Young Practitioner: Rescued from a Turbulent World

September 21, 2015 | By a practitioner in China

( As a young person who was born in the 90’s, words can’t express how lucky I feel that Falun Dafa has rescued me from such a turbulent world.

Like many others from my generation, I played computer games every day and lived a muddled life with no sense of purpose.

After I graduated from high school and worked in a company, I felt a sense of emptiness inside and remained puzzled about the meaning of life. I abruptly quit my job and moved back home.

I started searching online, looking for some answers. I hadn’t realized at first that some websites in China were blocked. Luckily, I was able to use the Freegate software to unblock them.

At first, while reading uncensored news articles, I couldn’t accept the information. Having been brought up under the Communist Party indoctrination, with nothing but censored news and propaganda, I couldn’t believe the truth when it was put in front of me. It was like someone telling me that my parents weren’t my biological parents. I am sure a lot of Chinese people feel this way when they first read uncensored news.

I found it very difficult to believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could be responsible for the most evil crime of harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.

I read uncensored news every day. Soon, I learned that the persecution of Falun Gong was completely unjust and the book Zhuan Falun teaches people to be kind and to improve their moral character. But I still couldn’t understand why Falun Gong practitioners would persevere in their belief, even under the threat of harm and death.

Normally, I used the logic of fighting for power and self-interest to measure things happening in society, and always went by that. However, this didn’t seem to apply to Falun Gong and its practitioners. I realized that Falun Gong is righteous.

Later, I found the website and read all of the books and lectures written by the founder of Falun Gong, Master Li Hongzhi. I was amazed to find that the teachings answered all the puzzling questions I’d had in my mind for years.

I was afraid that if I started practicing Falun Gong, I might be arrested. I had to make a decision at this crucial juncture. In the end, I made a firm decision to practice Falun Gong.

Before I graduated from middle school, I remember one of my teachers telling us that we have to learn to speak differently in front of different people, in order to get ahead in life. She told us she came cross a Falun Gong practitioner who talked to her about Falun Gong and the persecution. My teacher said that this practitioner’s words were right, but you still shouldn’t believe him even though he was right.

I was confused by what my teacher said. She didn’t want us to believe in what is right. Does that mean we should believe in something that is wrong? It’s so sad to see how the Communist Party has destroyed people’s basic sense of conscience, reversing right and wrong.

After practicing Falun Gong for a while, I understood what it means to be a good person and also understood more about why we should strive to be good.

Master Li teaches us that when we are in a conflict with others, “As a practitioner one should not fight back when being punched or insulted” (Zhuan Falun). We should also look inward to find our own attachments and shortcomings..

Master said,

“In cultivation practice, there may be two scenarios when dealing with specific conflicts or when others treat you badly. One is that you might have treated this person badly in your previous life. You feel in your heart that it is unfair, “How can this person treat me like this?” Then why did you treat this person that way in the past? You might claim that you actually did not know it at that time, and this life has nothing to do with the other life. That does not work.” (Zhuan Falun)

When I encountered conflicts at the beginning of my cultivation, I forced myself to endure, but was upset in my mind. Now, I understand that everything happens for a reason. If someone treats me badly, that must be because I treated them like that before, or in a previous life. I truly regretted mistreating others in the past. If I didn’t practice Falun Gong, I wouldn’t have understood this principle. I would have continued to hurt others without looking inside, only focusing on how others hurt me.

I have experienced many positive changes in my mind and body as a result of the practice. With a greater sense of compassion for others, I hope to help more people take the right stance toward Falun Gong, so that they may be blessed with a bright future.

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Category: Young Practitioners’ Experiences

Daughter of Falun Gong Practitioner Wakes Up to the Truth

September 21, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner’s daughter in China

( My mother, great aunt, and grandmother have been practicing Falun Gong since I was little.

For a long time I remembered Falun Gong as a practice that benefited my mother, yet at the same time it struck fear into my heart. It made me fear losing my family and made me fear for my future.

Now I have learned the truth about the persecution and realize that it was the Chinese Communist Party that made me fearful by launching the persecution of Falun Gong.

One day when I was in preschool, I waited and waited for my mother to pick me up. It got very late and then my father came. He was angry and told me that my mother didn’t care about me because of Falun Gong.

That day I was very confused: my gentle and kind mother was taken away by the police, who were supposed to keep us safe from criminals.

My mother was not around when I was in elementary school. The school tried to turn us against Falun Gong. I was skeptical, but gradually became a little convinced.

After my mother returned home, she told me about Falun Gong and the truth of the persecution. It awakened a memory from when I was five years old. I was at my grandmother’s home watching my family study the Falun Gong teachings together and doing the exercises. I had felt a real sense of joy and happiness.

My great aunt remembered that I told them I saw “white ribbons” surrounding them when they did the exercises. My mother called the white ribbons “energy mechanisms.”

This memory from my childhood about Falun Gong was so different from the groundless accusations taught to me in school.

I still struggled for a long time in my mind. At night I felt compelled to look for any scissors hidden under my pillow, because someone told me that practitioners stabbed their families with sharp objects.

My parents eventually divorced. Although I got to see my mother every week, I still feared that one day she would be arrested and leave me again.

