Becoming a Diligent Little Dafa Disciple

A Dafa Practitioner from Japan

PureInsight | August 15, 2012

Experience Sharing at the 2012 International Fa Conference at the U.S. Capitol

[] Greetings to revered Master! Greetings to fellow practitioners!

I am a little Dafa practitioner from Japan. I am 10 years old. I obtained the Fa from my mother three and a half years ago. I am so elated and excited to be able to come to Washington DC to attend this sacred Fahui today, because I know gathered here are Dafa practitioners from all over the world. I would like to put my recent cultivation experience down on paper and share it here with the little Dafa practitioners from all over the world.

Clarifying the Truth at School
I am currently in grade five of elementary school. Several months ago, a Chinese boy from Harbin was transferred to my class. He could not speak Japanese upon his arrival in Japan. It was difficult for him to attend the school without translation help from somebody else. My principal knew I could speak Chinese, so he purposely arranged the boy to be my desk-mate, hoping that I could lend a hand to this boy. At the beginning, just like all the classmates, I was curious and excited about the little Chinese friend who would be arriving the next day. I told my mother about this as soon as I got home. Mom said: “Oh, Teacher has arranged somebody with a predestined relationship for truth-clarification. This is a good thing. Not all little Dafa practitioners overseas can come across these opportunities.”

So, a few days after the arrival of the little Chinese friend, I began to talk to him about the issue of quitting the Chinese Communist Party [CCP], but I was surprised to find he did not quite believe it. I asked him: “Do you like the Red Scarf?” He said: “Just so-so.” I told him the scarf is quite wicked and tried to persuade him to quit the Young Pioneers, but he said: “No Chinese boys have ever quit it.” I told him that in the face of calamities, quitting the Young Pioneers could protect one’s life, but he still took it with a grain of salt. At that time, my competitive mentality arose and I tried to persuade him even harder; he finally agreed to quit the Young Pioneers—but unwillingly.

The next day, to my surprise he asked me: “Do you practice Falun Gong? Falun Gong is not good, [people] commit suicide!” I was really surprised and asked him: “How do you know I practice Falun Gong?” He said: “My mother asked me to check if you are practicing Falun Gong. She also told me that if you are indeed practicing Falun Gong, I should say I do not understand what you are talking about and don’t know anything, when you talk to me again.” At that moment, I understood he did not really understand the truth, so I continued to tell him about the false incident of the Tiananmen self-immolation and so on, but he still did not believe it. Instead, he said he did not want to listen to me anymore and refused to take the truth-clarification booklet I gave him.

After I come back home, my mother asked me to search inward, and I knew it was my competitive mentality that caused the problem. On the other hand, I felt that pupils from China and Japan are dramatically different. In the past, when I talked to my classmates about things related to Falun Dafa, they were very curious and willing to listen to what I said. When I asked them whether they believe there are Gods in this world, some said yes, some said no, and some others said: “I am still considering whether to believe in the existence of God or not.” However, none of them would behave like the little Chinese friend who was afraid and reluctant to listen. From this I could see how difficult it is to clarify the truth to Chinese people!

One day, the grandmother of a fellow practitioner gave me a large bag of lotus-flower talismans. The next day, I gave one to this little Chinese friend. When he saw the words “Falun Dafa Is Good” on it, he was reluctant to take it. I said please take it, as it would bring peace and blessing to him; it looked so beautiful, and he took one. When I gave one to another classmate, my class mentor saw it and asked me what it was. Upon seeing her interest in obtaining one, I told her with a smile that this is a talisman. I also told her about Falun Dafa and wanted to give her one talisman, but she asked: “Do you have more at home?” I said there were still many at home. She said: “How about this: You bring them all to class and give to your classmates who may want them. The remainder can be given to me.”

On the third day, I was very happy to bring all the lotus flowers to class. However, in the early morning, my Chinese desk-mate unexpectedly gave me back the lotus flower I gave him the day before and said: “It is better to return this to you. I do not want it.” I did not say anything but took the lotus flower back and put it in my backpack, thinking in my mind that it might be just as well that he returned it to me; in case he threw it away out of fear, he would actually generate karma. Then, he might just as well give it back to me! When the school was almost over in the afternoon, my class mentor said to the class: “Please wait a moment, Mr. Longyan will tell you all something.” The teacher asked me to stand up. I raised a lotus flower in my hand and showed it to the class and said: “This is a Chinese talisman. Hanging it at home will bring you peace and blessings. If you would like to have one, you may come and get it from me.” The entire class was very happy to take the lotus flowers from me. Some said they were “really lovely,” some others said they were “very beautiful.” Some asked what the Chinese characters on the flowers meant. To my surprise, some classmates who heard about Falun Dafa from me before raised their lotus flowers in hand and said loudly: “I know it, I know it! I heard from Mr. Longyan that this was a Qigong in China!” They then pronounced it with a Japanese accent: “It is ‘Falun Dafa is Good!’ ‘Zhen-Shan-Ren is Good!’” At that time, the little Chinese friend also extended his hand to me and said: “Then, let me also have one.” I was so happy that he voluntarily asked me for the lotus-flower talisman. In the meantime, I also realized I needed to continue with my efforts and hoped that he would understand the truth and voluntarily quit the Yong Pioneers at an early date.

