A little sharing on Memorising the Fa
By a Falun Dafa Chinese practitioner in Australia
Greetings Honourable Master!
Greetings all practitioners!
Every time I read Master said:
“In Changchun there are now more than ten thousand people memorizing the book. What’s the situation of their Fa-study now? They sit down and start to study, and they don’t need the book—one person recites the book by memory from the beginning, then he stops and another person continues to recite, without making a mistake, and not one single word is recited wrong as they continue to recite. Then it continues, you recite a paragraph, he recites a paragraph, and people go on reciting like this.” (Suggestions Given at the Beijing Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting),
I always felt ashamed.
I know for sure that Dafa is so wonderful, but due to my laziness and worries, I hadn’t taken any action to do it. At the 2018 NTD and Epoch Times Fa Conference, many practitioners shared their experience of memorising the Fa, which touched me a lot. In fact, I have always been upset with myself for being distracted when studying the Fa.
When talking about the significance of memorising and hand-copying the Fa, Master stated:
“What’s the purpose? It’s to deepen their understanding of the Fa, which really helps the students improve. With such a deep impression [of the Fa]in their minds, whenever they do something they’ll be able to hold themselves to a practitioner’s standard. It really makes a difference.” (“Suggestions Given at the Beijing Falun Dafa Assistants Meeting”)
Although I understood this, could I really memorise it? Apart from my laziness, my concerns also stemmed from doubts about my memory. Most of my past memories were gone, both short-term and long-term. Unless recalled by others, I couldn’t remember even a tiny bit of many past events, even big occasions. My husband jokes that my brain is brand new each day.
I recall that many years ago, it took me only around fourty minutes to recite Lun Yu, however, to recite the new edition, it took me about two hours. I found it particularly hard. With such a depleted brain, would Ibe able to memorise the Fa?
When I talked to my family about memorising the Fa, my father, also a fellow practitioner, said, Yeah, if we can memorise one sentence every day, we should have already memorised the whole book over the past 20 years. I thought, well, I will just start to do so, no matter what.
After finishing up the 2019 Australian Shen Yun reporting for Epoch Times, one fellow practitioner and I made a commitment to memorise Zhuan Falun together. Now we’ve come to Lecture Seven for the third time.
In the first round, we started sentence by sentence, then put them together and memorised the whole paragraph. Although it took a long time, it gave me full confidence when I could finally memorise the first paragraph fluently. I thanked Master from the bottom of my heart for helping me fulfill my wish. It turned out that I hadn’t lost my memory after all, I can do it!
Within a few days, we found that reciting paragraph-by-paragraph is faster than sentence-by-sentence, hence, we started memorising paragraphs instead. We take turns to read each paragraph two or three times, we can basically make it. When we each recited the paragraph two or three times, we could memorise it smoothly.
However, when we started the second-round last year, I was quite bewildered–I had forgotten everything! For each paragraph, it seemed I had never recited it before, so we had to restart from scratch. I thought that once you learnt it by heart, you would never forget, however, obviously, it’s not the case. Later, a fellow practitioner’s sharing on Minghui website inspired me. He said he also experienced this, and he had to go through 10 times until he could well and truly memorise the whole book.
“To put it more simply, as long as you read Dafa, you are changing; as long as you read Dafa, you are elevating. The boundless content of Dafa plus the supplementary means—the exercises—will enable you to reach Consummation.” (“Melt into the Fa”, Essentials For Further Advancement)
I said to myself, no matter whether I can remember it forever or not, let’s just do it. I let go of my pursuit of memorising the Fa without forgetting and let go of my attachment to speed. We started to recite each paragraph first and followed by repeating it 10 more times, before starting the next paragraph.
This year when we started the third round, I found that there was still nothing much left in my memory, but it was easier than the last two times, especially for those parts which used to take us a long time to remember. So, this time, we memorised one page per day with 10 repetitions. Then, we found it easier to recite the whole section.
Since then, when I memorised the whole section with full concentration, I found I had deepened my understanding of the Fa. Often from the same sentence, I was able to capture a different meaning which was not comprehensible previously from the surface.
Until recently did I read what Master said in Teaching the Fa at the Assistants’ Fa Conference in Changchun.
“Some of you are able to memorize the Fa. Why is it that after some time you forget even the parts you’d memorized really well? Because the part of you that memorized the book really well became fully cultivated and was moved over. What’s left is the part that still doesn’t understand, so you still need to keep studying the Fa.” (” Teaching the Fa at the Assistants’ Fa Conference in Changchun”)
It turned out that Master had already made it clear to us–my confusion was because I didn’t study the Fa well. Master, now I understand. Thank you for your teaching–I will be persistent in memorising the Fa.
