Taiwan: Shuangfeng Primary School Winter Vacation Teachers' Falun Dafa Study Camp (Photos)
In order to hold a five-day Winter Vacation Teachers' Falun Dafa Study Camp in Shuangfeng Primary School in Taipei County, Falun Gong practitioners in Xidian were busy for quite some time. First, we settled on the venue, and then we arranged the course and contacted the lecturers, and sent out a mailing to the department-in-charge at the Education Bureau. After we got approval, practitioners prepared a notice listing the curriculum, schedule and an application for signing up for the courses. Besides distributing the information to teachers in our school, we also sent the information to other schools nearby. We explained to the persons in charge about the study camp and hoped that the material and the positive message would reach every teacher. Because life education courses benefit everyone, the course was also open to parents and to the general public.
This activity was "a rich feast of human culture and life." Every lecturer related his or her own profession and experiences to their cultivating Falun Dafa. They used their personal experience and other vivid examples to validate the wonderfulness of life, and touched many people's hearts. When learning to practice the Falun Gong exercises, veteran practitioners earnestly offered help and instruction, and new practitioners learned attentively. The whole venue was filled with a pure and peaceful energy field.
Rich and Comprehensive Speeches
Life Education group leader of Xinhe Primary School, Cai Shouren, used himself as an example to illustrate the consequences of being selfish. Before practicing Falun Gong, he taught classes in the daytime and ran a business during the evening. He was occupied with seeking worldly benefits, and eventually his health deteriorated and he owed a lot of debts. Later, as a result of cultivation in Falun Dafa, he regained his health, became broad-minded and kind, and witnessed the power of Falun Dafa in improving people's xinxing. He also realized the true meaning of life.
Professor Zhong Gulan from the Economics Department of Donghai University, discussed how the essence of economy should be based on morality, that is, conducting trade with a conscience. She also explained that if people's hearts conform to the standard of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," then that region will definitely have flourishing trade, an advanced economy, and a rich cultural life.
Ms. Zhou Yixiu, an art teacher at Jian High School talked about being perplexed by some unhealthy phenomena in her academic field and her wrong understanding of love before practicing Falun Gong. Later, under the guidance of Falun Dafa principles, these issues were resolved and she was enlightened to the true meaning of life.
Dentist Shen Kunjin from Taipei, discussed the human immune system and modern medicine's limitation and helplessness in enhancing immunity. He also corrected some wrong notions regarding physical training boosting immunity. Dr. Shen cited experiments made by Feng Lili, MD, from Baylor College of Medicine in the United States, on some Falun Gong practitioners. Dr. Feng's research proved that cultivation can enhance immunity. Even our physical cells conform to "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," the principles of Falun Gong.
Li Qingmei, an employee of the Financial Affairs Department at Taiwan Bank, illustrated that modern people try to accumulate as much money and material things as possible in seeking a life of comfort. He said that this is actually a fallacy. The constantly increased desire instead puts so much pressure on people; they get in over their heads, but are unable to pull out, until finally everything becomes a mess, and their life is far from being comfortable. Mr. Li also mentioned that even though he did not suffer much in his childhood, he has always been pursuing the true meaning of life. He said he finally fulfilled his long-cherished wish through cultivating Falun Gong.
Chang Chin-hua, Dean of the graduate school of journalism at Taiwan University, was also a lecturer at the study camp. Her husband studies philosophy and has a clear, logical way of thinking. Before practicing Falun Gong, whenever encountering conflicts, they would argue every detail. And every time, she failed to win an argument, until finally, the situation made her feel disappointed. After practicing Falun Gong, and gradually assimilating to "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," such conflicts between her and her husband have been gradually resolved. Also because of her cultivation practice, whenever she encounters an intense conflict with a colleague, she simply maintains her xinxing, and finally the conflicts are amicably settled. The life that has assimilated to "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" can resolve everything compassionately. Finally, Professor Chang talked about the Chinese Communist Party and how Jiang's faction is actively framing and persecuting Falun Gong and blocking the truth of the persecution from being known by the public. The media in Taiwan have published some reports about the persecution, but due to the issue of profit involved, such reports are still not comprehensive and in depth.
Professor Chen, who is engaged both in medicine and education, used her own experience of learning about Falun Dafa to point out how the mindset of scholars and experts sometimes prevents them from coming to know Dafa. She believes this is because of the attachment to their own professions, sometimes to the point where they cannot be broadminded and open-minded and accept higher principles. Fortunately, Professor Chen has finally started practicing Falun Dafa, and she has traveled across Taiwan to give several lectures, even while she was pregnant, to help others learn about Falun Dafa.
Comments from new practitioners
Mr. Yang: the courses taught during these past few days are really very rich in content! Each speaker gave us a wonderful speech! I also noticed the unselfish contribution of Falun Gong practitioners who came to help. I'm very touched! I'm truly thankful to everyone, thank you!
Mr. Xu: I asked a question during the experience sharing yesterday, and after I returned home, I thought it over and now I'm clear about it now. There was an example in Professor Chen's speech today - she said that people's hearts should not have animosity, so my heart does not have animosity! Regarding the words, "not have animosity," and other things I learned from the study camp and all that I have experienced... I am going to think them over after I return home; I think I will start to experience some changes!
Mr. Chong: I used to practice other qigong practices. From these days' classes, I heard a lot of higher principles, and heard many good things. I also saw your efforts to hold this series of classes. I think this cultivation practice is different! I will cherish it after I return home. Thank you!
Ms. Li: I read Zhuan Falun one or two years ago, but I didn't really get anything out of it. Today, when I picked up the book again, I felt like I had never read it before. I have a good memory, but how could it be like this? It seems that there is something miraculous going on; I will take a copy of Zhuan Falun back home and read it carefully.
Ms. Li went back home and attentively read the first lecture of Zhuan Falun. She then developed a fever for no apparent reason. At first she didn't know why, but after she finished reading Lecture Two, she realized that it was the phenomenon of body purification as described in the book. Shortly after she understood this, the symptoms of fever gradually disappeared. So she decided to make good use of her time and keep on reading. It seems that she has felt the miraculous power of Falun Dafa.