Falun Gong, a Pure Land in the Human World

(Clearwisdom.net) I am a new practitioner who learned Falun Gong from the Internet six months ago. Although I have only practiced Falun Gong for a short period of time, I have benefited from it a lot. I would like to tell people how I changed my view of Falun Gong, from refusing even to learn about it to becoming a practitioner. This is my personal experience and why I feel Falun Dafa is good. I hope more people will learn the truth about Falun Gong.

Before I became a practitioner, I heard a lot of news that defamed Falun Gong from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) media in China, and I was prejudiced toward Falun Gong. I met Falun Gong practitioners in person or on the Internet who wanted to tell me the truth about Falun Gong, but I did not want to listen to them, nor did I want to hear any negative reports about the CCP. I believed that the anti-Chinese forces overseas did not wish to see a stronger China.

I am living abroad now and have the opportunity to access information from the Internet without filtering. By chance I saw an article about Chiang Kai-shek’s diaries. It told a variety of stories about Chiang Kai-shek, from his youth to his old age, which were very different from the accounts in the history books I read in China. After that, I grew curious about the true history of China.

Through the Internet, I learned the truth about China’s history. It shocked me, and I found out I had been living under a lie. After digging into many historical documents I learned the truth about the CCP’s history, from the Great Famine to the Culture Revolution, from the June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre to the persecution of Falun Gong. The Chinese people have always been deceived by it.

When I saw the sentence, “Be a Chinese child, not a Marxist-Leninist” on the Internet, I was moved. Our traditional culture has been severely damaged in today’s China. Instead, Marxist-Leninist theories and atheism prevail. Chinese traditional culture has all been labelled “feudal superstition.” I started to be interested in Chinese traditional culture.

Later, I saw an advertisement for the Shen Yun Performing Arts, which presents the true traditional Chinese culture. It attracted me at once and I decided to go. After I saw the show, I was touched. It represents the essence of Chinese traditional culture and shows the purity of kindness and beauty. I felt happy it made me want to learn more about Falun Gong.

I know that Falun Gong is a great cultivation way in the Buddha School, but I never thought about what the cultivation of Buddhahood is. I thought it was inconceivable for a human being to give up all of his attachments for his belief. I asked myself if I could give up all thoughts of fame and self-interest like they did. My answer to myself was. “That is impossible.” However, when I started to learn more about Falun Dafa, my thoughts changed.

I found the Falun Dafa books on the Internet and started with the first book on the list, Zhuan Falun. I was convinced by the profound principles in the book and I quickly finished it. For the first time I realized how profound and broad the Buddha Fa is. I enlightened that Falun Dafa is what I have been looking for. Master Li Hongzhi said, “One should return to one’s original, true self; this is the real purpose of being human.” (Zhuan Falun) So I generated a strong thought that I wanted to cultivate myself and return to my true self. I also wanted to tell people about the beauty of Falun Dafa.

Along with my cultivation and further understanding of Falun Gong, I felt that Falun Gong is truly righteous. Master Li sets forth the highest principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and helps practitioners to become better and return to their true selves. He also sets a good example for practitioners. The stories that practitioners have told about the time when Master Li taught the Fa in China were touching. I felt as if I were in those stories. Falun Dafa makes me improve and elevate.

There are many bad things in today’s society that contaminate people, but Falun Gong is a pure land, a truly pure land. Master Li teaches his practitioners, “one should not fight back when being punched or insulted” and “consider others first when taking any action” (Zhuan Falun). Falun Gong practitioners are good people from many different backgrounds. They help and care for each other, and they open their hearts to share their experiences. The exercise sites are organized by practitioners voluntarily and the exercise teaching is free of charge. Isn’t it a pure land?

I once wondered why Falun Gong was embraced around the world but persecuted only in China. I understand now. Since Falun Gong is righteous and teaches people to be compassionate, it has been adopted in over 100 countries, and people around the world join the practice. Despite the severe situation in China, Falun Gong practitioners do not give up their belief and even tell others the truth about Falun Gong, risking detention or being beaten. They only want people to know that Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.

Due to practitioners’ efforts, people around the world are supporting Falun Gong and calling for an end to the persecution. I hope those who believe the lies about Falun Gong truly get to know the real truth about Falun Gong and understand that Falun Dafa is good and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.

Posting date: 7/9/2010
Category: How I Became a Dafa Practitioner

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