Group Sharing from Cairns Practitioners -- English+ Chinese
Group Sharing from Cairns Practitioners
I will read sharings from our group
We are a very small group in Cairns. For the last three and a half years, only three of us have been actively cultivating and participating in assisting Master in the Fa-rectification, although sometimes new people come along and learn the exercises or come to Fa study.
As a group we cooperate well and on occasions when conflicts do arise they are resolved reasonably quickly, usually at our weekly group Fa Study
Cairns is a big tourist destination and the two main ways we clarify the truth are by holding a banner where the tourists pass after they have been out on a reef or on an island day trip and also at the regular markets around the district. An integral part of our truth clarification is also clarifying the truth to people we come across every day, trying not to miss any opportunities. This includes people from all backgrounds and places in society – locals, national and international tourists - always changing, never the same.
Our Fa study sharings are often about the need for constant awareness in maintaining our state of mind, not affecting others negatively or being affected by others, being motivated to let people know the truth and being considerate of others. We share what we have encountered during the week and how we understood it to be within the Fa or not, and how to improve.
My sharing 我的交流
Many times it would be easy to not go and hold the banner or go to a market, but it is something I want to do and I must do to let people know the truth. Sometimes I feel that I’m not doing well or can’t see the effect. I know I must remain calm to do my best. Sometimes things have not gone well because I wasn’t calm and didn’t consider the other person first, therefore it didn’t go well. I only hope for the best for that person and that they will be able to meet practitioners again.
不去打横幅和讲真相是十分容易的，但那是我应该去让人们了解真相也是应该去做的事情。有时候我觉得自己做的并不好或者是看不到成效，但 我知道我要坚持下去并做到最好。在讲真相中，有时因为我不够冷静和没有为对方着想，进行的不是很顺利。在这种时候我只希望这个人还会再遇到其他的学员，听 到真相。
It is easy to focus on the things that have gone wrong and not remember the good things as much. This could be a lack of respect for oneself and others. Still, there are good things that happen.
We hold a banner at a bus pick up point for tourists who get off the boats when they return from the Great Barrier Reef. The banner was made and given to us by someone from Sydney and it reads: “SOS Stop all immoral and illegal organ transplants in China” in both Chinese and English. We also have a small sign for our petition which says “Stop the Persecution in China.” Falun Dafa is not mentioned on the banner or the petition sign, but people still come over and sign the petition. I am sure they know it is a place to register and be saved and Master is sending them over to be saved. Sometimes one person in a group will sign and their friends standing beside them do not – other times people will get half way down the street, turn around and come back to sign the petition. We do explain the persecution and hand out flyers. We also have a poster board explaining the 10 years of persecution.
我们在一个游客们从大堡礁旅游回途的巴士接送站打横幅，并向人们解释迫害和发传单，还利用展板展示十年来的迫害。横幅是悉尼的学员做给 我们的，上面用中英文写着：“ＳＯＳ 停止所有在中国的非法器官移植手术。”我们还有一个小横幅，上面写着：“停止在中国的迫害”。在横幅和征签牌上都没 有提到法轮大法，但是人们还是主动地为我们签名。我知道他们是师父带来的有缘人，他们知道这里是被救度的地方。有时一群人里只有一个人签名，而他的朋友们 却不签；也有人走远了又回来签名。
Some days there are lots of Chinese tourists and I offer a greeting and receive various responses. Sometimes I get frustrated because some don’t believe or do not accept the truth clarification materials. Things are slowly getting better with a more peaceful attitude from me. I find it better when I treat them like everyone else and realise good things are happening in other dimensions.
I still want to do better overall though, and I know the process requires a great deal of patience, and there is beauty in the process, but I still need to move forward.
Sharing from Danni 丹尼的交流
At the beginning, when our group was bigger and we held the banner, we would rotate our positions, so that each of us had a chance to hand out flyers and explain the truth to people. Later there were only two of us holding the banner and for a long time I didn’t have that opportunity to hand out flyers.
In my mind, I judged another fellow practitioner as a selfish person and waited for him to recognise or enlighten to it. Then I realised that judging others was my pursuit and selfishness to gain a better place and I was not able to let it go for a long time. In losing “a better place” I gained at last some enlightenment about how every place is a good place to use righteous thoughts and righteous actions.
I started practicing just over six years ago and for a long time, when sending righteous thoughts, I had trouble understanding what righteous thoughts are and how to express righteous thoughts. When I eventually enlightened to righteous thoughts, I accepted my position at the other side of the banner. Our cooperation on both sides of the banner would allow more people to be saved. My thoughts turned into a positive way of thinking.
Through Dafa, we have our power from Master and I should use it for those passing people – Western and Chinese people. Even though my thoughts are very simple, they are sincere and from my heart. I am telling them in my mind that they are all here for Dafa. I think things like: Awaken the good part of yourself. It is a rare opportunity to be saved. Don’t be indifferent. Don’t miss that chance. Falun Dafa is good. Eliminate the evil preventing you from knowing.
