(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, held a rally and march on April 29, celebrating the upcoming World Falun Dafa Day and the 66th birthday of Falun Gong founder, Master Li Hongzhi, both falling on May 13.

Led by the local Tian Guo Marching Band, practitioners held banners and posters showing Falun Gong’s popularity around the world. Others passed out materials to the many people on the street, while others still were among a group of traditional Chinese waist drummers entertaining the crowd.

The front banner reads “Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day.”

The Tian Guo Marching Band

Replica of the book Zhuan Falun,

The banner reads “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”

Demonstrating the exercises in the march.

The yellow banner says: “Falun Gong spreads to 114 countries.”

Waist drummers

After the march, a few practitioners shared their stories of how Falun Gong uplifts their health and mind.

Cultivating Falun Gong has brought me lifetime happiness

Yizhen used to suffer from a slipped disc in her back. She tried many therapies, but wasted a lot of time finding no improvement. When she was in pain, she could not walk straight. The pain was particularly bad every morning when she got up.

Yizhen said: “Words alone can’t express how much I appreciate finding Falun Gong”

One of her fellow workers introduced her to Falun Gong. She endured the pain during the first meditation, and then, as she describes it, magic happened. When she stood up after meditating, her back didn’t hurt at all, and the pain never came back.

A month later, she felt heat going from the top of her head down her spine while she was doing one of the standing Falun Gong exercises. She felt a strong force push something out of her. She later understood that realize her body had been purified.

My health and my temper both improved after practicing Falun Gong

Local businessman Minghsiung used to suffer from a peptic ulcer and the stomach bleeding that came with it. He was not able to swallow much food. He lost a lot of weight, and became weak.

He encountered the practice of Falun Gong in 2001 after first trying different qigong practices. He and his wife went to a free Falun Gong nine-day workshop series. After that, the pain disappeared and never returned. He is now able to eat whatever he likes and has his health back.

Mingxiang and his wife wish Master Li Hongzhi a Happy Birthday.

Minghsiung's temper also improved.

“Falun Gong teaches people to be considerate and to think first of others. I no longer lose my temper over trivial things. I complain less too. At work, I always volunteer to do something nobody else wants to do. My co-workers notice the changes in me, too.”

Falun Gong helps me with my school work.

Yuqing started practicing Falun Gong when she was in junior high. One day, she saw a poster of Falun Gong in her biology lab, which drew her attention. With her teacher's help, a few classmates decided to give it a try.

Yuqing said: “Practicing Falun Gong keeps me energetic every day.”

Now, Yuqing goes to the local exercise site every day. “Practicing Falun Gong not only keeps me energetic, but also helps me deal with social conflicts. Whenever I have troubles at work, I remind myself to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and I need to look inward to see where I can improve myself.”

“When I am able to do so well, I find that solutions to my troubles tend to present themselves.”