Falun Dafa Supporters Respectfully Wish Master a Happy New Year (Images)

December 30, 2015

(Minghui.org) With the New Year coming, many people in China sent in their greetings to revered Master although they are not practitioners themselves.

These well-wishers hail from different places, including Jiangsu Province, Sichuan Province (Dazhou City, Nanchong City, Meishan City), Jilin City in Jilin Province, Shandong Province (Weifang City, Rizhao City, Yantai City), Shanghai, Heilongjiang Province (Heihe City, Baoqing County, Tonghe County), Yangquan City in Shanxi Province, Fushun City in Liaoning Province, Changping District in Beijing, Shijiazhuang City in Hebei Province, and Jingzhou City in Hubei Province.

They usually have family members and/or friends who are practitioners, through whom they learned the goodness of Dafa. After realizing the evil nature of the Chinese Communist regime, many of them have quit the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its affiliated organizations.

One resident in Shanghai said she knew many people have recovered from serious illnesses through practicing Falun Dafa. “The illnesses include brain cancer, lung cancer and others.” She said all the family members are very grateful and they keep reciting “Falun Dafa is good” as well as “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good”.

A supporter in Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, said he would support Falun Dafa as usual and “always do my best to help practitioners”.

After learning the facts of Falun Dafa, many people benefited by supporting practitioners and separating themselves from the CCP organizations. One resident in Meishan City of Sichuan Province deeply thanked Master Li, “After knowing the facts of Falun Dafa, I gained hope and positive energy in my life.”

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Falun Gong Practitioners from Pingtung, Taiwan, Wish Master Li Hongzhi a Happy New Year

December 28, 2015

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from Pingtung, Taiwan, gathered at the historical city wall of Hengchun on December 20, to wish the founder of Falun Gong, Master Li Hongzhi, a Happy New Year.

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Practitioners in Pingtung send New Year’s greetings to Master Li Hongzhi

A popular tourist spot, the old city wall and gates attract visitors from around the world, including many tourists from mainland China. Practitioners often go there to talk to visitors from the mainland, sharing how they have benefited from practicing Falun Gong. For many Chinese people, this is their first opportunity to hear about Falun Gong from those who actually practice it, as any information other than state-sponsored negative propaganda is tightly censored in their home country.

Chen Yanting shared how she had a severe problem with dry eyes, hypotension, and anemia. She’d also had five surgeries due to other illnesses. Taichi and other qigong practices didn’t help, until one day her sister introduced Falun Gong to her. After practicing for three months, Ms. Chen found that the dry eye problem, from which she had suffered for 20 years, was gone. Her other ailments were gradually healed also.

Ms. Chen told a tourist that she used to be a shy person who always lacked confidence, but now she is happy and outgoing. “Practicing Falun Gong is amazing,” she smiled.

Sixty-six-year-old Chen Yaohuang had serious allergies most of his life. Nothing had helped. When he was 61, he started practicing Falun Gong with his mother, and soon after, his allergies stopped. He knows that practicing Falun Gong continually purifies his body, which encourages him to diligently cultivate himself according to Falun Gong’s principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance.

One woman from mainland China was glad to see Falun Gong practitioners at the old Hengchun city wall. “You guys look so peaceful! I certainly believe what you told me – Falun Gong is great,” she said. Then she shared, “Actually, I’ve started practicing Falun Gong myself recently, and I’ve told my friends not to believe the government’s propaganda.”

Over the course of the day, many Chinese tourists signed a petition supporting Falun Gong practitioners’ lawsuits against former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin for launching and directing the brutal, 16-year persecution of Falun Gong in China.

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Category: Clarifying the Truth

Falun Dafa Gives Blessings and Hope

December 28, 2015 | By Wei Lan, a Dafa practitioner in Liaoning Province

(Minghui.org) As a 70-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner who benefited from this cultivation practice, I would like to share some stories with non-practitioners, so they can make an educated choice whether to practice Dafa or not.

Suffered During Political Movements

My father was a cadre in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He graduated from Tsinghua University and worked as an engineer in the Liaoning Provincial Bureau of Water Resources. There were seven children and two grandparents in my family.

The CCP demanded that everyone report their family history during one of its political movements. My father told them that his grandfather was a colonel of a regiment in the Chinese Nationalist Party, the ruling party before the CCP came to power in China. Therefore, he was labeled a “rightist” and my entire family was exiled to a remote village. My grandmother did not survive this blow and passed away.

