(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners from Taoyuan City, Hsinchu City, Hsinchu County, and Miaoli County gathered at the Zhunan Sports Park in Miaoli on April 17, 2022 to celebrate World Falun Dafa Day. They did the exercises, told people about Falun Dafa, and also expressed their gratitude to Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa. During the group photo, the practitioners exclaimed, “We Wish Master a Happy Birthday.”
Every practitioner has had extraordinary experiences both in obtaining the Fa and cultivating themselves. Although the tests that they meet on their cultivation paths may be different, they all experienced Master Li Hongzhi’s benevolent care and know that Falun Dafa is extraordinary.
Obtaining a New Lease on Life
Ms. Fang Shiyu from Taoyuan began practicing Falun Dafa about four years ago. At that time, she had been diagnosed with stage 3 multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. The doctor said that this was a rare form of cancer that usually affected males. The only treatment was chemotherapy.
Ms. Fang was hospitalized. Her daughter, who had begun practicing Falun Dafa just before she graduated from high school, encouraged her to read Zhuan Falun. Ms. Fang was bedridden and had difficulty moving or standing. The only part of her body that she could move was her eyes. The situation seemed hopeless so she decided to read the book. She finished reading Zhuan Falun in three days.
Because she went through many rounds of chemotherapy and was hospitalized for more than a month, Ms. Fang became so emaciated that she only weighed 28kg (62 pounds). However, after she began reading the teachings and doing the exercises she fully recovered. Ms. Fang is grateful to Master for saving her from the brink of death and giving her a chance to live.
Ms. Fang’s speedy recovery surprised her doctor. When he asked her what she had been doing she replied that she practiced Falun Dafa. The doctor did not believe that Falun Dafa made such a huge difference. However, Ms. Fang’s health improved with each passing day.
Ms. Fang later attended the Nine-Day Falun Dafa class and learned the exercises. When she first started practicing the exercises, she could not stand. Even sitting to listen to Master’s lectures during the class was difficult. However, by the end of the Nine Day class, Ms. Fang could walk by holding onto the wall and she recovered very quickly. In 2019, Shen Yun performed in Taoyuan and Ms. Fang was able to wear high heels and attend the performance. She said that walking up and down the stairs in the theater was not hard.
Soon after she watched Shen Yun, Ms. Fang was able to go to the practice site by herself. Ms. Fang quickly progressed from walking very slowly to walking fast and she was finally able to run. Experiencing such a dramatic turnaround and obtaining a new lease of life when she was at the brink of death made Ms. Fang’s family supportive of her practicing Falun Dafa.
Ms. Shen Luanjiao, 62, is from Miaoli. A friend told her about Falun Dafa in 2004. One month after she attended the Nine-Day Falun Dafa class and began doing the exercises, she felt her body was cleansed.
Ms. Shen’s body had some immunity problems and she suffered from lupus erythematosus. Not long after she began practicing Falun Dafa, she learned about the relationship between people suffering from illness and karma. Her condition was resolved and she no longer needs any medication. Not only that, 9 days later her kidney stones were discharged from her body and she quickly recovered from a stroke.
Ms. Shen said that when she worked in an electronics factory, she had a strong personality. Even if others did nothing to offend her, she offended everyone around her. After she started practicing Falun Dafa when Ms. Shen meditated her legs ached badly. She understood that she was eliminating karma. It was really hard but she realized that she should be compassionate towards others. Afterward, the pain in her legs lessened. When she started to request herself to maintain her xinxing, her legs stopped aching when she meditated.
Learning to be Gentle
“Whenever I got into an argument with others, I always insisted that I was right. I kept arguing until I got my way. Thank you Master for teaching us the principles and I now know how to be kind and gentle,” Ms. Yang Jiayi, a 60-year-old practitioner from Zhongli said.
In 2003, the SARS epidemic was spreading. As a business marketing agent, Jiayi had to get her temperature taken whenever she entered or left her office. Her temperature was relatively high and Jiayi was scared. Someone told her about Falun Dafa. She knew that Falun Dafa was banned in China and thought, “Since the Chinese Communist Party is against it, Falun Dafa must be good." She bought Zhuan Falun and began reading. She learned that Falun Dafa teaches people to practice Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. She liked the principles and thought that if a person could follow them, they would be a good person.
Cultivation changed Jiayi mentally and physically. Before she started practicing Jiayi was so exhausted that, even at 30, her body’s immune system was weak. If anyone near her coughed, she would get infected. She often woke up in pain due to problems with her spine. To make things worse, although she placed great emphasis on dental hygiene, Jiayi still suffered from tooth decay.
After she started practicing, her immunity gradually improved and she no longer needed to visit doctors. Now when Jiayi goes to the dentist, she's surprised she hasn’t had any tooth decay for more than 10 years. Her spine also stopped hurting.
