[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] The Great “Lao Ding”
(Minghui.org) There is an elderly gentleman in our area with the surname Ding, and people called him “Lao Ding” (Old Ding). He is 68 years old. He does not seem like someone special, but he is a great person in the minds of many.
Taking Initiative to Understand Falun Gong
After Jiang Zemin launched the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, Lao Ding pondered why so many people practiced Falun Gong. From his own life-long experiences, he knew that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) often treated good people badly, and found ways to persecute them. He knew that a person slandered by the CCP must be a good person. Therefore, he thought that Falun Gong must be a very good practice, because Jiang Zemin slandered Falun Gong ruthlessly.
Lao Ding borrowed a copy of the book Zhuan Falun so he could understand Falun Gong and the persecution. He read the book carefully.
He came to understand that Falun Gong was an advanced self-cultivation practice of the Buddha School. It teaches people to be good, and cultivating Falun Gong brings them good health and improves their moral qualities.
He also came to understand that Mr. Li Hongzhi introduced Falun Gong to save people and that Falun Gong benefits the people and the country. The CCP’s persecution of such good people was similar to what had happened to the good people in the political movements of the past. It was a disaster for the Chinese people.
He observed the Falun Gong practitioners around him carefully and had discussions with them. He found that Falun Gong practitioners were indeed very good people.
He carefully listened when Falun Gong practitioners explained to him about the practice and the persecution. He read the brochures practitioners gave hm and picked up ones that others threw away.
When practitioners asked him to give the fliers he'd picked up to the others, he didn't want to because he wanted to keep them to read again later.
He had also read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and The Real Story of Jiang Zemin. He listened to the CDs about Falun Gong and the persecution, which furthered his understanding. He came to respect Falun Gong more, and more thoroughly understood the nature of the CCP.
Telling People about Falun Gong
Lao Ding does not practice, but he often explains Falun Gong and the persecution to people. His explanations are convincing and well thought out.
Lao Ding lives in an urban village, with many idlers there. When Lao Ding goes out for walks, he often joins them when there is a group discussion. He has often led them to the topic of Falun Gong and the persecution.
He explains the bad nature of the CCP and how corrupted the various levels of the CCP officials are. Since he has read the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, he is very convincing on these issues. Everyone loves listening to him. He also tells people that practitioners are good people, and about how the CCP has tortured the practitioners who persisted in their beliefs.
There are also people, however, who do not like the topic, and they repeat the slanders they have heard on Chinese Central Television about Falun Gong. When Lao Ding hears someone defaming Falun Gong, he retorts loudly, “Were you offended by what Falun Gong practitioners did? How can you be so ignorant?!”
Since the villagers are all old neighbors, they trust him and love to listen to him. He received a DVD about Falun Gong and felt it was very good, so he wanted to share it with his neighbors.
He took the DVD to a neighbor’s home. He said that he heard the video was good and asked to watch it with his neighbor. He shared the disc with quite a few of his neighbors in this manner.
Deeply Moved By Falun Gong Practitioners
Last year, Lao Ding picked up the NTD TV disc, “Our Stories,” and quickly went home to watch it. When he saw several students being brutally persecuted, his tears flowed. He wanted to make some donations to them.
Lao Ding’s family was not really well off, but he wanted to help. At the end of the program, he was relieved to find out that the students were already abroad.
He was deeply moved and unable to calm down for a while, as he felt that he should do something. He wrote a note and found a Falun Gong practitioner. He asked the practitioner to relay his admiration of the seven students to NTDTV.
My Thoughts after Watching “Our Stories”
Please let me pay my deep respect to Wang Weiyu, Liu Wenyu, Yu Chao, Xiao Jing, Huang Kui, Meng Jun, Yu Ping, and all Falun Gong practitioners! They are the best, most honest Chinese. They all devote themselves to safeguarding what is right and are the hope of the Chinese people. I am proud of these Chinese students.
A Chinese Citizen, Ding
Now, Lao Ding continues to tell people about Falun Gong and the persecution. It has become an important part of his daily life.
He said, “If the Chinese people can recognize the true nature of the evil CCP, the CCP will collapse without any foreign invasion.”
His wife said to him, “You talk about this often. Others may think that you also practice Falun Gong.”
Lao Ding replied seriously, “I am not good enough to practice Falun Gong!”
When Falun Gong practitioners heard Lao Ding’s story, they all praised him. “Lao Ding, you are really great!”