I was ostracized at school. My classmates did not play with me because my father was a “counterrevolutionary.” I cried when I was with my mother about how I was treated at school and got myself in such a fit that I fainted. There was no doctor in this mountain village. When I came out of my faint, I quit school.

Two years later about 20 families in similar situations as ours were “repatriated” to remote Hadadao at Sujiatun, Shenyang City. Mud houses were temporarily built. The houses fell apart during a heavy rain, something really scary.

My father was not allowed to go home. It was a big blow to my grandfather who lived with us, so he passed away. Two friends helped me make a rough coffin, dig a hole, and bury my grandfather.

We returned to our hometown during the “Great Famine” years. But we were monitored around the clock. During the “Cultural Revolution” we were publicly criticized. They hung a large board on my father’s chest, while my mother and I were forced to wear high paper hats proclaiming that we were “guilty.” I cried terribly that night and grew ever more depressed.

My parents and my third sister soon passed away. I was close to a mental collapse, and because of all this unhappiness, I was diagnosed with lumbar disc hernia, gallstones, frozen shoulder, and severe anemia when I was in my 40s.

I visited various hospitals in Shenyang City. The doctors said that I needed surgery for the lumbar disc hernia, but I could not afford it.

Benefiting From Dafa

I started qigong treatments after qigong became popular in 1992, but nothing helped. Still, no matter what, I believed that a genuine qigong would help me if I ever came across one.

Then, my brother gave me the book Zhuan Falun, the main book of Dafa, in late 1997. I subconsciously washed my hands before I opened the book. I was struck by how this book teaches people to be good, and requires them to follow the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I felt that it was such a good book, and I no longer obsessed about recovering from my illnesses.

One of my son’s classmates had visited us before I found this book. When he saw me lying in bed he told me that his father also had had lumbar disc hernia and other diseases. Despite different treatments, he said, his father passed away.

Yet when he came to see us again, I was doing the laundry. He asked me how I managed to get up and wash clothes by hand. I told him, “I read the book Zhuan Falun. Soon I recovered and no longer suffer any pain.”

He was amazed and could not really believe my story. I told him, “This is not an ordinary book.”

I was in high spirits and healthy one week after I began to read Zhuan Falun. I was able to sleep and do household chores. I have practiced Dafa since then.

Relatives Are Blessed

I underwent a fundamental change after I started to practice Dafa. I became mentally and physically healthy. The shop assistant asked my son how I stayed so young when she learned that we were mother and son. “She practices Falun Dafa”, he said proudly. “Falun Dafa is wonderful!”

A dozen of my son’s classmates came to attend my husband’s birthday celebration. I told them about Falun Dafa. My son told them how I had regained good health. They learned the truth and agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations.

I spent the Chinese New Year holidays with my second sister in Liaoyang in 2006. We visited many families and 19 people quit the CCP and its affiliates.

Strong winds almost damaged my sister’s corn field. Her husband suddenly remembered to recite “Falun Dafa is good.” They started to recite “Falun Dafa is good” loudly in the field. They tried to do some damage control, but by the time they went home, they had not been successful. When they returned the next morning to their field, their corn had recovered, while the corn in the other fields was destroyed. They were the only family who harvested corn that year.

My fourth sister also benefited from Dafa. She fell from a truck last summer. She was unable to move and was in great pain. She remembered to recite “Falun Dafa is good.” A medical examination showed that nothing was wrong with her. She and her husband were very thankful to the teacher of Falun Dafa.

My sister-in-law was in poor health. I told her stories of Falun Dafa and gave her an amulet, which she wore every day.

Then, she had a stroke and half of her body was paralyzed. She and her husband remembered to recite “Falun Dafa is good” immediately. She was taken to a hospital, but she was discharged the next day because they were unable to pay the medical bills.

I went to see her a few days later. She was doing household chores. She was excited to see me and told me that she recited “Falun Dafa is good” every day and recovered well. She asked me to send her thanks to the founder of Falun Dafa.

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Category: Journeys of Cultivation

Israeli 2015 Experience Sharing Conference Benefits Attendees

December 27, 2015 | By an Israeli practitioner

(Minghui.org) The 13th Israeli Experience Sharing Conference took place on December 19. Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) practitioners from all over Israel and other countries participated. They did the exercises together outdoors just before the opening of the conference.

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Group practice before the conference

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The conference hall

There were 15 practitioners who shared experiences of cultivating the heart and mind according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the principles of Falun Dafa.

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Falun Dafa practitioners present articles on their experiences in cultivation.

Two relatively new practitioners talked about how they began to practice and about how, as beginners, they had to overcome difficulties as they matured in cultivation.

