PureInsight | March 17, 2016
Greetings fellow practitioners,
For me, the attachment to comfort is like wearing a sugarcoated jacket that has made me unknowingly sink into an abyss. It is like boiling a frog in warm water; the frog unknowingly loses consciousness and does not even have the opportunity to jump. When I think about it, it is unacceptable to not pay attention to it. When I decided to write this article, a test of my heart arose. Some people immediately invited me to go and see 3D painted villages and lanterns. My attachment to curiosity was moved again, and I wavered on whether to go. I thought that it was targeting my attachment to comfort. The attachment to comfort is fundamentally yearning for beauty and comfort in the human world, and for living a life without suffering.
In Zhuan Falun Fajie – Teaching the Fa and Answering Questions in Yanji, Master said, “The method for cultivating Buddhahood itself is not hard; what’s hard is letting go of those ordinary people’s attachments in ordinary society. That is the hardest part.”
In Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Canada, a disciple asked:
Question: I understand that I need to suffer more hardship in order to cultivate, yet I love life, look forward to good things, and want to do things well. Is this an attachment?
Master: These are not counted as attachments during the course of your cultivation. I didn’t say that you would have to give up your happy life and your aspirations and not perform well at work. On the contrary, I have asked you to do well at work. How could you be a good person without doing your job well? You are a true cultivator only if you are a good person wherever you are. So I’m merely telling you that during the course of cultivation you need to read the books more, to study the Fa more; you need to cultivate yourself and be strict with yourself when passing tests and running into problems. You should search your inner self when you encounter discord. As long as you take this approach, your realm will be gradually improved. As for the question you raised, you will have a new view and new understanding. But, it won’t come from your intentionally wishing to think differently. That kind of elevation and new understanding will occur naturally as you go about cultivating.
Perhaps as I gradually realized my weaknesses and shortcomings, I understood the words in Hong Yin Volume II – “Self-Evident is the Heart:
Light are the boats, quick the travel
with attachments cast aside
But the ocean proves hard to cross
if human thoughts weigh one down
Those attachments were truly weakening bit by bit.
Strengthening Righteous Thoughts and Doing the Three Things Well
Before working on the global rescue platform, I was in the category of cultivators who have heavy ordinary attachments. It was difficult for me to ensure that I did the three things every day. I frequently did one thing and neglected doing the other things. It was difficult for me to balance my time well. Especially when I was tired, I wanted to relax and be lazy. I studied the Fa and practiced the exercises whenever I felt like it and did not take it very seriously. I also made many excuses. In retrospect, I realize that this is being irresponsible to myself.
Master said in Zhuan Falun, “Whoever practices cultivation will attain gong.”
Actually, ensuring Fa-study and doing the exercises is also cultivating one’s persistence and faith, which will give us the impetus to cultivate to the end. It also encourages us to not fall and become caught in a quagmire, becoming unable to extricate ourselves.
After I started going on the global rescue platform, I could study the Fa with fellow practitioners in a Fa-study room. We were all diligent together, and I was more focused while studying the Fa and could take it to heart. I also joined everyone in calling China to save sentient beings and fellow practitioners, and stop the evil. Even though I was not very good at talking over the phone, I had a script that made up for my shortcomings. I gradually studied the script and not only became able to clarify the truth at police stations, but could also incorporate it into clarifying the truth to sentient beings. I could even clarify the truth in prisons, forming a cohesive chain. Because the platform also held experience sharings on Xinxing improvement, this let us examine our cultivation process and listen to fellow practitioners’ mentalities. Everyone was constantly improving, holding hands and pushing each other forward. I am truly grateful for fellow practitioners’ selfless dedication and encouragement. Only through becoming more diligent can we live up to Master’s compassionate salvation.
In A Clear and Still Mind from Falun Gong, Master said:
I have taught you Dafa and all five exercises. I have adjusted your bodies and placed Law Wheels and energy mechanisms in them. My Law Bodies will protect you. All of what should be given to you has been given. During the class it’s all up to me. From this point on, it’s all up to you. As the saying goes, “A master leads you through the door, but it’s up to you to cultivate.” As long as you learn Dafa thoroughly, be attentive to and learn from what you experience, mind your character at every moment, cultivate diligently, endure the toughest hardships of all, and tolerate the intolerable, I believe you are sure to cultivate to success.
“Falun Dafa” from Hong Yin:
Cultivating gong has a path
mind is the way
On the boundless sea of Dafa
hardship is your ferry
I hope to use this excerpt from the Fa to encourage everyone to be diligent together.
The above is a little bit of my cultivation experience. Please kindly point out anything not on the Fa.
Translated from: http://www.zhengjian.org/node/150496