WHEREAS, Falun Dafa is a self-improvement practice and system of exercise and teachings originating in ancient Chinese culture that deeply transform the mind and body and emphasizes the assimilation to the universal principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance"; and
WHEREAS, Falun Dafa consists of four simple exercises and a meditation. They have proven to have wonderful physical and mental health benefits and are offered free of charge. Individuals have been empowered to leave behind addictions and bad habits, families to live in harmony together, and communities to embrace what is virtuous and life affirming; and
WHEREAS, as a founder of Falun Dafa, Mr. Li Hongzhi has, through his selfless and tireless efforts to benefit others, educated over 100 million people of all social backgrounds, races and cultures in more than 50 countries, bridged the gap between east and west; and
WHEREAS, the practitioners of Falun Dafa has remained true to the teaching of Mr. Li Hongzhi and demonstrated great compassion and tolerance under the most severe environment that has touched the heart of every kind-hearted human beings.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, WILLIAM V. BELL, MAYOR of the City of Durham, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim the week of May 12-19, 2002 as
in Durham, and hereby extend best wishes to the practitioners for their commitment to non-violence and peace in the community, and encourage all City residents to find out more about the benefits of Falun Dafa, a system that many say can have a positive effect on our quality of life.
WITNESS my hand and the corporate seal of the City of Durham, North Carolina, this the 15th day of May 2002.
William V. "Bill" Bell