For example, once I clarified the truth over the phone to a middle-aged lady in China. She had been influenced strongly by the communist party culture. She called me a liar and hung up. I was not swayed by this, as I was cursed at many times when clarifying the truth. My attachment of being concerned about saving face had already been discarded a lot. At that time, I had two thoughts: one was not to waste time on that lady and call the next number; the other thought was that I felt she's pitiful and she was brain-washed by the CCP too deeply; if I wouldn't clarify the truth to her, she probably wouldn't have any future. Thus, I sent righteous thoughts and called her again. I said to her with compassion: "I don't mind that you called me a liar. But I care about your life; I couldn't bear to see you be buried along with the CCP. I hope you can calm down to listen to me. We must not gamble with our lives." This time she didn't say anything. So I started with the history of the CCP, then the heavenly principle that the good will be rewarded and the evil will be punished. I gave examples such as the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Tiananmen Self-Immolation Incident, SARS, etc. I told her that the CCP had been telling lies all the time. The CCP officials didn't believe in communism at all. They already left themselves and their families a way of escaping. However, they still fooled you into striving for communism for your whole life. Would it be worth it to be buried with the CCP? Her attitude changed gradually and in the end she agreed to use the name "Li Shuzhen" to quit the CCP. It is sacred to save people. If the mind is not pure, or if the mind is moved by ordinary people, or if we stir up the negative elements of the other person, then we won't do well. A slight error in thought could push the other person to the opposite side; meanwhile, it leaves regret to us. Because our every single thought and idea has energy, we must have ample righteous thoughts.
I helped to promote Shen Yun. For a long time, I cared only about distributing the Shen Yun flyers and visiting stores to introduce Shen Yun. I didn't think about cooperating with the big group. I didn't pay much attention to selling tickets at malls. Thus, I didn't use righteous thoughts to harmonize the whole group. On the last day, a practitioner called me, asking me to cooperate with the practitioners at the malls and bring people with predestined relationships there. At that time, I realized I was also responsible if the tickets didn't sell well. After the call, I immediately sent righteous thoughts to bring people with predestined relationships to buy tickets. That day, we indeed met two people with predestined relationships. We took them to the mall and they bought two of the most expensive tickets. In fact, it was because our righteous thoughts became stronger and Master's Fashen took the people with predestined relationships to us. This shows that our Xinxing and cooperation is the key to success in selling Shen Yun tickets.
Master said: "Cultivating as if you were just starting will surely result in achieving your ultimate rank" ("Fa Teaching at the 2009 Greater New York International Fa Conference"). I will listen to Master to study the Fa well, look within, keep rectifying every single thought and idea, become mature and rational as soon as possible and not let down Master's expectation.
Fellow practitioners, let us cultivate diligently, walk the last part of the path well, fulfill our pre-historic vows and never be unworthy of Master's offering salvation.
Please kindly point out if I am not in line with the Fa.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!