Some Experiences of Working on the Shen Yun Project
By Stacey Wang
得法已經十四年了。修煉一直不夠精進。但慈悲的師父一直點化我﹐不能鬆懈﹐你是有約而來。前幾年一天 早上上班前在公園背法﹐當背到"佛家重點落在真、善、忍 的善上去修。因為修善可以修出大慈悲心，一出慈悲心，看眾生都苦，所以就發了一個愿望，要普度眾生。"(轉 法 輪 第14頁) 身體瞬間頓入另外空間﹐回到遠古的時候﹐我跪在師父面前﹐手裡拿着自己的誓約 "普度眾生"。
It has been fourteen years since I obtained the Fa. In the past, I have never been very diligent in my cultivation, but our benevolent Master constantly reminded me not to let up, for I have a prehistoric vow to fulfill. Several years ago, one morning before I went to work, I was memorizing the Fa in a park. When I reached the part of “The Buddha School emphasizes cultivating Shan of Zhen-Shan-Ren. Because the cultivation of Shan can generate great, benevolent compassion, and when compassion develops one will find all beings suffering, the Buddha School thus develops an aspiration to offer salvation to all beings”, (Zhuan Falun) my body instantly entered into another dimension. I returned to ancient times, when I was kneeling before Master, holding my vow of “saving sentient beings.”
明白了﹐但還是做得不好。過去三年的神韻推廣﹐雖然心裡也急﹐也到商場買票﹐但總沒有把她作為頭等大 事對待。去年神韻演出後﹐做了一個很清晰的夢。在神韻的劇場上﹐很多很多空的座位﹐師父來了﹐就坐在我對面﹐師父看了看空空的座位﹐搖了搖頭﹐走了。我心 裡很難受﹐我知道﹐神韻再來﹐我一定要做好。
Though I understood the message, I still didn’t do well. In the past three years work of promoting Shen Yun, although I had the sense of urgency and sold tickets at the mall, I had never regarded it as a top priority. After the ShenYun performances last year, I had a very clear dream. In the theater that holds the ShenYun performances, there were many, many empty seats. Master came up and sat right opposite me. Master looked at the empty seats, shook his head and walked away. I felt really sad. I knew that when ShenYun comes next time, I must do well.
以前推廣神韻﹐都是在週末才去商場﹐但今年悉尼的票數是全世界最多的﹐一定要有時間出來 做。<<再精進>>的經文下來後﹐我看了很多遍﹐師父說﹕"有一點大家都非常清楚，這個世界的歷史能夠走到今天，就是為大法弟子救度眾生留下來的，這段歷史就是 為了成就大法弟子和兌現你們的誓約而存在。", "整個這段歷史時期都是給大法弟子留下來的、為了大法弟子證實法的，那么也就是說人類的舞 台是給大法弟子的。" 我明白如果不是師父正法﹐一切都不存在了。生命之 所以留存到今天﹐就為了在正法中被救度。我不可能沒有時間 出來做大法弟子該做的事。
In the past years, I’d usually go to shopping malls on weekends, but this year, Sydney has the most tickets to be sold compared to other cities around the world. I must find more time to help. I read the new article “Be More Diligent” many times after it was published, Master said,
........“history’s being able to progress to this day, here in this world, is precisely because it was reserved for Dafa disciples to save sentient beings, as this chapter of history exists expressly for Dafa disciples’ success and so that you may fulfill your vows.” ………….“This period of history has been left entirely for Dafa disciples so that they may validate the Fa. In other words, the stage of mankind has been given to Dafa disciples. “
I understood that if it was not for Master’s Fa-rectification, everything would be gone. The reason why life is retained to this day, is for them to be saved in the Fa-rectification. Therefore, it is not possible for me not to have time to do the work Dafa disciples should do.
