(Minghui.org) As the New Year approached, Falun Dafa practitioners in Queensland gathered at the Gold Coast Southport Community Centre on the afternoon of December 19, 2020. They expressed their gratitude to Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, and wished him a happy new year.
For ten years, practitioners at the Henderson Park group practice site in Brisbane have been studying the Dafa teachings, practicing diligently, and saving sentient beings 365 days a year. They wish revered Master a happy new year!
Since Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was introduced by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992, it has benefitted the health and well-being of more than 100 million people around the world. Falun Dafa practitioners come from all walks of life.
Ms. Margery Dunn, now in her seventies, has practiced Falun Dafa for more than 20 years. She is healthy and has a clear mind, and she has not needed to see a doctor in more than 20 years. This surprised her relatives and friends, and they asked what made the difference. She said, “It’s because I practice Falun Dafa. Dafa requires cultivators to try to be a better person and live by Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Cultivating in Dafa enables one to have a healthy body and mind.”
Margery said she always felt she was a kind and patient teacher before she retired. After she began practicing Falun Dafa, she realized, “Kindness and patience are not enough. We need also learn to be tolerant, consider others first, and be selfless. When my xinxing (mind nature, or character) improved, I felt the beauty of inner peace.”
She thanked Master Li for introducing Dafa and said that she would cherish this precious time and save every person who has a predestined relationship with her.
A Malaysian Chinese, Ms. Gao often went to Malaysian clubs to do sports in 1999. A couple was teaching the Falun Dafa exercises there. This did not attract her attention, but she later began to practice Falun Dafa after another lady told her about its main book, Zhuan Falun.
She experienced extraordinary feelings when she read the book. “I found Zhuan Falun to be enlightening,” she said. “My main language is English. My reading ability in Chinese is at a second-grade level. When I read this book, I can only recognize 30% of the Chinese characters. But this book seems to be able to communicate with me. After I read every paragraph, I felt that the book shows me the principles behind it, allowing me to understand. I was attracted by the principles of the Fa in the book and I finished reading it.”
She said, “I was very sick before I started practicing Falun Dafa. Since childhood I had stomach pain, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine and allergies. I later developed heart disease, osteoporosis, anxiety and menstrual pain, as well as a 60 cm tumor in the uterus. I took a lot of Western and Chinese medicines, but my ailments were not cured.”
Ms. Gao said, “I was immersed in the joy of obtaining the Fa after I started practicing Falun Dafa. After I read Zhuan Falun the first time, I suddenly realized that I had forgotten to take my medicine for a week, yet my body felt light and pain-free. I stopped taking a lot of drugs from then on. I no longer need to pay expensive medical bills, and I got rid of the pain from diseases. Dafa is really amazing.”
“I am extremely grateful for Master’s great compassion and for allowing me to be a Dafa practitioner,” Ms. Gao said. “Cultivating in Dafa has made me a better person. I feel that my heart is calmer and I have more wisdom. I will cultivate myself well, assist Master to rectify the Fa, and fulfill my vows on my journey of returning to my true self. I wish revered Master a happy new year!”
Ms. Shao used to have depression, insomnia and allergies. She learned about Falun Dafa from a friend while on vacation in 2000. She began to read Zhuan Falun after returning home. She said, “After reading Zhuan Falun, I understand that it teaches people how to be good. I decided that I wanted to practice Falun Dafa.”
She recovered from insomnia after doing the Dafa exercises for one week. She happily said, “I didn’t expect that I would have a good sleep after practicing the exercises for only a week. My depression and allergies also disappeared. I’ve truly experienced the beautiful feeling of having no sickness.”
When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began to persecute Falun Dafa, the media reprinted the CCP’s lies attacking Falun Dafa. Her friends all tried to discourage her from practicing. She felt the environment was gloomy. She told her friends, “We are all from China. We lived through the Cultural Revolution and the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. The CCP has always persecuted people. We have come to a free country where we can make our own choices. The book Zhuan Falun is very good, and you should all take a look.”
Ms. Shao said she wishes Master Li a happy new year with an extremely grateful heart. “A thousand words cannot express our gratitude to Master. On our road of cultivation, Master has always protected us and paved the way for his disciples to return to heaven. As his disciple, I have to practice diligently, do the three things well, and save more people."