Taiwan: Our Students and Teachers Benefit Tremendously from Falun Dafa (Photos)
Keelung Municipal Long-sheng Primary School Student's Cultivation Stories
(1). Students' health is improved since practicing Falun Gong
After I learned Falun Dafa, I hope that my students will also benefit from the practice. Therefore, I established A Falun Gong Club in Keelung Municipal Long-sheng Primary School where I teach. I introduced Falun Dafa to all students whom I have taught. The students then introduced Falun Dafa to their parents.
Some of my former students told me the following stories. When you taught students in our class to practice Falun Gong, I was very healthy that year and I did not fall ill for the whole year. Since you do not teach me anymore, I haven't practiced Falun Gong and I've started falling ill again.
I encouraged him to continue keep on practicing. In that class, there was a young student who suffered myopia and had to wear glasses. It was quite inconvenient for him. He practiced Falun Gong with me for a year and his eyesight restored. A child in the class that I'm teaching now always had two streams of yellow mucus underneath his nose. Other students all avoided him and didn't want to play with him because of this. After he started practicing Falun Gong, he does not have a runny nose and his personality also improved. Now he has quite a few good friends in the class.
(2) Children's changes after studying the Fa
Parents also expressed that their children rarely fall ill after they learned Falun Gong. In addition, their children become more self-controlled. The three words, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance" that Falun Gong teaches and requires allow the children to gain more self-constraint. They become more well-behaved. There is a very naughty student in my class, who was not well received in either home or school. Shortly after school began, he went home and told his father and mother that his teacher taught him to follow "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance". His dad said, "Then, you should sincerely learn the principles of 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance' from your teacher and see if you will become well-behaved." Since then, he takes the initiative to study the Fa in the morning when he arrives at school. He reads the entire book "Hong Yin" each time. I asked him what he has learned and how he felt. He said, "It is great!" The boy was originally unable to sit still even for short moment and he would never read a book on his own initiative. After he studied the Fa, he has become more likable and well-behaved.
Another boy was the naughtiest one in my school. No one knew how to deal with him. His parents almost gave up educating or disciplining him. His teachers all felt great pressure in dealing with him everyday. I brought a copy of the book Hong Yin and asked him to read it. To my surprise, he loved the book so much that he did not want to put it down. He said that this is such a great book and he wanted a copy for himself. He asked me if I could give him a copy. With his mother and teacher's agreement, he joined the Falun Gong Club.
Another child was only a second-grade student. After reading several pages of the book Zhuan Falun, she felt that it is a great book and took out her own allowance and asked me to buy a copy for her. She loves the stories told in the book and repeatedly read the book without feeling tired. When she went home each day, she would teach her grandmother to practice Falun Gong and wished that her grandmother will soon be free from the pain in her lower back. One day, I put a poem written by Master Li up on the board. The next day, I asked the class if anyone was able to recite the poem. This little girl raised her hand. Not only she but also her grandmother was able to recite the poem.
A child once read a story about offering his seat to other people on a bus. He said that he also had such experience. He wrote in his experience sharing, "Previously, I was very selfish and would never even think of offering my seat to others, because I am a child and others should offer me their seats. However, after I learned the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, I finally have the courage to offer my seat to others. The other day, my grandmother and I took a bus, on which, I offered my seat to an elderly gentleman. I felt very happy for I finally did it."
(3) Children enjoy practicing the exercises
Usually the class schedule is quite tight. Except for the once-a-week class period for student organizations' activities, there is almost no extra time for us to study the Fa or practice the exercises. We utilize the time in the morning before the classes and breaks to study the Fa or practice the exercises. Some students practice the exercises on their initiative after they go home. Some also teach their family members to practice the exercises. Children enjoy the practice very much. They especially love the fifth exercise, the sitting meditation. Whenever the bell rang to conclude the class for student organizations' activities, the students don't want to end their meditation. They ask to meditate a little longer even though their legs felt numb and painful. But they feel very comfortable in their bodies. For all my other classes, whenever the bell rang, some students already went out to play even before I said "class is over". One could see how much the children enjoy the practice of Falun Gong. The Falun Gong cultivation stories are also the stories that students love most.
It was extremely cold the past winter. In January, the end of the last semester, a cold spell set in. Children felt frozen and were trembling. Some child suggested we practice Falun Gong. As a result, after they did a few movements in the first set of exercise, children felt so warm that they wanted to remove their clothes. In summer, it was very hot. In the physical education class, some children also suggested practicing Falun Gong, because other sports in summer would result in sweating more and children would easily feel tired. They felt very comfortable to practice Falun Gong which is good for health and energize the body.
