My Understanding of "Coordination"

A Dafa Disciple from Xinzhu, Taiwan

PureInsight | June 5, 2006

[] The most
important thing for a coordinator of Dafa activities to do is to put
down his own notions and communicate with fellow practitioners openly.
Since his job is to coordinate, he will work not only with one or two
practitioners, but with all the practitioners in his area, who all have
various feelings and different reactions to different things. Treating
fellow practitioners' ideas and actions with a positive altitude and
not getting angry, guarding one's xinxing,
sincerely listening to other practitioner's opinions, and transforming
negative things into positive ones, all need to achieved during one's
cultivation. In my cultivation up to now, I feel I am able to take
negative things and see how they can be positive, just as Master said
in Lecture One of Zhuan Falun:
"keep the good ones and get rid of bad ones." The energy that a
cultivator of an orthodox Fa carries is righteous and will change
negative things into positive ones.

Everyone's understanding is different and everyone's opinion is
different. Sometimes when I adopt one practitioner's idea, I won't be
able to accommodate the idea of another practitioner. Later, I realized
that this is all a part of cultivation and not being attached to
oneself does not mean one should accept all the opinions of other
people or do things completely according to other people's opinions. In
the past, for a long period of time, I tried to be a "good person
without a backbone." When one practitioner recommended one thing, I
would follow his recommendation, and when another person told me to act
a different way, I would again change course. It wasn't that I didn't
have my own opinion or my own understanding of the Fa. I did have my
own opinions. But due to human sentiment, I didn't want to act against
fellow practitioners' good intentions. Later on, the conflicts became
very intense and I felt so troubled that I sometimes didn't want to be
the coordinator anymore, and wanted to find others to do the job.
Through sharing with fellow practitioners, I have realized that we are
cultivators, and therefore have to be responsible for anything we do,
as everything we do will be recorded.  

If I leave a mess for others to take care of, I am not a good
cultivator. As long as I take good care of the things that I am
supposed to do, I won't be attached if someone else takes up my
position or responsibilities or not. I shouldn't give up because I have
done a bad job and don't want to be responsible for it. So many things
happened during the last few years. At the beginning, because Taiwan is
very different from Mainland China, I didn't know whom to contact to
hold group practice and activities of spreading the Fa. I did
everything myself, such as moving tables and so on, but did not know
how to coordinate. Only after a long period of time, did I know what
coordination was; it's to express practitioners' opinion and what we
should do in the most perfect way. A very important part of
coordination is the process, because the result is actually already
there. What needs to be cultivated during the process is to position
oneself correctly. The process is the most important.

During the long years of being a coordinator, I always thought one
practitioner had too many opinions and ideas, and after a long time, I
didn't even realize that I had developed a preconceived notion about
him, feeling that he would make things more complicated. As a result,
we had more conflicts over a long period of time. One time during the
coordination of a truth-clarification activity in the Yuan District, I
ran into this practitioner again. I thought to myself, "No matter what
happens, I will do a good job coordinating the activity, eliminating
troubles and cultivating righteous thoughts towards fellow
practitioners." The practitioner once again had lots of complaints
about the coordinators. The conflict was so severe that everybody felt
irritated in the meeting and left feeling bad. However, that truth
clarifying activity was very important.

Because that practitioner complained about the coordination, other
practitioners were irritated by him. I really felt sad when I noticed
that. I thought that I am a cultivator and my heart shouldn't be moved
by anything, so I wrote a letter to everyone and said, " I have lots of
shortcomings in organizing this activity, but I am going to be
responsible and coordinate the activity to the end. Please come to the
meeting tomorrow after sending forth righteous thoughts." However on
the next day, I started to have a stuffy feeling in my chest at 8:30 AM
and couldn't sit down at all. I paced back and forth, weighing whether
I should go to the meeting. I couldn't sit down to send forth righteous
thoughts and couldn't send forth righteous thoughts well at 9 AM. From
8:30 AM to 9:10 AM when I finished sending forth righteous thoughts, I
felt sad the whole time. But in the end I chose to face the problem
this. I said to myself: "I am going to sit down and face what I have to
face." I was the coordinator, and two minutes after I became
determined, everything became better. The stuffy feeling in my chest
was all gone and the bad substance was removed. The practitioner who
had complained about me had written a letter saying that he wouldn't
participate and attend any more meetings anymore. But he also came to
the meeting. Finally, everyone arranged the activity perfectly.

I had only one thought at that time, "no matter that I have to face, I
will face it head on. It is because I must behave as a Dafa
practitioner firmly and I must get rid of the bad elements firmly." As
the thought emerged, I felt the bad component was dissolved instantly.
It was like what Master has said, "When it's difficult to endure, you
can endure it. When it's impossible to do, you can do it. " Sometimes
we might face a situation so difficult that it is as if there is no way
we can overcome it. But in fact, when we don't treat it as significant
and take a step over it, it will become nothing.

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