Introducing Falun Dafa on Student Activities Day at Columbia University

September 19, 2015

(Minghui.org) Columbia University’s annual Student Activities Day was held on the school’s main campus in New York City on September 11, 2015. Booths and displays stretched from Low Plaza to Butler Library.

More than 300 student organizations, including the Falun Dafa Club, participated in this event to welcome new students to join their groups. Dozens of students and teachers left their contact information and expressed a desire to learn Falun Gong.

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Students pause in front of the Falun Dafa Club table to chat and look at the posters.

The Falun Dafa Club displayed informational materials in both English and Chinese. Many people stopped to study the photos showing Falun Dafa practitioners all over the world doing the exercises together.

Some students had heard of the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda defaming Falun Dafa. One student asked, “Is this a political organization?” A practitioner explained that Falun Dafa has no political agenda and why the CCP persecutes its practitioners.

Many Chinese students were surprised to see the Falun Dafa Club at the event and took photos. A few of them appeared to be curious but wouldn’t get close to the table.

When a practitioner walked over and gave them flyers, one asked, “Why did Falun Dafa practitioners immolate themselves?” The practitioner explained that the CCP had staged the “self-immolation” incident on Tiananmen Square in 2001 to make people fearful of Falun Dafa and justify the persecution of innocent practitioners.

Many people had a chance to learn that practicing Falun Dafa is great for health and fitness and left their contact information to learn it.

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Category: Other Community Events

Escaping Misery After Learning Falun Gong

September 19, 2015 | By Minghui reporters Sun Bai and Su Rong, based on interviews in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

(Minghui.org) Although today’s technology has developed at an unprecedented pace, mankind is still befuddled when it comes to the secrets of birth, illness, and death. Many people search for the meaning of life, but take their questions to the grave.

Ms. Shu Ya says she is one of the fortunate people who have found answers.

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Ms. Shu Ya

Enduring Tribulations

Ms. Shu Ya managed a well-known Italian restaurant and bakery in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Unfortunately, her life took a tragic turn: her husband was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away six months later. Their son was only 5 year old. She was overcome with grief and worry, and her hair turned gray overnight.

After her husband’s death, the pressure of work and looking after her son was overwhelming. She was exhausted, and her temper worsened with each passing day. She forgot how to smile. Her health deteriorated, and she had to go to the emergency room many times.

By the time her son was 18, her body was worn out. She felt like an elderly person, was in bad health, and doctors could not help her. She tried Yoga, but her health did not improve. She even advised her son about what to do if she died.

Both mother and son cried often and lived from day to day.

Reborn After Learning Falun Gong

Shu Ya’s younger sister had tried to introduce Falun Gong to her mother and four sisters in 2000. She tried again in 2010 and invited everyone to a Falun Gong seminar, but only Shu Ya and her mother accepted.

Shu Ya slept through the entire night after the first session. She realized that Falun Gong was not an ordinary qigong practice: since she had not slept well for many years. She also awoke with a healthy appetite.

After the second class, she felt wonderful and could walk with ease on her way home. She did feel cold after the next two sessions, and after the next five sessions, many of her illness symptoms disappeared. By the end of the seminar series, she felt as if she was reborn.

More Positive Changes

Shu Ya went to the local group practice site daily to do the five Falun Gong exercises after the seminars ended, and she read all the books within two weeks.

After she practiced Falun Gong for a month, she felt like a new person and no longer experienced any illness symptoms. She had been sick for a dozen years.

In her sleep, she felt that a pair of large hands massaging her feet. When she woke , she could bend her feet and was able to squat, something she had not been able to do for a long time.

Before practicing Falun Gong, she had nightmares and feared the dark. She often dreamed that a black shadow grabbed her neck, lifted her up and swung her around. In the dream, she tried to chant the Buddha’s name, but the shadow grabbed her and pressed her tighter and tighter until she woke up in a cold sweat.

After she started to practice Falun Gong, the black shadow attacked her again. Immediately she called for Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, to save her. After she called Master Li three times, the black shadow disappeared and never returned.

She was no longer scared at night and slept peacefully.

Improved Temper

Her son told her that she had not lost her temper after she began the practice.

Many of her bad habits had disappeared along with her pain, including her addiction to watching television. Her son was amazed by all the changes he saw in her after such a short time.

Her employees also saw her as a new person. Before the practice, she was impatient and never smiled. Now, she follows Falun Gong’s principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and treats them well.

Shu Ya said her life has became harmonious, and that she is the most fortunate person in the world. Her restaurant does well, and those around her enjoy the new Shu Ya.

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Category: Beginning Cultivation

Local Police Choose to Protect Falun Gong Practitioners

September 19, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) For over sixteen years, Falun Gong practitioners in China have been resisting the persecution. Many police officers in our area have stopped participating in the suppression, and some have even chosen to protect practitioners.

Police Chief: Practitioners Are Good People

A few years ago, a new chief was appointed to the local police station. He responded to many calls about Falun Gong practitioners from people conditioned to do so by the Communist Party’s propaganda, but he never had the practitioners arrested.

In one instance, he drove to a practitioner’s home and said, “This is the first time I’ve been to your home, but I know you. Someone reported you once before. I drove to where you were and parked. I saw you posting and distributing materials, but pretended I didn’t see you.”

“Today, I want to make friends with you. I am letting you know that this is my first official home visit and also the last. Do you know why? I know Falun Gong practitioners are all good people. Therefore, my rule is not to trouble Falun Gong.”

Officers Refuse to Arrest Practitioners

A while ago, the local 610 Office ordered the police to arrest practitioners on their blacklist.

A local police officer used to persecute practitioners, but they did not hold a grudge against him. They only patiently told him why the persecution was happening and how Falun Gong is far from how it’s portrayed in the government’s propaganda. They explained that practitioners do their best to live by the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”

When the officer was ordered to arrest practitioners in his patrol area, he refused. “They are good people. Why should we arrest them? I won’t do it.”

His superior replied, “If you don’t want to, I’ll find others to do it.” The officer warned the practitioners ahead of time, and they were able to avoid arrest.

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Category: People in China Awaken to the Truth