Balancing the Relationship between Cultivating and Studying
Sydney little dizi: Zhenghong Jiang
Greetings esteemed Master!
Greetings fellow practitioners.
My name is Dante. This year, I am eleven. I was very privileged to be born into a family of Dafa practitioners. I wrote an experience sharing for the 2017 Fa conference in the US and the first line I wrote was: “I came from heaven, I came to study the Fa”. From the age of 3, I could recite Hong Yin. Before my fifth birthday, I had finished reading Zhuan Falun for the first time. I want to thank my parents and grandparents for their help and support. Ever since I was born, I have never taken medicine, and have grown up healthy under Master’s compassion and care. I have had the privilege of seeing Master when attending the 2017 and 2018 Fa conferences in America. I have also participated in parades in New York, and Washington D.C. Although I have never had the opportunity to visit mainland China, I have attended a few Hong Kong parades. I also participated in many kinds of events clarifying the truth before I started learning violin.
However, as I got older, and my studies increased, with the addition of piano and violin crowding up my weekends, the time I spent doing the three things became less and less. In the past year, with the goal of getting into a good high school, I faced many tribulations and tests. But then, after I started treating myself as a practitioner, and doing the three things, the results were miraculously wonderful. Thank you Master.
Master said in Teachings at the Conference in New Zealand “Many children have not only learned the Fa well, but are also ranked first or second in their studies at school. A lot are like that, there are a lot of them. It’s not that they are necessarily attached to academic achievements, but that through Dafa cultivation they have come to understand what they should do. They are able to balance school studies and the Fa well. Students should do well in their schoolwork. That comes from understanding the Fa; they know they should be good people wherever they are. They know that since they are students, they should study hard. Then naturally they do well. ”
When I was little, I really enjoyed learning, and my academic record was outstanding. I skipped a grade from Kindergarten to Year 1. From then on, my grades have always been in the top few in the class. I have clarified the truth to my teachers and classmates. But when I got to year five, my studies and homework increased, with the addition of learning the violin. The time I spent studying the Fa decreased, and except for Minghui School on Sunday, the time I took to do the exercises at home became very little. Needless to say, I hardly did any truth clarification.. I could no longer maintain the balance between my studies and my cultivation. My xinxing dropped, and I developed some very bad habits:
Firstly, I started getting lazy. Before, every Saturday I would go to tutoring from 8am to 10am. But I didn’t like doing the homework, so I told my parents I needed more time to practise violin and I didn’t need tutoring anymore. Then, as soon as I stopped tutoring, I hurt my hand, and I couldn’t practise violin for more than two weeks. So stopping tutoring didn’t give me any more time than before to practise violin.
I also developed a habit of complaining. I complained to my parents about the pressure from not just school, but also learning my two instruments violin and piano. When my mum thought of applying for a private scholarship and taking the selective exam, I didn’t want to do them at first. I wanted to stay at my current school, but after learning that most of my friends were also leaving, I didn’t object.
Before the tests, I only went to tutoring for writing, and had no time for maths. In February, I sat the scholarship exams for five private schools, and I didn’t complete the maths paper for any of them. I also applied for music scholarships and prepared two pieces for an audition. But after waiting for a month, there was still no news. I was very worried about whether I would get an interview. In March, I received rejection letters from a few private schools. I opened the reports and wasn’t surprised to see that my maths was only in the top 5 to 10 percent. My other subjects were in the top 2 to 3 percent. I heard that only if you got the top 1 percent in all the subjects, could you have a good opportunity to get a scholarship offer.
I was very disappointed, and started doubting whether my efforts had actually had any reward. My body also started eliminating karma. Coughs and runny noses were becoming common.
When my parents saw all this,they started talking to me about their takes on the situation. After the scholarship application process was finished, I started going to Minghui school again, and participating in the Saturday group Fa Study again, and I even started occasionally going to the local group Fa Study. I started looking inwards, and found that I had many areas to improve.
The first one is my respect for my parents. My parents had dedicated so much for my future education, but I completely ignored their efforts, and I even got angry at them sometimes. They have much more reason to get angry at me, but they usually don’t. I realised that they had put a lot of effort into raising me, and I should try to take the pressure off them. I realised how important it was to respect my parents.
