The Benefits of Falun Gong: Teachers (Part 2)
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In China, even some schoolteachers have fallen prey to the decline in moral values. Many have collected money from and harassed their students.
However, a number of teachers practice Falun Gong and follow the practice's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in their daily lives. This article highlights two such teachers and how they have held to their faith during the 19-year persecution of Falun Gong by the Chinese communist regime.
A Retired Teacher in Sichuan
Yang Qinyun, now in her 70s, is a retired teacher in Luzhou, Sichuan Province. She was once so severely ill that she was literally carried to a Falun Gong exercise site by her students as she could not walk. She has become healthy since taking up the practice of Falun Gong.
Ms. Yang was diagnosed with an incurable disease that left her unable to eat, walk, speak, and see. Her entire body ached. She was so weak that she could only sit on a sofa. The pain she felt throughout her body made her unable to sleep.
She was on a lot of medications and as a result, her stomach was damaged due to the side effects of the medicines. She could not eat raw or cold foods, nor could she tolerate foods that were hard, spicy, or fried.
Ms. Yang could not wash her hands in cold water or she would catch a cold and have difficulty breathing. She couldn't tolerate heat, cold or light, and she could only walk a short distance before she was exhausted. Her heart rate averaged 130-160 beats per minute.
Ms. Yang had had surgery for giant-cell tumor of the bone that resulted in an infection of the bone marrow in her left leg. She was in agony. She used a cane for over ten years, but eventually she could not walk even with a crutch.
Her husband took care of her. However, he became paralyzed due to a sudden cerebral hemorrhage, and both husband and wife were bedridden. They were helpless and told their children to prepare for their funerals.
One day, one of Ms. Yang's students came to visit her and suggested that she practice Falun Gong. The student said, “You two are bedridden. One of you needs to stand up.”
Yang thought, “I can't walk. How can I practice Falun Gong? The doctors said my illness is incurable. What practice could ever help me? I don't want to go.” She refused their offer.
A few days later, the student came back with several other students and said that they could carry Ms. Yang to the Falun Gong exercise site. Another friend encouraged her to go. She reluctantly agreed to let the students take her to the practice site.
Several young people carried her carefully, and gently placed her on the ground at the practice site. She sat among the others and looked around at the blurry images curiously. She thought, “What are they doing? Is this superstition?”
After sitting for half an hour, several people helped her stand up. Miraculously, she could walk with a crutch and even talked with her students on the way home. Her heart rate was 82 beats per minute after she got home. She did not feel tired.
Her student came by a few days later to ask her to go to the practice site again. She came to understand that just sitting among the Falun Gong practitioners helped normalize her heart rate. She looked forward to joining the group practice.
Ms. Yang started practicing Falun Gong in March 1997. She soon dispensed with the crutch that she'd needed for over ten years. Next she got rid of her eyeglasses. She could read, walk, and eat cold or hot foods. She was no longer afraid of hot or cold weather anymore. She was so happy.
Ms. Yang Qinyun has not taken any medicine for the past 20 years. She governs her life according to Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She is no longer irritable or verbally abusive. She is always considerate of other people and takes personal interest lightly.
She has become open-minded and light spirited. People enjoy her company. Falun Gong changed her life and has kept her from illness. Ms. Yang appreciates Master Li, the founder of Falun Gong, from the bottom of her heart.
Outstanding Head Teacher in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Zhao Yongcai, a teacher in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, was honored as Outstanding Head Teacher at the prefecture level.
His whole family was known for being kindhearted people, but many had illnesses. His father had cerebral arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and pre-cerebral thrombosis level 1. His mother was often ill and would experience pain whenever the weather changed. His elder brother was hurt in a logging accident, resulting in traumatic brain injury. He would become dizzy whenever it was cloudy.
Zhao Yongcai attended Gansu Education College in September 1994. There were many qigong practices being taught in the country at that time. He wanted to learn qigong with the intent to introduce it to his parents for better health.
After researching different practices, Zhao found that Falun Gong was the best and started practicing Falun Gong. He experienced major changes physically and mentally. Mr. Zhao had mild kyphosis (hunchback). While doing the sitting meditation one day, he felt a warmth in his back, and he straightened his back. His kyphosis has been gone since then.
Zhao Yongcai introduced Falun Gong to his parents and brother. All three soon took up the practice, and their illnesses were gone soon afterward.
Mr. Zhao followed Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in daily life. He changed his formerly hot temper and began to teach his students patiently. He explained Falun Gong's principles and took good care of his students. They responded by becoming better students.
He never charged his students for unnecessary items, and instead, he often helped them with his own money. When ordering teaching materials, he would make up the difference for those students who could not afford to pay.
He paid the tuition for three students from a poor family. In his class, no one dropped out of school due to economic reasons. He was head teacher for a rural area for over ten years. During this entire time, he never collected class fees.
Due to his great performance, Zhao Yongcai was honored as Outstanding Head Teacher at the Prefecture Level before 1999.
His wife Yang Fangfang had heart disease before they got married. She followed her husband's suggestion and also practiced Falun Gong. She too became healthy after taking up the practice.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiated the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. Many teachers who practice Falun Gong have been brutally persecuted.
Yang Qinyun was interrogated multiple times. Her ID card was taken away. She was forced to attend brainwashing sessions. The police harassed her and monitored her constantly. Ms. Yang is not allowed to go abroad to visit relatives.
Zhao Yongcai was incarcerated in forced labor camps and detained many times. He was locked in a tiny cell for ten days and tortured in Pingantan Labor Camp. The bones in his wrist were exposed due to wearing handcuffs for a prolonged period.
His wife worried about him day and night when he was imprisoned. She passed away at just 33 years of age from worry and sorrow. His parents worried about him and could not withstand the mental pressure of the persecution. They passed away at 66 and 69 years old.
Despite the past 19 years of the CCP's brutal persecution, countless Falun Gong practitioners have remained steadfast in their belief. Their kindness and uncompromising courage will prevail.