我和先生一 起開一個服裝店﹐店里的事很多都是我打點。我父母和我同住。父親和先生都不修煉。我先生看店時﹐總是看報紙﹐其它都不做。表面看起來好像我不在商店時間長 了會影響生意。父親對生意看得很重。怎麼跟他們講呢? 心裡有點怕。但我非常明白﹐無論如何我一定要參與神韻推廣。一星期拿出三天時間是可以的。 只是商店可能會亂一點﹐家裡怎麼商量。心正的時候學法很容易得到啟發。<<轉法輪>>第 七講中提到﹐修煉人不能殺生 … 但走路時螞蟻﹑蟲子跑到腳下﹐踩死就踩死了﹐要堂堂正正的修煉。做神韻是最正的事﹐以後家裡人明白了﹐一定會感激我今天的決定。我先跟媽媽講﹐媽媽也修﹐ 但沒有真正走出來證實大法。媽媽說你走了﹐生意又不好了。我說不會的﹐我做這麼好的事﹐生意會好的。師父法中講過﹐現在是師父和正神直接在掌管﹐師父不會 安排我的時間用來做神韻了﹐收入就減少了。沒想到吃飯時跟家裡商量﹐先生說﹕“你現在是總統啦 ﹐你想怎麼安排就怎麼安排吧。"
My husband and I have a clothing shop, and I look after most of the things in the shop. I live with my parents and my father and husband are not practitioners. Most of the time when my husband is in the shop he reads the newspaper and does nothing. So on the surface, it seemed that it would affect our business if I did not stay in the shop long enough. My father took the business very seriously. How was I going to tell them I wanted more time off to promote Shen Yun? I was a little scared. But I knew clearly that no matter what, I must participate in the promotion of ShenYun. Spending three days per week on Shen Yun is possible, except the shop might be a bit more messy. How should I discuss this with the family?
When studying the Fa with a righteous heart, we can find the correct answer easily. In lecture Seven of Zhuan Falun, Master mentioned that cultivators are not allowed to kill ... While you are walking, some ants or insects may run under your feet and get killed. Perhaps they are supposed to die since you do not kill them intentionally. One should cultivate in an upright and dignified manner. Promoting Shen Yun is the most righteous thing. When my family realizes this in the future, they will be grateful for the decision I made today. So I spoke with my mother first, as she is a practitioner too, except she didn’t go out to validate the Fa. Mother said if I left the shop, business will turn bad. I said no, I am doing such a good thing, our business should be fine. Master said before, that Master and Gods are taking control of things. Master wouldn’t arrange for me to lose income because I spent more time on Shen Yun. At dinner time, when I discussed this with my family, my husband said, “You are the president now; you can arrange whatever you like”.
第一天走大公司回家﹐爸爸就給我過關。當時我正趕着把當天走訪過的公司資料整理﹐好讓同修跟進發電子 郵件。家裡人已經準備好了要出去吃飯。爸爸非常生氣 "出去了一天﹐回來又是那些事﹐不去了﹐不去了。" 當時心裡有點氣﹐但馬上平靜下來﹐心想你再凶也動不了我啦。在去餐館的路上﹐心裡充滿了感 激﹐爸爸又為我承擔了一塊業。我能感到自己心態的變化帶來環境的變化﹐很快﹐家人象沒事發生過一樣﹐有說有笑。
The first day after I finished visiting big companies, my father gave me a tribulation straight away. I was trying to tidy up all the details of the companies we visited, so other fellow practitioners may send emails to them. My family was ready to leave for dinner. My father was very upset, “You have been out the whole day, now you are busy with the same thing again. I am not going for dinner any more, I don’t want to go any more.” I was a little upset at that moment, but soon calmed down. I thought to myself, your anger would not move my heart. On the way to the restaurant, my heart was full of gratitude. My father had born a piece of Karma for me. I also realised the environment around me would change according to my own mental status. Soon everyone was chatting and laughing as if nothing had happened before.
