Understandings on Cultivation: Breadth

A Dafa Disciple

PureInsight | February 21, 2010

[PureInsight.org] When studying Lecture 6 of Zhuan Falun yesterday, I was enlightened to many Fa-principles including various situations one may encounter in the course of cultivation. I also realized that attachments can only be eliminated by the Fa, which then translates into improvement of the practitioner as well as the surrounding environment. Relating what I read to some recent experiences I had, I was deeply touched by all of these Fa-truths.

Ever since childhood, I have formed many habits and notions through education as well as my experiences in life. For example, I sympathize with the disadvantaged, dislike people interested in petty gains, and do not easily listen to and accept opinions from others. These habits helped me to remain determined and unaffected by interference in the early days of my cultivation. However, as cultivation continues, especially with the need to save sentient beings, I realized that some barriers cannot be overcome if I hold on tight to these notions instead of considering things based on the Fa.

For example, I do not like people who are interested in petty gains. When encountering such people in my work environment, I sometimes have negative feelings towards them and as a result lack the compassion that a Dafa disciple should have. Every person and every sentient being has accumulated impurity and degeneration in the long journey of life. These can only be resolved by the Fa and an elevation of the being is achieved in this process. If one only focuses on the shortcomings of others, he is more likely to be disturbed by human notions and forget about his mission of validating the Fa and saving sentient beings. Instead, if we let go of human notions and consider the situation from a larger perspective, we will understand where these beings are from, who they represent and what purpose they had when entering the three realms. By doing that, we will cherish our opportunity in this lifetime and treat them with compassion to the greatest extent. We will then be able to resolve any negative karmic relationships in history and bring them true happiness.

Another example is that, in the process of accumulating more social experiences, I found myself tending to interact more with people from the upper class of society instead of treating everyone the same way. Recently, I came to understand that the Three Realms were created in preparation for the Fa-rectification, and Master led Dafa disciples in creating human history and culture. Therefore, everyone and everything exists here for the Fa. Rather than focusing on certain levels of society, we should be open-minded and bring hope to everyone through our efforts.

Of course, many of the things we encounter are not accidental and there are places for everyone to improve as cultivators. When noticing the shortcomings of others, we can calm down and examine ourselves. Very often we can find problems in ourselves or neglected issues that have existed for a long time.

From websites such as Clearwisdom.net or PureInsight.org, I have read many stories about historical figures such as Wu Xun, Han Xin, upright officials who were diligent and responsible, as well as cultivation stories. When looking at history and thinking about the enormous sacrifices that Master made for Dafa disciples and sentient beings, I was very touched. In fact, whether we are diligent or not is not a choice we can make. This is because what happened in the past and what will be created in the future, together with the expectations from sentient beings, give us no excuse to shirk the responsibilities that fall on our shoulders.

When reading Zhuan Falun recently, I came to understand many Fa-principles and realized that many of my thoughts in the past were wrong. Many of the bad things left behind in history, together with the moral degradation of society, have contributed to my negative understandings or notions. All these can only be rectified by the Fa. Master said, “If you put Dafa in a secondary place and put your supernatural powers in the primary place, or as an enlightened person you believe that what you understand one way or another is correct, or if you even regard yourself as being great and beyond Dafa, I would say that you have already started to stumble. It would be dangerous and you would become ever worse.” (Lecture 6, Zhuan Falun)

Dafa can bring happiness to beings at various levels in various environments. We should pay more attention to what we have not done well, where we can do better, and how to resolve misunderstandings by sentient beings. When we really have the heart to save sentient beings, we will see the boundless compassion of Dafa.

Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/zj/articles/2009/11/18/62664.html


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