Learning to Coordinate in the RTC to Fulfil Our Vows
Greetings respected Master.
Greetings fellow practitioners.
2007 I was asked to take over the coordination of the telephone group because
the coordinator was very busy. As it was temporary, I
agreed. The first tribulation encountered related to the phone group’s weekly Fa Study. I live in the northern districts of
However, as time goes by, things can become like a ritual or procedure. Some fellow practitioners thought it was a waste of time and stopped coming to the Fa study, while some new practitioners came once and never again. After self-reflection, I found the cause of the problem was on my side with my diligence and searching within. Every sharing is an environment for everyone to mutually share their understanding and improve together. Master said in “Essentials for Further Advancement – Environment”, “The cultivation practice form that I have left for Dafa disciples ensures that disciples can truly improve themselves. For example, I ask you to do the exercises as a group in parks in order to form an environment. This environment is the best way to change the surface of a person. The lofty conduct that Dafa disciples have established in this environment - including every word and every deed - can make people recognize their own weaknesses and identify their shortcomings; it can move their hearts, refine their conduct, and enable them to make progress more rapidly. Therefore, new students or self-taught disciples have to go to the practice sites to do the exercises.” Despite not doing what Master required, I had thought I was maintaining this environment. There was no focus in our sharing, we chatted as we pleased, occasionally going off-topic into ordinary matters without realising this was a problem. “Looking inwards” were just words. I could look within on trivial problems, but when it touched on my fundamental attachments, I avoided it. This meant that our environment to search within as a whole was unable to form, we could not assimilate unreservedly with the Fa, and it became a hidden barrier. As soon as I recognised this, I changed. During small group Fa studies, I truthfully exposed my attachments, and fellow practitioners kindly made suggestions, and the harmonised environment was formed. As everyone’s compassion and righteous thoughts arose, the environment changed to one that allows us to improve during the Fa study and sharing, and fulfil our prehistoric vows through saving sentient beings through phone calls.
The next tribulation was problems with installing the software for making calls. Practitioners who work with computers were all working full-time, and their spare time was filled with studying the Fa, doing exercises or other Fa rectification activities. Most practitioners in the phone group were computer illiterate, from installation to its use, they needed clear step-by-step written instructions and demonstrations, which took a lot of time. Sometimes when fellow practitioners were too busy to install programs or troubleshoot on time, it hindered saving sentient beings. I began to learn about installing computers. As my computer knowledge was next to nothing, it took a long time to learn. Fortunately, the practitioner was very patient in teaching me, and after some practice I was able to install and work with some applications. Initially, when I met problems I couldn’t solve, apart from asking fellow practitioners for instructions, I tried to work it out on my own, often until very late at night. Sometimes it was so late that it was inappropriate to disturb other practitioners, and under this situation, I would ask Master for help. Many things that I didn’t know about and couldn’t figure out no matter what, were miraculously resolved when I asked for Master’s help, and believed in Master.
As my skills improved, at one time I became attached to my abilities and was wary of how other people judged my skills and performance. These selfish thoughts circled through my head and would not leave, affecting my Fa study and sending righteous thoughts. During Fa study and sending righteous thoughts, I did not want to put down what I was doing at the time. Even though I really did a lot of work, but since I did not let go of my most fundamental attachment, I was validating myself. Some fellow practitioners were quite eager in saving sentient beings, and when the installation took a long time they became impatient and said things that provoked my attachments. At that time I felt very aggrieved, thought that I had invested so much without asking for anything in return, and did not deserve to be treated like that.
Master said in “Essentials for Further Advancement – Further Understanding”, “Do you realize that as long as you’re a cultivator, in any environment or under any circumstances, I will use any troubles or unpleasant things you come across—even if they involve work for Dafa, or no matter how good or sacred you think they are—to eliminate your attachments and expose your demon-nature so that it can be eliminated, for your improvement is what’s most important. If you are able to succeed in improving yourself this way, what you do then, with a pure heart, will be the best and most sacred. “
I was unable to see that the process of coordination is also a process of cultivating myself, that everything we have is a gift to us by Master. If we can truly believe this and not have any thoughts about how good our abilities are, we can then truly validate the Fa and not validate ourselves.
Fahui in May this year, in order to form one body, be
more efficient as well as motivate more practitioners into saving sentient
beings on the RTC platform, the evening shift of the first direct call room on
RTC platform was assigned to different regions and countries.
At this time, a fellow practitioner posted on the platform a part of the “Teaching the Fa at the Meeting with Asia-Pacific Students:
“Question: When we don't have any [preconceived] notions or preset plans, the effect of validating the Fa is excellent, and when the opposite is true the effect is poor.
Teacher: Yes, with a lot of things you do, when you are free of human notions your own attachments won't get mixed in. If, beyond being responsible to the Fa, you have no human attachments, none of your own things, and none of your personal factors mixed in, then you are sure to do that thing well. Whereas once you've mixed in your own factors, then you can't do that thing well.