在大法中，师父给予我们很多能力，我应该把这些运用到救度终生中。虽然我的想法都是非常简单的，但都是出自我¬的真心。我告诉他们在我 的心中他们都是为大法而来的。在接触人们时我会想：唤醒你明白的那一面。只有很小的机会可以被救，不要无动于衷，不要错过机缘。法轮大法好。解体你那些不 好的思想。
After memorising some Hong Yin, my righteous thoughts include some verses from it. My mind is starting to be filled with the Fa. I believe that concentration and a calm mind is needed and afterwards my attachments will be recognised and eliminated. When I am in an uncomfortable situation I remember to change my human notions and thoughts and be more filled with Fa and with righteous thoughts.
I started cultivation in October 2004. After a few months, I felt like a fish out of water. I would occasionally go to the banner site and the markets for a short time and always felt like I was interfering as the others had been doing both for quite some time. Then, after I had been practicing for about 10 months, a practitioner told me about the Clearwisdom website and how to access it and also put me on the Queensland forum email list. Each day I would read the sharings on both sites and read Masters earlier lectures. As a result ,I understood and enlightened to being part of the One Body.
我零四年十月得法，几个月后，我有如鱼得水的喜悦。我偶尔会去我们打横幅和市场讲真相的地方呆上一会儿。但每次我都觉得是在影响其他同 修。在我修炼十个月的时候，一个同修告诉我明慧网的网址，并把我加入昆士兰的邮件组里。此后的每天，我从这两个地方读同修们的心得交流，并学师父的早期讲 法。我渐渐了解到了应如何成为一个整体。
For those couple of months it was a relaxing time (for want of a better word) when I was able to better understand righteous thoughts and looking within and how deeply hidden or disguised some of our attachments can be.
Then, due to some things that had happened with practitioners in the past, I found myself in a situation with the law officer from the local government. During the process of resolving the situation (which lasted for several months) I included him in righteous thoughts as I was determined that I would not give up. The situation had to be rectified and the reputation of Dafa had to be restored. In order to properly clarify the truth to him so that he could position himself to be saved, I had to keep at it. At times it was difficult. When I was speaking to him in his office or on the phone I would remain calm and rational. Then afterwards I would start laying blame and feeling sorry for myself because this was not my doing. I was not even practicing when some of these things happened. I understood these to be selfish self-centred thoughts, but I still could not stop myself. Eventually things turned out well and I was able to properly clarify the truth to him and the Council CEO. He is now quite supportive of us. Just recently, he asked me why in the past we didn’t behave like we do now and I told him it was a lack of understanding as to how things should be done. At the time I had been annoyed and even angry about the situation, but now I appreciate the process. It has helped me understand the importance of considering others and not blaming anyone, but instead looking within and finding a peaceful way to resolve conflicts and to actively and from the heart clarify the truth to as many people as possible.
When clarifying the truth at one time in Brisbane, the lady I was talking to knew about Falun Gong and the persecution and had signed the petition. She then proceeded to talk about some of the benefits of Communism and some good things the CCP had done for the Chinese people and others around the world. Because I was actively listening to her she was able to continue, until suddenly I thought “What am I doing to this poor lady? Stop listening, I am here only to assist with saving her, not helping her bring bad things to herself.” The lady immediately stopped talking and apologised for talking like that, saying it was wrong and that she should know better as she was a lay Buddhist. She then apologised again and said she knows what Falun Gong is and what the CCP is doing to them is evil.
在布里斯班讲真相时，我遇到一位知道法轮功和迫害，也在请愿书上签了字的女士。尔后她开始谈论共产主义的好处，以及中共为中国人和整个 世界都做了哪些好事等等。因为我主动表示愿意听，所以这个人就一直得讲下去，直到我突然意识到“我在对这个可怜的女士做什么呢？不要再听了，我在这里为了 救她的，不是在加强她那些不好的东西。”就在此时这位女士也停止了这种谈论并且道歉书说不应该说这些话，这是不对的，她做为一个佛教徒因该有更好地认识。 她再次道歉，说知道法轮功是好的，而中共现在做的是邪恶的。
This incident made it even more clear to me how important righteous thoughts are and that we need to keep the Fa in our minds and hearts at all times and that interference is more often from our own thoughts or laziness or lack of responsibility to Master and the Fa and ourselves.
Person to person is a good and rewarding way to clarify the truth at markets, while shopping, to door to door sales people, tradesmen, charities, religious people.
我曾得到一些这样的反馈：“谢谢你唤醒我。”“我从没想过我会得到这样的奖赏。”还有一个我三年都没有见过的技术工人对我说：“我们还 保存着你给我们的莲花和书签，并把它们挂在厨房里。我妻子和我每天早晨对它说‘早上好’和‘谢谢’。我们认为它会给我们带来好运的。”那些在集市上听过真 相的摊主们，时常来和我们打招呼，问问我们进行得如何。我为这些摆放了好的位置的众生感到高兴，这才是助师时间行。
I can’t imagine my life without Dafa. I am always finding things about myself that I am not aware of and having to get rid of the bad things. I am always learning how to be a better person and how my understanding changes from time to time. It is truly wonderful.