South Korea: Practitioners Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day
(Minghui.org) As a salute to World Falun Dafa Day, Falun Dafa practitioners in South Korea flew a large blimp-shaped baloon from a park in Seoul. “Celebrating May 13th Falun Dafa Day” and “Falun Dafa is Good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is Good” were printed on the blimp in Korean and Chinese.
The park is near the popular and busy shopping district in Jiangnan. Many local residents and tourists visit the area. The blimp flew over the city for several hours, attracting much attention from people on the street and the media.
“Today’s activities celebrate Word Falun Dafa Day. This event has been celebrated for the past 21 years. This year marks the 28th year since Falun Dafa has been spread around the world,” said Mr. Wu Shilie, president of the Falun Dafa Association of South Korea. “Because of the Chinese Communist Party virus (coronavirus), we are unable to have large scale activities, so we are using the blimp to tell people about Falun Dafa.”
Mr. Wu believes that Falun Dafa is especially important during the current pandemic crisis: “...to cultivate body and mind, practitioners benefit physically and spiritually. Everyone is worried about the coronavirus from China. Falun Dafa is very good at improving immunity. We hope people see ‘Falun Dafa is good’ and ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good’ on the blimp, and become healthy through cultivation.”
Through a variety of creative ways, Falun Gong practitioners in other South Korean cities sent their greetings and cultivation stories as part of the worldwide celebration.
Be More Diligent
“I let go a lot of attachments in the process of cultivation, and my soul is enlightened. I found answers to my questions about life,” said Mr. Zheng Jinghuan. He said he has great respect and gratitude for Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. “Master brought Dafa to people. I am very thankful, and I will continue to be diligent.”
Ms. Jiang Ruien talked about the positive changes she's experienced through practicing Falun Dafa. “I used to be overly cautious, and very pessimistic, so I didn’t have many friends. After I began practicing Falun Dafa, I become optimistic and cheerful, and my health also improved.” Ms. Jiang is grateful for Master Li’s teaching. “I thank Master for everything he's done for me. And I will be more diligent,” she added.
College Professor from Mainland China: Master Gives Me Hope
Professor Wang Qian said that Falun Dafa's guiding principles, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, changed his life.
While working at a well known university in China, Prof. Wang started practicing Falun Dafa in 2012. Many of his students became practitioners because of him.
Prof. Wang’s mother had severe cirrhosis of the liver ten years ago. He took his mother to see a doctor who is a Falun Dafa practitioner. The doctor is experienced, yet humble and ethical. During their first appointment, Prof. Wang’s mother was in so much pain that she couldn't get out of the car. The doctor came to her and gave his diagnosis in the car. His mother’s condition improved greatly because of this doctor.
During their interactions, Prof. Wang was impressed by the doctor’s professionalism. The doctor put his patients first and kept his fees low.
In 2012, Prof. Wang obtained a electronic version of Zhuan Falun, the guiding book of Falun Dafa. “I usually get headaches and feel nauseous from looking at a computer screen,” he recalled. “However, when I read Zhuan Falun on the screen, I didn't feel any discomfort.”
After they both read Zhuan Falun, Prof. Wang and his wife decided to practice Falun Dafa.
On Sundays, Prof. Wang’s living room is packed with students who come for group study. They benefited from cultivation. Their grades went up and they are able to calmly face conflicts in their lives.
“They are different from the anxious young people we see in society today. These students don’t use money to measure success,” said Prof. Wang.
Many of of Professor Wang’s family members are business people, and he talked about what he's observed in the business world in China today. “In China, one doesn't have total control of the situation if there's a large sum of money involved. If you don’t want to be cheated, then you must cheat others... it’s difficult to do the right thing.”
Prof. Wang said he feels fortunate to be a practitioner and have a high moral standard to guide him. “I saw many people become bad and do terrible things... if I did not cultivate myself, my life would be very unhappy. I would have been forced onto a path of moral degradation.”
Knowing the meaning of life now, Prof. Wang takes things lightly. Tears came to his eyes when talked about how practicing Falun Dafa affected his life. “I am thankful that Master changed my life. He gave me the power to made the right choices in China's society. He gave me hope. I hope my experience can help others see a bright path in the darkness,” he said.
New Practitioner: A Cultivation Suitable for Everyone
Mr. Li Tingcan and his wife Park Meishu started practicing Falun Dafa in 2018. For several decades, they tried many kinds of qigong. It wasn't until they practiced Falun Dafa that they understood what it meant to cultivate.
“The qigong practices we tried in the past were exhausting. Our schedules were busy, and we had to spend money and time to do them. Falun Dafa lets us cultivate in our daily lives, and we adhere to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in our everyday interactions. There's no membership, no restriction, no personal information needed, and it’s free. It's a cultivation suitable for everyone in the world,” the couple said.
Ms. Park used to have insomnia. After she began practicing Falun Dafa, she sleeps well and is healthy. Conflicts among family members were also resolved.
They want to thank Master for bringing Dafa to them and said, “Even though we are new practitioners, we will try hard to truly practice.”
Growing Up as Practitioners
International student Ms. Yu Hua has been practicing Falun Dafa with her mother since she was a small child. Growing up, she said that she was so healthy that she never had to take medication for anything.
Ms. Yu lived through three pandemics, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and now the new coronavirus. She was never frightened and explained, “I know Dafa is good. I knew I'd be alright.”
During her teenage years, Ms. Yu strayed away from cultivation. After attending school in South Korea, Ms. Yu picked up where she left off. Soon her stubborn personality improved. “I no longer get tangled up in conflicts and upsetting situations like before – 'Why is she treating me like this when I was so nice to her? Why did she misunderstand me?' – I found answers in Dafa. I know all these troubles have predestined causes.”
Ms. Yu continued, “Those who don’t cultivate will fight even over little disagreements, small losses and gains, sometimes by cheating and lying. People will get hurt. A world like that is very tiring and closed. When I follow Master’s teaching, I feel happy. My largest gain is the color of the world had changed for me, from grayish to cheerful bright colors! Every day is beautiful after I put down my attachments. This is a gift that no amount of money can buy.”
Like Ms. Yu, Ms. Yi Zhen also started practicing Falun Dafa as a child but stopped practicing for a few years.
Her biggest improvement is learning to be honest, “I used to be very superficial. I cared too much about everything, sometimes I even lied about things. In my freshman year (in China), I spent so much time competing for recognition in the Student Union that I didn't have time to do homework. I was exhausted.”
After starting school in South Korea, Ms. Yi met local practitioners and returned to cultivation.
“Falun Dafa’s guiding principles are Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. By following them, my inner world completely changed. I don't take many things to heart anymore. What others do no longer bothers me,” Ms. Yi said.
She pointed out that in today’s society people are after money and material possessions. They sometimes get what they want using dishonorable ways. Ms. Yi said that many famous people are depressed. “When clashes happen, people always look for faults in each other. Instead of complaining about others, if people could change themselves, then life would be happier.”
While maintaining the South Korean government’s recommended one-meter social distancing, practitioners planned to celebrate World Falun Dafa day on May 13 at their own local practice sites. They will study the teachings of Falun Dafa together, do the exercises, and hold other activities to show their gratitude for Master’s salvation.