Sweden: Falun Gong Presentation a Popular Attraction at Health and Wellness Expo

November 02, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sweden

(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Sweden returned to the country’s largest annual health and wellness expo, the Harmoni Expo, held in Solna on October 29-30. Many visitors took an interest in this ancient Chinese cultivation practice, which is also known as Falun Dafa.

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Practitioners demonstrating the Falun Gong exercises on stage

Many people visited the Falun Gong booth to purchase books and exercise instruction DVDs. As the room for the Falun Gong presentation filled up on the first day, the organizer helped arrange a bigger room for the second day’s presentation.

Many visitors registered to attend Falun Gong introductory workshop to be held in Stockholm, and while others got information on practice sites in other cities.

Visitors also raised many questions regarding the persecution of such a peaceful practice in China. They were shocked to learn that the Chinese Communist regime has gone so far as harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners for profit. They signed a petition calling for an end to the atrocity.

I Wish I’d Learned This Sooner!”

A longtime fan of qigong, Ellen was intrigued by the three words: “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” as she passed by the Falun Gong booth. She said, “My entire body felt relaxed when I came to this booth.”

She said that she did not dare to learn about Falun Gong before because she had believed the Chinese regime’s propaganda re-broadcast by the Swedish media. Now that she learned the real story behind the persecution, she realized that Falun Gong is what she has been looking for. “I’ll definitely learn Falun Gong,” she said. “I wish I’d learned this sooner!”

Eager to Learn Falun Gong

A Swedish woman, Anette, and her boyfriend had attended several qigong classes before. She was excited about learning the practice after watching the Falun Gong presentation. She signed up for a Falun Gong introductory workshop.

An Iranian young man came to the Falun Gong booth and asked a lot of questions about Falun Gong. He also brought his family to watch the on-stage exercise demonstration and enrolled in a Falun Gong workshop. He told a practitioner excitedly, “My name is Omid, which means ‘hope’ in Persian.” He stayed at the Falun Gong booth until the end of the expo.

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Learning about Falun Gong and the persecution from a Falun Gong practitioner

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Stockholm, Sweden: Chinese Tourists Surprised to See Westerners Practicing Falun Gong

June 13, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sweden

(Minghui.org) Stockholm City Hall is a famous landmark; the location of the Nobel Prize awards banquet held each year on the 10th of December. It is one of the capital’s most visited tourist attractions. Local Falun Gong practitioners frequently set up a display along the main road leading to City Hall for the benefit of the many visitors passing by. For the last several weeks, they have done so each and every day.

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Stockholm City Hall.

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Practitioners set up a display each day along the main road to Stockholm City Hall.

Among the many tourists the practitioners encounter, a large number are visiting from mainland China. They often express surprise when seeing Westerners practice Falun Gong, since the propaganda they hear back in China alleges that most practitioners are poorly educated and backwards country-folk in rural China. “Look, Westerners also practice Falun Gong. Look how well they sit in the lotus position! Let’s try Falun Gong ourselves after returning home!”

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More Than 200 Want to Learn Falun Gong at Sweden’s Largest Health Expo

April 05, 2016 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in Sweden

(Minghui.org) Sweden’s largest health expo, the Harmoni-Expo, was held in Solna on April 2-3, 2016. Falun Gong practitioners were invited to the annual event, and introduced the practice to the public.

More than 300 vendors took part in the exhibition in suburban Stockholm. Many people visited the Falun Gong booth, attended the introductory presentation, and watched the on-stage exercise demonstration.

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Exercise demo by Falun Gong practitioners at Harmoni-Expo in Solna, Sweden.

Native Swede Carolina said she felt that the booth had strong and pure energy. With an interest in Chinese language and traditional Chinese culture, she had visited China several times.

Upon learning about the severe persecution in China, where practitioners have been mistreated, tortured, and even become victims of live organ harvesting, Carolina was shocked and signed a petition calling for an end to the suppression. “I will read more about this and hope the persecution will stop soon.”

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A practitioner introduces Falun Gong to people.

Maria, a quiet young woman, listened to the presentation and came to the booth for more materials. She also signed a petition and wished the practitioners well.

Helena and Tuula, two Swedish practitioners at the expo, said many people were interested in the peaceful meditation. Helena said, “The room that we gave the presentation in was a full house. In the past two days, more than 200 people asked about how to get started with the exercises.”

Most of the visitors also signed petitions to support practitioners. Falun Gong was introduced to the public in 1992, the number of practitioners reached about 100 million by 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party started a nationwide suppression.

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One event attendee learns about the persecution in China.

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