Germany: Peace and Serenity at a Children's Festival
(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners were invited to a children's festival in Bad Kötzting on July 22 to introduce the peaceful meditation practice to families. Organized by Mittelbayerische Zeitung, a newspaper in Central Bavaria, this annual event provided an opportunity for local residents to experience the ancient mediation system from China.
“You Should Do This Exercise Before You Do Your Homework”
This is the second time Falun Dafa has been part of this event. One family said they were very happy to see practitioners. “We were here last year, but there were many people and we did not have a chance to learn the exercises. We're glad we are so early today,” said the child.
Many parents and children stopped by to watch the practitioners doing the exercises. They then followed along to learn them. One father was very interested to hear that Falun Dafa helps a person to calm down and concentrate. “It must be good. You should do this before you do your homework,” he said to his daughter.
Some children learned the sitting meditation and then could not wait for the standing exercises. Some went around to other vendors to take a break and later came back to learn the rest. One mother said she liked the exercises and would contact school officials to see if practitioners could go to the school and teach them.
Peace and Happiness
In a supplement about the children's festival, Mittelbayerische Zeitung published one page about Falun Dafa, from its cultural and historical background to the basic movements. Under a picture from last year about a family learning about Falun Dafa was a quote: “When children learn Falun Dafa, they know what peace and happiness are.”
Markus Hofmann, mayor of Bad Kötzting, also came by and listened to a practitioner explain Falun Dafa. The practitioner said the meditation has benefited people around the world and that it is free to practice it. The mayor also accepted a hand-made paper lotus flower from the practitioner and said he liked the words “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” on it.
Practitioners in the region often go to the park to tell people Falun Dafa and the suppression in China. Many people, including patients, began to do the exercises and said they could feel the energy. Some of them signed petitions calling for an end to the persecution in China.