Four Thousand Practitioners Form a Falun Emblem for the First Time in Taiwan (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On December 25, 2005, more than four thousand Falun Gong practitioners from across Taiwan gathered in front of the Chungcheng Memorial Hall Square to form a "Falun" [Law Wheel] (see Note at end), the emblem of Falun Gong. This is the first time that practitioners have displayed such a magnificent and splendid formation of the "Falun" since the Chinese Communist regime initiated the persecution on July 20, 1999. Chinese Times, Taiwan Times, Freedom Times and New Taiwan Weekly magazine and other media came to cover the event, and many people stopped to watch.
On December 25, 2005, Taiwan Falun Gong practitioners formed a Falun Emblem in front of Chungcheng Memorial Hall Square in Taipei. Practitioners wanted to show the widespread flourishing of Falun Dafa and respectfully wish the founder of Falun Dafa, Mr. Li Hongzhi, a Happy New Year
With new practitioners continuously starting all the time, the number of Falun Gong practitioners in Taiwan now exceeds 400,000. There are more than 100 million practitioners around the world. Numerous awards and proclamations have been issued to Falun Gong. All this is enough to indicate the extent of popularity of the belief that conducts oneself according to "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance."
Ms. Huang from the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association expressed that they got the inspiration to form the Falun from one of the works in "Falun Dafa Disciples Validating the Fa" Photo Exhibition where Wuhan practitioners formed a Falun emblem in 1997. It was marvelous. However, Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China are still subjected to unprecedentedly brutal and inhuman persecution, and have no way to redisplay the scene of large-scale group practice with several thousand people. In Taiwan where there are many Falun Gong practitioners, and we indeed have the ability to complete this task of forming a Falun Emblem once again. We want to display Falun Dafa practitioners' uncompromising spirit and invincible courage in the face of persecution. Falun Dafa has spread to 78 countries around the world, and the number of practitioners continues to increase.
In 1997, Falun Gong practitioners in Wuhan City held a large-scale group practice and formed a Falun Emblem
In 1996, Falun Gong cultivation experience sharing conference held in Guizhou City
In 1997 in Wuhan City and in 1998 Guangzhou City, there were nearly 5,000 people participating in the formation of Falun emblems. It showed the flourishing situation of Falun Gong in mainland China at the time. According to the Chinese Communist regime's official information, before the persecution, the number of Falun Gong practitioners in China had exceeded 70 million in 1997.
On December 25, it happened to be Sunday holiday. Rare sunshine appeared in Taipei after being raided by cold for several consecutive days. This momentous and grand activity immediately attracted many people to stop to watch. They were curious and many tourists kept taking pictures. Some people showed concern over the persecution of Falun Gong in mainland China. Some more people showed great interest in how to learn to practice Falun Gong exercises, and inquired where to find the book Zhuan Falun and practice sites.
Nearly ten Falun Gong practitioners unfolded a big banner with red words on a yellow background, and practitioners made a Heshi gesture to respectfully wish esteemed Master a Happy New Year in chorus. Many practitioners were in tears, the scene was touching.
On December 25, 2005, more than 4,000 Falun Gong practitioners form a Falun emblem in front of Chungcheng Memorial Hall square in Taipei
So long as the persecution is not stopped, Falun Gong practitioners will continue clarifying the truth
A couple who came to visit from Sweden heard about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Both looked solemn and took the initiative to sign the signature collection book to call for an end to the persecution as soon as possible.
At a corner of the square, Hong Kong practitioner Liang Xiaofeng was calling for help rescue her mother Yuan Yuju and elder brother Liang Jinghui. On July 19 this year, Yuan Yuju and Liang Jinghui were illegally arrested by CCP police in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province for practicing Falun Gong. A group of Chinese tourists surrounded Liang Xiaofeng and listened to her tell her own cultivation stories and the unlawful arrest of her mother and brother. They learned about the truth, and one of them ran back after leaving to take a picture of the scene of Liang Xiaofeng's appeal and said he would clarify the truth to his relatives and friends when he returned home.
