(Minghui.org) Mr. Pan, 65, is a Vietnamese Canadian. Every Sunday afternoon, he goes to a park at the beach to join a group to practice the Falun Gong exercises. His face is peaceful, he is full of energy, and he looks much younger than his age.

Three years ago, however, he could barely walk because of a stroke. His life was dull and difficult. How did he make such a turnaround? Here is Mr. Pan’s story.

Finding Hope After a Stroke

After Mr. Pan had his life-changing stroke, he looked online for ways to improve his health, but to no avail.

One day, he was laying in bed, idle and dejected. While browsing the web on his phone, he came across a video of Master Li Hongzhi teaching the Falun Gong exercises on YouTube. In the video, Master Li wore a yellow outfit. Mr. Pan recalled that that he’d seen the scene in several childhood dreams. In the dream, a group of people in yellow clothing were doing the exercises. He suddenly realized that Falun Gong was what he’d been looking for.

Later, Mr. Pan started to learn the Falun Gong exercises at home by following Master Li’s instructional videos. He contacted his family and friends in Vietnam and found Falun Gong’s main book, Zhuan Falun. He read it carefully and came to understand the principles of Falun Dafa taught by Master Li.

After studying the five sets of Falun Gong exercises on his own, Mr. Pan felt that his body was changing and becoming lighter. After a few months, walking was no longer painful for him. After about six months, Mr. Pan could walk normally. He said, “I can even leave the house by myself. I used to have crutches everywhere in my house to support me when I walked. Now, I don’t need them anymore. It’s amazing!”

Escaping Injury After Falling 65 Feet

Mr. Pan fell from a 65-foot-tall pine tree at work in October 2019. He climbed the tree to collect leaves and branches for Christmas. Recalling the accident, he said, “When I fell, I didn’t have time to react because it happened too fast.” When Mr. Pan fell to the ground, there was a loud bang.

“I was not scared at all,” Mr. Pan said. “Fortunately, my head fell between two tree stumps.” Mr. Pan got up slowly and had some difficulty breathing. After resting for a few minutes, he checked his limbs and body. He wasn’t injured, although his hands and feet were a little swollen and sore. His bones and organs were all fine.

His children asked him to go to the hospital when he got home. An examination found he had no serious injuries. His swollen hands and feet did not need to be treated. Mr. Pan felt it was incredible, because falling from a tree could have cost him his life.

Mr. Pan knew some extraordinary stories about Falun Gong practitioners being protected by Master when they were in danger. After this accident, he realized, “Master Li must have protected me this time.”

Giving Up Addictions to Smoking and Drinking

Before practicing Falun Gong, Mr. Pan smoked more than a pack of cigarettes a day. He tried to quit smoking many times, but he couldn’t resist the temptation and started smoking again.

After learning Falun Gong, he read Zhuan Falun and learned about the negative consequences of smoking.

Master said,

“Smoking doesn’t do the body one bit of good. Autopsies have found that the trachea and lungs of long-term smokers are black, in fact.”

“To share an analogy I’ve used before: have you ever seen a religious statue with a cigarette in its mouth? That would be absurd. So you should really quit, considering what we aspire to.” (The Seventh Talk, Zhuan Falun)

He quit smoking after that and doesn’t feel the desire even when others smoke beside him.

“I'm very happy,” Mr. Pan said. “I don’t drink anymore, either. I’m relaxed and healthy in both body and mind. Many things have gotten better.”

Mr. Pan now follows the principles of Falun Gong and rarely worries about anything. He is full of joy and cherishes the opportunity to practice Falun Gong. He does the five sets of exercises every day. “I know I have these positive changes thanks to my following Master’s teachings,” he said.

Hoping More People Will Learn about Falun Gong

In the three years since he started cultivating, Mr. Pan’s tremendous changes have made his family and friends admire the extraordinariness and beauty of Falun Dafa. They are happy that his mind and body have both gotten better. Mr. Pan said, “My family always supports my practicing Falun Gong.”

Mr. Pan hopes that more people can learn about Falun Gong. “Falun Gong can help us make positive changes and bring many beautiful things to our lives,” he said.

Background: What Is Falun Dafa?

Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) was first introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in Changchun, China, in 1992. The spiritual discipline is now practiced in over 100 countries and regions worldwide. Millions of people who have embraced the teachings—which are based on the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and learned the five exercises have experienced improved health and well-being.

Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and on July 20, 1999, issued an order to ban the practice.

Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organization with the power to override the police and judicial systems and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Dafa.

Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of practitioners as a result of the persecution over the past 22 years. The actual number is believed to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.

There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.