Malaysia: Divine Land Marching Band Welcomes the Coming of the Chinese New Year

February 07, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Malaysia

(Minghui.org) The Divine Land Marching Band in Malaysia performed in a well-known tourist destination, the historical city of Malacca, on January 30, 2016, to welcome the coming of Chinese New Year. The band, consisting of Falun Gong practitioners, performed from a double-deck bus on main streets and at scenic sites. They brought the jubilant atmosphere and the grace of Falun Dafa to local people and tourists.

Both sides of the double-deck bus displayed large banners, reading, “Falun Dafa is Good.” The bus proceeded from the Melaka Sentral Terminal along the route to scenic sites. The band performance was welcomed wherever it was heard.

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Divine Land Marching Band performs at the Stadthuys, a well-known scenic site.

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Divine Land Marching Band performs at the Melaka Sentral Terminal. Passengers waiting for busses watch the performance.

Member of Military Marching Band: The Performance Is at an International Level

Mohd Khairi, a member of a military marching band in Malaysia, watched the Divine Land Marching Band performance at Jonker Walk, the band’s last stop. He said he played several musical instruments. He said excitedly, “The band performance is at an international level. As a member of a military marching band, I know band performances well. I am interested in music.”

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Mohd Khairi, a member of a military marching band in Malaysia, was excited to watch the performance of The Divine Land Marching Band at Jonker Walk.

Besides Jonker Walk, the band also performed at other scenic sites, including The Stadthuys, Menara Taming Sari, and others.

Chinese Tourist: We Know Falun Dafa Is Good.

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Chinese tourists are happy to see the band perform on the Stadthuys and take photos.

The band performed on the double-deck bus at the Stadthuys. Chinese tourists there were happy to see the performance, and many took photos. A practitioner distributed information materials to them. One tourist said excitedly, “You can perform here!” Practitioner Su said, “Falun Gong practice is allowed here.” She asked the tourist, “Do you know that Falun Dafa is good?” The tourist replied, “We knew it a long time ago.” He continued taking photos of the band.

Jiang Zemin Must Be Brought to Justice

Kasim is a retired businessman who came to Malacca with his family to tour the area. They watched the band performance and liked the music. A practitioner talked with them about the persecution of Falun Gong in China and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) live organ harvesting from practitioners. Kasim said in grief, “Too cruel! Such brutal acts are not acceptable. We are not animals, but humans!”

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Kasim and his wife read a Falun Gong newspaper.

Over 200,000 Falun Gong practitioners and their family members have filed criminal complaints with China’s Supreme Procuratorate and Supreme Court against Jiang Zemin, former head of the CCP. Jiang abused his power in initiating and continuing the persecution of Falun Gong. In Asia, over 1.23 million people have signed petitions in support of lawsuits against Jiang. Kasim said, “We need to do this, and should support it. Justice will prevail.”

Three students, Anis, Nadiatul, and Nurul, were waiting for bus together at Melaka Sentral Terminal. A practitioner told them about Falun Gong, the persecution in China, and the CCP’s live organ harvesting.

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Anis, Nadiatul, and Nurul sign a petition to support lawsuits against Jiang.

They were sympathetic for the Falun Gong practitioners who have been tortured, but grateful to the practitioner who told them the facts. They said they wished the persecution will end as soon as possible. They all signed the petition to support the lawsuits against Jiang without hesitation.

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Category: Other Community Events

To Take Self-interest and Money Lightly

February 08, 2016 | A Dafa practitioner from mainland China

(Minghui.org) I started learning Falun Dafa cultivation in 1997. Since that time, many people have told me, “Falun Dafa has really helped you change your personality for the better.”

I am the youngest among my eight siblings, so growing up, I was spoiled by my whole family. As a result, I developed a domineering and pushy character. Very self-centered, I never considered the feelings of others and I put my own personal interests above everyone else.

My father taught me to cut hair when I was young, and years later, I opened a hair salon as a way to make a living. Looking to make more money, I often overcharged my customers.

