Yingchun was a young and successful businesswoman from Beijing, China. In the 1990s, she owned a production factory and had popular retail shops in Shanghai. Her products sold in many regions of China, and according to her, things were great.
Business was booming, and in order to profit further, Yingchun planned to open more retail shops.
But—like plenty of businesswomen in Beijing experience—Yingchun’s fortune suddenly changed for the worse when her business manager embezzled 400,000 yuan (approx. $59,000) from the business.
The thief then left his wife and child and moved to southern China to hide.
Yingchun told Minghui.org that she nearly had a mental breakdown. Her debts skyrocketed as she couldn’t pay suppliers and employees. She cried every day and had lost all hope. Basically, she felt completely devastated. She was trying to figure out how she could keep her business running, but with no money to reinvest, she grew despondent and her mind and heart grew dark.
Her family thought Yingchun would die from self-neglect. Her mother worried for her and followed her around everywhere, making sure she didn’t do “something silly.”
Yingchun said of her mother, “She tried to comfort me, but nobody could really help me.”
She told her, “Don’t be too obsessed with the loss. That guy will get his retribution. He has lost a lot of virtue. Don’t worry about it.”
Her mother practiced Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), a peaceful, meditative practice for the mind, body, and soul. Through this practice she learned about the principles of karma and virtue: People who commit bad deeds lose something good (virtue) and gain something bad (karma), while for the person who bears the pain of the loss, the process is reversed. So she took loss and gain lightly, and suggested her daughter do so too.
But Yingchun wasn’t listening. She was simply too angry and miserable to hear any advice, even from her caring mother.
She had to deal with her factory and return to Shanghai to manage inventory and orders at her warehouse even though she could barely think.
Returning to Shanghai
Before Yingchun left for Shanghai, her mother gave her a book. It was Zhuan Falun (Turning the Law Wheel) by Mr. Li Hongzhi, the main teachings of Falun Dafa. She gently told her it was a good book, but she was hesitant to take it because her mother was illiterate.
“She couldn’t read, so what did she know about good books?” she admitted to thinking at that time.
But, after she flipped through the pages of the book a few times, she felt there was something more to it, so she decided when she returned from Shanghai she would make time to read it to figure out what exactly this book was about. Nonetheless, she had to look into her business first.
On the train back from Shanghai, she began a conversation with a professor sitting near her who happened to be reading the same book her mother gave her.
She told the professor she was surprised to see that a scholar was reading Zhuan Falun, the same book her illiterate mother had given her and listened to a recording of.
The professor told Yingchun that many people from all walks of life read this book, saying, “People around the world read this book. … It is a book of the Buddha School. No matter how many books you have read, this book talks about things that other books have never touched upon. It is very profound.”
Yingchun had many questions after she first read the book, but when she read the book a second time, her questions were answered. She then had new questions, and reading it a third time, her questions were answered, and so on. She finally understood it was a book about self-improvement through cultivating the heart and mind. So she started practicing its teachings.
Thereafter, many things changed for Yingchun.
She regained her health, and broadened her mind. Most importantly, she didn’t hate the man who had embezzled money from her anymore, because her heart had changed. Among other things, she learned about loss and gain, and how to cultivate virtue by being kind and considerate of others.
Eventually, Yingchun learned that the man who cheated her had been abandoned by his second wife a few years later. The woman spent all of his money, so he went back to his first wife. The man then developed a skin ulcer and his leg was amputated, and he eventually passed away.
Yingchun felt sad. She didn’t want revenge; she now wished she could have saved this man from his own bad nature and sorrowful demise.
Eventually, Yingchun sold her factory and paid off all her debts and bought a new business. Her family life was harmonious, and she had an entirely different outlook and understanding on things.
So when, in 1999, the Chinese Communist Party launched a persecution campaign against Falun Dafa practitioners, her belief in the practice did not waver. She was arrested three times and imprisoned in a forced labor camp for three years because she refused to give up her faith. She was even homeless and lived frugally for a time to go undetected by police.
Yet over the years, Yingchun has remained true to her beliefs and has treasured the opportunity to improve himself, even under such difficult circumstances.
“When people understand what Falun Dafa is about, I am sure that they will be as determined as I am,” she said.