Distributing Truth-Clarification Materials on My Birthday
In November last year, the Zhen-Shan-Ren Art Exhibition was held in the community center of Meguro district, Tokyo. Many Dafa practitioners went there to distribute flyers. My mother went there twice along with my sister and I. The second time we went was on a Sunday. It happened that it was the last day of the exhibition and also my 10th birthday. My home is quite a distance away from Tokyo. It takes over an hour and a half to get there by monorail, so when we got there it was already past 11:00 am. My sister and I walked around on the street to distribute flyers. When we met people interested in seeing the exhibition, we would emphasize that this was the last day of the exhibition and they should not miss it, then we would lead them to the exhibition site. By the time we got home by monorail, it was already 4:30 pm. It was really cold on the way back, with a chilly wind blowing. On the way, my mother said that it took us over three hours to and from the exhibition site and the transportation fee was over 4,000 Japanese Yen, which is enough to buy a very big and delicious birthday cake, or for the entire family to enjoy a very good meal in a Japanese restaurant. The whole day could also allow us to have a really good time in an amusement park to celebrate my birthday. In China, the 10th birthday is a very important event for a boy, so parents will usually treat it very seriously with a grand party. However, we are Dafa disciples and will not treat ordinary people’s things so seriously. Instead, we must put Dafa in the first place. When we got home, it was nearly 7:00 pm. After eating some instant noodles, my sister and I also ate the birthday cake my Dad bought me. I felt very happy. I said: “In fact, I have been very happy today! I felt really good distributing the flyers!” My sister also said: “I also like distributing the flyers!” But I noticed some attachments of mine while I was distributing the flyers. For example, I was shy at the beginning, but after I distributed many flyers, I somewhat developed the mentality for comfort, attempting to sit down and relax a bit. I know it is not an earnest and righteous thought. Also, when people thanked me and praised me for taking them to the exhibition site, much of my zealotry came out. I know I must give up all these attachments.

Persistence in Participating in the Weekly Group Fa Study
Every Tuesday, there is a group Fa study and sharing in Tokyo. My mother has been attending it along with my sister and I every single time and we have never missed it, rain or shine. However, my mother has a strict requirement on us, that is, when we get there, we cannot run around and talk loud, for the fear of interfering with fellow practitioners’ Fa study, sharing, and sending righteous thoughts. Since we usually set out around 5:00 pm, it was a bit too early for supper, but the sharing would last until 10:00 pm when we would get hungry. So, on Tuesday, mom would cook some instant noodles for us before heading out and then carry some snacks with us for eating at the Fa study site. However, on the issue of eating the snacks, my mother once got angry at us. We usually ate the snacks after the Fa study and during the sharing. At the beginning, I would always share my snacks with fellow practitioners sitting around me. Usually, they would politely decline by waving their hands, but I would continue to persuade them to try my snacks. When I tried too hard and my body gestures got too obvious, my mother was not happy and would say to me with a stern voice behind me: “The Fa study site is not a park. It is not a respectful behavior eating snacks when others are sharing. It is precisely because you are little and can get hungry easily that I allow you to eat snacks there, but you make a show of yourself by asking others to eat your snacks. In the future, if you get hungry, you should just eat the snacks quickly yourself without showing off to others!” After that, my sister and I were very careful about eating snacks. We would use a book to block our mouth while we were eating.

In January of this year, I began to exhibit the symptom of ordinary people’s flu, with fever, cough, sneezing, and body shivers. The teacher at school sent me to the medical clinic and then called my mother to pick me up. It happened that it was a Fa study date that day. Despite the strong chilly wind, mom took me for Fa study. In the monorail, I was in a constant state of muddle-headedness and shivering. Mom was patting my boiling-hot forehead, asking me to recite in my heart “Falun Dafa Is Good! Zhen-Shan-Ren Is Good!” At the Fa study site, I was sleepy the entire time. When I woke up, I drank some water. When I got home, I still felt cold even if my body was covered with a quilt. Mom said: “You should be fine. This is karma elimination. You should be clear in mind that you are eliminating karma and you should not treat it as sickness. It will work if you recite ‘Falun Dafa Is Good’ in your heart!” I was clear in my mind that this was karma elimination, so I did not treat it as a disease. The next day, my fever disappeared. On the 3rd day, I was back to normal. I can feel the mighty power of Dafa!

