Greetings Master! Greetings fellow practitioners!
My name is Jinghong. I obtained the Fa in 1998. I have changed dramatically both inside and outside after practising. The ailments I had previously are all gone now, and I used to be very depressed but now I’m very relaxed, calm and happy. I’m amazed at the genuine delight rising from the bottom of my heart. It is truly wonderful to practise Falun Dafa.
After I moved to France in 2014, I started clarifying the truth at the Eiffel Tower. It has been 5 years so far. I’d like to share some of my experiences today with you all during the Fa conference.
Clarifying the Truth at Tourist Sites
Master has mentioned many times that truth-clarification sites are very important. When still in China, I read “Fa Teaching at the 2013 Western U.S. Fa Conference”, where Master said:
There is an increasing number of tourist groups from mainland China nowadays. This is an arrangement for people to hear the truth in a different setting. Our truth-clarification sites are, in fact, the front line—the front line for clarifying the truth.
At the time I was sharing with other practitioners: “What we are doing at home isn’t enough. Still some people haven’t learnt the truth, and they have to go abroad to hear it. I never thought that I would one day, in this different setting, clarify the truth to those who don’t have the chance to learn about the truth in China.
Over the past 4 years, seeing groups of tourists every day, I feel that all of them are my close family. I sometimes pray to Master: “Please help to save them”.
We encounter different tourist groups every day. Normally our greetings are: “You are so blessed. Remember to take this truth with you from Europe! Many people nod their heads when hearing this, then we can clarify the truth to them.
Some people are deceived by the wicked CCP's propaganda so badly that they won’t listen to us, won’t look at us, and even won’t allow us to speak to them. In this case, I don’t force them, and normally say: “That’s fine. It doesn’t matter if you don’t listen to me now, I hope you will have a safe and happy trip, but please listen if later someone else is clarifying the truth to you!” Afterwards they would normally listen to other practitioners if they went up to them, or would stop in front of our banners reading the contents.
No matter what attitudes they have, I always do what I should do, and tell them: “It doesn’t matter if you don’t listen to me now, you are blessed. When you see other people clarifying the truth to you later please listen to them, and then quit the CCP! We don’t expect anything from you. We just hope you can be safe.”
When there were too many people I couldn’t find alias’ for every one of them to quit the CCP, so I told them: “If any one of you or your friends or relatives has not quit the CCP, please find a cash note when you get home, and write the following message on it: I want to quit the CCP and its affiliations. Then leave your nickname or a pseudonym on it to let the heavens know that you have chosen kindness and want to stay away from evil. We will be safe when heaven decides to eliminate the CCP. Please also remember: Falun Dafa is good! The principle of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance is good.”
Many people are afraid, not brave enough to take any truth clarification materials, but they stare at the article titles on our newspaper. I tell them, “Take the newspaper. You don’t need to take it back to China. You can just read it abroad. Read it and you will learn the truth. You won’t be deceived by the propaganda.
Some people are more assured and take our newspaper. Then I add, “These materials are very valuable if you ever take them back to China. When history turns its page in the future you will know they are all treasures which can’t be exchanged for anything.”
Some people are very scared of the wicked CCP and dare not look at the materials, even if they really want to. Sometimes I noticed them taking some materials secretly, grabbing them, folding them, then quickly putting them inside their bags.
Once there was a tourist group passing by. I was following them behind, and suddenly noticed someone putting his hands behind his back, with his hands open, palm facing me and waving at me slightly. I know that he wanted to take some truth clarification materials, so I quickly folded some and put them in his hand, thinking: “Luckily I noticed his hands, otherwise he would have missed this opportunity.”
Once I saw a tourist guide laughing with his friends and having a good time, but as soon as he saw me, he changed his facial expression and looked very upset. I was very surprised, and asked him: “Why? Do I owe you too much money?”
He found my question quite funny and laughed, and told me awkwardly that he was very tired. I said, “Yes! It’s not an easy job. You work really hard!
He replied, “You also work very hard!”
I told him, “Chinese are blinded by the CCP’s lies, if we do not tell them the truth when they are abroad, they might go down to hell with the wicked CCP. That would be a great shame. They will be very thankful to you in the future if they can have the chance to listen to the truth. Have you quit the CCP, you should quit if you haven’t done it yet?”
He replied: “Yes! Yes!”
Many westerners who learnt the truth come to help us as well. Some tourists bus drivers took newspapers from us and handed them to the Chinese on their buses; some showed a big thumbs up to us in front of the Chinese tourists; some Chinese on the passing buses nodded towards us with acknowledgement. Often we encounter many Chinese who learnt the truth from inside China or other truth clarification sites. Upon seeing us they say things like: Well done! China’s future depends on you! Falun Dafa is great! I have already quit the CCP! I feel very happy for those people who have been saved.
I was once invited by the media team to work for them, but after careful consideration I chose to stay at the truth clarification sites as there would be lots of difficulties for me because of the language barrier. What I can do is either to distribute truth newspapers or flyers. Media isn’t my background, and I don’t see myself being good at it either. However, clarifying the truth face to face is something that I have been doing since the start of the persecution, and is very familiar to me. There isn't enough manpower at the truth clarification sites either. So, I go and do my best at the truth clarification sites
I now understand more about what Master said in “Abandon Human Attachments and Continue True Cultivation” from Essential for Further Advancement:
“Maintaining Dafa’s tradition, upholding Dafa’s cultivation principles, and persevering in true cultivation are long-term tests for every Dafa disciple.”