A 10-year-old practitioner, whose parents are both practitioners, told about when his friends tried to get him to do something not entirely in line with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Eventually he realized that each practitioner has a responsibility to think twice before doing anything and to make decisions based on the Falun Dafa principles.

Another practitioner spoke about her journey to a country where there were no practitioners. The goal was to tell the citizens of that country, as well as the government agencies, about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. Staying with other practitioners who went for the same reason, she had several opportunities to look inwards and correct herself, instead of looking at others’ inadequacies.

A veteran practitioner spoke about a tribulation that made him aware of a well-hidden attachment, one he had never been able to detect or admit having. The situation grew complicated and was not resolved until he realized what was wrong on his part and started to correct it.

Another practitioner shared how she overcame tribulations when cooperating with other practitioners on an activity to tell people about Falun Gong and the persecution. While she was examining and correcting herself, she was fully aware that everything she was experiencing was a cultivation issue of the one-body of practitioners, and not just a personal issue.

A practitioner working in the media shared how she had begun a project full of passion to do well. She was highly trained from previous work experience, but she had to do routine work and practice endless forbearance towards her colleagues. During the tribulations she realized how important it was to work together and look beyond one’s own self interests: “Today I remember this with a smile and can bear such situations much more easily. I feel I do not have that much need for others’ appreciation or approval. I became more patient, quiet, and clear. From this test, and many others, I learned that if something moves my heart, I need to look inside myself for the reason, and the sooner the better.”

A practitioner who used to be the curator of “The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren” (The Art of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) exhibition shared how, through the years she had helped to choose the venues, decided where to hang each painting, etc. Yet it was hard for her to accept criticism. At one point, it affected her physically until she could barely walk. She also discovered her attachment to the project itself and went through an agonizing process of letting it go.

Those who attended the conference listened attentively. Some of them said that the speeches helped them see where they themselves could improve.

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Three generations of Falun Dafa practitioners

Ludmila, her daughter Rachel, and her granddaughter Lian are three generations of Falun Dafa practitioners. Ludmila says it gives her great happiness to have Dafa practitioners in her family, because Falun Dafa gives meaning to their lives. She recommends it to all families. Rachel said she recommends Falun Dafa to everyone. “Challenge yourselves to read and understand the book Zhuan Falun. You will find in yourselves things you were never aware of, and then you can try to improve your character,” she said.

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What Goes Around Comes Around: Persecutors Meet Their Due

December 26, 2015 | By Dan Fengchen

(Minghui.org) It has been over 16 years since Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), started the persecution of Falun Gong.

The brutal persecution has led to the deaths of many innocent people. The main perpetrators are part of Jiang’s Party faction. Several of them have now been arrested and/or sentenced to prison for bribery and corruption. They include Zhou Yongkang, Bo Xilai, Xu Caihou, Guo Boxiong, Wang Lijun, Li Dongsheng, Su Rong and Zhou Benshun.

As I see it, the bad things that have come into these people’s lives is a form of cosmic payback for the misdeeds they carried out in the persecution of Falun Gong.

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Zhou Yongkang, former Politburo member, stands trial. Lower text: “I will follow the court’s ruling. I won’t file an appeal.”

Zhou Yongkang was promoted to Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee of the CCP after Jiang Zemin stepped down. Zhou was in charge of the 610 Office, police, procuratorate, courts, armed police, spies, and diplomacy. He actively carried out Jiang’s persecution and committed many crimes.

On June 11, 2015, Zhou was convicted of bribery, abuse of power and the intentional disclosure of state secrets by the Intermediate Court in Tianjin. Zhou and his family members were said to have taken 129 million yuan (over $20 million) in bribes. He was sentenced to life in prison.

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Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the CCP’s Central Military Committee, is detained. He died before trial.

Jiang controlled China for 13 years. He promoted over 530 generals. Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the CCP’s Central Military Committee, was his favorite in the military.

Jiang and Guo Boxiong, another vice Chairman of the Central Military Committee, made the Chairman a mere figurehead.

Both Guo and Xu actively carried out Jiang’s orders in the persecution. Under their control, military hospitals conducted organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

Third party investigations suggest that about 65,000 Falun Gong practitioners were killed for their organs between 2000-2008.

Both of these men met with rather untimely fates, however. On June 30, 2014, Xu Caihou was transferred to the military procuratorate authorized by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. He died of cancer on March 15, 2015, before trial. Guo was placed under investigation on April 9, 2015 and charged on July 30 for bribery and abuse of power.