When memorising the Fa, I often feel from the bottom of my heart that Master has been suffering enormously in the process of saving us. I feel extremely lucky to be able to obtain the Dafa of the universe, so I often choke up while memorising. I can only feel a very tiny part of the greatness of the Lord Buddha and the compassion of the Lord Buddha.
1. Letting Go of Hidden Attachments while Memorising the Fa
When I recited the Fa for the first time, I found a lot of attachments. The fellow practitioner whom I study with was a fresh graduate. She recites very well.
At the beginning, I felt a bit embarrassed when I wasn’t doing well, and also a bit proud when I did well.
Looking inward, I knew that hidden beneath the surface was attachments to reputation, jealousy, vanity, showing off, zealotry, not willing to be corrected, etc. Especially when I was trying to memorise the whole paragraph perfectly and still made mistakes, my study partner reminded me and helped correct me, but I would feel a bit disappointed and frustrated.
Dafa is incomparably majestic, but when I recited the Fa, I carried so many dirty attachments. I must deal with this problem seriously. These attachments are demonic in nature, and they are not part of my true self at all. They must be removed via cultivation.
Master has arranged such a wonderful fellow practitioner to recite the Fa with me. When I was struggling to recite, she patiently reminded me of each word. If I made a mistake, she would correct me. I should have thanked her for correcting me and be happy for her if she did better than me. I should think this way.
Moreover, perfectly memorising the Fa is a natural result of a deep understanding of the Fa, with each single word etched in my mind. It’s not achieved by holding onto attachments to pursuit and show off mentality.
Recognising this, when we recited the Fa together, once those negative thoughts came up, I would consciously reject them, trying not to keep any trace of unrighteous thoughts in my mind. “Preserving the good part and removing the bad part,” (Lecture one, Zhuan Falun). Gradually, these thoughts lessened or faded away.
Now, when she corrects me, I would always say “thank you” straightaway, spoken outwardly or in my mind, and I am fully grateful to her. If I am not quite sure with some parts, I’ll not rush but double check with her and then continue.
The feeling of melting into the Fa is really wonderful. Every morning when I start my work after memorising the Fa,I feel very happy. It is a sort of joy from the heart. I don’t know why but just content. I guess it might be my knowing side that has truly obtained the Fa. Plus, every time I think of someone, I think he or she is so nice and kind, and my heart is filled with warmth. The small and insignificant me is surrounded by the mighty Buddha’s compassion–what else can make me happier than this?
“If a piece of sawdust drops into a furnace of molten steel, it will vanish in a twinkling. It would be effortless for a Fa as immense as ours to assimilate a person such as you, to eliminate your karma, to remove your improper thoughts, and so on.” (“Teachings at the First Conference in North America”)
In the process of memorising the Fa, I feel that Master is removing a lot of bad substances from me; I don’t know exactly what they are though. Obviously, Master has endured a great deal to remove my karma and resolved a lot of troubles for me. Meanwhile, I feel I have changed a lot. For example, sometimes when I speak quite softly, it astonishes me. How could I speak so softly? This is not merely from politeness, but I guess it is out of a natural harmony achieved from my true willingness to assimilate the Fa.
On another hand, when I speak to someone in the form of a rhetorical question, I can immediately realise I am wrong, and this does not conform with the Fa. The attachments behind may be resentment, combativeness, unkindness or personal gain, etc. And those bad things should be removed. The ability to naturally measure myself with the Fa wasn’t there before.
2. Strengthening my Main Consciousness while Reciting the Fa
Over the past few years while memorising the Fa, I felt that my main consciousness has been gradually strengthening. From Master’s teaching, my true self is progressively emerging, and I can always bear in mind that I am a cultivator, and this lifetime’s mission is to cultivate myself and help Master save sentient beings. Thus, my attachments would be naturally weakened.
Especially when something upsets me, I would always feel much lighter after reciting the Fa,and the trouble seems much smaller and sometimes insignificant. If the bad thoughts do come to influence me again, I would tell myself that I am a being composed of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. My true self is a pure and kind being. I must reject those bad thoughts and refuse to be controlled by my attachments and be my true self. With master’s help, troubles are quickly gone.
In my downtime, I have listed out all my attachments that I’m aware of, so I can keep check of them from time to time. When there are conflicts, I can immediately look at which attachment is haunting me. The list is still pretty long, which is really a shame!
Since commencing reciting the Fa, I feel I’m gaining a greater fundamental comprehension of enduring hardship. I understand I must change my notions and try to let go of my pursuit of the so-called beautiful life in the human world.
