Europe: Falun Gong Practitioners Participate in Recent Community Events
(Minghui.org) Over the last two decades, Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) practitioners around the world have participated in various community events, bringing the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to the public. They introduced this ancient spiritual practice and exposed the 20-year persecution of the practice in China.
The Harmony Expo for inner peace and health, one of the largest spring events in Stockholm, Sweden, was held in Solna Stadium last weekend. More than 300 vendors had booths at the expo, and the attendees enjoyed more than 100 health-care related talks.
Local practitioners have been invited to the expo every year, and this year they set up a booth near the host stage, where nearly every person attending the event passed by.
Practitioners demonstrate the Falun Gong exercises.Introducing Falun Gong to Harmony Expo visitors
Practitioners demonstrated the five gentle exercises to a packed exhibition hall. Many people learned the exercises.
A local woman learned the exercises and said she felt energy flowing going through her body. “I felt very relaxed,” she said and signed up for a free workshop.
Many visitors learned about the persecution of Falun Gong in China. They could not believe that people are being tortured and killed because they practice such a peaceful meditation.
Bernt Nodler and his wife watched the exercise demonstration. They said they supported the practitioners' peaceful resistance against the persecution. Bernt said he loves traveling, but would refuse to go to China because of the human rights violations there. The couple signed up for a free exercise workshop.
Practitioners from Slovakia held an event in Topolčany on Saturday. They demonstrated the exercises and asked people to pay attention to the persecution and help to end it. Many passersby signed the petition that condemns the persecution in China, and some were interested in learning the exercises.
Practitioners demonstrate the exercises in Topolčany, Slovakia.Passersby sign the petition to support Falun Gong.People learn the exercises.
One man stopped and talked to practitioners for a long time. He shed tears when he learned about the brutal persecution. He lingered after signing the petition, and said, “I don't want to leave. I feel a sense of peace with you. I can feel the energy field--very powerful.” He said, “I have many questions about cultivation, and I'm interested in reading the Falun Gong books.” A practitioner showed him the FalunDafa.org website, where he could access all the teachings, free of charge.
Practitioners also visited local Chinese grocery stores and Chinese restaurants, to talk to Chinese people about the persecution. Most of them were sympathetic and expressed their support for ending the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
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