Recalling the 1997 Experience Sharing Conference in Kaifeng City, Henan Province
On April 8, 1997 (of the lunar calendar), the first Falun Dafa Experience Sharing Conference was held in Kaifeng City at Huabei Stadium close to Baogong Lake. It was a clear and pretty day. Over four thousand Falun Dafa practitioners arrived from near and far.
Some of the local practitioners had arrived earlier and were introducing the beauty of Falun Dafa to passersby, while others were doing the exercises in the stadium. Practitioners who arrived later joined the exercises, lining up in straight formations. It was moving to look at the scene, full of compassion and harmony.
About six o'clock, a rainbow appeared in the Eastern sky above the stadium. As the sun rose, the rainbow became less intense but, instead, numerous Falun, big and small, appeared in the sky. Many practitioners called out in surprise and started to cry. The sun weakened a little, and practitioners whose celestial eyes were open saw Master's giant law body in the center of the Sun, sitting in the full lotus position. Some of the locals said excitedly, "Falun Gong is truly different!" Others shouted, "Buddha, Buddha! Buddha truly exists! This is the first time I have seen such a miracle in all my life."
The Kaifeng Daily reported on the miraculous cosmic events of that day. Many citizens in Kaifeng City were aware of what had happened.
The conference was conducted in a solemn and auspicious manner and lasted for four hours. Each speaker talked about his or her experiences in front of Master's picture. After the conference concluded, many practitioners mentioned that they noticed many Falun spinning on the bus home. Some noticed them on their bodies and some followed them home.
Only few of us have had the pleasure to meet Master in person. However, Master treats all of us as his disciples and has given us all we need in cultivation: genuine practitioners reach a state free of illnesses; we are able to improve our morality in the Fa; our family members and friends have benefited; in addition, we are bestowed with an unprecedented honor. These are only some of the benefits we know of and there are more that we do not know about. Master has endured much more for us.
Whenever I recall these events, I can't help crying. As Dafa disciples in the period of Fa-rectification, we are honored and fortunate. There is no excuse for us not to be diligent in cultivation practice. There is no excuse for us not to fulfill our vows to save sentient beings.