(Minghui.org) A woman greeted visitors with a bright smile at the Falun Dafa booth during an event in Western Australia. Her name is Van Pham. From her cheerful demeanor it’s hard to believe that just six years ago she suffered terrible depression and health problems. 

Van said her being alive is a miracle, and her amazing experience started with a book, Zhuan Falun.

Van Pham at a Christmas celebration event in Ellenbrook, Perth on December 9, 2023

Van was born in Vietnam and was a sickly child. She often suffered headaches, stiff muscles, and poor blood circulation. She recalled, “I moved slowly. Whenever I tried to do anything at normal speed, I felt dizzy and tired and had to lie down.”

Her parents took her to see many doctors. They said she needed better nutrition, but taking nutritional supplements didn’t help, other than gaining weight. She tried acupuncture and therapeutic massages, but they didn’t help, either. She began exercising, but after 15 minutes she was exhausted. 

Van lost hope and stopped seeking treatment. “Even though I was still a child, I thought about ending my life,” she said.

Depression and Despair

Van’s health deteriorated further after she married and had a baby. She became so depressed that she couldn’t take care of her son. She slept up to 22 hours a day and had countless nightmares. When she was awake, she felt too exhausted to do anything. “I often had to sit for a couple of hours before I could slowly gain consciousness of my surroundings,” Van recounted, “My son had to be taken care of by someone else. I felt useless and often thought of committing suicide. Whenever my husband and I had any disagreement, the first thing I thought about was ending my life.”

Van attempted suicide several times. “Medicine couldn’t help me. I couldn’t work. I couldn’t do anything for my family. All I could do was sleep, eat some crackers and drink some milk when I woke up. Then I went back to sleep. My son had to bring me the milk and crackers, because I didn’t have enough strength to stand or walk. My body always felt unbalanced. My husband and my son had to do all the housework. I wished to end my life so they wouldn’t have to take care of me. I refused to see anyone. I locked myself in my room, closed the curtains and was afraid of any sound. Every day was wasted.”


When Van visited her family in Vietnam in early 2017, her brother was very worried about her. He told her about Falun Dafa and gave her the book Zhuan Falun. Her brother said he practiced Falun Dafa for three years and experienced positive changes in his health and life. 

Van accepted the book out of respect for her brother, but she didn’t intend to read it, because reading made her dizzy. She put the book in a drawer when she returned to Australia. When her brother called and asked if she’d read it, she said “No.” He encouraged her to read it, because he believed reading the book and doing the Falun Dafa exercises were the only way to restore her health.

“Six months later, I decided to read the book, but I fell asleep after I read a few pages. I was able to read a few more pages the next day. At first, I had no idea what the book was talking about. After I managed to finish reading it, I realized that it was a book that teaches cultivation to a high level, so I read it again and this time I decided to focus and read it well.”

Sitting up and reading wasn’t easy for Van, so she joined an online Fa study group, hoping to prevent herself from falling asleep. It also helped her stay in touch with other Falun Dafa practitioners.

“After I read for a few days, the nightmares disappeared. I felt relaxed and clear-minded when I woke up. The numbness in my body gradually left. My tense muscles relaxed. My headaches disappeared. Slowly but surely, I could take care of myself and didn’t need help.”

Van started doing some housework. She no longer thought about committing suicide. “The idea was gone after I learned the meaning of life from Zhuan Falun. My son was so happy to see my change. He is supportive of my cultivation. I enjoy a closer and warmer relationship with my family. I’m able to meet new friends and tell people how great Falun Dafa is!”

Van added, “I thank Master Li [the founder of Falun Dafa] for saving my life and teaching me the meaning of life! My life would have ended without Falun Dafa!”

Van (right) with local residents of Perth at a Rotary Club event on November 11, 2023

Zhuan Falun Has Helped Millions of People

Zhuan Falun, the main book of Falun Dafa, is read by cultivators of different ethnicities in over 100 countries. 

Zhuan Falun was published in January 1995 by the China Television Broadcasting Agency Publishing Company. A publication ceremony was held in the Ministry of Public Security auditorium on January 4, 1995. The book was listed as a bestseller by Beijing Youth DailyBeijing Evening News and Beijing Daily multiple times. 

In Australia, it was listed as the 14th bestseller among 5,000 books that were voted on via telephone, text message, and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) website in 2004. It was the only book on cultivation practice from the East ranked among the top 100 bestsellers.

Zhuan Falun has been translated into 50 languages and published around the world. It is the most translated Chinese-language book in history.