Russia: European Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference Held in St. Petersburg (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On September 30th, 2006, the European Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference was successfully held in St. Petersburg, Russia. Practitioners from European countries including Russia, the Ukraine, Slovakia, Latvia, Poland, Israel, Germany, Britain, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark, as well as from Taiwan, gathered to share with one another their experiences in cultivating according to Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, as well as their experiences exposing the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
The stage in the conference hall
European and Asian Dafa practitioners gathered to share with one another their cultivation experiences
Dafa practitioners made speeches about their cultivation experiences over the past few years
The Chairman of the Russian Falun Dafa Association first made an opening address. He recollected Master Li's congratulatory message to the Dafa disciples attending the Russian Dafa conference in 2001. "Master said, 'You should communicate with students in other countries often, encourage each other, and progress together with diligence.' Today we are together with many other Dafa practitioners from other countries and areas, to share with one another our understandings. This is a very precious opportunity for us Russian practitioners. No doubt this Dafa conference will greatly inspire Russian Dafa practitioners. Master expressed his eager expectations for us. Through this Fa conference, we will for sure learn something from others' experiences so that we can live up to Master's expectations and shoulder up our holy responsibilities. To fulfill our historical wish, we will work harder than usual."
During the conference, eighteen practitioners made speeches on the stage to share with other fellow practitioners their understanding and experiences of cultivation. They reported to the audience not only the enlightenment they experienced in the process of their personal cultivation, but also how they adopted various approaches to validate Falun Dafa and expose the persecution. Their speeches were inspiring and rich in content. Those who attended were mostly Western practitioners who have made continuous efforts to help people in their own countries understand the facts about Falun Dafa. In addition, many Western practitioners have been working very hard to approach overseas Chinese blinded by the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) deceitful lies, to tell them the facts and kindly offer them an opportunity for salvation.
Just as Master said five years ago, "The people of Russia have been severely influenced by the propaganda from China's evil political group." Desperately struggling for its survival, the CCP used economic interests to bribe the Russian government. Being lied to and under the pressure exerted by the CCP, Russian government agents of all levels had no choice but to help the CCP with its wrongdoing. Prior to the conference, a group of Ukrainian practitioners were refused entry to Russia by customs officials on the Russian border for no specific reason. Also, practitioners from Sweden and other countries were denied visas for no reason. These serious incidents remind us that the task of clarifying the facts to people and the governments in Russia and other Eastern European countries will still involve hardships.
Three practitioners described their experiences on a trip to Eastern Russia. On their journey, they were subject to pressure and stern tests because the security departments concerned purposefully gave them a hard time. Victor, a practitioner of Russian nationality who lives in America, narrated his personal story. Before he made the decision to join the journey, a bird had knocked on his window at dawn every day for a week. Not until he decided to join the journey to the East did the bird stop knocking at his window. During his journey, he had been followed and monitored by the Russian police. Though under pressure, he still kindly talked to the police and staff of security departments who didn't know the truth about Falun Dafa and the persecution. After learning what was going on, they changed their attitudes. Victor visited tourist spots crowded with Chinese visitors to tell them about the persecution. The Chinese visitors to Russia were deeply shocked when they heard the facts. Through these unforgettable experiences, he came to realize that the bird knocking on his window had been anxiously inviting him, a Western practitioner, to Russia to tell people the truth of Falun Dafa.
A practitioner from Israel shared how he deserted his stereotyped concepts in the process of coordinating efforts to validate Dafa. He learned to trust his fellow practitioners and got rid of his attachment to validating himself.
A Russian practitioner talked about how he had learned to be selfless and handle his family relationship in the process of his personal cultivation.
A Slavic practitioner delivered a speech, entitled, "Take One Step Backward and View Problems from Another Angle." She described how she had managed to eliminate her attachment to her self-righteous viewpoints.
A Swiss practitioner talked about her efforts to enable people in remote mountainous areas to understand the facts about Falun Dafa. Mountainous residences were hardly accessible, but she finally overcame difficulties and delivered her self-made pamphlets to thousands of families.
Pan Shuzen, an Chinese practitioner living in Switzerland, talked about how she introduced the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party to Chinese tourists at scenic spots, and encouraged them to quit the Chinese Communist Party. When commuting from her home to her office every day, she used the two-hour commute time to tell people about the persecution in China. Once, she used her personal experiences to tell a tourist about Falun Dafa. She described how she had been transformed from a patient suffering from serious illness to a Dafa practitioner who is physically and mentally healthy and lives a happy life. After learning this, the tourist could not help saying, "Falun Dafa is good."
At the end of the Fa conference, a German practitioner came onstage to sing a song entitled "Dedu" ("Be Saved"). The Fa conference came to a perfect ending, with all the practitioners singing a song composed by a practitioner, entitled, "Coming for You."