Taiwan: Planting Seeds of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" (Photos)

September 08, 2004 | By practitioners from Tainan

(Clearwisdom.net) From July 26 to August 13, Madou National Elementary School in Tainan County held a 3-week Minghui Children's Summer Camp. This activity was planned and organized by a group of teachers who practice Falun Gong and warmly received by students and their parents. About 50 children attended the summer camp. Teachers utilized their summer vacation time to hold this activity. They worked very hard but they were very happy, because the seeds of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance" have already taken root in children's hearts. The Minghui School's young practitioners' improvement really encourages everyone, including the teachers, students and their parents.

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Learning the five sets of Falun Gong exercises

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Young children attentively attending their classes

In the summer camp, young children learned the five sets of Falun Gong exercises. From just imitating the movements to accurately doing the exercises, the children quickly learned the four sets of standing exercises in a peaceful and joyful atmosphere. The tranquil meditation was the hardest part for them. But they were eventually able to become calm and gradually enter the tranquil state from ceaseless moving and making faces at the beginning. When studying the Fa (1), teachers had the children sit in either the semi-lotus or full-lotus position. They followed the teachers to recite Master Li's articles sentence by sentence. The children became more focused and more enduring. During the process of enduring the hardship and eliminating their karma while sitting with their legs crossed, one could clearly feel the great improvement in their characters.

The children also learned to sing songs, most of which were composed by Falun Gong practitioners. The songs included, "Falun Dafa is Great," "I Am a Good Student of Minghui School," "Baby Meditates" and others. Children enjoyed singing those songs very much. They also learned to recite many poems from Master Li's poem collection, Hongyin. Group sports activities, including soccer, softball, frisbee and jump rope skipping were also arranged for younger students. The older students practiced calligraphy and learned to write with their pure and calm hearts words like, "heaven," "earth and humans," and "Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance are in our hearts."

In the summer camp, several videos for children were also played. The stories were very interesting and children learned through playing. In addition to allowing the children to learn some history, the stories also let children understand the meaning of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. When children shared their experiences later on, many of them said that they had become more patient. They would not randomly lose their temper. In addition, they are now able to get up early, and they study and rest according to a regular schedule. The children felt comfortable and happy, and they have made a number of new friends. They hoped that they would continue this way.

Teachers who practice Falun Gong expressed their hope for these children: Let the seeds of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance grow in your hearts and follow these principles in your daily life. They hope that the children will develop into good students and good people.

1. Fa: Law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.

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