(Minghui.org) Thanksgiving is a special holiday that highlights gratitude and appreciation. For many Falun Dafa practitioners, it is also a moment of reflection on their cultivation practice and their gratitude for the meditation system's founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi.

The following are accounts from Taiwan.

Hundreds of Thousands of Practitioners in 21 Years

Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong, was introduced to the public in 1992. It is practiced by more than 100 million people in over 100 countries. The teachings of Falun Dafa have been translated into about 40 languages.

Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, gave a lecture at Taichung, Taiwan, in November 1997.

After Falun Dafa's introduction to Taiwan in April 1995, Mr. Li Hongzhi came to Taiwan in November 1997 and gave lectures in both Taipei and Taichung. About 1,000 practitioners attended the lectures and laid the foundation for its popularity.

Nowadays, there are about 1,000 group practice sites in more than 300 cities and towns across Taiwan, with its participants numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Character formation by over 6,200 Falun Dafa practitioners at Liberty Square in Taipei on November 26, 2016.

From All Walks of Life

Chen Guofeng, a physician in Yilan County, Taiwan, recovered from depression and insomnia shortly after practicing Falun Dafa.

Chen Guofeng, owner of a dental clinic in Luodong Town, had suffered from depression and insomnia for decades. The problems went away after he began to practice Falun Dafa.

“It is not just me. Many people I know have experienced such miracles. They include college professors, PhD students, physicians, nurses, engineers, government employees, teachers, and housewives,” he remarked.

Hsu Kai-Hsiung, director of the Innovation Incubation Center at National Ilan University, said that Falun Dafa helps practitioners and benefits society.

Hsu Kai-Hsiung, director of the Innovation Incubation Center at National Ilan University, said that he has witnessed the benefits of Falun Dafa in many others. “The improvement of one's character, in particular, is great for practitioners and society in general,” he added. He opposes the persecution in mainland China and said that more people need to know about it so that the suppression could come to an end.

PhD student Zhang Xuanling said that Falun Dafa helps her to be honest and kind.

Zhang Xuanling, a PhD student in finance at National Taiwan University, agreed: “I have learned the true meaning of honesty and what it means to be considerate of others. It's like opening a new door that leads to peace and happiness.” 

She said that it has helped her get along better with others. In addition, the five exercises give her energy to handle school work with ease and make her look younger. “Although I am a PhD student, many people think that I am in high school.”

Dentist Li Suxing was glad to find her spiritual path in Falun Dafa.

Li Suxing, also a dentist, had been looking for a spiritual path for many years. “The effect of Falun Dafa is miraculous, because there are so many cases of recovery from asthma, migraines, insomnia, heart disease, and others. That is why I like it so much and I want to tell more people about it,” she commented.

Escaping from Physical Torment

One example is He Laiqin, who had been bothered by migraines for 27 years. It was very painful and every night she had problems falling asleep. She visited doctors of Chinese and Western medicine, but could not find a cure.

“One relative in mainland China recommended the 9-day lecture [of Falun Dafa] at Jinan in June 1994. After I attended the class, the migraines and other illnesses were gone in a matter of days. It was like a miracle and I felt like I was being reborn,” she said.

Retired tailor Lin Fusheng began to practice Falun Dafa in May 1997. Not long after that, the joint pain in his hands and his neck stiffness disappeared. He also quit smoking and regrew hair on his head. He no longer needed the Chinese medicine that he had relied on for over 40 years. Now in his 80s, Lin is healthy and happy.

Learning to Read

Li Meiyun, 80, experienced many miracles from the practice of Falun Dafa.

Li Meiyun, 80, also experienced lots of miracles after taking up Falun Dafa. Because of an eardrum rupture, she had fluid in the ear and needed to dry it with cotton swabs every morning. About two weeks into the meditation, her ear stopped itching and went dry. Another problem was inverted eyelashes, which not only caused discomfort and inflammation but also could lead to blindness. As a result, she needed to visit an ophthalmologist every now and then. About two years after starting to practice Falun Dafa, the inverted eyelashes became normal.

“A bigger surprise was reading,” said Li, who used to be illiterate, “When I read Zhuan Falun, each word was highlighted as I read them. The character would become bold and dark, making it easier for me to read,” explained Ms. Li. She quickly learned how to read.

Recovery from Bone Fracture

Wang Tianding works at the Taiwan Power Company. Several years ago, he had a traffic accident and was sent to the emergency room. X-rays indicated a bone fracture. Instead of staying in the hospital, Wang went home and continued to read Falun Dafa books and do the exercises as usual.

About three weeks later, Wang was fully recovered and he was able to do meditation as usual with both legs crossed. His coworkers were very impressed and he was very grateful, too.

A Happy Family

Lin Chongqi, the owner of a plastic bag factory, had insomnia, depression, constipation, and nervous breakdowns. The practice of Falun Dafa cured his illnesses and improved his character.

Following the guidance of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, Lin found life becoming easier. “It led me to look at things in a different way. For example, I am no longer attached to material gain and always consider my customer the highest priority. My business got better,” said Lin.

The entire Lin family, 10 of them in total, are all practitioners. “Each of us has received benefits from Falun Dafa, both physically and spiritually,” said Lin, “At this special occasion of the year, we all want to sincerely say 'Thank you' to Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, for these blessings.”