Taiwan: Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art Exhibition Held in Taipei
(Clearwisdom.net) The Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance International Art Exhibition opened at the Shilin Exhibition Hall in the city of Taipei in November 2008. The exhibition was hosted by the Taiwan Falun Dafa Association and has attracted people from the arts, academic, education, and business circles.
Owner of Multi-National Company Expresses His Respect to the Artists
Mr. Gao is a Westerner who runs a multi-national company. He had a little basic knowledge of Falun Gong and took time to see the exhibition while he was on a business trip. He told the exhibit guide that this was an unusual world-class exhibition. He also expressed his greatest respect to those magnificent artists. Mr. Gao said that he was most impressed with the painting "Buddha's Image," and he could feel the artist's utmost reverence toward Falun Gong's founder Mr. Li Hongzhi.
Mr. Gao also liked the peacefulness expressed in another painting, "Fa-study," and commented that the world should also be so peaceful. He asked the guide, "Can a busy man like me practice cultivation?" The guide replied, "Of course you can. Falun Gong is very suitable for modern people to study and learn. Practitioners are from all walks of life in more than 80 countries in the world."
When he saw the paintings that depicted how Falun Gong practitioners were persecuted, Mr. Gao kept asking, " How could people be so cruel?" These paintings reminded him what his father told him when he was little about the Nazi's massacre of the Jews. Mr. Gao learned that the power of "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" has enabled Falun Gong practitioners not to give up on calling for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, no matter what.
Mr. Du Zhonghao is a contemporary calligrapher whose works have been collected by art collectors in and outside of Taiwan. Mr. Du was shocked at the Chinese Communist regime's brutal persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, saying, "It's shocking! The Chinese police have really done bad deeds." He hoped that he could learn more about the persecution of Falun Gong.
Witnessing Practitioners' Kindness
Professor Li Shizhong has been an advocate of leisure activities all his life, and has been promoting the art of conversation. He learned to paint after retiring. He commented, "Every painting in the exhibition lets people feel that the artist has put his/her heart in it. The story behind it is especially touching. I've witnessed Falun Gong practitioners' kindness in the exhibition." He knew that many Taiwanese have gone to Mainland China to undergo organ transplants, and also heard about the Chinese Communist Party's harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. He believes that it is very good to use rational methods like painting and music to help the world's people understand the truth.
Sincere Arts and True Facts of Life
Chiang Ying-Pi of the Chinese Culture University is a renowned dancer. She said that Dong Xiqiang's painting "Orphan's Tears" impressed her the most, and that the little girl should have been taken care of and loved by her parents at her age; but she lost her parents and their love. Ms. Jiang herself is a mother. The little girl's expression of loss in her eyes resonated deeply with her heart. Ms. Chiang thought the exhibition was a success and that she had seen genuine works of art.
Painter Shan Zhizi saw the "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance" International Art Exhibition" before. He put aside his work and went to see the exhibition after learning that there were many new paintings in the exhibition. After seeing the exhibition, he said that the exhibition indeed is world class and that he would certainly recommend it to his friends.
Demonstrating the Compassion of God and Buddha
Ms. Dai Xueqing, formerly the principal of Longmen Junior High School, especially enjoyed Mr. Zhang Kunlun's painting "Buddha's Image." She said that the painting was solemn and benevolent, and she liked the clean white representation of sculpture. She felt that the calmness and peacefulness expressed by the painting is what the chaotic society needs the most. She also thought Chen Xiaoping's painting "Unity Between Heaven and Human" made people feel very tranquil, and that when people looked at the painting, their emotions were peaceful and sound. Zhang Kunlun's "Tears of Sadness and Joy" expressed the principle that "Good is rewarded with good and bad receives retribution," and that those who do good deeds will go to heaven and those who do bad deeds will go to hell.
Professor Chiang Ying-Pi pointed out that arts must be sincere and reflect life's truth. She thought that every painting in the exhibition was very specific and reflected reality, and that the painters not only expressed their feelings but also reflected the truth, and touched people's hearts.
Upon a friend's introduction, Ms. Dai started reading some Falun Gong books. She has discovered that this is a group that teaches people to be good. She also noticed that many paintings conveyed a kind message. She said that if everyone supported Falun Gong, our whole society would have kind thoughts and become positive, peaceful, and serene.
We Cannot Allow the Chinese Communist Party to Continue Doing Evil to Falun Gong Practitioners
Ms. Gao Yimei is a violin repair technician. When she saw the paintings of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) harvesting living Falun Gong practitioners' organs, she thought that was unimaginable. Ms. Gao said that people with religious belief have spiritual strength and the courage to confront a tyrannical regime to safeguard their belief with their lives, because God is always there with them. When she saw Falun Gong practitioners being persecuted, Ms. Gao said, "No one with a conscience could accept the persecution. We cannot allow the CCP do continue doing evil to Falun Gong practitioners."
Mr. Jin Xiaohua is Program Director with Public Broadcasting Television, who has spent three years making documentaries about human rights. After seeing the paintings that depicted the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, he said sadly, "I believe the persecution is true. That's something human beings should not endure."
A World Class Exhibition that Explores a New Horizon
Ms. Lin is a 5th grade teacher from Shipai Elementary School. She brought her class of 31 to the exhibition. She said that the exhibition conveyed a tenacious and unyielding spirit, which is what kids need most. This field trip opened up a new horizon for kids. The 5th graders praised the paintings. The parents who came along said, "We didn't use to understand Falun Gong, but after seeing the exhibition, we have come to understand that these people who practice 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' are indeed good people."
One parent said, "This is a world class exhibition and can open up new horizons for kids." Many students came to the exhibition. Students from Takming University of Science and Technology thought that every painting was great. Some said that in the past they had misunderstood Falun Gong, and now they understand that Falun Gong is an upright practice. They also said that people should follow the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Some students questioned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the brutal and shocking persecution of Falun Gong. One student said, "People should respect each other. The painters are all cultivators who are good people. The CCP is very evil for harming people and not treating them like human beings."