From Clarifying the Truth in Manhattan to Participating in an Anti-Torture Exhibit in Taiwan
Clarifying the Truth in Manhattan
With the help of fellow practitioners, I was able to clarify the truth in Manhattan. During the 8 days of my visit, fellow practitioners and I exposed the persecution of Falun Gong in the streets of Manhattan and distributed truth-clarifying materials at subway stations. We walked through roads and streets one after another. We wore a persecution information board on the front and carried a banner that read, "Falun Dafa is Great" on our back while walking through the crowd. I gave truth-clarifying materials to the pedestrians passing by. When they heard me say, "Falun Dafa is good," the westerners would take the truth-clarifying materials with a smile on their faces and thank me.
There were two groups of practitioners that clarified the truth in Manhattan. There were two male practitioners who slowly walked along the sidewalk carrying a large persecution information banner. Each day, when I went out to clarify the truth, I would constantly send forth righteous thoughts upon leaving the hotel until our return there. When people refused to take the materials, I would firmly eliminate all the evil factors behind the people. I thought in my heart, "I came for you." I looked at them and said, "Falun Dafa is good" with a smile on my face. Naturally, the people continuously came to take the materials.
Some practitioners distributed materials in the front of the banner carriers, while some followed us to distribute flyers or display the persecution information boards. When there was a crowd, we would stop to let the people watch, and the practitioners who could speak English would explain that Falun Gong is being persecuted in China. When people expressed their sympathy and began to leave, we would give them a handmade lotus flower. They would sincerely thank us. The businesses, taxi drivers and salesman on the streets are all live media. We would give them truth-clarification material and a handmade paper lotus flower. The lotus flowers were attached to bookmarks with the words, "Falun Dafa is good." They are effective in clarifying the truth and spreading the Fa.
When we clarify the truth on the streets, we would meet other Falun Dafa practitioners on the streets and intersections. Several times, I saw practitioners who were participating in the anti-torture exhibit. I saw their wounds too, and although it was makeup, it looked so real. I told myself to be sure to attend an anti-torture exhibit when there is one in Taiwan. I want to expose the cruel persecution that Falun Dafa practitioners suffer in China to the people in the world, and I want to tell people that Falun Dafa is good.
Attending the Pingdong Anti-Torture Exhibit
After I came back to Taiwan, I heard that there was going to be an anti- torture exhibit in our area during an experience-sharing conference. I thought that I could finally volunteer to be one of the torture victims in the exhibit and so I signed up with the practitioner that was coordinating it. During this period, we had intensive Fa-study and discussion each day. We learned how to do the make-up, divided into teams and chose the torture-victim roles. I heard that the binding torture is very hard to endure, and one practitioner had just quit so I chose this role.
We gathered at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of October 30 to study the Fa and send forth righteous thoughts every hour at Pingdong's National Military Hero Museum. After we sent forth righteous thoughts at 9 a.m., the first team started to do the make-up while the second team continued to study Fa and send forth righteous thoughts. I was in the first team and sat down to have the make-up put on me. First, the victim's clothes were cut on the back so I could not see the wounds while I was wearing it. When the make-up on my face and hands were done, I could see myself with the bloody wounds of the unyielding Falun Dafa practitioners who would not give up their belief and had suffered all sorts of tortures. I immediately envisioned the brutal persecution that practitioners are suffering in China and I burst into tears.
At 1:20 p.m., as the first team went out to the field on Coconut Road of Zhongshan Park escorted by practitioners who were acting as the police, my heart was very heavy. I was sending forth righteous thoughts to eliminate all the evil factors that interfered with the anti-torture exhibit. After 20 minutes, it was my turn to go out. Although, I could not look around, as I was a torture victim, I knew this anti-torture exhibit was very successful from the waves of people passing by and the many voices I heard seeking the truth. I also heard people comment that there should be more anti-torture exhibits to let more people know. Some people even asked about the second exhibit in anticipation.
When the sun went down, it became dark and the crowd left. The 4-hour torture exhibit was a success. When helping practitioners to take off their make-up, I saw their hands covered with blood. I could not control my tears again and fellow practitioners cried too. The anti-torture exhibit left many impressions on us. It gave a great opportunity for practitioners who participated and those who were less involved in the truth-clarifying work to improve.
The Fa-rectification is moving forward very fast. We should strengthen our efforts in Fa-study, sending forth righteous thoughts and truth-clarification; and to do better in the three things we must do as Falun Dafa practitioners. Therefore, we will not feel unworthy of Master's compassionate salvation.
December 11, 2004