Los Angeles, California: Practitioners Reflect on Their Cultivation and Wish Master Li a Happy New Year
(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Los Angeles gathered in Vincent Lugo Park before the 2021 New Year to express their gratitude to Master Li Hongzhi (the founder) and wished him a Happy New Year.
The year 2020 is unusual in that the CCP virus (coronavirus) spread throughout the world. Over one million people have died and many cities remain under quarantine. Falun Dafa practitioners treasure the opportunity to practice their faith. With the arrival of the New Year, they held activities across the world to express their gratitude to Master Li and Falun Dafa and to wish Master a Happy New Year.
Dr. Youfu Li, director of the US Southwest Falun Dafa Association said, “This unusual year, 2020, is about to pass into history. At this historic moment, we are deeply grateful to Master and Dafa, giving us wisdom, courage, and righteous thoughts.
“This is a special year. Human beings are being persecuted by the communist specter. The contest between justice and evil is taking place in every corner of the world. The United States has encountered an all-out attack by evil communist spirits. In this most critical battle between good and evil, we can see clearly and act righteously to awaken people's consciences.”
Practitioners who participated in the event were of different ages, ethnicities, and cultures. Undergraduate student Rong Yuan was born after 2000 and started to practice Falun Dafa with her parents.
She said, “My mother said my health was not good when I was very young and I often visited doctors. But after I began practicing Falun Dafa I became very healthy and no longer needed medicine.”
She said practicing Dafa helped her understand the principles of how to be a good person by following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. She now knows she should treat others sincerely, to think from other people’s perspective when facing conflicts, and to be kind.
She said, “I will treasure the opportunity to cultivate. I thank Master and wish Master a Happy New Year. I will be more diligent in cultivation in the new year, look within and do the three things well.”
Company Manager Has Infinite Gratitude
Betty learned about Falun Dafa in 2009 in Taiwan. She said, “My husband's aunt gave me a book Zhuan Falun before I returned to the U.S. She said the book could answer all my questions about life. At that time I wondered, 'What book has all the answers?'”
She found that Zhuan Falun was truly great, “I always had a lot of questions about heaven and the human world. After I began practicing Falun Dafa and reading the book, I suddenly understood the meaning of life.”
“I thought I was a good person,” Betty said, “After reading the book, I realized my viewpoint was selfish. Master taught us how to be truly good people by following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
“I know that when I encounter a problem, I should first look within. Whenever I encounter difficulty, I remind myself that this is a good thing. Then I open my mind and increase my capacity. I also know how to cherish life and find the meaning of life - that is to return to one's original true self.”
“I feel very fortunate to practice Dafa. With this sudden epidemic, I know how to face it and think positively. At the same time, I also help my family, friends, and everyone who is destined to be full of hope and gratitude for the future.” She appreciates Master for his protection.
Former Board Chairman Has a Big Change in Both Mind and Body
Ms. Sun lives in Los Angeles and was the board chairman of a company in China. In other people’s eyes, she enjoyed a successful career and a happy family. She said, “Before I began practicing Falun Dafa, I was often inexplicably depressed and melancholy.
“My husband and I often had cold wars over trivial matters. We had small quarrels for three days and our big quarrels lasted ten days. The longest time we did not speak to each other was three months. My heart was miserable. I often had thoughts of divorce and suicide.”
Due to mental pressure, many diseases appeared in her body. She said, “I passed out when it was hot. I often suffered from migraine headaches, irregular pain in my legs, and my abdomen swelled. When the pain was bad I could not stand up. But the most painful thing were my habitual miscarriages.”
Her life changed in 1998 when her mother introduced her to Falun Dafa. She said, “Since then, my illnesses disappeared. Even though I had several miscarriages before, I conceived my second child.”
“My heart also changed. I understood that I was treated well or badly because of my karma. My unhappy life is due to karma. After I followed Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance to be a good person I no longer had thoughts of divorce or suicide.”
It has been 22 years since she started practicing Falun Dafa and she says she's experienced what true happiness is. She said, “I truly appreciate Master and Dafa. I am very fortunate to practice Dafa.”