(Minghui.org) May 13, 2021 is the 29th anniversary of the day when Falun Dafa was introduced to the world. It is also the 22nd World Falun Dafa Day. This is a day when Falun Dafa practitioners are thankful for being Dafa practitioners, and thus celebrate that day.

Over 30 practitioners in Neili district gathered at the Yuansheng park in Taoyuan City on May 8, 2021, a weekend morning. Melodious music was accompanied by a slight drizzle as the practitioners did the five sets of Dafa exercises, and also wished Master Li Hongzhi a happy birthday.

Practitioners in Neili district wish Master a happy birthday.

Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) originated from ancient Chinese wisdom. It includes five sets of exercises, including a meditation. Practitioners measure themselves by the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, cultivate, improve their moral integrity, and elevate their souls. It allows the elderly, the middle-aged, and the young, all three generations of practitioners, to live a harmonious life.

Some of the practitioners in Neili district gathered together in the morning to do the exercises on May 8, 2021.

80-Year-Old Lady Gains a Peaceful and Healthy Mind and Body

Ms. Zhong Chun Ying obtained the Fa in 1998. Everyone calls her Sister Zhong. Sister Zhong is kind and sincere. Before she started on her cultivation path, she was the borough chief. Ms. Zhong said the greatest change she experienced from cultivating was that her temper changed for the better. Three generations of her family now live a harmonious life. In the past, when she saw things that she did not like or agree with, she would lose her temper immediately. Always trying to show off that she was brave, Ms. Zhong thought that when things were not correct, she would tell the person to change. If that person did not change, she would flare up. Now, Ms. Zhong’s temper has become more mild and she speaks softly. Family, relatives, and even neighbors said that sister Zhong has changed a lot.

Ms. Zhong is very grateful to Master Li Hongzhi for introducing Dafa to the world. Because of her cultivation she has brought harmony to her family.

Ms. Zhong’s son used to worry her. Apart from not having a successful marriage, he also drinks excessively. When her son remarried, although Ms. Zhong was already 80 years old, she agreed without complaining, to take care of her two-year-old grandson, so her son and daughter-in-law could work.

Then, with his mother’s encouragement, Ms. Zhong’s son stopped drinking. Ms. Zhong said that this was possible because of Dafa. She is healthy, so that she can support her son’s family. She begged Master to help her son get rid of his drinking addiction. She discovered an advertisement for a class that teaches people to get rid of their drinking addiction. She encouraged her daughter-in-law to accompany her husband to the class. Her son quit drinking. Now, whenever he smells beer, he does not feel comfortable.

Although Ms. Zhong’s son has yet to cultivate, he sees that his mother’s character improved because of her cultivation, that she works hard and helps in looking after the child. Apart from thanking his mother for her selflessness, he is also very supportive of her cultivating. Ms. Zhong’s son will remind her every week when it is time to attend her district Fa study session.

As the saying goes, “When one has an elderly at home, it is equivalent to having a treasure at home.” For many elderly people, if they do not visit the hospital frequently, then they will be taking medications with their meals. However, 83-year-old Sister Zhong is healthy psychologically and physically. Ms. Zhong rides her motorbike every day to the exercise site to practice the exercises or join the Fa study.

Insurance Manager: Free of Illnesses

Cultivation has not only let the elderly folks in the family have a broader and healthier mind and body, it can also greatly help middle-aged people who are facing a mid-life crisis. Generally, mid-life crisis refers to people between 40 and 59 years old, who are experiencing problems, bringing them to a low point in their lives, and putting them in a crisis situation.

Meiling is 53 years old. She is an insurance manager who has cultivated in Falun Dafa for 14 years. As she is her family’s main source of financial support, having a healthy mind and body is important to Meiling. That allows her to do a proper job at work and at home. Meiling said that cultivation has helped her understand the purpose of life. She no longer fights for fame and benefits. After studying the Fa and practicing the exercises for about two months, Meiling felt that her body was light and free from illnesses.

Before cultivating, Meiling often suffered from aches in her shoulders and neck. She felt uncomfortable straightening her back after bending it down, and her ears were also often inflamed. Although these symptoms were not from serious illnesses, they brought quite a lot of problems to her daily life. However, after practicing the exercises for less than two months, the usual uncomfortable feelings disappeared.

Meiling’s job as an insurance manager requires her to meet a sales target, so her job is rather stressful. Meiling said that before cultivating, she sometimes failed to abide by the principles Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. She kept to the objective to obtain gains and benefits for herself. After cultivating, Meiling understood that she needs to follow the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, “selflessness,” “putting others before oneself,” and be a good person. She said, “I do not dare to say that I am able to completely achieve it, but I use the Fa principles as the standards to follow.”

“After cultivating, I felt great changes. When I study the Fa and practice the exercises well, my work becomes very smooth. Clients will call me and tell me what kind of service they require. From there, I can solve the problem according to the client’s needs.” Meiling said that when she thinks of others’ needs first, and follows Master’s Fa principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, some things will become very smooth. It is not like in the past, when she kept introducing insurance policies to people, and the other party may not need one. Now, Meiling’s mind is peaceful. Everything became pure and simple.

