在助师正法的同时修炼自己 Cultivate Myself While Assisting Master in the Fa-Rectification|
在助师正法的同时修炼自己 Cultivate Myself While Assisting Master in the Fa-Rectification
悉尼 友来 Youlai from Sydney
Cultivate Myself While Assisting Master in the Fa-Rectification
Youlai from Sydney
Greetings to revered Master!
Greetings to fellow practitioners!
I was fortunate enough to start full time at the Epochtimes this year and it’s been eight months already. In such short time, I have some cultivation experience to share with you all.
I was so pleased since I received the notification to start working for the Epochtimes. In fact, I have been working as Epochtimes editor while I was doing my own job in the ordinary society, except now I am so happy that I can link the job and truth clarification together because I can really spend more time on Fa-rectification which is exactly what our Master wants us to do.
However, because of my lack of practising, I didn’t prepare well enough to know how to cultivate in the new environment.
As soon as I started the job, many problems popped up, till then I realised the difficulty was far more than I initially expected. The first requirement of the job is the fast pace, every step links to another which is totally different to when I was working at my casual time. Secondly, I couldn’t meet with the working standards as an editor, as well as my insufficient processing skills all became big obstacles. I often delayed the project as a whole. I thought I have given my best effort yet the criticism didn’t stop. At that time I really felt the heavy load was suffocating.
In fact, I understood that there would be pressure when starting in a new environment and it only needs time to make us fit in, however I did notice this was something to do with my cultivation. Before I came to Epochtimes, I didn’t cultivate well which means when the problem turns up, I lost the ability to treat it as cultivation process, and then I would easily be stirred up by the ordinary people’s mentality. I felt being wronged and treated unfairly, and got worked up and couldn’t keep calm.
After a period of time I started to feel my status wasn’t right and I wasn’t behaving like a practitioner. Thinking back when the evil persecution started I joined the Epochtimes work, and under such tremendous pressure, I could keep calm. At that time I would listen to “Pu Du” music while I was working and enjoyed every strike on the keyboard while I was working. And looking at myself now - I was getting worked up easily with a complaining mind - how could I help to produce a pure and powerful newspaper?
In the Teaching the Fa at the Conference in Switzerland, Master said: “But when your mind can truly become tranquil, when your attachments get less and less, or when the distracting thoughts get less and less, then you’ll find that your words have power. Why was it that when I spoke about non-action I mentioned that you shouldn’t interfere with things that shouldn’t be interfered with? That’s because your words already have power, and words with power can change people. It doesn’t matter if your changing someone seems right, you might be doing something wrong. You don’t know the truth since what your eyes see is superficial, and since you can’t perceive karmic reasons from the past. Your mind will become increasingly pure as you reach higher levels. What your thinking brings forth then, and what you say, will be extremely pure. The purer and simpler they are, the more they conform to the principles of that level of the universe. The words you speak then can instantly pierce people’s hearts, strike the depths of people’s thoughts, and strike the more microscopic part of their existences. Now isn’t that going to be powerful?! So if you can become tranquil, that ability signifies that you have reached a certain realm.”
Then I knew that I needed to adjust my cultivation status.
How? Firstly I must calm myself down, search inside myself while study more Fa.
So I need to settle down my heart, no matter how much pressure seems to be, I must keep myself calm and not get worked up. Of course this is no easy task even today. Because it’s not up to a person to be wherever he wants to be, it takes time to get there step by step, and I keep reminding myself to meet the standard. When being criticized, I try to see through the external factors to look inside myself to see where I can improve and to change myself quickly. In doing so, my restless and rebellious mind has been controlled a lot better.
In regards to looking inside to find problems, for example, I don’t try to emphasis my own opinion during group cooperation. I don’t have a very good memory, and I may repeatedly made mistakes in the same area. I used to defend myself, but afterwards I knew that I could just move on when a mistake was picked up, so why was I so agitated. Also because I was always a lone worker, I lacked an understanding of the team work process. I always regarded things from just my own angle when others pointed out problem, so the conflict hence could grow as time passed by.
Furthermore, my heart was moved when being criticized which shows exactly my issue that my heart container is not big enough. Master said in the Lecture at the First Conference in North America: “when problems occur among students or persons in charge, it’s not right to point fingers at others and thereby cause friction and bring about tension. If this happens to Dafa disciples or if you’re angry about these things, your mind will then be that of an everyday person. You should always turn to the Fa for answers upon encountering any problem. You should examine yourself and look inside: “What did I do wrong? Did I do something wrong and cause the problem that suddenly came up today?” Think about it carefully.”
From the working angle, I should not always insist on my own opinion, instead I should consider the issue from other’s perspective, from the requirement of the work. After considering this, my heart was more peaceful.