Once I began to cultivate in Falun Dafa, however, I learned to be good and kind to everyone, regardless of social standing. My moral character improved and I became considerate of others. Through Falun Dafa cultivation, I came to realize that I shouldn’t charge extra money from my customers. To do so is immoral and violates the principles of Dafa.

Now I always charge my customers the standard rate for my services. Still, I sometimes give elderly people or people with financial difficulties a discount. If someone forgets to bring money or forgets to pay, I don’t even give it a thought. And yet, since practicing Falun Dafa, my income has improved even though I charge less. What’s more, if I move my shop to a new location, my old customers still follow me.

I have changed so much since practicing Dafa! As a result of my improvement, many people have learned that Falun Dafa is good. I tell people that Dafa has spread around the world, that only the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) defames and persecutes Dafa, and that it even goes so far as to harvest live organs from healthy Dafa practitioners for huge profits.

Making Peace with My Sister

Shortly after I started cultivation, I shared with my third sister some secrets I had kept for too long. “Sister, if I didn’t cultivate Falun Dafa, I would never tell you this,” I said. “Do you remember a few years ago when we went shopping in the city and stayed in a hotel for the night? While you were in the bathroom, I stole 100 yuan from you. I wanted revenge on you because when we ran a hair salon together, you took the tuition and 100 eggs that my apprentice paid me. I had been looking for a way to get back at you and take back my money.”

I cried as I talked to her. “Now I know better. Through practicing Dafa I now know that my wish for revenge was wrong. According to Dafa’s principles, I am returning the 100 yuan that I took from you that night. From now on, I will always conduct myself according to Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.”

My sincere change of heart moved my sister to tears. She said, “I was not right either. I should not have taken the money or other things that didn’t belong to me.”

I felt so relieved at our conversation. In the past I had fought for fame and profit, even with my sisters. But now that I cultivate Dafa, I feel very peaceful in my heart. I take fame and profit lightly, try to think of others first, and get along with others very well.

Not Taking Advantage

In the summer of 1998, my five-year-old son came home from preschool and was playing outside by himself. It was starting to get dark out, and I had just finished a haircut for a customer when I heard people yelling from outside.

I stepped out to see what was happening and saw my son crawling out from under a van. A lot of people had already gathered around. Someone said, “Quick, see if he’s hurt?” Another said, “So scary! Hurry up and take him to the hospital.” But I looked at my son and told the driver of the van, “It’s OK. He’s fine. You can leave.” As such, my son only had a small bump on his head and nothing else. And the bump went down in short time, and the next morning he went to school as usual.

After that, people came to my shop with endless questions about the accident. One person who knew the story gave me the thumbs up. “ You are so good,” she said. “Except for Falun Dafa practitioners, anyone else would have made the driver pay at least 1,000 yuan before letting him go.”

“How could I do that? The driver didn’t do it on purpose!” I said. “According to Dafa, it’s not right to ask him for money.”

Through this incident, many people came to realize the goodness and wonders of Falun Dafa.

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation

Gothenburg, Sweden: Western Practitioners Wish Master Li Happy New Year

February 05, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Li Xiao

(Minghui.org) Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of Falun Dafa, traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden in 1995 and gave lectures on the Fa. Many people in Sweden have taken up the practice since then, and have benefited spiritually, physically and mentally. As the 2016 Chinese New Year approaches, Swedish practitioners have taken the opportunity to express their gratitude to Master Li.

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English translation: All Swedish Falun Dafa practitioners wish compassionate Master Happy New Year!

The Best Thing in My Life

My name is Annie and I began practicing Falun Dafa 21 years ago in 1995. Looking back on those years, I know that there were many things that I did not do well enough as a practitioner. Nonetheless, I am happy deep in my heart—because I am a Dafa practitioner, something we have been waiting for such a long time and through many life cycles. It is the best thing and the most important thing in my life.

At the beginning of a new year, I have a hope to achieve more as a Dafa practitioner and do well with the tasks that need to be done. I know Master is waiting for us to make more progress and to mature, and to keep moving forward, to awaken more people to learn about Falun Dafa and the persecution.

