Ottawa, Canada: Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On May 13, 2005, the sixth World Falun Dafa Day, Falun Gong practitioners held a series of activities at Capitol Square in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, celebrating the thirteenth anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction. Activities included speeches, an exercise demonstration, a photo exhibit, and an artistic performance.
A real and lifelike Falun Dafa Peaceful Journey photo exhibit, and a light and elegant Chinese traditional dance "Ode to Lotus" attracted thousands of citizens, students, and tourists from around the world. People passing by and tourists requested Falun Dafa truth-clarifying materials and beautiful paper lotus flowers made by practitioners. The activity lasted for over three hours.
Congratulations from Canadian MPs: Following the Principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" Deserves Admiration
Twelve Canadian MPs, provincial and city councilors sent congratulations to Falun Dafa practitioners. Canadian MP Hon. Ed. Broadbent said in his letter, "On the 13th anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction, I'm very pleased to express my congratulations to all Falun Dafa practitioners. Falun Dafa provides a unique exercise, a combination of simple exercise and sitting meditation that enables practitioners to benefit both physically and mentally. Furthermore, they follow the principles of 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' in all aspects in their daily lives, which deserves admiration. At the same time, all this also helps improve their own and the surrounding environment. I wish all practitioners success on Falun Dafa Month and celebration activities."
Going Through Six-Years of Tribulations, the Light of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" Illuminates All Over the World
Mr. Li Xun from the Canadian Falun Dafa Association said in his speech that on this day in 1992, Mr. Li Hongzhi introduced the universal Dafa "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" to the public. Today, thirteen years later, countless human beings who have understood the meaning of life have benefited both physically and mentally, and upgraded their moral standards from practicing Falun Dafa. Human beings whose lights have been rekindled are full of boundless joy and unutterable gratitude. While Falun Gong has suffered nearly six-years of brutal persecution imposed by Jiang Zemin and the Chinese Communist evil group, Falun Gong practitioners have demonstrated their purity, kindness, sincerity, tolerance, wisdom and courage, by practicing the principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance." Many more people have been touched, and many more people have been awakened. The rays of light of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" illuminate over 60 countries in the world.
Falun Gong practitioners hope that through the celebration of World Falun Dafa Day, more countries and more nationalities will understand Falun Dafa, and spread the beauty of Falun Dafa all over the world. When people understand the principles of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance," they will do so from the bottom of their hearts, and this is enough to change everything. Society will no longer exist by swindling, mutual harm, struggle and dispute. It will be a very beautiful world. For the world, it will be an unprecedented tremendous contribution.
Upgrade of Morality: Sacrifice Oneself for the Sake of Truth and Justice
Mr. Su, who just left China and arrived in Canada for a month, said, "Today, I'm so lucky to participate in the celebration of thirteenth anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction, I'm very excited." He expressed that he was very grateful to Mr. Li Hongzhi for teaching this Falun Dafa to the public, so that he could understand the meaning of life, obtain spiritual peace, and find the goal of life.
Mr. Su said that after practicing Falun Dafa, his health condition is much better than before. He previously had high blood pressure, and he was always muddle-headed, feeling extremely uncomfortable. After practicing Falun Dafa, he seldom has such feelings.
He also said that he has become wiser than before. He used to be very inflexible when considering something, and very self-centered. After practicing cultivation, he learned how to be considerate of others, to consider things from other people's points of view, and think others first when encountering issues.
Guan Weidong from Montreal said, "I was a person who haggled over every penny, and I would never suffer losses concerning profit. After practicing Falun Dafa, I have completely changed from the bottom of my heart. For the sake of justice, truth, and for others' happiness, I can make sacrifices of all kinds. I could never do so before practicing Falun Dafa."
The host of the celebration from Ottawa said, "I have practiced Falun Dafa for five years, and I have benefited both physically and mentally. Cultivating 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' Falun Dafa is the most joyful and important thing in my life."