September 07, 2013 | By A Young Falun Dafa Practitioner in China
(Minghui.org) I am a young Dafa disciple. I was born after the persecution started in July of 1999. I have seen Dafa spread around the world and witnessed the many years of hardship. Although I have not had the opportunity to see our revered Master and listen to the mercy in his voice and dignity of his lectures in person, I constantly feel that he has taken care of me as I have grown up.
Ever since I can remember, Master’s teachings have taught me to “not strike back when beaten and not swear back when sworn at.” I was also taught to follow the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” I demand of myself high xinxing standards and I consider others’ needs before my own. By following his teachings, I have a calm mind and maintain a benevolent and kind heart.
Twelve years have passed and it is Master who comforted me when I cried and encouraged me when I was sad. It is also Master who has patiently guided me to the right path. When I made wrong turns and was in a daze, he led me to the light.
One day during the first grade, I saw a classmate from kindergarten on my way home after school. I said hi with a smile. He immediately drank a big mouthful of water and spit it in my face. He asked me if I wanted to fight: “Let’s fight, one-on-one.” Even though it was humiliating, I did not argue with him and just walked away because I remembered what Master said in the Fourth Talk of Zhuan Falun: “…and we should not behave the same as that person.”
“But normally when a problem arises, if it does not irritate a person psychologically, it does not count or is useless and cannot make him or her improve. Accordingly, his mind cannot get over it and is still bothered by it. It could be that his mind is hooked on it.” (Zhuan Falun)
I was badly hurt and cried all the way home. I wiped away the dirty water with one hand and my tears with another. I could not stop crying even after I got home. I then recalled that Master taught me to be tolerant in the face of any conflict. As a practitioner, I had to demand of myself high standards. I could not get angry with my friend. Instead, I should thank him. Thinking back on what happened, I was really ashamed of my behavior.
In the second grade, one of my classmates teased me and swore at me. He poked me and pinched me sometimes. I reminded myself that I was a cultivator and should be compassionate towards him. However, he couldn’t help himself and kept teasing me whenever he could. Because I couldn’t hide from him, I got very annoyed. Finally, I couldn’t take it any more and cried when I got home after school. My mom asked me why I was crying. While I was telling her what happened, I suddenly understood what was going on: “He does not have a mother and his father is busy making money to support the family. He is very lonely and wants to make friends. But he does not know how to get along with other kids. He wanted to play with me because I am a practitioner and have a merciful field. But, I got tired of him and ignored him. Really, I did not consider his needs at all. I thought I had been compassionate and patient with him.”
Master said, “If when you encounter any trouble you can manage to look inside yourself and find your own attachments, then that is precisely cultivation” (“Teaching the Fa at the Conference in New Zealand”)
After I understood the meaning of Master’s teaching, I sincerely helped my classmate make some friends. In the third grade, he improved a lot. He has gotten rid of a lot of bad behavior.
I remember that Master has told me to follow the righteous path and never take anything that did not belong to me. A card game that was like gambling became popular at school for a while. Many of the students really had a lot of fun playing that game. I did not listen to the classmates who tempted me to play with them. When they gave me cards to play, I declined.
When I am lazy and don’t want to study, I always think of Master’s teachings. Since I am a student, I should learn things thoroughly. I should be worthy of my teachers and my parents. I should try my best to be an outstanding student.
Thank you Master! You have given me a bright path full of physical and spiritual health. While I am growing up, you have cleansed me and taught me to be honest, kind, and lenient. You have taught me to be a happy and content person.
Thank you, my most respected Master, for giving me the opportunity to become a Dafa disciple. I cannot express in words my sincere appreciation to you!
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Category: Young Practitioners’ Experiences