Compared to 1995, I have a much clearer understanding of what it means to be a Dafa practitioner and the importance of making good use of every opportunity to fulfill our prehistoric vows. To achieve that, I need to increase my time in studying the teachings of Falun Dafa, to upgrade my moral character, and eliminate my attachments. This will allow me to let go of human notions and move forward faster. Many times when I have eliminated human notions, I would be encouraged by a phone call or email that would often come afterwards.

I also wish all practitioners a Happy New Year! By working together, we can become more diligent, and become more solid in our individual cultivation. This can present more opportunities to help other people understand Falun Dafa.

I am also grateful for practitioners in China for their sharing articles. It helps us as one body to learn from each other and helps us keep up with the current situation of the persecution.

Learning to Be a Better Person

My name is Thomas and I live in a town near Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden. Ever since 1998 when I was 14, the principles of Falun Dafa – Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance – have been guiding me, teaching me to be a better person and improving my health. I now feel that every day is productive and joyful.

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Thomas started practicing Falun Dafa when he was 14.

The suppression of Falun Dafa in China has lasted almost 17 years. I want to do more to expose the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party to the world and to the people in China. I also hope that the persecution can end soon and that Master Li can return to China and see practitioners in public.

I also wish that Master could come to Gothenburg again. Master, Happy New Year!

The True Meaning of Life

My name is Brett and I began to cultivate Falun Dafa in 1995. Before that I had been searching for my true home and the true meaning of life. That search ended when I found the answers in Falun Dafa, the best thing that ever happened in my life. Thank you, Master!

I am Peter and I also became a Falun Dafa practitioner in 1995. I am grateful, as Falun Dafa helped me understand the important questions that we all have in life. I sincerely wish Master Li a Happy New Year!

Everlasting Compassion

I am Pirjo from Northern Finland. My family moved to Sweden when I was 9. I was very fortunate to attend the lecture given my Master Li in Gothenburg in 1995. It was Easter, and I will never forget Master’s compassion and patience. Starting from that time, Falun Dafa has been guiding my life.

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Pirjo became a Falun Dafa practitioner in 1995

My happiness comes from the bottom of my heart, because Falun Dafa taught me the purpose of life and awakened me. Through these years, Master also compassionately helped us overcome lots of difficulty on our cultivation journey, and I now understand the deeper meaning of what it means to be a Dafa practitioner.

For the remaining time we have, I will work hard to let go of human notions, help more people understand Falun Dafa, and fulfill my prehistoric vows.

Learning Falun Dafa at 80 Marks a New Beginning in Life

My name is Ronald Franklin and I live in Gothenburg. I heard about Falun Dafa in the summer 2014, right after turning 80 years old. Since then I have been attending Falun Dafa exercises and Fa-study. Both my body and my mind have greatly improved.

I am very thankful to Master for introducing Falun Dafa. It is a blessing for us, for society, and mankind in general. My gratitude is beyond what I can express in words.

Master, Happy New Year!

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Category: Greetings

France: Gathering at the Eiffel Tower to Wish Master Li Hongzhi a Happy New Year

February 06, 2016

(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in France assembled in front of the Eiffel Tower on the weekend before the Chinese New Year to send holiday greetings to the founder of Falun Dafa, Master Li Hongzhi. They wished to express appreciation for his sharing this ancient cultivation practice with the world.

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Wishing Master Li Hongzhi a Happy New Year

“Practicing Falun Dafa has changed my life and my view of the world,” said Helenne, a French woman who started practicing Falun Dafa in 1999.

“I’ve become more optimistic,” she said. “When encountering difficulties, I have confidence that I can overcome, because the principles that I follow in daily life, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, give me strength. I know, as long as I follow the principles, I can conquer all difficulties.”

Helenne continued, “We are assembled here and wish Master Li Hongzhi a Happy New Year. This is our way to express our appreciation. I wish to thank Master Li Hongzhi and Falun Dafa for renewing my life.”

Isabelle, from Marseille, said she had received a Falun Dafa flyer a long time ago, but back then she just casually put it away and didn’t give it another thought until 2009. One day, she suddenly recalled the flyer, and went to find it. From the flyer, she found the Falun Dafa website. She downloaded the main book, Zhuan Falun, and finished reading it in three days.

