Dafa Practitioners from Taiwan Travel to the US for the Washington DC Conference and Boston Parade (Photos)
As early as this past March, some practitioners in Taiwan realized the importance of this year's Washington DC Experience Sharing Conference in July and started to contact fellow practitioners who didn't come out often or who had never been to other countries, to share their understanding. Soon, they organized groups to go to Taipei to apply for visas to the U.S. Amazingly, when a U.S. diplomat noticed that they were Falun Gong practitioners, he said that all Falun Gong practitioners could come to his window to apply for visas. The application was surprisingly smooth, and practitioners all got their visas the next morning.
Because there were a lot practitioners, they had to fly to Washington DC on different dates. The first group participated in the press conference on Capitol Hill, the Great Wall of Courage project and the candlelight vigil. The second group was barely able to catch the conference. The third group, however, had a lot tribulation: Their flight was first delayed in Taiwan, and then practitioners were separated into different flights in Malaysia by airline staff. As a result, friends and family members were all separated from each other. While working on self-cultivation, such as eliminating attachments, practitioners also started to send righteous thoughts to eliminate interference.
Because of the delays, the third group didn't make it to the DC conference; however, they somehow reunited with other practitioners at a highway rest area. Though they deeply regretted missing the conference, they were still very happy to join the others to participate in the Boston parade.
On the buses, practitioners sent righteous thoughts, recited "Lunyu" and studied Zhuan Falun and Hong Yin II (1). Sometimes, practitioners sang Dafa songs together.
In Boston, the Taiwanese practitioners performed the famous Mt. Ali Dance and Kejia Umbrella Dance during the parade and participated in an anti-torture exhibition. It is worth mentioning that the Taiwanese practitioners only had three days to learn the dance. They went to Ali Mountain to learn the dance and practiced about 2 hours every day. The Kejia Dance performance was even more amazing, as the practitioners didn't get their dance costumes until the day before they left Taiwan, and only got a chance to practice the dance on the night before the parade. Despite all the difficulty, they gave a real outstanding performance during the parade.
After the activities in Boston, the Taiwanese practitioners went to Niagara Falls, as they knew that there would be a lot of Chinese tourists there. The group of over 100 practitioners then divided into two parts: one started to practice the exercises, the other half took every opportunity to talk with Chinese people. The scene was really magnificent.
Because the hotel where the practitioners were staying was quite close to the Falls, practitioners went to the Falls to practice the exercises in the mornings. Some practitioners taught the Falun Gong exercises at the site, and many people came to learn. One small girl could assume the double lotus position right away!
Some practitioners discovered that a nearby hotel had some Mainland Chinese guests. Besides practicing at the Falls, some practitioners then went to practice Falun Gong at a site facing that hotel. A few practitioners also approached those Chinese people to greet them and give them Falun Gong truth-clarifying materials.
On the way back, practitioners went to the Statue of Liberty and sent righteous thoughts in front of the Chinese Consulate in New York. Every morning, practitioners met outside to practice together; every night, practitioners studied the Fa (2) and exchanged understandings together in their hotel rooms. At each place they visited, practitioners distributed flyers while wearing the yellow Dafa T-shirts. The trip to the U.S. strengthened practitioners' understanding of the importance of cooperating as a whole body.
(1) Zhuan Falun comprises the main teachings of Falun Dafa, "Lunyu" is the introduction to Zhuan Falun, and Hong Yin II is the second volume of Master Li's poetry.
(2) Fa: Law and principles; the teachings of Falun Dafa.