Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Introducing Falun Gong in Brookline City (Photo)
(Clearwisdom.net) The 21st Brookline Garden Fair was held in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 14, 2007. Falun Gong practitioners set up a booth at the fair, and attracted many people as they demonstrated the exercises and made paper lotus flowers. They introduced Falun Gong to the local residents and exposed the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
A Russian man and his son came to the booth, and expressed deep interest in a DVD of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party, as they asked many questions about its contents. Practitioners described the Falun Gong exercises, the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong, and further introduced the Nine Commentaries which exposed the evil crimes committed by the CCP. The man was very surprised, and said he had only known of the persecution of Russian people committed by the Russian communists, but did not know that the CCP's persecution of compassionate Chinese people was even more brutal. He wanted to bring the Nine Commentaries home, to view with friends and relatives.
The practitioners practiced the exercises and residents showed much interest in the group of peaceful practitioners. People asked many questions regarding the health benefits of Falun Gong, how to obtain the exercise music, and the reason behind the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong. One lady had thought that the persecution in China had stopped, but learned from practitioners at the fair that the persecution was still going on and that we should work together to stop it. Two nuns learned the facts about Falun Gong and said they wanted to learn the exercises. They asked for the location of the nearest practice site.
A western lady who could read and understand Chinese asked for Chinese materials and VCDs in order to learn more about the true facts. Whether young or old, male or female, people came to the booth to learn how to fold paper lotus flowers, which represent the spirit of cultivators and rise from the mud without contamination. Some learned as whole families, some parents followed as their children participated, and others watched from the side. One lady said that she agreed very much with the practitioners' use of this most simple and traditional craft to inspire people. Practitioners thus took these opportunities to spread the facts about Falun Gong.