走訪大公司後幾個星期﹐一天坐在店里﹐整個早上都沒人來買衣服。心想﹐店怎麼變這麼空了? 但我又想﹐如果全世界的錢都讓我賺了﹐但不能參與神韻推廣﹐我願意嗎? 不願意。我哼起神韻合唱團的歌﹕"不要隨着世風沉淪﹐別為紅塵假象勞神。世間的榮耀不長久"。 慢慢的﹐我發現我站店時生意變了。原來客人來喜歡買小東西﹐現在不是了﹐他們喜歡賣價格貴一點的﹐這樣客人好像沒有以前那麼多﹐但營業額並不少。這樣我有 更多時間可以收拾店子。做事時心態也變了﹐以前一邊做一邊埋怨先生﹐現在只會抓緊時間把要做的事做完。我也學會了向內找﹐如果和先生有不高興﹐我看到他的 缺點沒有一樣不是我的缺點。先生也變了﹐開始幫我做很多他以前不做的事。有一天﹐一個從沒來過我商店的人一下買了五百元﹐她說她一年只購物一次。今天我是 她的幸運商店。當我的心裡擺正正法與個人的名利情後﹐一切都變得那麼和諧順利。
One day after coming back from visiting big companies, I was minding the shop. No one came to buy anything for the whole morning. I was wondering why the shop had become so quit. Then I thought to myself, if I could make all the money in the world, but couldn’t participate in the promotion of Shen Yun, would I like that? No, I wouldn’t. I started to hum the songs of the Shen Yun Choir: "Do not go down with the trend of this world, do not trouble yourself for the illusion on this earth. The glory of this world does not last. "(not original words) Eventually, I discovered that whenever I stayed in the shop, we would have fewer customers, but the things the customers bought were more expensive compared to before. Therefore, the turnover of the shop was not any less than before. Plus I had more time to tidy up the shop. My mentality had also changed when doing things. In the past, I would complain about my husband while doing things, but now I would only focus on how to finish all things quickly. I also learned to look inwards, when I had conflicts with my husband, I could see that I also have all the shortcomings that he has. My husband has also changed and started to help me to do a lot of the things he wouldn’t have done in the past. One day, a new customer came and spent $500 in my shop. She told me that she only shops once a year. My shop was her lucky shop that day. When I properly placed the relationship between Fa-rectification and personal interests, everything became so smooth and harmonious.
邪惡最喜歡讓同修間配合不愉快來干擾我們救眾生。只要同修間的思想有一點間隔﹐救人的效果就不好。在 走訪大公司的過程中﹐一天與一位同修合作。她是一個專業人士。做事情嚴謹認真﹐我做事比較馬虎﹐她有些看不習慣。我明白同修是想把事情做的更好﹐更專業 化。一邊發着正念﹐一邊按照同修說的去做。一早上我們從樓頂一直往下走﹐我正念也發的很好。公司做得很順利。但到有一處﹐我把筆記本和筆忘了。又要回頭 找。同修有點不耐煩﹐說了我幾句。表面上我沒什麼﹐但心裡覺得她講到幾句話象刺一樣﹐扎的心裡很不舒服。心想這怎麼一起做? 不做算了﹐剛一想﹐我們講神韻的效果馬上不好了﹐那些要救度的眾生馬上不感興趣聽了。我明 白了﹐我們是在救人啊﹐人的一切感受什麼也不是。我趕緊發正念﹐ 同修說的正面的全部接受﹐如果有負面的物質在我空間場內全部解體。隨着正法口訣的唸出﹐感覺自己空間場上的敗壞物質馬上解體了。當我們的心回到救人上﹐而 不是計較個人感受上﹐救人的效果馬上好了。
The favourite thing that evil likes is to create gaps among practitioners, thus interfering with us in saving sentient beings. As long as there is a little gap among practitioners, the result of saving sentient beings would become no good. During the process of visiting big companies, one day, I teamed up with a practitioner who had a more professional approach and took things seriously while I took things more casually. Thus she was not too pleased with me. I understood that she only wanted for us to do things well and more professionally. While I was doing things according to what she said, I was also sending righteous thoughts continuously. So in the morning we started from the top floor of the building gradually going down, everything went smoothly. But later I forgot my pen and note pad somewhere, and I needed to go back to find it. That practitioner became impatient and said a few words to me. On the surface I was fine, but inside my heart, her words made me feel like I was stabbed. I felt really uncomfortable. I was wondering: how could we still work together? Better not to do it anymore. Just when I was thinking of that, the result of our clarifying the facts became not good, and people were not interested in listening to us either. I realized that what we were doing was to save people, it is the utmost important, and this human feeling I had was nothing. I started to send righteous thoughts: I will accept all the correct things this practitioner said, and I will disintegrate all the negative substances evil caused between us. As soon as I read out the phrase of sending righteous thoughts, my dimensional field became all clear. When we focused on saving sentient beings instead of worrying about personal feelings, the result of saving people became good instantly.
