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To My Classmates and My Friends

May 14, 2004 |   By a high school student in the United States

(Clearwisdom.net) I am a Grade 10 student and have practiced Falun Gong for four years. It is the principle of Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance of Falun Dafa that has taught me to be a good student, be virtuous and allowed me to be of good health. From reading Falun Dafa books, I have fallen in love with traditional Chinese culture and am very proud of being of Chinese descent.

I was very young when my parents and I immigrated to the United States. Although I learned Chinese before my arrival, I was just repeating what my elders said. I did not make much improvement in my Chinese language skills until I started to read Zhuan Falun. After gradually understanding the principles disclosed to me in this book, my Chinese improved.

Zhuan Falun is such a good book. It tells me why human beings are born, why we should be a good person and how to be a good person. Teacher Li's many lectures and collections of poems spoke to me profoundly. I have never heard or read anything like that before. And they touched me deeply. The language is so simple, and yet the principles are so profound.

Since then, I fell in love with Chinese and learned it on my own, because I wanted to read books written by Teacher. It is amazing that I was not able to read in Chinese before, and yet, I was soon able to read Zhuan Falun and all other Dafa books on my own.

I have also had the opportunities to see the Teacher expounding the Universal Law. I cannot express my happiness in words. Since I started to practice Falun Gong, I am so proud of being of Chinese descent, and because Teacher is from Changchun, China, where Falun Gong was first introduced. It has now spread to over 60 countries with more than 100 million practitioners.

After I started to practice Falun Gong, I have been following the principles of "Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance" and I am always calm and peaceful, because I understand what I should do and what I should not do. All problems can be easily solved when I meet the requirements of being a practitioner.

Once, a classmate yelled at me for no reason. I was very calm and did not get upset. And so he stopped. Since then, he and I have been able to communicate and associate with him. Before I practiced Falun Dafa, I was not like that. I remember once a classmate took my chair when I was not paying attention. I got really upset and pulled his chair as revenge. I was caught and punished by the teacher. On the other hand, the classmate did not get into trouble with the teacher because the teacher did not see him doing it. I felt it was very unfair.

Before cultivation, I took my grades very seriously and was therefore always very tense. When things did not happen the way I wanted it, I would break down. After I learned Falun Gong, I followed the principle of "doing without pursuing" and as a result, without driving myself crazy, my grades became excellent and I get along great with my classmates. The more I follow the principles Falun Gong teaches, the more my environment improves.

Due to the continuing persecution of Falun Gong by Jiang's regime in China, we use all our free time to clarify the truth and to appeal for an end to the persecution. As a family, we don't have time to take vacations. As practitioners, we should think about other people first. We have benefited from Falun Gong, but many people still don't know anything about Falun Gong. Some misunderstand it. We cannot just think about ourselves; we have to tell the facts of Falun Gong to everybody so more people can benefit.

It's not easy to participate in all the truth-clarification activities. In December 2002, we went to Philadelphia for a press conference to expose the persecution of Falun Gong and to appeal for the rescue of Falun Gong practitioners. It was very cold and we were practicing the exercises outdoors. I did not wear enough warm clothes. It was bone-chilling cold. When I said to myself, "It's hard to endure, but you can endure it. It's hard to do, but you can do it."(Zhuan Falun) I could feel a warm current through my body. It was so beautiful.

In China, Falun Gong was persecuted for no reason and 955 practitioners have been persecuted to death and tens of thousands of people were jailed and persecuted, including children of my age. Simply for remaining firm to Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, they were discriminated, intimidated, kicked out of school, beaten up, became homeless, lost relatives and even died themselves.

I am fortunate to live in the United States and I can study Zhuan Falun and do the exercises wherever and whenever I want. I feel terribly every time I read news about practitioners being persecuted in China and that students in China fear, even hate Falun Gong.

At first, I couldn't understand. China has a population of over 10 billion people. How can people put up with such a persecution? Then I realized that the Jiang's regime used all means to stop the spread of Falun Gong, including mobilizing all state-controlled media to smear Falun gong and lie to its citizens. And now, they launched another round of defamation of Falun Gong. Countless middle school and primary school students were tricked and poisoned and are being used in this smear campaign. Jiang's regime is really hurting the children and youth in China and the Chinese citizens.

I would like to appeal to all students who have benefited from Falun Gong to write about their experience in practicing Falun Gong and the truth about it and to tell it to our generation in China. We need to stop the persecution of Falun Gong and its lies to all Chinese citizens.

Editor's Note: Early 2004, Jiang's political group member Chen Zhili launched a nationwide campaign to persecute Falun Gong and poison the youth. It's organized under the name of the Anti-Evil Cult Education. It was supposed to last for one year. As more and more people came to know about the truth of Falun Gong since July 1999, Jiang's political group attempted to deceive the youth and take advantage of the educational system. Thus they are trying to brainwash these innocent children, in order to incite hatred of the society against Falun Gong. For this reason we need to clarify the truth more to the youth.

We encourage more young practitioners or their parents to write about their cultivation stories and the truth of Falun Gong. We will publish them on the Minghui website so more children in China know about the practitioners and the benefits of Falun Gong to one's life and the society and the persecution so they will not be deceived by the lies.

You can write about

  1. Facts of the Persecution (what you witness of persecution that is happening to your parents, classmate, teachers, friends, and neighbors).
  2. Psychological Persecution (including coercing practitioners to say things against their will, to sign documents, to watch defamatory broadcasts, exhibits and audio-visual material)
  3. Interesting stories about young practitioners in their cultivation, to validate Dafa and inspire the ordinary people and shock the bad people.
  4. Stories of karmic retribution.
  5. Poems, nursery rhymes and other literary forms.
  6. Others