Falun Dafa Around the World: Bali, Indonesia
(Clearwisdom.net) Bali is a small Indonesian island, and one of the most well-known tourist spots in Asia. With its unique culture and natural seaside landscape, Bali attracts millions of tourists every year.
Because almost everyone in Bali is religious and there is a shrine in almost every household, Bali is also called the Island of the Gods. With its health benefits and profound principles, the practice of Falun Dafa resonates with the people of Bali.
Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, was first taught in Bali in April 2001. The teaching quickly spread and the number of practitioners grew rapidly. The Jakarta Post reported on Falun Dafa in Indonesia on May 28, 2009.
In the report, police officer Roby from Denpasar, Bali, described how the practice had made him more peaceful and open-minded. “I have practiced Falun Dafa since 2003, because I saw that it could improve one's morality, spirit, and wisdom. I felt that if I followed the teachings of Falun Dafa, I would be a better police officer and citizen, and could better serve the public.”
Four Hundred Students Do the Exercises Together
On July 24, Falun Gong practitioners from Indonesia visited the SMK PGRI Badun School in Badung County. They demonstrated the exercises to 400 students at Mengwi Square.
The principal of the school, I. Gusti Ketut Sukadana, said that he had been looking for a way to help students improve their moral standards. He hopes that students will be uplifted physically and spiritually after they study Falun Gong.
Kadek Agus Sudiarta, a third grade student, said, "I felt relaxed during the meditation. I like it. I was full of energy afterwards."
Fa Conferences Help with Improvement in Cultivation, Governor Attends
Jakarta's governor, on behalf of the Indonesian government, attended the first Indonesia Fa conference and accepted a copy of Zhuan Falun, an exercise instruction VCD, and truth clarification materials presented by the Indonesian Falun Dafa Association
The first Fa conference in Indonesia was held in March 2002 in Jakarta. A practitioner in Bali said that the number of practitioners increased quickly. In less than a year, there were almost 1000 people on the island practicing. (The population of Indonesia is approximately 230 Million.)
May 31, 2003, practitioners study the Fa together during the Fa conference in Bali
On May 31, 2003, the Indonesia Falun Dafa Association held the 2003 Falun Dafa Cultivation Experience Sharing Conference on Bali Island, Indonesia. Attending the Fa conference were Dafa practitioners from various parts of Indonesia, including Medan, Batam, Payakumbuh, Jakarta, Thoreau, Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Pasuruan, Tulungagung. Practitioners from Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan also attended.
On August 10, 2003, 1200 practitioners in Indonesia attended an Experience Sharing Fa Conference at the Sanur Paradise Hotel in Bali.
Falun Dafa Introduced at School for the Blind in Denpasar
Dria Raba is a school for the blind in Denpasae. In November 2003, practitioners introduced Falun Dafa to students and faculty members. Practitioners held the hands of the students each step of the way to help them learn the exercises. Working with the faculties of the school, the practitioners translated the lectures of Zhuan Falun into Braille. On April 27, 2004, for the first time, the children could together study the Indonesian version of Zhuan Falun in Braille.
Awarded Best Group in the Kuta Carnival
About 100,000 tourists from all over the world, together with local residents, watched the parade during the Kuta Carnival in July of 2005. After the parade, the carnival committee voted Falun Gong as the "Most Outstanding Group" based on the number of participants, costumes, decorations, and overall appearance. Practitioners were presented with the carnival's highest honor, the Trophy of Excellence.
On October 26, 2008, a parade was held for the sixth Kuta Carnival in Bali. Practitioners demonstrated the exercises and told the tourists about the ongoing persecution in China, and the Waist Drum Team performed. Many people learned the exercises and thanked the practitioners for bringing them the beauty of Falun Dafa.
A New Attraction on Kuta Beach
On August 12, 2008, the Falun Dafa Tianguo Band performed at Kuta Beach, which impressed the local residents and foreign tourists. The spectators applauded and cheered for the band. On September 27, 2009, the host of the 2009 Kuta Carnival Parade invited Falun Dafa's Tianguo Band and Waist Drum Team to perform at the festival.
Bali government officials invited the Tianguo Band to perform in Bali again on October 3, 2010. More than 130 practitioners joined the event. It was a magnificent group that attracted much attention from the tourists and local media.
Through Practicing Falun Gong, Prisoners in a Bali Island Jail Have Returned to Goodness
In 2002, in a municipal meeting, the director of the Bali Island Bangli Jail learned that Falun Gong could help people to be good. He contacted Falun Gong practitioners from Bali Island and invited them to teach Falun Gong to his prisoners. Many prisoners have since said that they have experienced positive changes in both mind and body since they started practicing Falun Gong. Their minds became peaceful after reading Zhuan Falun and they regularly participated in studying the teachings and doing the exercises.
Exposing the Evilness of the Persecution of Falun Gong
Practitioners displayed posters informing the public about the brutal persecution and torture that the practitioners in China have faced. The practitioners called on people to help stop the catastrophe.
Exhibition tells how the Chinese regime illegally removes Falun Dafa practitioners' organs for profit. A group of Chinese doctors take organs from innocent practitioners and sell them to patients who know nothing about the source of the organs.
On April 8, 2006, 350 practitioners joined a parade in Bali to protest the Chinese regime's brutal suppression of Falun Gong. They exposed the violent crimes happening in the forced labor camps and prisons in China – and organ harvesting from living practitioners.
More and More People Understand The Truth about Falun Dafa
On May 13, 2007, to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day and the 15th anniversary of the introduction of Falun Gong to the public, Falun Gong practitioners held a Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Art and Photo Exhibition in the Alfa Supermarket in Denpasar, Bali. The exhibition, which was up for just over two weeks, depicted the history of Falun Dafa over the past 15 years and the steadfastness of Falun Gong practitioners facing cruel persecution by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Falun Dafa practitioners in Gianyar, Bali, participated in the Gianyar Art Expo held on August 9-31, 2009. They exhibited photos showing how Falun Dafa has been embraced worldwide and exposing the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.