Australia: Falun Dafa Experiencing Sharing Conference Held in Melbourne

September 06, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents Mu Wenqing and Hua Qing

(Minghui.org) Nearly 1,000 practitioners attended the 2016 Australia Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference at Melbourne Town Hall on September 4. Twenty-three practitioners, both Chinese and Western, spoke onstage about how they have benefited from Falun Dafa, looked within to improve, and worked to fulfill their historic vows.

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2016 Australia Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference at Melbourne Town Hall on September 4.

Cultivating Ourselves

Ms. Zhao, a coordinator of the Falun Dafa Association, shared how she had improved her xinxing. She explained how she often worried that practitioners had not walked their paths well, but one day realized that being overly worried about this actually indicated she lacked faith in Master and the Fa.

“Coordinators may not be the ones who cultivate the best or the smartest, so when practitioners have different opinions, it is important to accommodate them and encourage them, instead of simply saying no and insisting on my own ideas.” A coordinator needs to be responsible for the entire group, and at the same time engage more practitioners, she explained.

Ms. Mei, a regional coordinator, also spoke. She related how she was able to improve the quality of her Fa study. This allowed her to promote Shen Yun with a more pure heart, and led her to get better at looking within and thinking about things based on the Fa when experiencing conflicts. In addition, she began trying to understand each practitioner better so that their unique skills and wisdom could be more fully realized.

Ms. Li works in several Dafa projects. As a result, she has learned more about how to let go of human notions and selfishness. In the past, she limited herself to her own thoughts and attachments. Now she is more broad-minded and realizes that we should consider things from the perspective of assisting Master with Fa-rectification. This, she remarked, is the only path to the new cosmos.

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Speakers at the 2016 Australia Falun Dafa Experiencing Sharing Conference

Saving People

Ms. Tao has practiced Falun Dafa for 23 years. In recent years, she has been explaining the facts of Falun Dafa to Chinese people visiting local tourist sites and making phone calls to China, telling them why separating themselves from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is critical for their future. “I explain that since the Party has committed so many bad deeds harming innocent people, anyone affiliated with it will face serious consequences,” she said.

As a well-known instructor in China, Ms. Zhao said she was able to let go of her attachment to fame and material interest after practicing Falun Dafa.

Talking to Chinese people at tourist sites and on the internet, she used to be disturbed because of the influence of Party culture she observed in the people she spoke to.

She realized that she should let go of this, and began acting in better accordance with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, looking inward rather than outward. As a result, she was able to communicate with people more effectively, making it much easier for her to save them.

Ms. Shi from Sydney gave examples of maintaining righteous thoughts and righteous actions while promoting Shen Yun. “We need to be clear on what we do. When issues come up, the opportunity is presented to tell people the facts and save them.” She said it is important to pay attention to the different mindsets that different people have and to take them into account when communicating with them.

Doing Well in Various Projects

Ms. Rui said she joined the Epoch Times in 2002 and devoted herself to it ever since. Through the process, she slacked off in genuine cultivation, wrongly considering work on projects as cultivation. After realizing her mistake, she made corrections, let go of various notions, and was able to work better as a team member.

Ms. Zhang works for Sound of Hope. She said that for a period of time she lacked motivation. After realizing the sacredness of cultivation, she improved in studying the Fa and doing the exercises and was able to do much better in compiling news from China for the radio station.

Ms. Li also works at the Epoch Times. She shared how she left a job at the University of Melbourne to work full-time at the newspaper. “This is a good opportunity and my heard is purer now,” she added.

Western practitioner John has been interacting with government agencies and various organizations for a long time. After realizing that he was not being as considerate of others as he felt he should be, he began to participate in more activities with various human rights organizations.

“I was hesitant to do so in the past because it is time-consuming and not directly related to the persecution of Falun Gong. Now I have changed and often join such events.” He found that he was always very welcome and that this afforded him many new opportunities to talk to people about the suppression of Falun Dafa in China.

