Young Toronto Falun Gong Practitioners Send Appreciation to Master on Mid-Autumn Festival
(Minghui.org) Young Falun Gong practitioners in Toronto, Canada gathered with other practitioners in front of the provincial government building in Queens Park and had a group photo on September 30, 2017, before the Mid-Autumn Festival. They wished Master Li a happy Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Youth Club GTA was set up in April 2017 for youth practitioners in Toronto.
A Young Practitioner Resumes Practicing
Ling Xi practiced Falun Gong along with his father when he was young. He came to study in Canada in 2011. He said, “I lost confidence when Falun Gong was persecuted in 1999. My father was sentenced to two years in prison for distributing Falun Gong informational materials soon after I came abroad.
“My father came to Canada in 2014. He said, 'Don't be so sad or pessimistic. You have the most precious thing. You should be happy!' His words woke me up. I started to try studying the Fa and practicing the exercises.
“After joining the Youth Club, I became more confident. Now I am happy and think of others first.”
Appreciating Master and Resuming Practicing
Vic is 25 years old and works in a big bank in Toronto. She followed her grandmother to practice Falun Gong in 1996. Her mother joined the practice later. She said, “I stopped practicing Falun Gong in 1999 after the persecution started. My mother was sentenced to prison in 2009 for speaking out for Falun Gong.”
Vic went to pursue undergraduate studies in the United States in 2010. She came to Toronto for graduate school.
She said, “My mother came to visit me last October. She reminded me to resume practicing. I did not listen. Once she said, 'How great it is to practice Falun Gong. You can improve your realm.'
“I was touched and decided to read Zhuan Falun, because I was puzzled about the meaning of life. We went to a bookstore last January to buy the book. I was amazed after I read it and felt that I had found what I was looking for.
“I was so excited. After finishing the book, I read Master's other teachings. I finally understood what Falun Gong is, and the meaning of life and the significance of saving sentient beings.”
She continued, “I appreciate Master very much for letting me resume practicing Falun Gong. I will cultivate myself well and help save people.”
Shouldering the Responsibility to Stop the Persecution
Falun Gong practitioners collected signatures at 33 intersections in Toronto on September 30 to rescue practitioners being persecuted in China who have relatives in Canada.
Hongli Xu was one of the coordinators for the event. He said, “Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional holiday. When Chinese people get together with their families, many do not know that hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens are being persecuted for their belief.
“The purpose of the event is to call for an end to the persecution and rescue fellow practitioners being imprisoned in China. We hope that Chinese people, the Canadian government, and everyone else will see the nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and help stop the persecution.”
“I know that there are young practitioners in China about my age. Many of them have lost their father, mother or both parents, who were tortured to death by the CCP. Their childhoods are full of painful memories. Facing the persecution, we must continue calling for conscience. We shoulder the responsibility of stopping the persecution and calling for conscience.”