Every time when we finish Fa study and get home, it is nearly midnight. Many times, my sister and I fall asleep on the monorail. When my mother woke me up when it was time to get off, I did not feel like getting up and leaving the monorail. Instead, I wished I could continue to sleep like that. Since I am older than my sister, I was still able to forebear a bit no matter how uncomfortable I was. However, my sister, who is thre years younger than me, could not forebear it. At the beginning, she was not accustomed at all to being woken up in the monorail, so she would not move her feet but cried and complained. Even if she got up, she would like mom to carry her on her back. Nevertheless, my mother was strict with her. My mother quit carrying her after doing it a couple of times, but insisted on my sister walking by herself. When we slept in the monorail, we felt warm and comfortable, but when we got off, we felt chilly in the wind. It was worse especially in the winter when it rained. We wished we could run home quickly. At this time, my mother would ask us with a smile: “Do you feel cold? Sleepy? Uncomfortable? If you do, it would be a good thing. Do you know why? It is because you are eliminating karma under such circumstances! What a nice thing to have! Do you still remember what Master says in Hong Yin? Take suffering as joy, right? Then, why do you still murmur and complain? Did you not take this as joy? If you did not, you only eliminated your karma but without advancing your xinxing!” Mother’s words have made us, who were murmuring and complaining, laugh with understanding.

We hope, no matter how hard it is, we will persist in attending the group Fa study!

I feel so happy that I am able to talk this over in today’s Fahui, as Master’s Fashen and numerous Buddhas, Taos, and Gods are listening too. After all, I feel very joyous after obtaining the Fa. We have learned a lot with the guidance of my mother. Nevertheless, I also feel that I myself still need to be more diligence. For instance, I am easily absent-minded when I send forth righteous thoughts or do tranquil meditation, rather than staying peaceful. Sometimes, I would open my eyes to look around in the middle of righteous thoughts. In front of my sister, my competitive mentality, jealousy, and show-off mentality are especially strong. I bully my sister from time to time. I read too fast during Fa study, and mom commented that I did not study the Fa as wholeheartedly and solidly as my sister, since she reads the Fa one character after another. I will endeavor to get rid of these attachments and become a truly diligent little Dafa disciple. We do not watch ordinary people’s TV series and cartoons. Neither do we play electronic games, as we feel they are quite boring. We love to watch the old TV series produced 20 to 30 years ago that my mother picked for us, such as “Journey to the West,” “Ji Gong,” “The Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea,” “The Legend of Deification,” “Water Margin” and the recent Korean show “Dae Jang Geum.” We feel that these shows are very interesting and we especially love watching them. After watching these Chinese TV shows, we learn a lot about Chinese culture. We have also learned many idioms from them, so when we read Zhuan Falun and come across the terms like “Monkey King,” “Ji Gong,” “Lu Dong Bin,” “Da Ji,” etc., we can easily understand what they are. Also, my Chinese proficiency gets advanced quickly, and I do take joy in learning Chinese. Besides, my mother often plays many Dafa songs to us. My sister and I all love singing the songs. We feel Dafa songs are so pleasant to our ears. Nevertheless, I would still like to point one thing out here to my mother: “You have been so great in all other aspects except for your hot temper.” I used to pick the phrase “be in a towering rage” to describe my mother when she was furious. So, every time when we read the paragraph under “People with Great Inborn Quality” in Lecture 9 of Zhuan Falun, my sister and I would laugh and my mother also laughed. The text reads:

“Some people will lose their temper in disciplining children and yell at them, making quite a scene. You should not be that way in disciplining children, and neither should you, yourselves get really upset. You should educate children with reason so that you can really teach them well. If you cannot even get over a trifle and lose your temper easily, how can you expect to increase your gong?” (Third Translation Edition, 2000). So, my mother, my sister and I all need to be diligent!

Finally, I would like to recite a Master’s poem “Falun World” to end my sharing.

Words cannot describe its beauty and wonder,
Its every hue and color, so glorious, dazzle the eye;
Fortune and longevity fill this Buddhist Holy Land,
At a higher place sits the Falun World.

(Translation Version A)

Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners! Heshi.

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