Eliminate my attachments exposed while promoting Shen Yun
Greetings, fellow practitioners!
It was in 1998 that I started to contact Falun Gong through my mum’s guidance. I was just 6 years old then, and didn’t quite understand what Falun Gong really was, therefore I wouldn’t say that I was cultivating, I was simply being mum’s good kid, listened to mum reading Zhuan Falun and doing the 5 sets of exercises. Though I was still quite small, and there were many things that I did not understand, I had always known that practicing Falun Gong was good for one’s health, as mum was a perfect example, and the aunts and uncles who practised Falun Gong in our district were all very kind.
But After I started to go to school, in the dye
vat of ordinary society, my cultivation path was hindered by my own attachments
and outside interferences. I was a very playful child and as soon as school
finished, I would play with a group of kids in the courtyard, instead of doing
the exercises with mum. In secondary school, because I had to study till late
at night, I found even better excuses for escaping Studying the Fa and practising the exercises. In order to help me, mum
often asked me to study the Fa and do the exercises
with her, during the summer and winter school vacations. So, I had wasted seven
or eight years until I came to
The first year of promoting Shen Yun the selfishness in me was exposed
I came to
But on the contrary, I only participated once in
dropping flyers to letterboxes, and recommended Shen Yun to my schoolteacher once. I didn’t do anything
else in promoting Shen Yun
that year. Because I always thought to myself: I’ve just arrived in
However, I watched Shen Yun live for first time that
year and through this experience, I really realized the value of Shen Yun and the pure energy it
emitted. In Mainland
Yun concluded that year, practitioners shared their
experiences of promoting Shen Yun
at each large group Fa study, but I did not speak,
because I did not participate. But I found my attachment of selfishness, and
become clearer on the importance of Shen Yun in saving sentient beings. I also made up my mind to
participate in the promotion of Shen Yun next year if they were coming to
The second year of promoting Shen Yun, my attachment of fear was exposed
It was in 2011 that I involved in promoting Shen Yun and selling tickets in a true sense. During that process, I found the attachment that had been with me for a long time. I think it was related to my character - being very timid. In the early stage of promoting Shen Yun, our local assistant gave everyone a form on which various tasks of promoting Shen Yun were listed. I browsed through it and put my name under the category of letterbox dropping. Later a practitioner asked me why I didn’t choose selling tickets in a shopping mall. I said that I lacked experience and I wasn’t confident in my English language skills. But inside my heart, I knew clearly that the real reason I didn’t choose to go to the shopping mall was because of my attachment of fear. I was afraid that if I didn’t do well, I would damage the image of Shen Yun. I was also afraid that if I couldn’t understand an English-speaking customer’s needs, others would laugh at me. Overall, all the various attachments I had related to fear had been exposed. So the participation in promoting Shen Yun was a good opportunity for me to relinquish that attachment.
One day, a fellow practitioner from the Epoch Times office asked me to go to the shopping mall in Campsie to help sell Shen Yun tickets. That was the first time I tried to sell tickets. I agreed, because I knew that I should face my attachment of fear, rather than run away from it. The next morning, I arrived at the stall. Our stall of selling tickets was right at the entrance of the mall, and it was the weekend, therefore, many people stopped in front of our stall, looked at the ShenYun promotion video that was playing on TV, and liked listening to our introductions. I felt as if I was put right on the spot, because there were only 2 people including me who could speak English, and the other practitioner was a female student, thus, it was not possible for me not to introduce Shen Yun to the people. I walked towards people and started to introduce Shen Yun to them, and at the same time, I was sending forth righteous thought and asking for Master’s help in my heart. Several times down, I was no longer afraid of introducing Shen Yun in English, and people were also paying attention to what I said.
On another weekend, I returned to the shopping mall to sell tickets, and an elderly fellow practitioner brought a Westerner in front of me, so I could introduce Shen Yun to him. That man dressed very casually and was holding half piece of bread in his hand. I sent forth righteous thoughts to clear all the interferences from the evil, and sought Master’s help. Before I finished introducing Shen Yun to him with my limited English, he went to withdraw money from the ATM machine next to us, and bought two of the most expensive tickets. He said that he was going to find another person to go with him. I knew it was Master encouraging me. I told myself not to have the slightest complacency. Since that time, I have been selling tickets in many shopping malls.
Since I decided to walk the path of cultivation, I must get rid of the attachment of fear. And it was through promoting Shen Yun that my attachment of fear was exposed and removed.
The third year promoting Shen Yun, my attachment of saving face was exposed
This year, my experience in promoting Shen Yun was quite different. I didn’t visit the big companies and neither did I spend my time in shopping malls or distributing fliers to letterboxes. This year, I joined the lion dance team. The performance of this lion dance could give us free venues for promoting Shen Yun. This was a brand new project for me and it gave me the environment and opportunity to improve myself.
I found out about this
through a phone call. People told me that we needed to form a lion dance team
in order to promote Shen Yun,
and we needed some younger fellow practitioners to help. Later, someone told me
that a western practitioner from
Unlike those playing the drums and gongs, the lion dance required strong. The dancers needed to have strength and a certain height. What can I do then? Finally, it is determined for me to play the role of the “Big Head Infant”, playing with the lion and interacting with the audiences during the performance. I had always been an introverted person, and the “Big Head Infant” had a simple, agile, curious and lively image. That meant I needed to break my old self in order to perform that role well. All practitioners who participated in this group encouraged me. They were certain that I would do well. But in the rehearsal, because of my introverted personality and having cared so much for my face, my body from top to toe was not able to stretch out and perform freely. I was too embarrassed to perform in front of the audiences. It was the attachment of saving face that was stopping me from doing well.
The first real performance
happened inside the
In the past three years, through promoting Shen Yun, many human attachments in me were exposed. It was not limited to the 3 examples I just gave. When cooperating with fellow practitioners I showed the attachments of competitiveness, complacency, showing off and jealousy etc. These attachments were not exposed so obviously before I participated in promoting Shen Yun. This was the biggest gain I had during the promotion of Shen Yun.
Master mentioned in the "20th Anniversary Fa Teaching” that:"For example, the speech just delivered talked about Shen Yun. Let me put things a bit more clearly. Shen Yun is meant to save sentient beings. While you all know that, has it occurred to you: Master is giving you an opportunity to work together and for those who haven’t stepped forward to step forward. ". Master also said in the same lecture: "You have to get personally involved, cultivate, and go and put things into action. Working hard is part of your cultivation. You need to think of ways to find the people that you are meant to save. All of these are things that Dafa disciples should do.
As long as Shen Yun is going to come here, I would participate in its promotion. It is a chance to improve oneself, as well as a chance to cooperate and harmonise with the whole body.
Thank you Master. Thank you fellow practitioners.