Our Project Team Works as One Body
Greetings, revered Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
It's great that the Eighth Internet Experience Sharing Conference for Practitioners in China is being held. Here I would like to report to Master some of the cultivation experiences of our project team and share with fellow practitioners as well.
Our project team consists of four practitioners and has been operating for two years. Out team plays its role in validating the Fa and saving sentient beings. At the same time, we have improved a lot in cultivation while working on the project.
1. Setting up a material production site
During a Fa study group Practitioner A noticed that fellow practitioners were producing many materials explaining Falun Gong and the truth about the ongoing persecution. She had produced such materials before, so she knew it took a lot of time to produce so many items. She had been thinking about setting up a material production site so that fellow practitioners would have more time to study the Fa. Practitioner A realized that more sentient beings could be saved by sharing the work of preparing the information that was posted and given to people.
However, due to physical persecution, Practitioner A was not in good health and couldn't do the work on her own. She needed help from her fellow practitioners. Teacher said,
“Cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while the transformation of gong is done by one’s master.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
Actually, Teacher has arranged everything and paved the path for us. We will accomplish what needs to be done if we use righteous thoughts. Practitioner A talked to Practitioner B about her idea. Although they didn’t know each other very well at that time, Practitioner B was happy to join the team and help out. She also had some knowledge about producing informational materials. We started this sacred and great work at Practitioner B's home. Later on, due to the heavy workload, Practitioners C and D joined in. Practitioner D's main responsibility was to deliver the materials.
2. Consider others: harmonize, cooperate, and compensate for each other
Both practitioners A and B need to take care of older relatives and cook three meals a day. Moreover, they take care of their whole family in every respect. Both practitioners balance the relationship with their family while doing Dafa projects well and practicing cultivation diligently. They make saving sentient beings a priority. Practitioner B's family supports her and sometimes gives her a hand to do the work.
As Dafa practitioners, we know that we should consider others all the time. Practitioners A and B followed this principle while producing materials. For example, Practitioner B always took care of Practitioner A and tried to do more work. When it was time to start cooking, Practitioner A would finish the work and fill in whatever was needed.
Practitioner A tried to overcome her physical difficulties and bear the pain while doing things well. It took her about 20 minutes to walk a distance that would only take a few minutes for an ordinary person. She always walked with great difficulty. However, she tried to do more work without complaining so that Practitioner B could have more time to study the Fa and take care of other things. Meanwhile, her physical condition improved as she studied the Fa and practiced true cultivation. Now she is doing great and working on several projects. She takes advantage of her own resources and tries her best to play a greater role in assisting Teacher in Fa-rectification as a particle in Dafa.
Practitioner C has enough time for herself and doesn't need to spend much time on her family. Besides working on our mutual projects, she focuses on other Dafa work. She often bought a one-dollar steamed bread or bun before working in an isolated small room for several hours. Because the room was very stuffy in the summer and the computer emitted heat, she often sweat the whole time she was in the room. Her clothes were usually damp. When she thought of what Teacher said about practitioners using fans, she felt cool air coming in and sensed that Teacher was beside her. When she felt sleepy at noon, she reminded herself that what we are doing is only the first step. In order to get the materials to sentient beings so that they could be saved as soon as possible, she just eliminated any interference, increased her efficiency, and quietly tried to do things well.
Practitioner D spent almost all of her time in validating the Fa. She coordinated Dafa work, distributed materials, and delivered supplies to the production sites. She frequently worked far into the night, even after midnight. Often she spent 30 minutes going from the production site to her home, then immediately returning to the production site. She never put off validating the Fa, whether it was in the hot summer, chilly winter, or pouring raining.
As we worked together so often, we knew that everyone sacrificed a lot. As long as we could solve problems on our own, we would not depend on others, even for purchasing materials and repairing the equipment. Dafa opened our wisdom. Just as a practitioner said in an article on Minghui (the Chinese version of Clearwisdom), “We should try our best to do well the things at the level of ordinary people. However, we owe everything to things that only practitioners deserve and that we have been endowed with by Teacher. That's the most fundamental, most precious, and indestructible.” As we solved one problem after another, our skills also improved in Dafa. We naturally learned how to do well many things that we couldn't do before. Teacher made our paths of cultivation wider. At the beginning, we could only do one project or help other production sites. Now everyone can work on several projects simultaneously, thus greatly increasing our efficiency in saving people.