There's something you must pay attention to: you are validating the Fa, not validating yourselves. A Dafa disciple's responsibility is to validate the Fa. Validating the Fa is cultivation, and what you remove in the cultivation process is none other than the attachment to self; you can't, instead, go and exacerbate the problem of validating oneself, even if you do it unwittingly. When you're validating the Fa and cultivating, that is a process of removing self, and only when you do that are you really validating yourself. That's because ultimately you have to let go of all your human things, and only after you've let go of all your human attachments can you step out from the throngs of everyday people.”
This passage from Master’s teachings awakened me. I was still looking from a human standpoint, using human notions to think about how to form a human wholeness, to form a physical wholeness assessed by how many people appear on the platform, validating my achievements by the number of people who appear, and in doing so hiding my deeply concealed vanity. I did not recognise the meaning of the Way is without form yet contains the whole, our unification is not for other people to see, but for us to improve together, in order to better clarify the truth and save sentient beings. During the process of forming a whole, the most important aspect is to cultivate the heart. Sharing on the Fa is the basis for mutual improvement. When one measures diligence of cultivation by doing things showily and chasing after numbers, it creates a grave rift between doing things and cultivating the heart. This attracted comments that we were not mature, that we hadn’t made a breakthrough, that media practitioners were busiest at night etc. When I understood this, the thing I could not let go was gone, and I was no longer attached to the attachments of other practitioners.
Due to the time difference, our calling time ends at midnight (1am during Daylight Saving hours); with half an hour of sharing after calling, sometimes longer, then the sharing contents need to be typed up and posted onto the platform. As I was not able to type fast, it took me several hours to do it. Initially, I was doing this with a sense of completing an obligation, but through the sharings of fellow practitioners I saw many touching stories, behind which all contained the enlightenment fellow practitioners attained at their level, their determination to aid Master in rectifying the Fa and saving sentient beings, and the compassion and righteous thoughts they have cultivated through believing in Master and believing in the Fa. When I meet a bottleneck during phone calls, I was able to find inspiration in fellow practitioners’ sharing.
For example, during the 29th August sharing there was a snippet on sending forth the righteous thoughts:
“When the fellow-practitioner was making a phone call, she was sitting on the side sending forth righteous thoughts. The phone began to ring, and she used her mind to tell, ‘Pick up the phone! Pick up the phone!’ When the practitioner made up a name for them to quit the CCP and asked, ‘Can I use this name to help you quit the CCP?’ She used her mind on the awakened side of the beings, with a forceful thought saying, ‘Yes!’ This is to say our Dafa disciples’ thoughts are effective. Our thoughts can guide other sentient beings, as ordinary people are very weak.”
I did not
think much of it at the time. On the second day, we were rostered on to the
Rescue Platform, which was very difficult initially and not too different from
normal. People either won’t pick up, hang up, or hurl
abusive language, which had been the situation for several weeks. While looking
through the files I saw a name, “Gao Yun Xiang”, a picture crossed my
mind – the skies high and clouds scant, and an auspicious cloud sails past – it
was such a good name, and such a pity that he was working in a jail that was
persecuting Dafa disciples. That thought came and
went, and I called the number without thinking much of it. He picked up the
phone and I asked him if he has read an article posted on many sites since 12th
August called “Central Political and Law Commission: the Organs of Public
Security, Procuratorial Organs and Public Courts will
take full responsibility for quality of investigations”. He said he had and
when I asked what he thought, he said “Nothing much.” I began to tell him about
stories of Falun Gong practitioners persecuted in
“You won’t believe it because you don’t know how evil the CCP is, and you don’t want to believe it because you still have a conscience, but this is truly happening right beside you.” He ended up listening to me for more than 20 minutes, and I told him that there was a Falun Gong practitioner incarcerated where he works since 28th. He said he didn’t know and asked for the practitioner’s name, so he could check it. After I put down the phone I thought, “Every thought of Dafa disciples is very important.” I also understood that the road Master has laid out for me is the fastest, best way to let go of my attachments, and the only limiting factor is how much and how easily I can give them up.
Master said in “Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. International Fa Conference”: “A person who has a position of responsibility is actually a coordinator, and getting more capable people involved is what’s key. How big of a role can any one individual play? Only when the group as a whole plays its role has the coordinator done well. When a coordinator does well himself, well, if you’re the only one doing well, then you should just be an average student in that case. The key is that you have got to play the role of and fulfill the duties of a coordinator.” Seeing this passage from Master’s teachings, I felt very ashamed. During these few years in coordinating fellow practitioners in saving sentient beings through phone calls, I am like a child who just learned how to walk, tripping and falling my way until today. There are many attachments I should have bravely let go on the road that Master has given me, but due to my strong human notions, my true self could not take control, and I missed many chances on improving. Writing this sharing, is also a process in exposing my everyday people’s notions, so that I could walk better and straighter on my future cultivating road, and motivate more practitioners to pick up the phone.
Thank you Master for the kindness in saving me, I can only repay it through diligence.
This sharing is limited by my personal understanding and level, please kindly point out any insufficiencies.
Thank you, Master! Thank you, fellow practitioners!