从九月中参与神韵的推广三个多月的修炼感受很深。真是万古机缘，无上的荣耀。有一件事让我明白了大法 粒子的含义。以前做大法的事时很强调自己的状态，如学法好，炼功好，才觉得有正念。否则，做事就没底气。但在做神韵的过程中，时间很赶。有时每天只能睡4小时。那天早上只学了一点法，没炼功。人很疲劳，早上刚收到一个慈善机构的回绝，我明白是自己没有抓 紧时间与对方创造面对面讲神韵的好处造成的。所以赶紧打电话给另一家正在联系的，要在那个筹款经理向他的董事长请示前把神韵讲到位了。电话中我约他明天见 面，他说明天整天不在办公室，但当天的下午可以。当时感觉正法需要，我们就做。那个机构后面有很多律师，他们背后的无数众生都在等着我们救。一路上背着师 父的话："师父让做主流社会，那你们就用正念在主流社会做，就一定会成。" GPS给先生拿去了，我就用GOOGLE在电脑上查到路线，记住，没来得及吃午饭出门了。很顺利的谈完神韵，讲后面的合作，那个经理非常的高 兴。回家的路上体会师尊救人是如此的艰辛，感到生命的永远跟大法是连在一起的。两天后收到那个经理的电邮。他是我联系的慈善机构中第一个确认要与我们合作 的。
In the past three months’ promoting of ShenYun I had many touching experiences. I realised that being able to participate in this project was truly because of predestined relationship since ancient times and it’s indeed a most glorious task. There was one thing made me understand the meaning of being a Dafa particle. In the past, I rely on my cultivation status too seriously when doing Dafa work. I felt that I would only have righteous thoughts when I studied the Fa and did my exercises well, otherwise I would not be confident at all. However, when doing work for the Shen Yun project, time was always pressed. Sometimes I could only sleep 4 hours a day. One morning I had only studied a little bit of the Fa and didn’t do exercises. I felt really tired. That morning a charity organisation turned down our proposal. I knew it was because I didn’t seize the opportunity in time to have a face to face talk about how good Shen Yun is. So I quickly called another organisation in order to have a meeting with the fund-raising manager before he speaks to his director. On the phone I asked to meet him tomorrow, but he said he would be away the whole day tomorrow, but he was willing to see me that afternoon. We decided to see him because there are many lawyers behind that organisation and there are countless beings waiting to be saved. On the way, I was memorising Master’s words: "If Master asks you to work on higher-end society, just do it with righteous thoughts, and you will definitely succeed.” (<<Be More Diligent>>). My husband took the GPS, so I found the route through Goole, remembered it, and left home without having my lunch. The meeting went smoothly with the introduction of Shen Yun, and how to work together. The manager was very happy. On my way home I felt the difficulties Master experiences in order to save sentient beings. I felt my life was connected with Dafa. Two days later, I received an email from the manager. He was the first person from a charitable organisation to confirm to work with us as a partner.
有時候忙起來﹐我沒有時刻把救人放在第一位。有时做事没发好正念。有一个活动经理对神韵很感兴趣要与 我们合作，但她总找不出时间更改合约，我被动的等啊等。 直到第三次她告诉我因为工作一直很忙，还没做出来。我才觉醒，她是常人啊，没有能力，我这个大法弟子怎么没有给她发正念呢? 浪费了救人的时间。
Sometimes when I get busy, I’d forget to put saving people as first priority. Sometimes I didn’t do well in sending righteous thoughts. One manager was interested in working with us, but she always had no time to revise the contract, so I waited passively. The third time she told me that she still hadn’t finished it yet because her work was too busy. I finally realised that she was an everyday person, she had no ability for overcoming the interference. As a Dafa disciple, why didn’t I even remember to send righteous thoughts for her? I wasted the time for saving sentient beings.
那天到同修家取神韻的DVD﹐同修的幾句平靜的話很讓我震動。"除了師父﹐下面就是我們了 ﹐以後自己的宇宙不正﹐要我們自己去正的﹐所以要用生命去證實法。什麼事情都把大法擺在第一位就好了。" 是啊﹐我們當初是以神的生命擔保才成為今天的大法弟子﹐正法時期的大法弟子﹐為什麼我們今 天不能用生命去證實法呢? 讓我們在最後的最後抓緊稍縱即逝的機緣﹐真正做到"证实真善忍、成就新宇宙的大法" (<<走正路>>)
That day, I went to pick up some ShenYun DVDs from a practitioner’s home. The words that practitioner calmly said shook my heart: “Under Master, there are us. In the future when our own universe deviates, we need to rectify it ourselves. Thus we need to validate the Fa with our lives. No matter what we do, we must place Dafa first". That is right. In history, we gave our life as Gods to become today's Dafa disciples, Fa-rectification period Dafa disciples, then why can’t we validate the Fa with our lives? Let us seize the opportunity at this final phase, really “validating Zhen-Shan-Ren and attaining the Dafa of the new cosmos” (Walk Straight Your Path).