(Minghui.org) Eighteen hundred Falun Dafa practitioners in the Taipei area gathered for their annual two-day Fa study and experience-sharing event at a local activity center on August 27-28, 2016.

This year the activities included short sessions on memorizing the teachings of Zhuan Falun.

A lot of the sharing focused on the importance of sending forth righteous thoughts correctly. Practitioners learned and improved from one another’s experiences, and were inspired to be more diligent in the practice.

Falun Gong practitioners study together during their annual gathering at Chientan Youth Activity Center.

Returning to Genuine Cultivation Practice

Many practitioners shared stories of their cultivation experiences on both August 27 and 28.

Mr. Liu became a practitioner in 1998. Within three days he quit smoking, something he had repeatedly tried and failed to accomplish for over a decade. Most notably, his nasal cancer disappeared. As he became better at the practice, he became arrogant and refused to listen to advice from other practitioners. He stopped going to the group study sessions.

When he stopped being diligent in the practice, his illnesses came back. He didn’t realize that he was wasting precious time until he read Master’s lecture “Fa Teaching at the 2016 New York Fa Conference.” He seized the time and resumed genuine practice, like when he was a new practitioner.

Improved Family Relationships

Ms. Yu thanks Falun Dafa for making her a more mature person.

Ms. Yu, in her 70s, is a retired English teacher. She learned about Dafa while attending a Shen Yun Performing Arts and was confused as to why the Chinese regime persecutes Falun Dafa. She talked to a practitioner and she decided to study the practice. It’s been a year, she said, “I finished reading all the Falun Dafa books. I couldn’t stop reading them.”

She used to be aggressive and hot-tempered. Everything had to be her way. Her family was falling apart and she even regretted getting married and having children. Reading about the principle of Forbearance made her look within.

As she began to act according to the principles of Falun Dafa, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, she became humble and kind. Her relationship with her family, especially her son, became pleasant.

“Thanks to Master Li and Falun Dafa, I became a more mature person,” Ms. Yu said.

Medical Student Guided by Dafa Since Kindergarten

Mr. Huang, a medical student, says the practice gives him focus and energy.

Mr. Huang is a freshman majoring in medicine at a renowned medical school. “The exercises have made me energetic. I am able to study hard and be focused,” he said.

He has been practicing Falun Dafa with his mother since kindergarten. He was popular in school, but never fell into the bad habits that attract today's youth.

Rediscovering the Joy of Cultivation

Through intensive study and listening to how others progress diligently in the practice, Ms. Zeng rediscovered her enthusiasm.

Ms. Zeng was a university senior. She hadn’t been diligent in the practice and was worried. She had been a practitioner since elementary school. She did well in helping to clarify the facts about the persecution of Falun Dafa to the public. Gradually, she became proud of her own abilities and focused only on her studies. She couldn’t make herself care about cultivation and felt desperate and lost.

After listening to others and how they had improved in the practice, she rediscovered the joy of cultivation.

“The energy is very pure and positive here. Everyone wants to learn from others, and to become a better person. I am clearer about why we need to do the three things. I am confident that I will do better going forward,” she said.