(4) Words from children's hearts
Many students in my class were very naughty when they were at their first-grade. Their previous teachers put strict discipline on them. Several children who normally did not behave well were punished almost every day. The children told me, "It is so strange! Why don't you need to scold us and we become better-behaved? No matter how our former teachers punished those bad-behaved classmates, it was in vain." Some students said, "Because you are a teacher who learns the principle of Truthfluness-Compassion-Tolerance, you would not beat or scold others." I answered, "Yes! In addition, you are good children who follow Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance, therefore you all become better-behaved."
A child who was acknowledged to be the worst one in the class has changed the most. When he was only three years old, his parents divorced. He was raised by his grandmother. He refused to do any homework and he even stole things from others. He could hardly read. He had almost all kinds of shortcomings. Up to the end of last semester, he had became a good student who corrected all his shortcomings and started taking the initiative to carefully listen to lectures and do his homework. His handwriting became neat and his grades improved rapidly and greatly, either 100 more than 90. He sent me a greeting card on which there was a big red "heart" with words, "To my kind teacher. You've taught me a lot this semester. Thank you, my teacher!"
Their first-grade teacher is now teaching at another school. A child gave me a greeting card and wished me to send it to her previous teacher. It wrote on the card:
"Dear Teacher Tsiu:
Our second-grade teacher is a practitioner of Falun Gong. She would never get mad and she is very healthy and never falls ill. She also teaches us to practice Falun Gong and helps us to become better people in accordance with Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. Our entire class has changed and we all become well-behaved. Falun Gong is good. Teacher, please make sure to practice Falun Gong.
Your student You An misses you.
II My Cultivation Story
Cultivation made me healthy and look younger
I am an elementary school teacher in Taiwan. A family member of mine got seriously ill five year ago. His arm couldn't move because of his disease. We took him to see all renowned doctors of Chinese and western medicine and spent a quite a fortune on it. However, nobody could stop his condition from deteriorating. When we were almost desperate, we happened to notice a Falun Dafa advertisement on a bus on our way to a doctor's office. It said Falun Dafa would improve health and the teaching of it was free. We found the group exercise site by calling the contact phone number. My family member started learning it. Out of our expectation, he recovered within a month. I learned it together with him. To my surprise, my allergic rhinitis, which I had been told to have no cure, was cured by Falun Dafa only one week after I started practicing it. It happened to be winter. I used to have a runny nose every day in the winter.
The book Zhuan Falun taught me the philosophy of life. I have quit many bad habits since then. I got up at 4:30 am to go to group exercise in a park every morning. I haven't been sick for years and I look much better. My neighbor told me, "I know Falun Gong must be good just by looking at you. You used to look much thinner and darker when you first moved here. You had some dark spots on the face at that time. But you look heavier and lighter-skinned. Your dark spots are done. You look young and lively. I would like to learn Falun Gong too."
My colleagues all admire me for being so energetic. They are surprised to see I have such good skin and shape without taking any tonic food or using any cosmetics. One time, a student's parent came to our school. We hadn't seen each other for more than a year. When I greeted her, she was speechless for a while. Her child reminded her that I was Ms. Zhu. She suddenly recognized me. Her child told me on the next day that his mother couldn't recognize me at all because I had turned younger and prettier. I asked it he had told his mother that it was because I practiced Falun Gong. He said, "Of course! My mom said she would practice Falun Gong too."
At a Falun Gong Workshop for teachers, a gentleman came in pretty late. I went up to greet him. He said in a very snobbish way, "How can you hold this kind of activity in school and teach your teachers an exercise? I am here to see what you are doing." I told him, "I am the teacher who practices Falun Gong. My whole family have benefited from it. We haven't got sick since then." His eyes widened. Shocked, he asked, "You are a teacher? You look too young to be a teacher. I thought you were a student. You look at most twenty!" I answered, "It is a proof that Falun Dafa is great! I look younger after practicing it." I showed him documents of our Falun Dafa organization in our school and told him it was good for children too. His attitude changed drastically. Eventually he respectfully gave me his name card and said, "Falun Gong is so good. I would like to learn it too. Let me know when you show the nine-day lectures."
Happy Family Life and Work Life after Cultivation
My mother and my husband practice Falun Gong too. They used to have poor health, but Falun Gong not only cured their diseases but also improved their personalities. We used to fight once in a while. They had bad temper because their poor health. Mother couldn't have one day without losing her temper. After we started cultivation, we all try to follow "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." We would look inside ourselves instead of blaming others. And then the conflict would be gone. Mother has the happiest life ever. She is healthier and looks younger.
When I teach my students the philosophy of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," I felt I was the happiest teacher in the world. Children are so innocent. They can do better than adults sometimes. They follow the principles from the bottom of their hearts. They learned how to be considerate and responsible and rarely fight each other. Before my cultivation, I was so bothered with the little problem between them that I have to solve. I was usually exhausted after all these and grading. Because of the curriculum reform recently, teachers need to spend more time on class preparation. But I am energetic and clear-minded. I can handle all new classes with ease. My students have a good understanding of Falun Dafa too. Falun Dafa is great! We have all benefited from it.