How Falun Gong Benefits Society (Part 1)
(Minghui.org) Every practitioner of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) has benefited physically and mentally from the self-cultivation practice. Those who practice it enjoy good health and a positive outlook. They are kind and considerate, there is harmony in their families, and society as a whole benefits.
Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of the practice, said,
“From the start, my teaching has been motivated by a sense of responsibility toward the world and to those who want to learn our practice. People have been very receptive to it, and the practice has had a widely positive impact.” (Zhuan Falun)
The profiles below look at people whose lives changed for the better after they started to practice Falun Dafa. We hope they help to demystify the practice and benefit the reader.
Dr. Huang Liping, M.D., Chief Gynecologist
Dr. Huang Liping, who is a nearly 80, is a retired chief gynecologist and professor at the Wuhan Integrated Chinese and Western Hospital. She was arrested and taken to a brainwashing center for more than three months for refusing to give up her belief. She filed a criminal complaint with the Supreme People's Procuratorate against former Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin in July of 2015.
She was frequently praised in the media for her outstanding accomplishments in the treatment of infertility. In high demand, she worked long hours every day. In time, her health started to deteriorate, and she developed multiple health problems, including headaches, cataracts, sinusitis, cystitis, and arthritis.
The worst was cervical spondylosis, which caused severe pain in her neck, shoulders, and hands. She tried all kinds of Chinese and Western treatments, but nothing worked.
In December 1995, Dr. Huang heard about the healing power of Falun Gong from one of her patients and started to practice it. Within three months, she could see clearly without glasses, and all her other ailments then completely disappeared.
Moreover, Falun Dafa taught her to follow the standards of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be kind and considerate, and her outlook on life changed.
She used to strive for fame and profit. To that end, she neglected her health and often wrote research papers for publication until very late at night. She hung her certificates and plaques all over the walls of her examination room to show off, and she accepted whatever gifts her patients offered her.
After she took up the practice, she took down her plaques and certificates and no longer accepted gifts. When it would have been unkind to refuse a gift, she gave the patient one in return. She also returned to her patients valuable items she had received.
Even though she is retired, patients still come to see her. She always welcomes them warmly and diagnoses them thoroughly.
It is because of Falun Dafa that Dr. Huang became such an outstanding physician.
Mr. Pang You, Township Planning Office Director
Mr. Pang You was Director of Planning for Yuli Township in Beijing. He later accepted a managerial position at a realty company in Beijing. He was arrested and imprisoned twice for telling people about Falun Gong. He was acquitted after his third arrest in 2015.
Mr. Pang learned about Falun Gong from a manager in his engineering department in Yuli Township in 1998. Because he had been instilled with atheism by the Chinese Communist Party from the time he was a child, he did not put any stock into the claim that Falun Gong was in any way “miraculous.” But when the engineering manager handed him a copy of Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong, he accepted it and put it aside at home.
His older sister happened to read the book and became a practitioner herself.
At that time, Mr. Pang's mother was suffering from chronic lymphoid leukemia. She was told the disease was incurable and that only chemotherapy could keep her alive. She had all kinds of side effects and became very weak.
At the advice of Mr. Pang's sister, his mother started to practice Falun Gong. She was illiterate and only listened to the audiotape of Master Li's (the founder of Falun Gong) lecture in Jinan.
As she listened to the lecture, she suddenly could move around on her own. One week later, she could walk and take care of herself.
Mr. Pang was stunned. He also heard from his engineering manager many amazing stories of how Falun Gong cured people and taught them to improve their character. He found out about a site at the nearby Chinese Academy of Environmental Sciences where practitioners gathered to do the exercises and study the teachings.
Mr. Pang walked his mother to the site to study for 20 minutes after dinner every day. Over time, he experienced the body-purifying symptoms described in the book. He threw up and had diarrhea. His ailments, including stomach problems, cholecystitis, and insomnia, disappeared. He felt for the first time what it was like to be free of illness.
He came to understand that the real meaning of life is to return to one's original, true self. He behaved according to the requirements of Dafa and quit drinking, gambling, and all other unethical behavior.
After he changed, Mr. Pang did well at work and in social activities. He inspired many others to take up the practice.
Mr. Pang lives by the standards of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be a good person. He looks inward for shortcomings when conflicts arise. He is considerate of others and strives to improve himself. He also does not take bribes, making him stand out in his environment.