“Going through hardship and suffering is an outstanding opportunity to remove karma, be cleansed of sin, purify the body, elevate your plane of thought, and rise in level—it’s an extraordinarily good thing. This is a correct and upright Fa-truth.” (“The Closer to the End, the More Diligent You Should Be”, The Essentials of Diligent Progress III)
My life since childhood has been quite smooth, so I’ve always avoided conflict and hardship. Now I realise that my thoughts that come up every day often deviate from the Fa. They are in my mind to make my untrue self-comfortable and joyful. To put it bluntly, they stem from fame, profit and affections, etc., with the purpose of being selfish.
Now that Iam aware of them, I will try to deal with it according to Fa principles. This truly requires seriously cultivating every single thought, and so far I am still doing poorly in this regard.
I think this also reflects some fundamental attachments that I didn’t notice before. I’ve been attached to the thought that the Fa could bring health, blessings, family harmony, and the elevation to a level of freedom and ease. In short, I had the pursuit to enjoy the beauty of this human world and eventually, the beauty of heaven, through cultivating Dafa.
“To the great enlightened people, living as a human being is not the purpose, and one’s life is not meant for being human—it is meant for you to return to your origin. Human beings suffer a lot. The enlightened people think that the more one suffers, the better, as one should speed up repaying one’s debts. This is what they think.” (Lecture Four, Zhuan Falun)
But in daily life, I could barely stand much suffering, such as being cold, hot, hungry, painful, etc. This has become a huge obstacle on my path of cultivation.
With Master’s upright Fa as guidance, I will work hard to cultivate my willpower and cultivate Ren. I believe my ability to “suffer” will be strengthened.
3. Appreciating Fellow Practitioners’ Compassion
Before I came to the Epoch Times Media Group in 2015, I had some concerns. I was a teacher and I usually worked alone and didn’t necessarily stay in the office the whole time. My working environment was relatively simple. So, I wondered if interpersonal relationships with others in the project would get complicated.
Looking back, this thought stemmed from not studying the Fa well, because conflicts are all for the purpose of removing attachments. What’s to be scared about? Actually, this was also a concealed attachment to comfort and self-protection.
Over the past six years of working at The Epoch Times, what I have truly experienced is the joy of working with a group of cultivators committed to assist Master in saving people. My heart has been constantly touched.
All the fellow practitioners are so kind. They make efforts to put others first under the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. Even if they occasionally didn’t do well, they would become aware of it shortly afterwards and get back on the right track. There are no conflicts similar to those among everyday people, and there is no in-fighting or dishonesty for personal interest.
For example, there are two fellow practitioners in sales who don’t need to go to the office often, but when the two ladies do come, they will take the initiative to clean the bathroom quietly, which leaves a wonderful impression on me, given I was always reluctant to do those sorts of jobs.
Another example is, one day, we needed to fill out a form. When I was about to search for a lot of information, an email arrived with all I needed in it. It was sent by another colleague. At that moment, I felt so warm.
There is a translator who went through physical cleansing. The pain was so intense that she even lost sleep, but she still did a good job and her work wasn’t affected at all. Also, her physical discomfort was eliminated quickly.
“I’d say that our Falun Dafa is a pure land here—I dare to say this, as our students have really high xinxing requirements and we ask that our students emphasize xinxing cultivation.” (“Explaining the Fa for Falun Dafa Assistants in Changchun”)
It is so true. I’ve always been impressed by the purity and kindness of my colleagues. They are considerate to others everywhere, which in turn encourages me to do well, and we upgrade together as a group.
“Of course, those of you who work in the media have to cultivate yourselves well if you’re to do well at what you are supposed to do. And so cultivation should be first and foremost for you—for every Dafa practitioner involved in the media. That’s because how well you cultivate yourselves determines your power to save people as well as the effectiveness of your work. This is for sure.” (2018 NTD and Epoch Times Fa Conference)
I will try to keep Master’s teachings in mind and work hard on my cultivation so I can assist the media to help save more people in this chaotic world.
Due to the pandemic and the early establishment of the English Epoch Times in Australia, the Melbourne office is now in the same predicament of lack of money and staff as the headquarters experienced in the early years, but I believe all those difficulties are temporary, because we shoulder the mission of saving people and what we to spread is the message of salvation. If we move forward persistently and do as Master asks of us, we will definitely accomplish this, like Master said in Zhuan Falun.
“After passing the shady willow trees, there will be bright flowers and another village ahead.” (Zhuan Falun)
The above is just my shallow understanding at my current level. Please kindly correct me if there is anything improper.
Kowtow to Master!
Thank you, my dear fellow practitioners!
(Presented at the 2021 Australia Online Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference)