For the Celebration of World Falun Dafa Day: A Brief History of Falun Dafa's Growth in Mid-Taiwan (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) Master Li gave a lecture in Taiwan in November 1997, and since then, Falun Gong has spread quickly via word of mouth, with new practitioners coming from all walks of life.
Practice sites in Taichung were setup one after another. Along with the increase of the number of practitioners, more sites were set up. Currently, there are more than one thousand practice sites in Taiwan.
Since there is no organization or registration of Falun Gong practitioners, the exact number of practitioners is not known. But from different evidence, more and more people are practicing Falun Gong. The practice of Falun Gong in Taiwan developed in the following ways. First, practitioners set up practice sites in parks or schools near their homes, then more local residents join the practice.
Second, Master Li authorized the Yichun Bookstore to sell his books. Information about practice sites can be found in the books, and readers who want to learn can find the local practice sites. The bookstore owner Liu Ying-fu recalled, "After the publication of Zhuan Falun and other Dafa books, sales increased straight up."
Third, the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong caught the attention of many people. They inquired about Falun Gong and many of them started to learn. Practitioner Pan recalled that she saw many new practitioners in a cultivation experience sharing conference in Taichung after the persecution began in 1999.
Teaching Falun Gong in schools
Falun Gong practitioners also held Falun Gong study camps with the assistance of government officials. The first study camp held at the end of January 2001 was sponsored by the Changhua County government and assisted by the Shetou Primary School. After that, many sessions of teacher study camps were held in each county and city during winter and summer breaks. Many principals, teachers, and their family members joined the practice. They also brought Falun Gong to schools and encouraged students to practice it. Many Falun Gong clubs were set up in schools.
During school celebrations, exercise demonstrations by students are part of the program.
Introducing Falun Gong at Sun Moon Lake
After the CCP initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999, practitioners in Mid-Taiwan volunteered to introduce Falun Gong and explain the facts to tourists from China at scenic sites near Sun Moon Lake.
Many tourists from China took photos or video footage after seeing the banners and posterboards. They read the information on the posters carefully and talked about the persecution. Some practitioners gave them copies of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and exposed the facts of the persecution. Practitioner Ms. Liao mentioned that Chinese tourists readily listen to her explanations. She talks to the tourists and asks them to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. Many visitors from China have announced their withdrawals on the spot.