“I believe in everything Master Li said in this book,” said Isabelle. “This is what I had always been looking for.”

Isabelle said that practicing Falun Dafa healed her knee problem, and helped her become a happy, efficient, and confident person.

A Chinese practitioner at the event, Ms. Gao, said: “We take photos and send the New Year greeting to Master Li every year in front of the Eiffel Tower. I am grateful that Master Li taught us the Great Law. I found the answers to many questions deep in my heart. Words cannot express my gratitude to Master Li.”

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Category: Greetings

Happy to Share My Secret to Looking Young—Practicing Falun Gong

February 04, 2016 | By a Dafa practitioner in Sichuan Province

(Minghui.org) One day in 2007, I went to the bank to transfer some money. When I handed my ID card to two young staff members, they looked at me again and again while checking my ID and murmured something quietly.

I didn’t know what was going on and asked if everything was in order. One of them said, “You look like a 30-year-old, but your photo looks a lot older. The ID also states that you are 46, but you don’t look like the same person.”

I smiled and told the young ladies that the ID photo was taken when I was in my 30s, but I looked like a 50-year-old back then due to poor health. Now I’m nearly 50, but I look like a 30-year-old.

The two of them looked envious and wanted to know my secret. I told them that I practice Falun Gong, a cultivation practice of mind and body. They looked even more surprised, as what they had heard from the state-run media was totally different from what they were now seeing with their own eyes.

As there was no one waiting to be served, I went on to talk to them, telling them about how Falun Gong teaches people to conduct themselves according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been brutally persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. I also told them about the staged “self-immolation” on Tiananmen Square. They looked appreciative to learn the real story.

On another occasion, the owner of a beauty salon asked me which beauty salon I used to look so good. I told her I had never spent a cent on cosmetology, and that I look young because I practice Falun Gong. She was really surprised. Years ago when I was very sick, she had helped me find a doctor for treatment and she knew very well how poor my health was then.

I was very sick in 2003 before I started practicing Falun Gong. My stomach and intestines, as well as my uterus, had become dysfunctional, and I also had severe pain in my joints. Doctors advised me to indulge myself with the comforts of life, indicating that my days were numbered. So I started to buy expensive clothes, even though a dress could cost as much as what I earned in a month. But I was only 40 years old and didn’t want my life to end like that.

A friend introduced me to practice Falun Gong when she saw my miserable condition. As I also had eye problems, I could not read the newspaper or watch TV, so I didn’t know anything about Falun Gong, nor the persecution of the practice.

As I trusted this friend, I started conducting myself according to the principles explained in Falun Gong books. I became a Dafa disciple during the time when the persecution was most severe. Soon, all my illnesses disappeared and I felt light and relaxed all over my body. For the first time in a long time I experienced what it felt like to be healthy.

Everyone who knew me learned the truth about Falun Gong through the changes in me and they quit believing the CCP’s slanderous lies about the practice.

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Category: Health Benefits

Luofeng Police Detain, Abuse Falun Gong Practitioners

February 02, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent from Shandong Province, China

(Minghui.org) A group of Falun Gong practitioners have been detained and abused in the last six months by officers from the Luofeng Police Station, located in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province. One practitioner was tortured at a police station.

Three practitioners were illegally detained, and one was detained twice and physically abused. Officers seized from them more than 1,000 yuan in cash and a number of their personal belongings. Two practitioners lost their jobs during this time.

Police arrested Ms. Zhang Xueli and Mr. Sun Jianguo, who are both over 70, after they talked to people about the persecution of Falun Gong at a farmers market in August 2015. Officers took over 1,000 yuan from the couple.

Ms. Yang Songmei was also detained that month for telling the public about Falun Gong. Officers took 50 yuan in cash from her purse and detained her for seven days.

Ms. Wang Shupei was arrested for talking to people at a park about the persecution of Falun Gong on October 22, 2015. Deputy director Lu Fengzhou and other officers beat her and shoved needles under her fingernails at the police station. She was detained for 12 days.

Ms. Wang was arrested again on November 11, 2015. Officers seized 200 yuan from her, as well as postage stamps worth 110 yuan, 2 MP3 players, Falun Gong books, and other personal belongings.