“If you can manage to quietly complete what you notice is lacking, quietly do well what you should do, and quietly do something well when you find it to have been done less than ideally, then the multitude of gods will have tremendous admiration for you and exclaim that this person is simply extraordinary. Only doing things this way counts as what a Dafa disciple should do.” (“Be More Diligent”)
3. Eliminating interference with righteous thoughts
Because we cherish every moment in saving sentient beings, some interference occurred when Practitioner B's family, previously very supportive, suddenly became fearful. They didn't let her produce materials at home and used many excuses to justify their actions. They also asked other relatives to try to dissuade her from preparing the materials. We immediately looked inside, because ordinary people's manifestations reflect our state of cultivation. We realized that our dimensional field was not clear and contained bad substances. Teacher said, “A Dafa disciple’s righteous thoughts stem from the Fa.” (“Be More Diligent”)
We immediately adjusted ourselves and studied the Fa. We looked inside and figured out which thoughts were not based on the Fa, what actions were not proper, and whether we were not studying the Fa well because we were busy doing things. We found the loopholes, rectified ourselves over time, and solidified our righteous thoughts.
Practitioner B was not moved at all. When she felt a little uneasy, she immediately rectified herself according to the Fa. When she heard the song called “Passing One Tribulation Means Upgrading One Level in Heaven,” she realized that Teacher was giving her a hint that she should improve to a higher level. She thought that it was a good thing. She said to her family, “Dafa is sacred. Our family has benefited from Dafa. Our father, who is over 80, has been hit by a car on several occasions but wasn’t injured. He had a heart attack and was told by the doctor that he needed surgery. Because he read 'Falun Dafa is good, and Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance is good,' doctors found that his arteries were no longer blocked when he was on the operating table. We took him home and he was all right. Such an occurrence is rarely seen—moreover, he is quite elderly. Even the doctors said it was inconceivable. Our oldest daughter found a very good job without any difficulty. I must give Dafa a foothold in our home. I live for this. I must do it. If you do not allow me to do it here, I will rent a house and go there to prepare the materials.”
Practitioner B constantly recited Teacher's Fa and solidified her righteous thoughts. She realized that her family had been manipulated by evil beings in other dimensions, so she sent righteous thoughts to eliminate them. In the meantime, she studied the Fa, looked inside, identified her own shortcomings, and did whatever she should. Since then, she has been clear that Teacher has been watching her all the time. She walks her own path of validating the Fa.
Meanwhile, Practitioner A also encountered some interference at home. Her husband said he wanted a divorce. Practitioner A told him calmly, “You just forget that thought. You don’t have the final say. That will never happen.” Three days later everything at home was back to normal, as if nothing had happened.
“You should remember that your righteous thoughts can change ordinary people and that you are not to be directed by them. If ordinary people say something or interfere with you, don't take it to heart, and just do what you need to do.” (“Teaching the Fa in San Francisco, 2005”)
Practitioner A also followed Teacher's Fa and did what she needed to do.
Now our project team is back to normal in every respect. We are walking on the path that Teacher arranged for us, honoring our prehistoric vows and doing what Dafa requires us to do.
4. Cultivating well and pointing out others' shortcomings compassionately
Studying the Fa well and often is a prerequisite for cultivation. Apart from studying the Fa on our own, we also find time to study the Fa together and share with each other what we have enlightened to in our cultivation so that we can improve faster in Dafa and have confidence while doing the three things. We feel that Fa has rooted in our hearts.
Because every one of us is walking his own path of validating the Fa, it's natural that each person has his own way of doing things. You prefer this way, while she may prefer that way. In actual practice, we compensate for each other and try our best to do things well. Moreover, Dafa opens our wisdom and makes things perfect. When we see each others' shortcomings, we point them out compassionately. We usually quote one or several paragraphs from Teacher's Fa lectures and study together. From the Fa lectures, we learn what Teacher requires of us and rectify ourselves according to Dafa.
One time, discussions between practitioner A, D, and other practitioners went off track. Practitioner A noticed an old notion in Practitioner D and pointed it out immediately. She said, “Every practitioner is practicing cultivation in Dafa and has been changing to be better. But you are still blaming her for something that happened many years ago. It's obviously not consistent with Dafa. Moreover, we should look for the good side of others instead of their shortcomings.” Practitioner A disintegrated Practitioner D's fixed notions by quoting Teacher's Fa lecture at different times. The discord within her was removed, and thus, the corrupted substances that prevented sentient beings from being saved were also eliminated. Meanwhile, the other practitioner followed smoothly. Again we witnessed Teacher's Fa:
“So be sure to remember this: Whenever you come across anything such as troubles, unpleasant things, or friction with others, you need to examine yourself and search within. You will find the cause of that insurmountable problem.” (“Lecture at the First Conference in North America”)
We practitioners in our project team will continue following the path that Teacher has arranged for us. We will cooperate with each other, do the three things well, honor our prehistoric vows, achieve consummation, and return home with Teacher.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!