In a different setting here abroad, cultivation is very different from that of inside China, as different environments are set to abandon different human attachments. But no matter where we are, we always need to have our feet on the ground to cultivate. When seeing anything that is not quite right, there must be something I need to cultivate on, otherwise I won’t see it. These aspects are always the same no matter where I am.
Because of the language barrier, I depend on others for help on many things. Unconsciously I have developed the mentality of ‘relying on others’. But one day I was reading Zhuan Falun lecture 3, where Master said: “Of course, this student had a very high xinxing level and would not get the driver into trouble.” I suddenly understood another level of the Fa. I started to learn how to do things myself, and try my best not to bring any trouble to fellow practitioners who are already very busy every day.
Participating in the RTC Training to do Better at Clarifying the Truth
I still remember when I first came to France. I was introduced to the RTC platform, where I can listen to practitioners around the world dial people in Mainland China and clarify the truth to them. I admire them very much since they let many Chinese quit the CCP one call after another. I always wanted to learn this, but have never started as I’m busy with other things.
Every day I’m getting busier and busier, but find myself having not improved much in terms of clarifying the truth to people, and always use the same words again and again. Sometimes I went onto the RTC platform to read some materials, find references about how other practitioners clarify the truth, and listen to their calls to learn how they do it. I admire them very much and wish one day to do this myself.
Once, I joined a sharing about a persecution case in Changchun. The host encouraged everyone to take some phone numbers to call, and finish calling all the numbers within a certain timeframe. How wonderful it would be if I could dial any of the phone numbers on the list and clarify the truth to people on the other end!
With this wish, I soon saw the notice on the RTC platform where truth clarification training will be provided. I registered myself straight away. Thank you very much Master for arranging this for me!
Although now I can’t find any spare time to make phone calls, I can always call them later whenever I find myself free. There is no harm to have an extra skill, and this is a great opportunity. I know I mustn’t miss this chance, but my schedule is very tight every day. How can I find 3 hours per day to join the training?
The only way is to reduce my sleep by an hour each day, pause my daily group Fa study of reading Zhuan Falun and pause my daily reciting of Hong Yin for 30mins, and stop some other clarification activities accordingly, so I can find enough time for the training. I then read one lecture of Zhuan Falun on the bus when I’m on the way to distribute leaflets.
On 17th September 2018, I had the first training session. It was mainly about the truth related fables. Then I also went through topics like the naturally formed huge rock with the Chinese characters “Chinese Communist Party Perishes”, the explanation on how the CCP is persecuting everyday people, and also the basic facts about Falun Gong. I found this training session really good. The practitioner who hosted the training meticulously explained, with demonstrations, how truth clarification materials can be delivered to people without rejection.
I saw some relevant news reports before, but I can’t remember the exact statistics. As a result, I was usually unable to provide the exact number and year of some evidence when clarifying the truth. After the training, I found it not that difficult to remember these numbers. When you clarify the truth with these materials and clear data, it will be soundly supported by evidence.
I didn’t know how to clarify the truth online before, but now I can explain the truth to people for more than ten minutes. Sometimes, I can even persuade people to quit the CCP. But sometimes I can’t balance it very well.
I still remember the first time I called some important numbers. After realizing that the people I was contacting were from the educational department and government judicial system, I was a bit confused and didn’t know what to say. If the person was from the educational department, I spoke about the messy phenomena in the education area, which made them unhappy because they hadn’t seen these phenomena in their schools. If the person was from the judicial system, I mentioned the fact that a lot of people there had been arrested. Of course, they didn’t want to listen and would reply: “Why do you mention these to me?” Bang! They then hung up.
With these experiences, I changed my mindset and explained the truth to them as I would to everyday people.
With the accumulation of training materials, I gained more confidence when clarifying the truth. Whichever topic it was, I could easily explain the truth around it. One time, I met a person with truth-clarification newspapers in his hand, who also told me that he had quit the CCP. He asked me: “How much money will you earn by being here for one day?”
I clarified the truth to him by using the materials, until he fully understood the truth. I believe that after getting the truth he will act like a live media to take the truth to more people.
Let’s remember what Master said in Guiding the Voyage, when Master first mentioned clarifying the truth in “Teaching the Fa at the Western U.S. Fa Conference”:
“Looking at it another way, I can tell you that all Gods in the cosmos—whether it’s the ones who have been rectified or the ones who haven’t been—say that, with regard to everything you are doing today, we’re incredibly merciful. (Applause) Did you know: during the time when the evil came in swarming hordes, so many people were fooled by the venomous fabrications and deceitful lies, and they had hatred toward Dafa and my disciples; those people were doomed to be weeded out in the future, yet even so, by presenting the truth we’ve allowed them to know the facts and get rid of their previous views and evil thoughts, and it’s very likely they can be saved. (Applause) Our clarifying the truth to the world isn’t any sort of political struggle, nor is it doing things to address certain matters. I’m telling you that this is your mercy, and you are truly saving the future people! (Applause) If those people’s thoughts don’t turn around, think about it, they’re done for. I think you should, as a student, a cultivator, do these things from the perspective of mercy, too. Inform people of the truth, tell them about it—this is also rescuing people.”
Thank you Master for your great compassion, for providing cultivation opportunities for us to constantly improve, and for providing more opportunities for ordinary people to be saved.
In the future I will definitely put more emphasis on Fa study, solidly cultivate myself, explain the truth clearly, let more people understand the truth, and hope people in the whole world will celebrate Dafa’s kindness in saving us!
Please correct me if I have said anything inappropriate with regards to the Fa.
Thank you Master! Thank you fellow practitioners!
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