(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners from 57 countries and regions sent greetings wishing Master Li Hongzhi a happy Chinese New Year on February 16, 2018.

The greetings came from countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Britain, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Ukraine, Serbia and Montenegro, Cyprus, Moldova, Belgium, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Mongolia, Indonesia, Philippines, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil, Lesotho, South Africa, Spain, Russia, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Romania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

Unfortunately, over the past three months at least 160 Falun Gong practitioners in China were sentenced to prison for their belief. Among these people are engineers, high school teachers, traffic police, and a senior citizen who is over 80 years old. Their terms of imprisonment have ranged from six months to ten years. It was estimated that more than 1,000 practitioners were sentenced to prison in 2017.

Despite the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) brutal persecution, new practitioners continue to join the cultivation practice. Many new practitioners sent greetings to the Minghui website to wish Master Li a happy Chinese New Year.

A new practitioner in Xiantao, Hubei Province, wrote in his greeting, “I cannot express my appreciation to Master with any language. I had late-stage cancer. It was gone after I practiced Falun Gong. I will tell people my story as long as I live.”

A new practitioner who works in Shandong Steel Corporation wrote, “There is so much unhappiness in the world. After practicing Falun Gong, I came to understand that the real meaning of life is to return to one's true self. I feel so happy!”

The main book of Falun Gong is Zhuan Falun, and has been translated into 40 languages. It teaches people to be good by following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and by eliminating attachments. It teaches people to look within when facing conflicts, to consider others when doing things, to take personal interests lightly, and to eliminate all attachments. It bans killing. People who read this book therefore believe that Falun Gong is a righteous practice.

Numerous people with late-stage cancer or other incurable diseases recovered after practicing Falun Gong. These marvelous phenomena have drawn the attention of many to Falun Gong.

Many people who followed Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to eliminate attachments not only recovered from illnesses, but also developed supernatural abilities, like the celestial eye and precognition, came to understand the real meaning of life. The positive changes in the mind and physical body serve to reinforce practitioners' steadfast belief.

The tens of thousands of greetings received from 57 countries validate the firm belief of the 100 million people who practice Falun Gong.

Life is short. No one can carry power, fame, interest, sentiment, desire, or attachments after one passes away. What can one carry away then? Falun Gong clears our confusion about who we are, the meaning of life, and where our future lives.

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