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Bo Xilai, former CCP Secretary in Chongqing, while on trial. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Bo Xilai, former CCP provincial secretary in Chongqing, was an active participant in the persecution of Falun Gong. He and his wife orchestrated live organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners when he was mayor of the city of Dalian. He set up a live donor database containing incarcerated Falun Gong practitioners and had them killed on demand. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on September 22, 2013.

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Li Dongsheng, former vice minister of Public Security Ministry and 610 Office director, is detained.

Li Dongsheng was the vice minister at the Public Security Ministry and a 610 Office director. He was promoted to vice minister because of his involvement with the 2001 Tiananmen Square self-immolation hoax. This massive propaganda stunt was very successfully used to defame Falun Gong and intensify the persecution. Li was the general director of the 610 Office from October to December 2013. He was under investigation at the end of 2013 and is now being prosecuted for bribery and corruption.

Local Authorities Show Support for Falun Gong

Along with Falun Gong practitioners’ efforts to raise awareness of the persecution, many people many people have been protecting practitioners behind the scenes. Here are a couple examples.

1. A local police chief told a Falun Gong practitioner, “My superior told me to arrest Falun Gong practitioners because many of you have filed criminal complaints against Jiang Zemin. I ignored him and didn’t do anything. Did you know that? Aren’t you going to thank me?”

“Because I refused to arrest you all, my superior threatened to remove me from my post. I said, ‘So be it!’” he added.

The practitioner assured him, “You know the truth about Falun Gong and have treated practitioners well, and for that your children and their children will be blessed.”

2. A local police chief is a relative of a Falun Gong practitioner. The chief told his police officers to stop “follow up visits” to practitioners who filed criminal complaints against Jiang. They know that they were breaking the law for harassing plaintiffs. They don’t want to get involved.

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Shen Yun 2016 World Tour Premieres in Houston, Texas

December 26, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Xia Yanchu

(Minghui.org) Shen Yun Performing Arts debuted its 2016 global tour on December 22 in Houston, Texas. Shen Yun will perform twelve shows at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts December 22 through January 2.

This year’s show is all new, and presents timeless legends and tales portrayed with original choreography, music, digital backdrops and costume design. Shen Yun’s four dance companies will perform in over 100 cities in the Americas, Europe, East Asia, and Oceania in the upcoming season.

Welcome Letters and Commendations from Over Twenty Officials

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Shen Yun Performing Arts received greeting letters and commendations from more than twenty Texan elected officials, including U.S. Senator John Cornyn, U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, junior U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, and Chairman of the House Rules Committee Pete Sessions.

Genuine, Loving and Pure

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Michael Menchaca, damage prevention manager of an oil and gas company, with Livia Guajardo at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on December 23

“This is so genuine, loving, and pure.. It was very nice,” said Mr. Menchaca, the damage prevention manager for an oil and gas company.

He shared his inspiration from the performance, “My soul is wonderful, it just rekindled…It just made my heart get away from the world outside and see what we have to look forward to.”

“There is a heaven and that we will be there one day. And we come from heaven, and we will go back to our home one day,” Mr. Menchaca added.

Presenting Universal Beliefs

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Nick Flores, an executive with a medical company

Mr. Nick Flores, a medical company executive, was amazed to find the spirituality presented in the show seem familiar to him. “I was very surprised to see that the beliefs are the same,” he said.

“In a sense that we come here knowing that we’re not going to be here forever and that we come and we suffer. Everybody suffers in their own way and that at the end there is a sort of, you could say a rainbow, at the end of a storm or something like that,” Mr. Flores explained.

The Show Tonight Was the Most Amazing

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Businessman Rene Puente and Teresa Contreras

“It was more than amazing. It was more than what I would have ever expected,” exclaimed businessman Rene Puente. “I would not imagine that you could do so much just through dance, and speak so many words and emotions.”

“I felt much love, compassion, understanding. And I know how to maybe treat people. Just pure love,” he said.

Mr. Puente was impressed by the experience, “I think every time the curtain went up, it was just exhilarating…The show tonight was the most amazing.”

Very Artistic and Pleasing

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Wes Hart, a drilling engineer

“Very soothing, very traditional…I feel tranquil inside right now,” said Mr. Wes Hart, a drilling engineer.

“It certainly shows the generations in China…Very artistic and pleasing,” he continued.

An inspiration Mr. Hart received from the performance was “to examine one’s inner self and to make yourself relax with life.”

Revitalizing Ancient Chinese Culture

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Stephen Borden, Vice President of sales for Honeywell, with his wife at the performance on Dec. 22

“I really saw the ancient China come to life,” said Stephen Borden, Vice President of sales for Honeywell.