New Practitioners

Mr. Ren, a new practitioner in his 70s, began to practice Falun Dafa after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Soon after, his health took a turn for the better and he is very grateful. He does his best to follow the Falun Dafa principles, study the Fa and do the exercises every day, and he also goes to tourist sites to talk to people about the persecution in China.

Young practitioner Ming Zhen is from a family of practitioners. He made phone calls to China and joined various other Dafa activities. However, he did not do well in cultivation and gradually became addicted to video games. After realizing this problem, he begged Master for help and things have improved significantly. “I have now truly witnessed that Falun Dafa is sacred and powerful,” he said.

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Category: Experience Sharing Conferences

Falun Gong Practitioners in Norway and Melbourne Protest CCP’s Denial of Travel to Wang Zhiwen

August 20, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents in Norway and Melbourne

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Oslo held a peaceful protest in front of the Chinese Embassy to Norway on August 13, 2016, calling for the Chinese Communist Party’s regime to allow Falun Gong practitioner Wang Zhiwen to travel out of the country. On August 16, Falun Gong practitioners in Melbourne, Australia, held a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate for the same reason.

Mr. Wang Zhiwen, a well-known former coordinator of the Falun Dafa Association, was denied travel abroad to visit his daughter in the United States. The practitioners called for the government to reissue Wang’s passport and allow him to travel abroad.

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In front of the Chinese Embassy in Norway, Falun Gong practitioners protest China’s invalidating Wang Zhiwen’s passport.

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Falun Gong practitioners in Melbourne, Australia, protest in front of the Chinese Consulate, calling for the CCP to free Wang Zhiwen.

When the communist regime began its persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, Wang was one of the first to be arrested. He was subsequently imprisoned for 15 years and brutally tortured. In prison, all of his teeth were broken, his nails were pierced with toothpicks, and he was restrained with 50-pound shackles in solitary confinement.

Wang has been under house arrest and constant surveillance since he was released from prison in 2014. His daughter Danielle Wang, a U.S. citizen, and son-in-law Jeff Nanarella went to Beijing recently in an attempt to bring him to the U.S. However, border agents in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, told him his passport had been revoked and refused to allow him to leave the country.

Mr. Fan Huiqiang, spokesperson for the Australian Falun Dafa Association in Victoria, strongly condemned the CCP for refusing to allow Wang to travel. He said, “We urge CCP officials at all levels, including Chinese Consulate employees, to see the current situation clearly. The persecution of Falun Gong was dictated by Jiang Zambian, but now he is facing imminent arrest. If you choose to follow him, you will go down with him.”

Falun Gong practitioners all over the world are protesting, calling for the Chinese government to issue Mr. Wang a passport and allow him to join his daughter in the U.S.

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Category: Rallies & Protests

Melbourne: “I Am Truly Proud of Them!”

January 05, 2016 | By Xia Chunqing in Melbourne Australia

(Minghui.org) Mr. Heath Weva was one of the 500,000 people who came to the center of Melbourne in the heat to watch the performances and fireworks show on New Year’s Eve. He saw many Falun Gong practitioners at city square.

The practitioners were collecting signatures to stop the forced live organ harvesting in China and reporting Jiang Zemin to the Supreme Procuratorate of China, for ordering the persecution of Falun Gong.

After talking to the practitioners, Mr. Weva, a construction worker in Melbourne for more than 10 years, signed the petition to express his support.

Mr. Weva said that he supported the practitioners’ efforts to bring Jiang to justice, and he said the persecution was terrible, cruel and shocking.

“(Falun Gong practitioners) are courageous and persistent. We definitely need some people to step up and let the world know. I am truly proud of them!” said Mr. Weva.

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Mr. Heath Weva, a resident of Melbourne Australia, is signing a petition form to report Jiang Zemin, the former dictator of China, to the Supreme Procuratorate of China.

