Notice: Call for Submissions to Commemorate World Falun Dafa Day 2018
(Minghui.org) The 19th World Falun Dafa Day is approaching. The Minghui Editorial Board hereby calls for submissions of all types to celebrate and commemorate this important occasion.
Falun Dafa, an ancient practice of the Buddha School, was first introduced to the public on May 13, 1992. Because its health benefits and positive impact on moral values, the practice quickly grew by word of mouth, reaching millions of families and attracting about 100 million people.
In the 7 years that followed, Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of Falun Dafa, helped these 100 million practitioners cherish the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and to become better people and better citizens. Despite 18 years of brutal persecution by the communist party, many remain steadfast in their faith–Dafa disciples walking a path toward the divine. In addition, a large number of people have overcome the obstacles to take up the practice since the persecution began in 1999.
In July 1999, China’s communist regime began to openly attack Falun Dafa and persecute those who practice it. The policy was to “ruin practitioners’ reputation, bankrupt them financially, and destroy them physically,” a policy which goes against China’s constitution. The persecution has continued for 18 years but has failed to stop Falun Dafa from flourishing further or to change practitioners' hearts to genuinely cultivate compassion. As a result of truth-clarification efforts by Dafa disciples, day after day and year after year, more and more people both inside and outside China have come to positive understandings of Falun Dafa.
One year after Falun Dafa was banned, in the year 2000, practitioners designated May 13 as World Falun Dafa Day. Celebrations of all types have been held around the world each year ever since to honor the occasion and introduce more people to Falun Dafa. The old forces have now nearly completely disintegrated and the world’s people have significantly changed. Practitioners should capture these moments and share what they have experienced or witnessed, thus serving as a historical record of this remarkable era.
May 13, 2018 is not only World Falun Dafa Day but also marks 26 years since the practice was first publicly introduced.
The longer we cultivate, the more we cherish Falun Dafa, the more grateful we are for Master's compassion and salvation, and the more people we hope to introduce to Falun Dafa so that they may benefit from it. Therefore, we now call for submissions from practitioners in both mainland China and overseas. This includes experience-sharing of cultivation practice, cultivation stories, what we witnessed in history, commentaries, and related Chinese and Western information on divine culture. We also welcome artworks including music, drawing, calligraphy, and so on. All these will be a record of the benefits Falun Dafa has brought to this world, and documentation of the compassion and sacrifice by Master Li for practitioners and the worlds’ people.
The window for submissions opens today and closes April 13, 2018.
Submissions are expected to target people from all walks of life, including those who know little about Falun Dafa and those who have misunderstandings because of Party propaganda. They should be easy to read and understand. The artworks need a clear theme with traditional techniques.
More specifically, such a large number of Dafa disciples have elevated their xinxing and stopped suffering from illness. Non-practitioners who know that Falun Dafa is good have also received blessings. We believe each Dafa disciple can write detailed examples of these things.
In the meantime, Falun Dafa teaches us to become better people. Practitioners live in all corners of society and cultivate every day. Because of this, they have become better citizens with good understandings of the meaning of life. That is, they understand the essence and purpose of cultivation. This is truly valuable in today's society because the communist party has spoiled our environment with obscenity, drugs, and other degenerate elements.
Treating the whole of society as a grand temple, practitioners are able to follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance no matter where: in the family, at work, in daily life, or on Dafa-related projects. They look inward to identify gaps and improve xinxing. Their kindness comes from within, not as a pursuit or to show-off. As such, the mentality and manner of Dafa disciples in daily life are drastically different from before or from those from who do not cultivate. Our countless examples of kindness of mind and behavior serve to validate Dafa.
Your own story or experiences may seem small, transient, or trivial. Yet as long as we describe our thought process, the meaning, and its impact, our readers will understand what Falun Dafa is about. They will learn what kind of people disciples are, be made more aware of the persecution, and come to better understand that Falun Dafa is good. This is important for everyone, for their current situation and for their future, so that they may be saved.
We hope all Dafa disciples can participate in this as soon as possible. We also hope non-Chinese practitioners of all ethnicities to help each other and join the Call for Cultivation Experience Sharing Articles from Western Falun Dafa Practitioners. We hope practitioners will cherish this opportunity of clarifying the truth to the world and submit articles or artworks at your earliest convenience.
For submissions from outside China, be sure to clearly state your name, occupation, where you reside, email address and (for artworks) the size and medium of your work. For submissions from Mainland China, please provide an alias, your gender, age, and occupation.
Please email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate “2018 World Falun Dafa Day Submission” in the email subject.
Submission deadline: April 13, 2018.
Minghui Editorial BoardMarch 5, 2018