A Young Buddhist Turns to Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) I have come across many people who have heard about Dafa and held a positive view of Dafa. Although they often desired to start practicing Dafa, they still harbored a deep fear of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the potential persecution of themselves and implication of their families.
I usually would tell them, “If you want to learn Dafa, I will teach you the exercises, but if you have fear, how can you even start? Once you learn the truth behind the fabricated media propaganda and the inhuman persecution of Dafa and quit your membership in the CCP, you are saved. As you recite 'Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good', you are blessed with safety and peace in your life. What is there to fear?”
Sometimes, I encounter those who have a great predestined relationship with Dafa; they would start practicing Dafa right away once they get to know it.
One day in the middle of June 2016, a fellow practitioner and I saw a young man sitting in the park, totally absorbed in a book. “Hi,” I said. “You're so focused. Are you preparing for an exam?”
“No.” He handed over his book to us. It was a neatly transcribed book of scriptures of Buddha Amitabha.
“So you want to cultivate in the Buddha school?” I asked.
Right that moment, a paragraph of Master's Fa lecture came to mind,
“When I was born, many Gods came down with me. From then on, this happened every year and Gods have been coming down. By the time I started to teach the Fa, those Gods came down like snowflakes—it was just that many. I calculated their ages now, and from when I started to spread the Fa till now, they would be young people around twenty-five years old, many of whom really have not been saved.” (“Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference”)
I thought that he could be such a person. I said, “Let me recommend a Buddha school cultivation practice to you. You can live a normal life in your current social environment instead of a monastery. It aims directly at your mind and teaches you to become a good person. It is called Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, and it's practiced by people in over 100 countries. It is based on the fundamental principle of the cosmos, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It also cultivates both mind and body and can make you achieve consummation in this lifetime.”
He was happily surprised. “Achieve consummation in this lifetime? How wonderful!”
“Indeed, but you can't mix different schools of cultivation because of the principle of 'no second cultivation way'.”
“My mom and aunt used to practice Falun Dafa when I was about eight years old,” he said. “They gave up out of fear after the persecution started. My grandma also practiced. Later, when she passed away, it was like falling asleep without any pain. I was telling myself at the time that this school of cultivation was wonderful.”
After learning that he did not know much about Dafa, I loaned him a copy of Zhuan Falun and told him, “After reading the book, if you want to start practicing Dafa, the book is yours to keep; otherwise, just return it to me.”
He agreed. We jotted down each other’s phone number and arranged to meet again so I could give him the book.
The day we were scheduled to meet at 11 o'clock, heavy rain poured down as my fellow practitioner and I reached a place halfway to the destination. Although we had gone there many times before, we seemed to be lost in a maze and kept circling back to the same point. We had to call him and tell him we would be late.
The other practitioner and I knew it was interference from other dimensions and started to send righteous thoughts and plead to Master for help. We soon found a bus station and arrived at the destination after only one stop.
The young man happily took the book. We enjoined him to read it through in a short time, which would be beneficial for him. We also told him that it was not a trivial thing that he obtained Dafa today, and that the heavy rain might be interference in other dimensions that was trying to prevent him from obtaining the Fa. He seemed to perceive the point we made.
We arranged to meet again in a week. He told us that he thought Dafa was great and wanted to focus on practicing only Dafa. He raised some questions, so we answered them based on our personal understandings and experience. At the same time, we told him that he follow Master's teachings in Zhuan Falun rather than others' understandings. We also stressed that there was only one Master in Dafa cultivation and that we were all disciples regardless of when we started practicing.
We met another day in a park to teach him the five sets of exercises. We also gave him a USB drive that contained videos of Master's exercise demonstration and several Fa lectures.
When we met again to share experiences, he asked, “I have sent to a monastery all the Buddhist materials and scriptures that I used to read. What should I do about the miscellaneous charms and other items that don't necessarily belong to Buddhism?”
I suggested that he burn them because they would be harmful to him and cause interference.
“Now that I'm practicing Dafa, reading the book and doing exercises, is it truly enough that I just conduct myself as a good person? Is it that simple?” he asked. “Can I do something else like those monks in the temple?”
“As a Dafa practitioner, you should not think about the stuff that belonged to the temple. Nowadays, monks don't even know what cultivation is. They think the religious ceremonies and reading scriptures are equivalent to cultivation. In fact, the purpose of cultivation is to upgrade one's xinxing. Why would Master teach the Fa and have disciples cultivate in society? It is because we must cultivate our xinxing in the most complicated environment, and only by doing it this way can we achieve a very high level. If you want to do something for Dafa, I think you can start by persuading your mom and aunt to return to Dafa and resume their cultivation. That would be something Master wants us to do. They gave up cultivation out of fear of the persecution. It is such a pity. Dafa is priceless. They would never be able to find such a benevolent Master and such a great Fa.”
He then told me that he had tried before, but even when they had a slight clue that he was going to talk about Dafa, they would stop him.
I encouraged him, “Just do your best. If possible, you can call me, and we can meet with them somewhere and talk to them together. To help them come back to Dafa is what you should do and seems to be part of your cultivation. It would be a deed of tremendous virtue.”
He agreed to make more effort. I told him to seize the time to read the book and study the Fa. Before I left, I recited the poem “Tempering Your Will” from Hong Yin and the poem “True Nature Revealed” from Essentials for Further Advancement II.
In the process of communicating with him, I have realized that talking to people face-to-face about Dafa is actually beneficial to my own Fa study, improving my analytical thinking and persuasive articulation. Talking to people from various backgrounds and walks of life can help me get rid of the attachment to fear and the attachment to myself. When I have a pure heart and a calm mind, my words are more powerful and touching. In the end, people express their heartfelt gratitude with their eyes, hugs, handshakes, and kind words.
As Dafa disciples, we must remember Master's teaching by heart:
“Dafa disciples, don’t forsake the magnificent responsibility that has been bestowed upon you in Fa-rectification, and even less should you disappoint those beings, as you are now their only hope for entering the future. For this reason, all Dafa disciples, students both new and veteran, should get to work and begin comprehensively clarifying the truth. This is especially so for the Dafa disciples in mainland China: each must come out and clarify the truth, bringing it to every field and valley, mountain and hill, not omitting a single area where there are people. And as for people who want to learn the practice after you clarify the truth, you should arrange for them to study the Fa and learn the exercises as soon as possible. They are the next group of disciples who will cultivate." (“Let Go of Human Attachments and Save the World’s People,” The Essentials of Diligent Progress Vol III)