(Clearwisdom.net) On October 29, 2006, the Divine Land Marching Band of Toronto held its First Experience Sharing Conference in the Art and Administration Building of the University of Toronto at Scarborough. Nineteen Falun Gong practitioners gave speeches to share their experiences.


Instrument ensemble by children Falun Gong practitioners

The conference room was warmly decorated. A portrait of Master Li was hung in the middle of the front wall. Beside the portray were a couplet stating "Peals of sound shake the Fa world." "The voice of Fa spreads in ten directions." ("Bell Tower" of Hong Yin Volume II) The big golden words brightened up the conference room. The Divine Land Marching Band of Toronto, established six months ago, is one of the largest bands in Canada. It has performed in at least fifteen parades and concerts in six cities. Members of band shared their moving experiences of cultivation.

The conference was held in a solemn and peaceful atmosphere. Falun Gong practitioners' simple words were very touching. Many of them recounted the hard work of practicing the music. Some practiced more than two hours a day at the beginning stage. Some practiced the drum so often that their arms were sore and backs swollen. Some struggled to decided if they should continue. Some talked about how they had overcome obstacles at home and at work. Some shared their opinions and suggestions on the cultivation of the whole band. Many of them mentioned their feeling at the performance, feedback from spectators and their experience of promoting withdrawing from the Communist Party. Every practitioner was deeply touched by each other's steps of making concrete progress by letting go of their attachments to materialism and emotions when facing conflicts while saving sentient beings.

An instrument ensemble of Falun Gong children-practitioners played three pieces of music at the beginning of the afternoon session. Their performance of "Falun Dafa Is Good," "Drum and Trumpet of Fa Shakes Ten Directions" and "Jubilation of the World" was tremendous and heart-shaking. Everyone was touched by the beautiful music. Children-practitioners recited Master's poems "Tempering One's Heart and Will," "Being a Human" and "Falun Dafa."

The successful conference concluded at 5 p.m. Practitioners realized the important role of the Divine Land Marching Band in saving sentient beings. They were determined to make further advancement on cultivation and saving sentient beings.