Dafa and Assisting Master to Save Sentient Beings 助師正法
救度眾生 (English and Chinese)
Spreading Dafa and Assisting Master to Save Sentient Beings
In the past few weeks a small group of practitioners from
Queensland held a Falun Dafa stall at a major 6 day cultural festival.
The festival attracted 130,000 people from all over Australia and the
world. We wanted to share this magical experience and the cultivation
journey through the process from applying to hold the stall, to the
events that unfolded during the week. Essentially it was this process;
the thoughts and collaboration amongst us that allowed the stall to
come together and be such a success.
I have felt for some that there is such a focus on the persecution of
Falun Dafa that often simple things like clarifying 在what Falun Dafa
actually is, are often brushed over, or even missed out. This was
clearly something for myself to look at and amend my own ways of
clarifying the truth. For me, it just makes sense that if someone is
going to make a clear judgement, or position themselves about
something, they’ve really got to know what it is that they are
supporting. Often I come across people who, when they hear that I
practice Falun Gong, they say, “oh, that’s that thing that is being
persecuted isn’t it?” without knowing anything more. I hear some
notions being passed around that it is only important to briefly
mention about Falun Dafa and that it isn’t important to show people
Falun Dafa during this time. Then I think, if it wasn’t for the people
who originally spent the time showing me the practice and bringing me
up to speed, then I wouldn’t be able to have the effect I’m currently
having and others would have to be shouldering what I’m doing. Or
perhaps it wouldn’t even be done and all these people that I’m reaching
would not saved. I just wonder, how many more people like me are out
there, who were meant to be playing a role today but are still waiting
for the opportunity to know more about Falun Dafa and step through the
door to cultivate in this profound Fa.
the opportunity arose to possibly attend this festival and spread Dafa
widely, my heart jumped at the chance. The first step in approaching
this project was to bring it up with the greater body of practitioners
in Queensland to see if anyone had had experience in this area. To my
surprise, quite promptly I was filled in on the history of
practitioners applying for this particular festival. Although no one
had previously been successful, all of previous approaches and stories
were important to inform us how to approach the application in a
considered and sensitive manner.
there were quite a few varying ideas on how we should approach the
festival. All the thoughts and contributions that arose from this were
very important, and part of the valuable process. Although some views
appeared not supportive, they really did express their views on how
they thought we should proceed and it is important that people have
this opportunity. Only by airing your opinion do you show your
thoughts, then as a group we can discuss through all the ideas and
hopefully in this process, we can help each other improve in our
understanding and sort out the most considered way to move forward.
Although it may seem a little rough while all of these different
thoughts are out there, with some conflicting with each other, I
actually think this is a beneficial process for the body.
our direction was decided, everyone contributed to the application and
rounded it out with all of our wisdom, truly working as one body and
growing in understanding together. With what seemed like a very
thorough application in hand, I began to understand how valuable the
process was. Even if we weren’t going to be successful with the
application, those involved had already grown from the experience. I
decided to draw out the process further.
to high work loads in my architecture course it was often hard to find
opportunities to talk about Dafa and clarify the truth. Many people
around me in the studio are very familiar with the process of critical
review due to the nature of our education. I realised that the people
reviewing our application at the festival would be everyday people and
look at our application potentially without knowing anything, so I
thought to ask my friends and colleagues if they could review the
application and offer any suggestions on how to improve it. Each time
someone read it, they developed a better understanding about Dafa and
made some good observations to improve it from an outsiders
perspective. This way, even more people contributed to the application
and slowly made it better, each time offering their insight and past
experience and each time the person would form good thoughts about Dafa.
this point, although working towards the goal of being included in the
festival, I had totally let go of the result, as these efforts and the
process had already had such a positive effect in helping people
improve and allowed sentient beings to place themselves.
I sent the application. A few weeks later the organisers informed us of
I was contacting other practitioners during the organisation of this
project, I realised that when I thought of different people,
impressions of that person would arise in my mind. The impressions were
typically an idea that I had formed of that person due to all past
experiences. I began to realise that the impression was not actually
them, just an image of them. In my view, perhaps at some moments those
people hadn’t acted particularly well and hance the image I had formed
had some positive parts but also some negative thoughts. As I realised
this, I was able to let that impression go and each time a real
tangible weight lifted from my mind and I felt that the boundaries
between us lessened, I became more accepting of others and was able to
work better as a particle of the greater body.
the festival, we had organised there to be two main parts to the stall.
The Origami lotus flower making, and teaching the exercises with
additional information about the cultivation of mind and body. The
paper folding exercise gave us time to engage with the people, build a
little rapport by meeting our guests and sharing this skill. The
activity also set up the most important moment of sharing the metaphor
about the growth of the lotus flower and how it can represent the
personal in cultivation practice. People really listened and were
touched. Some were drawn in by the lotus making and it ，wasn’t until
half the way through the flower that they realised they were in a Falun
Dafa tent. The realisation made it apparent that for what ever reason
they wouldn’t normally have entered, but then felt obliged to finish
making the flower. During this time we were able to break down some
barriers, build rapport and explain a little more about Falun Dafa.
Many of these kinds of people ended up staying more and even learning
after wave of people flocked into the stall almost without let up. Over
time and as the days went by especially in the later hours, the stories
would sometimes become a little more relaxed and casual, or less
attentive. At this point I would catch myself and thought that although
I have told this story thousands of times, it is the only time that
they would hear it and it would effectively determine the future of
their life. This jogged me to maintain attentiveness, connect with them
and have the effect of saving them.
the week I met people from all over who were so pleased to come across
Falun Dafa and talk to us in more depth about it. A lady from Ghana,
Africa, said the stall was so inspiring and the stories we told about
cultivation and the practice were so uplifting.
“I’ve been waiting for you people to turn up to a place like this so I
“I’ve been learning the exercises at a remote town, but knew I would be
missing the little things, this was a great chance to really learn the
Another had practiced the exercises for 2 years straight everyday in a
large group in a remote town but she hadn’t opened the book or knew
what cultivation really was.
we taught the exercises to large groups and individuals and spoke about
cultivation and it holistically felt that we were all immersed in the
Fa. I would wake up buzzing with energy and could feel the field around
me expanding. It definitely was not easy though. There was also
something very draining. I thought about why this was at one point. It
was like we were coming into contact with so many everyday people who
are more or less idling in life or dropping and then we are investing
quite a bit of energy in them to shift their direction into a positive
upwards one and I felt like they were unknowingly weighing on our
shoulders until we were able to lift them up with our words. The more I
did it I could feel my capacity increasing and becoming more powerful
gradually it became easier.
when I felt like things had gone really well, A few days after came a
solid hint through someone. “You can improve even more. You are doing
well, and that has been a dramatic improvement… but you can do even
better”. I knew it too and have been learning to not set limits for my
capacity to ascend and just continually expand.
festival gave our group a taste of what is possible and for myself
formed great aspirations for work in this area in the future. Our hope
is to connect with the predestined and allow all those who came to help
in this period to be able to contribute and also to lay seeds for those
who will come later. If anyone would like to share about this
experience or do similar things in your local environment or help
improve any of the thoughts expressed in this sharing today, please get
in touch with me. Zhen-Shan-Ren Hao… Falun Dafa Hao!