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[Celebrating World Falun Dafa Day] Former Soldier: Falun Dafa Is Truly Amazing

May 31, 2022 |   By a Falun Dafa practitioner in Vietnam

(Minghui.org) My name is Tran Minh Chieu and I am 72 years old. I live in Hanoi, Vietnam. Before I began practicing Falun Dafa in August 2018 I had many incurable diseases.

Before 1975 I was a soldier engaged in combat in the southern battlefields of Vietnam. I lost about 62% of my health. I was wounded and exposed to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange.

As I got older, I had more health issues, including diabetes, abnormal blood pressure, bone and joint pain, gallstones, gastric cancer, vestibular disorders, sore throat, etc. I had to be treated at many central hospitals and international hospitals.

I had different types of treatment, including Asian medicine, massage, acupressure, and acupuncture. I sought out Western medicine and also many traditional cures, such as dosimetry, “Nourishing Qigong,” “Longevity Qigong,” face diagnosis, walking therapy, hand waving, and balancing the meridians. None of them were effective. The diseases continued to torment me.

On October 5, 2015, I had gastric bypass surgery and 80 percent of my intestines were removed. In February 2017 my 34-year-old son became ill and died. This shock was too much for me to bear, so I got worse. I was broken down both physically and mentally. I basically lost my mind. I also lost 15 kg and became pale and thin. I thought I would not live much longer and was mentally prepared to die. I was tormented with ill health and saw no way out.

On August 15, 2017, a cousin learned how bad off I was. He called me and said that I should practice Falun Dafa. If I did, all my diseases might be resolved.

At first I did not understand what Falun Dafa was, so my nephew bought me the book Zhuan Falun and told me to read it a few times. He sent me the online link so that I could learn the five exercises. I memorized the movements in a week and worked hard to do the exercises. I could only stand for 14 minutes for the second exercise, because my shoulders and arms got too tired.

Nearly a year passed, however, and I only read the book Zhuan Falun three times. I didn’t understand what Teacher was teaching us. I wasted almost a year without knowing that I had a treasure in my house. I thought that I was just doing some exercises. I didn’t know this was cultivation of Falun Dafa.

It wasn’t until May 24, 2018, that I found out that there was a group of practitioners in my area. Since that time, I have been diligently participating in Fa study and doing the exercises with the group. After Fa study and listening to fellow practitioners talk about their experiences, I enlightened to many things that Master taught us in Zhuan Falun.

After only a month of studying the Fa and doing the exercises diligently with the group, I felt positive changes in my body. I ate and slept well. I became mentally refreshed and relaxed. My body felt light and I thought less about my poor health.

Master said,

“It’s known that illness is actually seventy percent psychological and thirty percent physical. When a person’s health takes a turn for the worse, it’s usually that he is first worn down mentally, stressed out, and having trouble coping.” (The Sixth Talk, Zhuan Falun)

“You might just bring yourself health problems by often thinking that you have them. That’s because your thoughts have sunk to the same starting point as the average person, who, naturally, does experience illness.” (The Sixth Talk, Zhuan Falun).

My Amazing Changes

After studying the Fa a lot, I enlightened to many things that I did not understand for a long time. The following are some miraculous changes I experienced after I practiced Falun Dafa.

Before I practiced, my blood sugar level sometimes got up to 17mmol/l. The doctors confirmed that nothing could cure diabetes. Taking medicine only helps to stabilize the blood sugar level, and I had to accept the fact that I would have to take medicine for the rest of my life. Since I have been practicing, I haven’t taken any diabetes medication for nearly four years. My blood sugar is now normal.

The second change was my stomach. For almost seven years since my stomach surgery, I'd had issues. Tests now show that there are no K cells in my stomach even though I have not been treated.

The third was my blood pressure. Sometimes it was so low (75/55), I almost needed to go to the emergency room. I had been looking for a life-saving qigong practice for years. After practicing Falun Dafa, my blood pressure is now about 115/75, which is ideal for elderly people. I have not taken any pills for almost four years now.

The fourth was my inflamed gall bladder. The doctor advised me not to do anything about it unless it was too inflamed and painful to bear and then I would need surgery to have it removed. It couldn’t be treated, and I would just have to accept it. However, after I began practicing, the ultrasound now shows that my gallbladder is completely normal, and producing clear bile. The stones are gone.

I have not drunk alcohol for nearly four years or taken any pills. Many of my other incurable ailments have also disappeared. I decided to give up taking the rest of my drugs. I used to have to take a lot of drugs and eat special foods every day, which cost tens of millions of dong (Vietnamese dollar) each month.

Realizing How Precious Falun Dafa Is

My wife didn’t quite believe it at first, until she saw that I had thrown all my medicines away. My health got much better, and my attitude changed. As a result, my wife also started to practice Falun Dafa in 2019. My wife and I now diligently study the Fa and do the exercises every day. After nearly four years of practicing Falun Dafa, my wife and I have now recovered from many incurable diseases without any medical intervention.

The changes in my health these past four years have been a miracle beyond my imagination. I am extremely grateful to Master Li for saving me and giving me faith and hope in this life. I often tell my family members that Master Li gave me a second life.

With what I’ve been through, I want to tell everyone that Falun Dafa is truly amazing and miraculous. It has brought my wife and me health, improved our moral standards, and given us peace of mind and a happy family.

When I study the Fa, I become more aware of the vastness and profoundness of Dafa. I have learned a lot and have been guided by the Fa at different levels of cultivation. I have learned how to really look inward.

In cultivation, I’ve focused on looking inward to improve my level. When facing unpleasant things or hearing criticism, I realize I have to thank the person who caused me trouble. Only then can I assimilate to the Fa. That’s exactly it, so we shouldn’t shy away from being unhappy, because we would miss the opportunity to look inward and find our flaws. Then how would we cultivate and how could we improve? We would never get there. When a tribulation comes and we avoid it, that is not being a true cultivator.

When I read Zhuan Falun, I understand why Falun Dafa’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance can help me have a bright future. As a Dafa disciple, I understand that I need to always assimilate myself to the universal standards of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. These principles will take me back to my true home.

Falun Dafa thoroughly expounds on the three principles that make up the foundation of humanity and the universe. These three principles are in the three words Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It is the duty of a Falun Dafa practitioner to always behave according to these principles. As a complete dual-cultivation system of life and body, the key to cultivation is that each individual must improve his or her xinxing (moral character) in order to assimilate as much as possible to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.

Doing the three things well is the responsibility of Dafa disciples. Although my wife and I have not been able to participate in group truth-clarification activities, we have our own way of doing things. We clarify the truth about the beauty of Dafa and the persecution of Falun Gong in China to relatives, friends, and former colleagues. Here, people in the same neighborhood interact every day. My wife and I have distributed leaflets and clarified the truth to about 60 people. Twenty of them have become steadfast and diligent practitioners.

I have experienced that, on our cultivation path, there are always difficulties and tests. These are the barriers we have to overcome. Our mission is to assist Master in Fa-rectification. We need to do well the three things that Master asks us to do. As long as we have faith in Master and Dafa and have righteous thoughts and righteous actions, we can overcome all obstacles. Master is always by our side, watching every step of our cultivation path.

The above are my wonderful experiences in practicing Falun Dafa that I would like to report to Master and share with fellow practitioners. I thank out great, compassionate Master!