I started to practice Falun Dafa in China in late 1998, hoping to heal my illnesses through the practice. Back then my understanding of Dafa was very shallow, and I wasn't diligent in studying the Fa* and doing the exercises. On April 25, 1999, ten thousand Falun Gong practitioners went to Zhongnanhai (the Chinese central government compound) to peacefully appeal to the government, asking for the release of practitioners arrested in Tianjin City. However, I read from newspapers and heard on television that Falun Gong practitioners were attacking Zhongnanhai and pursuing political objectives. I thought to myself, practicing the exercises is supposed to be just doing exercises, why get into politics? Due to my limited understanding of the Fa back then, I believed the vicious propaganda and gave up practicing Falun Dafa.
In July 1999, the persecution against Falun Gong had begun, and all the government propaganda tools distributed lies and deceit everywhere. The local street committee asked me to hand in Falun Gong materials. Because I believed the propaganda and was frightened, I gave them some books, and I destroyed the books and audio cassettes that I still had at home. I even said things that were disrespectful to Master and Dafa. Many people around me also misunderstood Falun Dafa due to the propaganda.
In November 2000, I went to Singapore, and I was fortunate enough to attend the Singapore Experience Sharing Conference. After I heard the experiences of practitioners in Singapore and started to read a lot of truth clarification materials, I came to understand. I was shocked when I realized that the propaganda was all fabricated. Through the help of fellow practitioners, I once again stepped back onto the path of cultivation.
By improving myself diligently, I gradually developed a deeper understanding of the Fa. I came to experience the vastness of Dafa and the boundless compassion of Master Li in offering salvation to us. At the same time, I deeply regretted having believed in the propaganda and given up cultivation, as well as being disrespectful to Master and Dafa. I want to make this public statement now, to compensate for my wrongdoings, and also to let more and more people see the true face of the evil. I also hope that those who gave up practicing Falun Dafa as a result of the propaganda can step back into cultivation again.
Through my experience, I deeply understand the poison which the evil propaganda has placed in the minds of countless beings, as well as the importance and urgency of letting people know about the lies. Since I started to practice Falun Dafa again, I immediately joined in activities to clarify the truth about Falun Gong. Now I do the three things Master has told us to do -- study the Fa, send forth righteous thoughts and clarify the truth. I strive to participate in the Fa-rectification through the process of clarifying the truth, including handing out flyers to people in the local community, clarifying the truth to tourist groups from China, making phone calls to China, and faxing and posting a large number of truth-clarification materials to China.
I am actually an old man, I am over eighty now, and I have benefited tremendously during the past three years of my cultivation in the Fa-rectification period. I am determined to be more diligent in the future and I hope that the Chinese people can come to learn the truth through what I do. I hope to help save more sentient beings.
*Fa (fah)—law and principles in the Buddha School
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