Mr. Zhang Minggui, Township Cadre
Mr. Zhang Minggui, in his 60s, was a former official of Zhaipu Township in Tanghe County, Henan Province. He was arrested three times and detained for a total of over five years. He was fired from his job. On July 24, 2015, he filed a criminal complaint with the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
He started practicing Falun Gong in September 1997. Because of Falun Dafa, he is healthy and honest.
Prior to that, Mr. Zhang's life was a disaster. His job was problematic, which led to financial hardship. Escalating conflicts at home made him desperate. He was tired of living and lost confidence. In addition to smoking and drinking, he started gambling. He even thought of killing himself or becoming a monk.
After he began to practice, he started to understand the meaning of life and the reason for his existence. The day he finished reading Zhuan Falun, he stopped smoking, drinking, and gambling completely.
He became healthy and felt light. He has not needed to take any medicine since. He had new goals and yearned to return to his original, true self. He worked harder and was kinder to his family.
His wife told everyone, “After my husband started to practice Falun Gong, he became a really good person. Everyone at work sings his praises. They know he provides good service.”
Dafa also brought him good fortune. His family's restaurant business improved. He became wealthy and was able to buy a house in the city.
Mr. Zhang lives by the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He looks inward when a conflict arises. He does not argue or pursue fame and gain. He returns money that is not his.
Ms. Jiang Xiaoping, Television News Editor
Ms. Jiang Xiaoping was a program editor for Wuhan Television Station in Hubei Province. She was first held in a detention center for five days for speaking out for her belief in 1999 and then put under house arrest for one year. She was later arrested and taken to Chenjiaji Brainwashing Center three times.
Even though she was young, she was in very poor health because of stress at work. She suffered from hypertension, migraines, back pain, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and hemorrhoids. She felt her life was miserable.
Ms. Jiang was fortunate to become a Dafa practitioner at that time. The very first day she tried the exercises, she had an amazing experience. While doing the second exercise, the Falun Standing Stance, she sweat profusely and, later, all her diseases disappeared completely. She has not taken medicine in more than 20 years. She became healthy and happy.
As a secretary at the Hubei Provincial Radio and Television Department, Ms. Jiang worked hard. She neither paid nor accepted bribes. She kept clear financial records for the money she handled. Her coworkers praised her for her integrity.
When television programs were being reviewed for awards one year, many county television stations submitted their programs with red envelopes containing bribe money. Ms. Jiang firmly declined the money. She said, “I am a practitioner. Master Li Hongzhi taught us to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be good. It is my job to serve you. I cannot accept any gifts. I will evaluate your programs fairly.”
The station administrators were gratified by Ms. Jiang’s words and actions. They commented that it would be wonderful if everyone practiced Falun Gong.
Ms. Hou Yueping, Financial Manager
Ms. Hou Yueping was a financial manager at Nanhai Rescue Bureau in the Ministry of Transportation. She was detained in Guangzhou Shantou Women's Labor Camp for two years beginning in March 2010. Since she filed a criminal complaint in 2015, she has been harassed and threatened. She was also demoted and reassigned to a remote office about 175 miles from her home.
Before learning Falun Gong, Ms. Hou's life was bleak. She always felt tired and weak. She found it difficult to walk up to her eighth-floor apartment. By the fourth floor, she had to rest between every step. She also suffered from gynecological issues. She sought medical treatment repeatedly but saw no improvement.
She was not a social person and saw interpersonal relations as tense ordeals to be endured. The tension increased her stress and made her pains worse.
In May 2006, Ms. Hou heard about the healing power of Falun Gong and decided to give it a try. Just after she started reading Zhuan Falun, she was stunned to find that she had become a new person. About a week later, all her gynecological problems were gone.
She was full of energy and did not feel tired even after a hard day at work. She walked with a spring in her step, almost as if someone was pushing her from behind. She could walk up to her apartment with ease. She truly experienced the feeling of full health.
Falun Dafa also broadened her mind and made her more considerate of others. When a conflict arises, Ms. Hou does not find fault with the other person but instead looks inward to find her own shortcomings. She helps other people and gets along well with her co-workers and neighbors.
At work, Ms. Hou was respected and trusted by her supervisor and colleagues. She was promoted from assistant accountant to manager in 2008, two years after she started practicing Dafa.