He thought the show was “very inspiring” and “spiritual.” “It really shows the Chinese people are connected spiritually to the earth and to the heaven above,” he said.

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David Harris, civil engineer for Harris Engineering

“Very well done. The culture, the representation of the culture was wonderful. I truly enjoyed it,” said Mr. David Harris, a civil engineer for Harris Engineering.

He was most impressed by Shen Yun’s revival of traditional art forms, “It is absolutely beautiful and it should never have been [lost].”

The next stops for Shen Yun Performing Arts are Ogden, UT on December 26, Salt Lake City, UT on December 29-30, and Grand Rapids, MI on December 29-30. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://www.shenyun.com.

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Taiwan Experience Sharing Conference: Life Renewed through Practicing Falun Gong

December 23, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Xia Yun in Taiwan

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from central Taiwan held an experience sharing conference in Taichung on December 20, 2015 to share their stories and insights about improving in the practice. They also took the opportunity to wish the founder of Falun Gong Mr. Li Hongzhi a Happy New Year.

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Practitioners at the Central Taiwan Experience Sharing Conference wish the founder of Falun Gong Mr. Li Hongzhi a Happy New Year.

Many practitioners shared how they have benefited from Falun Gong, especially through following the principles of the teachings in their daily lives. Below are some of their stories.

Encountering Falun Gong at a Low Point in Life

“I was introduced to Falun Dafa when I had lost hope in life. I feel so lucky, and am grateful every moment for what Master has done for me,” said Mr. Liao Zhennan. He used to practice another qigong and heal illnesses for others for over 20 years. In the end, however, he realized that he had ruined his body and his moral principles by doing so.

At a point that Mr. Liao was desperate and thought that everything was over, he found Zhuan Falun, the book that comprises the main teachings of Falun Gong. After reading Zhuan Falun, his questions were answered and he knew the purpose and meaning of his life.

Now in his eighth year of practice, Mr. Liao feels that Teacher had cleansed and readjusted his body. “I couldn’t be more grateful,” he said. “I will continue the practice no matter what.”

A Brand New Life

With tears in her eyes, Ms. Wang Baoqing described how she regained her health through practicing Falun Gong. She was born with a heart defect and often experienced severe dizziness. Her heart once stopped when she was asleep. Ms. Wang’s mother-in-law introduced her to Falun Gong when she was 29 years old.

The first time Ms. Wang did the sitting meditation, her heart beat amazingly fast. She decided to read Zhuan Falun and start practicing Falun Gong. Three days later, as she was riding a scooter down the street, she felt three hard blows on her helmet. “I became completely wide awake, with very clear thoughts,” said Ms. Wang. Her dizziness went away for good and her other ailments disappeared as well. “My hands and feet stopped being cold. I felt warm and realized that a strong energy was in me. Thanks to Teacher and Falun Gong, I now have a brand new body,” she said.

Ms. Wang’s parents and son also became practitioners because of her. She witnessed how Falun Gong helped her son become a better person. At lunchtime, the fifth-grader saved the best fruits for his classmates and ate the damaged ones himself. He picked up trash on the ground while others simply kicked it around.

Improved Personality and Health

Ms. Lin Yanyan, a former Catholic, suffered from cancer. A relative introduced her to Falun Gong after she had her eighth round of chemotherapy. Ms. Lin used to resent life and couldn’t understand what she had done to deserve cancer. After she read Zhuan Falun, she understood everything.

Ms. Lin used to be a hot-tempered person and didn’t forgive others easily. She was often angry at her coworkers when they couldn’t deliver, and she built up a lot of anger inside. After she became a Falun Gong practitioner, Ms. Lin was able to reflect on herself according to the principles of Falun Gong – Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. She became more observant of others’ responses and was able to be more considerate of the needs of others. She worked on improving herself and on becoming a better person. Ms. Lin is now completely healthy and her life is much more fulfilling.

Yearning for the Meaning of Life

Software engineer Mr. Gong Qingde found the answer to his life-long questions after he started practicing Falun Gong. He always wondered whether there were other purposes in life besides just seeking happiness. He wanted to know what birth, old age, illness and death were all about.

In his sophomore year at college, his supervisor at his part-time job, who was a Falun Gong practitioner, told him that the purpose of life was to cultivate oneself. Mr. Gong read Falun Gong books and realized that he wanted to be a good person by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and rediscover his true, good nature. He has now found his way and has more confidence in life.

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Category: Experience Sharing Conferences