There is another reason that my heart is not settled - that is I haven’t realised that cultivation factors exist in the new environment. When running into conflicts in the daily work, I forgot cultivation factors exist anywhere, anytime. I relaxed myself in cultivation and could not maintain my xinxing, hence my heart was affected.
Master mentioned in Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference: “Of course, you need to do well at personal cultivation if you’re to do well at those things. So this means cultivation is fundamental for each of you. With any project to save people, if you stray from cultivation you will find that you become more and more like a non-cultivator and tend to think about matters and do things in an increasingly ordinary way. But if you can stay on the Fa all the way through, and not let up in your personal cultivation at any point, you will find that everything you do is truly befitting a cultivator. That is simply essential if a Dafa disciple is to complete his mission, and what ensures it on a fundamental level. So you cannot stray from the Fa, and at no point can you let up in your own cultivation. Yes, many Dafa disciples outside of China are busy with projects. And if you want to do a good job with those projects and make them effective at saving people, then you need to do them better, put more heart into them, and spend more time on them. And that being the case, it may seem as though there’s no time for your own cultivation. But however things may be, you all still need to make time for cultivation and for Fa study.”
This is the requirement from our Master who has lectured many times in this regard. I seem to understand a lot more by reading it now. Epoch Times is a project for assisting in truth clarification, though it’s not cultivation itself. Every practitioner must participate in Fa-rectification, yet not because you did it then you are counted as a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple. Our cultivation status as a whole is very important to assure us to assist Master in Fa-rectification. Every one of us is part of the team, and in facing any difficulties, only all of us always treating ourselves as practitioners can we maintain our xinxing and resolve the problems.
While looking within, we must study the Fa more with a peaceful mind, till then Master will display the magnificent meaning of Fa to us. One day, I was reading the part regarding Hanxin in Zhuan Falun, I suddenly ask myself that what reason Hanxin could endure humiliation to crawl under the legs. I understood that it’s because he must have had a much bigger goal for him. I seem to understand much better meaning of “Ren – Tolerance”, as soon as one sets up a goal, though there will be all sorts of obstacles, interferences and tribulations in the process for achieving it, one must be rock solid and be persistent to achieve what one first set out to achieve. I understand that this is Ren – Tolerance in a new higher level.
To a Fa-rectification Dafa disciple, Master said: “Forbearance (ren) is not cowardice, much less is it resigning oneself to adversity. Dafa disciples’ Forbearance is noble; is the manifestation of beings’ magnificent, indestructible, and diamond-like solidity; is tolerance for the purpose of upholding the truth; and is mercy toward and salvation of beings who still have human nature and righteous thoughts. ” (Beyond the Limits of Forbearance – Essential for Further Advancement II) I seem to understand another layer of meaning of “Ren-Tolerance.”
I ask myself: what is the reason I work for The Epoch Times? Have I lost my initial motivation? I started to remember how I walked into doing work for The Epoch Times.
I started work with Epoch Times in Singapore, which is also an area heavily influenced by the evil persecution from mainland China. The Chinese media of Singapore would publish propaganda from CCP every now and then to poison the local people. At that time what we could only do was to hand out flyers and talk to people one by one. Then I thought wouldn’t it be great if we had our own media! Finally, The Epoch Times was established. I still remember when it first started, every minute was so pure and so sacred for doing Epoch Times.
Today, ten years have passed, the most difficult period has gone, though the Fa-rectification hasn’t ended, and our mission cannot stop no matter how difficult it is. I must overcome my own shortcomings in order to meet the new requirements in the new environment to fulfil the mission. Isn’t this another aspect of Ren-Tolerance?
If someone asks me, what have I learned in the past half year? I would say: no matter what one does, does not ever forget to cultivate oneself. One cannot use excuse of doing Dafa work to replace one’s cultivation. Master said: “I’ve observed that on some projects many of you have been acting simply too ordinary. A media company… Let’s talk about the media work, for example. A media company should be run well. Yet what do we have but people’s thinking turning more and more ordinary over the course of time, with people no longer looking at things as a cultivator would, but instead in ordinary ways. In no way is that being like a Dafa disciple. Why are Dafa disciples running a media company, after all? To save people. Don’t forget that your purpose is to save people, and the reason to run a media company well is to save people. Clarifying the facts and saving sentient beings are what you need to accomplish. There is nothing else for you to accomplish. There is nothing else in this world that you need to accomplish. Those are the things that you need to work toward, and yet some people no longer pay much attention to even their own cultivation, and have instead made a priority of ordinary things. Haven’t you strayed from the path of Dafa disciples’ cultivation, then? (Fa Teaching Given at the 2015 New York Fa Conference)
Looking back my past six months, I sincerely am grateful of the care and guidance that Master has given me.
Thank you Master, and thanks to those practitioners who have helped me, encouraged me and put up with me.
Thank you all.
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