Jiayi said that the greatest change she experienced is that she’s become humble. Jiayi entered the business world when she was young, and she felt that she was very clever. She did well because she was very competitive and always insisted on winning.
After she began practicing she discovered that she was proud and had a strong ego. Now when problems arise, she remains calm and has stopped arguing.
Before cultivating, Jiayi was dissatisfied with her husband and kept picking on him. Her parents were worried about her marriage due to her strong character. After she started cultivating, Jiayi said, “My husband, parents, and siblings noticed the change in me and they decided to read Zhuan Falun. They are curious about what kind of power can change a person.”
Jiayi’s family knew that given her strong, stubborn personality, no one could force her to change. They were all curious about what caused her to become humble and cooperate with others. Jiayi’s husband totally supports her in her cultivation; her mother no longer worries about her marriage. Her mother and siblings have begun to practice Falun Dafa. Her husband now helps with chores around the house. Jiayi is very thankful to Master for showing her how to be a gentle lady and see the good side of her husband.
May 13 is World Falun Dafa Day which is Master Li Hongzhi’s birthday. Jiayi wants to tell Master, “Thank you Master for saving my family and me. Thank you for showing me how to be a good person.”
Falun Dafa Broadens My Wisdom and My Academic Results Soared
Wu Yuanyi is kind and generous. She attends a high school where she studies music and majors in trombone. She began practicing Falun Dafa nearly 17 years ago with her mother. She said that the greatest change is her temper. In the past, her classmates often said that she looked very fierce and she got upset easily. When she was in secondary school, she studied music at the Niaosong High School of the Arts. As her cultivation stabilized Ms. Wu became more understanding of others and she no longer loses her temper easily.
Ms. Wu majors in trombone. In the past, when she tried to play the high notes she just could not do it. Ms. Wu reminded herself that she is a practitioner and should treat each hardship as a cultivation opportunity. She was finally able to play the high notes well. There is also a great improvement in her understanding of the music. This is unlike the past when it took her a very long time to overcome bottlenecks. Ms. Wu said, “Cultivation helps to stabilize my studies so that it is relatively easier to overcome difficulties.”
A stable cultivation not only helps with Ms. Wu’s music studies, but it also helps to stabilize her mindset. Ms. Wu finds that her schoolwork is easier to handle when she studies the Fa every day. Her academic results in her primary and secondary schools were just average, but after entering high school, due to her persistence in studying the Fa every day, her results soared. This is unlike in the past when every improvement took a lot of effort. Through studying the Fa, her wisdom broadened. The results from her university entrance exam placed her among the top in her class and nationwide.
Ms. Wu wants to say to Master, “Thank you, Master. I will work even harder. I want to pass the entrance exams and join Shen Yun.”
The Whole Family Is Happy and Harmonious
Before Yi Zhen began practicing Falun Dafa in in 2009 she said that her shoulders and neck were stiff and tight due to her work. She tried all types of massages but nothing helped. She did not expect the pain to go away when she had not even finished reading Zhuan Falun once and she started practicing the exercises.
Yi Zhen said that modern life is hectic and family relationships are sometimes tense. Since her entire family practices Falun Dafa, they are able to view challenges as cultivation opportunities. Since they are more able to remain tolerant there is not much conflict.
Yi Zhen’s son is five years old and sometimes very stubborn. No amount of talking to him helps. Now that he has grown up a bit and has followed the adults to study the Fa, he is more able to understand what his parents mean. During normal times, Yi Zhen shares with him how to practice Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance through stories. Yi Zhen will also look at problems more from the perspective of the child so that conflicts do not occur easily.
Yi Zhen wants to say, “ I wish Master a Happy Birthday! It has been hard for Master. I will strengthen my Fa study and practicing of the exercises and be diligent in my cultivation so as not to disappoint Master.”
Lai Peiyu from Miaoli and her Belgian husband Thomas brought their son and their newborn daughter to participate in the group exercise event.
Now in their 30s, the couple started practicing with their mothers when they were children. Because they both follow Falun Dafa’s principles, the couple shares the same direction. When arguments or conflicts arise, they are able to guide themselves based on the teachings to improve and mature together. Being cultivators, the couple is able to stay calm and make decisions or look at matters from different perspectives. They do not fall into stubborn quarrels and they have a strong relationship.
Thomas works in a bank in Belgium. He said that, having cultivated for 20 years, the greatest change he’s experienced is that he is able to stay calm and not get distracted. He said, “The work environment nowadays makes it easy for people to get distracted. Through studying the Fa and cultivating myself, I am able to stay calm and I can discern which tasks are important. I am also more able to focus on what I am doing instead of doing it for the sake of doing it.”
This year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s introduction to the world. Dafa is now practiced in more than a hundred countries and regions worldwide by over 100 million people. They all have the same wish: To thank Master Li Hongzhi for his vast benevolence.
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