Growing up without my mother around all the time, I believed that I had suffered a lot more than I should. I needed to find someone to blame, so I blamed my father for not rescuing my mother; I blamed my babysitter for being mean to me; I blamed my mother for not being there when I needed her; and I blamed Falun Gong for putting my mother through all the troubles.

Now I regret that I have been blaming the wrong people. I had always believed that it was my closest family members who put me through such unbearable pain. But it wasn’t them. It was Jiang Zemin, a former Chinese dictator, who persecuted good people, broke up my family, and deprived me of the happiness that I longed for.

As family members of Falun Gong practitioners, if we continue to hide in the dark and not stand up for them, we are going against our conscience. We cannot miss the chance to support them and side with justice.

I asked my mother to document the suffering I endured in her lawsuit against Jiang.

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Category: People in China Awaken to the Truth

Husband Willing to Speak Up for Falun Gong after Wife’s Selfless Devotion to the Family

September 21, 2015 | By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Hebei Province, China

( In 1998, my husband was convicted of a crime and sentenced to eight years in jail.

My sister-in-law had given me her blessing to divorce him if I wanted to. She had said that it would be too cruel to force a young wife to wait eight years for her errant husband to return.

I had been practicing Falun Dafa for a year when my husband was arrested, and I was devastated by his sentence. But since I lived by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I was determined to wait for him and give him at least a second chance.

When my husband was released eight years later in 2006, I welcomed him with open arms. Our son, now ten years old, was also there to greet him.

He was very touched, and gradually realized that it was my belief in Falun Dafa that gave me the strength to keep our family together during this difficult time. Soon, he began to identify more with the teachings of Falun Dafa and even found two jobs – a difficult thing to do for an ex-con.

To this day, he will speak up for me and my beliefs, in spite of all the negative Chinese Communist propaganda against it. But piecing together a broken family is never an easy task, and took us a long while. Here is our story.

Coming Home

Prison had left my husband malnourished and weak. Often, he could think of little else. For the six months after his return, I had to put my efforts into taking care of him, both physically and emotionally. In addition to nursing him back to health, I also defended him against the rest of his family, who were wary of him because of his past.

Once, he asked me if I was spending too much money on him. I assured him that it wouldn’t be a problem if he promised to find an honest job after he recovered. He agreed.

At first, my husband wouldn’t believe the benefits of Dafa and the facts about the persecution. The government’s propaganda had gotten to him, and he was afraid of how the prison authorities would torture the practitioners.

“If the guards beat one of us prisoners to death, they’ll write it off as a heart attack. Your people have even less rights than that. This country doesn’t treat you like human beings,” he said to me one day.

“There are limits to kindness,” I told him. “To most other people, you have surpassed that limit. People tell me left and right that I should have left you, and nobody would have blamed me if I had. Nobody would say that I’m a bad person if I had chosen to leave you.

“Your parents thought it was odd that I stayed; I told them that I wanted to wait for you so that our child can have a father,” I continued. “They hadn’t believed me. They never offered me any help. Despite this, I worked odd jobs to raise our son, cared for your sister when she fell ill, and cooked and cleaned for your parents.

“And honestly, I could have left. If I didn’t practice Falun Gong, I would have left. I could have given your parents our son, re-married, and gone off to live a happy life.

“But I didn’t. I didn’t leave, because Mr. Li’s teachings taught me how to be a better, more altruistic person. I chose the higher road so that my conscience would stay clear.”

From that point on, my husband would not say bad things about Dafa anymore. He began to think more positively about Dafa and grew appreciative of Dafa’s role in the preservation of his family.

A New and Improved Version of Himself

My mother-in-law died in 2001 and we were too poor to bury her ashes. Though my husband’s two brothers lived fairly comfortably in Beijing, they refused to split the cost with us. So for a while, my mother-in-law never had a proper burial.

When my husband finally got a job and started making money, he asked whether it was okay if he bought a spot at a graveyard to bury his mother. I told him it was fine and that was his duty as a son. His father died in 2010 and we also had to bury him.

At times my husband got upset about his brothers being selfish. I would tell him that he shouldn’t be preoccupied with money and other details when it comes to taking care of his parents.

I constantly told my husband about the principles of Falun Dafa and conducted myself accordingly.

Gradually, my husband’s attitude towards Falun Dafa changed. He became an honest person and appreciated how I remained true to myself and gave him a happy family.

He began to wear Dafa amulets and listened to the facts about the persecution. He even told me that I must expose the Chinese Communist regime’s lies and violent past.

Soon, his luck took a great turn for the better. His life was threatened a few times and he got away safely each time. He found two jobs and our living situation improved. Our son follows the teachings of Falun Dafa and enjoys school. He’s made a lot of high marks and good friends.

I quit my job in 2013 to switch to a more flexible one. My husband supported my decision and said that he could split the homemaker duties with me for a while. When I couldn’t find a job that I liked, he told me that I should just stop working if I wanted to.

Now, I have more time to clarify the truth about Dafa and the persecution to others.

One day I asked my husband if he wanted to speak up and show his support for Mr. Li Hongzhi. He quickly answered yes.

He recorded himself for an overseas television station and wished Mr. Li a happy New Year, saying, “I wish that there were Falun Gong practitioners all over the world, especially in China. This way the noble virtues from ancient China can be spread across this country.”

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Category: People in China Awaken to the Truth