She was detained for 15 days. Just as the last time she was illegally detained, the police refused to give her a detention notice. Because she did not receive the notice, she missed the administrative appeal deadline. She was also fired from her job, because she was not allowed to phone her workplace or receive visitors while in detention.

Mr. Liu Fubin was arrested at his home in January 2016 by four officers from the Luofeng Police Station. Officers questioned him about a criminal complaint he had filed against Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist Party leader who ordered the violent suppression of Falun Gong. Officers also took more than 80 yuan in cash, his Falun Gong books, and other items. Mr. Liu was detained for 10 days and fired from his job because of the arrest.

Background

In 1999 Jiang Zemin, then head of the CCP, overrode other Politburo standing committee members and launched the violent suppression of Falun Gong.

The persecution has killed countless Falun Gong practitioners during the past 16 years. Many have been murdered for their organs. Others have been imprisoned and tortured for their belief. Jiang Zemin is directly responsible for the inception and continuation of this brutal persecution.

Under Jiang’s direction, the CCP established an extralegal security force, the 610 Office, on June 10, 1999. This organization overrides the police and judicial system. The 610 Office carries out Jiang’s directive to eradicate Falun Gong: ruin practitioners’ reputations, cut off their financial resources, and destroy them physically.

Jiang stepped down as head of the CCP in 2002, but he has exerted much power from the shadows through a network of officials he put in place.

Chinese law now allows citizens to be plaintiffs in criminal cases, and many practitioners are exercising that right to file criminal complaints against the former dictator.

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Category: Accounts of Persecution

Over 700 Perpetrators Face Karmic Retribution in 2015 for Participating in Persecution of Falun Gong

February 02, 2016 | By a Minghui correspondent in China

(Minghui.org) Similar to the Western saying, “you reap what you sow,” according to traditional Chinese culture, good deeds are rewarded and bad deeds are punished.

In the persecution of Falun Gong, tens of millions of innocent practitioners have been mistreated for their belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. The tragedies include arrest, detention, imprisonment, torture, brainwashing, forced labor, and more. More than 3,900 practitioners have been confirmed to have died as a result of torture in police custody, according to reports published on Minghui.org.

Many government officers, especially those in the law enforcement and judicial systems, are driven by the “610 Office” and the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (PLAC) at different levels to carry out the persecution as ordered by former Party leader Jiang Zemin. As hundreds of officials fell during political turmoil under various charges, 709 have been documented by Minghui.org to have suffered negative consequences in 2015.

Such incidents started not long after the persecution began in 1999. Peng Kaifa, Deputy Party Secretary of Qiyang County in Hunan Province, once told police officers, “You can mistreat [Falun Gong practitioners] beyond the boundaries of the law, and you will not be held responsible for your actions.” But as he talked about further actions against practitioners during a PLAC meeting in 2001, he collapsed onto the floor and later fell into a vegetative state at Changsha Hospital.

Unfortunately, similar cases have continued to the present. Li Shaoju, head of the Pulandian City Public Security Bureau and Domestic Security Division in Liaoning Province, was directly involved in the persecution of many practitioners. Several practitioners had previously tried to persuade Li not to follow the communist regime’s orders to harm practitioners, but Li ignored them. He later hosted a meeting on February 9, 2015 to propose a new wave of arrests. Just as he was shouting and attacking Falun Gong, however, he collapsed and died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

His death worried other officers, and neither of his two deputies would fill his position.

Below is a distribution of cases believed to be of karmic retribution, grouped by cases related to personnel in various government functions:

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The same data can also be categorized by ranks:

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Notes:

The ranks of these officers are: provincial level (head of provinces or equivalent), bureau level (between provincial and county levels), county level (head of counties), and township level (head of townships).

** Three of the 135 are provincial-level officers.

The breakdown of these numbers by both function and rank is summarized in the table below:

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This table indicates that public safety officers (responsible for arresting practitioners) had the highest death toll, while the 610 Office and procuratorate (bringing charges or decide detention terms) had the highest percentage of death.

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Category: Evil Meets with Evil