The annual Mid-US Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference was held on September 22nd, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This was the first time that the Mid-USA conference was held in a city other than Chicago.
|Falun Dafa practitioners share their cultivation experiences at the Fa conference|
Falun Dafa practitioners from 15 states gathered in the beautiful Twin Cities for the conference. Nineteen practitioners shared their cultivation experiences and understanding.
Practitioners exchanged their views and insights on how to remove attachments and improve themselves. They spoke about various aspects arising in the course of their everyday lives, study, cultivation and clarifying the facts of the persecution in China.
Dr. Zhou Yu from Chicago summarised his cultivation with two words, "Belief" and "Cultivation." In terms of "Belief," he first recalled his feeling when he first began the practice. He then discovered that although Master had lectured many times, and talked about many things and phenomena from different perspectives, no matter what He taught, He seemed to tell us one thing: that is to cultivate the heart and to be kind. On the other hand, as a scientist in a microscopic field, Dr. Yu used his scientific and technological knowledge to further understand the fallacy of atheism, and to truly comprehend that Dafa is universal truth, and that revered Master is leading us to walk on the most righteous path, which is to upgrade from perceptually understanding the Fa to rationally understanding the Fa. In terms of "Cultivation," he talked about his experiences in the face of losing his job.
Ms. Wang Hong from Ohio shared her experience of making use of a large local Chinese school to clarify the facts to the Chinese people. When she accompanied her child to the school, she saw many parents all waiting outside, chatting. She handed various materials out to them, clarifying the truth about Falun Gong, flyers about the NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular, and materials about quitting the Chinese Communist Party. The results were great. Many people happily took the materials. In the course of this experience, she also removed her attachment to fear.
Ms. Wei just began practising Falun Gong six months ago. She explained how only when her father suddenly passed away, did she start wondering about the meaning of life. When she first read Zhuan Falun, she was so excited and said: "This is just what I have been looking for over the past years." Only four to five weeks after she started practising, thyroid masses on her neck that had plagued her for many years disappeared. Her husband had suffered from arm ache and could not be cured by Chinese medicine, massage and other medical treatments. Since he began to practise Falun Dafa, his arm ache has not recurred. She also mentioned positive changes in her children that have come since beginning the practice.
Ms. Yu studies zoology at the University of Chicago. She talked about how to balance well the relationship between work and cultivation. Although she did not have any experience in animal surgery, she remained steadfast in her belief in Falun Dafa, and diligently studied basic knowledge of surgery. As a result, she ended up training surgeons from Shanghai, delighting her boss and giving her an opportunity to clarify the truth. She successfully clarified the facts to the surgeons and created for herself a steady environment to validate the Fa.
Ms. Wu works in a bank and talked about how she cultivated "compassion," how she improve her tone and kindness in her speech. She works hard and gained the praise of her colleagues, and was awarded as an excellent employee. She displayed a Dafa disciple's demeanor, and made good use of opportunities to clarify the facts to her colleagues. In her everyday life, she began to do more household chores and be more considerate of others in the family. When participating in Fa-validation projects, she communicated with practitioners more often, and worked hard to improve the technical skills needed.
The following words come from the opening remarks at the Fa conference: Amidst ups and downs over the past eight years, in face of the world's people's misunderstanding, we have not given up. In face of the Chinese Communist Party's evil persecution, we have not retreated. The bell of the Chinese New Year Spectacular urges the world's people to wake up, the grand tide of quitting the Chinese Communist Party and its affiliated organisations foresees that good will ultimately triumph over evil. Let us take this as an opportunity, to encourage each other, and strive forward together diligently. Falun Dafa's truth will ultimately be spread to every corner of the world.
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