Australian Practitioners Celebrate Greater Dandenong City Falun Dafa Day (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Saturday (July 13 2002) was Falun Dafa Day in Greater Dandenong, the second largest city of Australia. A celebration was held in the largest shopping center of the city.
|Exhibition and tables for Fa promotion||Little practitioners performing Lotus Dance||Exercise demonstration|
This event received support from the city parliament and many other authorities. The shopping center provided a large area inside the front gate for us and set up a temporary stage for us. The event started at 12 noon. First, over ten Western practitioners demonstrated the exercises on the stage. At the same time, Mr. Wols, a member of city parliament, gave a short speech. His speech stated that the city was composed of multiple cultures, and Falun Gong is one of its cultural components. They are actively involved in community activities and give free classes every weekend to help people to retain sound minds and physical health. He acknowledged his appreciation for the principles that Falun Dafa promotes, "Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance," and that we should also encourage all people to treat others with compassion like that taught in Falun Dafa.
There were dancing and singing performances and exercise demonstrations after the opening ceremony. Many people stopped to watch the performances. Three western practitioners stepped up on the stage and introduced their cultivation experiences. Their sincere words moved the audience. One of them was a young teacher Ms. Jason. She said, "I have only practiced Falun Dafa for eight months so far. Before that, I was a mean and self-willed person and didn't care about others. I had heart disease starting when I was 18 years old. I had visited many doctors in many cities. But for 20 years, the disease was not cured. After I practiced Falun Gong for less than two months, the heart disease has improved so much that I gradually stopped using any medicines. Now my disease is totally cured. At the same time, my other diseases are also gone. I quit smoking. Maybe you don't believe it, but this miracle really happened to me. I learned Truthfulness-Compassion-Tolerance and it turned me into a good teacher, a good wife, a good mother and a person that cares about others and thinks about others."
The event lasted over two hours. All materials we prepared were gone in a short time so practitioners had to make a lot of copies near the site, but those copies were taken faster than we could copy them. Many people came to ask for details about Falun Dafa. We understood that more and more people are approaching Falun Dafa.