New Year’s Greetings from Dafa Practitioners Around the World Express Admiration and Gratitude to Revered Master Li
(Minghui.org) Without exception, every Chinese New Year sees thousands upon thousands of greetings pour in to the Minghui website for Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, from practitioners all around the world.
Through beautiful artwork, poetry, and prose, practitioners express their deepest gratitude to Master Li for blessing them with such a wonderful cultivation practice. The sheer number of greetings attests to the popularity of Dafa and the high esteem in which Master Li is held.
The well-wishers hail from both inside and outside of China and include practitioners from all walks of life and age groups.
Greetings from China are of particular significance. Despite the relentless persecution of Falun Dafa over the past 14 plus years, practitioners in China have never wavered in their faith, and they break through the Internet firewall to send in their heartfelt appreciation to revered Master each and every Chinese New Year.
Below is a sampling of greetings received this Chinese New Year from practitioners and their family members.
After 14 Long Years, Practitioners in China Still Stand Strong to Protest the Persecution
Despite the ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa in China, the past 14 years have seen practitioners becoming more determined in their faith and working even harder to tell people about the goodness of Dafa and the deceit and brutality of the Chinese Communist Party.
From toddlers to elders, and from newcomers to veteran practitioners, they are all deeply indebted to revered Master for His blessings, and they wish Master a happy Chinese New Year.
The greetings come from every corner of China, north to south, rural areas to big cities. Many of the practitioners belong to the same family, region, workplace, local Fa-study group, or truth-clarification project team. Some are still being incarcerated, but they managed to send in their greetings, too.
Practitioners in Shengli Oil Field in Dongying, Shandong Province, wrote, “We are thankful to Master for showing us the light of life. We are no longer lost in the pursuit of fame and self-interest and are happy to be illness-free. Words cannot express our gratitude to revered Master!”
Practitioners working in the education system guide their students with the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and they are happy to see the youngsters in their care becoming more disciplined and doing better academically. Some parents have even come to appreciate the greatness of Dafa and have remarked, “China needs Falun Dafa and Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
In Wuhan, Hubei Province, several police officers assigned to monitor practitioners learned the facts of the persecution and gave practitioners a shout out, “Falun Dafa is good!”
Practitioners in the transportation system reported that many of their non-practitioner friends have come to appreciate the greatness of Dafa and often give a toast to Dafa at social gatherings.
Practitioners Outside of China Work Tirelessly to Spread the Word
Falun Dafa has spread to more than 100 countries and regions, and its books have been translated into more than 40 languages. Millions of people of different races and cultural backgrounds are now enjoying the benefits of this wonderful cultivation practice.
With the arrival of the Year of Horse, many practitioners from North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and Africa have sent in their greetings to wish revered Master a Happy Chinese New Year.
The greetings also indicate how these practitioners work tirelessly to share the beauty of Dafa with everyone and to advise people to break free from the deadly grip of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Practitioners outside of China set up booths at tourist attractions around the world to help Chinese visitors quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. In addition, they also make phone calls to China to help citizens there quit the CCP.
Practitioners in Hong Kong reported that many mainland visitors are now eager to accept their truth-clarification materials. One government official even openly took pictures with practitioners and shouted, “Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
Hong Kong practitioners are also happy to see that they are getting more and more support from local residents, government officials, and celebrities.
A little disciple outside of China was born prematurely and was in the NICU for three months. When her parents went to visit her in the hospital every day, they read Zhuan Falun to her. Thanks to Master, she not only survived, but is now healthy without any complications. Her most favorite thing is to go out with her parents to distribute Falun Dafa literature.
Newcomers Feel Extremely Lucky to Have Finally Become Dafa Practitioners
Thanks to practitioners’ unwavering efforts, more and more people are beginning to discover the beauty of Dafa, and some have become practitioners themselves.
More than two dozen Beijing residents began their Dafa practice in 2011, and in just two short years they have benefited tremendously. Several late-stage cancer patients in their 70s miraculously recovered and even saw their hair turn black again. A 2-year-old toddler escaped danger unscathed.
An ovarian cancer sufferer was still battling death six months ago, but now she is completely recovered, all thanks to her Dafa practice.
A new practitioner from Jingzhou City, Hubei Province, was thrilled to see all her illnesses disappear not long after she began Dafa practice in May 2013. Moreover, barely one month into her practice, she and her husband were in a horrific accident, but the couple survived and so did two other passengers.
Since its opening in Manhattan on October 10, 2013, Tianti Book Store has held two 9-day seminars on the teachings of Falun Dafa. The second seminar started in January this year, but quite a few attendees made it through all nine days despite the inclement weather. When the seminar concluded on January 29, the new practitioners were full of joy and felt "brand new."
Family Members of Practitioners See Hope through Their Loved Ones
Family members of persecuted practitioners in China have also suffered tremendously, but they see the beauty of Dafa through their loved ones’ righteous behavior. Not surprisingly, many of them have become Dafa supporters and are, in turn, blessed by Dafa.
Those that sent in greetings include parents whose daughter is a 15-year veteran practitioner; a husband whose wife started cultivation in 1998; and a son whose mother’s Dafa practice also brought him numerous positive benefits.