May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day, a special day for all Falun Dafa practitioners that we each honor and celebrate in our own ways. In big cities around the world, grand parades and colorful displays in honor of this auspicious day will be great opportunities for more people to learn about this peaceful practice. Countless people have benefited in so many different ways, so we thought we'd take this opportunity to ask a few fellow Western practitioners to share a few words of their understandings with you as well.

An Englishman in his late 20's explains, "World Falun Dafa Day means celebrating my starting to practice Falun Dafa. I experienced so many benefits right from the start such as increased energy, a more peaceful demeanor and a better life as my family felt I became a nicer more thoughtful person.

"It's also a time for me to celebrate the day that Master Li started teaching Falun Dafa to the world. 100 million people have experienced benefits like me and that is definitely something worth commemorating. Before the persecution, China became a better place as tens of millions of people were purposely trying to behave as better people and conduct themselves according to higher moral standards. There are many touching stories of the good deeds that practitioners did in China. The release of Falun Dafa, such a positive thing to the public, is something to celebrate."

A young man hoping to start a family, busy with his new business in the southwestern U.S., said that Falun Dafa "gives me the knowledge and wisdom to be a better son, husband and friend. It allows me to make the right choices even in difficult circumstances."

Along the same lines, a human rights lawyer approaching the prime years of her life notes that Falun Dafa "enabled me to achieve what I knew I most wanted - the grace that comes with forgiving those who hurt us big time," and perhaps more profoundly, yet more difficult to describe, "what I had forgotten I'd wanted earlier in life."

A retired television producer in New England says that, "Cultivating according to the teachings of Falun Dafa means that I now know how to live my life in a most solid, stable, and compassionate way. It's enabling me to walk my path on this planet leaving no karmic footprint. Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Dafa, is truly a handbook to the cosmos."

A newspaper reporter in New York offered the following reflections, "I suspect Falun Dafa's meaning to me is too profound and all encompassing for human beings to fathom. Where does Falun Dafa stop and where do I begin? Or vice versa? Really I am just a particle of Dafa, so to say I am meaningful to myself is basically a truism.

"In thinking of ways to help people of the world understand Falun Dafa, I am reminded of my country's Declaration of Independence which states that 'we hold these truths to be self-evident.' The truths of Falun Dafa are self-evident for anyone who takes an honest, unbiased look. They simply can't be denied and represent the unfolding wisdom and history of the human race, similar to the wisdom and history that unfolded in the creation of the United States. Whether you cultivate Falun Dafa or not, it is unstoppable and undeniably correct in the face of the human intellect and in the balance of nature."

... to be continued

Editors' Note: With May 13 just around the corner, if you'd like to send us a few sentences or a paragraph or so giving your own heartfelt answer to the questions posed by this article, please do so! You may send them, together with a few words introducing yourself to

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