(Minghui.org) With the Mid-Autumn Festival around the corner, Falun Dafa practitioners in Houston gathered on September 5, 2022 and wished Master Li, Dafa’s founder, a happy Mid-Autumn Festival. They thanked Master for his compassion. Practitioners have realized the preciousness of the opportunity to cultivate in Falun Dafa. Some felt that their life became solid, and their morality was elevated, after they began to practice Falun Dafa. Some expressed their gratitude to Master for giving them a second life.
Chinese People Should Be Proud of You!
Ms. Qiu Xueyan has been practicing Falun Dafa for 23 years, since 1999. She was thrown out of a Chinese university for practicing Falun Dafa, when she was studying for her post-doctorate degree.
According to the Chinese custom, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the time that the whole family gathers. But because of the persecution, Ms. Qiu hasn’t been able to return home to see her parents and siblings in China.
“I was persecuted in China,” she said. “I was detained in a forced labor camp for three years. My home was under surveillance after I was released. My parents are afraid of my coming back home. They think that I will lose my freedom if I return to China, and would be monitored by the police again. So I cannot reunite with them. The persecution is still going on. Practitioners in China have no freedom. Those practitioners who are highly educated, and have been persecuted just as I, are on a blacklist. Wherever they go, they will be monitored. I have been overseas for over a decade, and haven’t returned home.”
Talking about cultivation, Ms. Qiu said, “I used to be introverted and didn’t talk much. I didn’t like to be with people. Cultivation has changed my character. I am in the insurance business. Every day I contact many people who become my clients within a short time. I follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance when I am with them, and they feel comfortable. So, they introduce their friends to me. My client base keeps growing fast.
“I have a Chinese client whose husband is an American. They buy their home and car insurance from me. She told me that she felt assured when she was with me, but didn’t know why. Her husband said that Chinese people should be proud of me after he met me. I told them that all of this is because I practice Falun Dafa.”
On the occasion of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Ms. Qiu is very thankful for Falun Dafa. She said, “Falun Dafa directs me to the right path of life, and elevates me morally. I live a solid life. I am very grateful to Master and wish Master a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!”
Special Thanks to Master for Giving Me this Precious Cultivation Way
David Hong is an engineer. He started to practice Falun Dafa in 1994 while still in high school.
“I attended the sessions Master held in my hometown,” he said, “when I was in my third year of senior high school in 1994. When I was learning the exercise movements in the last session, I saw Master approaching me, looking at me. He left without saying a word. I didn’t understand its meaning. Many years passed. I realized that Master came to see me. He worried whether I could persevere in cultivation, and how I would walk the cultivation path. I will not forget this scene ever during my entire life.”
Mr. Hong has been practicing Falun Dafa for 28 years and has gone through numerous hardships and turmoils. Yet he said, “The whole process is precious. I want to express my special thanks to Master. Master gives us an ultimate answer. But we have to find and understand it by cultivating. Only through constant exploring and recognizing during the cultivation process can we know how life will be when we put the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance into practice. This is not preaching, but requires us to put it into practice.”
He was illegally detained in China. Having had this experience, he realized, “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), in its entirety, is very evil. The CCP uses the country’s whole system to destroy your will, and uses various means to “transform” you. But still, many people have been saved. Some inmates learned the truth in prison. One inmate had a dream after he learned the facts about Falun Dafa from me. He was paddling on a boat in the sea in this dream. The sea was divided into two parts. One side was darkness while the other side was bright. He paddled into the bright side unconsciously. He learned and also helps spread the truth about Dafa.”
Thank You, Master for Giving Me a Second Life
Ms. Liang Hua started to practice Falun Dafa in 1997. She thanks Master for giving her a second life, and wishes Master a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
She said that the Mid-Autumn Festival is a time when a family gets together, but she hasn’t seen her family for a long time. She was imprisoned for ten years in China, because of practicing Falun Dafa. She was under surveillance after she was released. She escaped to the United States in 2018.
Ms. Liang was a hairdresser and owned her own shop in China. She used good quality products for her clients. She said, “When doing business, I chose good quality products for clients, and would only think about what they need. As a result, I had many clients. Their feedback was that the products I used didn’t harm them. Most people rarely did this, because it ate into their profit margin. I had a low profit margin, because I used good quality products.”
Because of her good reputation, all her old clients came back to her within six months when she opened another hair salon ten years after she was released from prison.
Regarding cultivation, Ms. Liang said, with gratitude, “Cultivation has fundamentally changed my life, and given me a second life. Before I practiced Falun Dafa, I was very sick for 8 years. I couldn’t eat and couldn’t sleep. I wanted to die and not live in those days. I was in my 20s back then. I was on daily medication. I put medicines in the sitting room, kitchen, bedroom, everywhere in my apartment. I took medicine as soon as I felt pain in my body. I bought medicine in wholesale quantities. I had a nutritional injection once a month in the hospital. If I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t have any strength or walk properly. Falun Dafa is amazing. My pain disappeared after I read Zhuan Falun. I would like to express my gratitude to Master for giving me a second life, and for making my life purposeful.”
Ms. Liang follows the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance since she practices Falun Dafa. She constantly purifies herself. She also requires her husband and children to behave based on those principles, and asks them not to follow the negative trends in society.
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