Practitioners have come to the square for the past few years on New Year’s Eve. They put up banners, set up display boards and demonstrated the Falun Gong exercises to raise awareness of the persecution and collect signatures to stop the live organ harvesting from imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners in China.

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Falun Gong practitioners collect signatures to bring Jiang Zemin to justice.

Many who walked by signed the petition. Some Chinese tourists raised their thumbs to show their respect and the local Chinese residents often spent quite some time talking to the practitioners, according to Ms. Jin, a Falun Gong practitioner at the site.

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Ms. Sullivan from Albury: “I hope the organ harvesting atrocities can be stopped as soon as possible.”

Mick Bayiis, a salesperson for a food company in Sydney, came to Melbourne for vacation. He had first learned about the persecution in China about a year ago.

“That’s 100% right. No one should escape punishment after committing a crime,” said Mr. Bayiis. “Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance is a principle for every society. No persecution should happen to anyone under any circumstances.”

He signed the petition and asked his wife and other family members to sign the form.

Medical doctor Daniel Reichard and his friend Ofar Shahar came from Geelong, a harbor city southwest of Melbourne.

Medical doctor Reichard encouraged one practitioner after talking to her: “It’s a good idea to charge Jiang Zemin in court. This is my first time hearing about the persecution. It’s awful and brutal.”

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Anna Westvlon: “It is hard to believe that forced live organ harvesting can happen in such a developed society. It’s a good idea to sue (Jiang Zemin), and everyone should sign to express their support.”

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Ms. Luise Sambucco and her friends both signed their names.

Real estate agent Ms. Luise Sambucco is an animal protection activist and has learned much about the persecution of Falun Gong.

“I wish more people would be aware of it and help stop the persecution,” said Ms. Sambucco after signing a petition. “Those responsible should pay for what they did. Like the Nazi’s. (Jiang Zemin) must be tried for the injustice he created.

“I believe people must speak out against the persecution, otherwise, you are showing indifference to the crime.”

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Category: Other Community Events

Melbourne, Victoria: “These Principles Have a Universal Value that Is Important for Everyone”

December 04, 2015 | By Minghui correspondent Xia Chunqing

(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Melbourne were a welcome addition to the 2015 Rotary Eltham Town Festival on November 22. Now in its 14th year, this popular event attracts over 20,000 people with nearly 150 participating groups.

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Falun Dafa practitioners take part in the popular 2015 Rotary Eltham Town Festival.

Practitioners had a booth at the fair, where they introduced Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) and exposed the 16-year persecution of the practice in China.

David McFarlane, president of the Rotary Club of Eltham, which hosted the event, signed two petitions after talking with practitioners. The first petition called for an end to the suppression of Falun Dafa in China, especially the Chinese regime’s crime of forced organ harvesting from living practitioners. The second one supported lawsuits against Jiang Zemin, the Chinese dictator who launched the persecution 16 years ago.

“I absolutely 100% support the freedom of belief,” McFarlane said to a practitioner, “thank you for coming and I hope to see you again next year.”

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David McFarlane (center), organizer of the Rotary Eltham Town Festival, appreciated having Falun Dafa represented at the festival.

Tania and her daughter Milly stopped at the Falun Dafa booth to hear more about the practice and learned how to make folded paper lotus flowers from a practitioner.

“I hope my daughter can learn what’s going on in the world this way. [Falun Dafa’s principles,] Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good. These principles have a universal value that is important for everyone,” said Tania.

Michael, an IT professional, agreed. “These principles are easy to understand. They are good for mankind and will benefit the society at large.”

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IT professional Michael reads about Falun Dafa.

Retiree Cathy Delany said that she already knew about the suppression of Falun Dafa in China, and suggested that practitioners put information about the persecution in the local library, so that more people can learn about it.

“I support you and I will tell my family about what I heard today,” she said.

Mario, who owns a software company, signed the petitions then said earnestly, “It is so brutal, especially the live organ harvesting. We must stop it.”

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Category: Other Community Events