I also needed to increase my focus on studying the Fa. I realised how important studying the Fa was. Master told us all of the answers were already in “Zhuan Falun”. He has made known to us all we need to know: how to make the right decisions, and finally reach consummation.
Another aspect needing improvement was saving sentient beings. Master did everything for us, so we could be saved. We should not disappoint him, nor let his efforts to save us be in vain. Master gave every sentient being the opportunity to be saved. As a cultivator, as a young disciple, what we must do is assist Master in a rectification. We must help people to return to tradition, and return to their origins.
By studying the Fa and looking inward, I improved my xinxing . Later, I was offered interviews at two private schools. One of them was a music audition. I put down my attachment to pursuit and diligently prepared. The holidays before my selective exam, I got rid of my laziness. Every morning at seven o’clock I took the train with my mum to tutoring college. I took many practice tests and each time the results got better. I believed that Master was always helping me. When I started treating myself as a cultivator, my situation changed dramatically. At the day of the interview, I didn’t have any attachments. I gave the teachers flyers for Shen Yun, and introduced them to Shen Yun. I ended up getting a scholarship for this school.
During the second semester vacation, I added Fa study and exercise to my daily life. I practised the exercises every morning and studied the Fa with my mother and grandma in the evening. During normal school days, every day when my mother sends me to the school bus, I memorise <On Dafa> from “Zhuan Falun”. If I have time, I will recite a few poems from “Hong Yin”. When I get home, I listen to my parents’ advice. In addition to completing my homework on time, I have become more diligent in practising the piano.
Although my studies and instrument practice already took up a lot of my time, when I heard about the violin performance for the May 13 celebration of World Falun Dafa Day, I eagerly participated in the rehearsals and performance. I knew that this time, I was playing the violin to spread the Fa and clarify the truth, and so I must perform well. I found that the hardest thing is not playing. It was how to find a balance between practising the pieces for the performance, and practising the things my teacher had assigned. Later, I realised that only after I first did what my teacher had assigned, could I play the performance pieces better and allow sentient beings to feel the beauty of Dafa more.
In Hongyin IV, Master wrote a poem called “Your sentient beings are waiting for you”. I believe this is telling us that because all sentient beings are waiting to be saved, we must be more diligent in doing the three things, especially clarifying the truth.
I have been attending Minghui school for six years. Normally when I went to Minghui School on Sundays, I practised the exercises, studied the Fa, and studied Chinese in the morning. I then learned Chinese traditional culture or drawing in the afternoon. I am very happy that we have violin rehearsals in the afternoon during April to September, which provides us the opportunity to clarify the truth through violin performances. In addition to the May 13 activities, we also participated in four community truth-clarification activities.
On June 4th, we participated in the artistic performance organised by the NSW Language Federation. We played “Flying Falun”. On the spot, our violin ensemble was selected to participate in a dinner on June 17th where there would be 400 to 500 people. In addition to the principals and teachers of many language schools, the dinner also had many guests. We played “I am a young Dafa disciple”, “A letter to mother”, “Beautiful May” and “Flying Falun”. Before the performance, I told everyone that Minghui School focuses on teaching traditional Chinese culture and traditional Chinese characters, and uses “Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance” to guide students in their daily lives in this modern society. After that, we also participated in many community events to spread the beauty of Dafa.
最近，我很意外的獲得了我前所未有的好成績。我獲得了新洲WriteOn寫作競賽的金獎，AMC（澳洲數學競賽）的滿分獎，ICAS（國際中小學教育競賽和評估考試）數學、英語及技術的High Distinction （優異證書）。我還收到了Sydney Boys和音樂附中的錄取通知。
Recently, I unexpectedly received unprecedented good marks. I received a gold award for the WriteOn writing competition, a perfect score in AMC (the Australian Maths Competition) and High Distinctions for Maths, English and Technology in ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools). I also received offers from Sydney Boys High School and The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
I realised that all of this was validating Dafa. The good results I have obtained are all because I have fixed the relationship between study and cultivation.
Above is my cultivation experience sharing, I know that I still have many shortcomings in cultivation, and I ask my fellow practitioners to please kindly correct me.
Thank you Master!
Thank you fellow practitioners!