Cultivation of Speech and Working as One Body 修口和形成整体|
Cultivation of Speech and Working as One Body 修口和形成整体
Brian T. from Adelaide 阿德莱德 布莱恩
Cultivation of Speech and Working as One Body
Brian T. from Adelaide
Greetings fellow practitioners.
1.Cultivation of Speech
When I was young I was told “speak when you are spoken to” “children should be seen and not heard” “always respect your elders” “if you can't say something nice about someone then don't say anything” etc. These are post natal notions that are hard to alter and I have always had this fear, or attachment, to being outspoken as a child. This has been with me all my life and when I became an adult I had this attachment of speaking in front of a group. I would always be guarded on what I said and consequently I have never felt comfortable with sharing my inner thoughts and feelings.
In my early childhood I was a chronic asthma sufferer, as a 12 year old I was severely burned and in my late teens I enlisted in the army and was deployed overseas as a combatant. I can recall vividly that each of these could, and nearly did take away my life. These three events, along with the previous ones just mentioned, shaped my life.
Whilst I was deployed overseas in the army, I had a five day leave pass and went to Bangkok. There, I visited many of the tourist spots which also include many Bhuddist temples. I found the peacefulness and serenity that surrounded these areas the exact opposite from where I had been, and knowing that I would be returning to that situation, I began to wonder, why do these events occur. At one temple I motioned with my camera to a monk who was sitting down, is it OK to take a photo? I assumed he did not speak English, but he replied in perfect English, “That is permissible.” After a brief pause, mainly due to the surprise, we started a conversation. We talked about many different topics, but mainly on the values of life, simplicity and uncomplicated life and humanity towards fellow man. My impressions of those moments were of compassion, truthfullness and tolerance, a far cry from where I would be a few days later.
It was not until I obtained the Fa 30 years later that I began to realise that all those post natal notions and life experiences were created for my cultivation. I studied the Fa and began cultivating diligently, becoming involved in different activities and keen to be more and more involved. It was a wonderful experience and everything in life was becoming more relaxed and unhindered, problems could be resolved much easier. But deep inside, I still had these attachments to fear of opening up, being honest with those closest to me, and sharing on a deeper level. Even after being a practitioner for over 13 years I still have reservations in this area and have not been able to shed this attachment. It was not until some other veteran practitioners were sharing the basic benefits of writing a sharing paper and the reason that master has given us the Fa conferences that I decided that I must write a sharing, not only for becoming more open to others, but to overcome my attachments. I have spoken in front of different practitioner groups previously, but those sharings have always been project related and have always avoided my cultivation and personal feelings.
2.Writing a sharing
I had been stuck on where to start and what to write about when I enlightened to Master's lecture on not being as diligent as you were when you first obtained the Fa. It was the realisation that due to my commitment to Shen Yun in particular that I was neglecting Fa study and doing the exercises. Consequently, when things would not go smoothly, I would inevitably look outwardly at others shortcomings and blame them, rather than looking with-in and trying to improve myself. It created many difficulties at home and with my Dafa projects, so much so that many times I was prepared to relinquish all involvement with organisation and responsibility of Shen Yun and government projects that I was involved with. Maybe I needed to just get back to basic self cultivation. But then, Master's words that “cultivation is not easy” and “we must fullfill our vows” and most importantly we must do the three things well echoed in my heart and head. Where would I be today if it were not for my obtaining the Fa at this crucial stage in my life? I owe everything to the Fa, how could I not follow Master's requirements?
As a main coordinator for Shen Yun, I have been involved in securing the venue and also marketing. For several years we could not secure the most prestigious venue in Adelaide, but after constant communications we finally were able to hold Shen Yun performances at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2014 and 2015. Originally the first Shen Yun was held at that theatre in 2008, then in 2009 and 2010 it was held at another venue. This second venue was not as prestigious as the Adelaide Festival Centre as we were not able to target the correct audience, thus it was also not acceptable as an ongoing venue.
作为当地神韵项目的负责人，我负责签约场地和市场推广。好几年我们阿得雷德都没签到高档的演出场地。经过不断的交流，2014和2015年我们终于可以在阿得雷德节日中心（Adelaide Festival Centre）上演神韵了。2008年、第一年神韵就在那里上演的，2009年和2010年在另一个剧院。另一个剧院没有阿得雷德节日中心档次高，导致无法针对正确的观众群体推广，因此不能再使用那个剧院了。
3.Working as one body
For 2016 we have again secured the theatre and began progressing with our marketing. Originally, back in May this year we had booked the theatre for our agreed dates and signed the contract. It was about a month later when other cities were still negotiating their dates that I received an urgent call asking if we could alter our dates. This meant that we could only have two days and three performances, and the days would be a Monday and Tuesday instead of later in the week. Immediately I thought that it would be harder for ticket sales, possible reduction of income due to one less performance, plus more effort in changing contract with theatre. This was all happening on a Thursday or Friday while we were in the final stages of planning a forum with David Matas who was arriving on Saturday. After contacting the theatre it was possible to change days so then the decision of whether or not to change days was asked of me. The reasons against the altering were as previously mentioned, but then the question of why should we change had to be taken into consideration. The reason being to facilitate the troupe being able to perform in New Zealand. Should I put self first and take the easy course or should I be slightly inconvenienced by this extra work. When looking at it that way whereby we in Adelaide may possibly save a handful less sentient beings but give New Zealand an opportunity to save several thousand sentient beings, there was only one answer that I enlightened to, I immediately changed our dates. By assimilating to the Fa and by making that choice, Master has opened the way for the forum with David Matas to flow smoothly from that moment forward and at the same time, I am confident that sales of Shen Yun will be equivalent to our expectations.
Going back a few years we invited David Kilgour to Adelaide and organised the screening of “Free China, The Courage to Believe” and also a lunchtime meeting at the South Australian Parliament House. There were a few MP's and several advisors. We showed a short video entitled “Killed for their Organs”, then David answered many in depth questions. Many of those at this meeting were unaware of what was happening in China and said that something must be done to stop this atrocity. One MP was at the forefront and began working on what the State Government could do based on David's suggestions. Another MP who sent his senior advisor to this meeting was also supportive. After that initial meeting, I began working on another project and I failed to follow up and keep in contact with these MPs. This is another of my shortcomings, but Master has given me another opportunity to now rectify that.
几年前，我们邀请了大卫·乔高（David Kilgour）来阿德雷德，我们组织了《自由中国》电影的放映仪式，并在南澳议会大楼里举行了一个午餐会议，好几个议员和顾问都参加了。我们放映了《活摘》的短片后，大卫回答了一些有深度的问题。与会的好多人都不知道发生在中国的这样的事情，他们纷纷表示要做点什么来阻止中国的暴行。绿党的弗兰克斯（Tammy Franks）率先行动了起来，研究基于大卫的建议，政府可以進行的工作。另一位“家庭第一党”的议员派了他的资深顾问参加了那次会议，也表示非常支持。但是那个初次会议后，我又参加其它项目去了，没有与弗兰克斯跟進、保持联络。这是我的另一个缺点，但是师父给我了又一个机会来改正。
When it was first mentioned that David Matas was heading to New Zealand for a conference and was it possible that he could come to Australia, it was mentioned within our local group. As we do not have a large number of local practitioners we also had to take Shen Yun organisation into consideration. Eventually the decision was made that it would be beneficial to hold a forum. David Matas arrived for our forum and we also organised an interview on ABC radio for half an hour on a main program. Another interview was organised with a donor transplant support group which included a member of Transplantion Society of Australia and New Zealand. But most importantly, by clarifying the facts to our state politicians it opened up the opportunity for David and our Falun Dafa Association to lodge an important “Submission to South Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Operation of the Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1983 and possible amendments in respect to the trafficking in human organs and related matters for South Australia”. This opportunity would probably have been missed if it were not for David coming to Adelaide as I had been more concerned with Shen Yun marketing than government work. I immediately enlightened that lodging a submission of this importance was beyond my capabilities and knowledge so I contacted the Australian FXH for their help. They were able to help significantly by organising a very comprehensive formal 19 page document, definitely one that was beyond my abilities. If we are to have a profound effect to enable any changes in the legal or moral aspects of these evil happenings from occurring in the future, I believe that to achieve the best outcome, then I must understand my shortcomings and seek the best solution. My wife Barbara, who obtained the Fa at the same time as I did, discussed this with me. This is also another important aspect of cultivation and working together as one body.
一开始我们得知大卫·麦塔斯要去新西兰开一个会时，我们当地小组提起这事，就在考虑是否有可能邀请他也来到澳洲。由于我们当地学员数量有限，而且要考虑到神韵的工作。最后我们决定举行一个论坛将是有益的。大卫·麦塔斯来到了我们的论坛，我们联络了澳洲广播公司（ABC）制作了一个半小时的采访在一个主要节目中播出。我们还安排了和器官移植支持团体的另一个采访，其中包括一名来自澳新器官移植委员会（Transplantion Society of Australia and New Zealand）的成员。但最重要的是，通过向议员们讲真相，大卫和我们法轮大法协会有了向南澳议会器官移植委员会递交一份重要报告的机会，可能就南澳器官移植议题对“1983解剖法”進行修改。如果我们当时认为神韵市场工作比政府工作重要、而没有邀请大卫来阿德雷德举办论坛，我们很可能就错失这个机会了。我立即意识到，提交这个报告超过了我的能力和知识范围，于是我向澳洲佛学会求助。他们帮助很大，给了我们一份19页的详尽文档，一份靠我自己的力量绝对是做不出来的文件。如果将来这件事能产生深远的影响，即在立法或道德上能阻止这样邪恶的事情的发生，我相信要获得最佳的效果，我必须意识到自己的缺点并找到最佳方案。和我同时得法的妻子芭芭拉（Barbara），就这件事和我進行了讨论。这件事体现了小组合作修炼和整体的配合。
The final outcome of that Joint Committee has not been realised as yet as it is still continuing. David Matas has lodged a submission and also been interviewed live by the committee members. The secretary of the Joint Committee contacted me to inform me that the Falun Dafa submission has been tabled and listed and contacted me again today to invite me or a representative to appear at next months Joint Committee meeting.
By writing this sharing it has made me look deeper within and it has highlighted my attachments and shortcomings, which is the reason why I cultivate. I hope that I will become more diligent and achieve removing my attachments.
Thank you, Master.
Thanks fellow practitioners.
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