Apart from the benefits to her body and her job, Meiling, who lives with a big family, said that luckily there is cultivation and Master’s Fa principles to guide her so that she can better correct her every thought and perform better when interacting with her sister-in-law and daughter-in-law.

“I feel that sometimes I can abide by Forbearance, but not Truthfulness. Sometimes I feel that I am more straightforward, and I thought that that is Truthfulness, but later, after improving in my cultivation state, I realized that I am not compassionate enough.”

Meiling said that cultivation is a process where one keeps improving oneself. She remembered that Master mentioned before that when one really sincerely wants to do something for the good of others, the words that one say can touch the other party. “I realized that when I thought I was abiding by Truthfulness, I was actually still selfish because I was looking at matters from my own perspective. I sometimes did not look at things from the perspective of the other party.”

Meiling humbly said that there are still areas where she is lacking when it comes to living with a big family, but as she continues her cultivation, things gradually improve, and she thanks her family for their tolerance. “If not for Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance, I may not have set such high standards for myself.” Nowadays, it is not easy to live in a big family. There may have been more contradictions and conflicts. However, there is Master’s Fa to guide me as I cultivate.

“In the past, I did not admit my mistakes. I found many reasons and excuses to show that I was right. However, now I know where I did wrong and I will quietly correct myself and look within to see where I am lacking. After that, I will try my best to let go of that attachment.”

On the eve of May 13, Meiling would like to tell Master, “Thank you Master for giving us this Dafa. In the more than ten years of my cultivation, there were times when I was diligent and times when I was not so diligent; sometimes I can do well but at other times I can’t. However, Master has never given up on me. I am really thankful to Master!”

Research Student: Cultivation Brought Clarity to My Thoughts

Lin Shao Jun is currently studying in the Research Institution of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology’s Department of Electrical Engineering as a second year student. When he was in the first year of high school, he often had to apply for leave because he often met life forms in other realms. These occurrences caused him to feel very mentally disturbed. He even had to postpone his studies for a year because of this. As two teachers in his class are cultivators of Falun Dafa, Shao Jun started to learn and practice Falun Dafa. After that, his physical and mental states gradually stabilized, he successfully returned to school and was admitted to his ideal university.

During the nine years of his cultivation, Shao Jun used to join in the half an hour Fa study and exercise practicing sessions during the high school’s afternoon break. When he was studying in the Yuan Ze university’s college of Electrical and Communication Engineering, he established a Falun Gong society. Now that he is studying in the research institution, he also often joins the Falun Gong society that is jointly established by the students from three universities (National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University, and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, which form the National Taiwan University Union). Shao Jun said that cultivating has helped him to maintain a clear mind in his research and academic studies, treat people with kindness, and not be lured by fame and benefits.

“While doing research, the flow of thought will sometimes fall into a repeating cycle and I could not escape. One cannot find the blind spot.” “After studying the Fa, I can think of these problems more calmly. Thus it becomes easier to formulate ideas which I may not have thought of in the past. In this way, I am able to find the flaws in my research.” Shao Jun also said that he will use the looking within method to examine the areas where he is still lacking. He will find where he did not do well and rectify them so he does not need to wait for others to tell him.

There are various methods of peer evaluations in his academic field, and it is inevitable that there will be times when scholars scorn each other. These are times when Shao Jun’s xinxing is put to the test. As he studies the Fa and looks within, Shao Jun is not easily affected by his mood. Therefore, when faced with criticisms, Shao Jun is able to accept the suggestion of others with a calm attitude and rectify himself.

On the other hand, if he needs to give comments to others, Shao Jun will do it in a kind way instead of using strong words to tell people where they have serious problems. He will instead use a peaceful tone to relate his suggestion to the other party on how to do better.

As Falun Dafa Day approaches, Shao Jun wants to tell Master, “Thank you Master for giving me the chance to obtain the Fa and find my path in life.” Compared to friends and classmates of the same age around him, Shao Jun feels that the biggest difference after his cultivation is that he can take the quest for material, fame, and benefits more lightly. Many people will first think about what they can gain in terms of fame or benefits when they do something.

To the young and promising Shao Jun, he feels that life is fine as long as he has enough to spend. Apart from that, cultivators look at things differently from everyday people. They do not get lost in fame and benefits, so they can usually see the true nature of things. Therefore, Shao Jun feels very fortunate to have become a practitioner.

Taiwan’s Practice Sites

There are currently 745 practice sites in Taiwan. Every morning in the parks and schools, people can see the Falun Dafa practitioners doing their morning exercises. These practitioners come from different occupations, ages, and education levels. However, just like sister Zhong, Meiling, and Shao Jun, due to cultivating in Falun Dafa, these practitioners have cleansed their tired bodies and souls. Their lives are stable and healthy on their paths of cultivating Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.

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Category: Dafa Day Celebrations