Two western young men stopped and watched. Practitioners explained to them about the facts, and they expressed that they had heard about Falun Gong. One of them frequently goes in and out of China and knew about the wickedness of the CCP. Being afraid that he would be persecuted by them [the CCP regime], he dared not to sign to support Falun Gong. After practitioners' patient explanation, he could not help picking up a pen to sign his name on the signature collection book.
A group of Chinese tourists from the mainland were amazed at the fact that there are so many people practicing Falun Gong in Taiwan and the practitioners held such an activity. They purposely slowed down their steps and watched Falun Gong practitioners forming the Falun, and silently listened to practitioners' explanations how the CCP persecutes human rights and does harm to Chinese people and the persecution of Falun Gong. Practitioners urged them to immediately quit the malevolent CCP to seek safety and peace.
The girl who is in a wheelchair helps collect signatures
I also support for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong as soon as possible
A Hong Kong practitioner brought her non-practitioner son and daughter to attend the 2005 Taiwan Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference. Her son was moved at seeing thousands of Falun Gong practitioners take part in forming the Falun, he took the initiative to help hold a banner. Her daughter who was in a wheelchair also helped collect signatures at entrances to Chungcheng Memorial Hall. Many people stopped to ask if they could sign their names. The mother expressed that though her daughter is non-practitioner, she was not afraid to clarify the facts about Falun Gong and also liked to distribute truth clarification materials.
Many people from Philippines and Thailand who work in Taiwan also came to learn about Falun Gong. There were also tourists from Japan, India and other Southeast Asia countries watching this splendid large-scale formation of the Falun Emblem. They said they knew Falun Gong is great, and is suffering persecution by the CCP, but they did not know the persecution is so severe. A young western man said that it is incredible that such persecution of belief and human rights can be happening in the world today.
* More than 4,000 people complete the formation of Falun Emblem in a few hours
For new practitioner named Huang, this was the first time he had taken part in such a large Falun Gong activity. He expressed that he felt incredible that several thousand people could be organized in good order to complete the formation in a short period of time. At the same time, he felt honored to be able to participate in such a grand occasion to record the historic witness.
A Falun Gong practitioner whose surname is Li expressed that when the CCP is continuously persecuting Falun Gong, Taiwan practitioners' formation of the Falun emblem is inspiring and touching. Such display of the free practice of Falun Gong in Taiwan and the flourishing situation of Falun Gong overseas, can not only support Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China, but also warn CCP authorities that the persecution of Falun Gong will by no means succeed.
A Falun Gong practitioner from Tainan expressed that practitioners wearing blue, yellow and white is to present the brilliance of the Falun emblem. Different orders were required to display, but there are so many people, how to change to different orders in a short period of time? At the beginning, I was a bit worried, obviously my worries were unnecessary. The whole process was so peaceful and harmonious. I was moved very much. Falun Dafa is truly a pure land.
Falun Emblem: The symbol of our Falun Dafa is Falun. Those with supernormal abilities can see that this Falun is rotating. The same is true for our small Falun badges, which are also rotating. Our cultivation practice is guided by Zhen-Shan-Ren, the characteristic of the universe, and by the principles of the cosmos' evolution. Therefore, what we cultivate is quite immense. In a sense, this Falun emblem is a miniature of the universe. The Buddha School conceptualizes the universe as a world of ten directions with four faces and eight sides. Perhaps some people can see a vertical energy column above and below Falun. With its top and bottom, Falun exactly makes up the ten-directional world and constitutes this universe. It represents the Buddha School's summary of the universe.
This universe, of course, consists of numerous galaxies including our Milky Way. The whole universe is in motion, and so are all galaxies within it. Therefore, the Taiji symbols and the small symbols in the emblem are also rotating. The entire Falun is rotating, and the large symbol in the center is rotating as well. In a sense, it symbolizes our Milky Way. Because we are of the Buddha School, the center retains the symbol of the Buddha School; this is how its surface looks. All different substances have their forms of existence in those other dimensions where they have very substantial and very complex processes of evolution and forms of existence. This Falun emblem is the miniature of the universe. It also has its own form of existence and process of evolution in all other dimensions, so I call it a world.
(Lecture Five of Zhuan Falun, 2000)