'You Are Like an Oasis in a Desert,' Interlaken Local Tells Falun Gong Practitioners
(Minghui.org) Falun Gong practitioners held a week-long activity in the famous Swiss tourist town of Interlaken in June 2019 to introduce the peaceful meditation practice to more people and to expose the brutal persecution in China.
“You are like an oasis in a desert, bringing peace to Interlaken,” an event organizer who works in Interlaken told Falun Gong practitioners. “What you are doing is very meaningful and unique. I wish you the best, and I hope people pay attention to this.”
Many tourists signed the petition to condemn the persecution and expressed their support for Falun Gong practitioners' efforts. Many people asked for more introductory materials and encouraged practitioners to keep up the good work. Some people who signed the petition then brought their friends and family members over to the practitioners' booth so they could sign.
A couple from England told practitioners that they are deeply concerned about the state-sanctioned organ harvesting in China. They had read about the findings of the independent tribunal in London about China's organ harvesting crimes. They signed the petition and thanked the practitioners for spreading the word to stop forced organ harvesting.
Leila Ayaeh works in a hotel in Interlaken. She was interested in learning the exercises and came over to the Falun Gong booth three days in a row to learn. Although sitting in double-lotus position was not easy for her, she persisted. She plans to start reading Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Gong.
When practitioners told her about the persecution in China, Leila was upset. “Why do they suppress Falun Gong? Of course I will sign the petition and help to stop it,” she said.
People even asked practitioners for information about Falun Gong at the hotel where the practitioners were staying.
A practitioner was talking to two tourists in the lobby of the hotel when a Chinese couple overheard their conversation. The husband asked the practitioner, “Can you give me some reading materials, too? You cannot find this back home in China.”
When another tourist ran into the practitioners, she said, “I've been looking for something like this. Your words deeply touched me. This is exactly what I need.”
On another day, an Indian gentleman asked practitioners, “What is your secret? I feel that you are different from others. You are traditional. What is your secret?”
They told him about the guiding principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance and about other teachings of Falun Gong.
The man was very pleased to learn about the teachings and was especially excited when he found out that there was an exercise site in New Deli only a 30-minute drive from his home.