(Clearwisdom.net) On the evening of May 22, 2010, inside the Brave New Bookstore in Austin, Texas, a special lecture started at 7 p.m. This was the first time for the bookstore to host a lecture to introduce Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong).
One practitioner gave a powerpoint presentation introducing Falun Gong. The introduction explained that the exercises are easy to learn and suitable for all ages, and that the practice, based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, uplifts a person's mind and body. It went on to discuss how this beautiful practice has been persecuted in China for over ten years.
Mrs. Sun and Mrs. Yu both are Chinese refugees who recently came to America from Thailand. An interpreter translated their experiences into English as they told how they were jailed and tortured in Chinese jails. Many in the audience were shocked to learn that a group of honest people were being systematically and brutally persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party.
Through the lecture, the audience got a better understanding of Falun Gong. Some of them were in tears and thanked the practitioners, having seen the hope in their courage. They said they would side with Falun Dafa practitioners.
One person wished more people would learn the exercises because they are very good. He could feel the power of compassion from the practitioners. If everyone follows the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the persecution would end. The power of compassion can change evil to good.
Many people were interested in learning the Falun Gong exercises. The bookstore decided to host another lecture in August based on the positive feedback.